Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager - Odell Brewing Company
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1/5 rDev -74.4%
Chilled bottle into a glass, generously shared by the late chswimmer. Thanks, Ted. From notes.
A: Pours a murky, turbid amber body in the glass. It is capped by a small off-white head that retains poorly and retreats into a thin collar on the beer.
S: Tannic as all hell, with the contributions of herbal and pine hops. It reminds me of burnt rubber a bit, though I typically associate that with over-the-top boozy beers (this isn't one).
T: It begins with a blast of general sweetness, then becomes bitter, herbal, and horribly tannic. No finesse, balance, integration. This is straight-up "let's see what we can toss in a barrel and sell for $25 a pop."
M: It's astringent, light-bodied, and bitter. I couldn't find anything nice to say about this in any of the categories. The beer simply doesn't have the strength to stand up to the barrel, and the result is a clashing series of flavors.
D: $25 a pop! Jesus Hiram Walker Christ. These days the beer scene is a large tribute to the adage, "A fool and his money..."
12-18-2010 23:04:52 | More by Arbitrator
1.2/5 rDev -69.3%
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.
06-23-2010 05:12:52 | More by largadeer
2.23/5 rDev -43%
Poured into a New Belgium Tulip.
Bottle #3038 May 2010.
A: Pours a ruby-red, with a high amount of foam.
S: An overwhelming new wood smell, with a soapy clean smell. '
T: Initial thoughts are this tastes like a 2 X 4. A fresh cut new wood smell. There is some almond that comes through near the end. The alcohol is heavy near the finish.
M/D Once you can get past the in your face 2 X 4 smell and flavors you can get a feel for the base for this beer, which is also not very good. I tried real hard to find some enjoyment in this beer, but I wasn't having it.
03-05-2011 23:26:25 | More by cpmichael
3.15/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
11-17-2010 17:37:05 | More by BearsOnAcid
3.3/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
08-19-2010 18:18:16 | More by nickd717
3.4/5 rDev -13%
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.
07-04-2011 06:49:02 | More by Bubba83
3.43/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
09-05-2010 12:18:10 | More by Thorpe429
3.48/5 rDev -11%
Went into this one with a little trepidation, as I was very unimpressed with #2, the only other one I've had in this series. Pours a darkish amber color, with a bit of off white head. Aromas of wood, cherries, coconut and toffee. On the palate, the toffee/caramel flavors stand out, but the wood/oak balances nicely. Much better than #2, and one I would try again.
09-23-2010 22:57:49 | More by emmasdad
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
06-28-2010 07:57:58 | More by womencantsail
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
Pours burnt amber with a very large and frothy head. I had to let it set a little before finishing my pour.
The aroma has notes of apple, cinnamon and caramel. Very reminiscent of a dish my grandmother used to make frequently in which she cored an apple an filled it with cinnamon and brown sugar then baked. It is almost spot on.
Flavors of caramel, faint raisin and spicy vanilla. Somewhat hot, but not unbearable mixed with some burnt sugar notes. Very malty with just a bit of resiny hops in the finish.
It certainly has a sticky feel. Just a bit dry and almost tart.
I think this beer is borderline English barleywine, but good nonetheless. I guess as you up the abv, it's only natural that it would take on those characteristics.
08-28-2010 16:53:49 | More by nerdrocker101
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
Was not overly impressed with this one. Probably my least favorit out of the series. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter at room temperature.
Nose a dark brown with a thin tan head. Has some nice bready malts and oak. Nothing too complex. A bit boozy. Not bad, but not worth $25 a bottle.
03-02-2011 02:51:56 | More by rye726
3.7/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
06-17-2010 05:49:50 | More by Beaver13
3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
08-10-2012 00:06:05 | More by DavoleBomb
Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager from Odell Brewing Company
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