Woodcut No. 3 - Oak Aged Crimson Ale - Odell Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2013 06:33:02 | More by kojevergas
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
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
Woodcut No. 3 - Oak Aged Crimson Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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