Woodcut No. 7 Russian Imperial Stout
Odell Brewing Company

Woodcut No. 7 Russian Imperial StoutWoodcut No. 7 Russian Imperial Stout
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Russian Imperial Stout
4.04 | pDev: 11.14%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Woodcut No. 7 Russian Imperial StoutWoodcut No. 7 Russian Imperial Stout
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Reviews by JSchock7:
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4/5  rDev -1%

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Photo of dcscientist
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not gonna lie, this one was disappointing. I don't think it had turned or anything, but this one didn't really work. The oak flavor almost soured the traditional darkness and heaviness of the stout, and it shouldn't have done that. Their Jolly Russian is outstanding, and I was comparing this beer to that one, and it doesn't stack up. The flavors didn't quite meld like you'd want them to, even after aging for several years. I got the flavoring of a dilute porter instead of the huge molasses and cocoa stout flavors that you should get from a beer like this. Credit for trying something different with this beer, but not my favorite.

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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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4/5  rDev -1%

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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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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 rab53
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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 mothman
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 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 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 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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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Woodcut No. 7 Russian Imperial Stout from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 122 ratings