15th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company
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Reviews by mdcrouser:
3.23/5 rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from the bomber bottle, which has the cap wrapped in black foil, into a standard pint.
The head is thick creamy white, clinging with a thick ring around the top, extending its little fingers up the glass, sliding down with each drink.
The color is incredible - brilliant amber-orange, with glints of ruby red.
Highly hopped to the nose, but with very obvious vanilla and woodiness as well. A notably "heavy" smelling beer, but not with as many "layers" as one might expect.
The first drink is a bit of a shock to the system, with the hoppy bitterness slapping the tongue around some, proving to also have an alcohol tinge to it. It settles around the tongue about as gently as a vice grip, forcing itself to take hold - the oakiness reminds me a bit of the bourbon barrel aged beers I've had. Strangely, it ends with distinctly caramel-like flavors, a nod to the malts buried under a hill of hops.
Pretty smooth cycling through the mouth, ending with a touch of stickiness.
For such a big beer, it really is easy to drink - though I'd suggest doing so slowly or with a friend at 10%.
A nice experiment given that it's a DIPA aged in oak barrels, but there's nothing necessarily groundbreaking here.
Serving type: bottle
08-09-2009 01:20:09 | More by mdcrouser
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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