Leighton (21477) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Pours lightly hazy amber with a creamy tan head. Lots of sugary malts in the nose, toffee, mild oxidation. Medium to big sweet, tons of toffee, bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation, lightly warming finish, toffee, aged malts, figs. Good stuff. Rich and hefty malt character. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottled on 8/15/2008 #1854beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Tasted in summer 2012 with the Nashville crew. Pours cloudy crimson/orange with an average beige head that leaves even lacing. The nose is more caramel and maple than anything else with vanilla and some cinnamon spice. The flavor is very complex with caramel, maple, cinnamon, prune, vanilla, cola, and some toasty bitterness. The body is medium with average, very smooth carbonation and a long cola, vanilla, cinnamon, and maple finish.
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. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2008
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy amber-brown body with a medium tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, maple, and oak. Flavor of caramel, toffee, vanilla, raisins, and brown sugar. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2009
750 ml bottle (#847) shared by FlacoAlto at a recent tasting - Pours a mahogany color with a large light tan head. Faint, short lived lacing. Aroma is oak, vanilla, and esters. Flavor is oak, sweet esters, and alcohol. The oak dominates this beer. Medium body. A good beer. Thanks Sebastian.
emacgee (4680) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2009
Thanks JCB for sharing. Pours a copper ruby with a one finger offwhite head. The nose is very oaky, almost bourbon character, tannic, spicy/vanillins, warm alcohol, strong/pungent aroma. The flavor is spicy, warming, mildly bourbony, oaky, nice sharp vanillins, alcohol. Tannic spicy mouthfeel with a warming finish. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2009
Very oaky, woody nose on this handsome copper pour. Carbonation is thinnish, body is medium. Unadulterated wood balances out the slightly too-sharp vanilla and booze. Pleasantly deep malty profile and a playfully spicy flavor as the beer warms up a bit. Not quite as complex as you’d like from the style, but certainly an enjoyable beer. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
750 shared by JCB! Pours a mostly clear amber with a woody hint- and a nice foamy head. Aroma is very woody, but still enjoyable for the most part- intense vanilla, oak with grassy green herbal notes, leather, earth, toasted nuts, caramel and toasted malts- spritzy sharp green alcohol hints too as it warms. Flavor is caramel and buttery malts, tons of sweet oak- vanilla, toast, light char, buttery oak, dry toasted malts, more nuts, fruity esters, and a dry woody finish- and hints of tannic astringency in the back of the throat. Nice. MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2009
bottle shared at July A Tasting. Pours a muddy brown with a tan head. Nose is of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is same as aroma with oak and bourbon prominent and vanilla noticeable as well. Mouthfeel is creamy with carbonation and alcohol noticeable. brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a fluffy, yet sturdy, off-white head on top.
S: Despite the very noticeable presence of oak in this beer, there is a really pleasant sweetness to the aroma. I pick up a fair amount of honey and perhaps some maple as well, along with some caramel and vanilla.
T: The oak is a bit more aggressive in terms of the flavor. That said, the sweet honey and maple flavors come through and mesh well with the vanilla from the oak and some hints of dark fruits.
M: A medium bodied beer with perhaps a bit too much carbonation and a slightly tannic finish.
D: This is the only one of the Woodcuts that I’ve really liked so far. Though the oak is pronounced, it does not completely dominate the flavor or aromas.