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16th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

293 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | 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.

Same as 15th Anniversary Wood Aged.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 06-13-2010)
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Reviews by Jdiddy:
Photo of Jdiddy
1.6/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Wow, I was expecting to love this beer. Turns out, the complete opposite was true. In fact, it was a drain pour for me. One of the most unbalanced beers I am yet to wet my lips with.
Color is great with a nice copper/amber color. That is where any redeeming quality of this beer stops. Don't get me wrong, I love Great Divide, love DIPA's and love wood aged beers, but this beer is a hot mess. Hops are completely hidden and it is just a mouthful of alcohol burn that kills this beer. Made it through 3 sips and that was all she wrote. Waste of $10.

Jdiddy, Jul 01, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a rich deep amber with sticky one finger slight off white head,aromas were a bit one sided in the vanilla oak department,slight smoke,and the herbal hops to show their qualities underneath the oak.The hops shine thru more on the palate in my opinion,a mix of vanilla tinged oak chips,and big herbal hops go pretty much even with each other,the alcohol sweetness keeps it from being really highly drinkable but the flavors are pretty complex,and well defined.

oberon, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of woodchipper
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Great color- just the right medium amber( if you agree with me on the perfect amber anyways)
S- very oak, bourbon- sometimes enticing, sometime too much
T-Oak-bourbon is the first impact-- too much--but melts away quickly due to good carbonation that is oddly delayed.
M- As mentioned above, carbonation is good, but has a delay Finish is a sweet tongue coating.
D- Between the rich taste and the ABV, one 22oz bottle is about the limit. See last sentence below.

This is about my 3rd taste of this over a 2 month period. It fills a spot in my fridge for serving with really strong cheese and other strong apps.

woodchipper, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

Cheers to 16 years! This beer starts with a heavy dose of suds clinging to the glass, clear and brassy. Woodsy, thick hop resin, tropical fruit, raw honey and bready malt base create a flaunting aroma. Its creamy full body, wood and hops pull on the taste buds first. Then the hop bitterness and flavor nail the tongue down. There is also a sugges- tion of pineapple and mango within the peppery warming alcohol. Malt sweetness is layered underneath with hints of honey and bread. Concluding with a semidry, oaky and pungent hop finish, this beer is big and beautiful, yet a bit delicate. Its prime is now--no need to cellar. This is a real slow sipper.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter the beer was a hazy copper color with a thick, off-white head and sheets of lace.
Woody aroma, fruity citrus. Also some earthy/peppery hops.
Nice taste. Sweet, vanilla/oak. Grapefruit, tangerine. Herbal hops to finish.
Very smooth beer; you'd never know it was 10% ABV.
Would love to drink this again

lordofthewiens, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, capped and silver foiled, $10.99 @ DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Bottled on dating (6-2-10) hard to read but on the label.
A- Clear, darker amber. The head stays forever at about 1/4 inch, the resulting blotchy film is fine and luxurious. Leaves nice looking fine, scattered lacing.
S- Herbal hops and wood
T- Hopbombalicious, resiny, piny, minty, yummy hop goodness. Not too sweet, caramel malts riding along the underbelly. Densely flavorful, thoroughly west coast (alright Colorado) in style, wood under tones also picked up.
M- Coating and smooth on the tongue
D- Thoroughly enjoyable stuff

Billolick, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear reddish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of caramel malt, oak and citrus hops. The flavor is very heavy on the oak, with some caramel malt, citrus hops and pine hops. There is also some spiciness in the flavor. I had this beer last year and I don't remember it being near as oaky as this version. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Good, but I wish the oak was toned down a little bit so that the other aspects of the beer could come through better.

Mora2000, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +3.4%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of whoneeds8
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Note to Brewery: Printing Bottled on Date on a dark label with black ink doesn't work.

Poured into a Duvel Tulip glass dark amber with a nice thick froathy head. Great retention and great lacing. Not much of a hop scent to the nose, I do note a woody carmel scent. The taste is not over powering that a hop head might demand. There is a nice hop bite with a sugary almost maple taste. Not much of a noticable wood flavor. The mouthfeel is excellent, no noticable alcohol burn for this ABV. Just the right texture.

whoneeds8, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with good amounts of pine hops. Also present are lighter amounts of citrus hops and vanilla aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Sticky caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of pine hop flavors. Midway through the ship the pine hops are joined by less flavorful but more robust earthy hops. Very light hints of vanilla work their way into things before a solidly bitter ending. There's not a whole lot of flavor imparted by the barrels but it's more than alright as the flavors are certainly smoothed out through the use of the barrel.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I've heard this is the exact same recipe as the 16th anniversary but I have to believe there were some small tweaks as this beer was smoother and more robust than I remember the 15th being. Worth a shot.

glid02, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of jbphoto88
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear rusty tangerine color with a nice thick khaki head. Very thick bubbles that stick to everything it touches and laces the duration of the beer.

The nose has an earthy smell that revolves around oak and vanilla with hints of hops and grains. Quite nice but not as bold in the hop department as one would expect from an IIPA. Personally I think the Hercules IIPA Great Divide does is much more hoppy aromatic.

This beer tastes very good but I can't give it excellent numbers. It doesn't have much citrus and hop kick that you would expect from an IIPA. What it does have is a simple grain bill that has a slight molasses sweetness to it. Clean malt flavors that add to the touches of oak and vanilla. All in all a tasty beverage but not a big beer by any means in the flavor department.

Mouthfeel steps it up with some solid bitterness and a smooth silky texture. An absolute pleasure to drink and a finish that is up there with some of my favorites. A great beer even if it does fall short in the IIPA standard I've come to expect.

jbphoto88, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of racer2k
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bomber into my snifter glass

A - Pours a nice creamy golden texture which produces an off white colored head leaving a nice thick lacing behind which dissipates over time.

S - Sweet with robust caramel, biscuit, toffee, malt, earthy hops and a hint of alcohol in the smell.

T - Breads and biscuits with a touch of honey, a strong oak presence, caramel, and an earthy hop finish. There is a pine and earthy texture to this beer with a finishing alcohol bite.

M - Creamy with a moderate body. Very thin carbonation but a strong warming alcohol presence.

D - The high 10% ABV alcohol content is a challenge with the drinkability of this beer however this is quite drinkable on balance. Just be careful. This is a great beer!

racer2k, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great example of what a good beer a DIPA can be on wood. Easily as good as Burton Baton.

Served in a 10oz-12oz snifter from the source.

This beer was just clean...much better than the Hercules. Grapefruit, fresh cut grass, the wood was there but not at all overpowering. The oak just added depth. There was a small amount of booziness detected, as one would expect with a 10% wood aged beer. NOT overly malty. Horray! To my pleasant surprise.

Was glad I was able to try this one visiting Denver for the first time.

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to injuredreserve for this one!

A: Pours a dark orange color, small head formed but dissipated quickly down to some bubbles on the top. Good amount of carbonation, looks to be on the thicker side. Small floating chunks as well.

S: Light citrus aroma, some biscuit malts, and definitely some wood and vanilla.

T: Very nice caramel flavor. Very woody, the vanilla from the wood comes through nicely. A little bit of citrus fruit - grapefruit, but the malty side comes through.

M/D: Medium to full bodied and a bit syrupy. A little thick for my liking, but the flavors from the wood are really nice.

mdaschaf, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of guyforget
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, purchased and stored cold until drinking, 3 pours into an 8oz pilsner glass over the evening.

color is a deep amber, head is thin, dissipates quickly leaving some lacing.

the oak aroma permeates the beer, but the hops aroma is still present, though the citrus is somewhat offset by the oak. the wood seems to bring out more of the malty sweet aromas more than the hops.

the taste is definitely what i would expect from a wood aged hercules imperial ipa (which i presume this is). all of the telltale signs of the hercules are there, the boozy 10% abv taste, the great citrus and pine hops, the sweet malt, all mildly accented by the wood aging that lingers a little longer on the palate than the rest of the beer's flavors. the wood is not dominant, but its not easy to miss, i find the effect of the aging to be well balanced and not overpowering. hops > malt > wood after swallow. over the course of the evening i found that this tasted great w/ both some salty pretzels, as well as some strawberries lightly sweetened w/ vanilla infused raw sugar.

mouthfeel is that which i would expect from a wood aged beer - not very carbonated, very smooth, and almost somewhat thick as it coats the palate thoroughly for more than a few seconds after you swallow. i consider this to be a good trait for this style as you get to savor all of the subtleties that the aging has imparted on this already robustly flavored ale.

drinkability is only average for me - i could (and will, while it lasts) easily enjoy a bomber over the course of a low-key evening at home, but this is not a session beer to crack bottle after bottle of.

overall, i love the titan, hercules, and dpa from great divide, and no surprise, i love this one too.

guyforget, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +3.4%

alamode, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Stigs
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with two fingers of insanely creamy, slightly off-white colored foam, leaving thick webbed lacing behind as it slowly retreats. the beer is mostly clear, light amber in color.

S - very sweet...rich caramel, honeyed biscuit, and toffee malts, kissed by a thin veil of earthy hops.

T - rich biscuity malts, splashes of sweet honey, oak, and caramel. hops chime in with a flash of wet grass and pine.

M - very creamy and thick bodied...very subtle carbonation. a bit flat, though oddly works well with the somewhat overwhelming sweet flavors.

D - not sure what to think of this one. more like an imperial amber spiked with wet hops than anything else. i will probably never understand wood-aged IPA's, nor do i want to.

Stigs, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This orange-cherry colored beer sits with a finger of head on top. As the foam recedes, a picturesque mountain range is left from the well laced bubbles on the glass surface.

Smells are rich caramel malts and light floral hops underneath with a touch of vanilla.

A real malter, this one. The malts hit the tongue, drying from the oak, giving way to vague lemon and orange hops followed by a sticky but fading pine. Bitterness lingers on with thick sweetness mixed in.

The body is fine, pretty syrupy for an IIPA. On a warm day such as today, the brew is appropriate but I wish I had someone to split the bomber with.

Lazerlobe, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev +3.4%

mhenson42, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of BeardedRiker
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile since I've tried a Great Divide beer but when I saw this double IPA on the shelf, I knew I had to get it. Their regular pale ale is good, their Yeti stout is also note worthy, and I remember very much enjoying their Dunkelweizen. Then when I saw that it was oak aged and an anniversary brew, my interest peaked even more. Mind you, this is a pricey beer.

When I poured this out, it was immediately evident that I would enjoy it. The head on it is caramel in color and frothy. The head also lingers on top and leaves much lacing on the beer glass. The double IPA is a little interesting in its color. I don't know why I think it would have a different color but for some reason I took note of it. Perhaps it is the less-than-normal bubble intensity in it as well as how clear it is. It looks like copper-colored water. Eh, well, enough about the color. The smell is great. It's malty sweet and smooth goodness is mixed with a hint of pine, alcohol, a bit of citrus, and the pseudo-sour/earthiness of oak (from the oak aging, obviously).

As far as taste goes, it's very nice. The oak aging has toned down the hops but it's still a very good pale ale. It is smooth on the tongue but has enough bite with the hops and a little bit of carbonation to make a balance. The smoothness comes from some vanilla syrupy flavors. This beer has a 10% ABV but it isn't very noticeable, which isn't a bad thing. It's a bit interesting how this double IPA doesn't taste like a more hoppy beer. I don't think that's bad because it's still a very good beer. Syrupy, sweet, hoppy, and smooth, that's what this beer is. And don't forget the pine flavor.

This is a very good pale ale. If you're expecting a more than usual hoppy beer, like a usual double IPA, then this won't be what you want. It's still tasty and enjoyable. It's very drinkable and doesn't kick your butt like most other 10% ABV beers would.

BeardedRiker, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide's 16th pours a clear deep copper body with orange and chestnut accents beneath a frothy head of khaki. The head slowly falls in upon itself, dropping from a full two fingers thick down to just barely one around the edges with a clearing in the center. It leaves solid curtains of lacing about the glass, however, and with each sip there's another ring added.

The aroma is clearly woody, offering notes of dry oak and vanilla over its sweetish, golden caramel maltiness. I find it welcoming, intriguing, and somehow almost comforting. Oddly, it's not very hoppy... the label did say double IPA, right? There are some hops present, but they don't seem to come forward; perhaps they can't compete with the vanilla and oak and malt. And I actually prefer it that way, but the double IPA tag threw me off. Maybe it would be better termed an English-style Double IPA; or perhaps a Double Pale Ale. Regardless, it's certainly wonderful.

In the mouth it's creamy and smooth, displaying a medium-full body and delicate, moderate carbonation. Beautiful.

The flavor offers a brilliant combination of gently caramelish malt that's accentuated by the vanilla, making it appear even sweeter than it actually is. (And all of that vanilla is just from the oak chips)? Drying oak appears, and the hops chime in: leafy, gently grassy, and floral. A solid bitterness backs it, and it finishes quite drying, at least in part due to the alcohol as there's a bit of spiciness, but also in part due to the oak. Some sweet malt flitters about at first, but eventually erodes leaving the palate bone-dry. It's really well-rounded and balanced from its start to finish, ascending and then descending in a perfect arc. Quite nice!

As to drinkability, for a beer of 10% alc./vol. I find it quite stunning. It's sweetish, complex, and then completely dry without being overly bitter. Initially you find malt and wood, but in the end you find hops. Remarkable. I think this would be a great holiday beer, either with a turkey dinner or just relaxing in front of the fire. I'll need to find more of this.

NeroFiddled, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Snow81
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance. Dark black and red

Smell. Nice and hoppy but with a bit of heat

Taste. This is so big in hops and bitters that when they mash twice as many malts in the blend it becomes smooth with big smooth hoppy flaver, but you can flaver the heat in the back of the palet just enough to know its there.

Snow81, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomb, Brawley's in Charlotte

appearance: split and served in a shaker pint, hazy orange-amber body, some floaters, creamy off-white head and good retention

smell: floral hops, very sweet, caramel, vanilla but not much oak. sweetness is a bit overdone

taste: This is definitely a rich dipa, caramel and vanilla, oak comes through in a subtle manner, sweet citrus hops. Good, but not great - like the southern tier oak-dipa better

mouthfeel: sweet, medium-heavy

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of prototypic
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide's 16th Anniversary pours a nice copper color. It's very clear and backlighting gives it a bit of a reddish tint. The head was rather modest. It was off-white in color and only rose to a finger or so before falling quickly. Lacing was a little sticky and light in terms of volume.

The nose is above average, but not by much. It kicks off with a strong caramel malt scent. Not my favorite thing for the style. That's followed by vanilla and oak. They add some character and depth. The most disappointing aspect is the lack of hop aromatics. I recall this being a problem with the 15th Anniversary release, as well. I'm getting a bit of a floral hop scent with maybe a touch of pineapple. Not much at all though. Alcohol is noted, and smells a little strong.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. Caramel malts are definitely the base. They're very sweet and are a tad strong in my book. Its presence is countered a little by the strong oak and vanilla flavors. They have a pretty nice flavor and aren't off-putting. If anything, they do add character and depth for sure. The lack of hops is also noted in flavor and is the biggest negative. I can't tell if the hop flavor is just buried or if it's absent altogether. I don't know. All I'm getting is a bit of a floral, grassy flavor and just a touch of citrus pineapple. Very disappointing. Alcohol is noticeable and runs a tad warm. It finishes sweet. Very sweet.

16th Anniversary has a medium body. Carbonation is very light. With a little warming, it's a little more full and smooth. With the avalanche of malt that's present, it definitely delivers on feel. Drinkability is above average, and that might be a little generous. The flavor's alright, but isn't my preference for the style. A bomber is a little much to be honest.

I hoped that this 16th Anniversary release would be an improvement upon the 15th. It's not. As I recall, they're actually very similar in that the hop presence is severely muted or lacking in general. Great Divide makes a couple of really nice IPAs. They should go back to the drawing board with this. Scrapping the oak barrel aging might be a step in the right direction. It's worth a try, but stick with a single bomber.

prototypic, Sep 04, 2010
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16th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
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