15th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by blackie:
4/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
a: the beer is an attractive deep copper amber in color, capped with only a smattering of carbonation
s: deep, estery crystal malts bring to mind, as others have mentioned, a barleywine, sweet red apple, heavy oak influence and some distant vanilla, the expected assertive hop presence has been very much tempered by the sweet malts and oak aging - giving aromas of candied citrus rinds and tropical fruit, doesn't give away too much booze, complex and interesting, but the parts don't seem to come together as a coherent whole
m: thick, almost syrupy body with a light-moderate level of carbonation
t: syrupy, heavily caramelized malts with estery red apple flavors, steeped fresh oak staves start big and become more dry and peppery in the finish, a range of sweet tropical fruits - sugared pineapple and dried papaya, surprisingly mild bitterness level for the style - very much offset by the oak and big malt presence, intriguing set of flavors but a little out of balance for higher scores
d: one pour is enough, but it was a pleasant experience overall, doesn't quite fit into any one style
10 oz. pour at Pizzeria Paradiso, P Street, DC
Serving type: on-tap
09-15-2009 03:06:19 | More by blackie
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
90 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.