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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

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 41
Gots: 41 | FT: 4
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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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-03-2012 03:59:52 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-13-2011 22:06:23 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 14:50:21 | More by Thorpe429
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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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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 03:20:54 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

03-29-2014 19:40:13 | More by acurtis
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

12-23-2013 04:06:27 | More by jaydoc
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-31-2012 08:49:45 | More by ygtbsm94
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

09-03-2012 07:33:17 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-16-2011 21:28:18 | More by JAHMUR
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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

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...

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 01:24:11 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 16:45:40 | More by WesWes
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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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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2010
A steady pour into my 25cl tulip glass is a bit more frothy / carbonated than I expected; I end up with four-fingers of lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a murky, concentrated amber color that shows a lightly hazed, deep red color when held up to the light. The head sticks around for ever, barely subsiding at all over the past five minutes. The aroma is nice, somehow it makes me think of a mix of oak juice with white wine grapes. I find myself noticing layered aromatics of subtle kiwi, goose-berries, currants, a woody tropical fruit and definitely some aromatics that smell like a slightly green coconut. The oak somehow manages, despite being the dominant note, to not be overwhelming here in the nose. This just smells really juicy, ripe and fresh but also having a zesty oak-derived spiciness. I really like how the oak brings out such an exotic fruit character in this beer.

Lightly sweet, and definitely over-carbonated as the beer fizzes quite a bit as it rolls across my tongue; luckily some vigorous swirling helps resolve the textural issues. The finish sees a spicy, lightly astringent ample woody oak character linger on in the palate along with rich caramelized and toasted malt notes. Fruit flavors of currents, Chardonnay grapes, orange marmalade (but without that piquant orange zest note). The spiciness can be peppery at times, almost even pine like along with the spiciness of freshly cut wood that is almost green in some ways. Once the excess carbonation is gone this sits viscously on the tongue with a texture that lingers on the palate; this is definitely a sipping brew. As the beer warms up a note of vanilla soaked, sweetened coconut becomes more noticeable.

This is a nice beer, it doesn't quite live up to the standard set by No. 2, but this is still quite the enjoyable brew that I will be happy to work my way through slowly this evening. I do like that the oak manages to play a defining, dominant role here without overwhelming the total experience and without being overly sharp and aggressive. I really wish the flavor could have lived up to the promise of the aroma, this would have then been a stellar beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 23:01:16 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-24-2011 14:40:25 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 05:50:11 | More by Halcyondays
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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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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Poured into Town Hall chalice.

Pours a nice finger of beige head. Great head retention, but not a lot of lace left. Color is a ruby hued hazed copper.

Aroma: Raisins, grassy hops, cherries, caramel, and a very light amount of alcohol shows.

Taste: Almonds, grassy/weedy hops, raisins, cherries, some oak. It has a roasted feel to it. I am not a big fan of this one.

Mouthfeel: A little heat shows here. It is creamy. but kind of bland. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry, but fairly clean.

Overall, this beer is not good right now. I was let down and I would never want to pay this price for the quality of beer that is presented. Maybe some age will do it well, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 19:26:24 | More by mothman
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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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 09:04:27 | More by JohnGalt1
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

05-31-2014 08:21:24 | More by zestar
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-06-2014 00:37:54 | More by afsdan
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.98/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 18:50:32 | More by Bitterbill
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Woodcut No. 3 - Oak Aged Crimson Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.