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15th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
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:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 06-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt sienna with a huge head that clumps as it descends and sticks all over the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Pina colada, vanilla and oak with earthy hops underneath

Taste: Bread and caramel, up front, with growing elements of pina colada and vanilla; by mid-palate, there is a relentless burst of pithy and earthy hop bitterness; after the swallow, the bitterness turns a bit citrusy, though the sweet, woody and vanilla/coconut flavors are very pronounced

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A lot of complexity and very interesting but ultimately tough to consume; the tropical fruit sweetness, the booziness and the bitterness ultimately fail to come together as a drinkable whole

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An intensely complicated and complex beer that bridges the gap with IPA's and Barleywines but with a supurb amount of oak flavoring.

The beer brings a deeply rich looking golden with amber highlights. Smooth carbonation builds a creamy 1" head that lasted well into the session, leaving a good amount of lacing behind. A light haze persists because of obvious dry-hopping.

A complex and rich blend of aromas begin with the deeply caramelized malts that bring on the syrupy aromas and estery fruitiness of English Barleywines. Soon come the fruity onset of hops with orange peel, pineapple, floral nectars, and soft pine notes. A mix of vanilla and oak round out the nose.

Richly malty flavors of caramel, toffee, molassas, and sorgum hit the tongue with mouth-coating flavors. Citrus and tropical fruits from hops and esters give a sweet, earthy, zesty, and peppery character to the beer that keeps the malts from dominating. The oak gives a great, soft woody, nutty flavor with strong hints of vanilla, coconuts, almonds, and woodsy spiciness.

A very easy beer to drink despite being quite sweet and lacking dryness of IIPA's. But the beer never pushes into Barleywine gravities either. The heavy hop additions did little to balance the barley sweetness. A light dry powdery texture comes in from the oak and helps but only to a degree. Still, the beer never cloys and ultimately finishes with a soft caramel sweetness.

A tremendous beer that doesn't fit nicely into styles but is largely complex; giving a new flavor experience with each sip and keeping me chasing the beer all the way to the bottom of the tulip.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of vanilla is more dominant then expected with some notes floral hops with light citrus notes as well. Taste is a nice mix between some vanilla from the oak with some notes of floral hops with more bitter hops also noticeable and a deep rich caramel malt backbone. The vanilla brings this one closer to a barleywine territory but renders the whole thing interesting. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Interesting take on the style.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glowing candle flame orange with highlights of golden honey. The beer is capped with an impressively large, impressively creamy, impressively sticky crown of milkshake-like foam that is beginning to deposit a masterpiece in lace all over the upper reaches of the glass.

Thanks to having been aged on French and American oak, the aroma is both interesting and sneakily complex. Unfortunately, it isn't as pungently hoppy as it might have been. The vanilla-like aromas imparted by the wood are especially prominent. This big bruiser probably won't be a hop bomb, but it should still be good beer.

Great Divide would have been better served calling 15th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA something other than a Double IPA because it doesn't deliver the hoppiness that beer of that style needs to deliver. If a hop-forward beer is going to be aged on <whatever>, then it needs to have an *insane* amount of hops to start with.

A stated IBU count of 90 is entirely possible (especially when a gargantuan amount of malt sugars are factored in), but good hop flavor is lacking. Warm-hot alcohol is in short supply as well, which is amazing in a 10.0% beer that hasn't yet reached its 3 month anniversary (bottled on Jul 02 2009).

None of the above is to suggest that this brew is anything but good, just that it's more of an American strong ale than a DIPA. The malt is toasted bready, steely caramel-like and a bit nutty. If the beer was sweeter, brown sugar notes might have been appreciated. The English and American hops add a solid beat-down of bitterness and a moderate amount of herbal-fruity flavor. Finally, the oak barrel woodiness is appreciated and vanilla bean is still going strong.

The mouthfeel could not be more heavily silky smooth. I could tell by the look and sound of the pour that this stuff would be a mouth caresser par excellence. The gentle bubbles do their work behind the scenes, which is exactly as it should be.

15th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA, while not one of Great Divide's most inspired offerings, is still enjoyable big beer. Think of it as an oaky American barleywine or strong ale and your expectations will be more easily met. I'm pretty sure that age won't do this brew any favors, so pop the cap before the snow flies.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amalgamation of reviews taken at the Brick Store Pub and later Taco Mac in Buford, GA.

Appearance: Served up a clear, mahogany-hued body with a smallish, though lasting white head. Scant lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sweetish, caramelly malts coupled with ground vanilla and sturdy oak wood. Hops delivers some whiffs of grapefruit, resin, as well as hints of other tasy tropical fruits. A sniff or two of basic alcohol.

Taste: Quality pale malts with what seems to be crystal malts yielding a candyish, caramel-minded sweetness. The taste plunges into a strong oak flavor right from the get-go. Earthy, citrusy, resinous hop presence with a moderate amount of bitterness dispensed. Also, some tropical fruits -- touches of mango and papaya. Geez Louise, there's a lot of oak in this thing, delivering plenty of vanilla and spicy wood qualities. More caramel-coated grains on the latter half. The finish is dry, bitter, and adequately warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, delicately sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, it's nice to have an anniversary brew that doesn't pull any punches. While Great Divide's 15th Anniversary is certainly satisfying and a joy to drink, it was also quite a task to finish off each helping.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and saturated caramel tone, like bourbon. Stiff foam that sticks well with random puffs of sticky, sparkling lace. Bottled back in June, this is 4 months old. Not a huge nose, but the oak is noticeable, a little fruity cantaloupe and vanilla accents. Hops have faded a little, but are still expressed in the flavor. Full bodied and sticky, soft oak and resinous hop bitterness. Long residual bittersweet toffee in the aftertaste. Alcohol is fairly hidden, but 10% is certainly felt. Caramel toffee, vanilla, with an earthy hop flavor. Overall it's pretty smooth and easy drinking. For my money i'll stick with FFF Blackheart though.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy/copper color with a thick, long-lasting, tall head of off-white foam. It left behind sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled woody and floral with citrus and raisin notes. Some caramel malt aromas, too.

T - It was spicy and sweet at the same time with a bitter hoppy bite. Citrus and oak flavors were also present.

M - It was smooth and soft with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. A medium to full-bodied brew.

D - I'm glad I got to try this anniversary beer. It was unique and very good.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of off-white foam on top of a clear, orange-brown body. The rocky head settles slowly to a half inch of tenacious foam that leaves dense lace.

S - Lots of oak and spicy hops. Vanilla, pine, grapefruit and coconut with toasted caramel malt.

T - Sweet, thick malt up front. Toffee and light caramel blended with oak and vanilla. The malt is slowly pushed aside spicy hops and strong bitterness. Grapefruit hops work with the malt to create tobacco and charcoal flavors in the finish along with distinct wood notes.

M - Thick, creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a dry, slightly astringent finish.

D - Very nice oak character, especially in the nose. The base DIPA is good with an emphasis on malt, but sufficient hops. My only complaint is the astringent bitterness, which is odd as this is not a crushingly bitter beer, though I guess there would have to be quite a few IBUs under the hood to balance all the malt and alcohol in this one. Well worth trying, and considering the way it hides its alcohol, it's even relatively easy to drink (for a huge DIPA anyway).

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a bottled on date of 6/4/2009, into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts, fruity citrus and the faint essence of oak aging.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. The oak aging is evident up front as well. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in along with a strong alcohol bite. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. Like many aged 2IPA's, this one tastes more barleywine-like as it sits for a few minutes and the flavors harmonize some. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's good beer but there are several others that I would choose in the style first.

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber to snifter glass.

A: Brilliantly clear with bright reddish rosy brown hue, nice frothy 1 finger head

N: Nose of some nice noble hops with lots of oak and vanilla, lots of sweet oak

T: Taste starts creamy and lots of oak, some vanilla from the oak, smooth woody characteristics and earthy tones, spicy noble hops, a little bit of citrus from the hops, a strange bitter nagging sense on the back of the tongue, alcohol comes out pretty well and is not too overbearing

M: Creamy frothy thick on the tongue

F: Finish is a little sweet that dries quickly and brings out more oak and vanilla as well as spicy hops

Final Thoughts: the oak is ridiculous on this one, more oaky than many of the other oaked ipas, but the hops are a little less prevelant, nice taste, hard to drink with the crazy oak and hops as well as sweetness. This might have too much oak and too little hops, but I remember the regular IPA from Great Divide was so-so, and this is much better.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +2%
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!

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000!
Poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed orange amber with a thin tan head that stays. Dotted lacing at first, then plenty of wispy lacing, sticks.

The smell is of big hops - citrusy, piney, spicy with even bigger caramel candy. Vanilla/oak adds a unique layer of complexity that is done well.

The taste is of sweet resin, vanilla/oak, caramel. Hoppy citric/piney/tropical fruit, slightly floral flavors come through, but not much of the bitterness. Stays sweet with loads of caramel and vanilla/oak. Not too boozy, esp. for 10% abv, though some alcohol dryness comes through in the sweet finish.

Its ample, yet not fizzy, carbonation lends smoothness. It just hits full-bodied. Smooth despite high abv.

Dangerously drinkable, the oak is there but not overdone. Hoppy in flavor, with plenty of caramel, it is on the sweet side of things. According to the label, it is based on the Denver Pale ale, so has English and American hops. French and American oak chips are used. A nicely done, pretty complex, strong yet drinkable, DIPA - Congrats on 15 - Here's to many more!

Photo of smcolw
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, warm amber color. Great head that leaves a lot of chunky lace on the glass.

Clean hop aroma--not overwhelming, slightly sweet. No wood.

Good malt base. Well-balanced but has a great bitter finish. Again, deceptively normal--not extreme at all. I never detect any alcohol in the nose or palate. Full bodied with good carbonation. A super easy beer to drink and yet fulfills all of the DIPA expectations.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled September 2009
Bottled July 27th, 2009; Sampled September 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass quickly produces a four-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer is a nice rich red color that shows a concentrated red-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of oak and hops; notably there is a soft vanillin note & some buttery oak up front that mixes with floral and citrus hop note, while a spicy, woody note mixes with the more herbal and pine hop notes towards the end. The oak actually tends to mute the citrus components of the hops and instead accentuates the more floral, herbal and pine like notes. Notes of orange blossom, herbaceous tangerine, some lychee and bergamot are noticeable here though.

Somewhat rich feeling as it first hits my tongue, there is an unmistakeable viscous heft to this beer that sees it clinging to the palate after each sip. Toasted oak flavors linger in the palate after each sip as does an herbal hop bitterness. This has a nice bitterness throughout, though it is not at a huge level like some Double IPAs; the ample bitterness that is here plays well with the other flavor components. Lots of sticky malt notes contribute to the overall palate presence of this beer, but aside from a touch of crystal malt caramelization don't end up being too overwhelming with all the other flavor notes found here. The mix of spicy oak and herbal hop notes towards the finish can get a touch hot at times. Despite being so thick and viscous feeling this beer really doesn't taste very sweet at all; somehow the mix of flavors produce a richness, but not a lot of sweetness (which is definitely nice). As the beer warms a touch more of the citrus / fruity hop notes start to become more noticeable; orange zest, some lychee, as well as candied tangerine notes.

Not a bad beer, the oak actually manages to integrate itself pretty well with this beer. I do feel like it could stand to be a bit more hop focused, which makes me wonder how much hop character this has lost in the two months since it was bottled.

Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear amber in color with a thin 1" head with big bubbles. The head lasts a bit. Nice lace develops.

Smell: pine, grapefruit, and earthiness rise easily from the glass.

Taste: big caramel, pine, grapefruit, nice amount of vanilla, and some wood tones with a mild earthiness. Bitterness is big but in check. Alcohol is mild overall.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout with a dry finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors last on the tongue.

Drinkability: this is a slow sipping big beer. Alcohol will creep up on you with this one. Nice flavors but more than one bomber in a session wouldn't work for me.

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15th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.