15th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by blakesell:
3.08/5 rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Poured from the 22oz bomber into a beveled pint glass.
Appearance- As soon as I pop the bottle, thar she blows. A gusher, quick with the glass for the save, the beer is overactively foamy but it doesn't look like there's anything wrong with it. Ample white foam, an equal ratio to the pour. It clings and is impressively white. Beer itself is clear and amber colored.
Smell- Smells pretty nice, lots of hop character, American oak in there, smells to be a good balance. Almost a cracked black pepper smell in there that I actually find favorable as I sneeze away from the glass of course.
Taste- Well, all great things must come to an end. Now I'm tasting a decline and this is entirely subjective judging by me considering the previous reviews on this beer. It's not the freshness or being out of date, it's just that American oak and IPA's don't mix for me. The IPA flavor is intense and mouth coating which is great at first, then soon, almost immediately after the oak comes in and destroys what would otherwise be an enjoyable experience, scrubbing off every shard of that piny hop flavor that was there before. There are no off bacteria from the barrel, it's just the nature of the beast here and I'm sorry to say that I've never had an oaked IPA that really did it for me yet.
Mouthfeel- More of that overwhelming oak coating the tongue. Cloying, overdone, full bodied, highly carbonated, almost creamy from the barrel, not smooth, astringent.
Drinkability- I'll have a hard time finishing off this bottle and I'm afraid the rest may find it's way into the sink drain. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would call this blasphemy, but I've had that one too, and the oak is a bit overpowering on that one as well. Extreme beers have their place, and barrel aging the american IPA is not that place for my mouth.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2010 04:43:23 | More by blakesell
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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.