Woodcut No. 6 - Oak Aged American Ale
Odell Brewing Company

Woodcut No. 6 - Oak Aged American AleWoodcut No. 6 - Oak Aged American Ale
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American Strong Ale
4.08 | pDev: 13.73%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Woodcut No. 6 - Oak Aged American AleWoodcut No. 6 - Oak Aged American Ale
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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

finally cracked this guy open and may was there stuff flying all around in the beer. quite murky and light, but very delicious. quite drinkable and lots of flavors in this one as it rolls across your tongue. wish I had taken notes when this first came out.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Admittedly a bit past it's prime, still incredibly tasty, though the malt profile definitely dominates the palette, with the hops taking a back seat. Pours a slightly hazy amber colour, thumb of head with nice sporadic lacing. Loads of caramel and musty hops on the nose and a hint of fresh baked bread. Booze is almost absent, making it insanely drinkable, sweet caramel, hints of bitter citrus rind, a touch of oak and a bit of ABV heat in the belly. All around a very tasty brew, but certainly would've offered up a bit more complex profile in its prime.

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Photo of hardy008
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a 3 finger off white head from a gentle pour. I did not expect this from a 10.0 % abv beer. Has good retention and lacing. The aroma has citrus, oak, tropical fruit, alcohol, and pepper.

Tastes sweet with citrus, tropical fruit, vanilla, toffee, dark fruit, oak, pepper, and some alcohol. There is more alcohol in the aroma than in the taste.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Has a sweet and peppery aftertaste. A nice offering from Odell.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: 05188

Ap - Brilliant amber, nice off-white head. Sticky lacing.

Ar - Diaper, caramel, oak, fruit.

T - Taste is more fruit and oak forward than nose. So good!

M - Perfect amount of dryness and silkiness.

O - Can't complain. This is the best display of mosaic hops I've seen... AND it's too years old.

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Photo of pigc
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #02010, from notes.

A - Pours a hazy light brown with massive 3 finger off-white foam head.

S - Spicy yeast, clove, pepper, alcohol, vanilla.

T - Smooth woody vanilla flavor with light tropical exotic fruits that make an appearance, followed with a light spicy hops with a semi-dry finish.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

O - Very intriquing, interesting strong ale. I really enjoy the mosaic hops for the spice aspect of it because it keeps the vanilla and wood flavors in check. It all melds together quite nicely. This is priced quite high but if you see a bottle of this on discount it's definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of mevett89
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: deep orange gold. Pours with a nice head that settles down quickly to a thin foam on the surface.

Aroma: fruit, perhaps orange and grapefruit with some sweet caramel notes form the malt.

Taste: delicious malt presence with a very nice vanilla from the oak. Some bitterness from the hops, that do not overpower the malt, but rather they support each other well. Interesting fruit flavors from the hops as well.

Mouthfeel: smooth, but with a nice bite form the medium level of carbonation. Medium-thick body.

Overall: this is quite simply another excellent ale form Odell. Enjoyable and delicious! I am well pleased. A complex beer, I'll be savoring this one for a while.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I rarely rate according to price, but what exactly should a 'strong ale' taste like anyway? Since there really isn't a benchmark, I'm going with wallet affects.

Pours a murky off amber/gold will huge head. This thing billowed up to about 3 fingers, off white. Looks ok, but the lacing seemed oily.

Aroma is wood, aspirin, date and unripe apple.

Tastes is wood and unripe apple. But mostly wood. Not a scratchy kind, just like a wet log. Subtle hints of vanilla and caramel on the end. But it's thin. Maybe some cherry?

The feel saves this beer a bit. It's got a bubble whallop to save the thinness of the taste. Really, what is this thing for 21 bucks (on SALE!)? At least the wood isn't too bold or scratchy, that would result in a drain pour.
This is my first, and last, Woodcut I'll pay for. Not a bad beer, but horrible for the price

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Photo of mentor
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a 7 finger fluffy head that slowly (very slowly) cavitates into liquid. Nearly clear rust amber liquid. Streams of bubbles slowly rise upward...looks like this beer must be very viscous. The nose smells vanilla, oak waxy, piney hops, and crystal malts. Baby aspirin, fig, lemon, kiwi, peach/pear reduction, cherry sweet tart, and orange zest-wax. Rich, complex and enticing. If the flavor holds up to the nose, this beer will be stunning.

Taste is similar to the nose, but not the power-packed flavor umph I was expecting. Scratchy oak mixes with alcohol sting and tame malt sweet. This beer is all about the waxy oak character with vanilla and piney American hops. Disjointed. The flavors have not come together (unless they started that way and the time of them cooperating has passed). Alcohol flavor is clean, grains are gently caramel, esters are tropical light fruits of guava and mango-fiber with a berry-flavored drizzle (like you would find on a cheesecake). Herbal lemon...basil?...parsley?...neutral herbal. Hop grassiness is hidden by the oak, or perhaps they work together but come across as mostly oak. Medium in the mouth, but some dextrinous creaminess. Over-carbonated when poured, but not so in the mouth. Dry finish leaves a copper flavor, oak astringency, and an alcohol sting that persists with an oak wax rough. Had this beer just been capped without so much pressure, the beer might have oxidized to add those yummy sherry/caramel notes. Considering how tight the cork was and the strong carbonation, I don't see this one improving that way any time soon - any change that will occur will need to happen with the ingredients inside the bottle. I expect the character of the ingredients to fall apart before they could combine into aged yumminess. Once again, Odell Woodcut is not worth $25/bottle. I know the time and effort they put into it is worth $25/bottle to them, but the experience on our end is more like $7-$9 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep cloudy amber with a two finger dense white head that is slow to fade with excellent lacing into a dogfish snifter
S: smells of cedar oil, pine, some tropical fruits, a hint of caramel, slightly herbal as well. great nose
T: woody flavor, some caramel, slight pine, a bit of toasted malt, tropical fruit and a bit more woodyness some cedar with a slight bitterness throughout. swallow brings a bit of caramel and a nice blast of tropical fruit, resin, pine, and a bit of sweet vanilla
M: smooth with soft carb from bottle conditioning, not too dry of a finish but the hops seem to coat well
O: a hugely complex and delicious American Strong Ale. I don't quite know what to make of it and it's a lot to take in. The mosaic hops bring some interesting flavors into the mix, the mouthfeel is very luxurious, the nose is phenomenal and the beer looks fantastic. An amazing beer and a pleasure to drink because the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged bottle, number 05708, dated August 2012.

After a succession of 100% flat bottles of Woodcut #5, I easily resisted #6 for several months, then bought one on impulse, brought it home, and promptly forgot I had it for a couple more months. Then I remembered, so here goes.

Right off the bat, I had to deal with the cork, which would not budge for anything short of a pliers. As I twisted it outward, I expected to get some help from the pressure, but it resisted all the way to the end. Increasingly certain this would be another flat Odell, I was happily shocked by the resounding POP. Into the glass went a murky, tawny liquid, producing a thin & foamy tan head. I am disheartened by the lack of bubbles coming from the nucleation etchings in the bottom of my glass.

Characteristic of the Woodcut series, this smells like an oak bomb. A bunch of sweet tropical fruit smells swirl through the oak; I presume these are from the Mosaic hops. There's something nutty and toasty and buttery going on in there.

It's a little brighter and sweeter in taste, but with a tannic and tangy finish. Bitterness is moderate. There's no denying the oak, though. And while I wouldn't call this flat, mouthfeel suffers from undercarbonation.

I may give up on the series. I thought #3 was repeatedly delicious, and justified the price, but #4-6 have left me wishing I could go back in time and spend my money more judiciously.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a splendid brew, featuring the underused mosaic hop. sort of a pale ale, sort of an ipa, sort of an American strong, a cool hybrid. the pour is very cloudy, almost a dull beige color on this, like half pineapple half orange juice, only darker, its just as pulpy apparently, and it has a really thick head of white foam with an almost nitro look to it. the color is bizarre, not totally appetizing, but I am intrigued. the nose wins me over instantly, big fresh tropical fruit flavors abound, fresh mango and papaya and maybe even lime, this mosaic hop has quite the bouquet! I could not tell, but there may be some rye malt in here, as it has a gentle spice towards the finish. alcohol is invisible in aroma and flavor, impressive. the tropical fruit flavors are lush and intense. not sweet, but not bitter either. resinous but very unlike the high alpha west coast varietals. this is a must try, wow, I really really like this. fuller body requires a little chewing, but the finish is really bright and unique, and the carbonation is about where it should be in a beer of this magnitude. the woodcut series has set the bar very high (price tag too), but the sixth incarnation lives up to its heritage and selling price, and is one of those special beers that demands to be cellared and shared with the closest of friends during the best of times. A+ overall.

edit: almost two years on and this is drinking just as nicely as it originally was. for whatever reason, the mosaic hasnt faded a hint, and the oak intensity seems to have ramped up even further somehow while the alcohol has relaxed even more to undetectable levels. not sure how much longer this is meant to hold on, but boy is it a beauty right now, and still on some random shelves around town too. scoop it up while you can!

edit: this has to be five or six years old now, and still no sign of decay, drinking like a rich barleywine that still smells like mosaic hops and vanilla. this beer has burned a memory into my palate, and its amazing to revisit it all these years later. there cant be much of this left out there, but its a total gem right now. thanks to claystation for sharing this with me, what a treat all these years later!

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 430 (bottled Aug 2012) opens with a resounding pop. Pours a hazed & effervescent peach color with 3 fingers of lacing. Good head retention & very good lacing, still hazy out at the end

S: Plums, cherries, whiskey, plus oakyness & citrus/pine once warm

T: Figs, cherries dryness & butter rum up front. Plums, butterscotch, figs cherries, lemon grass & lime once warm, slight oaky boozeyness. Finishes warming, fruitty, dry & citrussy & slightly medicinal/piney

MF: Fairly chewy, slightly carbonated, warming

I liked this, drank fairly easy despite the ABV, the Mosaic hops show through once warm. If you can get this for $16 like I did, get it...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.

Bottled 8/2012. Bottle # 05660.

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and some woody aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity and honey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is interesting and quite tasty.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Bottled: August 2012

Pours a nice slightly orange murky color. There are some amber hues on the edges with some light coming through. There is a nice 1 inch ecru head that is a mix of dense tight bubbles and some more chunkier medium sized bubbles. The head retention is good.

Aroma starts off with some underlain sweetness. Then some juicy juicy hop notes. Definitely some papaya notes and some slight tropical juice notes in the nose. Slightly herbal and grassy hop notes as well. There is some oak and vanilla notes that is a bit fain in the background. There is some molasses notes in the nose as well that are not intense but hint at a sweeter flavor.

Flavor starts off with some sharp juicy papaya notes. Strong tropical fruit notes with some juice sweetens and also some citrus notes. Grassy herbal hop notes are perceived mixed in with the juiciness of the brew. The hop notes are not bitter a all but add a very nice and earthy note to the brew. Now thats on the front end. The brew nicely transitions to a more malty bready sweetness with some great barrel notes. Some woody and earthy oak combined with slight vanilla notes as well as some nuttyness. Mouthfeel is pretty nice and medium. Slightly oily but not too rich.

Pretty good stuff. Interesting and complex but well crafted. The flavors are yummy and nicely layered.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 750ml cork-and-cage champagne bottle to my trusty Cigar City snifter. Some bottling info printed toward the far right-hand side of the bottle indicates that this is bottle #7615 (of how many, I’m not sure), bottled in August of 2012 (“BOTTLE NO 07615 DATE AUGUST, 2012”). So, consumed somewhere around 5-6 months after bottling.

Appearance (4.25): This has a very hazy body, a dark brownish color like apple cider; it’s capped by a custard-colored head with tight foam, maybe one finger thick. Sports some fantastic lacing, with lots of legs and spots, and some webbing.

Smell (4.0): Rich scents of cherry, toffee, plums, prunes, and warming alcohol come through very clearly—some pineapple and passionfruit underneath, but the most characteristic part of this is papaya. Clear, thick, and very aromatic, like papaya nectar—that citrusy, kind of rich, slightly smoky scent (to me, anyway) that is papaya.

Taste (4.25): Again, thick papaya and mango juice notes lead the way, followed by fruitcake, toffee, caramel candy, and some toasted bread fleshing out the malt body. There’s a cutting edge in the finish like someone threw a squirt of lemon juice into my glass for a hoppy finish. Heavy, sweet oak character—some vanilla, actually lots of vanilla mixed into that juicy malt body. What’s really interesting is that the thickness and richness of the papaya character that almost certainly comes from the mosaic hops is smoothly blended into the rich toffee and vanilla notes of the malt and oak, respectively—very interesting. Plenty of warming alcohol, more rich than hot.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Creamy, with smooth carbonation, giving a light tingle in the finish before foaming soft and thickly, and richly soft like velvet. The body is slightly syrupy, and finishes ALMOST on the dry side. Lovely feel, actually.

Overall (4.0): This is a big-ass, thick, hopped-up, wood-aged American Strong Ale. If that sounds like your thing, it probably is, but bear in mind that the hoppiness does not come through in bitterness hardly at all—like I mentioned in the tasting notes, the papaya juice that comes from the hopping (o hai Mosaic) is blended smoothly with the rich, toasted toffee and fruitcakey-ness of the malt body. Add the smooth vanilla character of the oak aging, and it becomes one big swirl of interesting flavors, surprisingly smooth and rich and warming. While not something I’d normally seek out, I’m glad to have tried it and I’m impressed by the craftsmanship here.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in an Odell cervoise. Overall this was an OK beer but ultimately too heavy for me, too much oak, too much malt, too much alcohol. It kept getting more powerful the more I drank, took me a long time, I did finish but I won't repeat it.

Beer is dark amber and competely hazy, tight tan head of tiny bubbles, lacing and high retention, looks good.

Aroma is vanilla, oak and malt, smells super sweet.

Beer is super thick, especially for a beer that is basically solvent. It is chewy and rough, lots of tannins on the finish, very malty sweet throughout. Not a repeat for me but worth the look, especially if you like high alcohol malt bombs. This is for you.

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Photo of oline73
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a quarter finger of off white head. The head sticks around pretty well.

Smell: There is a ton of oak in the nose. The wood is joined by an herbal note. The background is sweet with a slight citrus note as well.

Taste: This is a very herbal beer and it has a huge oaky/wood presence. It's quire sweet which I expected given the abv. The oak dominates the flavor and continues through the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium to syrupy with smooth carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: This is an intensely woody beer. I was glad I got to try it, but I don't know that I'd need more in the future.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Travlr. Thanks Gene. The beer is orange to light copper colored with a fizzy white head. High carbonation evident. The aroma offers malt, oak, citrus, alcohol. The flavor is malty, earthy. Abundant oak throughout, even tannic. Notes of vanilla, nectarines. Overall, this was ok, but just too woody for my tastes.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in August 2012. Bottle #05861.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Hazy medium to dark orange; opaque. One finger of cream coloured head with good retention.

S - Hazy tropical fruit aroma with fresh papaya, guava and mango notes. A big woody aroma is present as well along with a hint of vanilla. Really unique and inviting nose.

T - A good bitterness up front with a nice tropical fruit bouquet of papaya, guava and mango. The barrel aging adds toasted oak and some vanilla. A touch of caramel sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation. Some stickiness.

O - The 750 ml of this went way too fast. Easy drinking and absolutely delicious. I am interested to try more of the mosaic hop.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Number 05751
Date: August, 2012

A= Pours a beautiful hazy brown color with a big thick three fingers of head on it that is a nice off white color and holds great retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is an interesting mix of piney sprucey hops and oak. At first it smells like gin or something along those lines. Then I dig a little deeper and I get a lot of oak and vanilla on top of a unique hop profile.

T= The taste is again a strange sort of gin and tonic kind of thing. A good spruce flavor that comes from the big hop profile and the vanilla oaky sweetness. I've had other barrel aged IPAs but this is in a new world. The barrel flavor comes through really well on such a hoppy beer. The hops died a little bit and that is obvious in the barrel aging process but the presence is still there and unique to say the least.

M= This is a nice solid mouth. Tastes a little creamier than a normal IPA.

O= This is a unique drink. The label reads tropical fruit but I got none of that. It's a spruce and pine hop profile all the way with a huge barrel flavor. The barrel flavor in this is really powerful and prevelant. I'm usually a sucker and buy one of these for laughs but this one is unique. I wouldn't buy any to age but I would buy again just because it's so damn interesting. Check it out if you can afford the price.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottle no. 01749, date August 2012. Pours a hazy tea-like brown with a huge creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is green leafy tropical fruits and resiny fruity hops with a bit of dank stinkiness.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits and light bready malts with some dry alcohol and piney, minty hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth, slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, this is my new favorite Woodcut. I personally don't get a lot of wood out of it (maybe a little vanilla), but a lot of tropical fruits and green, leafy, minty, piney hops.

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Photo of claspada
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a rather large off-white head that recedes to leave some super sticky lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with tropical fruits like mango, guava and citrus. Soon after you get the sweet caramel, borderlining toffee maltiness and some toasted bread as well. The oak grows and assets itself more as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with initial toasted breadiness and caramel maltiness. The hops join soon after and balance the big malt body, citrus and papaya are the main hop flavors. The large oak and minor alcohol notes help to dry out the finish. The oak adds some vanilla and a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is fairly chewy and assertive thanks to the super drying oak, large hop additions and hefty malt bill.

Overall I enjoyed this beer for the flavor profile as I love oaky, hoppy and malty beers. If you are adverse to oak tannins you may want to stear clear but I enjoyed it. The price is a little bit crazy (over $20 for anything not sour is crazy in my book) and I wouldn't pay it again but I am glad I tried it once.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle for $23.14.

A clear deep amber, it comes with a +2 finger head of foam and looks to leave some nice lacing behind.

It has a spicy malty aroma. A good dose of pepper is there as well as a tropical fruit smell. In fact, the latter most now dominates. I'm liking what I'm smelling.

Wow, they were not kidding when they put this on the label...mango, papaya, and guava. It's hitting my taste buds hard. I also get the pepper and an obvious flavour of vanilla and the flavour you get from oak aging. It's soooo different yet so good.

Full bodied with mild carbonation and not all that much heat, the mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty darned good.

This *may* be my new favourite of the Woodcut series and I'll probably get another one or 2.

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Photo of denver10
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully hazy deep caramel with a slight amber hue. A thick, frothy creamy head and amazing lacing. A beautiful looking beer. An aroma strong on the oak, fruity (apples, peaches, mango), vanilla, a touch of bread. Flavor offered a good dose of oak (wouldn't have minded if they toned that down just a touch), fruits (peaches and mango), a little vanilla, and a slight bitter, peppery hops finish. Nicely done. This probably offered the greatest mouthfeel for any non-stout beer that I have tried; full bodied, super creamy, and a little activity. Overall, its a shame this beer will probably be overshadowed by its ridiculous cost because this is a very nice beer.

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Woodcut No. 6 - Oak Aged American Ale from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 112 ratings