Woodcut No. 3 - Oak Aged Crimson Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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Woodcut No. 3 - Oak Aged Crimson AleWoodcut No. 3 - Oak Aged Crimson Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Oxymoron on 11-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of dcscientist
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stored this one for quite a while before breaking it out, and it held up just fine. This is a very, very good crimson ale, well worth trying to find if you can. Will look for it again when I'm in the mood for something like this.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, brought back from AZ, the last of the AZ beers, bottled 11/09, so about 10 months old,

A: Pours a dark amber red, with a medium white head, good retention.

S: Lots of red malt, some aged malt notes, very fragrant.

T: Real heavy barleywine style malt, red crystal malt is big and it tastes great along with a rich oak wood flavour. Moderate hop character, definitely tastes like an aged barleywine.

M: Full-bodied, very smooth, thick, soft carbonation.

D: This is a really good beer, perhaps some age on this helped. I made a big debate in my head of whether I should go for this, glad I did.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750, bottle #5487 from Nov 2009 - Dark chestnut meets darker mahogany, dim and opaquely set in the glass with a nearly black appearance in most light with it pulling some of its dark brown rustyness across its expanse. A dusty, light brown foam grows quickly and very thickly, setting hefty and high, leveling off slowly, leaving a wall of lace across the glass and finally reaching a nice solid waft of skim. Gorgeous!

Nice aroma of deeply set and dark malted overtones that alude to its oaky base without being overly powerful and burning any nose hairs. Maple-y sweet, vanilla spiced, largely oaky with nice darkly sweetened depth. Some dark orangeyness, golden raisin goo, currants, molasses poke thru, a bit of coconut milk, and a light bakery goodness of caramel rolls dashed with cinnamon. But boy does the oak and maple stand out nice and heavy.

Taste is a bit less on the mapley stuff then the aroma elludes too while gathering more of its malty core with a good portion of sticky dark stuff; molasses, caramel, currant, raisin, dates, splash of vanilla, a few pinches of brown sugar, spiced with warming tropical oakyness of orange marmalade, some cinnamon, dry piney hops and dry leafyness is specked about in the warmth. The maple pulls thru later into its huge amazingly lasting chewy awesome finish. Wow, does this stuff have some stick to it! And then another layer of light drying spices warms it up just a nudge more...

Feel starts with a light tang of pale and caramel malt, fairly clean and medium, but it gains a whole new level of chewy smooth thickness as it warms ever so slightly with its oaky nuances and spices. The finish lasts forever and a day with a mega chewy stick as does it belly warming 11% while spiked way in the back with a tingly dusty dryish spice.

Just gotta love the Woodcut Series from Odell. These suckers are awesome big beers of yummyness, craftitude, and sipability.

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4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. It has a tremendous wood barrel aroma; very nice. It's well accepted by the warm alcohol of the Strong ale. It's made up of mostly pale malts with a bit of light crystal malts for color and balance. The taste is much the same. Yumm. Warm alcohol meets fresh oak barrels. It's smooth as hell with a nice bit of complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. I love the wood character. It's very aggressive, yet mellowing and easy drinking.

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Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy reddish brown with an enormous, thick cream-colored head that recedes slowly to a thick cap with sheets of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is really nice with some caramel malts and oaky tannins creating a perfume-like aroma, very fragrant. Also some sugar-coated apples and pears.

The taste is more of the same with the sweet light fruits teaming with caramelized sugar and sweet malts to form the base beer. The finish is spicy with the oak and slightly dry with a hint of alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth with the oak coming out aggressively in the finish.

I really enjoyed this beer and thought the oak was a perfect foil to the seriously sweet underlying beer. Excellent.

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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red pour with a thick, tan head that retains itself nicely. Very good looking brew.

Layers of toasted oak, nuts, vanilla, alcohol, and peanut brittle fill out the aroma.

A lot going on here. Caramel, fruit (cherry,cranberry), raisin, nuts, vanilla in the fade, and it has a root-like note going on as well. You definately feel the alcohol more than you taste it.

Full bodied with active carbonation. So I think it's got some breathing room to lose a little of both during ageing. Classy stuff. This is a great series from Odell.

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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. November 2009, bottle #7496.

4.5 A: Deep amber color. Two fingers of creamy beige head with great retention and glass covering lacing. Great!

4.0 S: Lumberyard amounts of oak. Really, it's unthinkably intense, but it somehow isn't overbearing. Lots of vanillins in there as well. It's hard to smell anything past the oak, but it seems like there's a decent caramel backbone to this. Otherwise clean with somewhat sweet neutral maltiness.

4.5 T: Delicious! Solid strong ale flavors - caramel, toffee to an extent, and lots of fruitiness with plum, peach, fig, and maybe a touch of raisin. Again, tons of oak in this and tons of vanilla to accompany.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Excellently creamy without being too chewy. Goes down very easy.

4.5 D: Very good beer. I haven't had this fresh, but I'm pretty sure that time has brought improvement. I think if this was any oakier, it might be intolerable, but as it stands right now, it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of agentverde
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woodcut No. 3 was an outstanding follow-up to No. 2's Golden Ale, another deep, rich special release to cement Odell Brewing as my favorite brewer in the country.

I'm going to admit some nostalgia here, too. I had this beer to celebrate the birth of my daughter, and I still have a bottle aging two years later.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy darker orange amber with a HUGE loose foamy light tan head that fades slowly, leaving a nice amount of Belgian lacing behind (4.25). The smell is aggressive sweet yet well balanced with a hoppy background; nice complexity. Visibly effervescent, the surface is adorned with tiny pools of bubbles that are keeping the surface collar alive. Full flavored, the taste matches up well with the nose, sweet vanilla, cherry, grassy hop and amaretto. The mouth feel is excellent (4.75) and inviting; creamy smooth texture adding nicely to the overall drinkability. The 11.0% ABV is all there in the end and lends a little heat but it's not distracting. I really enjoyed sipping this one from my new Chivas glass.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared at approx 55 degrees
BOTTLE NO. 0055 NOV,2009

This is a nice deep shade of auburn, with some crimson tinting. Two-plus fingers worth of creamy, medium tan colored head. The retention is very good and the lacing is in thick strands and spots and is quite sticky.

A nice, rich, maltiness comes from this glass. It is accompanied by a very nice bourbon presence. Lots of toasted coconut, vanilla and buttery oak notes. Light traces of dark fruit sweetness and hints of rich caramels. Light presence of earthy hops.

A good amount of cherries and dark fruit sweetness seems to come forward, first. These are followed by a short hint of earthy hops, then drizzled with some butterey caramel notes. This gives way to light hints of vanilla and toasted oak, which then open-wide to let in the toasted coconut presence. The finish has another short burst of earthiness, which helps maintain the wonderful balance that this beer has.

This has a full body, yet not quite thick. The carbonation level is mild, almost medium. This provides a wonderful smoothness, almost slick, with just a tiny hint of creaminess.

The 11.00%abv of this beer is only hinted at, with a slight warming sensation as it goes down. Other than that, I'd never guess that it was this high in abv content. It is very flavorful and quite nicely balanced.
Very drinkable, indeed. I wish that I could afford to buy more of these.

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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee. Thanks again Greg for this favorite from the EBF. Shared among 6 BA's and friends. My sister is extremely grateful for this one! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Cloudy amber brown color with a thin cream colored skim coat of foam that never really goes away. Some nice lacing as the beer level drops.

S - Beautiful woody aroma...tons of oak in here. Nice rich malt smells too, with some caramel, dark fruits, raisins, some alcohol and some malty sweetness. Complex and very enjoyable.

T - Rich malty backbone...some sweetness, breadiness and caramelly notes. This blends really well with the strong woody, oaky flavors here. Alcohol flavor mixes in nicely and only adds the smallest amount of heat. This is really smooth.

M - Medium bodied with a rich and creamy carbonation that seems just shy of medium in intensity. Malty and woody flavors fill the mouth and linger well into the aftertaste. The wood is dominant but well integrated.

D - Pretty intense in flavor. Malt and wood are the key elements. Splitting a bottle 6 ways yields less than I would like to have...probably splitting a bottle 2-3 ways would be perfect, but very happy to share this among a group of people that really appreciate it. The look on people's faces as this was brought out was really worth it. Thanks again Greg!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odell Woodcut No. 3, Oak Aged Crimson Ale, ABV 11%, "American oak plays a predominant role in Woodcut No.3. Crystal and Cara malts marry with Munich malts to create a pleasing red hue and a satisfying sweetness. Notes of raisin , rich caramel and toasted almond complement the hop pairing as a prominent oak aroma completes it all. Each woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer made with select hops, fine malted barley and our brewers careful aging process." Bottle 2220, Nov, 2009.

Crimson ale. Their cute way of not calling it a Flanders Red, or something similar? Okay with me. Let's take a look at it.
Clouded and crimson, surely, with a smallish, but staying beige cover of foam.

Aroma: potently port-like, with plenty raisins and dates, some vanilla, and notes of caramel and toffee, too. Rich and thrillingly complex. Like it.

Taste: a trifle tart at first, then comes small sweetness, with those dark fruit, vanilla and malt characteristics noted above returning in the flavor. Sweetness even matched with a touch of sour, and the additions from the oak aging. A lot of wonderful flavors, marvelously mixed and matched.
Very mellow stuff, incredibly charming and likable.
The high alcohol content hasn't raised a ruckus yet, but we're only halfway in…time will tell...

many thanks to DaveAnderson for providing this bottle as a birthday gift.

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Photo of rye726
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich glowing brown with shades of amber. Creamy tan head has nice retention and lace.

Nose has sweet caramel malts, rie pitted fruit, oak, vanilla, nuts, toffee, floral hops and spicy alcohol.

Taste has sweet fruity malts, vanilla, wood, cherries, plums, floral hops, carmelized candies and almonds.

Full body silks over the palate. Well carbonated, nice sweet finish.

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Woodcut No. 3 - Oak Aged Crimson Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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