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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

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 coldmeat23:
Photo of coldmeat23
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BOTTLE NO. 2440 DATE 4-15-09

Slightly hazy, golden orange liquid with brown tinting. Just over two-fingers of creamy eggshell colored foam form the head. Retention is very good and the lacing is thick, full, and quite sticky.

It smells like tangerines (?!?!). Nice, big notes of oakiness. Notes of yeast and butter with a nice spiciness. Hints of whiskey. Vanilla and toasted nuts. Mild hints of sweet malts.

Wow. This has a huge level of sweet citrus notes. Tangerines, oranges and sugar crusted lemon wedges, among others. The oak presence is prominent and undeniable, but blended in such a wonderfully beautiful way. It doesn't overpower, it just compliments, and works with, everything else. Whiskey notes of vanilla and brown sugars. Notes of butter and spices. Very mild malt presence. Very mild hop flavor is present, but has no bitterness/bite at all.

It's just almost full-bodied. Nicely carbonated, at a low to medium level. Very smooth and lightly creamy, sort of like velour.

This one is a touch too heavy in ABV (11.0%) and just a bit too much to the sweet side to be made for mass consumption. As an every now and then kind of brew though, it excels.
Very tasty, indeed.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed yesterday from a 750ml caged/corked bottle, #2756, filled on 4/15/09.

Poured into a snifter, Woodcut was a slightly hazy, flat copper color. Head was thin and white, with sizable bubbles clinging to the glasses edge, leaving some lace here and there. Aroma was solid, with vanilla and oak wafting forth quite readily. Body was medium-plus, and the liquid was smooth and creamy on the tongue. Very nice!

Flavor has nice sweetness to start, with a little bit of toasty malt. Luscious toffee is abundant, and the vanilla here is more subtle and restrained at the outset. In the aftertaste, the vanilla makes another appearance, lingering quite well. The flavors here are all rich, and the bier is just a touch hot, with the ABV being well-hidden. As it warms this one gets even better. Reminds me somewhat of a Smuttynose Wheat Wine in some respects. This is a very well-made and tasty bier. Big thanks to Bitterbill for sending this my way.


look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5


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Photo of Bitterbill
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Poplar Wine & Spirits, $25.00 +tax for the 750ml caged and corked bottle.

Bottle no. 2725.

The twist tie needed to be turned the opposite way from what I'm used to...a small pop when I pulled the cork, it pours a hazy orange gold with about a 1 finger head of foam. There's plenty of sticky lacing and the foam looks like it's not going anywhere fast.

The smell is a big huge whiff of caramel malt sweetness with lots of vanilla and some oakie/woody notes. The vanilla seems to grow everytime I take another whiff. I love this aroma.

The taste is very sweet. Almost syrupy sweet. The vanilla is big and bold as is the caramel malt and the woodiness I noted in the smell isn't all that far behind. This is one hell of a malty brew and I'm enjoying the heck out of it. There's no apparent bitterness for me at all and I think for a 11%abv brew, it(the alcohol) doesn't show up in the taste at all. Not during the swallow. After the swallow? Yeah, there's some warming but I honestly expected it to be hotter than what I think it is. Marvelous. And no, what it cost me doesn't influence what I'm thinking about this beer at all. If I paid $25 for a bottle of beer and I didn't think it was at least good, I'd say so. This is better than just good and I can see it being even better with some age on it.

This is a full bodied brew with lightish but at a desirable level of carbonation. Odell's postponing the release because the carbo wasn't at the right level was a move that has really paid off.

Drinkability? Besides being a part time hophead, I'm also a partime malthead so...I find this incredibly drinkable given how strong it is. No, I wouldn't drink back to back 750s of Woodcut no.2 unless I felt frisky and then I'd probably regret it but the one bottle is by no means a herculean task. I'm going to buy more so my traders can enjoy and more to set aside and age. I'm assured we have 4 cases in town.

A big thank you goes out to Odell Brewing!

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Photo of DLucky
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 1702, Tucson AZ; August 2009
A careful pour of this beer produces a wispy pale, light tan colored head that sits on top of a clear, amber-copper colored beer. The aroma has lots of buttery oak character, spicy wood notes, toasted oak components and even a touch of toasty malt character in the finish. The oak is definitely the dominant note in the aroma as there is only a hint of malt character from the base beer evident. Still the aroma is nice overall and the oak character is fairly well balanced and not really overwhelming.

This tastes spicy up front, but it has lots of sweetness that easily balances the beer out and it even has a touch of an orange zest flavor to it. A biting, slightly astringent oak character is found in the finish, and is joined by a bit of warming, almost hot alcohol notes that don't get overdone. The flavor is much better balanced than the nose is, and actually this is much more balanced over all than Woodcut #1 was. Light buttery oak flavors are joined by a solid vanillin character; both of these really play together well here and make this beer quite enjoyable. There is a nice oak bite in the finish, but what really ties this beer together is the soft, supporting malt character; it supplies a sweet clean malt character as well as a cracker like malt notes and the body is just textured enough to mellow and easily carry all the fresh oak flavors that are present.

As the beer warms up it becomes even more balanced; the vanillin gets bigger than the buttery oak component over time. This is very nice, very well integrated and it is much more enjoyable than I was expecting based upon the first one of the series. Man, I definitely want more, but that $25 price tag definitely hurts.

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Photo of mentor
3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle 1583. Nearly flat, hard pour nets a very thin layer of very fine tan bubbles over a very cloudy amber liquid. Smells lighter fruits (pears, berries, passion fruit) with a boozey component and gentle oaking, like found in a white wine (chardonnay?..I'm not a wine guy). Oaking is raw with dark waxy tannin character. Alcohol sting has a mild rubbing alcohol component.

Tastes nice. Strong flavors that eddy back and forth but seem to play in balance. Alcohol sting and oak ummph are also of comparable intensities. Malt flavor and syrupy pear fruity start boldly, but the beer is turns dry and the sickly sweet kick I expected was held off. The sweeter flavors are kicked out by a peppery zip that I can't identify the source (alcohol, barrle, or yeast product?). Alcohol is strong and a bit rough with a potent orange, passion fruit, and sour berry edge riding the edges of my tongue. Finishes with sticky vanilla, tannic edge, and drying phenolic.

Overall, quite bold, but very oaky alcoholic. This will likely settle over time and I consider this a beer worth cellaring for a few years. Mild carbonation and thick dextrinous mouthfeel that evaporates in the end in a pleasing way. Leaves a dry linking flavor like a chardonnay wine.

Improved as it warmed, I recommend cellar temperature.

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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 jokelahoma
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a beer tasting party in Olathe, KS.

Poured a slightly cloudy, light bronze color. Head was fairly substantial, yet died almost as quickly as it disappeared, leaving but a skiff of foam.

Aroma was malt, malt, and more malt. The beer smells very, very sweet. Almost smells like unfermented wort, full of sugars. Hops are nowhere to be found in the aroma.

The flavor mimics the aroma, to be honest. It's very sweet, and very malty. Good grainy flavor, with no hop presence to speak of. What bitterness there is seems well hidden beneath all the malt flavors. This is a malt-centric beer, and unapologetically so. Almost English barleywine-ish in its flavor, yet beer in some ways. Malty and sweet, yet clean. Has some apricot-like flavors shining through, perhaps a little avocado too, if one is to stay with the "A"s. In spite of the 11 percent alcohol, it doesn't show any hot alcohol flavors that I can detect.

The mouthfeel is quite thick and oily, as can be expected for a beer with this much in the way of residual sugars. It's not chewy, but it just does miss that mark. It isn't work to drink it, but it just misses that mark too.

Overall, this one is tough to drink, yet a joy to work at. It is not an easy drinker and certainly not something you're going to toss back a few of. But it offers great reward for those who persevere. It's huge, yet there's a delicateness to the beer hidden underneath all that big malt flavor. At the price they charge, I doubt I seek out another bottle, but I'm by no means sorry to say I've paid for one and drank it with friends. Worth trying, especially if you can get someone else to pony up the $$.

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Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle no. 2403

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt orange color with an inch of a head that fails to retain; the beer is leggy, with the high sugar content and alcohol influencing the appearance

Smell: Rum soaked pears, toffee, oak and vanilla

Taste: After a brief flirtation with the toffee, the boozy pear flavors begin to dominate, with vanilla sweetness building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the oak element adds some complexity but is overwhelmed by the sweet flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation and warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: The beer is like a barleywine without depth and balance; as a result, the sweet, vanilla flavors just overwhelm the tastebuds

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light iced tea color with slightly less that a finger loose eggshell pastel head that fades fairly quickly leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is solid full-on celebration of vanilla. It comes across rich and sweet with a caramel butterscotch back bone. Full flavored, the sweet malty vanilla dominates the taste spectrum. The mouth feel is nicely carbonated and it lingers REALLY nicely..full bodied. The combination evokes an involuntary tongue lapping reaction. This one reminds me of ST Creme Brulee, but it's dialed in nicely...not overwhelming like the other one is. The 11% ABV is neither timid nor distracting..in fact this is EXACTLY what i was hoping for. Had my second pass at Woodcut #3 last night and this one..did not disappoint. Highly Recommended. $28.59 at Gomer's in Parkville, MO.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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 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 bort11
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml corked and caged bottle, #2812 bottle on 4-16-09, Poured into a Duvel tulip. Initial head is about a half inch but quickly recedes and leaves an uneven ring around the edges and a thin center film. Spots of lace.

Smell has a pretty rich oak wood aroma, which I hope it would. There is also a lot of candied sugars and raw ginger aromas. Ginger really comes out in the taste. Candied sugars are also all over the place. Finishes with a spicy bite on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a lot lighter than what I would expect. Still pretty easy to go down. I do want to savor the sips and let the spices build up before each swallow. This is pretty good. The big question is, is it good enough for the $25 price tag. I think the answer is it is good enough once.

Blipped "Songs from the Woods" by Jethro Tull

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Photo of Wasatch
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Bottle: 773
Date: 4-10-9

Pours a nice slight hazy golden pink color, nice carbonation, not much of a head, with some oil slicks. The nose is malty, with lots of bourbon, slight fruityness. The taste is sweet, malty, good dose of bourbon, oak, some fruits. Medium body, the ABV is alittle upfront, but very tasty. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink, Thanks Chuck.

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Photo of JMBSH
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of RedHaze
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, #1811 bottled on 4-14-09.

Pours a dark copper tinged amber, with a thin quarter inch head. The foam fades quickly to a wispy film that leaves just some small traces of lacing.

Smell; almond syrup, brown sugar, vanilla and oak dominate the aroma. A touch spicy from the alcohol, with some faint citrus in the background. Coconut and a mild toasted bread come through as well. I think the longer I sit here and smell this I'll be able to pick out even more.

Taste; initially the oak dominates, with some vanilla and coconut. Then the sweet molasses, brown sugar and nutty syrup really start to come through. Fortunately the spiciness from the alcohol and the oak help to keep it from being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is full bodied and close to being syrupy thick. After every sip it coats my mouth making for a very long finish. Drinkability is good all things considered, but this is most definitely a sipper.

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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 belgbeerdrinker
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waltonc
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled the cork on this and there was no pop whatsoever. I worried there was no carbonation, but was thankfully wrong.

A: Hazy golden straw color with a centimeter of head that fizzles down to some nice lacing.
S: oak, sweet malt, vanilla, and I don't know what else.
T: again, lots of oak, very sweet, vanilla, a tad of caramel, toasted coconut, and white muscat grapes.
M: Thick, sticky, and medium carbonation.
D: In spite of the thick body and high sugar, I think this is great. I'm hoping I can pick up a couple bottles to age. I think this will do very well with a couple years on it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bitterbill for this!
Poured into tulip glass -

Pours hazed tea-like orange-amber with a thin bubbly head that leaves dotted lacing.

The smell iis sweet - candy-ish with strong oak/vanilla, orange marmalade and a hint of toffee.

The taste is sweet - vanilla, caramel, towards toffee and nougat - nutty maltiness... It has a tannic dryness mixed in that lands the finish at semi-sweet.

The carbonation is relaxed, with a medium body. Smooth, though a bit sticky.

An enjoyable sweet sipper that is strong on vanilla. Alcohol is reasonably well-covered for wine-like abv.

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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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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with a one-finger, bubbly, head of white foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled nutty and oaky. The were vanilla and caramel notes, too.

T - It tasted very sweet. Lots of caramel taste with vanilla and bready flavors.

M - It was soft and somewhat sticky. A medium to full-bodied brew.

D - This is a tasty brew that is a bit much to drink. I'd like to try one that has aged even longer.

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Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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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