Woodcut No. 1 - Oak Aged Ale - Odell Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
Hand labeled bottle #1780, bottled 08/15/08 signed by the brewer, pretty sweet looking.
Pours a dark amber color with a huge fluffy and sturdy, off-white head on top. Lots of spotty lacing as the head slowly recedes.
The aromas begin with a boat ton of oak, there is a really pleasant sweetness to the aroma. I pick up a fair amount of honey and perhaps some maple as well, along with some caramel and vanilla.
The tastes begin again with the oak and it is a bit more aggressive than the nose. That said, the sweet honey and maple flavors come through and mesh well with the vanilla from the oak and some hints of dark fruits.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with perhaps a bit too much carbonation and a slightly tannic finish. It's hard to enjoy the complex flavor profile with so much bubbly carbonation.
Overall, this was a very good beer. Though the oak is pronounced, but it does not completely dominate the flavor or aromas, which is nice. I wish the carbonation was restrained but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. Not as good as No. 3 but better than No. 4.
02-20-2012 02:28:31 | More by claspada
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
750ml bottle #1856 bottled on 8/15/08 and cellared properly by me the entire time!
Appearance: Pours a fairly attractive red stained caramel that is fairly clear. The crown is 2 fingers, off white (slightly cafe latte) with minimal retention and lace.
Smell: Wonderful sweet oak notes over a mixture of toffee and unsweetened caramel. Some nice light pepper like spice notes really add to the experience.
Taste: Same as the nose with minor booze presence and warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with fine carbonation.
Drinkability: Going down fairly easy on this slightly nippy day.
11-03-2011 23:09:07 | More by koopa
3.25/5 rDev -21.5%
(sampled at RBWG). Pours a hazy caramel color with off-white head. Aroma has a hard candy aspect with an herbal (spearmint?) note. Taste had a nice sweet malt balkbone. Medium bodied and slick texture. For me, the herbal component was distracting. Thanks to whomever brought this one!!
05-17-2011 23:11:34 | More by trappistlover
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:
Aged in American medium-toasted oak and released in August 2008, this brew is part of Odell's new barrel aging project of one-time limited brews. We're about to crack open signed bottle No. 166 out of 1,440 (120 cases).
First, that is one hell of a cork. The "pop" was impressive, yielding a hazy, dark amber with tawny hues and a massive beige foam that settles to a nice lace. Aroma is sublime. Raw sugarcane; toffee; big, woody oak; boozy alcohol with peppery notes. The carbonation really creams up on the palate with a prickle that fades into a magnificent, smooth mouthfeel. The body beneath is full, rich and malty. Flavors are insanely complex: almond oil, caramel candies, sweet dried fruits, rock sugar, overripe pineapple, black cherries and vanilla. Alcohol is definitely present, spicy but not overbearing. Lingering caramel, sweetness and peppery alcohol.
If this is the first within the series, we can't wait to meet the rest. Unique, complex and very interesting--just as cellaring this would be.
09-20-2010 17:13:51 | More by BeerAdvocate
Woodcut No. 1 - Oak Aged Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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