bluejacket74 (1993) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2010
375 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy copper color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is caramel malt, toffee, wood (acasia), leather and earthy hops. I think the malty aromas are much stronger than the hoppy ones. However, the hops are more noticable in the taste. The brew tastes like earthy hops, wood, herbs, caramel malt and some tannins. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, the alcohol is well hidden which helps makes this easy to drink. I think it’s a good overall brew. I should have bought the other Woodwork Series beers when I had the chance, maybe I’ll get lucky and come across them again one day. Abio (1868) - BERMUDA - OCT 18, 2010
Light orange coloured. Medium till big white head. Don’t hold long, a small head stays. Nice laces at the glas. Sticks good. Smell is fruity and hoppy. Spiced. Lots of oranges-citrus. It’s not bad... Very full flavour. Wood, spices, fruits and a nice moderated bitterness at the end with the hops. Not bad, even a bit special/weird. Starts pretty sweet, light sour to end at the light bitter-sourness. dudebun (140) - GERMANY - OCT 14, 2010
Aroma of caramel, bread, and some kind of spices. A little citrusy. Looks beautiful, with a small head, not so much carbonation, nice lacing as you drink it. Kinda thin on the palate, carbonated but a little on the lighter side. A little different, in a good way, but I wouldn’t buy it again unless it was on sale.
On a side note: There oughta be a law that IPAs can only be sold in 37,5cl bottles. Perfect amount. georgebrassin (176) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2010
Cloudy orange with a large foamy head. Strong caramel aroma with bread, resin and citrus. Very light body (it says 0 plato on the wrap ?) with low carbonation. In mouth is bitter, wood and wild bacteria, caramel, malt. Very good 2IPA, interesting FG for that king of beer., but I still prefer beer with way more body :P madsberg (11774) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2010
Bottled. Orange coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. Aroma of fruits, alcohol, wood, caramel and vague spice. Flavour of fruits, light herbs, caramel, alcohol, light liqourice and herbs. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a light grapy and herbal bitterness with a touch of fruits. This concludes the woodwork series for me. They taste quite ok, but are not that impressive. All 4 is very much alike, and i would probably not go back to them.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2010
A lasting, impressive off-white head of fine bubbles establishes itself atop the murky brownish orange liquid. Tropical fruits meet oak and earth in this rather complex, citrusy, grapey, litchi touched ale whose alcohol level is well contained for 11%. Dusty chocolate and tobacco grow from the dense malt bill all the while the profoundly aromatic Nelson Sauvin keep unrolling their fruitiness. Despite its impressive thickness for a beer who went into a barrel, it is dry all throughout and displays considerable tannins. I’m not very familiar with acasia, but the barrel character is green and reminds of tobacco, dead leaves and earth. Interesting and deep, but not something I’d want to drink frequently, especially not at 13$/375 ml. phaleslu (10452) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2010
375 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. I had this fourth, after the Reference, American Oak, and French Oak versions. On the pour, it looks most like the French Oak, a cloudy amber color with a massive eggshell white head. Aroma of piney hops, earthy wood, caramel malts, and some alcohol, which I really didn’t detect much in the nose of the other three. Flavor of of pine resin, deep wood, earth, floral hops, and caramel malts. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a woody mouthfeel. Some alcohol in the mouth, particularly late. I still liked the American Oak the best of the four, but this was very close and the whole series is nice. Travlr (25486) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2010 Recommendation from Casey at Max’s, shared with steptin. Variegated amber color, huge off white head, massive lacing. Aroma of freshly cut green wood - reminded me of spring! Taste is birch bark (but in a good way), earth, slight acidity, hi carbonation, bitter finish. Makes me want to try the others in the series. Holy (837) - GERMANY - SEP 4, 2010
Shared with Travlr, 12.7 fl oz bottle in Baltimore. Nice aroma of malts and wood. Definite wood flavor interwoven with malt. Interesting wooden aftertaste makes this a unique beer. Must try. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2010
(375ml bottle) Pours a hazy golden orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of apricot, lemon, nectarines, orange, and wood. Flavor of apricot, vanilla, wood, light pine, and grass with a dry, bitter finish.