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

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 41
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
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: Oxymoron on 11-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by biga7346:
Photo of biga7346
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of FernMaster
2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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...

Photo of trappistlover
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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

Photo of angrybabboon
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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!

Photo of claspada
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber-crimson color with a bit of a white head. Nose brings forward some light oak as well as some caramel, dark fruits, and a bit of vanilla. The taste is mostly oak with some mild oak and a bit of dark fruits and sweetness. Moderate feel with a bit of alcohol. Drinks alright, but isn't all that flavorful and I'm not sure the base beer--whatever it was--really benefited too much from the oak aging.

Photo of riored4v
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12/24/09

Poured into a tulip. Murky, dark brown body. Thick, 2 finger off-white head.

Smell was caramely, and hints of dark fruit. Nice burnt maltiness and good amount of oak aroma.

Taste had the dark fruit flavors as well along with some nice flavors of raisins. Good amount of caramel and dark malts. Fairly strong presence of oak. Mildly bitter in finish helps keep the sweetness from upfront being overbearing.

Mouthfeel was medium/thick. Good carbonation and slightly slick.

Drinkaibility on the medium side. While the beer goes down fairly easy, it's definitely a one nd done for me. 11% was well hidden, but the thickness and sweetness limits the drinkability.

Overall the beer had a very enjoyable flavor while being fairly complex. I could see this being very good with some age.

Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Bubba83
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Reaper16
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle - #5793 - into a tulip glass

Pours a murky, completely opaque shade of poop-ass brown. The body looks really, really ugly. Septic. The head, however? Fantastic. Two and a half fingers of tight, compact foam the color of a pair of Dockers pants. The lacing is textbook. If only the body of the beer were anything other than ass.

This smells a lot like a barleywine. Tons of caramel, tons of bittering hops. Appleskin. Banana. Honeysuckle. Sweet booze. This isn't complex as much as it is rote.

Toasted malt flavors meet caramel malt flavors meet bread crusts meet walnuts. TONS of maltiness. Hops are strongly felt; moreso in bitterness than anything else. A bit of banana, a bit of dried orange. A nice oaky finish. This is pretty nice, if uninspired. Unfortunately, it is a flavor profile that plenty of other beers do better.

The mouthfeel works for me. It has a nice thickness to it with a fairly substantial amount of felt carbonation. The drinkability is awful for me. I mean, it is pretty average for the style but when you consider that this beer is TWENTY SIX DOLLARS a bottle, for a bottle that Sierra Nevada Bigfoot completely outclasses - at $10 a sixpack - in a similar flavor profile.

Is this beer worth the money? Hell no. It is tasty enough; you won't hate it. But you probably won't love it, either.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jon for sharing this one. I've had it once or twice before, but I always enjoy revisiting an Odell beer.

A: The pour is, as the name would imply, a reddish amber color with a couple finger's worth of slightly off-white head.

S: The nose is sweet and caramelly from the base beer with some toffee and dark fruits. The oak is still quite present and provides some sweet vanilla and just an overall woodiness.

T: Not quite as much of a "chewing on oak chips" feeling as I remember. Nice and sweet with caramel, toffee, vanilla, and brown sugar as well as some subtle dark fruit notes and a sort of spicy oak flavor.

M: The body is quite full and the carbonation is medium, but certainly lively.

D: You do need to enjoy the oak to like this beer, but luckily, I do. This beer has mellowed nicely and I would not mind trying it again.

Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee. Thanks again Greg for this favorite from the EBF. Shared among 6 BA's and friends. My sister is extremely grateful for this one! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Cloudy amber brown color with a thin cream colored skim coat of foam that never really goes away. Some nice lacing as the beer level drops.

S - Beautiful woody aroma...tons of oak in here. Nice rich malt smells too, with some caramel, dark fruits, raisins, some alcohol and some malty sweetness. Complex and very enjoyable.

T - Rich malty backbone...some sweetness, breadiness and caramelly notes. This blends really well with the strong woody, oaky flavors here. Alcohol flavor mixes in nicely and only adds the smallest amount of heat. This is really smooth.

M - Medium bodied with a rich and creamy carbonation that seems just shy of medium in intensity. Malty and woody flavors fill the mouth and linger well into the aftertaste. The wood is dominant but well integrated.

D - Pretty intense in flavor. Malt and wood are the key elements. Splitting a bottle 6 ways yields less than I would like to have...probably splitting a bottle 2-3 ways would be perfect, but very happy to share this among a group of people that really appreciate it. The look on people's faces as this was brought out was really worth it. Thanks again Greg!

Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.44/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  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+

Photo of DefenCorps
2.61/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. It has a tremendous wood barrel aroma; very nice. It's well accepted by the warm alcohol of the Strong ale. It's made up of mostly pale malts with a bit of light crystal malts for color and balance. The taste is much the same. Yumm. Warm alcohol meets fresh oak barrels. It's smooth as hell with a nice bit of complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. I love the wood character. It's very aggressive, yet mellowing and easy drinking.

Photo of br3wmeister
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark orange/red/brown colored beer dark tan head about an inch tall food retention, and great lacing. Very pretty beer.

S- Huge malty aroma, roasted nuts, spicy alcohol, mildly earthy, cherries, vanilla some citrus tartness in there as well. Very complex and pleasant aroma.

T- Lots of cherries, light oak, earthy woody notes, roasted nuts, vanilla and malty sweetness.

M- Nice smooth beer good hop balance perfect carbonation.

Photo of bamadog
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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