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Woodcut No. 3 - Oak Aged Crimson Ale - Odell Brewing Company

Woodcut No. 3 - Oak Aged Crimson AleWoodcut No. 3 - Oak Aged Crimson Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 95
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.45%


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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 11-20-2009)
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to blue_bleeder for the bottle.

Appearance: Ruddy copper brownish red. Head is beige loose and bubbly. Settles to a clumpy head and collar. Sheets of sticky lacing. Decent head retention. Solid carbonation given the age.

Smell: A ton of deeply caramelized malts. A touch roasted with toffee, caramel, and some overall bready malts. A touch of earthy malts as well. Some earthy hops as well. A touch of old citrus peel. Booze, grape, apple, some vanilla. Oak is still kicking around but it's a bit faded. Oxidized. Some minor medicinal edges. Malty and super bready.

Taste: Bready malts. Caramel and toffee. A touch of molasses. Oxidation adds some minor medicinal and metallic elements. Some vanilla and a solid punch of oak. Bite of alcohol with some associated boozy heat. Hops are a bit citrusy with some old orange peel and a hint of bitterness. Chewy caramelized malts. A toasted edge with some roasted sweetness as well. Plum, cherry, fig, dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Borderline full body. Borderline chewy. Moderate carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Froot booze.

Held up well to the age. Oxidation helps and adds depth.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 01:46:32 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 3/26/14

Appearance: Dark amber with a ton of ruby tones - pours with a giant, light beige head - fades to a small cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: The aroma more or less fits the description, with amber malts, wood, and alcohol - pale, caramel, and amber malts, definitely smells like an imperial red ale - toffee, dark fruits, and a lot of sugary malts - very, very sweet - lots of oak, with some oxidation

Taste: Oak chips sprinkled with sugar and booze - big, caramelized malts, with some serious amber malt flavors - very sweet, like malt extract - toffee and some dark fruits - oxidized malts - big oak flavors, very woody, with some kind of lingering spiciness - alcohol is very prominent

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, nice carbonation, rather syrupy, finishes kind of sticky and hot

Overall: Once again I find myself facing diabetes

I am usually a huge fan of Odell's, but I find this too sugary and too boozy. If you're looking for things to keep in your cellar, this may not make the cut.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 01:44:53 | More by angrybabboon
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kojevergas

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nov 2009 vintage. Bottle 2176. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork served into an Odell snifter/tulip hybrid glass. 11% ABV confirmed. Label is pretty simple yet appealing. Bottle acquired as part of a vintage beer release by a local CO bottle shop in November 2012. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which I quite respect. Not reviewed as any particular style.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 2 finger wide head of nice off-white colour. Good luscious thickness and creaminess. Nice even smooth consistency. Decently soft complexion. Retention is good - about 4-5 minutes. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a really dark crimson/amber of below-average vibrance. Muddled and murky. Opaque. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it doesn't look like any specific style. I do like the head, but nothing stands out as unique or special. I'm optimistic. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Amber malts, caramel, caramalt, toffee, Munich malts, bready malts, an oak tone (but no rich vanilla or toasty notes), and biscuit malts. Some faded floral and fruity hop character in there too. It's a biteen boozy. No real yeast character is detectable; it's quite clean. A little raisin. Brown sugar. Some dark fruit, sort of like you'd find in a dubbel or quadrupel.

I'm not finding any of the almond notes mentioned on the label.

A decent aroma of above average strength.

T: Caramel, cream, sour green apple, vague nebulous dark fruit notes, raisin, biscuit malts, amber malts, brown malts, and some oak. I don't know that age has really helped this beer or developed its notes. Not particularly well balanced. The build isn't too cohesive either, and it's certainly not a gestalt brew. Okay complexity, but little subtlety, intricacy, or nuance.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character comes through. I do find some alcohol presence which impedes drinkability. I'm not finding the toasted almond described by the label.

My companion suggests oxidation, and I do find some light wet cardboard notes indicative of that. Also a bit of marshmallow.

I don't know that I like it. There are some elements I like (the cream, some of the malt character, and a bit of the oak).

Mf: Smooth, wet, a bit creamy, overly thick, too full-bodied, and unrefreshing. Presence on the palate is far from ideal. Suits the flavour profile okay. It's somehow still overcarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, or astringent.

Dr: I'll have some trouble finishing this, even with my companion helping me. I'm not sure age has done it well, and I wouldn't get it again based on this experience. I really wanted more from the oak. This isn't Odell's strongest work by any means. Not really worth trying. If you have it, drink it now because I can't see it improving at all. Doesn't hide its ABV well.

Drank fine from Odell glassware.

The green apple and toasted marshmallow notes are the highlight of the beer for me.

Fresh, my companion and I are betting it was a B- or a B. The more I drink it (and the more it warms), the better it gets.

Low C+

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 06:33:02 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle #3633, Nov. 2009

Pours a very cloudy, dark orange-ish/brown color with a 1.5 finger yellowish beige head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Large streaks of soapy left behind. Normally I would score the appearance higher but the color is off making it seem mud-like.

The aroma is dominated by earthy oak, overpowering most of the other elements. Tons of barrel but not burnt smelling or overwhelming. Pretty one dimensional. As it warms there's a strong yeast component along with faint hops, caramel malt and biscuit. The nose isn't uninviting, just kind of boring.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a prominent oak barrel flavor that lingers over the ale yeast, earthy hops and sweet malt into a dry finish. Dry and woody but not acrid or toothpick like. Strong yeast character provides balance but he hops taste stale at this point. Some malt sweetness underneath but it's outshines by the barrel and yeast. Subtle alcohol heat in the finish but overall, the high ABV is decently masked. Still, the flavors are a touch harsh hurting drinkability. Not bad but I wish I would have opened it sooner.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 04:34:36 | More by corby112
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

been cellaring since 2009. finally popped it. pours a beautiful red orange color, heavy looking, with a lot of white foam that relaxes quickly. this is a dense liquid boy, it is leaving some serious runners on the glass. it smells like a forest on a wet autumn day. like decaying wood. okay, but not fresh oak. the malt profile is sort of german, but this has broken down considerably im sure. rustic yeast gives fresh bread notes, but the old oak is really dominant. it also smells like its going to kill you in terms of alcohol, but the flavor isnt nearly as boozed up, and it actually feels pretty mellow. lots of old wood in the flavor too, totally decomposing oak. never had a beer with this much oak maturity to it. its impressive really, and the red malts give a lot of flavorful body to it. i never had this when it was fresh, but i imagine the aging process helped it calm down a bit. its got a relaxed mouthfeel. full body of course, and very thick to drink, but the alcohol sting is not intense, and there actually remains a decent but of carbonation in this. this is my second of the woodcut beers, and maybe not as enjoyable as number 5, but it was a special treat worth the wait. id be curious to hear what anyone else thinks about an old bottle of this... its interesting stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 19:49:50 | More by StonedTrippin
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DovaliHops

California

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generous extra from an awesome BA. Pours a murky brownish red color. Scent is very malty with some pleasant almond and vanilla aromas. Good barrel profile...vanilla and caramel. Hints of toffee. Taste is very malty at first with a slightly tart cherry flavor. Bitter-sween raisin flavor with a good amount of nuttiness. As it warms, lots of almond and cashew. Still a good amount of booze to this one. Some mellow cherrywood flavors with a bit of palo santo. Finishes with a bit of alcohol and tart cherry. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. Warming. Drinkability is fairly high for such a huge beer. Overall, another great offering from Odell. I liked the Woodcut 5, loved the Woodcut 4, and this one falls somewhere in between.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 06:11:29 | More by DovaliHops
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raveskdr

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Chris (Radagast83) for this one. I got this off the shelf for him back at a Friar Tuck in St. Louis.

A - Darkish brown with a nice head.

S - Lots of oak and maltiness in this one. Slight dark fruit as well.

T - Taste follows the nose. Lots of maltiness that is encased with some oak and slight vanilla. Minimal hoppiness that has stuck around after years in the bottle. Probably was quite hoppy when fresh.

M - Nice thick mouth. Definitely a sipper.

O - This is a fine beer, but it's nothing special. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, and wasn't nearly as good as Woodcut 5. And with a $25 pricetag...

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 18:54:22 | More by raveskdr
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Happy Thanksgiving to me. I've been sitting on this one for about 1 and 1/2 years, so this seems like a great night to give it a shot and see how it is with a couple of years on it. Bottled in November 2009, bottle number 6004. Review is from notes taken on 11/24/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a deep dark caramel brown/apple cider kind of color; starts with a thick, 2 finger light tan head that has really good retention and lasts throughout the drink; body is clouded and murky, bordering on opaque; a few spots and strands of lacing manage to cling in the end.

Smell: OK, the smell is pretty fantastic, and there's really no other way to describe it. Tons of caramel and some hints of vanilla create a very sweet, but not overly so, wafting scent just billowing out of the glass; a touch of dark fruit and some warm spiciness -- perhaps some nutmeg; faint whiff of alcohol lingers in the back, but it blends in very well with the sweet smells that dominate the front of the scent.

Taste: Big, and a little sweeter than the nose even lets on that it will be -- tons of the caramel maltiness; some dark and sweet fruit is in there, but also a touch of acidic and slightly tart green apple; more alcohol in the mouth than in the nose, and with this being at 2 years old, I have to wonder how big the booziness would have been if opened earlier.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation has not been affected by time -- it's still big, strong, prickly, almost a little sharp even; body is of medium weight, and a thick, sticky and dry coating is left all over the mouth; carbonation could be a little softer, I think that would make for a much smoother and easier drinking beer considering the size and weight.

Overall: A great beer, with the best aspect being the nose -- freaking fantastic, I'm telling you... Definitely not an everyday kind of beer, but really good after a big Thanksgiving meal and long cool walk with the dog. Wish I had another to see how it is doing in a couple of more years, but hey, these things are made for drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 02:28:16 | More by bamadog
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biga7346

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized tulip (taken from drunken notes)

A: Looks cloudy, grainy, some foam but not much

N: Candi sugar, brownie, pastry crust and some overripe bananas. There's like a real bready sweetness here along the lines of pastry, brown sugar, buttery notes partnered with tangy fruit aroma like fresh pineapple. A very thin layer of dank funk.

T/M: Fruit juice like texture, some chalkiness in the finish and a little chewy throughout but not in an overpowering way. It doesn't take away from the drinkability at all. I get bakers chocolate, powdered sugar, vanilla, a great mix of sweetness and malts and a little tartness.

D: One of those beers that breaks away from style molds and jump starts the palate, pretty damned good shit here.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 03:10:23 | More by biga7346
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish amber colored beer with a white head that had a little retention and left a little lace.

S - Caramel malts, touch of darker stuff like dark fruit and some toffee. There's a fairly pleasant oak and vanilla smell that knock this one up a notch in my book.

T - Sweet caramel with other tastes that follow the nose. Bit of wood good vanilla, toffee. Not as much dark fruit, which is good actually. Kind of like this one.

M - Fairly full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - I liked this beer quite a bit and it exceeded my expectation. Think this is something that will also age nicely for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 06:05:36 | More by AgentZero
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agentverde

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woodcut No. 3 was an outstanding follow-up to No. 2's Golden Ale, another deep, rich special release to cement Odell Brewing as my favorite brewer in the country.

I'm going to admit some nostalgia here, too. I had this beer to celebrate the birth of my daughter, and I still have a bottle aging two years later.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 18:26:57 | More by agentverde
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ktrillionaire

Florida

2.4/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to beersack for the share. Consumed with the Willard's gang. The brew pours a deep crimson-amber hue, as advertised, and is topped with a fluffy, sudsy off-white cap that deposits surprisingly little lace. The nose is malty and still bitter, though the hops seem to have lost their specific dynamics. The brew smells like a carelessly aged Barleywine of the American variety. Flavor-wise, it is also right there with that last description. The maltiness is rich, but it has just about an equal share of, say, wet cardboard - to the same of, say, fig compote; not good. And the hops aren't helping anything, as they just taste bitter, muddled and pithy. The feel is big and sticky, and about the best thing I can say about thisbrew, other than I won't have to drink another one, is that the alcohol is relatively unnoticed, which is something of a feat for an 11% brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 18:22:28 | More by ktrillionaire
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odell Woodcut No. 3, Oak Aged Crimson Ale, ABV 11%, "American oak plays a predominant role in Woodcut No.3. Crystal and Cara malts marry with Munich malts to create a pleasing red hue and a satisfying sweetness. Notes of raisin , rich caramel and toasted almond complement the hop pairing as a prominent oak aroma completes it all. Each woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer made with select hops, fine malted barley and our brewers careful aging process." Bottle 2220, Nov, 2009.

Crimson ale. Their cute way of not calling it a Flanders Red, or something similar? Okay with me. Let's take a look at it.
Clouded and crimson, surely, with a smallish, but staying beige cover of foam.

Aroma: potently port-like, with plenty raisins and dates, some vanilla, and notes of caramel and toffee, too. Rich and thrillingly complex. Like it.

Taste: a trifle tart at first, then comes small sweetness, with those dark fruit, vanilla and malt characteristics noted above returning in the flavor. Sweetness even matched with a touch of sour, and the additions from the oak aging. A lot of wonderful flavors, marvelously mixed and matched.
Very mellow stuff, incredibly charming and likable.
The high alcohol content hasn't raised a ruckus yet, but we're only halfway in…time will tell...

many thanks to DaveAnderson for providing this bottle as a birthday gift.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 09:26:22 | More by feloniousmonk
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FosterJM

California

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

783rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750ml C/C

@Woodshop Classix
Thanks to Kyle for sharing!

App- A darker muddled brown pour with a 1-1/2” finger of light pancake batter looking head. A good stick and a little bit of leg to it.

Smell- After having the #2, this one is more oaky and not as apples but more dark fruits and malt driven. Quite a bit better on the nose.

Taste- A very well done strong ale. A lot of things are going on but retain a balance and symmetry to this beer. A malt driven strong with some sweetness from caramel and other sugars. Big amounts of the oak impart flavors and keep this a big beer.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A lot of oak and malt sweetness remain on this one. Quite a chewy feel to it.

Drink- A much better effort on 3 vs 2. This one was much more enjoyable. A bigger beer with rounded flavors and more punch.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 17:28:53 | More by FosterJM
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claspada

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shoutout to G311 for providing this in trade last week for our in-person PA swap.
The beer pours a nice thick looking amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. Aromas begin with, no surprise wood barrel with nice caramel maltiness; smells a little like malt extract for you homebrewers. As it warms you get the nice nuances of the barrel, mainly vanilla and a little spice (could also be from the hops but after 2 years I'm guessing not).
The tastes begin with nice maltiness; caramel and breadiness. The oak comes in next but this is by no means a wood bomb after almost 2 years in the bottle. As it warms you get more very pleasant mellow flavors of vanilla, some toffee, darker caramels, and a little hint fruitiness (raisin and a little apple). This is really drinking smooth right now; as you continue to sip further little barrel influenced flavors pop out one by one on your palate (brown sugar and orange if you can believe that). The mouthfeel is great at well; the barrel aging helps to dry out the full caramel and bready malt body and temper the ABV sweetness. This is one of my favorite kind of beers; one that is full bodied WITH ample carbonation.
Overall this is my first experience with the Woodcut series but I know it won't be my last now. I love the wood character and how it is not too in your face. Beers like this aren't meant to be consumed fresh, but after a year or so to allow the barrel to full integrate with the bottle conditioning and properly mellow/combine flavors. Not a drop of alcohol taste which is amazing for any beer over 10%. Not sure if it warrants a $25+ price tag, but these barrel beers aren't cheap to make so it's worth it when they are winners like No. 3 here.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 23:02:51 | More by claspada
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle in a trade from forgetfu I believe - thanks man, incredibly generous! From notes.

Pours a dark brown with ruby and orange highlights, touch of haze, two fingers off white head settles to a thin ring and layer around the glass, looks good.

Smell reveals lots of wood/oak from the barrel, light astringency, caramel, some biscuit and honey, touch of booze. Taste is similar, big and oaky, caramel, vanilla, astringent wood, light spicy, biscuit, honey, boozy through the middle, a bit of light fruitiness, some berries, bitter spicy finish, but mostly balanced. Medium body, low to med. carbonation, hides the ABV well, drinkable for its weight. Heavy on the barrel but not really the worse for wear on it, not overly complex but quite tasty - enjoyed!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 16:35:30 | More by ritzkiss
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle from AJ’s Via Linda. Bottle #1313, Nov. 2009). Pours cloudy mahogany with khaki head. Nice lacing. Aroma is strong oak, biscuit and grain. Taste is sweet with more wood. Medium to full bodied with oily texture. Fizzy on the tongue. Not bad at all. Normally I don't liked oaked beers, but this one is decent. Steep price @ $25/bottle, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 07:59:22 | More by trappistlover
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, thanks to ritzkiss for bringing over!

Pours a mostly clear ruby red, some orange highlights, a touch of haze, medium sized off white head forms and settles to a thin ring and layer around the glass, very bright, looks pretty nice.

Smell is neat, lots of wood/oak in the nose, fresh barrel, some vanilla, light astringency, caramel, very malty, some biscuit and honey, brown sugar, a bit boozy in the nose but 11% was well hidden I thought, a little simplistic but nice.

Taste is similar, big and oaky, caramel, vanilla, astringent wood, light spicy, biscuit, honey, boozy through the middle, a bit of light fruitiness, some berries, bitter spicy finish, but mostly balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. A nice strong ale. Oak is a touch overdone but the ABV is well hidden. Simple but pretty good, thanks Eric!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 17:08:32 | More by Viggo
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.58/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Blech.

A nice color, this is crimson with a dense, off white head. The nose is intensely lumber-like intensely oak, rather spicy, with some vanilla and plenty of raisins. The palate opens with a blend of raisins, alcohol and oak dust. Oak continues on the mid-palate, with some vanilla, wood and more wood. Sweet,syrupy and raisiny on the finish, this full bodied beer is a real disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 04:17:58 | More by DefenCorps
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. November 2009, bottle #7496.

4.5 A: Deep amber color. Two fingers of creamy beige head with great retention and glass covering lacing. Great!

4.0 S: Lumberyard amounts of oak. Really, it's unthinkably intense, but it somehow isn't overbearing. Lots of vanillins in there as well. It's hard to smell anything past the oak, but it seems like there's a decent caramel backbone to this. Otherwise clean with somewhat sweet neutral maltiness.

4.5 T: Delicious! Solid strong ale flavors - caramel, toffee to an extent, and lots of fruitiness with plum, peach, fig, and maybe a touch of raisin. Again, tons of oak in this and tons of vanilla to accompany.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Excellently creamy without being too chewy. Goes down very easy.

4.5 D: Very good beer. I haven't had this fresh, but I'm pretty sure that time has brought improvement. I think if this was any oakier, it might be intolerable, but as it stands right now, it's pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 01:53:08 | More by DavoleBomb
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle No. 5175

Appearance: Pours a burnished amber color with a prominent head that leaves a ton of lacing behind in the chalice

Smell: Golden raisins, apple, toffee, cinnamon and a hint of marmalade

Taste: Opens with a caramel apple and golden raisin character that adds some spice cake elements; by mid-palate, the hops emerge, bringing a piney, marmalade bitterness; after the swallow, the flavors meld together very nicely with the oak providing a woody aspect to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but a bit overcarbonated

Drinkability: A very nice strong ale that has mellowed nicely over the past year

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 01:01:47 | More by brentk56
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Bubba83

California

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at around 50 degrees into a New Belgium Globe. Thanks to my dad for sending this out to me for my birthday present.

Appears dark brown, and a bit murky in nature. Light brown/tan two finger width head is super fluffy and fine. Retention is awesome and it laces fairly well too. Pretty good looking, but the color isn't the liveliest.

A big vanilla note permeates all the way through the nose. Some cherry alcoholic aromas waft out of the glass freely. Some cinnamon stick, orange peel, and coriander can also be noticed, similar to smelling a spiced cider on a Wintery holiday. Overall I dig it.

This beer has a lot of character. It's very big and bold, and the oak is very apparent. I respect that in a beer. It reminds me a bit of Lukcy Basartd from Stone, but it's got a bit more spice going on, and it's less hoppy. The flavor profile is a little more sweet than I like. Big liquid fruitcake type flavor, alcoholic cherries and vanilla are present again. Cinnamon is again present, and I even get a bit of ginger as well. It's odd how you pick out flavors in a beer that you've eaten recently in food. I had sushi tonight and had some slices of the pickled ginger there.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. It's pretty big and chewy, but I'd say it's a bit overcarbonated for as big as it is. I'd rather it be a little smoother on my tongue for the thickness.

Considering the cherry component is such a big part of the flavor profile, it actually incorporates nicely and drinks pretty decently. I just wish it had some bigger hop presence for balance, and was a little bit easier to palate overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 05:26:38 | More by Bubba83
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750, bottle #5487 from Nov 2009 - Dark chestnut meets darker mahogany, dim and opaquely set in the glass with a nearly black appearance in most light with it pulling some of its dark brown rustyness across its expanse. A dusty, light brown foam grows quickly and very thickly, setting hefty and high, leveling off slowly, leaving a wall of lace across the glass and finally reaching a nice solid waft of skim. Gorgeous!

Nice aroma of deeply set and dark malted overtones that alude to its oaky base without being overly powerful and burning any nose hairs. Maple-y sweet, vanilla spiced, largely oaky with nice darkly sweetened depth. Some dark orangeyness, golden raisin goo, currants, molasses poke thru, a bit of coconut milk, and a light bakery goodness of caramel rolls dashed with cinnamon. But boy does the oak and maple stand out nice and heavy.

Taste is a bit less on the mapley stuff then the aroma elludes too while gathering more of its malty core with a good portion of sticky dark stuff; molasses, caramel, currant, raisin, dates, splash of vanilla, a few pinches of brown sugar, spiced with warming tropical oakyness of orange marmalade, some cinnamon, dry piney hops and dry leafyness is specked about in the warmth. The maple pulls thru later into its huge amazingly lasting chewy awesome finish. Wow, does this stuff have some stick to it! And then another layer of light drying spices warms it up just a nudge more...

Feel starts with a light tang of pale and caramel malt, fairly clean and medium, but it gains a whole new level of chewy smooth thickness as it warms ever so slightly with its oaky nuances and spices. The finish lasts forever and a day with a mega chewy stick as does it belly warming 11% while spiked way in the back with a tingly dusty dryish spice.

Just gotta love the Woodcut Series from Odell. These suckers are awesome big beers of yummyness, craftitude, and sipability.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 01:18:18 | More by tavernjef
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dragonWhale

New York

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle from a trade in the great land of Colorado. Enjoyed (responsibly) on Sunday of the Wood Aged Weekend. Now, perhaps I would've enjoyed this beverage more if I'd saved it for some other time, but I think putting into my body thusly has framed it appropriately.
Dark amber in my baby chali. Big oak, some sweet malt and caramel. Not too much else, and not exceptionally impressive. Not bad either! In fact, the alcohol and oak bind together well and create a dry balance to the sweetness of the malt. However, comparing this to the other delicacies of the weekend, it just falls a bit short.
Goot effort, my Odellian friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 08:12:52 | More by dragonWhale
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Jacobpaul81

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle -poored into pint glasses, 10/27/2010

A: Pours dark red amber, light tan head that holds up. Light lacing

S: Very Fragrant, mostly wood smells. I get a mixing of pine and oat. Some sweet malt smells, mostly toffee but not strong.

T: Tastes like a Barleywine or a amber beer mixed with brandy. Strong Red Malt character that finishes with some spicey hops that sit on the tongue. Very heavy woody flavor to it that holds throughout beer. Alcohol is a little strong.

M: Medium-bodied with subtle carbonation. Not an overpowering beer.

D: Very Good beer. A dessert beer for sure, not something you're going to want for your daily session drink of choice, but this was very impressive.

Notes: I think this one will be better aged. It's bottle conditioned and with the 11% ABV, it should become far more favorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 20:33:02 | More by Jacobpaul81
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