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)

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Added by Bitterbill on 06-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best marzen I ever had. I hate to bring dwn the average rating, but to me its still, well, a marzen. Bold malting. Thank you for sending JMBSH. Was geat with supper, particular washing down the fish. Good drinkability but of course thsi quantity must and was shared. Good head, malty aroma. Vanilla.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hazy maroon color. Big off-white head. Piney, floral, strong toast from the oak. Sweet malt flavor and more oak. The sweetness and toast raises a french toast and vanilla comparison. This beer just seems like a boozy malt bomb with a ton of oak. Moderate carbonation and MORE oak on the finish.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Jacobpaul81
5/5  rDev +27.2%
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 herman77
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Review from notes on 10/23*

A: Very dark orange copper, almost brown with a big and bubbly light tan head. Slight haze to it. Okay lacing and pretty good head retention.

S: Malty sweetness, honey. Tons of rich toffee and lots and lots of vanilla from the fresh oak. A little bit of brown bread. You do pick up some woody scents as well, but not as much as I thought.

T: Fresh vanilla is the main flavor profile. Very rich toffee malt, oakiness and some nice hop bitterness to provide some well needed balance and kind of clean out the palate. Very dry finish and a little wood, slight alcohol (not nearly as much as you would think for being 11%).

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation with lots of fine carbonation bubbles.

D: Never had a double Marzen/O-Fest before and being that its 11%, it was rich, but still easy to drink. Split the bottle three ways and I was wanting more.

Worth the money? Probably not, but still glad I tried it.

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Photo of Phelps
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: smoky maple-brown, tinged by hues ranging from light ochre to burn sienna. The bubbles cascade downward and back up in incredible vortexes upon the pour. A sticky, half-finger head of sandy tan quickly dissipates to a persistent, thin ring and a rather filmy top layer. Oblong bits of lace are left over as I drink.

Smell: fresh, green oak and an odd light tartness and some citrusy notes of lemon and lime, roses, grapefruit juice, buttery toffee, white pepper and a subtle toastiness. Nice.

Taste: this is woodcut, alright. The oaky character is intense, like sucking on an oak chip. Sweet flavors of vanilla, caramel, ritz crackers and flowers wash in mid-palate before ceding to lingering notes of toffee and butterscotch. Ooh-lala.

Feel: mild, massaging carbonation softly caresses the tongue as the medium-full-bodied brew moves about the palate. It's got an astounding suppleness -- nearly creamy and super-smooth, with a finish that's just dry enough to pique interest. Clean and warming? Yes. But for an 11 percent ABV monster, this is an incredibly covert alcohol character.

Drink: Woodcut #4 combines all the best aspects of a Maerzen perfectly complemented by American oak and is without a doubt the most flavorful lager I've ever experienced. Now if only O'Dell could get the price into a range that doesn't actually cause me physical pain.

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Photo of joshuacavett
4.87/5  rDev +23.9%
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 brandoneast
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
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 hardy008
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a huge foamy light tan head with great retention. A beautiful looking beer to be sure. The aroma has oak, vanilla, almonds, and caramel. This is a definite malt bomb.

Tastes just like the aroma. Sweet, mellow, and delicious. The caramel and vanilla are the strongest flavors, followed by the almonds and oak.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, smooth, and easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden for 11.00% I am very glad I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Went into this one with a little trepidation, as I was very unimpressed with #2, the only other one I've had in this series. Pours a darkish amber color, with a bit of off white head. Aromas of wood, cherries, coconut and toffee. On the palate, the toffee/caramel flavors stand out, but the wood/oak balances nicely. Much better than #2, and one I would try again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/15/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch of white head and nice lacing.

s - Smells of molasses, dark fruit, spices, vanilla.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, sugar, dark fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A little bit sweet, but a good beer none the less. Would like to try some of the other beers in the series. Would try again.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
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 Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with some rust-colored highlights. White head and a bit of lacing. Smells malty with some caramel alongside a bit of oak. Something doesn't quite fit--maybe tannins from the oak alongside a slight graininess. Taste is along similar lines. Mouthfeel is rather dry and a bit boozy. Drinkability is affected by all these factors. Not the most impressive offering I've had from Odell.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnt amber with a very large and frothy head. I had to let it set a little before finishing my pour.

The aroma has notes of apple, cinnamon and caramel. Very reminiscent of a dish my grandmother used to make frequently in which she cored an apple an filled it with cinnamon and brown sugar then baked. It is almost spot on.

Flavors of caramel, faint raisin and spicy vanilla. Somewhat hot, but not unbearable mixed with some burnt sugar notes. Very malty with just a bit of resiny hops in the finish.

It certainly has a sticky feel. Just a bit dry and almost tart.
I think this beer is borderline English barleywine, but good nonetheless. I guess as you up the abv, it's only natural that it would take on those characteristics.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with friends. Very interesting. It's deeply floral and herbal with a smooth whiskey-like vanilla taste. The aroma is similar, with a bit more focus on the vanilla. The flavor, by comparison is fruitier with light apple and citrus notes. Frankly I can't taste much Marzen, but it's a fine strong ale.

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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 riored4v
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/1/10

Poured into a tulip. Fluffy, 3 finger beige colored head that held strong. Copper colored with ruby hues.

Smell had big notes of vanilla and oak. Some good malty sweetness, toastiness and mild raisin.

Taste, again, was strong on oak and vanilla. Some mild hotness from abv. Mildly spices finish that was low in bitterness. Mildly malty, notes of raisin, caramel and lightly toasted.

Medium body, medium carbonation and a fair amount of stickiness that coats the tongue and finish. Seems a bit overly sticky.

Drinkability was ok. To much oak, hotness and overall high abv limits it.

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Photo of nickd717
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A -bal aged lager, huh? Let's see.

Pours hazy medium amber with a small but lasting whitish head.

Aroma is oak and vanilla, sweet malt, caramel, and toffee.

Flavor is mildly sweet, very oaky, and a little piney. Decent hop bitterness. Not as tasty as expected.

Nice dry palate. Medium-full bodied and a little syrupy.

A little underwhelming overall, but a nice experiment.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
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 donniecuffs
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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 brownbeer
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
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 jjanega08
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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 womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Richard for leaving this one for us drunkards to funnel.

A: The pour is a slightly hazy copper color with a fluffy white head and plenty of carbonation.

S: Quite sweet with plenty of vanilla on the nose. There are plenty of sweet malt notes as well, namely caramel with lots of bread as well. A bit of alcohol as well, but not overly boozy.

T: Thankfully, this is not as overwhelmingly oaky as some of the other Woodcuts are. As mentioned in the smell recap, the barrel character is up front and well represented: good vanilla and whiskey flavors, along with some oak. Quite a bit of booze, unfortunately, and the sweet caramel and bready malts don't sufficiently mask that fact.

M: A medium body, which is something I was worried about due to the lager factor. Plenty of carbonation as well.

D: Overall, not a bad beer at all, but just too hot. I would let this one mellow out before opening a bottle of this.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at the brewery. Bottle number 2123, May 2010.

It pours a slightly hazy copper colour, 1 finger head of foam, excellent lacing. Very tiny bubbles seen through the haze. A very good looking Marzen.

The smell is malty with good noted of caramel and bread. I can't detect any bitterness and more importantly, any of the substantial alcohol. I would have guessed, from the smell, that this would be a session beer or close to it and not an 11% abv big boy.

The taste has some sweetness to it, along with some bready notes, no obvious bitterness, an oakiness, and a nutty-almond flavour that I'm liking a lot. Some vanilla here too I notice after the first few sips. Plenty of alcohol here as well. Not so much in the taste but it's a definite warm my belly brew after the swallow. I'm having mixed feelings about the taste. Thumbs up for the most part but the alcohol is starting to grind on me.

The mouthfeel is NOT a problem at all. Nice and smooth with just the right level of carbonation and body.

Drinkability? I question the whole Double(insert your favourite easy drinking style brew that gets amped up ) thingy that adds a lot of alcohol and ends up making the super whatever a 1 bottle, at the most, beer session. With Double IPAs and Stouts, it works, sometimes supremely. With other styles, not so much.

No thumbs down from me for this brew as I know brewers LOVE to experiment and my hat is off to them for doing so and they have a LOT of fun doing it. I'm just saying, sometimes the end results are not to MY tastes. Do not stop on my account. There have been many more pluses than minuses, in my experience.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen-Style Lager from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 107 ratings
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