Ernest (6699) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle #1980. Head is initially average sized, fizzy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, nuts), with notes of raw wood, alcohol, vanilla, hint of nectarine. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lighlty to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Well, it’s not bad, but it sure leaves a lot to be desired, especially based on the remarkably inflated price ($25 right here where the brewery is). I expect new oak barrels are pretty expensive, but is the final product worth it? Not so much. Aroma can be summed up as four main things: caramel, wood (and lots of it), alcohol, and vanilla. Pretty straightforward and unexciting.
brokephibroke (298) - Mead, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Careful opening, highly carbonated!
Rich mahogany pour with a huge, expansive loose tan head. The head hangs around much longer than most beers.
Aroma is of freshcut wood, seriously. Also sweet malt, raisans and bright cherry in there.
Truly a complex flavor. Every sip uncovers another taste. The oak is consistently there, with vanilla, tobacco, malt and dried fruit also there.
The flavor transforms almost to a black tea about 30 seconds afrer the swallow.
Palate is outstanding, ligjht upfront, smooth next and coating. Remarkable.
Is this beer worth $25? No. If this beer was mass produced, I say $18 would be a fair price today. However, $25 will be cheap as this beauty ages. I will grab a couple more tomorrow if I can for the cellar and celebrate this with freinds at the release of future Woodcuts.
Odell, you are on to something!
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown rusted colored beer with a fully lasting, creamy head of foam. Nose of new oak, vanilla and just the slightest notion of hazelnut and caramel, but it is so light, it’s hardly worth mentioning. I wish those notes were more vibrant, as it would make the nose so much better. Also, because of the use of new oak, it does have some contaminated aromas. I am not saying it is contaminated, but because of the use of new oak, the scents of wildness and funk are easy to notice. Flavor mainly consists of new oak, vanilla and a slight hint of golden raisin and caramel. Disappointed in the lack of complexity, poor finesse and fairly muted flavors. Also, while I love that it is naturally carbonated, the beer is obviously over-carbonated and it shows in the overly bubbly mouth feel. Overall, it’s an okay beer, not something I plan on personally collecting.