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Odell Woodcut No. 05 Oak-Aged Ale



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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
A Quadruple Ale brewed with a blend of Belgian ale yeast and our house ale yeast. Woodcut No. 5 presents a rich, spicy, dried fruit essence and a deep auburn color. Aggressive vanilla notes from the new American oak compliments the Special B malt with hints of cherry, raison and plumb on the palate. Each Woodcut offering is truly limited edition beer with a unique flavor that comes from select hops, fine malted barley, and our brewers’ careful aging process. Enjoy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Pours dark like coffee with a shallow spattered soapy head that disappears rapidly. Smells of aged fruit cocktail, mocha, coffee bean, brown sugar. Full nectar with mild carbonation. Good aroma to palate follow through. This brew has exceptional hop prominence. The wild fruit expression is debilitated by this flavor bending bitterness that makes it easily accessible. It’s a beautiful science. I’m gonna TRUMP! this one. Original score 97 but it’s so freakin delicious I’m goin’ 100. By the way, this brew exhibits all the qualities and complexities of a classic Belgian Quad style brew. Good job guy’s!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (1422) - - DEC 31, 2012
Rich aroma of vanilla and raisin. Dark amber colored with no head. Tastes like a barley wine and quad hybrid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2011 Bottled this month. Bad bottle! Minimal head, settles to nothing and leaves nothing but a nice, murky, burgundy color. The nose is pleasant with lots of clove and peppery spice, plenty of dried fruit (raisin, prune), plums, molasses, and toasty vanilla all over. The flavor is very similar; vanilla, toasty oak, plum, raisin, clove, a nice earthy balance, and toffee. The palate is nearly flat, full, round and chewy. The beer finishes with some cherry emerging, lingering toffee, earthy bitterness still, and charred oak on the tail end. Hard to rate a beer which had the potential to be great but lacked the carbonation from a bad bottling. I am debating on whether or not to spend another $25 on a bottle to get a true rating; maybe I’ll see if my friends at Odell could spare me a bottle to throw in my cellar? I tried another bottle after 4 months of cellaring. The pour is still a nice, murky, burgundy-auburn color but has a small, off-white, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some small lacing. The nose is similar with lots of clove and peppery spice, plenty of dried fruit (raisin, prune, dried oranges), plums, molasses, cinnamon, and toasty vanilla all over. The flavor is beginning to develop nicely; vanilla still prominent, toasty oak, plum, raisin, cinnamon, dried orange, clove, a nice earthy balance, and rich toffee. The palate is much better with a nearly full body, soft to lively carbonation, and a round, chewy mouthfeel. The finish is long and sweet but balanced and carries more dried orange, cinnamon spice still, an earthy background, and some oak shavings left on my tongue. The carbonation is developing finally and creating a nice beer but still not the appearance or palate of better examples of a quad. Still nice and certainly something that will probably develop nicely for at least a few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (1851) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
I tried this with a year on it. Contrary to some of the other reviews, I really enjoyed this. I found it at near the same level as the others in the Woodcut series. I could smell fruit and alcohol before tasting. The same could be said of the taste with cherry standing out a little. The alcohol presence was there and walking a fine line of taking over the beer. I took my time with this one and didn’t grow tired of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Bottle straight from the brewery. Pours a dark hazy amber with a thin beige head. Nose of vanilla, mild oak, complex candied sugars and golden raisins. Belgian yeast. Fine sherry. Taste adds a nice slightly sour finish. I’m surprised the ratings on this beer are lowish so far. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Dark raisin-colored pour with a creamy eggshell head that left a spot or two of lacing. Aroma of oak, vanilla, plum, cherry skin, and smoke. Flavor shows tons of brown sugar, molasses, fig, grape, toffee, caramel, Bing, and prunes. Medium to heavy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Thanks again, Peter! Nose is big vanilla, dark fruits, light yeast, candy, prunes, cherries, oak. Wow. Pour is hazy dark brown. Not much of a head at all. Flavor is big time vanilla with dark fruits such a plums and prunes, cherries, currants. Semi-sweet and very malty. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2013
This quad was fantastic, thanks for the share OmegaX!!! The pour was an oily, almost flat body with a deep, cloudy orange color. Aromas were full of Clove, raisins, cherries, oak, vanilla and yeast. The taste was smooth and fruity; lots of tropical notes with a balancing Belgian-yeast sweetness. Finished with some tannin and soft oak, overall pretty damn complex and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10251) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"had this over the weekend at a birthday party. quite overpriced (i think it was near $25 way back when) but I loved the quite obvious oak influence on this beer. a well made deeply fruity and slightly spicy quad, mellowed and softened by the oak, with a pronounced oak and vanilla character. A little alcohol shows as it warms, but not so much to take away from this fine brew."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emmasdad (85) - , Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2011
We sampled this one at the Odell Taproom with some friends, a few Saturdays ago. Much thanks to the generous bartender who poured us 4 ounce samples of this one. Poured a dark reddish color with a thin beige head. Aromas of wood, caramel, toffee and dark fruits. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of wood, vanilla, caramel and dark fruits. Nicely balanced, and very good.

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