Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager - Odell Brewing Company
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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
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
08-03-2011 23:25:51 | More by claspada
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
So, this is a DOUBLE Marzen style oak aged lager. Bottled May 2010.
A: Pours an orange on red lager with a single finger of caramel head which falls over a couple minutes to a solid sheet of the same. Excellent clarity. Spotty on cobweb lacing.
S: As the title suggests, wood is king here. Oak, fired oak, sour oak, fresh oak. The beer has multiple layers of the tree playing with an herb I can't quite place, but it reminds me of Turkish food - it's very strong. Maybe tee-tree oil.
T: Man, I wish I could place this flavor, because it dominates the palate. Maybe it's just oak, but it has a distinct pine flavor. I can say that As the beer warms, there are some nice malt flavors of caramel and vanilla. Again, this is woody.
M: Medium to heavy for the style, moderate carb. Dry finish is spot on and aromatic.
O: Really interesting beer. I would definitely drink again. I don't know I would seek it out, but that's more or less because it is so strong on a flavor profile which is obscure if not unique to this beer. I think it is unfortunate that the beer has to be categorized under the marzen style, given that the beer is a Double/Imperial Marzen. Kudos to Odell heading a different direction with beer, and I'm glad I got to try this one.
07-11-2011 12:05:33 | More by harrymel
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
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
4.43/5 rDev +13.3%
Pours into my New Belgium goblet with a huge head that lingers for a good while. The color is a dark but crisp reddish brown. There is a strong wood aroma that is accompanied by a malty sugar sweetness.
The wood is most prominate for sure. First few impressions on the taste are of sweet pine. After you are prepared for the wood taste it kind of fades to the back. The prune sweetness and almost a candy apple tart really balance this out. There is a little alc bite but it isn't very hot, which is a bit scary. The carbonation is just about perfect and the finish is one of the best I have experienced.
Very drinkable and an outstanding brew. Reminds me of The Wanderer they had on tap at the brewpub during GABF 2010. Wish I had another one for another day.
06-14-2011 01:05:30 | More by lonestar4lunch
4.28/5 rDev +9.5%
First I've heard of anybody barrel aging a marzen. Knew I had to try it.
A- Dark rubyish clear brown color. Aggressive head with not such an aggressive pour. But, slowly goes away. Great lacing.
S- Awesome! Toffee. Honey. Oak. Vanilla. A hint of pepper. Great bready notes. And a hint of citrus.
T- Great! Definitely a woody character but not overwhelming what-so-ever. Bready. Nutty. Warming alcohol. Hint of some dark fruits like prunes and raisins. Great caramel sweetness from the extreme maltiness.
M- Full body and full carbonation for sure. Super rich and creamy and frothy. Each sip is just as creamy and bubbly and as the next. Dare I say it was just a tad too carbonated though.
O- A sipper for sure and definitely one to share with your friends. Odells Woodcut series beers proves to be awesome yet again. Can't wait for the next ones!
06-12-2011 01:16:19 | More by Bierlerner
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
04-27-2011 17:30:53 | More by AgentZero
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
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
4.45/5 rDev +13.8%
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Bottle No.: 2014 Date: May, 2010
This pours up a dark amber color. It's almost four-finger head of off-white colored foam is thick and craggy. The retention is great and the lacing is very sticky.
This is what I think that a marzen should smell like. Nice. Huge malty notes dominate this glass. Hints of honey, caramel and brown sugar. A very good amount of yeasty spice notes. White pepper, pink peppercorns and a light touch of corriander. Light hints of almonds and vanilla. Very light traces of pine and citrus notes. A small hint of oak, but not like the previous three Woodcut's have been.
My, my, but that sure is tasty! If there were any more malt presence here, you'd have to order it from Dairy Queen. It's HUGELY malty. Right on! Big presence of caramel and toffee and honey. The almost cherry-like flavor of almonds, along with toasted almonds, as well. The white pepper makes a light appearance. A slightly bread-like yeastiness. Light notes of rum raisins and vanilla beans. It's all blanketed by a hint of dryness from the balancing oak flavor.
This is full-bodied, almost thick. It has a full carbonation level. This provides a very nice amount of creaminess, yet allows it to finish crisply.
This will surely be too sweet for some, but I like it's super maltiness. On top of that, it doesn't drink like it's anywhere near 11.00%abv(!). This is undoubtedly the best Marzen that I've personally ever had.
Thanks, yet again, Odell! I love your beers.
03-03-2011 05:20:11 | More by coldmeat23
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
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Review from 10/23/10
A: Pours a dark orange amber color with nice tan head.
S: Sweet toffee malt smells with strong notes of vanilla and oak. Detectable alcohol.
T: Sweet vanilla and fresh oak with sweet toffee malt. Some hoppy bitterness appears at the end.
M: Medium body with medium carbonation, fine carbonation bubbles. Creamy mouthfeel from bottle conditioning.
D: Pretty drinkable for a beer this strong. Lots of good flavors. Good show of oak aging.
02-20-2011 22:26:00 | More by camp0474
4.65/5 rDev +18.9%
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.
02-07-2011 23:12:54 | More by gwguest
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
Comes in 750ml corked, caged Belgian style bottle
Bottle No. 3727, May 2010. Split three ways.
A: Pours a beautiful copper-red hue with a foamy 2 finger light tan head. Some patches of sticky lacing.
S: Smells of honey and sweet malts some vanilla and toffee. Some wet oak. The wood profile is there but I wished it had been more dominant.
T: Vanilla, even more oaky flavors than the nose, maybe some bourbon and caramel. Strong flavors but not much diversity.
Finished a little sweet with warming alcohol which was more noticable than I would've liked.
M: Medium to full bodied and medium carbonation with lots of fine bubbles. Smooth and creamy over the palate but with a sharp dry release as the alcohol lets you know it's still there.
D: Fantastically drinkable for an 11% but still sort of hot, great body on this lager and it was smooth all the way through. Glad I got the opportunity to try it.
01-20-2011 04:59:31 | More by rawfish
4.38/5 rDev +12%
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.
01-11-2011 15:29:02 | More by Redsoxnation
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
First bottle of the night, thanks to Kristina of WLV for this surprise to start the night...Pours a light clear copper with red. A really light tope head, great retention, good lacing...The aroma is awesome, biscuit malt and bread mixed with some light bourbon and awesome vanilla. So shocked at how nice this is...The taste is more of the aroma, almost as successful but the vanilla gets a way a touch...Incredibly easy to drink at 11%, I can't believe it.
This is well worth trying for sure!
12-28-2010 00:09:15 | More by jrallen34
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
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
3.15/5 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
4.38/5 rDev +12%
A: Hazy red/brown amber (or copper/orange); even the color is intriguing. Poured a 3 finger light tan head that rested slowly to a 2 finger dollop. Decanted in lazy bubbles. Laced in sticky, wide sheets.
S: Big sweet malt; brown bread and honey. Smokey, wet oak; not too overpowering. Alcohol.
T: Consistent with the nose. Maybe come vanilla anad toffee. Very rich flavors intensifies to the finish. Finish is mellow with a building bitter ahead of warming, dry alcohol.
M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry and warming.
D: Disguises the alcohol well. Drank the magnum alone and got quite the buzz. Flavorful, surprisingly smooth and balanced.
11-02-2010 17:07:56 | More by Haybeerman
5/5 rDev +27.9%
Poured into Belgian Beer Goblet, 10/20/2010 - Enjoyed with some braised pork loin and baked fettuccine.
A: Beautiful, dark orange-brown color, tan brown head, maybe 1/4 inch, nice lacing.
S: Aroma reeks of Marzen. Lots of Malty sweetness, warmed honey, caramel, some rich toffee, vanilla and you get a moderate woody scent of fresh oak from the barrel aging process. Wood is present but not overpowering. Really nice pairing of scents.
T: Right off, for a beer with a high ABV, this does not taste it. Beer pairs vanilla, caramel and toffee malts with a warm oakiness and hop bitterness. Incredibly well balanced. Very dry finish with some woodiness in the finish. Starts sweet and mellows as you drink.
M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation with lots of fine carbonation bubbles. This goes down so smooth. Remarked that it had a Brandy like feel.
D: This is very drinkable. Smooth, medium bodied, and the movement from malt and sweet to hop to the dry finish is perfect. The ultimate Marzen beer.
I've ordered 10 more bottles. After enjoying this, I am finding it hard to gauge other beers. By far the best Marzen I've every tasted and arguably the best beer. Very warm and sweet and the perfect accompaniment for an autumn meal.
10-31-2010 20:19:17 | More by Jacobpaul81
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
*Review from notes on 10/23*
A: Very dark orange copper, almost brown with a big and bubbly light tan head. Slight haze to it. Okay lacing and pretty good head retention.
S: Malty sweetness, honey. Tons of rich toffee and lots and lots of vanilla from the fresh oak. A little bit of brown bread. You do pick up some woody scents as well, but not as much as I thought.
T: Fresh vanilla is the main flavor profile. Very rich toffee malt, oakiness and some nice hop bitterness to provide some well needed balance and kind of clean out the palate. Very dry finish and a little wood, slight alcohol (not nearly as much as you would think for being 11%).
M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation with lots of fine carbonation bubbles.
D: Never had a double Marzen/O-Fest before and being that its 11%, it was rich, but still easy to drink. Split the bottle three ways and I was wanting more.
Worth the money? Probably not, but still glad I tried it.
10-24-2010 21:02:11 | More by herman77
4.25/5 rDev +8.7%
Appearance: smoky maple-brown, tinged by hues ranging from light ochre to burn sienna. The bubbles cascade downward and back up in incredible vortexes upon the pour. A sticky, half-finger head of sandy tan quickly dissipates to a persistent, thin ring and a rather filmy top layer. Oblong bits of lace are left over as I drink.
Smell: fresh, green oak and an odd light tartness and some citrusy notes of lemon and lime, roses, grapefruit juice, buttery toffee, white pepper and a subtle toastiness. Nice.
Taste: this is woodcut, alright. The oaky character is intense, like sucking on an oak chip. Sweet flavors of vanilla, caramel, ritz crackers and flowers wash in mid-palate before ceding to lingering notes of toffee and butterscotch. Ooh-lala.
Feel: mild, massaging carbonation softly caresses the tongue as the medium-full-bodied brew moves about the palate. It's got an astounding suppleness -- nearly creamy and super-smooth, with a finish that's just dry enough to pique interest. Clean and warming? Yes. But for an 11 percent ABV monster, this is an incredibly covert alcohol character.
Drink: Woodcut #4 combines all the best aspects of a Maerzen perfectly complemented by American oak and is without a doubt the most flavorful lager I've ever experienced. Now if only O'Dell could get the price into a range that doesn't actually cause me physical pain.
10-22-2010 05:47:58 | More by Phelps
4.88/5 rDev +24.8%
Many thanks to Espenoza for hooking me up on this one. You are the man!
A: Copper amber woodyness.
S: Almond walnut sugar praline on the nose - intoxicating! Oakey pine and sugar come to mind.
T: Earthy caramel, wood
M: Carbonation - light to medium after sitting for a couple minutes. Head a light tan
D: Best lager I have ever had. Would love to score some more to savor this one!
This is THE best Oktoberfest/Marzen I've ever had. Period.
Here is what is going on in the aroma and flavor proflie:
Chocolate Covered Orange Rind
Nutty like Pecan Pralines, wait, just like Pecan Pralines
10-20-2010 22:55:04 | More by joshuacavett
Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.