Colossal Oversight
Odd Side Ales

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American Barleywine
Ranked #240
Ranked #16,232
3.89 | pDev: 7.97%
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Barleywine aged in bourbon and cognac barrels.
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Reviews by Hayes86:
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle Oddside's Colossal Oversight last week for $5.19 at The Lager Mill. A Bourbon barrel aged Barelywine sounds pretty good tonight, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it works well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice brownish red color that took on more of a mahogany color when held to the light with almost a finger and a half worth of creamy tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a very high amount of sweetness with some big cherry and stonefruit aroma with some sourness to it and it reminds me of a fruity sour candy. Up next comes a slight bit of funky yeast aroma and it's followed by some caramel and more sweet malt aromas with some noticeable bourbon barrel aromas showing up and there's a fairly boozy aroma that shows up towards the end. The aroma isn't that great, it's not really true to style, there's just way too much sweet fruity aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a high amount of sweetness impart that same sweet candy aspect that I got in the aroma, but this time it's not sour and it's a little lighter. Up next comes a little bit of that funkyness that I got in the aroma and it's followed by that same caramel and sweet malt combo that I got in the aroma and up next comes the alcohol which is a little on the boozy side. On the finish there's a little bit of a bourbon barrel flavor with a lighter amount of bitterness and a little more of that booze with some caramel and fruits showing up in the aftertaste. This isn't a great tasting bourbon barrel aged barleywine, the balance just seemed to be pretty off and the key flavors in the style weren't really showcased.

M- Not the smoothest, slightly creamy, a little crisp, on the thick side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is just ok, i wish it was smoother with less carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer wasn't that great and I thought it was below average for the style, it throws me off how the bright fruity flavors really stand out, but all the key barleywine flavors just barely show up in the background. This beer doesn't have good drinkability, one is more than enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's good and true to style looking. What I like the least about this beer is the aroma and the balance, they need some major work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it just doesn't live up to the style and I wouldn't recommend it. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this beer, it just doesn't really live up to what it's labeled as. I t's not a favorite Oddside beer and it's slightly below average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

Edit- A fellow BA informed me that this is also aged in cognac barrel and that's where a lot of that fruitiness is coming from, so now that I know that I will adjust the score accordingly, but I still wish the barrel aspects were more balanced, I get all cognac barrels and hardly and bourbon barrels. I wish oddside"s would do a better job at describing what the beer really is rather than just saying it's a barrel aged barely wine.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Brought back from Odd Side thanks to Drew. Got four of these because Hazel's Nuts was out... blah. Haven't seen the greatest reviews for this, but I'm down for anything Odd Side. Bottled 1/25 and poured 2/19.

The pour ... looks awesome. Super hazy beer bottle brown sort of color. Awesome creamy half finger of head that floats on top and lingers with some nice lacing. After that, I'm not sure what to think of this beer. Granted, my tongue just got bombarded with Odd Side's Funk Soul Brother, so that may be playing games with me.

The smell is still something I wouldn't say is great. Initially I thought this actually smelled a decent bit like -- root beer? But the more I smell it the more I get doppelbock vibes, as well as just a generic strong ale vibe. It's really hard to describe. As it warms up a bit, it becomes a little more clear... though still murky. Really smells of dark fruits. A lot of dark fruits. There's also a sort of maple syrup coated oak thing going on. I know, that's really unusual and specific, but that's the best way I can describe it. The nose is oak, vanilla, booze, syrup, and dark fruits. A lot going on. The more I smell it and the more it warms up, the more I dig it.

The flavor is intense and boozy... the feel is incredibly chewy and bold. This is truthfully the definition of a "chewy" beer. Flavor is a fair amount of alcohol, quite a bit of dark fruits, and a decent amount of malt. I don't find this to be a particularly hoppy barleywine, personally, but it's definitely surprisingly bitter on the finish. I can't say I really taste much of a bourbon barrel presence. There may be an ever-so-slight bourbony oak flavor, but it's quite subtle, unfortunately. This is certainly a warming beer, but I've had much hotter and less fresh beers. I really have to wonder if this is truly an American Barleywine, or if BeerAdvocate is wrong. Besides it being reasonably bitter, I don't get any hoppiness that would have me guessing it's that particular style.

I quite enjoy the look, aroma, and feel of this beer, but the taste is just not quite doing it for me. I'm all for a more bitter tasting barleywine, but I don't smell or taste any hops. This honestly tastes like it's an already old American barleywine, despite being less than a month old... because of the lack of hop character, the bitterness is actually a bit off-putting, considering I'm tasting a lot of dark fruit and malt. The fact that I don't taste or smell an awful lot of bourbon barrel is also disappointing to me.

This is a pretty enjoyable beer, but far from Odd Side's best -- this might benefit from some age, but would certainly benefit from a tweak in the recipe. I adore the mouthfeel on this beer, but the flavor falls short: is this supposed to be hoppy? If so, why doesn't it taste like it? If not, why does it have the bitterness that it does? Also, where's the bourbon barrel...? Was it put into an old, dry barrel? This is a beer certainly worth a try, but I'll likely be aging at least a couple of my four bottles to see just how it changes. I'd recommend you get at least two bottles so you can drink one and age the other as well.

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Photo of Bum4ever
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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 SupaCelt
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured deep mahogany that lightens to dark ruby on the edges when the light shines through. There is a fleeting bit of tan head to cap it off before the alcohol tears it into the depths. The nose is heavy with wood and alcohol and the burnt brown sugar and dark fruit scents of barley wine. There is an earthiness reminiscent of wet leaves and dirt that adds a rustic and aged feel to the package. The flavor is notably sweet. Sweet enough to demand a leisurely sipping experience to avoid feelings of cloying sugar. The alcohol is powerful on the back end and is a second reason to take it easy and enjoy the ride. The barrel is definitely in the mix and adds another dimension of complexity to the over ripe dark fruit tones and sweetness. She is crusty and raw. The mouthfeel is heavy. The sweetness seems to make it like nectar. Overall this is a decent barleywine. The sweetness is the only element that schemes to detract from the total feel. Take your time and enjoy.

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Photo of mynie
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

That is a very cool name for a beer.

Old-ish bottle (maybe about 8 months?), but with the elevated ABV that shouldn't be a problem.

Pours slowly into a tulip glass, a murky and multi-colored brown that resembles iced tea. Very little head, but that's okay considered the high alcohol content.

Smells... quite smooth. Sugar and toffee and a small little bit of booze. Hardly any typical barrel nodes, but I'm so burned out on whiskey-flavored beers that that's good thing.

Tastes more interesting than it smells, but still almost shockingly delicate for its strength. The sugar and toffee nodes are huge--drinking blind, I'd say this was a Belgian Dark made with American ale yeast. It starts sweet, gets smoothed out by some barrel-vanilla nodes that do not overbooze things, and then finishes as dry as a light American pale.

Unique, and yet still well within the respected boundaries of the style. Not the hop bomb that many seem to think barleywines should be, but that's a very narrow way of understanding barleywines. This is great.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 macrosmatic
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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 molasses
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of szmnnl99
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of midlifec
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bushbeer75
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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 FLBeerGuy
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pkalix
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bung
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of enelson
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maximum12
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ndpunk for this 12 oz. extra that arrived a while back & vanished into the wild of the max12 liquor fridge. My first review on my new 21st century router. Exciting days, eh?

The pour is dark for a barleywine, redwood & opaque & frizzy (oh oh - the name of this beer isn’t a cruel joke, is it?). Smells like raisins, booze, & brandy, which is an odd combo.

Colossal Oversight sounds like the kind of beer name Odd Side may want to retire. Raw alcohol straight off the still sterilizes everything it touches. Two sips & I can feel it from my stomach to my parafalcine occipital region. Beneath the party shots are a fair amount of oxidation (at nine months or so?), sticky caramel, light citrus. Bourbon is hardly noticeable, but the beer closes with a cognac sweetness & underlying vanilla. Sticky. Might be better in English 11.2 oz. bottles.

Interesting. This is pretty good, but it has the aura of a beer that’s a cowlick from greatness. Little more barrel, little less booze, & you’d have magic.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours tea colored with some burnt orange highlights around the edge of the glass. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet with notes of toast, toffee, fig, and date. It almost smells more like a quad than a barleywine.

The taste isn't as sweet as the smell led me to believe. Don't get me wrong it is malty but not overtly sweet. I get some toffee, caramel, dates and fig with a slight bitterness in the finish. The barrel character is not huge but more detectable in the flavor than the smell.

Full, syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation

This is a good barleywine. I would say it is more or an English barleywine. I don't get a lot of bourbon barrel character, but there is some. The alcohol is hidden except is the perceived effect on my sobriety.

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3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25


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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Colossal Oversight from Odd Side Ales
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 117 ratings