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Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager - Odell Brewing Company

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Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style LagerWoodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager

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BA SCORE
88
very good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 20.87%
Wants: 43
Gots: 40 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 06-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 57
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Photo of brownbeer
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to start this off by saying, don't expect this to taste like any other Marzen you've had. This isn't your great granny's oktoberfest.

Deep rusty amber with a sustained dirty white head.

A wallop of clean toasty oak is introduced in the aroma. Followed by notes similar to burnt caramel, toasted coconut and vanilla. But again, it's oaky.

Enchanting soft, clean oak, burnt toffee, maple, butter, and vanilla roll across my tongue and down my undeserving gullet. Layer upon layer of complexity unfolds as this opens up. Rich body, pleasantly effervescent, yet very smooth in texture.

It's as if God grew an oak tree, cut it down, made some barrels from it, then asked Doug Odell to make a beer to put in it. He did that. Very well. This is what happened folks. The best Woodcut yet.

Photo of Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Bottled May 2010 - bottle number 1617. Pours a hazy tea brown with a monstrous creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is caramel malts, vanilla, wood, some spices and dark fruit and alcohol.

The flavor is caramel malts and vanilla, with some fruits and a spicy cinnamon alcohol finish with a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation.

Overall, it's a little hot and a bit on the sweet side, but I liked it.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown magnum, corked and caged. Bottling date on the label.

Aggressive head but with careful pouring there is no overflow ... just a massive rocky head. Dark brassy color shows off its clarity. Fresh oak, bready malt, ripe freshly peel oranges, spicy alcohol and hops with a clean nutty yeast backing all fill the nostrils. Very deep smoothness with an extremely creamy body. Spicy, warming alcohol and a think wood character. Maltiness is layered underneath with unfolds with caramel and bready flavors. Hops ring in pretty hard with a firm bitterness and long linger of flavor. Hint of orange and raisin with more spicy alcohol in the semi-sweet finish that eventually gets pulled down buy the wood.

A sipper and a lovely one at that. Encore please!!

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

this guy aged beautifully! sure wish I had saved more when it came out.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best marzen I ever had. I hate to bring dwn the average rating, but to me its still, well, a marzen. Bold malting. Thank you for sending JMBSH. Was geat with supper, particular washing down the fish. Good drinkability but of course thsi quantity must and was shared. Good head, malty aroma. Vanilla.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with friends. Very interesting. It's deeply floral and herbal with a smooth whiskey-like vanilla taste. The aroma is similar, with a bit more focus on the vanilla. The flavor, by comparison is fruitier with light apple and citrus notes. Frankly I can't taste much Marzen, but it's a fine strong ale.

Photo of nickd717
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A -bal aged lager, huh? Let's see.

Pours hazy medium amber with a small but lasting whitish head.

Aroma is oak and vanilla, sweet malt, caramel, and toffee.

Flavor is mildly sweet, very oaky, and a little piney. Decent hop bitterness. Not as tasty as expected.

Nice dry palate. Medium-full bodied and a little syrupy.

A little underwhelming overall, but a nice experiment.

Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 5056 opens with a faint pop, caramel coloring with 4+ fingers of fluffy tan head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Apple peels, honey, brown bready, some vanilla/oak

T: Follows the nose with a tad bit of booze bite as well, plus oaky/cidery notes up front, plus herbal & woody hops. Dryness, tannins, plums, molasses & tobacco as this warms. Finishes dry, oaky with some boozey presence intertwining with green apple that present tart; works for me, clearly an OTT hybrid Marzen, so a .5 deduction is in order for the style, many Chardonnay aspects to this one IMO

MF: Medium bodied with firm enough carbonation to keep this from getting bogged down in the malt. As well balanced as a beer this big really can be IMO

Drinks easy for the ABV, a nice effort, but would caution folks to only spend the $1.00 an ounce if not on a budget & having a passion for bottom fermented offerings. I think this would worked a few % ABV lower & been more nuanced, but fairly solid as it is offered

Photo of nickhiller
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: whopping two finger head that stubbornly refuses to die down; thick, frothy rings of lace--some of the best head retention and body I've seen. Deep and dark ruddy brown color.

S: strong smell of green apples and some malt with no suggestion of the oak notes

T: sweet (just short of sickly) malt, earth, dried leaves, smoke, I don't know how else to describe it other than that it's like tasting your way through autumn. Warming alcohol (shockingly subtle for the 11% ABV) and a dry finish round out the close, the alcohol serving to cleanse the palate so that your tongue is free to taste the next round of flavors: a nice lingering oak and vanilla, maybe even a hint of cedar and smokey barbecue, for an aftertaste

M: solid wall of carbonation, sharp and crisp, carries the body and alcohol in perfect balance with the ensuing flavors

D: Odell never disappoints. With every offering I become a bigger and bigger fan. Unlike some of the other extremer breweries currently ruling the airwaves, Odell always seems to take a more subtle approach, one that denotes refinement and an impeccable taste. And this beer is no different. Even with the 11% ABV, I could see myself ordering round after round. Crisp, clean, full-bodied and extremely well balanced, I think they nailed both the style and the season with this one (it literally tastes like Fall). Thank you Odell!

Photo of GRG1313
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice whiskey color orange/copper with a short white head.

Nose is very floral, malty, oaky ("vanilla") and with lots of pleasant whiskey undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium full but rich and with very good good balance. The balance is really one of the strengths of this beer.

Flavors are rich and full malty cooked stone fruit with assertive whiskey/Bourbon character and tones. Undertones of carmel bitter milked coffee and some "whiskey smoke." This one has to warm a bit to get the full flavors and complexities but it's worth it.

Released May 2010; Bottle 3116.

Photo of brandoneast
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is THE best Oktoberfest/Marzen I've ever had. Period.

Here is what is going on in the aroma and flavor proflie:
Fallen leaves
Oak
Chocolate Covered Orange Rind
Tree Bark
Caramel
Mint
Plastic Jug
Slight Smokiness
Nutty like Pecan Pralines, wait, just like Pecan Pralines

Photo of philbe311
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a bottle at Capone's during Philly Beer Week...

A - Two fingers worth of rich creamy slightly off white colored head... Never have I seen such unrelenting retention... A glowing orange amber color...

S - The oak is simply intoxicating... It dominates and does so in a good way... There are undertones of some toasted malts and mild tropical fruitiness...

T - Caramel... Subtle pineapple... Golden raisins... Coconut... Vanilla... Oak... Wonderful balance and complexity...

M - There's smooth and smoother, but this one may be the smoothest of them all... Ever so slightly sticky... This one goes down sip after sip after sip... Smooth, creamy, and exceptional... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Oh so good...

D - I could sip away at this each and every night and be a very happy camper... There's no hiding the 11% ABV, but this one is a winner all the way around... There aren't enough accolades to describe this one adequately... Sophisticated, smooth, and in a league of it's own about sums it up...

Photo of largadeer
1.24/5  rDev -68.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chswimmer shared this one at a recent tasting. Thanks, Craig. I've always wanted to try a barrel aged double marzen-stle lager.

The beer is a murky, hazy amber in the glass, faintly marzen-like but rather turbid. It's topped by a small white cap that recedes to a thick collar.

It smells intensely herbal and medicinal with over the top oak. The more I sniff, the more it smells like rubber to me. There's a bit of pine and a strong spiciness, which is likely the byproduct of the oak as well.

On the palate it's sweet but astringent, herbal and rubbery, grainy, over-oaked and harshly tannic. Dark fruit flavors make a brief appearance in the way of figs and plums. Medium-light in body, the oak completely annihilates the base beer, making for a rubbery astringent trainwreck. Ugh, this is terrible, truly one of the worst beers I can recall having. It finishes with strong tannins and lingering rubber and herbal astringency. This is so incredibly bad, I couldn't choke down more than 2 ounces.

Photo of spicelab
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mulder1010. Shared at tasting. Transcribed from scrappy notes.

Bright blood orange with minimal saffron head.

Oaked strawberry, tart orange and grapefruit pith with very smart and perky woody edges.

Toffee apple, strawberry jam, tart citrus and spearmint in a sea of complex, cedary oak.

Medium with benign carbonation. Feels closer to 8 than 11%

Lovely stuff. Would never have guessed at the style, but arbitrarily adopting the nearest comparison of an oak-aged wild ale, it stands up very commendably. Only wish I'd had more than 4oz to enjoy.

Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #1307, bottled in May 2010. Courtesy of my favorite mid-west trading partner G311.
Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a large fluffy white head and plenty of carbonation; leaves a nice bubbly lacing as well.

Aromas begin quite sweet with plenty of vanilla. There are plenty of sweet biscuity malt notes; some breadiness as well. As it warms you get a little of the doughy and bready lager yeast notes which were undetectable initially. In the way background you get a bit of alcohol, but not really even enough worth mentioning considering this is a 11% beast.

The tastes begin with layers of bready and biscuity malts. Then you are greeted with the nice subtle oaky and woody flavors. Both are balanced very nicely; by no means is this a wood-bomb. As you re-examine you detect the flavors from the barrel including good vanilla and some tannic flavors usually associated with wine (tobacco, leather and apple) but are all secondary to the vanilla and general "woody" flavors. There is a slight slight slight sour oak twang. Really very chewy and doughy like a slightly undercooked buttermilk biscuit. As it warms the iodine/sourness and alcohol emerge much more making this less drinkable. The "lager" malt bill and imperial level of alcohol leave the unbalanced ABV/style flaws more apparent as you reach the lower half of the bottle, this is best served at colder temperatures

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, which is something I was worried about due to the lager factor (I hate 95% of lagers I have tasted because they taste watery and stripped of flavor), but this one delivers. Plenty of carbonation as well which I also really enjoy and prefer compared to the flat, lifeless barrel-aged messes which are becoming far too common in today's craft beer industry.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer for the most part. I have not had a bad offering from Odell's barrel collection beers, but I greatly prefer the Woodcut No. 3 and the Deconstruction to this. From what I have read and experienced these Woodcut's need at least a year to settle/merge their flavors properly so I recommend this and any future offering only after aging to properly enjoy them at their peak. Another quality offering from Odell's barrel aging program although this is the first one I do not really "want/need" to revisit. Still quite good though.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Bottle #2141, from May 2010. I was a big fan of #2 and #3, so I had to purchase this as well.

3.0 A: Murky plum brown color. Two plus fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is below average and a very short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Like the past incarnations of the woodcut series, this too delivers the oak big time. Oak, oak, vanilla, oak, nuttiness, and oak. The base, though admittedly hard to find, works well with the barrel. Sweet neutral maltiness with some caramel and toastiness. Really wonderful smelling. Well done.

3.5 T: The flavors in this are intense to say the least. Again, tons of oak and vanilla. A mild nuttiness. Toasty with caramel and a hefty neutral malt sweetness. You can also taste the lager yeast, if that makes sense. I really like the way this tastes, but it's pretty damn sweet and I scored it accordingly.

4.0 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess. This would be smoother if it was less sweet, but still good enough.

3.5 D: Not the most drinkable beer, but it certainly is a bold one. Huge oak like it's brothers and a big Bruery sweetness to bring out the diabetes in everyone.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hazy maroon color. Big off-white head. Piney, floral, strong toast from the oak. Sweet malt flavor and more oak. The sweetness and toast raises a french toast and vanilla comparison. This beer just seems like a boozy malt bomb with a ton of oak. Moderate carbonation and MORE oak on the finish.

Photo of gwguest
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml brown, corked and caged bottle into an old style Boulevard Smokestack Chalice.

Right after the cork pops, the aroma of sweet oakyness fills the room. It's quite an impression right off the bat. There's no choice but to review the aroma first. What a fantastic smell. Layers of sweet malty notes with a raging undercurrent of fresh oak. It's really blissful. I love it. I wish everything smelled like this.

Pours a not quite ruby, but still orange-ish body that is brilliant in clarity. Foam is minimal, but a cream color that rapidly disappears leaving no lacing. A very pretty color for a double Marzen; exactly what I would expect. Slight points off for the foam and lack of lacing.

The flavor of this beer is really phenomenal. This is the first Woodcut that I've enjoyed and would quickly buy again. This beer is a fantastic balance of oak tannin, strong malt backbone with several threads of sweetness worked in. Hops are not a player here. It's a perfectly complex, yet clean malt and oak masterpiece. It's quite the beer to savor.

Mouthfeel is appropriately sticky with plenty of body. I may have preferred it to be a notch drier.

Drink ability is high considering the strength, but I would be hesitant to finish a whole bottle on my own.

Superb.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with some rust-colored highlights. White head and a bit of lacing. Smells malty with some caramel alongside a bit of oak. Something doesn't quite fit--maybe tannins from the oak alongside a slight graininess. Taste is along similar lines. Mouthfeel is rather dry and a bit boozy. Drinkability is affected by all these factors. Not the most impressive offering I've had from Odell.

Photo of riored4v
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/1/10

Poured into a tulip. Fluffy, 3 finger beige colored head that held strong. Copper colored with ruby hues.

Smell had big notes of vanilla and oak. Some good malty sweetness, toastiness and mild raisin.

Taste, again, was strong on oak and vanilla. Some mild hotness from abv. Mildly spices finish that was low in bitterness. Mildly malty, notes of raisin, caramel and lightly toasted.

Medium body, medium carbonation and a fair amount of stickiness that coats the tongue and finish. Seems a bit overly sticky.

Drinkability was ok. To much oak, hotness and overall high abv limits it.

Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Kristina, drank at Jeppe's visit at West Lakeview Liquors.

A - Copper colored beer with red notes. Off-white head had some positive retention and a bit of solid lace on the sides.

S - I am not a fan of Oktoberfest style beers, but this smells really great. Toffee, vanilla, some sweet honey, and oak. Has a nice depth and some varying aromas, particularly since I was expecting some sort of malt bomb.

T - Very well done, once again, particularly for the style. Nice lager-style beer balanced with oak and bourbon from the barrels. Vanilla compliments quite well. I kind of expected this beer to be overwhelmed by the barrel, but that was not the case. Great balance and flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate dose of carbonation.

O - Really great beer, it's a home-run for the style. No clue it was 11%, went down way to easy. Would like to drink this again.

Photo of Bubba83
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an Allagash tulip-ish glass at 45-50 degrees. Pours with a ton of head, seems quite overcarbonated, almost overflowed my glass despite a gentle pour. The body appears a lot like iced tea, dark brown with maybe the slightest orange tinge. Off white, almost light tan head. Retention is crazy, lacing is fair.

Huge alcoholic cherry note overwhelms everything else in the aroma department, but it's actually fairly pleasant, somewhat reminiscent of Troegs Mad Elf. Maybe a bit of phenolic banana character too along with a sweet bready malt backbone.

Tastes very sweet, huge fruitcake type sweet pastry bread type flavors with candied cherries. Banana plays a role here too, along with some caramel and butterscotch. A decent bit of vanilla and oak crop up underneath. Finishes with a spicy alcoholic kick.

Feels pretty smooth, big and chewy, perhaps a bit more carbonated than I would have thought for such a big beer, especially one that has been oak aged, I'm used to them being less spritzy on the tongue.

Overall I thought this was about average. It didn't really surprise me in any way and I'm generally not a fan of such sweet beers. The flavors that comprised that sweetness were a bit different than the normal ones I get though, which is why I still found it enjoyable overall. This series is proving to be way too expensive, especially when compared to the quality of other cheaper Odell beers.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Richard for leaving this one for us drunkards to funnel.

A: The pour is a slightly hazy copper color with a fluffy white head and plenty of carbonation.

S: Quite sweet with plenty of vanilla on the nose. There are plenty of sweet malt notes as well, namely caramel with lots of bread as well. A bit of alcohol as well, but not overly boozy.

T: Thankfully, this is not as overwhelmingly oaky as some of the other Woodcuts are. As mentioned in the smell recap, the barrel character is up front and well represented: good vanilla and whiskey flavors, along with some oak. Quite a bit of booze, unfortunately, and the sweet caramel and bready malts don't sufficiently mask that fact.

M: A medium body, which is something I was worried about due to the lager factor. Plenty of carbonation as well.

D: Overall, not a bad beer at all, but just too hot. I would let this one mellow out before opening a bottle of this.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled this at Savor 2010. Poured a slightly cloudy and modestly carbonated orange/copper, with a finger of white, decent retention, and good lacing. Smelled some vanilla, smoke, earthiness, caramel, and slightly sour cherry. The taste began on a caramel malty note, evolving to a smoky/vanilla/malt note, and then finishing on a modestly sweet cherry vanilla note. Very impressive for an oaked lager. Modestly carbonated and smooth-bodied. I would session this brew all day.

Photo of Redsoxnation
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer as a Christmas gift and was overwhelmed by the beer. Since it is aged in oak barrels it really brings out the oak and vanilla tastes. Those two paired with the lager really create an outstanding taste experience.
I really enjoyed this beer for the tastes brought out from the oak barrels and the balance of the lager beer with the oak and vanilla characteristics. I have tried 1 and 2 in the this series a while back and the entire series is a home run.
This beer is for sure going to improve with aging and letting the cedar and nutty flavors become more pronounced. One to seek out and try.

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Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.