Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager - Odell Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
12-05-2010 00:29:44 | More by Sammy
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
3.68/5 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
4.38/5 rDev +12%
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.
06-02-2010 17:28:25 | More by GRG1313
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
A - Poured out a hazy, burgundy color with a two-finger head of off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of sweet caramel, some oak and some vanilla.
T - It had a sweet, rich, caramel maltiness with touches of vanilla and almond. Some oaky flavors, too.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied lager with a warm alcohol presence.
O - This is a really tasty oak aged marzen. I held off on buying one for so long and I'm glad that I finally did. It was great!
06-20-2011 19:09:59 | More by zeff80
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
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
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!!
03-07-2011 01:37:01 | More by Jason
4.35/5 rDev +11.3%
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
08-25-2010 03:21:13 | More by russpowell
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
Burnt copper coloring, under a thin, off-white layer of foam.
Rich malty aromatics, oak, vanilla, and cherries. Sweetness heightened by alcohol presence.
Taste: All that and more on the palate. Cherry turns to brandy, cognac, leather, dark rum. Getting rougher and tougher, feeling more like a barley-wine lager. Oak-aged double oktoberfest, huh? Genius. Big and beefy, but also lovely and luscious.
Hot liquor roars along the palate and coats the throat, getting hotter as we go. Becomes a big, malty bruiser, keeps company in the mouth, sets a spell, rests luxuriously…and then it comes…boom, boom, boom, boom. This is one bomber that should be split three ways, at least. But I can't write these notes while being properly sociable, so I take one for the team. Team Bitter Nib, going all the way to document the total beer experience.
Perhaps I should have saved this for a moment or two, it's just not cold enough for a brew this hot. In a few weeks to a month, this would really come in handy. Says the guy who just decided to open up an Imperial Stout next...
10-11-2011 05:57:39 | More by feloniousmonk
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
From 09/15/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.
a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch of white head and nice lacing.
s - Smells of molasses, dark fruit, spices, vanilla.
t - Tastes of caramel malts, sugar, dark fruit.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
d - A little bit sweet, but a good beer none the less. Would like to try some of the other beers in the series. Would try again.
09-20-2010 02:52:59 | More by mdfb79
3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
Sampled July 2011
A smell of light tartness wafts my way after cracking the cork. A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head; as I work my way through this beer some spotty, spidery lacing clings to the side of my glass. The beer has a pretty red-amber color that shows clear pale cranberry and gold color in light. A full look at nose shows no tartness, but i would guess it was the oak, which certainly plays big role here. A toasted, woody oak mixes with caramelized maltiness that has lots of biscuit like malt character and pale-toasted whole grain notes. buttery oak and even oak fruit or tartness if that makes sense. As the beer warms up more of the sweetness comes out, this definitely accentuates the caramel character (it almost has a fruitiness to it even) and there is even a touch of nuttiness to the nose.
There is a viscous heft and chewy, caramel maltiness that lingers on the palate with a textured heft. finish has tart spicy oak and some astringency. up front the spicy, sharp and woody oak melds nicely with the sweet, caramel malt notes. Toasted oak melds with biscuit malt and chewy, almost savory whole grain flavors. The spiciness seems to also come from nice hop character; slightly herbal, soft touch of biting bitterness, maybe even fruit accentuating. oak does somehow contribute a very subtle tartness, adds another dimension (I am pretty sure there is not something else contributing this tartness). As the beer warms up a nice vanilla note from the oak starts to come out, this works well with the richly caramelized malt character.
A second pour has me noticing an almost smokiness to this beer in the aroma, and it is there in the flavor as well; this seems to be a product of the malt and the oak character. It can seem a touch hot in the finish at times, though it is not much if you consider how strong this beer is.
The oak character, while certainly playing a big role here, is not so omnipresent as to clash with the base beer. The mix of oak and malt is actually quite nice; the fact that the beer is quite sweet helps with this, without the oak it would be cloying, but the two achieve a certain balance. This is never going to be anything but a sipping beer though. Tasty enough, though it can seem a touch too cloying at times.
08-09-2011 14:11:04 | More by Gueuzedude
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
750ml shared with shadowane.
Pours a dark ruby color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring. Rings and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.
Earthy aroma with lots of wood/oak along with sweet malts and autumnal spice. Toasty with strong wood profile as well as some caramel, nut, toffee, cinnamon and brown sugar. At first all oak but becomes more complex as it warms.
Medium bodied with slight creamy texture and a very strong oak barrel presence that dominates. Lots of toasted oak that overpowers the flavor up front but soon gives way to autumnal spice and sweet malt notes. Hints of cinnamon and brown sugar followed by sweet caramel, hazelnut, biscuit and toffee. The high AbV is excellently masked with no heat whatsoever. This beer has a strange flavor profile and since the virgin oak is so strong it slightly overpowers the other notes, lingering into a bone dry finish. Still, this beer is pretty flavorful and in my opinion, the dry oak flavor goes well with the characteristics of the marzen style.
11-18-2011 09:06:22 | More by corby112
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
08-27-2010 21:49:06 | More by tempest
4.3/5 rDev +10%
Bottle into a snifter at Capone's for a O'dells event for Philly Beer Week, I love this city & da burbs.
Woody number 4 has a medium penny bronze look with some light brown spots along with a nice off white bubbly sugar looking head about a inch, thick looking, clumps of sticky lace. Smell is complex and big, it's large and in charge. I get malted barley, caramel, citrus hops, wood and oak, with some grain. A nice hot whiskey as well. Everything is big. Large in taste as well, I think this is my 1st double marzen & this delivers. Toasted Malt, caramel, whiskey wood up front with apricot and tangerine in the middle. finishes malty with some small chocolate and grain. Mouth gets a splash of alcohol, but it gets a dousing of flavor. Kinda coating in the mouth, four is above medium bodied with a very small syrup likeness, but more of a light coating. Low heat. Sweet and malty, nicely hopped, nicely oaked. It
s really easy to drink this quick, but it's 11%, take your time. The original style is super drinkable when basic and low, this souped up double version is no different.
06-15-2010 04:07:02 | More by BARFLYB
Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager from Odell Brewing Company
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