16th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company

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16th Anniversary Wood Aged16th Anniversary Wood Aged

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BA SCORE
87
very good

295 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 295
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I was sure this was well past it's prime, as it had been pushed back into a corner, so I figured what the hell... However, once again I have proven to be very very wrong....

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, whitish head. Settles pretty slowly leaving some residue behind as it does. Tons o' cascading, dry, sticky lacing. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: Pine resin, honey, a little grapefruit, butterscotch, and orange citrus.

T: Full of pine resin, with a little raisin. Sweet dark chocolate and butterscotch. Soft, distinct wood character is very notable.

M: Thick, hearty, malty, and syrupy. Pungent aftertaste. A little dry in the finish. Woody, citrus notes hang on the palate. It is slightly harsh. High alcohol content is apparent.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is excellent. Great head, and some impressive lacing. Nose is full of character with prominent characteristic notes of resin, grapefruit, citrus, and sweet. Flavor is a very finely balanced combination of syrupy pine, bittersweet raisin, with candied chocolate and butterscotch, all with a pungent woody base. Thick, hearty, and malty. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why am I reviewing this beer now? I've had both the 17th and 18th anniversary versions fresh. They weren't hoppy at all and were super oaky (like drinking a 2x4) so when I found a 16th anniversary on the shelf (hooray shelf-aged beers!) I said "why not?" Figured the oak may have faded somewhat and maybe it's halfway decent. Let's find out...

A: Pours a murky amber. Big frothy tan head. Fade slowly, leaving surprisingly decent lacing behind. Quite decent head retention too.

S: Loaded with raisins plus some caramel and some oak. A little bit of citrusy and grassy hops, surprisingly enough. Smells a lot like an american style barleywine.

T: Caramel, raisin and brown sugar abound up front with nice hints of oaky vanilla. Mild hop bitterness somehow, especially towards the finish. Mainly grassy and a bit of pine and citrus with some toasted oak characteristics. Finishes oaky and bitter. Zero booze.

M: Medium bodied, honestly not as heavy as I'd expect a 10% aged beer to be.

O: Well damn, what a nice experiment. When these beers are fresh they are oak bombs. There is only a little oak left in this now, it's more of an afterthought to the strong malt. Surprisingly still hoppy and bitter. Honestly it's quite nicely balanced. Not bland after 2+ years. Still nothing earth shattering but quite an improvement.

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16th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.