Woodcut No. 2 - Oak Aged Golden Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Woodcut No. 2 - Oak Aged Golden AleWoodcut No. 2 - Oak Aged Golden Ale
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Woodcut No. 2 - Oak Aged Golden AleWoodcut No. 2 - Oak Aged Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 58
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Bottole 3079, 4/20/09.

3.5 A: Nearly clear amber brownish color. Just one finger of creamy beige head with below average retention (average for the ABV I guess) and touches of nonuniform lacing.

4.5 S: The aroma is very nice. The wood plays a dominant role in this. Oak and vanilla are front and center. A good spiciness in there as well. Wood flavors blend well with toffee and caramel. Peach and plum and a host of fruitiness.

4.5 T: The taste is equally impressive. Again, oak and vanilla run rampant and beat my tongue senseless with their flavor, but it isn't overbearing. Lots of toffee, caramel to slightly lesser extent, and lots of light fruits again. This is definitely a sweet brew and the hop bitterness doesn't quite balance it, but it isn't anywhere near cloying. Warming booziness throughout, but not hot. Damn good.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Could use just a touch more carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth despite the booziness.

4.5 D: I haven't had this fresh and this is my first taste so I don't have anything to compare it to, but however it started, it is drinking quite nicely right now. Wood is assertive, but within an acceptable range. The high ABV and crystal malts let this one age quite well.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened with a friend to kick off hell's kitchen.

looks great, smells just like it should; vanilla sweetness, oak richness.

Not a lot of carbonation which is okay but I could have used a little little more.

We sniffed and sipped it for about an hour and a half. Greatness that should only get better.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - number 3155, dated 4/20/09. Pours a hazy golden copper with a small white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel, toffee and molasses with some dark fruits and wood and a little alcoholic bitterness.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts, some fruitcake spices, fruits, and a decent amount of alcoholic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a very nice warming beer that's surprisingly well balanced despite being slightly sharp on the alcohol and a little on the sweet side. Reminiscent of a good English barley wine. I like it.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

Bottle number 1033. Bottled April 14, 2009.

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a great mix of oak, vanilla, alcohol and some malt. The flavor is a mix of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel and toffee. The flavor is very sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Excellent beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by a generous soul.

Pours a clear golden color with a slightly off-white head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts and booze-soaked pears. Also present are solid amounts of oak and lighter amounts of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Crisp light malt flavors up front are joined quickly by syrupy pears. Midway through the flavor profile sweetens for a moment before spicy oak tempers the sweetness. Light hints of vanilla come in near the end before fading into a crisp and slightly boozy ending. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall this is a very interesting beer that didn’t let the oak and booze overpower the nuance. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GilGarp
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hand-numbered and dated bottle signed by the brewer. #2487 bottled April 15, 2009.

The cork comes out with a barely audible pop.

Served slightly chilled in a goblet, Woodcut No. 2 is a medium amber color with good clarity. The head is short and entitles fast leaving no lacing behind. So far it's looking like an English old ale.

Aroma is really exceptional. The oak aging process has certainly had a positive impact on the nose. Great sweetness and a wonderful oaky vanilla quality to it. Good orchard fruit and port wine characteristics here.

Flavor is better than I ever imagined. I wish now that I would have tried a bottle fresh but, right, now, it's drinking very well. Sweet caramel malts come first, very smooth and mellow. Then the oak aging makes itself known with the vanilla. It finishes very smooth with a bit of tannic pull and a dry slightly boozy end. It really does feel like an old ale style and the last three-plus years have been good to this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little syrupy but not cloying. The carbonation level is perfect, nice and low, with the alcohol only showing itself in they way it warms the body.

Overall a truly exceptional beer. I had been holding on to this one so long, I had started to worry it would be past its prime. Fortunately, it's perhaps just hitting its peak.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with friends. I'd call this a blonde barleywine aged in/on oak. There's a big, beautiful oak and vanilla character that lends to the smooth feel. The malts by themselves are fairly plain with just a syrupy white bread and sugar taste. The hops bring an earthy tinge to the finish, but the oak... Oh man, the oak makes this beer. Big and luscious vanilla oak with hint of white grape and toffee. This beer is the epitome of a great wood-aged beer. Odell makes the absolute most of the aging. And I also have to add that for an 11% non-Belgian, this approaches being dangerously drinkable. Very tasty and worth a try.

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Photo of Brandt
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured out an amber copper straw color with a fine white head

the smell is very inviting and has maple syrup, oak, and a warm booze character as well as vanilla and hints of rasin and brown sugar

the taste is pretty impressive. there is an onslought of vanilla and oak that gives way to an almost bourbon like character with rich carmelized malts and just a note of earth mossy type flavors. simply devine

this beer doesn't exactly finish becasue the huge body of this brew stays with you after the beer is gone. there is a rich sweetnes that hangs on the palate and a warming booze effect that you can feel deep in your chest. this beer is absolutley amazing, granted it should be for the price tag, and a real treat to enjoy. definetly would like to have another when the No.3 batch comes out

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Photo of mikey711
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I only took sparse notes for this one

A: It was bright gold with a fluffy white head that was a bit on the big side but didnt leave too much lace

S: Tons of wood is present along with some biscuity and caramel sweetness.

T: Very much like the smell but the malt body was very sugary sweet. The wood provided a nice earth note and there was some vanilla present as well

M: There was a bit of booziness and the body was a bit lighter than I expected

D: I was putting this was down much faster than I expected i would so I guess that means it is pretty highly drinkable for an 11%er

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Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared at a tasting, thanks to Arbitrator I think.

Pours hazy copper with a small off-white head. A little sediment noticeable in the glass.

Aroma is very oaky and somewhat sweet. The -bal aging is evident. Sweet pale malt and honey as well.

Flavor is pretty complex and tasty. Pale malt, sweet honey, spices, oak, and vanilla. Some mild sherry oxidation that adds to the complexity.

Medium-bodied with fairly soft carbonation. Decent mouthfeel.

Great drinkability for the big-ass ABV on this one. Overall I like this beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been holding this for a while, waiting for a cold right to make it worth my while, tonight is cold enough! #2602 was bottled Apr 15 09

Opens with a ever so slight pop, pours an effervescent apricot/honey color with a finger of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Rich breadyness, oakyness, cherries & booze

T: Cakey, jammy with dryness & a touch of apricot & citrus hops up front, plus a touch of cherries as well. Big time fruittyness as this warms, then bourbon with a bit of butter rum, plus honey dryness & some cherry as well. Finishes with a honey bourbon sweetness, a touch too much for me, dryness & a touch of cherry, was real close to pulling a 5.0

MF: Chewy with slight but noticeable carbonation, dry & slick at the same time

Drinks fairly easy for the style & ABV, I don't like this as much as #1 & given the pricing, not sure I will ever get to try #3. Very good effort, but again I've had better or near as good at half the price, not digging the pricing trend on many of these barrel aged beers. Another 3-9 months & this baby will be peaked out IMO, but since it's my only bottle I may never know..

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ben for this one! Served in a tapered pint glass, it's a bright golden orange, thin layer of white foam that leaves a little bit of spotty lace in the glass.

Toffee, almond, sawn wood, presumably oak.

Dry oak tannin, sweet malty flavors of toffee, almond and vanilla from the wood. Full bodied and smooth, light lingering bitterness. Balanced but showing its age now, three years and counting. Still enjoyable but smoke em if ya got em.

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Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of SpecialK088
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from the bottle

Pours a very deep golden color, so deep in fact the head even apears gold as well. Head is 2 finger and fluffy no laceing down the glass

The smell of this beer is unlike anything and sets it far aprt from other beers, very deep yeast smell, bannanna, and a very defined spice. Upon a bigger smell you get the alchol and very sugary sweetness.

Flavor is big in all ways bitter spice and sugary sweet come together exceptionally well to make a very complex and rich overall flavor. Bannanna and a very strong yet no where close to overbearing alchol burn in the finish

Mouthfeel is smooth and sliky, perfect carbonation and very nice medium body.

Sipper to be sure but thats one of the best parts about this one is that as it warms it doesnt change much at all. Not something just anyone could pick up and drink

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of humanawho
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - great golden color with some legs but low carbonation makes a good head hard to attain

S - nice almond aroma some vanilla and cotton candy aromas with some alcohol hinted at

T - great smooth taste of almonds, strong vanilla with some light woodyness, and light heat

M - very smooth

D - could slowly drink a case of this in a couple of days

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Photo of peabody
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out really neat with not a lot of suds but the bubbles just under the surface are searching to get to the top but they just can't seem to make it. Nice cloudy light ice tea color. Def. lacing.
Butterscotch and caramel with raisin bread and a slight aroma of alcohol.
Taste is brown sugar and raisins with a sweet spicy mix of allspice and a twinge of oak. Really woody and the well hidden alcohol make this a great sipping drink.
Very sticky to the mouth but very refined. This is a very good drinking brew.
I first thought this was too sweet for a great session brew but boy was I wrong. Just a great overall beer.

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Photo of G-Hawk
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle No: 4572, Date: 4-20-09, Brewer: Corkie Odell, all written by hand, pretty sweet.

Pours a hazy, viscous, border-lining syrupy dark golden amber with pretty much zero head and small bubbles along the edge and cap. Some small white bubbles can be generated with a swirl but not too much.

Aromas of sweet honey and caramel maltiness. Lighter fruits emerge slightly as it warms, mainly golden delicious apples and juicy pears. Light light oak and slightly stronger vanilla also are detectable as it continues to warm. All are fairly mellow to be honest and I fear that time may have not been too kind to this beer.

The tastes are luckily much more dominant than the aroma would have let on. The same honey sweetness and caramel maltiness open, then the vanilla jumps in, much more so than the aroma. The fruits are in the background here, red apple and ripe pear once again. Oak is there but really quite tame compared to all the other Woodcut Series beers or any wood-aged beers for that matter. Alcohol has subsided and is felt in the stomach and luckily not on the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with zero carbonation. Luckily the body isn't too heavy or this could have become a syrupy mess. The oak-aging adds a light tannic and drying balance to the higher than normal sweet malt base.

Overall this was a super beer, despite the flat appearance and less than complex aroma. The flavor is so balanced and delicious despite not being overly complex. I wish I would have had this about a year ago because I imagine the wood imparted flavors would have been more detectable/enjoyable. Despite that, this is definitely my second favorite Woodcut I have had to date, only behind the No. 3. I would recommend to anyone who still has a bottle of this to consume in the near future because it isn't going to get more drinkable anytime soon and I can see the flavors begin to fall off in the near future (just had a No. 1 a couple weeks ago and it is def on the way down).

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Special thanks to KCHopHead for this from our recent trade!

Bottle No. 2695
Date 4-15-09

A: Pours a cloudy spiced apple cider color. The cork slid out with almost no pop but a regular pour netted a creamy one finger head that left a nice lacey mess on the glass. Lazily carbonated and some suspended sediment was visible.

S: Right off the bat, Heather noticed a fresh orange zest and vanilla aroma. I agreed, and added to it toffee, sodden oak, spices, caramel, and cherry.

T: See above. We could really taste the fresh virgin oak barrels that they used. The new barrels really added flavors of vanilla and spices. A real earthy/woodsy flavor.

M: Surprisingly sweet, smooth, and slick considering the abv. This gets a tantalizing bit of pepper from the oak.

D: This was our first bottle offering from Odell and we were very impressed! Thanks Braden!

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Woodcut No. 2 - Oak Aged Golden Ale from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 88 ratings