16th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

209 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

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Reviews: 209
Hads: 295
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
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:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 06-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Same as 15th Anniversary Wood Aged.
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Photo of tbrown4
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of Neskimo
4.7/5  rDev +23%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of northaustin
4.7/5  rDev +23%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of Snow81
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of omnigrits
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
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) (1,212 characters)

Photo of kflack
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
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! (348 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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. (2,091 characters)

Photo of obywan59
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of guyforget
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (1,751 characters)

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of begforme4484
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

.:Edit:.

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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of kenito799
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: golden, amber, reddish, frothy and creamy looking

smell: piney and woodsy

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid and loaded with hops, tatse more on the pine side. a little vanilla from oak. I remember it being more citrusy. But this time Im drinking it really fresh. last time was 6-8 months.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: awesome brew. I remember liking it better though (409 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (1,179 characters)

Photo of csiewert
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper color with a finger of frothy off white head. The aroma is strong of sweet maltiness and some earthy notes. The taste starts very sweet and malty, then changes to hoppy bitterness and finishes with hints of caramel and vanilla. The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth given the high ABV... Which is also not terribly apparent in the taste. Good beer overall. (380 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours amber with a big white head that slowly fades to a ring and leaves a ton of thick lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of hops and malt with a bit of vanilla in the background.

T: The taste at first is vanilla and then the citrusy hops and caramel malt come into play. The vanilla from the oak seems to be even more pronounced than the 15th.

M: The feel is creamy and slightly oily. About medium in body...I'd like to see this a bit creamier or thicker.

D: I loved the 15th and I feel this one is just as good if not better with the more pronounced vanilla flavors from the oak aging. Of course with the ABV you should sip this one. (677 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured deep ruddy red amber, one finger head subsides to thick creamy foam, considerable lacing
S: slight malt, followed by fruit and hops, no suggestion of wood yet
T: oak up front and personal, whiskey, sweet vanilla, bourbon, strong malt profile, hop bitterness toward the end. well balanced for a high alcohol/gravity beer and refreshingly malty for an IPA.
M: a little light on the carbonation, love the warming alcohol, like thick cold whiskey
D: surprisingly sessionable (480 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16th Anniversary pours a rich coppery amber, clear and deep in color with a big creamy white head and loads of thick sticky lacing.

The aroma has big caramel malts, some grassy hay like hops and a hint of alcohol.

The flavor, despite the bitterness in the finish, is all about big caramel tinged malts first and foremost. Hops are present in a secondary fashion with candied grapefruit and orange like citrus flavors as well as a resinous pine. Though the malt shines through the hop bitterness level is impressive and as noted finishes with a lingering bitterness on the palate. The alcohol, as can be expected, is present but nicely integrated in the background as a support to the other flavors. Some of the bitterness has a woody edge to it and there is a nice vanilla tinged roundness to the flavor.

The mouthfeel is very nice, being full in body and very creamy as well as smooth as silk.

While not terribly complex this is a very trasty treat of a double IPA. The wood aging is a nice compliment and this beer is certainly very drinkable. I look forward to sampling the Anniversary editions from Great Divide every year now! (1,135 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Snifter glass

A - Beer poured with a brown/dark orange body; little head formed with a moderate amount of carbonation for an Imperial IPA; the body of the beer has a heavy liquor, almost syrup look to it

S - Oak and wood chips carries a smooth and fermented smell; some mild citrus notes in the back; biscuit, but mostly sweet and malty

T - Smooth caramel/toffee malt taste; woody; rinses your mouth with a clean dry aftertaste finish; some grapefruit sourness comes up

M - Drinking this beer leaves a sour but creamy feel on the tongue; liquorish syrup feel; slightly effervescent and lingers with a slightly astringent body

D - Great drink; smooth and well aged for an IPA; I could definitely have a few more drinks of this (754 characters)

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into my pint glass

The appearance was that of a slightly deep copper color with a one and a half inch slightly tan head. Average head retention with little lacing left behind as it subsides

The aroma consisted of citrus aromas with the likes of ruby grapefruit, tangerines, pineapple, and a slight lemon zest. Honey with earthy smells follow with fresh cut grass, hay, and pine. Caramel adn oak with cracker and bread like malts could be detected in the aroma as well.

Upfront sweet taste of caramel that leads way into a slight citrus grapefruit taste. Midway is tangerines with pine bitterness kicking in. Following is the presence of the oak along with toasty bread and biscuit malts.

Medium bodied with high carbonation and a slightly sweet and dry aftertaste.

Overall this was a pretty good beer that I could see myself acquiring again down the road. Recommended to try. (899 characters)

Photo of WickedSluggy
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very attractive deep amber brown color with a thin head creating sticky foam rings.

Aroma is mostly malty. I have a summer cold that might be keeping me from experiencing some of the hops - just not sure. It's almost lager like to me, no esthers either. I'm not getting the wood in the aroma. Overall however the aroma is pleasing.

The flavour is a very nice combination of subtle malty sweetness and early boil hops bitterness and earthy tannins from the wood chips. Passes the British hops flavor test - not a cascade of west coast Americana.

Mouth feel is a full feeling for the mouth - nice body.

This is a well crafted brew whose only potential flaw is restraint. There are no real surprises. I guess that is both a positive and a negative for me. Like many on Beer Advocate I am always looking for the bigger better beer. I cherish the experiences that give me that jag. I look for these experiences in anniversary beers. This one gives me something else, a well-crafted flawlessly executed brew. Hey, I can't complain about that. It's a jewel. (1,060 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Down right dark and firey rustic orange hue with a bit of ruby red to its center. Thick medium capping of parchment paper white foam sits for length and slowly slips down to a very thick skim and moderately placed sheets of lacing.

Aroma is bold and heated with a booming waft of warmth mixed with a milder tropical fruityness that has a bit of starfruit flinted by some darker orangeyness, cherry, and crab apple hints.
The heat tends to get in the way and gains even more momentum as it warms.

This really comes into its own as it warms. Great complexity with a warm toasted malt sweetness, buttery, mildly dark fruity and tanged with dulled warming notes of cherry, mango, and golden raisin. Dates maybe? Tropically masked, but not so much on the citrus. There's a touch of darker orange bitterness in a oily hop heat that cinders up late in the finish. But it tends to stay on a darker edge of flavors that push into barleywine or Old ale type bruteness. Rummy even. Quite nice.

Overwhelmingly warm at first, but it gradually is accepted as its bold medium body of heft and cask-like texture takes on a world of it own on the palate and in the gullet. Soft, smooth, Warm, very well rounded and balanced with lots of warmth. Did I mention its warm. 10% - You betcha! Barleywine-esque...

Great Divide has a nice Anniversary brew here. Perhaps not quite what most would think of as a Impy. IPA, but for what it is, a.k.a. a barleywine? It's very solid and a true sipper of warmth and subtle complexity. (1,507 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 1/10/11
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium amber colour with one finger of off-white head. Filtered.

S - Citrus and piney hops with a sweet caramel malt backbone. No signs of wood aging in the nose.

T - Bitter hops dominate the palate with some citrus and earthy/grassy notes. Some oak flavours are present as well. The finish is bitter and dry.

M - Medium body, chewy, oily. Moderately carbonated. (426 characters)

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16th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.