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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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 56
Gots: 27 | FT: 4
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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.

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Reviews by Onslow:
Photo of Onslow
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep golden color, with a fantastic sticky lacing head .. . smell is of fresh super sticky oak and honey, with a dash of super smooth golden rum .. . sprinkles! .. . quite alot of toffee and oak in the taste, nice sweetness level.. . 6 months has done nicely, pretty much there .. . i liked this brew alot, #1 was more complex and wood defined, but this is world class! .. . keep it going Odell, these are your best beers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened with a friend to kick off hell's kitchen.

looks great, smells just like it should; vanilla sweetness, oak richness.

Not a lot of carbonation which is okay but I could have used a little little more.

We sniffed and sipped it for about an hour and a half. Greatness that should only get better.

Photo of Beaver13
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - number 3155, dated 4/20/09. Pours a hazy golden copper with a small white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel, toffee and molasses with some dark fruits and wood and a little alcoholic bitterness.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts, some fruitcake spices, fruits, and a decent amount of alcoholic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a very nice warming beer that's surprisingly well balanced despite being slightly sharp on the alcohol and a little on the sweet side. Reminiscent of a good English barley wine. I like it.

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

Shared a bottle with friends. I'd call this a blonde barleywine aged in/on oak. There's a big, beautiful oak and vanilla character that lends to the smooth feel. The malts by themselves are fairly plain with just a syrupy white bread and sugar taste. The hops bring an earthy tinge to the finish, but the oak... Oh man, the oak makes this beer. Big and luscious vanilla oak with hint of white grape and toffee. This beer is the epitome of a great wood-aged beer. Odell makes the absolute most of the aging. And I also have to add that for an 11% non-Belgian, this approaches being dangerously drinkable. Very tasty and worth a try.

Photo of Brandt
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured out an amber copper straw color with a fine white head

the smell is very inviting and has maple syrup, oak, and a warm booze character as well as vanilla and hints of rasin and brown sugar

the taste is pretty impressive. there is an onslought of vanilla and oak that gives way to an almost bourbon like character with rich carmelized malts and just a note of earth mossy type flavors. simply devine

this beer doesn't exactly finish becasue the huge body of this brew stays with you after the beer is gone. there is a rich sweetnes that hangs on the palate and a warming booze effect that you can feel deep in your chest. this beer is absolutley amazing, granted it should be for the price tag, and a real treat to enjoy. definetly would like to have another when the No.3 batch comes out

Photo of mikey711
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I only took sparse notes for this one

A: It was bright gold with a fluffy white head that was a bit on the big side but didnt leave too much lace

S: Tons of wood is present along with some biscuity and caramel sweetness.

T: Very much like the smell but the malt body was very sugary sweet. The wood provided a nice earth note and there was some vanilla present as well

M: There was a bit of booziness and the body was a bit lighter than I expected

D: I was putting this was down much faster than I expected i would so I guess that means it is pretty highly drinkable for an 11%er

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been holding this for a while, waiting for a cold right to make it worth my while, tonight is cold enough! #2602 was bottled Apr 15 09

Opens with a ever so slight pop, pours an effervescent apricot/honey color with a finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Rich breadyness, oakyness, cherries & booze

T: Cakey, jammy with dryness & a touch of apricot & citrus hops up front, plus a touch of cherries as well. Big time fruittyness as this warms, then bourbon with a bit of butter rum, plus honey dryness & some cherry as well. Finishes with a honey bourbon sweetness, a touch too much for me, dryness & a touch of cherry, was real close to pulling a 5.0

MF: Chewy with slight but noticeable carbonation, dry & slick at the same time

Drinks fairly easy for the style & ABV, I don't like this as much as #1 & given the pricing, not sure I will ever get to try #3. Very good effort, but again I've had better or near as good at half the price, not digging the pricing trend on many of these barrel aged beers. Another 3-9 months & this baby will be peaked out IMO, but since it's my only bottle I may never know..

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 SpecialK088
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from the bottle

Pours a very deep golden color, so deep in fact the head even apears gold as well. Head is 2 finger and fluffy no laceing down the glass

The smell of this beer is unlike anything and sets it far aprt from other beers, very deep yeast smell, bannanna, and a very defined spice. Upon a bigger smell you get the alchol and very sugary sweetness.

Flavor is big in all ways bitter spice and sugary sweet come together exceptionally well to make a very complex and rich overall flavor. Bannanna and a very strong yet no where close to overbearing alchol burn in the finish

Mouthfeel is smooth and sliky, perfect carbonation and very nice medium body.

Sipper to be sure but thats one of the best parts about this one is that as it warms it doesnt change much at all. Not something just anyone could pick up and drink

Photo of humanawho
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - great golden color with some legs but low carbonation makes a good head hard to attain

S - nice almond aroma some vanilla and cotton candy aromas with some alcohol hinted at

T - great smooth taste of almonds, strong vanilla with some light woodyness, and light heat

M - very smooth

D - could slowly drink a case of this in a couple of days

Photo of peabody
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out really neat with not a lot of suds but the bubbles just under the surface are searching to get to the top but they just can't seem to make it. Nice cloudy light ice tea color. Def. lacing.
Butterscotch and caramel with raisin bread and a slight aroma of alcohol.
Taste is brown sugar and raisins with a sweet spicy mix of allspice and a twinge of oak. Really woody and the well hidden alcohol make this a great sipping drink.
Very sticky to the mouth but very refined. This is a very good drinking brew.
I first thought this was too sweet for a great session brew but boy was I wrong. Just a great overall beer.

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 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 GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Special thanks to KCHopHead for this from our recent trade!

Bottle No. 2695
Date 4-15-09

A: Pours a cloudy spiced apple cider color. The cork slid out with almost no pop but a regular pour netted a creamy one finger head that left a nice lacey mess on the glass. Lazily carbonated and some suspended sediment was visible.

S: Right off the bat, Heather noticed a fresh orange zest and vanilla aroma. I agreed, and added to it toffee, sodden oak, spices, caramel, and cherry.

T: See above. We could really taste the fresh virgin oak barrels that they used. The new barrels really added flavors of vanilla and spices. A real earthy/woodsy flavor.

M: Surprisingly sweet, smooth, and slick considering the abv. This gets a tantalizing bit of pepper from the oak.

D: This was our first bottle offering from Odell and we were very impressed! Thanks Braden!

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 jwc215
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bitterbill for this!
Poured into tulip glass -

Pours hazed tea-like orange-amber with a thin bubbly head that leaves dotted lacing.

The smell iis sweet - candy-ish with strong oak/vanilla, orange marmalade and a hint of toffee.

The taste is sweet - vanilla, caramel, towards toffee and nougat - nutty maltiness... It has a tannic dryness mixed in that lands the finish at semi-sweet.

The carbonation is relaxed, with a medium body. Smooth, though a bit sticky.

An enjoyable sweet sipper that is strong on vanilla. Alcohol is reasonably well-covered for wine-like abv.

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 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 waltonc
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled the cork on this and there was no pop whatsoever. I worried there was no carbonation, but was thankfully wrong.

A: Hazy golden straw color with a centimeter of head that fizzles down to some nice lacing.
S: oak, sweet malt, vanilla, and I don't know what else.
T: again, lots of oak, very sweet, vanilla, a tad of caramel, toasted coconut, and white muscat grapes.
M: Thick, sticky, and medium carbonation.
D: In spite of the thick body and high sugar, I think this is great. I'm hoping I can pick up a couple bottles to age. I think this will do very well with a couple years on it.

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 jokelahoma
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a beer tasting party in Olathe, KS.

Poured a slightly cloudy, light bronze color. Head was fairly substantial, yet died almost as quickly as it disappeared, leaving but a skiff of foam.

Aroma was malt, malt, and more malt. The beer smells very, very sweet. Almost smells like unfermented wort, full of sugars. Hops are nowhere to be found in the aroma.

The flavor mimics the aroma, to be honest. It's very sweet, and very malty. Good grainy flavor, with no hop presence to speak of. What bitterness there is seems well hidden beneath all the malt flavors. This is a malt-centric beer, and unapologetically so. Almost English barleywine-ish in its flavor, yet beer in some ways. Malty and sweet, yet clean. Has some apricot-like flavors shining through, perhaps a little avocado too, if one is to stay with the "A"s. In spite of the 11 percent alcohol, it doesn't show any hot alcohol flavors that I can detect.

The mouthfeel is quite thick and oily, as can be expected for a beer with this much in the way of residual sugars. It's not chewy, but it just does miss that mark. It isn't work to drink it, but it just misses that mark too.

Overall, this one is tough to drink, yet a joy to work at. It is not an easy drinker and certainly not something you're going to toss back a few of. But it offers great reward for those who persevere. It's huge, yet there's a delicateness to the beer hidden underneath all that big malt flavor. At the price they charge, I doubt I seek out another bottle, but I'm by no means sorry to say I've paid for one and drank it with friends. Worth trying, especially if you can get someone else to pony up the $$.

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