Woodcut No. 5 - Oak-Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale - Odell Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
750ml bottle, bottle no. 5206 dated June 2011. Pours a hazy tea like amber. It has a small off white head after a vigorous pour that quickly goes to a thin film.
The aroma is woody vanilla and dark fruits, rather subdued. More alcohol shows up as it warms.
The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malts with some dark vinous fruits that leads to a medium bitter, dry, lightly alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with very low carbonation.
Overall, I've had this a couple times. This was the least impressive sample. I was surprised by the lack of carbonation and the subdued nose (although both improved as it warmed). I don't recall that from other samples. Also, it's a bit too much on the sweet side. When I first had this, it was one of my favorite Woodcuts, now probably not so much. It'll be interesting to see how it ages.
06-28-2011 05:05:40 | More by Beaver13
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
Dark amber, nearly brown in color, with a thin light brown head that leaves dots of lace down the glass.
The aroma is a pleasant combination of toffee, caramel, earthy vanilla, and some wood. This isn't at all typical of a quad, reminding me far more of an oaked American barleywine more than anything else.
The flavor is similar to the aroma, with lots of burnt sugar and wood flavors. There's a bit of dark fruit, but the wood and caramel/toffee molasses is dominating. Somewhat simple, though tasty.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
An atypical quad with lots of wood flavors.
04-22-2012 16:34:33 | More by ehammond1
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
750 mL Bottle corked and caged (Bottle #2385, June 2011), poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance-Deep Amber with a cherry-red glow when held to the light. Slight cast of haze. Pours with barely any head, trace of foam can be stirred up, but doesn’t hold too well.
Aroma-Vanilla fresh oak aroma, with sweet, juicy, dark fruits—plum and ripe cherries. Fusel alcohols with some roselike/peppery overtones. Dates and figs. Brown sugar/molasses. Rummy-dark sugar note as well. Golden Raisins. More golden raisin and apricot than darker fruit character, especially as it warms.
Flavor-Lightly sweet molasses/rummy up front with light dates, light vanilla, before alcohol swoops in, with a slight peppery note. Finishes with golden raisins, apricot, and light tannic oak in the finish. Booze is warming, and not really smooth, but definitely not hot. Oak grows in the finish.
Mouthfeel-Medium full body with very low carbonation. Substantial alcohol warmth though not hot. The carbonation should be MUCH higher.
There are some good things to be said about this, but it's definitely too young at the moment. The aroma is pretty amazing, but the flavor is a bit unrefined, and rough around the edges. The lack of carbonation also hurts. However, even now, the alcohol, while not smooth, is in no way hot, which suggests that it will round out nicely over the next few years. Right now, this beer is not worth the $25 price tag, but given 2-3 years, this could be an exceptional beer.
09-12-2011 01:20:07 | More by plfahey
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
Review from notes, this bottle was enjoyed about a week ago...
Bottle 3382 (June 11) opens with a feeble pop. This beer pours a near ruby red with a sliver of cream colored head. Some lacing & head retention
S: Cherries, plums, & bourbon; great nose!
T: Rich bourbon notes, cherry, toffee, dryness, raisins, & a touch of boozey heat up front. Oakyness, plum & fig notes too as this warms, with cherries, brown sugar, mocha & a whisper of leafy hops. Finishes oaky figgy & with Bourbon notes
MF: Slick, chewy, very slight carbonation
A good note great offering, I would much rather have two large bottles of BBQ from Boulevard for the same price
01-04-2012 02:22:32 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +4.2%
I've sampled this beer on two different occasions - I'm confident that the first bottle had issues outside of Odell's control.
Score is representative of today's bottle.
Murky ruby body capped with two fingers of loose boozy head that leaves pretty decent lacing.
Aroma is way more on track than that first bottle I had - thick toffee, spicy oak, no obvious signs of infection or oxidation. Big bourbon heat, Belgian yeast spiciness? Not nearly as off-putting as the bottle I sampled months ago.
Entirely different beer. Overripe figs, molasses, caramel, bitter wood notes, the alcohol doesn't dominate the way the nose would suggest, vanilla, more oak, actually quite good. Another pleasant surprise this evening.
I can't say that I would recommend buying one of these as I tasted a terrible bottle with a very similar bottle number. But be sure to try a taste if the opportunity arises. If it's a good bottle, it's a good beer.
Sorry for doubting you, Odell.
So at first I thought I'd better just pass on reviewing this one because I couldn't even finish a whole glass. But then I thought to myself that these reviews are what I base some of my beer purchases on. So, in an effort to dissuade others from making the same mistake I did, here is a very brief review:
Pours a dirty ruby gold. The head is reminiscent of that of an expired wheat beer. Lasts a few seconds and then disappears entirely. No lacing of course. No beading. This beer is completely dead for no good reason.
Dirty caramel, merlot, cardboard, vinegar, tobacco, burnt sugar.
More of the same. Rotten figs. Cigarette butts.
I can't even assess the mouthfeel... thin? The flavors that linger destroy any redeeming qualities that might be hidden in this beer.
First and foremost, I normally LOVE Odell. And I wish I loved this beer because now I have two more in the cellar. But, I'm very sad to say that this beer sucks ass. It tastes like it's been sitting uncorked in my truck ever since its release (11 months ago). Don't buy this beer. Even if it's on clearance at your bottle shop... it is an utter waste of money.
Odell - you owe me one.
Very reminiscent of bottle 2580... no bueno.
***consume with caution - very hit or miss***
05-28-2012 01:01:53 | More by yamar68
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened up at the August Baltimore BA tasting.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.
Smell: Sweet malt with some alcohol heat, caramel, and dark fruit. I'm also getting a red berry tartness in the background.
Taste: Very smooth with a mild caramel/brown sugar sweetness. Some dark fruit and red berry tartness. The finish is bitter with some alcohol heat.
Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with smooth, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: The tartness was a bit weird. I still thought it was a pretty good beer.
08-26-2012 01:07:20 | More by oline73
2.91/5 rDev -24.2%
Pours a deep ruby garnet with absolutely no head and no bubbles. Some lacing if you swirl.
Aromas begin with dark cherry, raisins, figs and super strong oak tannins. As it warms the alcohol becomes more and more apparent.
The tastes begin with brown sugar, caramel, toffee and dark fruits. The strong oak is present throughout along with warming, border-lining, hot alcohol flavors.
Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with no carbonation. Finish is syrupy and sweet and also has some warming alcohol booziness.
Overall this and the Woodcut 4 were by far the poorest efforts in the series, but this one may be slightly worse because of the lack of carbonation. Both were quite boozy and hot but the lack of carbonation really hurts the flavor profile considering most Belgian style ales are higher in carbonation which helps the hefty flavor profile.
02-24-2013 14:43:10 | More by claspada
Woodcut No. 5 - Oak-Aged Belgian Style Quad Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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