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15th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

288 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 06-07-2009)
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YankChef

Louisiana

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into bell's tulip

appearance: deep amber with some copper hues nice plumy thick white head that sticks all the way down and leaves fantastic lacing

aroma: was surprised here the aroma is very subdued some piney notes and a little bit of wood, caramel and toffee but very faint on the overall it almost smells like a barleywine, but subtle

taste: Alright here we go this is worth the price of entry... nutty flavors like candied pecans/walnuts roasty then goes to some hoppy bite but this is certainly not a hop bomb flavors of vanilla and wood come through big time very very apparent with the wood id like to know how long it was oaked for... im guessing 6-9 months

overall: stellar beer from great divide excellent example of how much oak aging a beer can change it... i believe it ventures into barleywine flavor territory with how strong the caramel/malty flavors were however that could also be from the fact that i didnt get it fresh. never the less a tasty beer and i would take this over a hercules any day of the week. Even with the high abv still really drinkable although heavy on the palate with a perfectly rich mouthfeel and enough hops and crispness not to weigh your palate down

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 08:30:19 | More by YankChef
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15th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.