Odell: Barreled Treasure (Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky)

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (13,172) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Odell Brewing Co.
    Barreled Treasure (Spirit Hound Straight Malt Whisky)
    12% | 12oz bottle
    For this edition of Barreled Treasure, we partnered with one of Colorado’s finest distillers, our friends at Spirit Hound Distillers. Using hyper-fresh barrels from their award-winning Straight Malt Whisky, we aged a big and bold, dark and roasty Imperial Stout. The result is an incredibly smooth Whisky Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with notes of roasted barley and woody, sweet vanilla and toffee from the barrels. Your riches await!

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  2. DIM

    DIM Grand Pooh-Bah (3,772) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    My first from Odell somehow.


    The label says some of these barrels contained honey?

    I've been drinking a ton of sweet beers lately plus I had baklava for dessert tonight. This is dry and tasting niiiice. Pleasant notes of charred barley with hints of oak in the mix, plus burnt brown sugar and light whiskey at the edges. Really good stuff here.
  3. TJSoundguy

    TJSoundguy Zealot (533) Jul 13, 2013 New York

    Boy, I wish I liked it as much as you did. To me, it was oddly sweet & oddly thin. No roast to speak of. Maybe just an off bottle. Still hopeful for the rest of the box.
  4. phthisis37

    phthisis37 Crusader (417) Dec 15, 2011 Florida

    I did not care for this one. Drank more like a barrel aged brown ale. Barrel flavor wasn't right for me either. Hope others enjoy it more than I did.
  5. MadMadMike

    MadMadMike Savant (1,144) Dec 11, 2020 Florida


    Maybe unfair that I popped the top on this bottle after I enjoyed a Lagunitas Willettized, but there’s not much to ding a bell about here.
  6. TomPointO

    TomPointO Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2015 New York

    Agreed with most of the comments here... thin and sweet. Not bad, but definitely not a favorite.
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  7. dbl_delta

    dbl_delta Grand Pooh-Bah (3,715) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Extreme Beer Box #6 for me. Halfway through the box - where did this week go???
    Bottle cellared at 54.3° poured into pint glass Pours very dark brown with a medium tan head. Decent lacing. I get milk chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts, coffee and oak. Kinda sweet, but not objectionably so. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but a bit on the thin side for a RIS. Finish fades to chocolate and coffee. Liked it a lot, but not best-of-box.
  8. bluejacket74

    bluejacket74 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,709) Jul 4, 2005 Ohio
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  9. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Maven (1,436) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois
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    Beer #4 from the box. I like this. It’s a well-done, basic, barrel-aged stout. Maybe it’s just a nice break from all of the flavored beers, but it’s got what I’m looking for in this type of beer. It is on the thinner end of the spectrum and there’s some sweetness, but it’s not off the charts. The longer I sit with it, the more interesting it gets. There’s a burnt caramel note, like a crème brûlée crust.
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  10. MonDak_Joe1953

    MonDak_Joe1953 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,100) Aug 4, 2017 Minnesota
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    Higher ABV% is well hidden, and the beer has a broad enough taste profile, but what is missing is an outstanding flavor hook. Lots of barley and a good bit of vanilla, but the body is smooth but thin. Allowed the body to warm, and found the beer to be missing a reason to come back for more. #1 pull from the box.
  11. Jasonrm72

    Jasonrm72 Maven (1,320) Apr 29, 2012 Colorado

    I had this last year, probably different barrels used for aging, but the result is the same. It's a pretty thin imperial stout. It's not bad, but fairly lackluster, but then, most of Odell's stuff is.
  12. dcat151

    dcat151 Crusader (472) Jan 18, 2022 Georgia

    Dark pour with a medium amount of head, but the pour is on the thinner side. Aroma is very stout-y with some bourbon notes: kind of a slightly sour roasty nose a bit like Guinness, but with a hint of brown ale. Mouth feel is so so, but a bit thin. In the taste there is initial sweetness like candy sugar followed by a little woodiness or nuttiness. There is some sharpness/bitterness in the finish and maybe also a little hint of chocolate.
  13. kalexeff

    kalexeff Devotee (354) Nov 15, 2020 Ohio

    My 9th sample out of the EBB: Big Stouts. Straight up brown with thin tan head. Smelled like light malts. But the flavor was a little metallic to start. Strange, grainy flavor persisted. I get some sort of off flavors, maybe DMS, maybe a slight umami. Strange. I did not like it, and I’m confused be the reviews that said it was sweet. Really disappointing, actually.
  14. Luscious_Malfoy

    Luscious_Malfoy Grand Pooh-Bah (5,107) Oct 5, 2016 Illinois
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    not my favorite from the stout box. not a bad beer, but the taste (and particularly the finish of the taste) was a little off tasting to me. not a ton of barrel but it was definitely present.
  15. johlac66

    johlac66 Pundit (956) Jul 19, 2014 California

    Smoky wood and toffee on the nose.
    Taste follows with roasted grain and maybe a touch of vanilla sweetness.
    Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit thin.
    Expected something more bold, but not too shabby, I guess.[​IMG]
  16. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Grand Pooh-Bah (4,328) Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    Another treat from the Big Stouts box. Odell is a brewery that I havent had beers from in quite a while as they are not available in Connecticut. Lets see where this 12% treat goes after it hits my glass. I will also add that the detail in the actual glass of the bottle is a cool touch!

    onto my review:
    Im sampling this 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter at cellar temperature. BOttled in 2022 on date stamp. the beer pours a rich black coffee color and no light passes through the glass. A creamy beige head of maybe .5 cm foams up and fades to a sturdy edge layering quickly after the pour. This edging sticks around throughout the sampling and does leave some dense latticework when I swirl the glass or take a sip.
    The aroma on this is roast malt, a bit of charred wood and a little bit of toffee. I dont get any hops and the beer isnt really boozy on the nose. Whisky is fairly subdued on the nose.
    Physical feel of the beer is medium body with fine tingly carbonation. Beer doesnt leave much of a coating or feel sticky.
    First sip reveals some brown sugar and molasses mixing with toffee and hints of whisky. There is some nice roasted malt character here too. Again no hops. Also the booze is pretty well hidden with no warmth or black pepper either.
    Im drinking this beer pretty quick for a 12% beer and may need to slow down if I plan to have a second beer tonight.
    Decent imperial stout, but not the top one in the Big Stouts box.
    4.08 in the BA DB
  17. pulse

    pulse Zealot (609) Mar 22, 2016 Ohio

    #6 - I enjoy this plenty as a straightforward stout. It is definitely on the thinner side, but quite smooth. Lots of chocolate with some toffee, vanilla, etc. A touch sweet. The woody char is very apparent, though. I like the bitterness. Oh yeah, another dangerous one I wouldn't mind having again. Must slow down.
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  18. Violentvixen

    Violentvixen Aspirant (287) Jul 25, 2021 Oregon

    This was an interesting one, I wouldn't have called it a stout if you gave it to me blind. But I did like it! There's an interesting flavour base here that is reminiscent of a really good homemade rootbeer. Just that sharper sweetness with an earthiness to it.

    When I scanned the barcode Untappd said they have a horchata version of this beer,
  19. cjgiant

    cjgiant Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,248) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    A middle of the road pour for a barrel-aged brew, with tan head struggling to puff our its chest, but not fading to the background when this fails to produce the desired effect. The nose is feathery light when cold, but evolves into an unsweet chocolate with a woody vibe accented by American hops.

    First sip had something I wasn't expecting, but quite enjoyed as something I didn't know I wanted - a fairly bitter, classic American bitter hop backing the roasted malt opening. The effect isn't as powerful on my second sip, since I was expecting it, but it was still there. The barrel almost gets in the way as it feeds in from the edges, shifting the taste into a less enjoyable metallic phase.

    Some spicy vanilla sweetness feeds in as the beer gets warmer, I'm suspecting the barrel effect getting more and more involved. I also start to get some cola, sasparilla, and raisin in varying degrees as I sip.

    I think I enjoyed this most in the initial taste when it seemed more like a bitter American imperial stout. I like that even as it seemed to sweeten, it never became sweet. The barrel wasn't obvious, and where I thought I noted it, it wasn't necessarily helping. This is one of those beers than yo-yo'd between interestingly good and oddly iffy, leaning a little bit towards the former for me.
  20. brentk56

    brentk56 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,831) May 13, 2004 North Carolina
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    I am with those who noted that this tastes more like a BA brown ale than a BA stout. Having said that, I found the barrel treatment here really interesting as it didn't taste like a typical Bourbon to me. There is the use of some barrels that contained honey that imparts a mead-like aspect to the beer. Looking at the Spirit Hound website, I noted that they claim to add a Scottish twist by including some peated malt in the grist. While it doesn't taste like a Scotch barrel aged beer, I think of the barrel flavors as a bit of a cross between Scotch and Bourbon.

    I can see why the beer has received a mixed reception, particulalry in a box of heavyweight BA stouts, but I rather enjoyed it once I started to focus on the distinctive barrel impact.
  21. Curmudgeon

    Curmudgeon Pundit (946) May 29, 2014 Massachusetts

    Pretty good one here. Easy to drink and didn't pick up any "flaws". Just a decent beer that doesn't really excite too much. Had a nice gentle brown sugar smell. Pleasant molasses taste and a warm boozy if not acrid roastiness on the back end.

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  22. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,470) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    I enjoyed this one - I was hoping for a not too sweet, roasty, bitter, and barrel heavy beer.

    4.08/5 rDev +1%
    look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

    A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark chestnut brown approaching jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark amber + dark golden yellow + dark cola brown colored highlights.The beer has a finger tall foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering approximately 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

    S: Moderate to strong aromas of charred oak + bourbon + whiskey + vanilla over slightly stronger than moderate aromas of roasted + charred + chocolate + caramel + toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of molasses + burnt sugar sweetness. Hints of earthy hops.

    T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasted + charred + chocolate + caramel + toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of molasses + burnt sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of charred oak + bourbon + whiskey + vanilla. Finally there are light flavors of earthy hops. Slightly stronger than moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness as well as some light lingering smokey whiskey.

    M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

    O: Drinks pretty easily considering the strength and relatively well hidden alcohol. Slightly lighter in mouthfeel than I was expecting and is almost a hybrid of a brown ale + stout. Nice roasty bitterness and great flavors + aromas from the barrel aging.
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