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15th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
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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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter. Hazy, dark amber/rouge. Approx 1/2in thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is of maple syrup, hints of chocolate, cherries, hops, vanilla, and cherries. I've had this particular year before, about 6 months ago, and the taste has already changed, and unfortunately not for the better. What I remember as super oaky has now given way to an almost stale metallic taste. The hoppiness is not as prevalent as I remember. Still, maple syrupy, some cherries noted. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It is still tasty, but slightly past its prime. Still ranks high though.

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

Draft pour into a 10.5 oz tulip, aged one year further since its release.

A: Served with 2 fingers of foamy/creamy off-white head with decent retention and rings of lacing. The body has medium saturation, is amber in color and is exceptionally clear.

S & T: The nose is straight oak. Hops have more than less faded at this point but this is a moot point since I wasn't expecting a hop bomb, despite the DIPA designation. The nose is fantastically intriguing. Minimal but noticeable dark fruit flavor of raisins, dried plums and dates. Intriguing and nothing like a standard DIPA, this beer is completely owned by the oak aging. Sweet bread, caramel and cinnamon bun aromas and flavors. Vanilla is imparted. Allspice. Above average malt content with very little hop contribution or yeast character.

M: The mouthfeel is more substantial than I expected, with more than adequate carbonation even at one year old. Long flavor duration with a dry, woody finish.

D: Great flavor + Buried ABV - High ABV = Good drinkability.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this brew in a random part of my store, so I feel I was called to sample this brew though not brewed anymore.

Pourted into a tulip glass meant for pilsners, but it suits this beer just fine. The head is a bit beyond two fingers thick, and the body is dark copper in color and is mildly hazy. The foam crown is just a bit of a light tan.

In the aroma there is a grapefruit dominance, but I am also getting hints of vanilla, toffee, and a bit of alcohol with a prick of pine.

The taste is nicely balanced between an ultra sweet caramel/toffe malt backbone, and a light sprucy hops character. There is a woody and vanilla flavor imparted to this as well.

Feel wise, it is lighly carbonated and a little syrupy. A warmness of alcohol finishes this to make a nice and warmly inviting beer. It seems a bit more like a barley wine, but these two styles kind of get a little meshed sometimes in my humble opinion.

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter glass. Shared with a friend who is a big fan of DIPA's like me.

Pours silty brown color, like the color of iced-t. Decent head that quickly disappears.

Sweet malty smell, with a fruity floral hop aroma. Hops are not very prevalent, however.

Smooth, almost too smooth taste. The wood aging no doubt has toned down this beer. Slightly sweet, almost fruity, with a somewhat bitter aftertaste that quickly fades.

Medium mouthfeel, viscous enough to slow you up as you drink this one down.

Overall, drinkable, but not terribly impressive given its price.

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3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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

Review from notes I just found.

Pours a medium amber with 2-3 fingers of head. Smells malty, and I smell some dark fruits. Taste is sweet, then hops with a nice barrel finish. Mouthfeel is thick. This is a sipper, you should share it with friends for sure.

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