18th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA - Great Divide Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Bottled March 20th, 2012. Shared in two snifters.
Pours a cumin/cognac color with some haze and an inch-thick crown of old newspaper-colored head. The foam has escaped to the outer ring with bubble patches islanding on the surface. Already starting to stick a bit. 4.0
Oaky aroma with a hint of whiskey (although, clearly not from the barrel). Pine and citric hop notes with a dry, almost roasted, toffee malt backbone. Not overly hoppy. Lots of oak and slightly candied hops. 4.0
Most noticeable is the semi-bitter oak with some tannic qualities, second is the semi-spicy pine hops peeling away at rinds of grapefruit and navel orange, then a rich roasty malt gushing with toffee and caramel notes backing just below the wood/hop combo blast, lastly a warm and rich, sturdy alcohol note that levels everything out upon the swallow. Grainy oak sustains throughout the finish with some moderate hop bitterness to boot. A little bit sweet, a little bit rich, a little bit young. The implied grapefruit is pretty juicy, the pine is woody and sappy. Very atypical IIPA. Has taste similarities to some hoppy barleywines. I could draw a Venn Diagram with this on one side and fresh Sierra Nevada Bigfoot on the other. Fascinating. 4.0
Whooshy body with some scrubbing carb. Moderate spike in booziness as it warms. 3.5
I've greatly enjoyed past Great Divide Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPAs, and this one is no exception. A delicious, full-on beer. Interesting to think how similar I would have scored it had it been denoted as an American Barleywine. Recommended. 4.0
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2012 03:20:35 | More by thecheapies
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