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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 104
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 41
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
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Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Photo of dcscientist
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Stored this one for quite a while before breaking it out, and it held up just fine. This is a very, very good crimson ale, well worth trying to find if you can. Will look for it again when I'm in the mood for something like this.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, brought back from AZ, the last of the AZ beers, bottled 11/09, so about 10 months old,

A: Pours a dark amber red, with a medium white head, good retention.

S: Lots of red malt, some aged malt notes, very fragrant.

T: Real heavy barleywine style malt, red crystal malt is big and it tastes great along with a rich oak wood flavour. Moderate hop character, definitely tastes like an aged barleywine.

M: Full-bodied, very smooth, thick, soft carbonation.

D: This is a really good beer, perhaps some age on this helped. I made a big debate in my head of whether I should go for this, glad I did.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy reddish brown with an enormous, thick cream-colored head that recedes slowly to a thick cap with sheets of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is really nice with some caramel malts and oaky tannins creating a perfume-like aroma, very fragrant. Also some sugar-coated apples and pears.

The taste is more of the same with the sweet light fruits teaming with caramelized sugar and sweet malts to form the base beer. The finish is spicy with the oak and slightly dry with a hint of alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth with the oak coming out aggressively in the finish.

I really enjoyed this beer and thought the oak was a perfect foil to the seriously sweet underlying beer. Excellent.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of agentverde
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy darker orange amber with a HUGE loose foamy light tan head that fades slowly, leaving a nice amount of Belgian lacing behind (4.25). The smell is aggressive sweet yet well balanced with a hoppy background; nice complexity. Visibly effervescent, the surface is adorned with tiny pools of bubbles that are keeping the surface collar alive. Full flavored, the taste matches up well with the nose, sweet vanilla, cherry, grassy hop and amaretto. The mouth feel is excellent (4.75) and inviting; creamy smooth texture adding nicely to the overall drinkability. The 11.0% ABV is all there in the end and lends a little heat but it's not distracting. I really enjoyed sipping this one from my new Chivas glass.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared at approx 55 degrees
BOTTLE NO. 0055 NOV,2009

This is a nice deep shade of auburn, with some crimson tinting. Two-plus fingers worth of creamy, medium tan colored head. The retention is very good and the lacing is in thick strands and spots and is quite sticky.

A nice, rich, maltiness comes from this glass. It is accompanied by a very nice bourbon presence. Lots of toasted coconut, vanilla and buttery oak notes. Light traces of dark fruit sweetness and hints of rich caramels. Light presence of earthy hops.

A good amount of cherries and dark fruit sweetness seems to come forward, first. These are followed by a short hint of earthy hops, then drizzled with some butterey caramel notes. This gives way to light hints of vanilla and toasted oak, which then open-wide to let in the toasted coconut presence. The finish has another short burst of earthiness, which helps maintain the wonderful balance that this beer has.

This has a full body, yet not quite thick. The carbonation level is mild, almost medium. This provides a wonderful smoothness, almost slick, with just a tiny hint of creaminess.

The 11.00%abv of this beer is only hinted at, with a slight warming sensation as it goes down. Other than that, I'd never guess that it was this high in abv content. It is very flavorful and quite nicely balanced.
Very drinkable, indeed. I wish that I could afford to buy more of these.

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Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of rye726
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich glowing brown with shades of amber. Creamy tan head has nice retention and lace.

Nose has sweet caramel malts, rie pitted fruit, oak, vanilla, nuts, toffee, floral hops and spicy alcohol.

Taste has sweet fruity malts, vanilla, wood, cherries, plums, floral hops, carmelized candies and almonds.

Full body silks over the palate. Well carbonated, nice sweet finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of riored4v
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of biga7346
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of claspada
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Photo of bamadog
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've had this for a while, not sure where I got it, but like the other Woodcuts, around $25, into my Odell flute/tulip.

A: As the name suggests, deep red in color with a light khaki head, about 3 fingers worth or so, not much head retention, as it recedes to a small cap. Excellent gobs of lacing on the edge of the glass. Slightly cloudy.

S: This has a lot of caramel malt and fresh cut oak, which mixes to make a slightly fruity nose, think red apples, smells a lot like a nice oak aged barleywine. The oak doesn't impart the vanilla profile that was noticeable in the first two woodcuts, but has a more raw wood flavor.

T: Smooth malty profile, a huge malt bomb, flavors of caramel and slightly burnt malt, along with a huge wood note on the end of it. This is a very sticky and sweet beer as well, not much in the way of bitterness, and surprisingly at 11%, not much in the way of booze either. There are many layers of depth from the huge malt profile and wood, and there way in the back is just a hint of hops. Very flavorful.

M: Nicely carbonated, full bodied, and sticky, the oak lends a nice dryness while not thinning the beer out too much. Very nice.

D: Fairly easy to drink, but like the first two in the serious, very sweet. This is definitely a dessert beer, but a good fit for one. Strong flavors, and strong booze hold this back on drinkability, this will probably take me and my girlfriend a while to finish. Still nice, probably not worth the $25 price tag though.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Odell Brewing. Bottle number 4434, Nov 2009.

A nice pop upon opening, the beer started rising towards the opening but isn't a threat to gush.

It pours a hazy deep red colour with about a 1 finger head of foam. Lacing is the typical Odell impressive. A great looking beer by my reckoning.

The smell is way nice. Balanced aromas of caramel malt, wood from the oak aging, and a nice fruitiness of plums and raisins. Oh, and a light but right mini zing of hop bitterness. I'm serving this near room temp and the nose of the beer really shines.

The taste has notes of oak, caramel, plums, raisins, a toasted bread flavour, and some minor but efficiently used hop bitterness. The overall flavour comes across as a tempered sweetness and my palate is enjoying it. Good stuff.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, towards the back end it comes across as on the spritzy side but that's ok.

Drinkability? Plenty of flavour, a bit too carbonated for my tastes at the back end, a growing presence of alcohol, hell this IS an 11%abv offering, I'd say it is still a fairly good drinker. I wish I had some at my beck and call this past Winter. ;^)

All in all, a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of hardy008
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish brown with a 3 finger beige head with good lacing. The aroma has caramel, oak, raisins, and almonds.

The beer tastes the same as it smells. It is sweet, with some noticeable alcohol. The caramel and oak come through the strongest, followed by raisins, and perhaps some other dark fruit. Almonds are also present. I wish the oak was not so dominant, but this is still good.

Medium to full bodied, the carbonation is a little too high for my liking. The alcohol is not well hidden. Smooth and nice to drink. A good beer, which I am glad I was able to try.

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