15th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
An amalgamation of reviews taken at the Brick Store Pub and later Taco Mac in Buford, GA.
Appearance: Served up a clear, mahogany-hued body with a smallish, though lasting white head. Scant lacing on the way down.
Smell: Sweetish, caramelly malts coupled with ground vanilla and sturdy oak wood. Hops delivers some whiffs of grapefruit, resin, as well as hints of other tasy tropical fruits. A sniff or two of basic alcohol.
Taste: Quality pale malts with what seems to be crystal malts yielding a candyish, caramel-minded sweetness. The taste plunges into a strong oak flavor right from the get-go. Earthy, citrusy, resinous hop presence with a moderate amount of bitterness dispensed. Also, some tropical fruits -- touches of mango and papaya. Geez Louise, there's a lot of oak in this thing, delivering plenty of vanilla and spicy wood qualities. More caramel-coated grains on the latter half. The finish is dry, bitter, and adequately warming.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, delicately sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Well, it's nice to have an anniversary brew that doesn't pull any punches. While Great Divide's 15th Anniversary is certainly satisfying and a joy to drink, it was also quite a task to finish off each helping.
Serving type: on-tap
07-28-2009 05:47:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
More User Reviews:
3.33/5 rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
have a few of these in the cellar, time to break one out and see what's what...
2 fingers of snowy white head, sticky sticky sticky, this one leaves a bread crumb trail all the way down leaving no doubt where it has been, ample carbonation keeps the head well fed, lovely microbubble sheets roll around, nicely done, this is one good lookin' brewski
citrus and wood... who would have guessed? your first instinct is hops but the wood is definitely toning it down and adding something, there is a mellow booziness throughout, old orange rind, the nose is interesting but I don't love it, the hop florals kind of smelling like termite wood.
strange.. the flavor is of ashen wood with some bitterness, it is exceptionally smooth mouth wise but the flavor is throwing me a bit, some dark honey notes, there is just something off I can't quite place my finger on, perhaps this sat too long (bottled 7/2009).
this has lost it's kick imo, without a more assertive hop profile this kind of tastes like soaked wood, too bad, the look and feel of the brew is excellent.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2012 04:27:33 | More by Ego
15th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
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