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16th Anniversary Wood Aged - Great Divide Brewing Company

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very good

291 Ratings

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%

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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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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 21:12:07 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap the same night at Amity Hall as the SN 30th Anniversary barleywine. This was the second beer of the evening, the second one celebrating an anniversary, and the last I effectively remember :). My notes help though. This was my second passport stamp!

In appearance there's not much different from what you'd expect, there's a finger of light tan head on top of an amber and clean base. There's a nice hint of fruits on the nose, and the hops seem secondary to the malts. The taste profile fits the bill. The hops are reduced by the oak, which allows the malts, sugars, and fruits to come through. Mouthfeel is rather unremarkable, and it's an easy drinker for it's abv.

At the time of drinking, I was working off a heavy anti- IPA bias, and this one helped quite a bit, probably
because it's much less of a hoppy brew than one might think. I'd have it again, but I might have to wait until year 17.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2010 22:23:47 | More by afksports
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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazed amber in color with a good sized head and lace stickage. Smell is piney, sweet, dank and caramel. Mellow oh so smooth and fruity. Light citrus, some pine and residual bitterness. Cedar woodyness and hop flavor pokes through at times. Great beer, but a sipper for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 20:33:53 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually liked this beer, though it's not really a DIPA in spirit if that's what you're expecting. Pours a nice ruddy brown color with moderate tan head. The oak barrels put a nice color into this one. Smell is a bit subdued, mainly toffee underscored with a bit of citrus hops, not terrible. Taste is really interesting... this beer is more like a barleywine or American strong ale than a DIPA. Big caramel, toffee, malty sweetness with a decent citrus hop aftertaste that lingers. The oak adds a woody earthy character to the brew too, I like that. Hop kick isn't so pronounced, probably muted while aging the beer. MF is smooth and creamy, pretty good, smoother than a lot of IPAs, which occasionally get sharp. Drinkability was fine, but nothing special.

I'm not sure if they did this or not, but if they didn't, I would hope that it changes: why can't these beers be re-hopped somehow between aging and bottling? Re-dry-hop? Randall? Something? I would love to see a nice DIPA punch waiting for me with this guy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 05:01:50 | More by LordAdmNelson
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish copper color with a white head. In the aroma, oaky, almost bourbon like notes. In the taste, oaky, bourbon like vanilla, and a small hop. A smooth and big bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry bourbon like aftertaste. Big flavor and body, quite bourbon like but not as well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2010 15:58:07 | More by OWSLEY069
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a twelve ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale house. I'm a very big fan of the Hercules Double IPA so I was very excited to see that this beer was available and I was not disappointed. Like the Hercules it's everything you want in a double ipa, great hop aroma and flavor, great buzz, good balance. This adds the mellowness and add'l aromas of oak aging. I like this beer a lot!

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 14:47:31 | More by david18
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South Carolina

2/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap in a tulip. Pours out a copperish amber with some wispy foam on top that disappears quickly, leaving a scattered collar of bubbles. No lacing.

Deep inhalations uncover very little in the way of hop character, but reveal a rather strong boozy/sharp woody combo with a rich underlying toffee sweetness. Interesting, but where are the hops?

Ah, OK, there they are. There's a surprising level of bitterness, but it's in contrast with everything else going on here. The wood flavor is rather sharp, almost harsh tasting, with little of the buttery vanilla sweetness I'd expect from oak (although I don't really think sweet oak would be a super match for a DIPA, either). Plenty of toffee sweetness with a dash of lingering cough syrup and a hint of dinner mint. Really an odd beer. Perhaps some age would help the flavors come together.

Overall impression: Subpar as a DIPA, and frankly not much better as a strong ale or whatever a more appropriate style designation would be.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 18:34:19 | More by PDXHops
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap, a short pour of 10oz because of the strength I presume. the appearance is a light amber color, with thin head. the smell is a little oak, the hops seem to have definitely been subdued by the aging. the taste is similar, with some vanilla flavors from the oak, sweet malts, with just a little hops underneath. even though the aging seems to defeat the purpose of an IPA, I personally prefer a well balanced IPA so I have no problem with it. the mouthfeel is average and drinkability is good for the strength. the alcohol is mellowed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 21:34:09 | More by jmdrpi
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South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another new on on tap at barleys last night, i was very happy to see it as i did not want to buy a bottle before i could try it first, serve cold and poured into a pint glass, consume on 08/15/2010.

the pour was nice with a earth dark amber and a small white cap of a head that just hung around for a little while to be able to let you get some good lacing.

lots of oak in the aroma, but too light for my tastes. light vanilla, earthy hops, but almost no ipa presence left in this beer. light feel which was well carbonated gives way to a nice an light oak flavor. hints of vinous hops, lots of oak and a touch of vanilla make up the main boy of this one, but again nothing terribly overwheling about it at all. smooth finish but does not linger long at all.

overall i was underwhelmed by this one and was expecting a lot more out of it to be honest.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 01:19:08 | More by mikesgroove
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4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap several nights at The Lodge in Hilton Head.
Appearance -- Nice big head and orangest color. Smell -- Oak, vanilla, grapefruit, caramel. Taste -- Citrus, oak and vanilla adding depth. A bit resin peaks through. Mouthfeel -- medium in body, mild carbonation.

Drinkability -- Really liked this one. Really packs punch with the 10% alcohol. Pretty good, but I'm a huge fan of oak and/or bourbon barrell adged brews.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 13:34:48 | More by doubleipa
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Melt Bar and Grilled in Lakewood, OH. What a pleasant surprise to see this on our way to Chicago! Gorgeous
red cedar colored. Served to me with not much head. Aroma was citric, piney and hoppy. I didn't detect any wood in the aroma but did in the taste. Nice hint of vanilla. While this doesn't exactly taste like a double IPA i love it. It is more like a balanced barleywine. Too balanaced to be a double IPA. This brew is almost candy-like in its sweetness but not cloying. Very drinkable but the alcohol is very well hidden, be careful. Feel is slick and slightly sticky, kinda prickly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 19:17:18 | More by kbnooshay
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into an imperial pint. Pours red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintains exceptional lacing despite head formation. The aroma was comprised of big malt, subtle hop, and pine wood. The flavor was of big malt, hops, with a woody/earthy followthrough at the end. Upon warming up a note of chocolate and cream showed up along with the others. It was medium on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall it was nice to see an oak-aged IIPA on tap. The oak definitely showed up on the followthrough and even in the aroma. However I was not overly excited about the aroma as the malt stole the show on this one. The flavor was okay though and I like the woody followthrough on the end. Looking forward to sampling this one out of the bottle I have at home to compare.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 17:36:55 | More by thagr81us
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy copper with a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded about average time; good lacing that clings to the glass and leaves rings.

Smells of floral and citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, apple, orange peel, lemon and vanilla. Nice sweet floral and citrus combo aroma that also gave off malty notes.

Huge sweet hop flavor that tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, apple or pear, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, light brown sugar and a sweet malty aftertaste with some vanilla or other sweetness. Very sweet for an IPA with only a hint of alcohol that warms with each sip and leans towards the hoppy side on the balance chart. The 10% ABV is very well hidden by the taste.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very little carbonation and an oily feel; body was medium to heavy and chewy.

Drinkability was good, especially considering the 10% ABV. An enjoyable beer that I would definitely have again!

Drinking Notes: I had no clue that this was wood aged or a DIPA until I went to the Great Divide website the day after I drank this. It was listed as an IPA on tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 03:26:21 | More by CHickman
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz pour on-tap served into a pint glass at Egan's in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (for only $3.50!)

Pours an interesting mix of orange and brown. It reminds me of the way pancakes look when under maple syrup. This was served into a pint glass so the white foam didn't have much of a head to it. It did lace well. Overall: not very pretty but gets points for uniqueness.

Lots of wood in the nose. Great Divide isn't kidding when they say this is wood aged. Green wood and dry autumn leaves and some vanilla extract. Of course there are hops, but much like the 15th Anniversary Oak Aged they present themselves as much more floral than anything. Fresh flowers and some grass. No citrus. It strikes me as much the same as the 15th Anniversary, only muted.

The flavor is not muted though is still like a lesser cousin to the 15th Anniversary. The hops are tremendously floral but in a one-note sort of way. The 15th had some weird fruity tastes to go along with the flowers but 16th does not. But hey, do you like wood? Good, because this beer's got it. Lots of drying, oaky flavors. Some vanilla and toffee to go along with it. An interesting beer than misses the mark just a little bit relative to last year's version.

The mouthfeel was fine. A nice, medium body was a good choice for this unique take on the double IPA. Drinkabilty? VERY nice. I had 16 ounces of a 10% ABV beer and it was never a chore or cumbersome.

I loved the 15th Anniversary. I only like the 16th. But I would certainly drink a pint of this again. Worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 03:26:51 | More by Reaper16
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 00:47:22 | More by glid02
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber-orange with a slight haze. Nice head to start but disappeared quickly. Some sticky/wet lacings. Sweet caramel aromas with hints of dark fruit and a slight alcoholic odor.Tangy up front with a smooth finish.Big malt character up front that tapers into hoppy finish - mostly pine and a bit of spice. A bit of an alcoholic bite at the end. Lacked the intense hop profile that I would expect with a DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 21:51:19 | More by IronLover
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber in color with a 1 finger head that breaks apart quickly. Some spots of lace develop.

Smell: vanilla, grapefruit, and hop bitterness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big malt profile with some caramel, softer grapefruit and pine tones, strong vanilla, and a bit of earthiness. Bitterness is moderate, and alcohol provides some warming.

Mouthfeel: crisp to start but smoother at the finish. A bit of dryness arrives late.

Drinkability: slow sipping beer. Flavorwise is was interesting but didn't overly impress. One was enough for the session.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 11:37:06 | More by Gavage
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at Al's of Hampden.

A: The DIPA arrived without a head, just a few clumps of foam in the middle of the glass. It's coppery amber color, an autumnal yellow-brown hybrid, is generally translucent. The ale looks very still.

S: I forgot that this beer is wood aged until I took a sniff. A subsequent sip drove it home as well. The barrel has sapped most of the hoppiness from the ale, leaving a vanilla wooden aroma. Outside of the barrel, the hoppiness struggles to assert itself.

T: Mmm, that first sip really hit the spot. The wood has given a vanilla buttery flavor to the ale, pushing out all remnants of the DIPA. The bitterness, substantially muted, doesn't lose its boozy power though. As the ale warms, more of the hops come through, but their oiliness pales in comparison to the wood aging. The sweetness, not cloying, is strong stuff.

M: The mouthfeel is completely dominated by the wood, a sweet boozy mess of an ale. A bit more hoppiness may add balance to the flavor but it could push the alcoholic heat over the top.

D: At 10%, this beer belongs in a snifter. That being said, I did enjoy snaking my way through the pint. A good representative of barrel-aged IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 18:02:38 | More by akorsak
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tyler's in Apex served in a wide mouthed flute a crisp orange with a thin lasting off white head that leaves nice laceing on the glass. Aroma is crisp pine hops and burnt caramel. The taste is a nice abundance of bitter pine hops with a nice balance of sweet burnt caramel and a touch of oak and vanilla. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with the alcohol fairly well hidden. I must say, I love this beer and would certainly have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 20:59:37 | More by atsprings
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at ChurchKey.

I've seen bottles o' this around lately, but have never been able to pull the trigger. No matter, thanks to the folks down at the CK. It pours a clear reddish-amber topped by a half-finger of glowing ecru foam. The nose comprises orange peel, some florals, chocolate powder, oak, and caramel. The taste holds some strong citrus rind and pine notes, along with some oak, caramel, and toasted wheat. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation (that aspires to full active status) and a crisp, dry finish. A very nice wood-aged IPA, one of the better I've yet had, but not exactly the most drinkable of the group.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 04:14:21 | More by TMoney2591
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tylers in Carrboro...

Pours almost a dark reddish/brown, like a barleywine (given the nature of the beer, not surprising)... very clean and pleasant looking, light head.

Smell is very minimal.... pick up some slight friut notes and a little bit of oak and alcohol, but nothing really jumps out for me, which I found surprising.

Taste is a bit more interesting. Some slight sweetness and vanilla, a touch of alcohol but not remotely overpowering. Fruit notes come through to the extent that it seems almost more like a barleywine. Hops seem very subdued for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel is probably the highlight of the beer, so incredibly smooth and pleasant, this is where the barrel aging really comes through.

Drinkability is hard to really judge.... given that this is a 10% beer it doesn't feel particularly boozy or heavy, but its still not a beer I would feel like drinking a lot of. I had a 10oz pour and i didn't feel a pressing need to have more. All in all a obviously well crafted beer for the style, but it just happens to be a style i'm not all that high on. If you're a big barleywine fan or into less hop-forward ipa's, seek this one out though.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 22:05:13 | More by mechamifune
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-07-10 at Capone's. This is my 150th review.

A - Clear, light mahogany with a light, tan head

S - Mild malt and a whiff of vanilla

T - Very nice. Rich, roasted grain, vanilla and caramel and oak balance well with the pretty strong hop bitterness.

M - Really good with med-high body and low carbonation for a creamy texture.

D - Worth having more than one

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 10:29:43 | More by Tucquan
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3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a mostly clear amber with a one finger off-white head that has good retention, and decent spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Caramel malts up front, then the oak aging and some pine hops come through, with a touch of booze in the back. I would have liked for the hops to be on the front end and more prevalent, considering this is a DIPA.

T - Again, the hops just don't seem to be big enough for a DIPA. Pine hops are followed by a nice touch of dried raisiny fruits. The oak flavors are well done and really come through in the finish and aftertaste with a bit of booze as well.

M - Close to a full body with a lower carbonation level, and a dry woodiness in the finish.

D - A bit disorganized, and not enough of a hop content for what I want in a DIPA, but tastes fairly well overall. I'd probably rate it higher for taste if it was branded as a strong ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 14:45:44 | More by garuda
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is really sweet and malty, with almost a brown sugar aroma. In a DIPA, I confess that's not what I'm looking for. Fortunately, this beer tastes better then it smells, though it's still a bit more sweet and malty then I ever want to see in a DIPA. Nevertheless, there is considerable vanilla, brown sugar and candy corn, which helps to balance (somewhat) the considerable hoppy bitterness one gets on the finish. While not hot on the finish, the viscuous mouthfeel and considerable weight to this beer tip you off that there is some serious alcohol in this one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, smooth finish. Drinkability is not this beer's best feature, as the sweetness and noticeable alcohol wear you out after a bit.

I confess I'm not a big fan of aging IPA's in wood, and this beer is a perfect example why. The hoppy bitterness is muted and subdued by the barrel aging, leading to an overly sweet, overly heavy DIPA. An interesting beer, but really can't imagine drinking a whole lot of this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 21:31:34 | More by johnmichaelsen
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Great Divide Tap Room. Served in a snifter.

A: Medium copper with good clarity and light carbonation. A creamy cap is big and dense. Head retention is good and a fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: A strong dose of pepper, anise and black tea starts things out. The fruitiness from last year's edition of this beer is absent, but there's more aged oak going on. Alcohol adds a light zing to the nostrils.

T: The spicy pepper and anise bitterness dominates, but is moderate for this style. The oak is more pronounced than before and lets you know it's there with its distinct flavor. Some bittersweet toffee rounds things out. The spicy bitterness lingers long after the last sip. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth to the body as t he beer goes down.

M: The oily and slick body of this beer has a definite heft to it. Carbonation is quite soft.

D: This is a powerful beer that I wouldn't want more than one of just for my own safety. If I had my way, this would be released much later in the year. I love the taste, but the power feels like too much for a hot early July day. That; however, is just a minor nitpick of a very nicely done beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 04:22:06 | More by Rayek
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16th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
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