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Woodcut No. 1 - Oak Aged Ale by Odell Brewing Company
Old Ale
10.60 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2009

Thanks to two great trading partners for these bottles, BitterBill and russpowell, thank you! This old ale looks a little overcarbed on the pour with a billowing three finger beige head on a soft pour. The head settles extremely slow to a thick cap and leaves chunky, sticky lacing strewn down the glass. The body is a surprisingly clear caramel with numerous ruby red highlights. Woodcut 1 is a mighty fine looking brew.

The nose is chock full of goodness. Strong virgin oak is the first thing leaping from the glass with all sorts of complex sweetness. Big notes of caramel converge with toffee, brown sugar and coconut. The oak is a major contributor adding a great spicy character with green wood and rich vanilla. This is one big ol' beer with a lot of deep complex aromas.

The taste brings out even more complex barrel notes. Coconut and a big splash of vanilla have their fingerprints all over this old ale and are perfectly integrated. The maltiness character shows a lot of depth. Brown sugar and big, deeply caramelized grains make up the base while both nuttiness and a mild roast tip toe along minding their business. The virgin oak tastes a little green and adds another element that I haven't really come across much in the past. As this beer warms an orchard fruitiness comes forward that's rather impressive.

The mouthfeel really shines. I was afraid the over carbonation would make for too frothy a beer in turn making it too light for the style; instead it's full bodied with an incredibly velvety texture. There's not a trace of booze to be found.

The big flavors and abv make this a sipper. I could easily see myself polishing off a bottle over an evening.

I'm glad I got the chance to try this beer. It's drinking fantastically well at the moment. If you have one in the cellar pull that bad boy out and crack it open, it's time. Thanks for the bottles, guys!

Reviewed: 8/31/09

Served In: Snifter

Review by Oxymoron on 11/11/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 2 11 18 4 10 2008
A lot of hype for this beer due to it's price. Sampled at the release party and later opened a pricey bottle, pours a darker mahogany color with ample head and good lacing through the pour.

The nose is rich with malt and noticeable oak characteristic. The malt gives a very nice kettle caramel flavor with noticeable melanodian malt flavor. The oak comes out with strong woody and vanilla aroma but isn't over the top.

The flavor is blended really well. Fantastic malt flavors come out with a nice blended caramel, toffee and melanodian flavors. Very rich there is a silkiness to it that is great. Not much hops as there is a sweetness but not so much that you would tell. The oak flavors come out stronger in the taste. Great vanilla and woody flavors mix with a hint of yeasty undertones. A malt bomb delight

The body is big with a sweet finish. Carbonation is light but only helps the malt come out even more. As it warms there is a slight band aid taste but very minimal. Overall, leave price out of it, a fantastic beer

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 10/15/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 15 4 8 2008
Bottle Number 847, 2nd RB Tucson Tasting, Sampled September 2008
This pours with a full tan colored head. The beer has a dark red to full amber color to it when held up to the light, but shows a dark brown hue as it sits on the table. This is definitely has a very oak influenced aroma to it; notes of vanillin are noticeable, but spicy oak aromatics are even more noticeable. Aromas of Butterscotch also come in to play, but the base beer is just barely noticeable underneath all of the oak influence; perhaps a touch of caramel notes mix with the more noticeable vanillin and butterscotch aromatics, but that is about it.

This is sweet and fruity tasting up front, and the oak-vanillin character kicks in towards the finish. There is a lot of caramel character here in the flavor though and it really mixes in with the oak flavors. This has a very fizzy texture from the carbonation and the body is only medium-light for a beer of this strength; this is still a sipping beer though. There is a lot of spicy oak character in both the aroma and flavor; in the flavor this combines with the alcohol to be aggressively hot at times. As the beer loses its carbonation it begins to soften up a fair amount.

'This is an interesting beer, perhaps a touch too oak dominated (especially in the aroma) to be great, but when allowed to warm it really helps to tame the harsher / alcohol-enhancing oak character. I would definitely have loved for the base beer to have come through more here, but not bad and fairly tasty over all.

Purchased: Liquor Max, Loveland CO

Served In: Tulip

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