Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager | Odell Brewing Company

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Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style LagerWoodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 06-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jacobpaul81
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into Belgian Beer Goblet, 10/20/2010 - Enjoyed with some braised pork loin and baked fettuccine.

A: Beautiful, dark orange-brown color, tan brown head, maybe 1/4 inch, nice lacing.

S: Aroma reeks of Marzen. Lots of Malty sweetness, warmed honey, caramel, some rich toffee, vanilla and you get a moderate woody scent of fresh oak from the barrel aging process. Wood is present but not overpowering. Really nice pairing of scents.

T: Right off, for a beer with a high ABV, this does not taste it. Beer pairs vanilla, caramel and toffee malts with a warm oakiness and hop bitterness. Incredibly well balanced. Very dry finish with some woodiness in the finish. Starts sweet and mellows as you drink.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation with lots of fine carbonation bubbles. This goes down so smooth. Remarked that it had a Brandy like feel.

D: This is very drinkable. Smooth, medium bodied, and the movement from malt and sweet to hop to the dry finish is perfect. The ultimate Marzen beer.

I've ordered 10 more bottles. After enjoying this, I am finding it hard to gauge other beers. By far the best Marzen I've every tasted and arguably the best beer. Very warm and sweet and the perfect accompaniment for an autumn meal.

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Photo of brandoneast
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is THE best Oktoberfest/Marzen I've ever had. Period.

Here is what is going on in the aroma and flavor proflie:
Fallen leaves
Chocolate Covered Orange Rind
Tree Bark
Plastic Jug
Slight Smokiness
Nutty like Pecan Pralines, wait, just like Pecan Pralines

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Photo of joshuacavett
4.87/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Espenoza for hooking me up on this one. You are the man!

A: Copper amber woodyness.

S: Almond walnut sugar praline on the nose - intoxicating! Oakey pine and sugar come to mind.

T: Earthy caramel, wood

M: Carbonation - light to medium after sitting for a couple minutes. Head a light tan

D: Best lager I have ever had. Would love to score some more to savor this one!

This is THE best Oktoberfest/Marzen I've ever had. Period.

Here is what is going on in the aroma and flavor proflie:
Fallen leaves
Chocolate Covered Orange Rind
Tree Bark
Plastic Jug
Slight Smokiness
Nutty like Pecan Pralines, wait, just like Pecan Pralines

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.82/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle at capones.

A- glowing orange brown with beautiful clarity. Just a skin of a head but hell it an 11 abv lager.

S- fruity and rich with sweet malts, coconut, papaya. Mild hints of the oak.

T- sweet up front with honey, caramel, toffee, dark bread. Lots of tropical fruit with coconut and mangosteen. Oak and vanilla close things out.

M- medium to full body with a lite carb. So smooth and creamy.

D- god damn this is a fucking lager? How did he do this? Best lager I've ever had. And almost no hint of the abv. I'm in love.

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Photo of philbe311
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a bottle at Capone's during Philly Beer Week...

A - Two fingers worth of rich creamy slightly off white colored head... Never have I seen such unrelenting retention... A glowing orange amber color...

S - The oak is simply intoxicating... It dominates and does so in a good way... There are undertones of some toasted malts and mild tropical fruitiness...

T - Caramel... Subtle pineapple... Golden raisins... Coconut... Vanilla... Oak... Wonderful balance and complexity...

M - There's smooth and smoother, but this one may be the smoothest of them all... Ever so slightly sticky... This one goes down sip after sip after sip... Smooth, creamy, and exceptional... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Oh so good...

D - I could sip away at this each and every night and be a very happy camper... There's no hiding the 11% ABV, but this one is a winner all the way around... There aren't enough accolades to describe this one adequately... Sophisticated, smooth, and in a league of it's own about sums it up...

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap when it was a pilot beer. I think the one I had was with Brett. This review is for the standard bottle.

A: Mahogany amber in color with a bounding, just off-white head. Moderate carbonation.

S: Very aromatic. Sweet, maltiness intially, but followed with lots of barrel notes. Coconut, wood, cedar, and even a hint of pineapple. End the end I even get some hops to round it out. They are floral and light in aroma, but there. Damn nice.

T: Lots of flavor here. As one would expect from a double marzen, there is a boat load of maltiness. Lots of caramel character too. It is that rich, thick caramel flavor, like one would expect from a caramel candy. Not a ton of toffee flavor but some. The barrel aging really made this beer stellar. The burnt coconut and cedar flavors really round this out well. Very rich flavors overall. The hops are present enough to let you know this beer has them. Some herbal and earthy quality, but not a ton. This was really an exceptional beer. Very flavorful.

M: Rich, medium-heavy bodied. Creamy and smooth. Finishes dry enough to invite the next drink.

D: Wow. I was really impressed with this beer. For the 25 dollar price tag it needed to be exceptional. It lived up to the price. I will likely buy another and cellar it. A really great beer.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to start this off by saying, don't expect this to taste like any other Marzen you've had. This isn't your great granny's oktoberfest.

Deep rusty amber with a sustained dirty white head.

A wallop of clean toasty oak is introduced in the aroma. Followed by notes similar to burnt caramel, toasted coconut and vanilla. But again, it's oaky.

Enchanting soft, clean oak, burnt toffee, maple, butter, and vanilla roll across my tongue and down my undeserving gullet. Layer upon layer of complexity unfolds as this opens up. Rich body, pleasantly effervescent, yet very smooth in texture.

It's as if God grew an oak tree, cut it down, made some barrels from it, then asked Doug Odell to make a beer to put in it. He did that. Very well. This is what happened folks. The best Woodcut yet.

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Photo of gwguest
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml brown, corked and caged bottle into an old style Boulevard Smokestack Chalice.

Right after the cork pops, the aroma of sweet oakyness fills the room. It's quite an impression right off the bat. There's no choice but to review the aroma first. What a fantastic smell. Layers of sweet malty notes with a raging undercurrent of fresh oak. It's really blissful. I love it. I wish everything smelled like this.

Pours a not quite ruby, but still orange-ish body that is brilliant in clarity. Foam is minimal, but a cream color that rapidly disappears leaving no lacing. A very pretty color for a double Marzen; exactly what I would expect. Slight points off for the foam and lack of lacing.

The flavor of this beer is really phenomenal. This is the first Woodcut that I've enjoyed and would quickly buy again. This beer is a fantastic balance of oak tannin, strong malt backbone with several threads of sweetness worked in. Hops are not a player here. It's a perfectly complex, yet clean malt and oak masterpiece. It's quite the beer to savor.

Mouthfeel is appropriately sticky with plenty of body. I may have preferred it to be a notch drier.

Drink ability is high considering the strength, but I would be hesitant to finish a whole bottle on my own.


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Photo of jakenunes
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 4433 Date May 2010 Aroma: Caramel, vanilla, big wood Appearance: Unfiltered, dark amber, little head or lacing Flavor: Complex, caramel, vanilla, amaretto, a little golden raisin, and alcohol Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, viscous Overall: This beer is magically delicious. I wish it had a little more carbonation, otherwise...awesome!

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Photo of nickhiller
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: whopping two finger head that stubbornly refuses to die down; thick, frothy rings of lace--some of the best head retention and body I've seen. Deep and dark ruddy brown color.

S: strong smell of green apples and some malt with no suggestion of the oak notes

T: sweet (just short of sickly) malt, earth, dried leaves, smoke, I don't know how else to describe it other than that it's like tasting your way through autumn. Warming alcohol (shockingly subtle for the 11% ABV) and a dry finish round out the close, the alcohol serving to cleanse the palate so that your tongue is free to taste the next round of flavors: a nice lingering oak and vanilla, maybe even a hint of cedar and smokey barbecue, for an aftertaste

M: solid wall of carbonation, sharp and crisp, carries the body and alcohol in perfect balance with the ensuing flavors

D: Odell never disappoints. With every offering I become a bigger and bigger fan. Unlike some of the other extremer breweries currently ruling the airwaves, Odell always seems to take a more subtle approach, one that denotes refinement and an impeccable taste. And this beer is no different. Even with the 11% ABV, I could see myself ordering round after round. Crisp, clean, full-bodied and extremely well balanced, I think they nailed both the style and the season with this one (it literally tastes like Fall). Thank you Odell!

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Photo of regspeir
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle @ Capone's
Pours a orangish-copper with a one-finger tan head. Nose is apricots, raisins, oak and vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and smooth. Taste is wonderfully complex - darks fruits, almonds with the whiskey and oak along with some sweet malt and vanilla in the back. Finish is crisp with some mild and pleasant warming. Nicely balanced and such interesting flavors...this would be a near perfect fall treat, although it was pretty wonderful in June. At 11% you must be careful, but with the taste of this, you won't want to be!

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Bruce, for sharing yet another beer I can't get here on the west coast. Pours a hazy orangish amber color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is delightful...tons of cedar and orange scents. Nice whiskey aromas with some sour green apples. Nut and cinnamon as well. Great aroma. Flavor is just as great. Initially its cinnamon with a good amount of cedar and oak. Then I get some citrus hoppiness. Then more oak and whiskey flavors. Lovely orange and citrus flavors throughout. Vanilla and caramel in the finish. Wow, this turned out better than I thought it would be. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a creamy, slightly boozy finish. Drinkability is high...very tasty. Overall, I never ever thought I would rate a marzen/octoberfest this high.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Decided to drop the dollars on this just to see what the Woodcut series is all about. The pour is a deep deep amber color. Really quite red in color actually. The head on it is big and sexy a nice thick finger high on it and is an off white color. Great lacing the retention on it.

S= Loads of wood I guess. The wood mixes with caramel malts nicely making a unique smell that I've never quite had in a beer before. There is a slight booze note in the nose. It actually smells a lot like I expected after I heard what this series is about from one of the brewers. It smells like a beer aged in fresh wood.

T= Wow. That is really nice. There is a ton of caramelly malts in it. There isn't nearly as much booze as I thought there would be. The wood in it is amazing. This has a great oaky taste to it. Nice vanilla and a good toast to it. Sort of has a little bit of a "green" taste to it. Not green like the beer is young but green like the wood is young.

M= A nice medium carbonation with a medium body to it.

D= This beer is great. I bought it just to see what the woodcut was about and I am impressed. Are there other brewerys doing a fresh wood aging??? This beer is worth the price and worth checking out. Due to the price I don't think I will be buying another of this one but I'll be buying more Woodcuts to come that's for sure. Great brew.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Bottle No.: 2014 Date: May, 2010

This pours up a dark amber color. It's almost four-finger head of off-white colored foam is thick and craggy. The retention is great and the lacing is very sticky.

This is what I think that a marzen should smell like. Nice. Huge malty notes dominate this glass. Hints of honey, caramel and brown sugar. A very good amount of yeasty spice notes. White pepper, pink peppercorns and a light touch of corriander. Light hints of almonds and vanilla. Very light traces of pine and citrus notes. A small hint of oak, but not like the previous three Woodcut's have been.

My, my, but that sure is tasty! If there were any more malt presence here, you'd have to order it from Dairy Queen. It's HUGELY malty. Right on! Big presence of caramel and toffee and honey. The almost cherry-like flavor of almonds, along with toasted almonds, as well. The white pepper makes a light appearance. A slightly bread-like yeastiness. Light notes of rum raisins and vanilla beans. It's all blanketed by a hint of dryness from the balancing oak flavor.

This is full-bodied, almost thick. It has a full carbonation level. This provides a very nice amount of creaminess, yet allows it to finish crisply.

This will surely be too sweet for some, but I like it's super maltiness. On top of that, it doesn't drink like it's anywhere near 11.00%abv(!). This is undoubtedly the best Marzen that I've personally ever had.
Thanks, yet again, Odell! I love your beers.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my New Belgium goblet with a huge head that lingers for a good while. The color is a dark but crisp reddish brown. There is a strong wood aroma that is accompanied by a malty sugar sweetness.

The wood is most prominate for sure. First few impressions on the taste are of sweet pine. After you are prepared for the wood taste it kind of fades to the back. The prune sweetness and almost a candy apple tart really balance this out. There is a little alc bite but it isn't very hot, which is a bit scary. The carbonation is just about perfect and the finish is one of the best I have experienced.

Very drinkable and an outstanding brew. Reminds me of The Wanderer they had on tap at the brewpub during GABF 2010. Wish I had another one for another day.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled this at Savor 2010. Poured a slightly cloudy and modestly carbonated orange/copper, with a finger of white, decent retention, and good lacing. Smelled some vanilla, smoke, earthiness, caramel, and slightly sour cherry. The taste began on a caramel malty note, evolving to a smoky/vanilla/malt note, and then finishing on a modestly sweet cherry vanilla note. Very impressive for an oaked lager. Modestly carbonated and smooth-bodied. I would session this brew all day.

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 5056 opens with a faint pop, caramel coloring with 4+ fingers of fluffy tan head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Apple peels, honey, brown bready, some vanilla/oak

T: Follows the nose with a tad bit of booze bite as well, plus oaky/cidery notes up front, plus herbal & woody hops. Dryness, tannins, plums, molasses & tobacco as this warms. Finishes dry, oaky with some boozey presence intertwining with green apple that present tart; works for me, clearly an OTT hybrid Marzen, so a .5 deduction is in order for the style, many Chardonnay aspects to this one IMO

MF: Medium bodied with firm enough carbonation to keep this from getting bogged down in the malt. As well balanced as a beer this big really can be IMO

Drinks easy for the ABV, a nice effort, but would caution folks to only spend the $1.00 an ounce if not on a budget & having a passion for bottom fermented offerings. I think this would worked a few % ABV lower & been more nuanced, but fairly solid as it is offered

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Photo of GRG1313
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice whiskey color orange/copper with a short white head.

Nose is very floral, malty, oaky ("vanilla") and with lots of pleasant whiskey undertones.

Mouthfeel is medium full but rich and with very good good balance. The balance is really one of the strengths of this beer.

Flavors are rich and full malty cooked stone fruit with assertive whiskey/Bourbon character and tones. Undertones of carmel bitter milked coffee and some "whiskey smoke." This one has to warm a bit to get the full flavors and complexities but it's worth it.

Released May 2010; Bottle 3116.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy red/brown amber (or copper/orange); even the color is intriguing. Poured a 3 finger light tan head that rested slowly to a 2 finger dollop. Decanted in lazy bubbles. Laced in sticky, wide sheets.

S: Big sweet malt; brown bread and honey. Smokey, wet oak; not too overpowering. Alcohol.

T: Consistent with the nose. Maybe come vanilla anad toffee. Very rich flavors intensifies to the finish. Finish is mellow with a building bitter ahead of warming, dry alcohol.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry and warming.

D: Disguises the alcohol well. Drank the magnum alone and got quite the buzz. Flavorful, surprisingly smooth and balanced.

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Photo of Redsoxnation
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer as a Christmas gift and was overwhelmed by the beer. Since it is aged in oak barrels it really brings out the oak and vanilla tastes. Those two paired with the lager really create an outstanding taste experience.
I really enjoyed this beer for the tastes brought out from the oak barrels and the balance of the lager beer with the oak and vanilla characteristics. I have tried 1 and 2 in the this series a while back and the entire series is a home run.
This beer is for sure going to improve with aging and letting the cedar and nutty flavors become more pronounced. One to seek out and try.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by torino at woodshop 5.1

Poured a copper brown with orange highlights with a half finger of head that left a ring of lacing. The nose was of caramel, oak, and vanilla with whiskey accents and faint raisins and tropical fruits. Well balanced flavors consisitng of caramel malts papaya and other tropical fruits like the nose with whiskey, vanilla, and barrel oak accents. Good full bodied beer with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet creamy and mild booze finish. Very drinkable beer at 11% but you will not notice the content as it is well hidden in this complex flavored mixture.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Kristina, drank at Jeppe's visit at West Lakeview Liquors.

A - Copper colored beer with red notes. Off-white head had some positive retention and a bit of solid lace on the sides.

S - I am not a fan of Oktoberfest style beers, but this smells really great. Toffee, vanilla, some sweet honey, and oak. Has a nice depth and some varying aromas, particularly since I was expecting some sort of malt bomb.

T - Very well done, once again, particularly for the style. Nice lager-style beer balanced with oak and bourbon from the barrels. Vanilla compliments quite well. I kind of expected this beer to be overwhelmed by the barrel, but that was not the case. Great balance and flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate dose of carbonation.

O - Really great beer, it's a home-run for the style. No clue it was 11%, went down way to easy. Would like to drink this again.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, burgundy color with a two-finger head of off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel, some oak and some vanilla.

T - It had a sweet, rich, caramel maltiness with touches of vanilla and almond. Some oaky flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied lager with a warm alcohol presence.

O - This is a really tasty oak aged marzen. I held off on buying one for so long and I'm glad that I finally did. It was great!

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Photo of jrallen34
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First bottle of the night, thanks to Kristina of WLV for this surprise to start the night...Pours a light clear copper with red. A really light tope head, great retention, good lacing...The aroma is awesome, biscuit malt and bread mixed with some light bourbon and awesome vanilla. So shocked at how nice this is...The taste is more of the aroma, almost as successful but the vanilla gets a way a touch...Incredibly easy to drink at 11%, I can't believe it.

This is well worth trying for sure!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter at Capone's for a O'dells event for Philly Beer Week, I love this city & da burbs.

Woody number 4 has a medium penny bronze look with some light brown spots along with a nice off white bubbly sugar looking head about a inch, thick looking, clumps of sticky lace. Smell is complex and big, it's large and in charge. I get malted barley, caramel, citrus hops, wood and oak, with some grain. A nice hot whiskey as well. Everything is big. Large in taste as well, I think this is my 1st double marzen & this delivers. Toasted Malt, caramel, whiskey wood up front with apricot and tangerine in the middle. finishes malty with some small chocolate and grain. Mouth gets a splash of alcohol, but it gets a dousing of flavor. Kinda coating in the mouth, four is above medium bodied with a very small syrup likeness, but more of a light coating. Low heat. Sweet and malty, nicely hopped, nicely oaked. It
s really easy to drink this quick, but it's 11%, take your time. The original style is super drinkable when basic and low, this souped up double version is no different.

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Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager from Odell Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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