Colossal Oversight | Odd Side Ales

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Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barleywine aged in bourbon and cognac barrels.

Added by SupaCelt on 11-26-2013

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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of dd53grif
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrOH
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep copper, lots of chunks. White head without much retention or lace.
Smells like bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, oak
Lots of vanilla. Surprisingly tart! oak, caramel, fruit. Tangy finish
Mouthfeel is about where it should be for a barleywine, but the tannins and tartness clash and detract from it.
I think this might have been an infected bottle or something.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of macrosmatic
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lazhal for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes (consumed 2/27/17). Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very hazy dark caramelly brown – almost turbid. Forms a thin off-white head that fades quickly. A good blush of visible carbonation at first, but this settles down quickly.

S: Caramel and toffee, brown sugar and toasted malts. Oak and vanilla. Mild bourbon, but definitely not hot. Molasses poured on toasted bready malts. Some mild resin, citrus and grassy hops as well. A touch of dark fruitiness as it warms. A pretty standard barleywine smell, though not huge. And the barrel character is quite muted.

T: Sweet caramel, toasted toffee, and toasted malt sweetness. Oak, vanilla, and dry tannins to balance. The bourbon is present but stays mild, and I get no particular cognac out of this. Light notes of spices (from the barrel or the bourbon, I'm not sure) and mild fruity yeast esters. Brown sugar and light molasses. The caramel malt sweetness lasts in the hang with mild ethanol heat, oak tannin dryness and an oily resinous hop bitterness to balance this just a bit.

M: Average body for style, and a sticky mouthfeel accentuated by the fairly low amount of carbonation sensation. While it’s warming during the drink, the alcohol is quite well-hidden especially for anything that's had a barrel treatment.

O: Really a solid barleywine, especially in a handy 12 oz. format. While good, it doesn't crack the top tier - I don’t think this could hang with the best in style. I do with it had some more barrel and liquor character, but it’s more than acceptable as it is.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this one from mom last summer. Thanks, ma!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Opaque rust orange pour yields a two finger, medium looking, creamy, off-white headj with excellent retention. Hazy burnt umber in the glass with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and coats the sides of the glass. A slight wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing on the glass as it empties. Solid looking.

SMELL: Toffee, caramel, red fruits and berries on the nose. Hints of oak and vanilla in there as well, though minimal. Nice.

TASTE: Toffee, red fruits and some booze up front. Sweet malts at the swallow with a bold finish of sweet red berries, toffee and caramel sweetness, some booze and a touch of oak flavor as well.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Lots of weight on this one, creamy, goes down surprisingly smooth and finishes a bit sticky on the palate. A bit of heat lingers. Great here.

OVERALL: Good stuff all around. The feel is elite level for the style and the base barley wine is top notch. The bourbon barrel aging is definitely minimal on this one, but since the rest of the show is done so well, it’s almost a good thing. A brash barrel might dominate it. Excellent brew and worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again, ma!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/mahogany colordd beer with a thin light tan head on it. Holding beer up to the light you can see quite a bit of sediment floating throughout. Everything from big to small.
Smell is sweet with bourbon notes lingering. I think some of that cognac is coming through too. It seems like a sharper burn than bourbon.
The taste is malty sweetness. Like vanilla and caramel notes. Along with some cognac/bourbon mix and some wood.
The feeling is slightly warm. No burn but there could be some more brought to the table.
Overall, it's a solid barrel barleywine for being able to get it relatively easy.

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Photo of larryi86
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A murky ruby red with with two finger off white head

S- Brown sugar, charred oak, dark fruits, cherries, some cognac and whiskey, a little earthy.

T- Dark fruits, molasses, oak, earthy, some cherries, cognac, some bourbon, an almost burnt quality to it.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A decent barelywine, fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle - MFG 01/26/16

Odd Side Colossal Oversight filled my tulip glass with a dark caramel colored body. A thin tan head was produced that reduced to a thin ring of foam with no lacing to speak of. The aroma is sweet, of brown sugar, and caramelized malts. The taste like the nose starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, dark fruit [raisins' , plums] and caramel. Then the hops show up to help balance the taste. A slight bittersweet finish with a light alcohol warming. The mouth feel is full bodied, medium carbonation, and is a little chewy and sticky.

Colossal Oversight is easy to drink for a Barley Wine Ale. The Ale is flavorful and not too filling.

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Photo of pkalix
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, dark burgundy-brown with a finger of khaki foam sitting on top. Good head retention, with massive lacing left behind. Aroma is toffee, cherry, oak, molasses, bourbon, and toasted malts. Flavor profile is huge, but scattered, muddling notes together. Bourbon, oak, cherry, molasses, caramel, and peat with toasted, nutty malts. A bit of a burn in the back of the throat from the bourbon. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a sort of funny, fizzy grain to it. Overall, it's robust and big, but the muddling of notes keep it from being a pleasant sipper. The 12% ABV shows up each sip as well.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giggy
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On Draft at Crunchy's, East Lansing, MI. I'm a fan of bourbon aged beers. This had the addition of also aging in cognac barrels. Poured into a 8 oz. snifter. Aroma opened up as the beer sat. Taste profile changed from sip to sip. Bitter aftertaste. Let this one sit for a while, it mellows and at 12% it mellows you.

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Photo of fern22
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/23/16.Pours a hazed and murky deep amber with a sticky half finger off white head atop,alot of chunkies and floaties.Sweet cherry-like aromas with a sour tinge,the congnac barrel comes thru more than the bourbon in the nose. I do get some vanilla from the bourbon barrel though.A nice full creamy feel adds to the beer.Alot of dark fruit flavor upfront on the palate with a vinous quality,sweet and almost cake-like thru the finish,again no bourbon or even cognac barrel notes really.A good beer but it doesn't fullfill what it is,I did like it though.

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Photo of Duff27
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Acquired from CapCollector16 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, fruit, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and fruit. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in along with some booziness. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid hoppy barleywine to sip on for a while.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Name says a lot. Might be. Colossal overkill but something about it makes me like it.

Pours a beautiful amber comir with a nice head and some good lacing. Nose is similar, for whatever reason, to the Oddsides Beautiful Disaster I just drank and reviewed. Smells like it was also aged in wine barrels, but more sweetness and alcohol.
Taste is complex and I go back and forth about it. Lots of alcohol for sure, but sweet malts, bitter hops, bourbon barrel aging, all come through. Some sips it seems to much, some sips it's like heaven. Definite aftertaste with lingering bitterness. Not sure I love that.
Mouthfeel is really good. Somewhere between water and syrup. Smooth, right amount of carbonation. Feels substantial but not quite syrup.
All in, will probably buy another and age it I think it could get really interesting. Without aging, still a beer worth trying.

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Photo of ultrasrs
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lemmy187
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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