rye726 (21) - Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich amber with a thin beige head. Light lace. Nose has peppery booze, sweet malts, oak, caramel and toffee. Taste has lots of bready malts, nuts, dark candies, wood, vanilla and alcohol. Medium body drinks a bit heavy. Like all the Woodcuts, a good beer, but lacks depth and complexity.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2010
2.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 1/20
Sweet and tangy, definitely hails from the maerzen family. Smooth with a light toasty French oak and vanilla flavor.
badgerben (4610) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark copper with a large head. Big aroma of American oak: vanilla, char, oaky, more vanilla. The base beer certainly comes out with nice Munich malt notes and some nuttiness, but the oak overpowers everything. A tasty beer, but in all honesty, is highway robbery at $25 a bottle.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml (#5649) from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear light brown color with a large two finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is oak, spice, vanilla, and toasted malt. Very nice. Flavor is the same as the aroma, but more pronounced. The oak comes to the front. Finish is smooth, but oaky. Medium to full body. A very good beer.
drowland (6841) - Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
7/23/10. Big thanks to phaleslu for this puppy! The aroma is very sweet soap with perfumey and oaky hints as well. The flavor is much the same but very sweet.
BOLTZ7555 (2969) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really enjoyed this one...like every Woodcut I’ve had an opportunity to try (still would love a chance at Woodcut #1). Murky rusty-colored pour with small eggshell head that left a spot or two of lacing. Aroma of cedar, pine, and oak. Chop wood and inhale deeply!!! Vanilla, maple, brown sugar, and heavy creamy caramel accompany the wood when tasted. A little noticeable alcohol but not at all distracting. Coats the palate nicely. Very nice beer.
RSRIZZO (1899) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml Champagne style bottle #3043 corked and caged, poured into a Lager glass at 43°. Color is golden with a hint of brown and over active carbonation producing way to tall of a head. Aroma of oak and malt. Starting with a full body it goes down rich and heavy. Flavor is big with sweet vanilla, an even bitterness and bold oak. In the after taste the oak and vanilla linger with a nice dry feel. This is a great brew, rich, bold and intensely complex.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle #6072 at azwine 6/12/2010...
hazy amber with a small off whitish head and some spotty lacing.
the aroma is initially not pleasant...it is very ’green’, woody and plasticine... five minutes of waiting it becomes like pure brown sugar with lesser notes of cooked d’anjou pears, black pepper-like dustiness, toasted nuts, grass, vanilla and wood/cedar/pine box coffin.
the flavor is the same and is initially unpleasant as well. it is a hair on the sweet side but not terribly so... green wood and spice finish help out. the aftertaste is nothing but brown sugary goodness.
the first sip is medium bodied with a crisp sharp texture. that fades and develops into a smooth slick mouth feel. prolly a little young yet.... 7/4/7/4/15/3.7
brokensail (13234) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a slightly hazy copper color with a fluffy white head and plenty of carbonation.
S: Quite sweet with plenty of vanilla on the nose. There are plenty of sweet malt notes as well, namely caramel with lots of bread as well. A bit of alcohol as well, but not overly boozy.
T: Thankfully, this is not as overwhelmingly oaky as some of the other Woodcuts are. As mentioned in the smell recap, the barrel character is up front and well represented: good vanilla and whiskey flavors, along with some oak. Quite a bit of booze, unfortunately, and the sweet caramel and bready malts don’t sufficiently mask that fact.
M: A medium body, which is something I was worried about due to the lager factor. Plenty of carbonation as well.
D: Overall, not a bad beer at all, but just too hot. I would let this one mellow out before opening a bottle of this.
BeerandBlues2 (10777) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caged and corked 750 mL bottle. Pours hazy tawny with a large, frothy, light tan head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (dough) with notes of light alcohol, wood, vanilla, and almond. Full bodied, alcoholic-spicy texture, and lively carbonation. Long duration, moderate sweetness and acidity, light bitterness.