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

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55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 104
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 41
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (613 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,605 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (1,934 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle from a trade in the great land of Colorado. Enjoyed (responsibly) on Sunday of the Wood Aged Weekend. Now, perhaps I would've enjoyed this beverage more if I'd saved it for some other time, but I think putting into my body thusly has framed it appropriately.
Dark amber in my baby chali. Big oak, some sweet malt and caramel. Not too much else, and not exceptionally impressive. Not bad either! In fact, the alcohol and oak bind together well and create a dry balance to the sweetness of the malt. However, comparing this to the other delicacies of the weekend, it just falls a bit short.
Goot effort, my Odellian friends. (629 characters)

Photo of Jacobpaul81
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle -poored into pint glasses, 10/27/2010

A: Pours dark red amber, light tan head that holds up. Light lacing

S: Very Fragrant, mostly wood smells. I get a mixing of pine and oat. Some sweet malt smells, mostly toffee but not strong.

T: Tastes like a Barleywine or a amber beer mixed with brandy. Strong Red Malt character that finishes with some spicey hops that sit on the tongue. Very heavy woody flavor to it that holds throughout beer. Alcohol is a little strong.

M: Medium-bodied with subtle carbonation. Not an overpowering beer.

D: Very Good beer. A dessert beer for sure, not something you're going to want for your daily session drink of choice, but this was very impressive.

Notes: I think this one will be better aged. It's bottle conditioned and with the 11% ABV, it should become far more favorable. (832 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,492 characters)

Photo of Bbloom1989
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber red and has a yellow off white head. The smell is citrus, spicy and floral, with hints of nutmeg and coriander. The taste reminds me of a molasses cookie that finishes very spicy and warm.

Overall this is a good beer. It is most surly a sipping beer to have with a hearty meal. It is much like wine, too much of it will lend you to forgetting the subtleties of the beer. It is quite complex.

The mouth feel is buzzy by not overly carbonated if poured correctly. The oak is very distinguishable. (515 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light brown - I would not say Auburn, but possibly when it was brewed it was lighter and or the color has darkened over time. Large white head that stuck around for a while and laced the glass pretty heavily.

S: Smell of caramelized sugars, dark fruit / plums, light butterscotch, and sweet malt. Not a whole lot of hop presence if any that I can tell.

T: Taste of nice roasted malt, caramelized sugars, oak, dark fruits especially plum in flavors, some peach, and some cotton candy flavored sugar / tropical fruit. Butterscotch flavors also mix nicely with the Caramel malts. Slightly boozy, with peach flavors. Think peach vodka...

M: Relatively thick, I would not say chewy, but for an 11% still relatively thick.

D: Overall pretty enjoyable. I have seen a few people grumbled about the price tag which I can agree with - this one got built up on a trade, so it is a blind price tag, but I wish I had all the beers I traded for it because I know they were not worth this one. (995 characters)

Photo of Goliath
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle # 0970

The beer pours a murky brown color with a huge three inch light tan head. There is great head retention, but no lacing.

the aroma is nice. It's lightly tart with a bit of a citrus note. There's a touch of oak and it's lightly phenolic as well.

The taste is ok. It's got a slightly medicinal quality that is backed by a variety of malt. It's lightly floral as well, and then that oak comes through as well. It finishes off boozey and lightly fruity.

The mouthfeel is pushing full bodied, and rather dull. It's odd because it has a decent carbonation presence with a very fine and natural bubble.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor profile is interesting, but a bit much to try and consume the 750 by yourself. The ABV is high, but it works in the beer. I guess I'm not terribly impressed overall, and I would definitely say Woodcut #1 was the best of the first 3. (884 characters)

Photo of FernMaster
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (2,448 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (1,334 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (1,424 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,186 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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! (1,369 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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... (865 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of NStLincoln
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured out of a 750 cork and cage. A very nice crimson color .

The nose is fantastic. Caramel, oak, with touches of coffee and chocolate.

This beer was hard on my palate. Too intense, heavy on the oak, and a little hot.

The heavy flavors make this beer seem a bit thicker than it really is. I had a tough time finishing half of a pint. It was the probably one of the top 5 best smelling beers I've had. (407 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (2,188 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SeaBass for the share.

A: Pours a nice shade of amber with a nice tan head. Light retention and some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of light summer fruit, apples and pears. Hints of caramel and brown sugar as well. Mild oak and light vanilla round things out.

T: Very much like the aroma. Apples and pears. Nice sweet malt backing, more toffee than brown sugar. The vanilla is there along with the oak.

M: On the fuller side of medium good carbonation. Good.

D: Good I like them in order as they appeared. One is the best followed by two and three. All are solid beers though. I hope they keep the series going. (618 characters)

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Woodcut No. 3 - Oak Aged Crimson Ale from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.