Woodcut No. 7 Russian Imperial Stout | Odell Brewing Company

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Woodcut No. 7 Russian Imperial StoutWoodcut No. 7 Russian Imperial Stout
Woodcut No. 7 Russian Imperial StoutWoodcut No. 7 Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 119
Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared: 10/25/2013 Opened: 4/20/2016

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: onyx; heavy but silky in appearance. A light coca head forms and then fades to but a lacing.

Aroma: oak and vanilla. Bourbon comes to mind immediately, although the beer is aged in new barrels and not bourbon barrels.

Flavor: this is a big beer with a lot of flavors and many layers. Wood, molasses, bourbon, oak and leather all marry wonderfully. This is a good one! I hadn’t tried this beer prior to aging it, but at 2.5 years in the cellar, this is a gem.

Mouthfeel: damn near everything about the mouthfeel is perfect. It is heavy enough to carry its 12.5% abv, but not excessively dense. Silky. Very enjoyable.

Overall: this might be the best imperial stout I’ve had since FW Parabola. No gimmicks or goofy, exotic ingredients behind this beer; just a damn solid performance.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled this off the shelf of a ‘cellar sale’ recently after I kept stalling on buying it fresh; I‘ve always liked the understated labels of the series. 750ML corked & caged bottle split with my wife

The pour is umpire black, carbonation is age-appropriate. Interesting bouquet includes lots of wood, chocolate, peppermint, light roast. The peppermint stands out like a fourth period in an ellipsis.

Woodcut #7 should be called WoodWoodWood #7. True to its virginal origins, the beer is brimming with several board feet of freshly sawn oak. Very toasted with a backing of sweet malt, dark roast, chocolate, well-worn leather, tar smoke. Dry & slightly menthol. Damn easy to drink; the 12.5% is hidden well enough to do the Easter Bunny proud.

The wood really makes this one sing; reminds me in some ways of a less aggressive version of the Cigar City cedar-aged series. Very good beer.

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Photo of gratefulstu
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark mahogany, little to no head.
Smell: Sweet, dark fruit. cocoa.treacle. mild oakiness. Smells delicious.
Taste: Starts a little sweet and finishes with dark chocolate, licorice and dark malts. A little oak. Maybe a hint of vanilla. None of it is overpowering. The 12.5% alcohol is hidden.
Feel: Smooth & creamy, but not thick.
Overall: I really liked this brew. It's rich, but not even close to cloying. The time on this bottle has really brought things into balance. I would love to have another bottle. If I recall, I paid a lot for it off the shelf.

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Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a two finger mocha head. the aroma has cocoa, dark roasted malt, oak, and vanilla.

Has a sweet taste with cocoa, dark roasted malt, oak, vanilla, and hazelnuts. I read reviews about how strong the oak and char tastes are. Letting this beer sit for over a year before drinking it has mellowed out the oak and char tastes mentioned in earlier reviews, and this beer is drinking pretty nice right now.

Medium to full bodied with modest carbonation. Somewhat creamy, and very easy to drink. There is no taste of alcohol, which is very impressive for a 12.5 % abv beer. I am glad i had a chance to try this.

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Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big beer that just didn't quite work for me. I can see where it's going, but I picked up some odd flavors and then as a result mouthfeel was a bit off. Probably for someone else this is a huge winner. Not for me.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a deep black colour with a thin layer of espresso-foam coloured head.

S - A really big dark fruit aroma is noticeable up front. There's some cherry and grape notes present along with oak and roast.

T - The big dark fruit presence shows up on the palate as well; there's cherry and grape notes with a slight tartness coming through. Oak is present as well as roast and a hint of chocolate in the finish. The dark fruit presence definitely take centre stage here.

M - Full bodies an creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black as night with no light seeping through. A fingernail of mahogany colored head rests on top. The aroma is oak and beyond that there is plenty of dark malt. Initially I taste loads of sweet dark malt and then at the back of the palate I taste strong oak with hints of oak and hazelnut. The mouth is thick and chewy and the finish is very dry due to the oak.

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Photo of beergoot
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle label data: Bottle No. 07955-13

Ink-black body with a thin yet creamy, lasting, light tan head. Sweet smell with touches of figs and cherries; mild hint of chocolate. Boozy, bitter flavor with roasted grains and chocolate notes; mild edge of oak woodiness. Heavy body, chewy, slightly coarse mouthfeel.

A better than average RIS that really shines with the depth and breadth of flavors.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from beership.com. No bottling date but some quick research revealed that it was released in October 2013, making this about a year old. Served in a goblet.

A hearty pour yields an oil black body with almost trhree full fingers of deep tan head. Maintains a thin layer but leaves only smalls spots of lace.

Slight oxidation on the nose along with some vineous dark fruit, mild cocoa and a little semi sour barrel funk.

Thankfully the funk from the aroma does not carry over to the taste. The flavors are well rounded with fudgey dark chocolate, mild charred oak, espresso, vague toasted nuts, a hint of fruit skins, bitter earthyness, ocassional wisps of vanilla and a hearty backbone of alcohol. The oak aging adds an interesting dimention on top of the standard Russian imperial stout notes. Not quite as sweet or boozey as spirit barrel aging, the new American oak adds more earthy, woodsy and nutty elements.

Creamy, moderately full feel with soft-yet-present carbonation. The lasting finish is bittersweet with bakers cocoa, caramel, scorched earth and a little oxidation.

Being on the East coast I don't have much opportunity to try Odell's offerings but this is some solid stuff. Certainly a healthy notch above the average Russian imperial stout but not quite to the top tier.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opens with a faint pop. Pours a very effervescent ebony with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Decent lacing, pretty good head retention & nice viscosity

S: Black currant, hints of baker's chocolate & red grapes

T: Baker's chocolate, raisins & black currant, plus red grapes up front & quite a bit of oaky dryness. Slight boozey fig notes as this warms, along with a touch of iron & Baker's chocolate as this warms, faint coffee notes as well & a touch of raisin. Finishes dry, figgy, oaky & with just a bit of coffee & bit more red grape, maybe even a bit of Concord

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nice silkiness too

Pretty good, as others have raised their prices, these Woodcuts don't seem so dear. I will probably some of #8 unless it it's a strange one... No mention of grapes, but this screams out loud to me, very true to style. A sipper to be sure, very complex

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Photo of cvm4
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle # 00148 - 13

A - Pours a black body, but doesn't seem too thick. It develops a one finger dark khaki head that sticks around and has great lacing.

S - Good amount of fresh oak that really cuts through the roasted malts and dark fruits. A bit of coffee and licorice as well.

T - Dark chocolate intertwined with fresh oak. Roasted malts come off a bit sweet, there's some vanilla and some licorice to boot.

M - Medium to full bodied and a low carbonation that's really tight. Creamy and easy drinking. Minimal alcohol burn.

O - It's legit on the fresh oak and does not back down from it. I wish it was dialed back a little bit, but nothing wrong with going full boar.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to blue_bleeder for the bottle.

Appearance: Black with some dark brown at the edges when held to direct light. Head is dark khaki/tan, creamy, and thick. Moderate retention keeps a small cap and collar for the duration. Spotty lacing. Carbonation is higher than expected.

Smell: Oak and then some. Fresh and woody. Vague sort of dark fruit with a toasted backing note. Sort of nutty, but not a particular nut. Dark fruit with some fig, plum, and dark cherry. Some cocoa dusting with some deep rich malt. Dark, slightly charred and burnt malt. Chewy and sweet. Roasted malt sweetness as well. Nice malt depth, but not overly complex or cloying. Lots of cocoa. Some licorice.

Taste: Chocolate chips and oak shards. Cocoa, bitter chocolate and some mild creamy milk chocolate. Deeply roasted with a solid punch of caramelized malt sweetness. A touch burnt with some char layered in the back. A ton of oak, but it's tempered by a big chewy malt sweetness. A bunch of dark fruit, cherry and fig mostly. So much wood and cocoa. Burnt malts ramp up a bit as it warms. Almost brownie like finish. Some vanilla and a bit of a nutty finish. Warming makes it a bit too oaky.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium leaning to full body. Smooth with a moderate carbonation. On point.

Overall: Press it again.

A nice RIS. Oak could dial back a bit, but everything else is solid.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, decidedly black from a distance - unexpected levels of carbonation, cork exploded with a huge pop, poured with a large, foamy head - keeps an impressive cap, leaves streets and sheets of lacing

Smell: So, so much wood - there are some big malts here, but the wood is so potent that it really shines through - fresh, ripe wood, so much oak that it kind of imparts some fruit - dark chocolate, chocolate malts, baker's chocolate - some roasty malts, a hint of coffee grounds - some vanilla and some dark fruits

Taste: Burly malts and fresh wood - creamy dark chocolate - bitter, dark chocolate with some hints of cocoa - chocolate malts and some caramel, roasty malts - some malt sweetness - vanilla, dark fruit, and some fruity esters from the wood - big, big oak - very, very woody, with fresh-cut wood flavor - impressively minimal alcohol - wood really becomes a bit much as this warms up

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, remarkably smooth and creamy, great carbonation

Overall: A solid cut

The oak-aging here is very interesting. The oak flavors are more reminiscent of an oak-aged wild, or maybe an oak-aged IPA. It's a very fresh wood. The RIS at the base is good. It may be on the light side, or maybe that's the interaction with the wood. Regardless, this is worth a try.

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Photo of SwollenGoat
4.61/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amazing oak aged triumph, sure to please any bourbon whiskey drinker. Good carbonation and a rather viscous beer to boot. Flavor bursts through the high alcohol and gives a great character of the dark grain bill followed by the slightest "whiskey" after taste!!!! Superb beer!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, number 06836-13. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is vanilla oak and some grainy roast and black licorice.

The flavor is heavy roast, some sweet lactic vanilla and black licorice with some alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, an OK but pricey imperial stout.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
2.41/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Had to take a break from this one and go ask a sommelier's opinion, because after spending what I did on this beer (not the most expensive beers I've bought by any means but getting up there) and the fact that it a R.i.s, one of my fav styles and made by my favorite brewery I wanted to give this one more of a chance. I'm not even going to input the # score on this til I finish the bottle. The somm had this one a few times a "loved it" he suggested I cleanse my palate and eat some food before the second glass and that just what I'm going to do.
With that intro I still have to tell you my initial thoughts: I let this one warm a bit in the glass before the first sip becaue it is an over the top imperial stout, and I also didn't like the aroma I was getting from cracking it open. Aromas of really heavily charred wood (took a while to figure out that was the descriptor word I was looking for) not smokey at all and not quite burnt but the step just before burnt which would be charred almost like a charcoal aroma. Unfortunately that is the same overwhelming quality that came out in the taste with hints of vanilla and some nuttiness and slight bitterness but not really chocolatey or coffee like im' used to. so initially I really don't like it and would probably rate it like a 2.25, which is no good for a brewery and beer of this caliber, on the good side the body isn't as lacking as other have made it sound I'd say a medium/high also there is no booziness/ heat noticeable on a beer that is 12.5%, hidden very well.
And the moment of truth... still don't like it!! It's not as cloyingly charred as it was before some of the sweetness has come out a bit with the bittersweet chocolate and vanilla, but in my opinion there is NOT much complexity, depth and lairs that I would expect from a big bold r.i.s. It's rather bland for a beer this spendy unfortunately. sorry Odell, I've never tried harder to like a beer more.
I guess the lesson learned here is that everyone has different tastes. The hard part about a beer like this (one you've dropped some good dough on and have never tried before) is deciding if or not to find a good friend who appreciates good beer to try it with and not be stuck with a half a bottle of something spendy you don't much care for, or to take it one yourself and hope you love it.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into chalice
A- Nice mahogany-brown color with thin, tan head
S- Really nice nose. Bourbon was not overpowering but had a good presence. A little vanilla, raisin, oakiness.
T- unfortunately, for me, the taste kinda drops off from the smell. A little bitter chocolate with the bourbon faintly coming through on the back end.
M- Surprisingly, extremely light for an RIS. Thin, more porter-like in feel.
O- Is Woodcut 7 a bad BA RIS? Of course not. Is it an avg one? Nope. But is it in the upper echelon of BA RIS? Not quite. It is worth trying though.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottle # 03249-13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with flavors that are quite char forward.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a cool take on a russian imperial stout here in the latest incarnation of the wonderful and alluring but expensive woodcut series. thinner looking in color, still dark brown pushing black, but looking a little watery in texture and letting some light come in. there is a small tan head but it doesn't last a real long time. the dominant smell is the oak, it trumps the barley and the roast and the boozed, which are all there, but this is a wood bomb and its lovely. plenty of roasted barley to the flavor, but the oak mellows out the bitterness in a unique way. how long did this age for? its not real vanilla forward, but there is some of that, more barrel char and earth than vanilla, very nice. the booze stays impressively subtle, even when its warm its still relaxed. i wish it had more body, it comes across a little runny for the style, but has a long aftertaste that leaves a drying bitter feel. just too thin, but i like that it allows me to drink a bit more of it. great depth of flavor, great use of oak, i liked number 7 an awful lot. this series deserves more attention. thanks to howler89 for sharing the bottle.

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Photo of mevett89
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black with a dense brown head.

Aroma: chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste: sweet chocolate, some roasty notes, with just a bit of bitterness. Vanilla from the oak, and some alcohol taste but not much.

Mouthfeel: creamy smooth. One of the smoothest beers I've had.

Overall: excellent! Not as strong in flavor and sweetness as other Russian Imperial Stouts I've had, but my palate can't handle too much, so this is just about perfect to me as far as intensity of flavor is concerned. The taste could be more complex, but all said I really enjoyed this beer - it was delicious.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Woodcut #7 750ml bottle into CS snifter.

A- Dark chocolate, very little transparency. Minimal lacing as expected. Fairly carbonated for this style though.

S- This beer smells different than others in the same category. I read someone write corn earlier on this, and oddly enough that is what I get upfront. Behind is roasty chocolate intertwined with minimal alcohol burn.

T- It sort of has the characteristic of a small amount of brett invasion. It comes out ok, not sour; but tastes a bit of brett with RIS. I can tell that love has been put into this beer; and I get some Plead the 5th out of this. I get a "dark red wine" faint background.

M- Thin for RIS, not too thin, but just on the end of acceptable. Lost of carbonation bubbles in this beer.

O- Pretty good execution on this for Odell. I am from CO, so I am not trying to be a homer on this one. I am really used to Midwest RIS; but this is good for a CO offering.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cork makes a small snap when released. Brew is jet black with a one-finger toffee colored head with vanilla swirl marks in the foamy bubbles. Not much for lacing.

Roasty. Burnt. Coffee. Deep vanilla. Light and aromatic.

Awesome dry earthy bittersweetness. Nothing is over powering. The sugars are played precisely and eloquently. Roasty, tons of caramel, heavy chocolate malt, drinks like a 80% Chocolate bar. Heat is non-existent. Barrel is flat and nicely mellowed, vanilla essence is played wonderfully. Carbonation is heavy-medium and sits nicely with lots of foam.

A kickass Woodcut offering! Well played Odell. Nicely blended and highly complex with a wonderful collection of finely developed flavors and mouthfeel. This is a highly recommend brew and is a super smooth drinker.

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Photo of denver10
2.86/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a mocha head. Aroma is spicy and woody, not too roasty, some caramel and brown sugar, and a little vanilla. Taste is similar with the slight addition of some chocolate poking through as it warms up. Honestly, not too impressive an aroma or flavor profile on this one, IMO. Lacking. Medium to fuller bodied mouthfeel. Overall, disappointing effort from Odell here, IMO. Maybe not bad, but not good, and I didn't enjoy my pour. The overall score is definitely docked in part for its price. How does a company make their most expensive offering be, perhaps, their worst offering?

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$19.99 for the bottle at the Liquor Shed.

Big big billowy head of foam sitting on a black brew, see my pic on NBS for today.

Roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, all of the goodies I like in my Russian Imperial Stouts. There's also a light woody aroma from the oak aging.

Nice sweet chocolate notes with an abundance of roasted malt. Oak aging brings some vanilla and woody character. Sounds great, eh? The flavours are actually on the mild side, smooth side, if you will. It helps somewhat to ease the noticeability of the ample alcohol this sucker brings to the glass. Here's a prediction I'll make...cellaring will not get this brew to another/higher level of enjoyment.

On the edge of full bodied up front, tailing off towards the end, with a fairly light level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is very nice.

I think this is a very nice brew. I'll just leave it at that.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from C&C 750ml bottle

A-Used motor oil black with a mocha brown head that dissipates to a skim

S-The first thing I get is a bit of green olive brine, behind that bakers chocolate, roasted barley, sweet treacle, subtle vanilla and raw oak

T-Semi-sweet chocolate, subtle coffee, toffee, slight coffee and marzipan. Really nice

M-Less carb than I remember BBS having which is a plus. Creamy and smooth

O-Very well done, the only knock would be the brine in the nose which I find myself to be hyper-sensitive to. All together a very well done BA RIS.

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Woodcut No. 7 Russian Imperial Stout from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 119 ratings