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Woodcut No. 2 - Oak Aged Golden Ale by Odell Brewing Company
Old Ale
11.00 % ABV

Review by SAP on 09/02/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 19 4 9 2009
Sampled 1702, Tucson AZ; August 2009
A careful pour of this beer produces a wispy pale, light tan colored head that sits on top of a clear, amber-copper colored beer. The aroma has lots of buttery oak character, spicy wood notes, toasted oak components and even a touch of toasty malt character in the finish. The oak is definitely the dominant note in the aroma as there is only a hint of malt character from the base beer evident. Still the aroma is nice overall and the oak character is fairly well balanced and not really overwhelming.

This tastes spicy up front, but it has lots of sweetness that easily balances the beer out and it even has a touch of an orange zest flavor to it. A biting, slightly astringent oak character is found in the finish, and is joined by a bit of warming, almost hot alcohol notes that don’t get overdone. The flavor is much better balanced than the nose is, and actually this is much more balanced over all than Woodcut #1 was. Light buttery oak flavors are joined by a solid vanillin character; both of these really play together well here and make this beer quite enjoyable. There is a nice oak bite in the finish, but what really ties this beer together is the soft, supporting malt character; it supplies a sweet clean malt character as well as a cracker like malt notes and the body is just textured enough to mellow and easily carry all the fresh oak flavors that are present.

As the beer warms up it becomes even more balanced; the vanillin gets bigger than the buttery oak component over time. This is very nice, very well integrated and it is much more enjoyable than I was expecting based upon the first one of the series. Man, I definitely want more, but that $25 price tag definitely hurts.

Served In: Tulip

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