Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Jimbo. Big, dark amber pour. Lots of wood on the nose. Flavor is oak, caramel, vanilla and brown sugar. Some fairly strong heat, but the overall smoothness of the beer tends to mellow things out.
gregwilsonstl (866) - USA - NOV 3, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark amber. Very dynamic. No lacing. Not sure what to think of this. Interesting, but confusing.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a reddish color with a nice white head. The aroma was dark fruits, vanilla, oak and malt. The flavor was smooth, with oak, vanilla, nuts, beets, raisins and a finish with a nice dry aftertaste from the oak. Overall, an excellent beer. I think Old Ales are climbing the charts in my book.
highibus (683) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
great aroma of wood and malt. flavor is nice malty and sweet. finish is wood and alcohol. real nice.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBWG. Oak, vanilla, brown sugar. Delicious. Amazing beer from an amazing brewery.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one was actually a little disappointing, I had high hopes for it, and while it certainly had some lovely woodiness to it, there just wasn’t enough depth to the flavor for my liking.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Corked and caged. Bottle #1972. Pours a murky brown almost purple with a large 3 finger airy off white head. Aromas aren’t very strong at all but I do get a lot of booze, some plum, raisins, cherry, and caramel malts. Flavors of pretty much the same heavier on the booze, raisins, and there is some oak there as well. Palate is too fizzy and carbonated for my liking. Glad I got to try it but not happy I spent $25 on it. Ahh well, maybe the next one will be better.
brokephibroke (256) - 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!
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled this at a friend’s house, the generous gift of another guest at the party. He brought it because he had been told that it was already funky. It wasn’t, and this is a treat.
Poured with a huge brown head. Very carbonated. Had to let this one settle for a few minutes. Aromas of oak, vanilla, roasted malts. The oak is very prevalent in the taste. I’d say with some aging this would even take on some bourbon characteristics, though the barrels used for fermentation were new. The palate is oily and medium-bodied. Very good mouthfeel. I think this beer will age well.
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep wood brown, with a good size lasting head. Aromoa of oak, malt, slight alchoal smell. Tastes of oak, carmel, roast and light fruit.