Beaver (1272) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle, bottle no. 01749, date August 2012. Pours a hazy tea-like brown with a huge creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is green leafy tropical fruits and resiny fruity hops with a bit of dank stinkiness.
The flavor is sweet tropical fruits and light bready malts with some dry alcohol and piney, minty hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth, slightly sharp carbonation.
Overall, this is my new favorite Woodcut. I personally donít get a lot of wood out of it (maybe a little vanilla), but a lot of tropical fruits and green, leafy, minty, piney hops.
madmitch76 (14501) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2nd February 2013
Cloudy brown beer, very big cream coloured head. Palate is airy and mildly crisp. Fresh vanilla wood. medium sweet. Mild malt cream and minerals. Hops are very nice - lime and pine with lesser peach, apricot and other tropical fruits. Mild fresh hop sting and the hops are turn a little grassy. Finishes crispy. The abv is very well hidden in this sumptuous treat of an oak aged beer. Gorgeous.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The pour is a murky, rusty, copper color with a creamy, off-white, moderately full head which settles to a rocky froth and leaves scattered, froth all over. The nose is awesome; leafy, limey, mango, light resins, apricot, toasty oak, vanilla, and light cinnamon. The flavor is similar with tropical fruit notes, still leafy and resinous, cinnamon turning more spicy, very nice sweet oak in the middle with toasty caramel, and a more than moderate bitterness. The palate has moderate carbonation, nearly full, and a velvety, creamy, chewy mouthfeel. The finish dries out just a bit with dry oak, still leafy, some lime, and a spicy cinnamon note. I thought this one was a perfect blend of hop complexity and oak rounding. This Mosaic hop is new for me but I am very impresses how the tropical fruit and leafy notes came out among the incredible oak presence. I always look forward to the woodcut series from Odell and this one was no different. Great beer.
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Bill Becker (226) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml caged and corked bottle for $23.14.
A clear deep amber, it comes with a +2 finger head of foam and looks to leave some nice lacing behind.
It has a spicy malty aroma. A good dose of pepper is there as well as a tropical fruit smell. In fact, the latter most now dominates. Iím liking what Iím smelling.
Wow, they were not kidding when they put this on the label...mango, papaya, and guava. Itís hitting my taste buds hard. I also get the pepper and an obvious flavour of vanilla and the flavour you get from oak aging. Itís soooo different yet so good.
Full bodied with mild carbonation and not all that much heat, the mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty darned good.
This *may* be my new favourite of the Woodcut series and Iíll probably get another one or 2.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy dark orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of mango, papaya, guava, pineapple, celery, and passion fruit. Flavor of pineapple, guava, mango, oak, vanilla, toffee, and almonds.
boFNjackson (4117) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ a recent bottle share... Cloudy orange-ish with an easy forming eggy head. This was one of the highlights of the tasting. Floral and perfumey, the Mosaic hops shined here. Nice bready malt balance, and not too sweet. Not too bitter either. Super balanced, nice drinking beer. Light tropical fruits and some yeast esters came through too.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 04686, Date of August 2012; Sampled June 2013
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a four finger thick, light tan colored head that falls with a varied surface and leaves some light lacing on the sides of my glass that gets thicker as I go through subsequent pours. The beer is a rich amber color that shows an absolutely brilliantly clear, rust tinged, gem-like amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of hoppy tropical fruit, Meyer lemon zest, some peppery spice character, and an earthy, woodiness towards the finish. The hops character is dominant here, but there is a supporting toasted / caramelized maltiness (only just noticeable), as well as a spice accentuating, and herbal inducing oak woodiness to the nose as well. The oak is sort of subtle overlay to the hop character.
Up front there is lots of notes of tangelo, and lychee, but the finish too has linger hop character with additional guava notes as well as a firm bitterness, an anchoring toasted / softly-caramelized malt character, and a toasted woodiness that gets a touch spicy in the long finish. The hop character is quite juicy and fragrantly tasty. The oak character is quite well integrated with the hop character, it adds a woody, spicy base character here, and really just integrates well with the fruity hop notes; there is also a softer butterscotch character that boosts, accentuates, and integrates quite well with the tropical fruit hop character. The body is rich, viscous, with an ample heft to it; definitely on the chewy side of the spectrum, but I donít get the feeling that it is cloying.
This is quite a nice beer, part of that is that this is quite a bit more tasty and hoppy than I was expecting. The wood character really is quite well integrated with the dominant hop character, and still allows the juicy hop-fruit character to come through. A fantastic hoppy Barleywine with a supporting oak character. Despite my prior ratings, this is probably my favorite of the series so far.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear burnt tangerine pour with a small ivory head that left a milky coating inside the glass. Nose shows leafy, woody, citrusy note. Spice as well...tons of oak and evergreen. Such a unique and intriguing brew. Nice caramel and vanilla layer that moderates all of the other flavors. Ponderosa, lemon grass, honey, raw pine, sap, orange peel, and pepper. Like chewing on forest scraps...but delicious. Never tasted anything like it!
bhensonb (10808) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from Wine and Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours clear orange/amber with a slight beige head. Aroma is tropical fruit. Not strong tho. Med _ body. Flavor is woody, tropical and light stone fruits, toffee, and it coalesces into oaky astringency. Pretty tasty.
kevinator (872) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great offering from the series. This had been cellared a while as I also had one about 6 months ago. I can say this continues to age well. Subtle oak and sweet malt aroma. Cloudy light amber color with a small head. Smooth and oily palate that coats the tongue. Nice overall blend of malts, fruits, oak, caramel, alcohol and a slight bitterness that added some spice. Too bad itís a one-time thing.