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15th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%

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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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 12:27:30 | More by Sammy
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 21:32:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 02:39:55 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 03:30:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 23:32:29 | More by BEERchitect
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 05:47:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 03:11:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

This review brought to you by google cache. Gonna back up reviews from now on...

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 14:13:58 | More by emerge077
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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!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 04:31:37 | More by russpowell
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4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 22:29:54 | More by zeff80
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4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 00:48:15 | More by jlindros
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3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 16:07:02 | More by Gueuzedude
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4/5  rDev -1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 22:08:19 | More by jwc215
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 00:56:21 | More by Gavage
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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 23:59:49 | More by smcolw
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New York

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

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 01:48:25 | More by Billolick
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude and portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Black Foil

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden amber/orange color, nice carbonation, very nice thick/creamy two-finger plus off-white head, with some thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, woody, with some citrus. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, very nice woody note, and some citrus. Medium body, chewy/oily, nice dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, really liking this one. Thanks Chuck and Bill.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 01:06:50 | More by Wasatch
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper/ golden amber color with a 2 finger frothy light yellowish beige head with excellent rwtwntion that very slowly fades into a one finger cap that leaves large chunky rings of soapy lacing in it's wake.

Roasty cedar wood aroma with lots of oaky and vanilla notes with a strong citrus hop presence lying underneath. There is a sweet caramel maltiness undercutting all of this but the smokey/peaty oak notes are a really nice surprise while the vanilla adds a nice sweet notes. The fact that the hops still shine through with all of the complexity in the aroma is a very good sign.

Resinous bitter hops up front with a very smooth creamy medium body with a sweet caramel malt presence and a ton of oak and vanilla from the aging. Surprisingly like in the aromathe hop bitterness lingers through the finish despite the complexity of flavor going on here. Slightly resinous with an astingent dry finish. There is a nice alcoholwarmth in the chest but the alcohol is pretty well masked for a 10% ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 04:42:35 | More by corby112
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4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Black foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear bright copper brew. Head recedes slowly, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is oak, alcohol, and hops, in that order of intensity. Taste starts sweet, peeks of oak in the middle, and sedate warming at the close, with a slight hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and drinkability is awesome for the style. No smack upside the head with bitterness here, it all works together beautifully. Excellent, but dangerous. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 23:14:35 | More by ppoitras
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken 7/23/10.

Bottle date of 6/19/09. I had this brew fresh last year and never got around to reviewing it. Strangely enough some bottles popped up right around the time the new anniversary was released.

A careful pour still introdices quite a bit of yeast chunks into the glass. Bomber split with a friend and poured into a SA sensory glass. This brew appears a very hazed orange-amber color that has an appearance flirting on the edge of being a cider. The head appears more than a finger strong and retains very well with a fluffy uneven cratored surface. The color of the foam is a merange-like yellow that laces all about the glass.

The aroma is a very strong sweet smelling blast of caramel, vanilla and orang- like citrusy rind from the hops. Surprising how bold the hoppy character is after a year spent on the bottle.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The taste includes both herbal and earthy hops upfront with some citrus twang that leads into a caramel malty sweetness. The base of this brew includes a solid amount of vanilla flavoring brought on by the oaking. A modest amount of alcohol is evident tasting slightly solvent. This brew leaves a lingering flavor of woodsy dryness that is exaggerated by the herbal hops and alcohol. The alcohol increases in the back of the throat along with a bolder sense of darker caramelized sugary sweetness. Very drinkable and a beer I would suggest giving a try even if it is in celebration of a previous year!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 19:28:48 | More by stakem
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

15th Anniversary definitely looks its age: a rash of bubbles quite reminiscent of acne leave the head spotted just like a pimple-ridden teenager. These bubbles are huge - light reflects through them like a glass prism. Even as the encasement of the head faded those big soapy bubbles were left behind. The white lace they impart stands in sharp contrast to a considerably dark body that combines tones of clementine and under-ripe tomato.

There are some stouts that are not barrel-aged but still smell as though they were - that cannot happen with pale ales or DIPAs. The essence of the wood simply cannot be forged with respect to these styles. In this case, the inclusion of French and American oak chips has imparted an almost phenolic aura, one replete with uber-dynamic notes of fruit and vanilla as well as a lesser contribution that blends spice with sawdust.

There's also a great deal of caramel. In fact, this flavour comes eerily (but deliciously) close to that of a pecan tart. As it warms the sweetness continues to grow and grow until just about every flavour in there tastes as if it has been either candied, flambeed or just simply dipped in some sort of sugary, caramely reduction. This is ultra sweet for a DIPA.

Yet it also contains all the fruits of our lupulin salad; the oak chips seem to have taken all those typical hoppy flavours innate to DIPAs and enhanced them. It has the expected notes of orange and grapefruit but they seem even more acidic, even more citric than usual. Unexpectedly, an enormous likeness to cantaloupe seems to have been struck as has the unusual (but welcomed) taste of brandy flambeed pears and bananas.

The beer is somehow... refined. This is a difficult impression to articulate because frankly the beer is insanely hopped (read: resinous, sappy, acidic, pungent, overtly citrusy) and it is a tad stronger than your average beer (like twice as strong). All that said, however, it seems unusually refined thanks to these abruptly dry and mellowing notes of cedar and oak that smooth the palate over with lush notes of vanilla and sedating spices.

A couple names came straight to mind: Alpine Exponential Hoppiness and Firestone Double Barrel Ale Batch 1000. I would consider both of the aforementioned to be among the best wood-aged beers - whether from barrel or with the chips, all styles included - that I've had the pleasure of trying. I am more than enthusiastic to welcome Great Divide's 15 Anniversary to that list. Oh, and one other name comes to mind: ThatWineGuy, thanks!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 23:15:58 | More by biegaman
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes
Thanks to Josh for sharing this bomber...

Appears a semi-transparent orange with a small white head that never really fades away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of hoppy pine, citrus, vanilla, orange creamsickle, and candy.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a creamy orange flavor pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, crisp and chewy.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 20:07:58 | More by weeare138
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a darkish amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. This beer is very oaky on the nose, but with considerable underlying citrusy bitterness to buttress the oaky vanilla. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with some initial sweetness countered pretty well by some impressive bitterness. Also, while I didn't really get any pine on the nose, there seems to be plenty of it on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied I guess, though there's some noticeable heaviness from the all too noticeable alcohol. Also, the combination of moderate sweetness and high alcohol is just not something I appreciate, and it's a big part of what this beer is all about. It clearly detracts from this beer's drinkability.

Increasingly, I've come to learn that I'm just not a big fan of brewer's oaking their DIPA. In my experience it does not add much to the beer, and it tends to subdue and otherwise counter the lovely hoppy, citrusy, bitterness I so admire in these beers. Oh well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2009 20:28:37 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Ontario (Canada)

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

22 oz bottle, picked up in MN.

Pours a clear reddish brown, thick off white head forms, drops some crazy lace sheets, keeps up a thick layer for the whole glass, looks pretty damn good! Smell is real nice, very woody, vanilla, floral, earthy, toffee, big citrus hop notes, biscuit, very malty, and very hoppy, oak is well done. Taste is similar, sweet up front, caramel, orange peel and assorted citrus, oak, vanilla, lots of wood, very malty, floral, pretty solid bitterness, slightly astringent. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, kind of oily, with low carbonation, some warmth going down. Reminds me a bit of the oak aged Unearthly, nice character, good beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 20:15:08 | More by Viggo
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

- Bottled 7-2-09, consumed 12-12-09.

A: Poured a hazy copper-penny with an impressive 3 finger plus size solid foam structure for a head. Retention was extraordinary while leaving huge, sticky splotches along the glass walls. Visible effervesce was composed of isolated-sparsely packed micro-bubbles rising at a moderate rate.

S: The nose was boozy with a heeping helping of whiskey laced oak, most notable of Evan Williams. Floral hop scents were noticeable upon opening with dried spruce and pine but were less so dominate and distinguishable in the glass being covered up by the dry whiskey booziness. Dry vanilla extract is faintly detected on the trail. Overall it is the oaked aged woodiness and dry booziness that stands out most here while the hops take a distant back seat.

T: The flavor is dry toasted grains accented by a dry booziness, again of Evan Williams. Dried floral hops and dried oaky and vanilla notes were also well represented. There is a spicy hop bite in the middle of the palate (goldings?) before moving onto a dry bitterness of citrus. The alcohol is softly noted but very warming on the finish along with warm toasty malt. Overall the flavor was dry toasted grains but much like the nose a dry booziness overshadows much of the hop offering.

M: medium body with a milky feel and texture along with an active carbonation turning to a fizzy creaminess on the hgold. A dry whiskey booziness ensures on the finish.

D: Average drinkability thou more boozy then hoppy making this a moderate sipper. A bit of aging might have helped here toning done the alcohol a bit and giving this a more rounder and softer character. A bomber is a bit on the high side by one's self, best shared with a friend. Moderately enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

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15th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
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