WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
1st new rating, of Toncatcher’s tasting 9/20/08 in Santee with a mess of cool Sd Ratebeerians, bottle from Wetherel in his recent trip to Colorado. Pours cloudy brown, like a melted caramel with a 2 finger tan head. Nose is sweet and oaky. Taste was sweet with noes of caramel and overall tasty. wetherel (1893) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
tried at Another Santee Sampling. this time at toncatcher’s house. $25 bottle from Coltrain! Amber color. Big huge head that doesn’t fade. Large cork pop when opened. Dryish with a hint of alcohol. FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Bottle Number 847, 2nd RB Tucson Tasting, Sampled September 2008Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
This pours with a full tan colored head. The beer has a dark red to full amber color to it when held up to the light, but shows a dark brown hue as it sits on the table. This is definitely has a very oak influenced aroma to it; notes of vanillin are noticeable, but spicy oak aromatics are even more noticeable. Aromas of Butterscotch also come in to play, but the base beer is just barely noticeable underneath all of the oak influence; perhaps a touch of caramel notes mix with the more noticeable vanillin and butterscotch aromatics, but that is about it.
This is sweet and fruity tasting up front, and the oak-vanillin character kicks in towards the finish. There is a lot of caramel character here in the flavor though and it really mixes in with the oak flavors. This has a very fizzy texture from the carbonation and the body is only medium-light for a beer of this strength; this is still a sipping beer though. There is a lot of spicy oak character in both the aroma and flavor; in the flavor this combines with the alcohol to be aggressively hot at times. As the beer loses its carbonation it begins to soften up a fair amount.
’This is an interesting beer, perhaps a touch too oak dominated (especially in the aroma) to be great, but when allowed to warm it really helps to tame the harsher / alcohol-enhancing oak character. I would definitely have loved for the base beer to have come through more here, but not bad and fairly tasty over all.
Purchased: Liquor Max, Loveland CO
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. AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Murky caramel color/ tan head. Toasted caramel, vanilla, wood, spicy aromas. Big sweet bourbon vanilla, toffee, spicy caramel flavors--good.
drowland (9078) - Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
2/23/13. RBWG. Hazy amber pour, soapy khaki head. A bit of spice, caramel, and wood in the aroma and flavor. Touches of oxidation. Nice. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle generously shared at RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy brown with an off-white head. Nose is big malt, some light brandy, some oxidation, wood, brown sugar, and light vanilla. Flavor astounds for an older BA beer, it’s still maintained a fair amount of goodness: big malt, some fruit, some oak, some vanilla, and hints of brown sugar. Medium in body and still very nice. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Bottle from BOLTZ. Pours a hazy amber with thin head. The nose is very oaky, with honey and peppery spice. The taste is malt, spice, vanilla from the barrels and booze. Medium bodied. OK beer. Beaver (1846) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2008
750ml bottle - number 44 dated 8/15/08. Pours a hazy dark amber with a huge fizzy big bubbled off white head that retains well and laces the glass.djd07 (15544) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
The aroma is a little subdued - sweet caramel and molasses, some fruit (apples and raisin), wood, and alcohol.
The flavor is sweet caramel, molasses, vanilla, and a little fruitiness with some grassy hops and alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with sharp carbonation that mellows as it sits.
Overall, an interesting outing from Odell. It’s a bit pricey ($25) and a bit one dimensional with sweet caramel and wood.
Bottle during RBWG. Pours a cloudy amber with medium beige head. The aroma is caramel, vanilla, oak. Medium mouth with nice caramel, toffee, figs, light booze, very good.