Woodcut No. 8 - Barleywine Oak Aged Barleywine
Odell Brewing Company

Woodcut No. 8 - Barleywine Oak Aged BarleywineWoodcut No. 8 - Barleywine Oak Aged Barleywine
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Barleywine - American
4.01 | pDev: 14.46%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Woodcut No. 8 - Barleywine Oak Aged BarleywineWoodcut No. 8 - Barleywine Oak Aged Barleywine
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep mahogany beer which is topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of tan head which retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of sweet caramel, vanilla, oak, and some faded hops
T: Taste is caramel, vanilla, slightly bitter faded hops, hint of pine resin, and some nice oak. On the swallow there's some pleasant faded bitter hops, a slight tea like flavors, caramel, vanilla, and oak.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a slightly creamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is soft and slightly effervescent while the beer has a drying finish which is expected for the style.
O: Overall this is a really solid beer that has held up well over time. The flavors are well integrated and play well together and the beer has a really nice amount of complexity. The beer also doesn't show any off flavors from 5-6 years in the bottle which is pretty impressive. This one is drinking pretty well right now if you're still sitting on one.

Jul 10, 2020
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BKotch from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost 6 years old. Pretty damn good, and I'm not a big fan of barleywines. I wish I'd gotten to it sooner so as to get a little more hop character but still, well done, Odell.

Jun 21, 2020
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a big barleywine guy, but since Odell made one, I thought it would be worth a shot. Great flavor and aroma, though the bottle I bought had a lot of sediment in it. I know I had one sitting around for a long time before finally opening it, but I didn't expect that much to accumulate in the bottom. Went great with a hearty beef stew though, that's for sure. I wonder how it would have been if opened closer to bottling date, but that's half the fun of aging a beer anyway, right?

Nov 12, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oaky. Would have been better in bourbon barrels. Definitely not worth the price.

Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, oak, and vanilla.

Good, just not $20 good. Way too basic.

Dec 03, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

super lucky to have had a buddy keep this in the back of his fridge since it was released a few years back and bring it over the other to share with me. i have to say, this is drinking perfectly right now, so if you are lucky enough to have one, let it rip! wow, this is incredible. not sure why i thought it was in bourbon, but it is in new oak, and the aroma and flavor of the wood is amazing. clear copper colored beer, a little thinner and a shade lighter than i expected. smells like fresh chopped oak, light barrel char, toasted almond and coconut, molasses and maple, vanilla and booze. its extraordinary in the aroma. the alcohol is just a little hot, i imagine this has mellowed significantly, but its still a bit hot. the oak is insane, its like drinking lumber, easily the woodiest beer i have seen in the series, pure white pine, home depot lumber yard status. there is some sugar here, but its not too sweet, the grain part is a little more simple than anticipated, but the flavor from the wood is understood better this way, and i can see it was designed to be this way on purpose. only a medium body, lots of toasted earth and nut, brown sugar as it finishes, vanilla of course, and just so much oak. carbonation is right there, even high for the style and age here. in the end this is one of my favorite of the woodcut beers so far, and as good as any barleywine in the world after a couple of years. has the series been discontinued? this is the latest i have seen and its old now. hopefully not, these beers have represented some of the best ever made in colorado, it would be a shame to cut it off. not sure if there are still bottle of this around or not, but if you see one, buy it!

Aug 07, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in my cellar for the last 12 months.
Poured into a snifter.
A – Pours a clear brownish red with 1 inch of foamy head.
S – The aroma is dark fruit and boozy.
T – The flavor is outstanding. There’s a lot of barrel, then boozy and quite a bit of sugary sweetness on the finish.
M – Mouth feel is a little bit sticky, the flavor hangs around for some time. Carbonation is medium.
O – I bought this hoping it would taste this good. This is a grown up, boozy beer. Might be even better a couple years down the road when the sweetness rounds off a bit.

May 17, 2016
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely brownish-red with a dense and bubbly, long-lasting tan head with sheets of lacing left on the glass.
The aroma is malty sweet -- toffee and vanilla, with a little bit of dark fruit and leather.
Taste is toffee and caramel, a bit of vanilla and a touch of raisin. A bit of bitterness at the close. As it warms, a touch of leather comes through.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Excellent beer.

Jan 06, 2016
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WingsAndBeer72 from Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I have been looking forward to opening this $20 bottle, but I got a dud.Funky and Sour. I taste some bourbon barrel but this tastes nothing like a barley wine. More of a barrel aged sour - maybe my bottle got infected. Bummer

Dec 06, 2015
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MIbeerGeek84 from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This overall was a good example of a BA American B Wine. It had the little hop youd expect from a American but you could still taste the malts. Seriously much better then BA Bigfoot. So if your looking for a American style B Wine give this a try.

Oct 06, 2015
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darktronica from Indiana

3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive amber with a finger of cream-colored head that leaves moderate lacing and a thin haze of foam across the top surface of the liquid. Smells pleasantly complex but confusing--I get some light vanilla and brown sugar aromas, but they're subsumed by oak, lemongrass, orange pith, pepper, a saison-like funk, and roasted corn (not the buttery popcorn of diacetyl, but actual corn). The flavors are similarly disorienting, with the most prominent addition not noted on the nose being red jujube.

This does not hit the style of an American [nor English] barleywine, as there are too many completely uncharacteristic smells and tastes. Releasing those expectations, it is still quite an interesting experience, but for its price tag and low likelihood of encountering it on a shelf ever again, I'm not likely to pursue acquiring another bottle.

Sep 22, 2015
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stortore from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle- no. 05957-14, into a snifter.

Pours a hazy orange/brown with a slowly dissipating, medium head. Lots of foamy cling. Smell bring malt, oak, wine, some yeast, a little pepper and a fruity aroma that I can't pick out. Pretty complex smell, there's a lot more going on than my description lends. Taste leads with the malt, much more oak than the nose, caramel, raisins, wine, yeast, some sour funk. Really nice. Smooth, creamy for the style, well carbonated.

As mentioned by others, there is a lot of oak flavor here- which I like, but it's no one trick pony. I found this to be flavorful and complex. Glad I was still able to get it a year down the road.

Aug 27, 2015
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous clear copper colour with one quite impressive head of foam that lasts.

The oak is huge in the smell and brings some solid notes of vanilla with it. Deep whiffs reveal a sugary malty aroma.

Sweet, big oak and vanilla, almost a fruity sort of, I guess I will call it, bitter slash tart note or 2.

Not quite full bodied with ample carbonation and plenty of heat.

I had this fresh but I like it a lot more now. Very good.

Jul 04, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: slightly hazy copper amber under a finely bubbled 2” light tan foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Winey nose, caramel, traces of earthiness, alcohol, oak, light prune.
T: Caramel, wine, oak, fruit cake, spice, a hint of bourbon, dark dried fruit.
F: Very creamy fine soft carbonation lightens the body towards medium full.
O: This could probably last a year or two in the cellar but the bottle looked so nice I popped it open right away.

Apr 24, 2015
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DragonsMilk from Kentucky

1.82/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Odell Woodcut no8 is a total flop in style, style vs price, taste vs style and although as beer alone its taste is subjective its taste vs. price in any catagory is rediculous. The skyscraper price of $18.99 feels more like a swindling from a used car salesman than an expensive yet worthwhile luxury cruise for the tastebuds. For the price and description I expect world class barleywine and this stuff is a complete drain pour in that catagory.

I liken it to the Barrel Aged Gulden Draak except for color.

Pour: three finger off white rocky head into a tulip glass

Look: Clear, Amber / Copper

Smell: Sour, Barrel

Taste: Sour Funk and some sweet - Couldnt find any of the typicall barleywine dark fruit or molasses qualities

Feel: Tingley and Malty but you really have to look for the Malty it because the Twang is so overpowering you forget anything else.

Overall: Don't buy this expecting a good barleywine. If you enjoyed the taste of the Barrel Aged Guden Draak then you may like this but stylistically it sucks.

Mar 28, 2015
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DaveAnderson from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an oddball. I have had all of these except No. 1, and have not always liked the overpowering oak. This one is the oakiest so far, and yet it works better than all but No. 3.

It begins with a rather ugly pour, with the course, creamy bubbles I might expect from a root beer float. Foam is substantial and intrusive, which gives me plenty of time to smell this one before I can take a drink. It's an oak monster, like a heavy-handed California Chardonnay.

On the tongue, the magic happens. All of that oak pairs with the hoppiness of the barleywine without being sweet or cloying, like so many barleywines aged in whiskey barrels.

It's surprisingly light and clean, with a long finish. Good stuff.

Feb 28, 2015
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle at the Odell tasting room last fall during GABF 2014. Bottle no. 09007-14.

Poured into a snifter for review. Large offwhite head. Very clear Amber color with steady stream of carbonation present. Strong smell of oak and pipe tobacco as another review noted. Some vanilla, crime brûlée as mentioned on the bottle label description, and an underlying note of funk - or possible sign of infection. Has a noticeable American hop presence that would probably do better once they faded away. Nose overall seems out of whack.

Taste is a little off as well with early signs of infection. Underneath that, some vanilla, oak, malty sweetness and a punch of hop bitterness. Feels medium-full to full with almost no alcohol warmth.

Overall, a big disappointment at around $20 a corked & caged bottle. Had this in the tasting room during GABF and it was fantastic. Perhaps a little age allows an infection from the virgin oak to multiply and surface. Better drink fresh if you have a bottle like I did.

Feb 21, 2015
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arizcards from Arizona

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a caged and corked 750ml bottle from Whole Foods Camelback in early December for 20% off which came out for $17.59. Bottle # 11127-14.

Beer poured reddish-brown with a beautiful off white head on the initial pour.

Nose initially was a contaminated sour smell after removing the cork. After breathing awhile it is oakey with hints of northwest hops.

Taste initially had cross contamination sour notes. With subsequent sips I am getting hints of citrus hops, vanilla, oak, and sweet light fruit.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying.

Overall this beer is growing on me as I progress thru it. However as much as I enjoy the Odell base beers their Cellar/Woodcut series are priced to be world class beers but consistently under deliver. This is my first Woodcut beer and the first I found under $20 yet I feel disappointed in the product received for the price paid.

Feb 21, 2015
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ThickNStout from Georgia

2.64/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Corked and caged 750mL bottle from LambicPentameter (thank you!). 2014 release. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours hazy deep orange brown with three fingers of rocky pale head. The froth settles to a thick collar, leaving large patches of lace.

A considerable barrel funk presence on the nose. Through that I detect some grain, sugars and oak.

That unfortunate sour twinge continues in the taste. Lemon, caramel, cereal grains, oak, toffee and some alcohol. There is a base barleywine in there but the barrel funk nearly masks it.

Medium, oily body with pronounced carbonation. Finishes with more barrel funk, some sugars and a bit of oak.

Woodcut 8 missed the boat for me. Rather than compliment and heighten, the base beer was almost completely covered by off barrel notes. That's 2 for 2 in the Woodcut series that I've tried with too much barrel funk for my tastes. I'm done seeking these out to try. Not worth my time or money in acquiring.

Jan 21, 2015
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Beer-Zombie from Oregon

4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinkin this with Max at Jester King brewery. Huge head, flavors of fresh oak, vanilla, cherries, strawberries, toffee. Just an amazing beer. Cheers to Odell!!!

Jan 18, 2015
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very pleasant and drinkable barleywine as is- fresh. The beer is well rounded and softened from the fresh oak and bottle carbonation. The hops add flavor, not bitterness, the malt adds sweetness and the oak gives lovely wood and vanilla notes to make it special. Very nicely done. I don't see age improving this one, so drink fresh.

Jan 12, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent caramel/auburn with 2 fingers of fast falling cream colored head. Murks up a bit as the bottle drains, epic head retention & almost as good lacing

S: Raisins, plums, Sherry, plus more boozeyness as this warms

T: Follows the nose, along with some cherry & pipe tobacco, & a little candied orange slice up front. Maderia notes along with jammyness as this warms, a little bit of pear & melons mixes in with a little bit of sourwood honey. Finishes with sourmash, booze warmth & jammyness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, picks up a bit when warm, body thickens up as this warms. Really warming

Pretty good, but not really worth $18 a 750ml bottle, but curiosity got the better of me

Jan 03, 2015
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cvm4 from Mississippi

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle No. 06897-14

L - Pours an opaque dark mahogany body with a light khaki one finger head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Big notes of virgin oak. Carmel, vanilla and burnt brown sugar intermingle. A bit of dark fruits on the end.

T - A lot of vanilla, coconut and creme brulee (as noted on the label) at first. The virgin oak is secondary here along with caramel and brown sugar. The taste is a bit more sweeter than the nose would have you believe.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. Smooth body and easy to drink, with some alcohol heat showing up.

O - Having had the prior two releases, I like this series. The uniqueness alone does it for me. This beer has a great mix of wood and sugar elements.

Dec 27, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottle No. 07710-14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fruit, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of sugary and wood elements.

Serving type: bottle.

Dec 01, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is a deep, caramel coloring, with an off-white head. Nose of sweet crème, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, roasted notes, and raw wood characteristics. Flavors are tropical fruit heavy forward, with a caramel backbone, heavy vanilla crème, solid bourbon notes, roasted characteristics, boozy highlights, and a molasses undertone. Very layered and dynamic. Oily slick and thick, with a boozy, richly sweet, warming aftertaste. Smooth, lingering, slightly cloying finish. This is a heavy ass beer, but damn tasty!

Oct 27, 2014
Woodcut No. 8 - Barleywine Oak Aged Barleywine from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 72 ratings