Woodcut No. 2 - Oak Aged Golden Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Woodcut No. 2 - Oak Aged Golden AleWoodcut No. 2 - Oak Aged Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
92
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 55
Gots: 27 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 58
Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #4662 4/20/09

Poured in to a tulip, slightly hazed copper color. No head. Looked under carbed.

Aroma had strong notes of vanilla and oak. Malty sweet. Slightly raiseny and light honey.

Taste was malty, floral and sweet. Light caramel and honey. Some good amounts of vanilla and oak. Somewhat chewy in the finish. Moderate signs of ABV.

Mouthfeel was medium/heavy body, low carb and chewy/sticky finish.

Decent overall. Probably aged past its prime. Flavors are blended, but almost overly sweet. Still enjoyable

Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ben for this one! Served in a tapered pint glass, it's a bright golden orange, thin layer of white foam that leaves a little bit of spotty lace in the glass.

Toffee, almond, sawn wood, presumably oak.

Dry oak tannin, sweet malty flavors of toffee, almond and vanilla from the wood. Full bodied and smooth, light lingering bitterness. Balanced but showing its age now, three years and counting. Still enjoyable but smoke em if ya got em.

Photo of GilGarp
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hand-numbered and dated bottle signed by the brewer. #2487 bottled April 15, 2009.

The cork comes out with a barely audible pop.

Served slightly chilled in a goblet, Woodcut No. 2 is a medium amber color with good clarity. The head is short and entitles fast leaving no lacing behind. So far it's looking like an English old ale.

Aroma is really exceptional. The oak aging process has certainly had a positive impact on the nose. Great sweetness and a wonderful oaky vanilla quality to it. Good orchard fruit and port wine characteristics here.

Flavor is better than I ever imagined. I wish now that I would have tried a bottle fresh but, right, now, it's drinking very well. Sweet caramel malts come first, very smooth and mellow. Then the oak aging makes itself known with the vanilla. It finishes very smooth with a bit of tannic pull and a dry slightly boozy end. It really does feel like an old ale style and the last three-plus years have been good to this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little syrupy but not cloying. The carbonation level is perfect, nice and low, with the alcohol only showing itself in they way it warms the body.

Overall a truly exceptional beer. I had been holding on to this one so long, I had started to worry it would be past its prime. Fortunately, it's perhaps just hitting its peak.

Photo of mulder1010
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woodcut #2
Bottle number 3076, 4/20/09
Hand signed by brewer
Bought for a special occasion

A-- Poured a hazy, yet almost clear orange copper color. Light sandpaper colored film, on aggressive swirling get thick layer of film head that settles back to a light film, or at best a collar. Some ABV legs and some a few bits of spotty lacing.

S-- Warm vanilla, lychee, oak, carmel, and a lot of malt. Oak and vanilla dominate in an inviting way. Alcohol is restrained but lets me know it is there.

T-- Jam like. Toasted oak, vanilla bean, carmel and slight strawberry jam. ABV is very restrained. Hops are quite gone.

M-- Low carbonation, nearly heavy bodied. Comes and goes between medium to heavy bodied. Sticky and sweet in the mouth. Quite coating in the mid and back palate. Strawberry, Vanilla bean, and dry oak finish that is inviting.

O-- A little too much vanilla bean and floral character at times but a solid, solid beer. Oak has been very kind to this. Easy drinkability even though more of a slow sipper. ABV is there but nothing too insane. Feels more like an 8% beer than 11%.

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle No: 4572, Date: 4-20-09, Brewer: Corkie Odell, all written by hand, pretty sweet.

Pours a hazy, viscous, border-lining syrupy dark golden amber with pretty much zero head and small bubbles along the edge and cap. Some small white bubbles can be generated with a swirl but not too much.

Aromas of sweet honey and caramel maltiness. Lighter fruits emerge slightly as it warms, mainly golden delicious apples and juicy pears. Light light oak and slightly stronger vanilla also are detectable as it continues to warm. All are fairly mellow to be honest and I fear that time may have not been too kind to this beer.

The tastes are luckily much more dominant than the aroma would have let on. The same honey sweetness and caramel maltiness open, then the vanilla jumps in, much more so than the aroma. The fruits are in the background here, red apple and ripe pear once again. Oak is there but really quite tame compared to all the other Woodcut Series beers or any wood-aged beers for that matter. Alcohol has subsided and is felt in the stomach and luckily not on the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with zero carbonation. Luckily the body isn't too heavy or this could have become a syrupy mess. The oak-aging adds a light tannic and drying balance to the higher than normal sweet malt base.

Overall this was a super beer, despite the flat appearance and less than complex aroma. The flavor is so balanced and delicious despite not being overly complex. I wish I would have had this about a year ago because I imagine the wood imparted flavors would have been more detectable/enjoyable. Despite that, this is definitely my second favorite Woodcut I have had to date, only behind the No. 3. I would recommend to anyone who still has a bottle of this to consume in the near future because it isn't going to get more drinkable anytime soon and I can see the flavors begin to fall off in the near future (just had a No. 1 a couple weeks ago and it is def on the way down).

Photo of FosterJM
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

782nd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750ml C/C

@Woodshop Classix
Thanks to Kyle for sharing!

App- A sticky looking caramel brown pour with an offish white/cream color head. A little bit of cling as it hung to the sides. Maybe a few dots as well.

Smell- A lighter aromatic than I thought it would be. A touch of caramel, a bit of oak and a bit of booze. A tad well rounded as it melds quite well.

Taste- This had a very unique taste for me. I got a lot of caramel and then it moved into this weird oaky apple flavor. A bit of a golden/green apple and a touch of booze behind it.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A golden apple with a touch of caramel remains on this one.

Drink- I think this was still an above average oak aged beer but a bit colder the flavors wouldv'e popped a bit more. Still tasty and inviting. I'd like to have more.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by a generous soul.

Pours a clear golden color with a slightly off-white head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts and booze-soaked pears. Also present are solid amounts of oak and lighter amounts of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Crisp light malt flavors up front are joined quickly by syrupy pears. Midway through the flavor profile sweetens for a moment before spicy oak tempers the sweetness. Light hints of vanilla come in near the end before fading into a crisp and slightly boozy ending. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall this is a very interesting beer that didn’t let the oak and booze overpower the nuance. Well worth a shot.

Photo of WorldWideStout
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was the reason for my first beer trade - thanks to bigdank for hooking me up a year and a half ago or so! Imbibed with friends immediately after The Bruery's White Oak, another oak-aged beer I have that supposedly has some similar flavors. I thought this used to be categorized as a BSPA, but I'm probably mistaken.

A: Body is a murky amber leaning towards orange. Nice big, pillowy head is beige.

S: After the huge bourbon nose on the White Oak, this seems much more mild. Vanilla is actually the main scent my olfactory senses detect, with a bit of butterscotch.

T: Ohhhh yeah. Lots of vanilla, maybe the strongest I've ever had in a beer, along with those great butterscotch notes that come from rich malts. More subtle are toasted biscuit, corn flakes, and some spicy oakiness. This reminds me a lot of an English barleywine, but with more vanilla and no particular fruit presence. Delicious!

M: Smooth and thick, again like a barleywine. Exactly the vehicle I'd want for this beer's flavors.

O: A real treat to drink, especially for a maltmaven like myself.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Bottole 3079, 4/20/09.

3.5 A: Nearly clear amber brownish color. Just one finger of creamy beige head with below average retention (average for the ABV I guess) and touches of nonuniform lacing.

4.5 S: The aroma is very nice. The wood plays a dominant role in this. Oak and vanilla are front and center. A good spiciness in there as well. Wood flavors blend well with toffee and caramel. Peach and plum and a host of fruitiness.

4.5 T: The taste is equally impressive. Again, oak and vanilla run rampant and beat my tongue senseless with their flavor, but it isn't overbearing. Lots of toffee, caramel to slightly lesser extent, and lots of light fruits again. This is definitely a sweet brew and the hop bitterness doesn't quite balance it, but it isn't anywhere near cloying. Warming booziness throughout, but not hot. Damn good.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Could use just a touch more carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth despite the booziness.

4.5 D: I haven't had this fresh and this is my first taste so I don't have anything to compare it to, but however it started, it is drinking quite nicely right now. Wood is assertive, but within an acceptable range. The high ABV and crystal malts let this one age quite well.

Photo of corby112
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, dark golden apricot/brown color with a half finger white head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy oak aroma that's bursting with hints of vanilla and honey as well as some sweet booze and crisp light fruit. Slight lactic creaminess with a huge barrel character and sweet light fruit. Lots of apple, apricot and pear. This beer smells awesome.

Full bodied with a very prominent barrel character, giving off hints of earthy oak, tons of vanilla, honey and crisp light fruit. Very complex with sweet alcohol but nothing in the way of heat. Very sweet with all of that apple, pear, vanilla and honey but there's enough of the earthy oak barrel presence to add some balance. Slightly vinous with hints of light grape and raisin with a dry finish.

This was a really interesting experiment from Odell that makes me want to try the rest of the series. A bit too sweet and could use some more balance but overall I found it to be a well crafted beer.

Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle no. 2403

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt orange color with an inch of a head that fails to retain; the beer is leggy, with the high sugar content and alcohol influencing the appearance

Smell: Rum soaked pears, toffee, oak and vanilla

Taste: After a brief flirtation with the toffee, the boozy pear flavors begin to dominate, with vanilla sweetness building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the oak element adds some complexity but is overwhelmed by the sweet flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation and warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: The beer is like a barleywine without depth and balance; as a result, the sweet, vanilla flavors just overwhelm the tastebuds

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a crimson copper color with a short head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some oak, light stone fruits, vanilla, and dark fruits. Some caramel and vanilla in there as well. A small amount of dark fruits as well as well as brown sugar appear in the flavor. Some mild alcohol. The oak comes through and is a bit tannic, not really balancing with everything else. Slightly dry finish and a bit of booze. Drinks fairly well, but I still don't think they've hit the real sweet spot with this series.

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to schmittymack for sending this beer along my way some time ago. Finally getting around to digging it out from the back of the endless-beer-fridge because, hey, Odell is in MN now & #3-#4 are both in stores at the moment. Worth the incredibly steep price? Let's find out, shall we?

Bottle 2934. Pour isn't nearly as golden as advertised, more of a thick-IPA red. The cork is tight & when finally wrestled free, smells awesome, like a good champagne. Once it unpacks in the glass, this boy is all about big sweet malts, pricklish fermented fruit, & my 8th grade woodshop class.

Woodcut #2 brings the whole candy store. Syrupy sweetness hits roof of the mouth like a shot of Mountain Dew. Thick, thick, thick. Rampant caramel dipped in layers of vanilla ricochet off the sweetness. Brown sugar, undefined spices. The oak component is milder than expected, given the, ah, name of the beer. It's certainly present, but as a backboard to the balance of the experience, allowing the wood to keep everything else nicely in line.

Really, this reminds me of a good barleywine. What the heck is an American Strong Ale, anyways?

I'm wavering here between B+ and A-. This tastes really flippin' good, but I'm wishing that (as my lovely wife pointed out) the oak would cut into the sweetness to help balance this beast out a touch. Either way. Very good beer.

Photo of emmasdad
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap, and wasnt all that impressed. Pours a fairly nice golden color, with a thin white head. Aromas of golden raisins, oak and pears. Similar on the palate, along with toffee, vanilla and maybe some warmth from the alcohol. Sweet and somewhat thin, I wasn't all that impressed with my first foray into the Woodcut series, and have no plans to purchase any of these bottles.

Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, number 4214, bottled 4/20/09. Split 3 ways.

Pours a murky crimson color with a wispy cream colored head that quickly fades to a thin cap with little lacing. Aroma is mild strength, blend of dark fruits, wood, mildly sweet oak and minimal alcohol. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and medium thick and syrupy smooth with minimal alcohol presence. Flavor is exceptionally sweet and tanniny, heavy on sugars, dark fruits, raisins, plums, and oak. Sweet, yet very mellow and balanced. Overall very smooth and balanced but lacking some complexity.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour at Flossmoor Station from a generous BA. Review from notes on 4/23/10

A - poured a nicely golden amber with a thin, short lived white head. Not much retention or lacing. Cloudy too. 3.5

S - Huge waft of breadiness with a slight hint of pears and alcohol. Lots of wood, caramel, and vanilla sweetness. A hint of apricots? This is very interesting, in a good way of course! 4.5

T - Take the aroma, translate it into perfect smoothness and balance. None of the flavors overpowered any of the others. This is the nose, but bumped up a notch and invigorates my palate. 5.0

M - Quite smooth and velvety carbonation. Big alcohol burn in the finish though. 4.0

D - Good. Again, the alcohol is apparent here. 4.0

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

Bottle number 1033. Bottled April 14, 2009.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a great mix of oak, vanilla, alcohol and some malt. The flavor is a mix of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel and toffee. The flavor is very sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Excellent beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Bright, clear copper amber color. Pored a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a skim. This lasw washed down the glass.

S: Sweet malt and sour yeast; more like a barley wine. Dark coffee, candi sugar, vanilla and oak. Lots of harsh alcohol. Overall very sweet with little hop character.

T: Sweet toffee, vanilla and candi sugar are overpowering. Some honey, clove and cinnamon. Oak and charcoal in the foundation along with some light-colored fruit. Big alcohol finish. If you're looking for balance, your lost.

M: Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the middle is very nice. Warming alcohol and lots of lingering sweet flavors.

D: Interersting, lots of flavors. No balance and very sweet. Not one of my favorite combinations.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light iced tea color with slightly less that a finger loose eggshell pastel head that fades fairly quickly leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is solid full-on celebration of vanilla. It comes across rich and sweet with a caramel butterscotch back bone. Full flavored, the sweet malty vanilla dominates the taste spectrum. The mouth feel is nicely carbonated and it lingers REALLY nicely..full bodied. The combination evokes an involuntary tongue lapping reaction. This one reminds me of ST Creme Brulee, but it's dialed in nicely...not overwhelming like the other one is. The 11% ABV is neither timid nor distracting..in fact this is EXACTLY what i was hoping for. Had my second pass at Woodcut #3 last night and this one..did not disappoint. Highly Recommended. $28.59 at Gomer's in Parkville, MO.

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small beige head with some big bubbles forming on top that recedes quickly to a small swirl along the top.

The aroma is dominated by sugar-covered light fruits, with pears and apricots coming out as well as plenty of alcohol. Caramel malts and lots of oak and vanilla. Seriously sweet nose.

In the flavor, there is plenty of spicy oak, vanilla and booze in the taste. The main flavors are still the booze-soaked pears and sweet malts, but the flavor seems to open up a bit more as it warms and show the wood character a bit more.

Very smooth feel with low carbonation and sticky sweet. Oh, and very boozy as the alcohol is definitely noticeable.

All in all, it's another good effort for Odell in this series and I really enjoyed it. It's probably in third place on my list of the series so far but that's more a product of how much I enjoyed the other two than this not being excellent. Very good.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle no. 2186
Date 4-14-09
Signed by Doug Odell

I almost made it a full year before opening

A: More amber than golden. Not entirely clear, but I didn't really try to decant the yeast. Pretty reasonable head for a year old beer. Dies to a lace after a few minutes. The carbonation is pretty good still. Was worried a bit when I popped the cork and there wasn't a lot of force.

S: Sweet, caramel, some faint fruitiness followed by a ton of barrel character. Tons of oak and bourbon in the aroma. A bit of coconut and vanilla as well. Nothing in the way of hops.

T: Tons of flavors going on. First I get some rich caramel sweetness from the malts. This is followed by a deep fruitiness that is just barely there. There is a hint of diacetyl in the end, but it is just slight. Alcohol and barrel flavors round out the end. The alcohol is noticable but smooth. The barrel adds noticable woody character followed by rich toastiness and burnt coconut. A hint of vanilla in the end. The hops provide mild bitterness, but otherwise it is all malts and barrel. Tons of flavors going on here. Very nice!

M: Silky, smooth. Medium to heavy bodied. Carbonation is on the lower end. Goes down nicely and not terribly underattenuated.

D: A very flavorful beer. The aging may have killed the hop character that was once there. Also, I bet this was more aromatic 6-9 months ago. The price, 28 bucks, brings the drinkability down a bit, but don't be scared away. This beer is really worth the 28 dollars to try it. I would even buy it again at that price, but it would end there. A definite, must try for beer geeks.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by mfielden. Thanks, Mark!

A: Pours a mostly clear (slight haze) light amber body. It has nice trails of lazy bubbles up the glass. An aggressive pour produces a finger of long-lived off-white head, which leaves nice sticky lace behind as it falls.

S: It smells like a really malty barleywine -- in some ways reminiscent of Great Divide's 15th Anniversary Oak-Aged DIPA. Toffee, vanilla, oak, green apple, brown sugar, spice, honey, and a booze sting in the nose. It's very pleasant to sniff, although a bit worrisome because there's no indication of balance or contrast... Just a wide variety of sweet flavors.

T: Toffee and vanilla are very strong. Brown sugar, spice (cinnamon, clove), honey, green apple, buttery oak. There is a nice fruit presence that I can't really pick out; it reminds me of orange and apricot at times. There's still some booze on the finish.

M: Chewy, medium-full body. Low carbonation that makes it nearly velvety. Some heat here. It gets very sweet after a while, though, so it could benefit from some cleansing bubbles.

D: There's no balance to this beer. It's not something I'd like to have again. Way too sweet for me.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JackCrow for bringing this gem and letting us sample.
Poured a golden color with good carbonation and bubbly white head, Nose is booze, oak, vanilla, honey. Taste brought out vanilla, oak, honey, toffee. Mouthfeel is great, very smooth, elements blend together well to form a nice smooth taste that hides ABV very well. Winner.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky yellow/copper color with two fingers of head that recedes down to a quarter inch and camps out there forever.

The aroma is strong caramel sweetness and a hefty dose of oak. Alcohol stings the nostrils a tad, but it is suitable for the ABV. Lots of earthy and resiny hops.

The flavor is not as hoppy as I expected. In fact, its not really that hoppy at all. But it sure is delicious. Caramel maltiness dominates, not as sweet as the nose indicated and I have to say it is an improvement. Alcohol volatiles are noticeable, enough so that I begin to wonder how I will ever finish this 750 ml bottle. This one was meant for nips!....Very rich and flavorful like a classic old ale...think Thomas Hardy.

The body is medium and carbonation is properly low. Boozy sting is the only detractor.

Overall this beer was extremely good and exceeded my expectations. I wish I would have held on to it for another year or two, but it was definitely good enough now that an improvements it may see with time will probably be minimal. I would recommend splitting this at least 3 ways though, it will be a tough task for anyone to put down this whole bottle by themselves.

Highly recommended.

Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared at a tasting, thanks to Arbitrator I think.

Pours hazy copper with a small off-white head. A little sediment noticeable in the glass.

Aroma is very oaky and somewhat sweet. The -bal aging is evident. Sweet pale malt and honey as well.

Flavor is pretty complex and tasty. Pale malt, sweet honey, spices, oak, and vanilla. Some mild sherry oxidation that adds to the complexity.

Medium-bodied with fairly soft carbonation. Decent mouthfeel.

Great drinkability for the big-ass ABV on this one. Overall I like this beer.

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Woodcut No. 2 - Oak Aged Golden Ale from Odell Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.