Woodcut No. 1 - Oak Aged Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 121
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 08-18-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - number 44 dated 8/15/08. Pours a hazy dark amber with a huge fizzy big bubbled off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a little subdued - sweet caramel and molasses, some fruit (apples and raisin), wood, and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel, molasses, vanilla, and a little fruitiness with some grassy hops and alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with sharp carbonation that mellows as it sits.

Overall, an interesting outing from Odell. It's a bit pricey ($25) and a bit one dimensional with sweet caramel and wood.

Photo of russpowell
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel/chestnut with 4+ fingers of tan head, sure opened with resounding pop! Loads of popping with pour, Fred Eckhart would love listening to this one! Nice viscosity to this, Very good lacing & good head retention

S: Loads of vanilla, oakyness & Canadian whisky

T: Dryness, vanilla, caramel, slight smokeyness
& a general Seagram's seven taste (boy did I get really sick off that when I was 16) up front. Slight booze warmth, more dryness & lots of plum as this warms. Finishes dry, sherry-like, with a touch of treacle, tangerine & toffee, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, dry, with minimal carbonation, a bit wet for the ABV & style

Drinks easy for the ABV, but this one may need laying down for another year or 3. At $25, not sure I have the pockets or patience to wait. There are much better old ales for the money, but worth a shot if you like this style of beer & have cash. Come on Odell, make more & drop the price on release #2!

Photo of trappistlover
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(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!!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

inflatablechair provided this one at a recent tasting.... Thanks a bunch Sammy... This is one that was for sale online for a long time and I never pulled the trigger.... Appreciated Amigo!

Bottle #1827...8/15/08.

Pours clear amber lite amber with a sorta yellowish tan head... nice retention and lacing.

Nose is caramel with bunches of oak... hints of vanilla from the wood..

Flavor is nice... Mirrors the nose with some mild dried fruits that make me think golden raisins and mild dried sweet cherries.. oak is very present... sorta perfumy as the usual tannic compounds.. something nutty... I am digging the oak as opposed to the normal bourbon barrel brews that are pounding the pavement lately.... body is a perfect medium, so is the carbonation.... I really like this one.. now I wish I had bought some up when I had the chance... stoopid Galt!

I would have a hard time with a 750 of this brew even though I enjoy it... this is a perfect brew to share with a couple of friends and sit back and just let conversation drive the evening.


Thanks again Sam... Good stuff for sure.

Photo of claspada
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown in color with some ruby highlights. Very nice two inches of head forms on the pour. Actually there's a bit too much head here. The head sticks around for the enitirety. Very pillowy and leaves foam all over the inside of the glass. Smell is all vanilla, oak and some malt. I've smelt this beer for five minutes without even taking a sip. More oak and vanilla in the flavor. This is absolutely amazing in taste. Very creamy and smooth. Good amount of carbonation. Absolutely no sign of the alcohol in the flavor at all. Very good beer.

Photo of Zorro
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow this thing was pricey, $24.99 for the bottle, #1184 bottled 8-15-08.

Chill hazed deep amber colored beer verging on reddish brown in color. Small head forms and dies back to a tan ring.

Smell is sweet and strong with vanilla and oak aromas. Smells a great deal like a Bourbon barreled beer, undoubtedly the oak was charred to develop the vanilla aroma. Caramel apple and grape make up the rest of the aroma.

The taste starts out slightly sweet with a good vanilla and whiskey flavor. Strong vanilla and wood flavors and fainter toffee and apple flavors. Quite warming in the chest but doesn't really taste like an 11% beer.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Not a bad beer at all, though for the price I am more likely to find a more local strong ale.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle generously opened by brdc. Thanks for this retired gem. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a stunning crimson/brown color with a quickly dying finger of head. The aroma is sweet maltiness and light barrel notes and some candy. The flavor is bready to start, with sweet caramel and candy coming in on the finish. A decent amount of dark fruit as well. In a blind tasting I would definitely classify this as a dopplebock. The body is medium and the carbonation is at low levels but still has a slight sting. At this point in the beer's life, the barrel character is very subtle but the overall beer is still quite nice. I just don't think that the "old ale" classification is correct for it.

Photo of SpruceFish
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle 1864 bottled on 8/15/08

A- cloudy ruby with a huge off white head white a little lacing

S- huge oak presence vanilla some tannins and some carmel

T- oak vanilla carmel tannins i kinda feel like im drinking a 2x4 and i love it this is the most woody and delicious beer i have had

M- kinda sticky i guess great carbonation

D- great no alcohol presence at the ten months of did this beer well

Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

Pours slightly hazed reddish mahogany with a thick fluffy tan head that stays. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of strong vanilla/oak, whiskey, and spiced dried fruits.

The taste is of vanilla/oak - strong. This one is indeed for lover's of the oak. Whiskey notes and dried fruits come through nicely - fruitiness is a blend of dark and some apricot-like. A touch of almond gives it a nutty touch. It finishes with a fruity sweetness mixed with a whiskey-ish dryness.

It is full-bodied with a carbonation that keeps it from being too thick or sticky.

A great sipper if you like oak! This is an American invention that doesn't fit into a style easily, though Old Ale fits well enough, but doesn't matter! A nice, creative brew that uses the oak well, but has other complexities, such as the fruitiness. A nice sipper, to say the least!

Photo of scray24
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from CLO at ~23.75$ (family card wkend).

Poured a hazy dark amber/copper with overwhelming carbonation - mostly foam, subsided into nice lace around the glass but bottle was well overcarbonated.

Smell was exceptional - vanilla, wood, almonds, caramel... very, very nice and remniscent of a cognac or similar nice sipping liquor (w/o any strong alcohol smell).

Taste was good as well - warming, heavy oak notes (inc. vanilla/caramel). Some hoppy bitterness but the right amount to counterpoint the malt/high OG.

Beer was overcarbonated....

Drinkability was good, this was shared with a couple of friends but I would have been happy to consume more.

Big question is around the price - is it worth it? I would say yes if you're looking for the experience but not for a re-occuring (even rarely) situation. There are other beers that offer comparable tastes for half the price....

Photo of waltonc
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep garnet/brown color with a tad of haze, puffy white head that's over an inch at first.
S: lots of oak, toffee, malt.
T: More oak, toffee, apple, light raisin and dark fruits, sugar. Can't detect any hops.
M: Medium body with high carbonation that lightens the mouthfeel and makes this very enjoyable.
D: Fantastic beer. I look forward to trying Woodcut 2.

Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a fluffy, yet sturdy, off-white head on top.

S: Despite the very noticeable presence of oak in this beer, 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.

T: The oak is a bit more aggressive in terms of the flavor. 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.

M: A medium bodied beer with perhaps a bit too much carbonation and a slightly tannic finish.

D: This is the only one of the Woodcuts that I've really liked so far. Though the oak is pronounced, it does not completely dominate the flavor or aromas.

Photo of champ103
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful deep mahogany color. A large tan head forms that leaves some decent lace.
S: A wonderful woody oak aroma. Some vanilla and whiskey. A hint of caramel, chocolate and coffee.
T: Again, lots of oak flavors. Caramel and vanilla. Dark fruits and figs. Great.
M/D: A fully body that is rich with a snappy crispness. Very easy to drink. Smooth and creamy. Not something I would session, but I could sip on this all day.

This is a great beer. A real treat and something I highly recommend.

Photo of SuperWhite92
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle # 252, bottled 8/15/08

Pours a deep reddish brown, nice and dark. Plenty of white frothy head that dissipates very slowly.

The smell is very rich with somewhat of a fruity smell that is overwhelmed by a smooth vanilla odor. There's also a hint of oak in the aroma, however the vanilla is the most predominant odor.

Tastewise, this beer is a great. Starts off rather hot (although the beer is only 3 days old according to the label) but quickly fades into a flavor of aged fruit and the vanilla flavors again. There's also a strong almond flavor that makes itself known. A subtle oak flavor rounds off the taste to a perfect finish. Of special note is how subtle the oak flavor is in this beer, as most oak aged beers tend to have an almost ovewhelming oaky presence. Woodcut does not, which is remarkable given the beer's nature.

Mouthfeel is mostly unremarkable. It is very similar to the mouthfeel of most strong ales, being heavy and slightly gelatinous. Beyond that, it's nothing to write home about.

Drinkability is relatively poor. The beer is too hot, and the flavors too abrupt to drink more than a single bottle. In fact, at a half a bottle I was satisfied.

All in all, I'm rather glad that I sought out this beer (From two different stores because of the two bottle limit). It's wildly different than anything yet from Odell, and for a "first venture" into the world of rare and complex beers, I'd say that Doug and the crew nailed it. It's very drinkable out of the bottle, and it's my impression (as well as their's) that it will get even better with age. Very well worth the $25/bottle.

If you're able to get this beer, you owe it to yourself to do so., regardless of it's price. Good beer takes precedence over the value of a dollar. Eat ramen for a week if that's what it takes. You won't be disappointed.

Edited after a second bottle 4 months after the first.

Photo of RedHaze
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #1479, signed by the brewer. Served just below cellar temp.

Pours a slight;y red tinged brown with a dense three fingers worth of foam. The lacing nearly completely covers the inside of the glass. Very impressive.

Smell; as expected this has a very strong oak aroma, and comes off slightly perfumey. Caramel and brown sugar give a sweetness to the aroma, followed by cherries and vanilla. There's a hint of lighter fruits in the background, along the lines of grapes or green apples.

Taste; the fruits are a bit more pronounced in the falvor than they were in the aroma. Grapes, apples and cherries, give way to brown sugar and caramel. Then the vanilla and oak take over and give the finish a bit of a dry finish. The alcohol is very well hidden, mostly coming through as a warming in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and while the head lasts for a very long time, the carbonation is fairly smooth and biting. Drinkability is good, especially with the 10+% alcohol. Very good beer, but I hope Odell can manage to bring down the price point of the next Woddcut beers.

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried this one at the uncorking event at Odell's and was very impressed by the presentation but not the price...ouch.

A: Light caramel red color with a very thick dark cream colored head that had very sticky lacing on the glass.

S: At first smell it had a fresh oak aroma that stood out among soft vanilla notes and good flavored hops.

T: Wood oak and vanilla flavor with a good amount of smooth bitter hops. This beer is great for the hop lover and makes for a great session beer.

M/D: Dries the mouth a little bit from the sticky hops, but smooth and complete feel. As I said earlier, this is a good session beer especially with a cigar enjoying the fresh Colorado air.

Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored with some ruby hues. Huge erupting head of off white fades into some sticky lace. Nice looking just a bit overcarbonated.

Oaky wood galore. Bursting with fresh wood aromas. Hints of caramel, alcohol, earth, honey, tropical fruits and hints of vanilla. Just huge on wood.

Very tasty treat with a great mouthfeel from the wood adds a wonderful tannic quality. Much more neutral wood in the mouth. Still a great oaky wood induced quality but much more vanilla shows through, a bit toasty, with great cereal malts and grains. Burstng with toffee, caramel, and coconut. Some other tropical falvors not necesarrily fruit? Good carbonation and great mouthfeel smooth and creamy. A beer very easy drinking and no traces of the high ABV.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle #854

a: Rumors of high carbonation are correct. Be careful pulling the cork. Despite a VERY conservative pour, a massive and fluffy head is produced. The light tan head is thick and creamy and displays excellent retention. The body is a hazy reddish brown.

s: Raisin fig, cherry, oak, caramel and a touch of funk are present in the nose.

t: Toasted malt, caramel, raisin, and ripe cherry. Notes of coconut and vanilla from the oak. Some hot whiskey-ish booze is noticeable.

m: Full body. The carbonation is a touch higher than it should be, but I think a little aging will improve this.

d: A very good Old Ale that will approach excellence with some aging. Drinkability will improve as the carbonation and alcohol settle down.

This could be the start of something big from Odell.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd been saving this one to try after its first birthday, although the temptation was pretty great to trade it away. Purchased from West Vail Liquor Mart, Vail, CO.

Bottle No. 899 from 8/15/08, signed by the man himself Doug Odell

A: Murky brown in color with a huge billowing off white head, a gentle pour yielded a good three inches worth of dense bubbles. Excellent sticky lacing. Impressive head retention as well. Quite nice looking.

S: Immensely complex, hard to place, smells unlike any beer I've beer around. Slightly sour, with hints at molasses, maple syrup, rich malty profile, but a definite woodyness to it as well. Fresh cut hardwood underlies all of the malt, and yet there is a sort of citrus-perfume like quality, definitely not a hop profile, but sort of a melange of wood and sweets to make everything blend together into something lovely. This is delicious smelling, almost perfume like. I can't get enough of that smell. I wanna live in this.

T: Well definitely an oak aged beer, and the fresh wood carries over from the nose. has a definite apple flavor, more like a caramel apple flavor, to it as well. Caramel and molasses are both there, and even some faint maple syrup hints. Not quite as flavorful as the smell would lead on, but still impressive. For being over 10% there is no noticeable alcohol. As it warms the apple flavor gets a little stronger, and a little more bitterness emerges, slightly earthy, but still dominated by the fresh wood. Not too shabby, rather impressive actually.

M: Surprisingly light in the mouth, low carbonation, but a definite bite from the beer's flavors. Insanely dry, this one really dries out the mouth.

D: Almost too easy to drink for being a rare beer. I'm impressed, and glad I could discipline myself enough to let this one age. Easy drinking, huge, and a lot of time and care was put into this beer. Excellent beer all the way around. Highly recommended if you can find it!

Photo of srandycarter
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is ALL about wood here. That is the thread.

A - Huge pop, tons of head, leaves slowly. Murky dark orange brown. Small bubbled tight lacing.

S - Woood. Some malt, and more wooood.

T - Definite tannins, caramel, sweet candy interlaced. Finish does not end clean, but very woody.

M - Medium body VERY carbonated, maybe too much, affects coating, but might be too cloying otherwise.

D - Big, palate killer.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat of a muddy brown color. Sizeable head on top. Very heavy oak aroma along with a slightly boozey/bourbon smell. A lot of oak flavor up front. Moderate amount of malt with a decent mix of vanilla and bourbon. Somewhat of a fig/dried fruit flavor. Decent mouthfeel-quite full bodied considering the high abv. While not an oaked beer fan this one is damn good. I think I could get used to this one and it might help me to broaden my horizons actually. Thanks to jtrockchalk my Secret Santa 08 for another great beer.

Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to to Bitterbill for this brew.

Date: 8-15-08
Bottle: 1042

This is my 1500th review.

Poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass a very nice golden amber color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, nice touch of bourbon, slight cherries, vanilla. The taste is sweet, malty, more bourbon in the taste than nose, slight cherries/vanilla. Medium body, this alcohol is hidden pretty well, but does warm ya up. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew to celebrate my 1500th review. Thanks Bill.

Photo of sevopie
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy mahogany, thick cream colored head that laces incredibly.

Smell - Wood. Thats truly all I can smell.

Taste - Where this beer shines is the taste. The first taste you get overwhelmed by wood, but as you let it go, it starts to peel back its layers of taste. Vanilla, citrus, caramel, solid maltiness, and a slight hop tinge come out.

Mouthfeel - Healthy body to it, but the carbonation overwhelms.

Drinkability - This is a one time beer for sure, but I will enjoy the rest of this bottle with a friend, and its surely a unique one.

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Woodcut No. 1 - Oak Aged Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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