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

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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 41
Gots: 41 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 11-20-2009)
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Reviews by angrybabboon:
Photo of angrybabboon
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.

angrybabboon, Mar 27, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red pour with a thick, tan head that retains itself nicely. Very good looking brew.

Layers of toasted oak, nuts, vanilla, alcohol, and peanut brittle fill out the aroma.

A lot going on here. Caramel, fruit (cherry,cranberry), raisin, nuts, vanilla in the fade, and it has a root-like note going on as well. You definately feel the alcohol more than you taste it.

Full bodied with active carbonation. So I think it's got some breathing room to lose a little of both during ageing. Classy stuff. This is a great series from Odell.

brownbeer, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, dated 11/2009 bottle number 6380. Pours a murky brown with ruby highlights. It has a huge rocky off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts and cola with a little resiny piney hops and a touch of cinnamon. As it warms some green apples and alcohol come out.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts and some fruit, wood and molasses leading toward a lightly resiny, slightly plastic, hop finish that has a good amount of bitterness. The alcohol is a bit hot. The mouthfeel is full bodied with smooth velvety carbonation.

Overall, this is probably my least favorite woodcut so far. It's still interesting and worth a try though.

Beaver13, Nov 30, 2009
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

adgrant, Jan 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

acurtis, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of FernMaster
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a Tulip.

There are such a few amount of reviews out there for this beer. I don't know if it's from the price tag alone or from people who buy it refusing to put how disappointing this beer is into words. Time to add one more negative deviation to my review count....

The pour of this beer, aside from the fantastic 2+ fingers worth of head, was foreboding. More so than Hitchcock's opening to Rebbecca. The appearance, in a word, was septic. I feared for my life and grabbed for a knife thinking that the creature from the Black Lagoon was going to pop out at any time and strike. Okay, the lacing was nice. But the creature from the black Lagoon could rip through nice curtains.

The smell was just okay at best. There was caramel, raisins and a decent touch of hops in the mix. The oak barrel aging was noticeable in the smell, but not truly welcome.

The taste. Meh. I've had plenty better in this style, that didn't cost so fucking much too. The mild hop profile blended well with the oak aging and fruit flavors, the raisins, maybe other dark fruits and the caramel again. My buddy noted it's like Bigfoot Ale, we both agreed that that's better though. There's an earthyness to this beer though that probably comes from the oak aging and in this case, I don't think adding it to the barrels truly in the end added a damn thing to the beer. It was more of an unwelcome house guest, one you can't say no to, you wish he was gone, but to keep up appearances you had to grin and bare his presence.

The mouthfeel was okay, it was thick but not overbearing, something you can easily drink and enjoy.

This beer has a Twenty-six dollar price tag on it. That's a lot of freaking money! And I definitly say that it simply is not worth the money. I've had MUCH better beer in this style for a lot less money. This beer is rather pretentious. There's limited quantities, it was aged in oak (for no apparent reason) and comes with a laughable price tag. If a beer was to ever sit in a proverbial ivory tower, this would be it. I wonder if the reviews are so high because people spent so much money on a beer, they want to believe it's good. Who wants to spend this much money and be disappointed? If this beer was say, $8, how much lower would the score be? How much does scarcity and steep prices affect the psyche of the reviewer? How much does it add to the disdain? I can answer that, at least sixteen dollars worth.

FernMaster, Aug 01, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Goebels (Wichita)

Bottle 6018 opens with a resounding pop & pours with an effervescent orange/caramel with 3 fingers of tan head. Outstanding lacing & head retention

S: Apple peels, oakyness & plums

T: Oaky dryness, pears, leafy hops & faint toffee notes, dryness & a touch apple peels up front. Hints of fogs, raisins & general jammyness, along with a pronounced dryness, port notes as well once this warms up. Finishes fruitty, a bit of almond, with much oakyness & just a touch of herbal hops providing a good counter balance to the sweetness

MF: Fairly bubbly, sticky

Drinks easy enough for the ABV, this reminds me of Chardonnay, which I'm not a huge fan of, this could probably stand at least another year's aging. Given the price I can't see buying another bottle to satisfy my curiosity. My least favorite of the the 3 woodcuts...

russpowell, Apr 18, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

bkeller04, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

GRG1313, Sep 03, 2012
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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.

trappistlover, May 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

theminutemen, May 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

jaydoc, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inflatablechair got this in a LIF and brought it over a couple weeks ago.... Thanks Sam. Reviewed from paper notes.

Bottle# 2170..

Lite tan head.. slightly hazed reddish/amber brew.. lacing and retention..

Nose is lite floral hoppiness .. tannic wood.. something that I can only describe as Perfumy.. caramel malts are there, but are blown out a bit by the wood..

Flavor has a descent bitter hoppy backbone that moves into caramel and lite toffee.. huge woody overtones are pretty aggressive .. lite herby hoppiness seems out of place .. toasty malts and woody tannins seem to mesh well.. some lite cherry fruitiness... some mild vanilla .. medium body with a bit bigger than expected carbonation .. I liked this.. but the wood was wayyy too heavy.. I don't know if it would calm down with age, but I bet I will try and figure it out with a trade or two.

Thanks Sam and to the cool peeps who are keeping this LIF moving forward.

3.5/4/3.5/3.5/3.5

JohnGalt1, Jan 20, 2010
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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.

biga7346, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

moseefus, Dec 08, 2011
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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!

ritzkiss, Jun 28, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

G-Hawk, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of claspada
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.

claspada, Jul 07, 2011
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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.

DavoleBomb, Apr 12, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

theCoder, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Dieck, Aug 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 31, 2012
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Woodcut No. 3 - Oak Aged Crimson Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.