Woodcut No. 1 - Oak Aged Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Woodcut No. 1 - Oak Aged AleWoodcut No. 1 - Oak Aged Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 08-18-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 46
Reviews by BeerAdvocate:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Aged in American medium-toasted oak and released in August 2008, this brew is part of Odell's new barrel aging project of one-time limited brews. We're about to crack open signed bottle No. 166 out of 1,440 (120 cases).

First, that is one hell of a cork. The "pop" was impressive, yielding a hazy, dark amber with tawny hues and a massive beige foam that settles to a nice lace. Aroma is sublime. Raw sugarcane; toffee; big, woody oak; boozy alcohol with peppery notes. The carbonation really creams up on the palate with a prickle that fades into a magnificent, smooth mouthfeel. The body beneath is full, rich and malty. Flavors are insanely complex: almond oil, caramel candies, sweet dried fruits, rock sugar, overripe pineapple, black cherries and vanilla. Alcohol is definitely present, spicy but not overbearing. Lingering caramel, sweetness and peppery alcohol.

If this is the first within the series, we can't wait to meet the rest. Unique, complex and very interesting--just as cellaring this would be.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - number 44 dated 8/15/08. Pours a hazy dark amber with a huge fizzy big bubbled off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a little subdued - sweet caramel and molasses, some fruit (apples and raisin), wood, and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel, molasses, vanilla, and a little fruitiness with some grassy hops and alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with sharp carbonation that mellows as it sits.

Overall, an interesting outing from Odell. It's a bit pricey ($25) and a bit one dimensional with sweet caramel and wood.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of russpowell
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel/chestnut with 4+ fingers of tan head, sure opened with resounding pop! Loads of popping with pour, Fred Eckhart would love listening to this one! Nice viscosity to this, Very good lacing & good head retention

S: Loads of vanilla, oakyness & Canadian whisky

T: Dryness, vanilla, caramel, slight smokeyness
& a general Seagram's seven taste (boy did I get really sick off that when I was 16) up front. Slight booze warmth, more dryness & lots of plum as this warms. Finishes dry, sherry-like, with a touch of treacle, tangerine & toffee, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, dry, with minimal carbonation, a bit wet for the ABV & style

Drinks easy for the ABV, but this one may need laying down for another year or 3. At $25, not sure I have the pockets or patience to wait. There are much better old ales for the money, but worth a shot if you like this style of beer & have cash. Come on Odell, make more & drop the price on release #2!

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of trappistlover
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(sampled at RBWG). Pours a hazy caramel color with off-white head. Aroma has a hard candy aspect with an herbal (spearmint?) note. Taste had a nice sweet malt balkbone. Medium bodied and slick texture. For me, the herbal component was distracting. Thanks to whomever brought this one!!

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Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

inflatablechair provided this one at a recent tasting.... Thanks a bunch Sammy... This is one that was for sale online for a long time and I never pulled the trigger.... Appreciated Amigo!

Bottle #1827...8/15/08.

Pours clear amber lite amber with a sorta yellowish tan head... nice retention and lacing.

Nose is caramel with bunches of oak... hints of vanilla from the wood..

Flavor is nice... Mirrors the nose with some mild dried fruits that make me think golden raisins and mild dried sweet cherries.. oak is very present... sorta perfumy as the usual tannic compounds.. something nutty... I am digging the oak as opposed to the normal bourbon barrel brews that are pounding the pavement lately.... body is a perfect medium, so is the carbonation.... I really like this one.. now I wish I had bought some up when I had the chance... stoopid Galt!

I would have a hard time with a 750 of this brew even though I enjoy it... this is a perfect brew to share with a couple of friends and sit back and just let conversation drive the evening.


Thanks again Sam... Good stuff for sure.

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Photo of claspada
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hand labeled bottle #1780, bottled 08/15/08 signed by the brewer, pretty sweet looking.

Pours a dark amber color with a huge fluffy and sturdy, off-white head on top. Lots of spotty lacing as the head slowly recedes.

The aromas begin with a boat ton of oak, there is a really pleasant sweetness to the aroma. I pick up a fair amount of honey and perhaps some maple as well, along with some caramel and vanilla.

The tastes begin again with the oak and it is a bit more aggressive than the nose. That said, the sweet honey and maple flavors come through and mesh well with the vanilla from the oak and some hints of dark fruits.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with perhaps a bit too much carbonation and a slightly tannic finish. It's hard to enjoy the complex flavor profile with so much bubbly carbonation.

Overall, this was a very good beer. Though the oak is pronounced, but it does not completely dominate the flavor or aromas, which is nice. I wish the carbonation was restrained but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. Not as good as No. 3 but better than No. 4.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown in color with some ruby highlights. Very nice two inches of head forms on the pour. Actually there's a bit too much head here. The head sticks around for the enitirety. Very pillowy and leaves foam all over the inside of the glass. Smell is all vanilla, oak and some malt. I've smelt this beer for five minutes without even taking a sip. More oak and vanilla in the flavor. This is absolutely amazing in taste. Very creamy and smooth. Good amount of carbonation. Absolutely no sign of the alcohol in the flavor at all. Very good beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow this thing was pricey, $24.99 for the bottle, #1184 bottled 8-15-08.

Chill hazed deep amber colored beer verging on reddish brown in color. Small head forms and dies back to a tan ring.

Smell is sweet and strong with vanilla and oak aromas. Smells a great deal like a Bourbon barreled beer, undoubtedly the oak was charred to develop the vanilla aroma. Caramel apple and grape make up the rest of the aroma.

The taste starts out slightly sweet with a good vanilla and whiskey flavor. Strong vanilla and wood flavors and fainter toffee and apple flavors. Quite warming in the chest but doesn't really taste like an 11% beer.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Not a bad beer at all, though for the price I am more likely to find a more local strong ale.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle generously opened by brdc. Thanks for this retired gem. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a stunning crimson/brown color with a quickly dying finger of head. The aroma is sweet maltiness and light barrel notes and some candy. The flavor is bready to start, with sweet caramel and candy coming in on the finish. A decent amount of dark fruit as well. In a blind tasting I would definitely classify this as a dopplebock. The body is medium and the carbonation is at low levels but still has a slight sting. At this point in the beer's life, the barrel character is very subtle but the overall beer is still quite nice. I just don't think that the "old ale" classification is correct for it.

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Photo of SpruceFish
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle 1864 bottled on 8/15/08

A- cloudy ruby with a huge off white head white a little lacing

S- huge oak presence vanilla some tannins and some carmel

T- oak vanilla carmel tannins i kinda feel like im drinking a 2x4 and i love it this is the most woody and delicious beer i have had

M- kinda sticky i guess great carbonation

D- great no alcohol presence at the ten months of did this beer well

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Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

Pours slightly hazed reddish mahogany with a thick fluffy tan head that stays. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of strong vanilla/oak, whiskey, and spiced dried fruits.

The taste is of vanilla/oak - strong. This one is indeed for lover's of the oak. Whiskey notes and dried fruits come through nicely - fruitiness is a blend of dark and some apricot-like. A touch of almond gives it a nutty touch. It finishes with a fruity sweetness mixed with a whiskey-ish dryness.

It is full-bodied with a carbonation that keeps it from being too thick or sticky.

A great sipper if you like oak! This is an American invention that doesn't fit into a style easily, though Old Ale fits well enough, but doesn't matter! A nice, creative brew that uses the oak well, but has other complexities, such as the fruitiness. A nice sipper, to say the least!

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Photo of scray24
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from CLO at ~23.75$ (family card wkend).

Poured a hazy dark amber/copper with overwhelming carbonation - mostly foam, subsided into nice lace around the glass but bottle was well overcarbonated.

Smell was exceptional - vanilla, wood, almonds, caramel... very, very nice and remniscent of a cognac or similar nice sipping liquor (w/o any strong alcohol smell).

Taste was good as well - warming, heavy oak notes (inc. vanilla/caramel). Some hoppy bitterness but the right amount to counterpoint the malt/high OG.

Beer was overcarbonated....

Drinkability was good, this was shared with a couple of friends but I would have been happy to consume more.

Big question is around the price - is it worth it? I would say yes if you're looking for the experience but not for a re-occuring (even rarely) situation. There are other beers that offer comparable tastes for half the price....

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Photo of Sanderson
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waltonc
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep garnet/brown color with a tad of haze, puffy white head that's over an inch at first.
S: lots of oak, toffee, malt.
T: More oak, toffee, apple, light raisin and dark fruits, sugar. Can't detect any hops.
M: Medium body with high carbonation that lightens the mouthfeel and makes this very enjoyable.
D: Fantastic beer. I look forward to trying Woodcut 2.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a fluffy, yet sturdy, off-white head on top.

S: Despite the very noticeable presence of oak in this beer, there is a really pleasant sweetness to the aroma. I pick up a fair amount of honey and perhaps some maple as well, along with some caramel and vanilla.

T: The oak is a bit more aggressive in terms of the flavor. That said, the sweet honey and maple flavors come through and mesh well with the vanilla from the oak and some hints of dark fruits.

M: A medium bodied beer with perhaps a bit too much carbonation and a slightly tannic finish.

D: This is the only one of the Woodcuts that I've really liked so far. Though the oak is pronounced, it does not completely dominate the flavor or aromas.

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Photo of champ103
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful deep mahogany color. A large tan head forms that leaves some decent lace.
S: A wonderful woody oak aroma. Some vanilla and whiskey. A hint of caramel, chocolate and coffee.
T: Again, lots of oak flavors. Caramel and vanilla. Dark fruits and figs. Great.
M/D: A fully body that is rich with a snappy crispness. Very easy to drink. Smooth and creamy. Not something I would session, but I could sip on this all day.

This is a great beer. A real treat and something I highly recommend.

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Photo of mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of SuperWhite92
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle # 252, bottled 8/15/08

Pours a deep reddish brown, nice and dark. Plenty of white frothy head that dissipates very slowly.

The smell is very rich with somewhat of a fruity smell that is overwhelmed by a smooth vanilla odor. There's also a hint of oak in the aroma, however the vanilla is the most predominant odor.

Tastewise, this beer is a great. Starts off rather hot (although the beer is only 3 days old according to the label) but quickly fades into a flavor of aged fruit and the vanilla flavors again. There's also a strong almond flavor that makes itself known. A subtle oak flavor rounds off the taste to a perfect finish. Of special note is how subtle the oak flavor is in this beer, as most oak aged beers tend to have an almost ovewhelming oaky presence. Woodcut does not, which is remarkable given the beer's nature.

Mouthfeel is mostly unremarkable. It is very similar to the mouthfeel of most strong ales, being heavy and slightly gelatinous. Beyond that, it's nothing to write home about.

Drinkability is relatively poor. The beer is too hot, and the flavors too abrupt to drink more than a single bottle. In fact, at a half a bottle I was satisfied.

All in all, I'm rather glad that I sought out this beer (From two different stores because of the two bottle limit). It's wildly different than anything yet from Odell, and for a "first venture" into the world of rare and complex beers, I'd say that Doug and the crew nailed it. It's very drinkable out of the bottle, and it's my impression (as well as their's) that it will get even better with age. Very well worth the $25/bottle.

If you're able to get this beer, you owe it to yourself to do so., regardless of it's price. Good beer takes precedence over the value of a dollar. Eat ramen for a week if that's what it takes. You won't be disappointed.

Edited after a second bottle 4 months after the first.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #1479, signed by the brewer. Served just below cellar temp.

Pours a slight;y red tinged brown with a dense three fingers worth of foam. The lacing nearly completely covers the inside of the glass. Very impressive.

Smell; as expected this has a very strong oak aroma, and comes off slightly perfumey. Caramel and brown sugar give a sweetness to the aroma, followed by cherries and vanilla. There's a hint of lighter fruits in the background, along the lines of grapes or green apples.

Taste; the fruits are a bit more pronounced in the falvor than they were in the aroma. Grapes, apples and cherries, give way to brown sugar and caramel. Then the vanilla and oak take over and give the finish a bit of a dry finish. The alcohol is very well hidden, mostly coming through as a warming in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and while the head lasts for a very long time, the carbonation is fairly smooth and biting. Drinkability is good, especially with the 10+% alcohol. Very good beer, but I hope Odell can manage to bring down the price point of the next Woddcut beers.

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Woodcut No. 1 - Oak Aged Ale from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 69 ratings