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16th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company

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294 Ratings

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
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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5/5  rDev +29.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

lakersfan16, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of tbrown4
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle -> DFH signature snifter. Split bottle with my wife.

A - murky light amber, half finger head

S - sweet fruity aroma, baking bread, light wood notes

T - Tart bitter citrus, earthy musk, heavy wood notes. Slow sweet caramel aftertaste.

M - Lightly viscous and coating. Light alcohol warmth.

D - Tad more than a sipper, surprisingly easy to put back. Would drink again without a second thought. But, not more than once in a sitting. Could comfortably split a 22 oz. between three people.

First had this about two months ago at the peak of my oaked IIPA phase. I've had twice since, with this review written after the third tasting. Really enjoyed it and though of it as a great alternative to Souther Tier's Oaked Un*earthly or DFH's Burton Baton. Of the three I think this is my favorite right now.

tbrown4, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of gr8dvide
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

gr8dvide, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Neskimo
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a sub redish color, in between a deep crisp brown and red. lacing is quite excellent with a slight remainder of a rocky head after sitting.

S - The smell is specifically of a somewhat mild double ipa. the bitterness of american hops is present along with the presence of a properly substantially malt bill.

T - This is where things get interesting. PINEAPPLE, I'm not sure how old this bottle is but I get an overwhelming pineapple taste. This is still backed by a solid double ipa bitterness. overall a very quality and enlightening taste for a double ipa. Not necessarily my favorite flavor, but a tribute to the possibilities.

M - much like most strong ipas, a well balanced carbonation with a continual bitterness. Keeps you wanting to drink more.

D - Exellent, as with mouthfeel, keeps you wanting more, whether you like pineapples or not.

Neskimo, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of northaustin
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear light copper color with a finger of even off white head. short retention and minimal stringy lacing.

smell: heavy pine, vanilla, crystal malt overdose and alcohol galore.

taste: flavor megamix. nice oily blend of pine and citrus hops upfront followed by a smooth blend of sweet malts and american oak.

mouthfeel: very oily the whole time.

northaustin, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Snow81
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
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 omnigrits
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a perfect pint glass.

I find a clear, dark copper-coloured beer with about an inch of off-white head that stays around and leaves good lace. This is exactly the colour I reckon a pint of beer ought to be, leastways an ale of this nature.

Very intriguing aroma - lots of oak, plenty of sweet malt and some grassy hops in there too.

The flavour is mostly malt, I find, with a moderately bitter hop finish, all of which is modified by the oak. Definitely a hint of alcohol too It's very, very nice.

Mouthfeel is okay, not too heavy with very light carbonation. I would have preferred a little more body here.

Great Divide have come up with another top notch beer. The balance is towards the malt in this one, but I see no reason why a serious hophead shouldn't get some kicks from it. I hope there are still some of these on the shelf when I go to the store again because I want to get a few more in before the run is finished.

omnigrits, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wiseman Justin reporting from the Great Beer Tour of America. Stopped randomly at The Great Divide with no warning of how awesome this place is. This place has all my favorite styles and we got overrun with free tastings of their delicious brews.

Appearance: Served in a small "Sample Goblet" Deep clear amber, head is small but forms a nice ring that remains throughout it's too short life. Lacing is above average.

Smell: Weird, I get white wine on the nose. Wisewoman Natalia says specifically "Tisdale Chardoney" The white wine is so obvious I get nothing else. Truly original. Not sure about the smell being reflective of the style but I think it's cool.

Taste: I2PA's seem all to be smoother. This one is the smoothest yet. Some white wine on the taste, but it's like wrapped in delicious "White wine hops" or something. It's so tasty. Very slight bittering in the aftertaste. Really slight. I am in love with this I2PA. (4.75)

Mouthfeel: Its so creamy that you can almost imagine it's a chocolate stout. It's awesome good and have no qualms giving this a (5.0)

Drinkability: Hihgly drinkable, addictive beer. One of, if not the best I2PA I have ever wanted to keep drinking. Truly a great beer. (5.0)

ThreeWiseMen, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of kflack
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Pours a deep amber color with a wonderful 2 inch head that is not going anywhere! The smell is unreal, lots of caramel and toffee, and you can't miss the oak.
Super smooth, hard to believe the 10.0 ABV. A slight bite at the finish, this is one that could get you in trouble if your not careful, one is the max. Grab one and hide it somewhere!

kflack, Nov 22, 2010
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

ROBSTARR, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

smithmd4, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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 obywan59
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into 1) my Duvel tulip and 2) an oversized wine glass.

Beautiful! Crystal clear and amber in color with a column of bubbles rising through the center. 2 finger puffy white head with light lacing. Wnd pour into my wine glass was cloudy/translucent.

Full sweet malty aroma with some ripe citrus.

Mostly sweet again in taste with vanilla and a light woodiness

Nice smooth, fairly thick mouthfeel, with some alcohol burn to boot.

A good drinker, but the ABV slowed me down. Kicking it up a notch from the 2 Rogue 7 ouncers that preceded it.

obywan59, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of aggiearcher13
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear, dark copper colored beer. About an inch of head, recedes a little and leaves a bit of lacing around the rim.

S: Aroma is oak/vanilla, sweet malt, a little boozy, and some pine.

T: Flavor has a lot going on. Bitter, oak and vanilla, and a little boozy, it's really good.

M: Mouthfeel is very smooth, moderate body, it's right in the middle of what I would expect.

D: Combines to be a really drinkable beer, the oak aging and the malt really balances out the hops so nothing dominates your palate. Very nice beer.

aggiearcher13, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of stephens101
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Striking reddish-orange that pales at light. The thick tan head is resilient. Smells of citrus, floral hops, caramel, yeast and some cotton candy for good measure. Has a light fruity middle wrapped in resinous hops. Oak, vanilla and cardamom come into play. Pure medium bodies with crisp edges and well-concealed alcohol. Smooth with a near perfect build.

stephens101, May 05, 2012
Photo of guyforget
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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 begforme4484
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with very little tan head. For such minimal head on top of the beer, I wasn't expecting such nice lacing. Makes me remember every sip, nice!

Very subtle and faint aroma. Can sense some floral/citrus and perhaps a bit of alcohol tones.

Taste is very good. It's a complete suprise if you were trying to get and idea of the taste from the smell. Piney hops up front, not extremely bitter though. The bitterness that is there is smoothed out by a nice vanilla taste from the wood chips.

Beer is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Drinkability? I'll be having another one this Saturday for my birthday thats's for sure. Nothing overwhelms with this beer and it's very drinkable.


Reviewing another bottle after 3 months of cellar aging. Score remains the same, but there are definite differences.

Appearance remains the same.

The smell is much stronger. Dried fruits.. dates.. cherries fill the mostly sweet caramel malt nose. Very pleasant. Hint of alcohol in the nose is much more covered.

A very dry wood/bourbon flavor overtone throughout. Nice piney and earthy hops and very crisp sweet malts. The wood seems much more prevalent this time around. It reminds me a lot of Burton Baton, only a lot more bitter and sharp.

begforme4484, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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 kenito799
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, IPA tasting

Clear amber with a small creamy head and great lacing.

Deliciosu and complex aroma, grapefruit over caramel, vanilla and oak.

Creamy soft and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is beguilingly complex and changing on the palate, a sweet caramel cream up front then refreshing tart citrus notes, and vanilla oaky caramel following. There is a sweet root beer effect. Bitterness comes through in the long finish. Oak has really done wonderful things here.

kenito799, Nov 24, 2010
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16th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.