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15th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

290 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
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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Reviews by blakesell:
Photo of 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 It's not the freshness or being out of date, it's just that American oak and IPA's don't mix for me.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.

blakesell, Mar 07, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of nickadams2
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 02 2009

A_ Dark amber with a thick frothy almost cinnamon colored head. Decent lacing.

S_Strong oak smell upfront. Can just pick up hops in the background.

T_Strong vanilla oak flavor. More oak than I expected but rounded out nicely by piny hops and sweet malt.

M_ Thick and creamy finishes just a little bit dry.

D_ Drinks very well especially cosidering the ABV and amount of oak.

nickadams2, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, bottled 7/2/09. Pours a clear copper amber with a huge creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued at first with some weird notes but it opens up as it sits. Some piney hops, caramel malts, floral vanilla, soap(?) and plasticy metallic alcohol.

The flavor is woody malts and pepper with a big spicy hop finish. The alcohol is very noticeable and is warming but not too over the top. As it warms, lots of sweet vanilla comes out. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy.

Overall, an interesting beer. It has some strange notes that are hard to place and seem slightly off to me. As it warms, the sweet vanilla dominates and becomes slightly cloying.

Beaver13, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a clear copper body with a large almond head. Good retention and plenty of sticky patch lacing.

Aroma has a dominant oaky vanilla character, with honeydew melon and a hint of grapfruit.

Creamy medium body has an ideal moderate carbonation.

Taste is on the sweet side, with orange creamsickle, honeydew, and oaky vanilla. Toasted caramel malt base is solid. A hint of grassy and pine hop bitterness struggles to balance.

Tasty stuff here, but the vanilla creaminess grows a bit cloying.

merlin48, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, foil top, label has bottled on dating as well as suggested food pairings info, nice. Pours pretty typical amber, medium khaki head, soft and creamy, and leaving more then ample fine sheeting and lace. Soft woody nose, leads to a super smooth and tasty, with plenty of malt smoothing the way, then overlayed with soft/subtle Brit hopping. Super creamy mouthfeel. Classy and satisfying sipper. Well done GD

Billolick, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of whoneeds8
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a Tulip a dark orange with a thick off white head. Great clumpy lacing.

Aroma is of strong floral hops. There is also a candy scent in there, like very sugary. The hop bite up front I think has mellowed. I admit I really should have tried this when I bought it a few weeks ago, but it got lost in the fridge. The hop pallate does mellow out to a nice sweet malt finish with a good smooth bitter aftertaste. There is a slight dryness to it from the wood, but there's really no oak flavor that I can notice. It's a very thick ale, leaving good tasty sweetness on my lips.

whoneeds8, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear deep copper color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hops with notes of vanilla and oak. The smells are all good, I'm just not sure they're intense enough.

Tastes good. Sweet malt flavors are joined quickly by citrus and sticky pine. Midway through the sip mild hints of vanilla join in and carry through until the bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer but for some reason the oak didn't seem to meld as well as it could have. Still, it's worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of OBIrish24
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz. growler from Party Town. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a deep rusty amber, nearing opaque. About a finger worth of barely off white head forms and holds at a large skim. Decent spotty lacing.

S: Actually don't get a ton from the aroma. Some nice citrus that has fallen off a touch from the aging. Definitely a bit of earthy, rough wood. Some sweet malts that bring out just the smallest touch of vanilla.

T/M: Moderate bitterness level for a DIPA, assuming from the aging and the balance from the wood. Nice citrusy grapefruit and pineapple notes, tasty. I really like the wood character in this. Definitely not too much and doesn't get in the way. Earthy, woody, and much more vanilla than in the aroma, which adds great complexity. Bitterness picks up a bit as I drink more and probably from warming up a touch. Sweet malts to balance, never getting chewy. Body is medium full with moderate carbonation. Some alcohol, and more as it warms, but pleasant. Some lasting bitterness.

D: Doesn't drink like 10%, and very interesting. I like this one a lot.

pwoods, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of hughesm4
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a a light brown/ red/ copper tone with a large amount head that initially doesn't stick to the glass, but sticks more as it is dranken

S. The wood aged knocks out a lot of the hoppy smell, but that is expected with a oak aged beer.

T. You get plenty of hops with every drink with a slight sweet nearly whiskey like taste.

M. Leaves a tingle of hops in your mouth for a couple of minutes after each drink.

D. Goes down slowly, but every drink is still good.

hughesm4, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of degerbah
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Party Town in Florence, Kentucky for cheap as hell and over-poured into a free growler. Consumed in full by four BA's two hours later.

Pours a brilliant hazy amber with lots of eggshell colored head. Very little smell at all, even when I stuck my nose into the head. Just a hin of boozy bourbon on the nose. The taste begins with a sticky dose of bourbon with a tremendous hop aftertaste. Covers the mouth thickly with a huge hop aftertaste that doesn't go anywhere. I would be halfway tempted to cut this in half with water and have twice as much tasty but lower abv beer. Way stronger than it looks. I'm driving back tomorrow to steal the keg.

degerbah, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another interesting offer from Great Divide. This must be the first oak aged DIPA I've ever heard of and I'm very intrigued. Oaked Yeti is phenomenal so I have high hopes for this one.

By looks alone, this one is incredible. It has a great redish copper color with good clarity and huge towering head that sticks around forever eventually leaving lots of sticky lace.

The aroma is a disappointment by comparison. It reminds me of the Denver Pale Ale that they have as a seasonal. Sweet and malty with not nearly enough hop aroma for a double IPA. Some apple and vanilla comes through, probably from the oak.

Flavor is unlike anything I've ever tried. It has a big malt backbone that supports the hops very well. At first it doesn't seem very bitter as there is a lot of biscuit and toasted malts. I get carmel apple with some vanilla and spice. Towards the middle it turns pretty bitter but it never feels overpowered by hops. Pretty well balanced but definately an aged hoppy beer. You can tell this would have been a big IPA before it went into the barrels.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and medium-low carbonation. A slow sipper for sure.

Not a homerun for GD but a really unique variation on a familiar style. Certainly worth a try.

GilGarp, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +23.8%

alamode, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Magpie14
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a hazy burnt pumpkin color with some golden hues making a showing around and about. A colossus cream colored head stayed afloat with ease for a good portion of the drink. Lace was sticky, filmy, and blasted pretty much everywhere in the upper 1/3 of the glass. Presentation has some nice features

S: the nose is very aromatic. I like the intermingling smells of sweet toffee/caramel malt and intricate earthy vanilla oak wafts. Hops are way in the back and don't tickle the nose very much, actually...hardly at all. A entertaining soft boozy wine-like smell is in the mix as well

T: first things first, the wood aged oak flavors are large and in charge. This is a good and bad thing in some ways. I was hoping for a good dose of hops and this is just short of delivering, especially for a DIPA. However, the oak flavors have a nice feature and challenge the tongue to pull flavors of crushed vanilla beans, a clove, light earthy pine tones, and heavily sugared crusty malts (toasted). I find the maltiness has some flavors reminiscent of brown sugar as well as honey
What is going on is pretty good and if it was augmented by a handful of green cones it would be banging good. All in all l am digging this

M: what a dream. It moves very well down the hatch with a slight stickiness that tacks on that strong oaky flavor. It continues to get sweet as it warms and finishes the same. Overall the body is medium plus and for the girth that is present, it drinks slickly well
Another note: alcohol is in a good way, not noticeable. It has a slight warming effect down the pipe but otherwise top notch

D: I am all about it, I find myself enjoying every sip. Do I dare say I would be loving every sip if some strong hops oils were drenching my tongue, yes this is true. Down any road, this is a tasty flavor exploration

Magpie14, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very appealing copper hued totally clear amber color with a nearly stark white head that leaves decent lacing and retains pretty well.

Nose is a nice malty oakiness, and some subdued hops with a bit of spiciness.

Taste is quite nice. It is VERY rare for me to find an oak aged DIPA that i enjoy, but this one is not only tolerable, but pretty nice. The hops are actually still alive, the maltiness isn't overbearing and syrupy, and the oak adds a nice vanilla touch that isn't too cloying. A smooth finish leads to lingering almost british hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very nice. A good chewiness without being thick. Thick viscosity kills OA DIPA for me faster than anything, so im impressed with this ones niche in the style.

Drinkability isn't amazing overall, but relative to the pseudo-style and abv, it is good.

Overall an enjoyable beer, and one i might revisit in the near future, and near future only, haha. For those of you that are turned off a bit by most OA DIPAs, give this one a shot, it just might change your mind, a nice beer, well done.

AKBelgianBeast, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Hopcat. Medium golden colour with off white head. Coconut taste from barreling, and very bitter near astringency in finish.A lot of hops, mouthfeel is medium in consistency. Aroma is malty. Wasn't crazy about this one.A sipper that was not greatly drinkable.

Sammy, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma really is fantastic. There is a lot of sweet malt and caramel along with some citrusy hops. The oak also creates some notes in the aroma that really complements the beer. Can't wait to try it!

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some malt and finishes with a citric bitterness from the hops. The finish is warming from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid beer that is definitely worth a try. Happy 15th Great Divide! Cheers!

cjgator3, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of avisong
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

avisong, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

15th Anniversary is a darker shade of brown. It's mostly clear and penetrating light reveals some nice orange highlights. Sitting atop is a vanilla colored that reaches over two and a half fingers. It was slow to recede and left plenty of thick, sticky chunks of lace clinging to the glass. Not bad at all.

The nose is alright. It's interesting, but a little disappointing. The strongest scents rolling out of the glass are oak and vanilla. They smell nice and I don't have a problem with them. The interesting thing is that there's very little going on in terms of hops. There's a light floral hop scent, but that's about it. Disappointing for a DIPA. Caramel malts seem to hold down the base well, but don't smell overly strong. They do add a nice sweet scent to the mix. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. I wouldn't have guessed it's 10%. It's not bad. It's just not very DIPA-ish.

The flavor continues the theme. Initially, it's a little sweet and malty. Caramel malt gives a nice strong backbone. It's actually a nice malt flavor. Not overly strong. Vanilla and oak are very strong in flavor. I like the flavor combo, but it's not really working well here. There's not enough hop flavor that stands out. There are some floral notes and it has some ancillary bitterness, but that's the only evidence of hops present. Disappointing. Alcohol is more prominent, but it's not quite hot. For a 10% beer, it's blended pretty well. No complaints there. This is an intriguing beer. Overall, it's not bad. It really is alright. But, it's not very good for a DIPA.

15th Anniversary has a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is on the low side and gives it an overall smooth feel. Drinkability, however, is above average. The flavor's okay, but doesn't excel for a DIPA. I'm good with a bomber.

Great Divide's a brewery that's really impressed me lately. I like a lot of their recent trailblazing releases. This one, however, is the weakest of the bunch. The lack of hops doesn't work well given the style. If the vanilla and oak flavors were a little more in the background and more hops were added, it would be better. Perhaps those flavors just mask the hops. In any event, it's hop deficient. I still love Great Divide and hope they continue doing exactly what they've been for many years to come. This release is just a little off the beaten path and doesn't live up the lofty standards they've set for themselves. It's certainly worth a try, but that's about it. Happy 15th!

prototypic, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of plinythethirsty
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks inviting poured from the bottle. Light brown color; rich, lasting head. The aroma is not overpowering -- a bit piney and sweet (sweeter than it tastes when chilled). I taste caramel and some vanilla, but not much hops until the bitter, but not unpleasant, end. Bourbon flavor (I suppose from the oak aging) is what comes through most strongly. Highly recommended for bourbon lovers. Hopheads may want to explore elsewhere.

plinythethirsty, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of ImusBeer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11oz tulip/wine

Appearance: the color is a dark amber, the head a light tan with sticky lace formed on the glass as you drink.

Smell: slight hops aroma (pine?) whiskey alcohol fragrance als spice & malt sweetness

Taste: smokey and oak flavors with a decidedly alcohol bite and a whiskey malt sweetness

Mouthfeel: light on the tongue with some bitterness and an alcohol sharpness

Drinkability: warms to more alcohol whiskey taste and a spicy aftertaste

ImusBeer, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of mikey711
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap yesterday. it was a really nice copper color that had a lacey white head. it smelled mostly sweet and vanilla and oaky and then nice floral hops.

this was a great teasting beer. malty hoppy sweet bitter caramel vanilla. really smooth for a DIPA. I wish i could of had more. It had a very creamy mouthfeel and wasnt as boozy tasting as expected.

mikey711, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Great Divide when I was in town for GABF 2009.

A - Brilliant amber color with a medium-sized, lasting white head.

S - Aroma is great with bourbon, caramel, vanilla, earth and some resiny hops.

T - Flavor is similar to the aroma with bourbon, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, spices, oak, earthy hops, and some noticeable alcohol (but hey it is 10% ABV).

M - Palate smooth and medium-full with some hop resin lingering and a little alcoholic warmth.

D - Pretty high for a beer this strong.

nickd717, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another from my Goebel's Wichita beer haul...

Pours copper with 3+ fluffy fingers of peach colored head. very good head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, lemons, booze; once warm, along with toffee

T: Pineyness, toffee, oakyness, dryness, vanilla & grapefruit are all there up front. Oakyness, vanilla, dryness & a mix of tangerine & grapefruit are all in good quantity as this warms. Finishes with vanilla, pineapple, passion fruit, oakyness, pineyness & grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied, smooth, good balance, skews a touch too dry for me.

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV & style, complexity & dryness slow me down a bit. A worthy Anniversary beer, let's see one from Great Divide every year please!

russpowell, Jul 26, 2009
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15th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.