15th Anniversary Wood Aged
Great Divide Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
4.05 | pDev: 10.12%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful robust three finger head reaches the top of my glass with little effort. The rocky light tan foam recedes very slowly. Body is wonderful dark for an IPA with a burgundy woodsy tone to it. Nose is oaky and buttery with some back round resin based hoppy sap. It has a really well put together aroma. The flavor instantly falls in line with the nose as soon as you take first sip. With the rich buttery notes, and oaky tones that are very creamy smooth together. Hops play more of a balancing factor in this beer as a few months and the oak have toned them down a bit. This isn't a bad thing though, this is a very well rounded beer. Mouthfeel is of a bit of prickly raw oak feel with a bit of butter richness. For the style I find it to be nearly perfectly drinkable.

Sep 25, 2015
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Ego from New Jersey

3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

have a few of these in the cellar, time to break one out and see what's what...

2 fingers of snowy white head, sticky sticky sticky, this one leaves a bread crumb trail all the way down leaving no doubt where it has been, ample carbonation keeps the head well fed, lovely microbubble sheets roll around, nicely done, this is one good lookin' brewski

citrus and wood... who would have guessed? your first instinct is hops but the wood is definitely toning it down and adding something, there is a mellow booziness throughout, old orange rind, the nose is interesting but I don't love it, the hop florals kind of smelling like termite wood.

taste etc...
strange.. the flavor is of ashen wood with some bitterness, it is exceptionally smooth mouth wise but the flavor is throwing me a bit, some dark honey notes, there is just something off I can't quite place my finger on, perhaps this sat too long (bottled 7/2009).

this has lost it's kick imo, without a more assertive hop profile this kind of tastes like soaked wood, too bad, the look and feel of the brew is excellent.

Apr 23, 2012
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surprenant1138 from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter. Hazy, dark amber/rouge. Approx 1/2in thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is of maple syrup, hints of chocolate, cherries, hops, vanilla, and cherries. I've had this particular year before, about 6 months ago, and the taste has already changed, and unfortunately not for the better. What I remember as super oaky has now given way to an almost stale metallic taste. The hoppiness is not as prevalent as I remember. Still, maple syrupy, some cherries noted. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It is still tasty, but slightly past its prime. Still ranks high though.

Apr 12, 2011
FeDUBBELFIST from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a 10.5 oz tulip, aged one year further since its release.

A: Served with 2 fingers of foamy/creamy off-white head with decent retention and rings of lacing. The body has medium saturation, is amber in color and is exceptionally clear.

S & T: The nose is straight oak. Hops have more than less faded at this point but this is a moot point since I wasn't expecting a hop bomb, despite the DIPA designation. The nose is fantastically intriguing. Minimal but noticeable dark fruit flavor of raisins, dried plums and dates. Intriguing and nothing like a standard DIPA, this beer is completely owned by the oak aging. Sweet bread, caramel and cinnamon bun aromas and flavors. Vanilla is imparted. Allspice. Above average malt content with very little hop contribution or yeast character.

M: The mouthfeel is more substantial than I expected, with more than adequate carbonation even at one year old. Long flavor duration with a dry, woody finish.

D: Great flavor + Buried ABV - High ABV = Good drinkability.

Nov 02, 2010
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TheSarge from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this brew in a random part of my store, so I feel I was called to sample this brew though not brewed anymore.

Pourted into a tulip glass meant for pilsners, but it suits this beer just fine. The head is a bit beyond two fingers thick, and the body is dark copper in color and is mildly hazy. The foam crown is just a bit of a light tan.

In the aroma there is a grapefruit dominance, but I am also getting hints of vanilla, toffee, and a bit of alcohol with a prick of pine.

The taste is nicely balanced between an ultra sweet caramel/toffe malt backbone, and a light sprucy hops character. There is a woody and vanilla flavor imparted to this as well.

Feel wise, it is lighly carbonated and a little syrupy. A warmness of alcohol finishes this to make a nice and warmly inviting beer. It seems a bit more like a barley wine, but these two styles kind of get a little meshed sometimes in my humble opinion.

Sep 25, 2010
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken 7/23/10.

Bottle date of 6/19/09. I had this brew fresh last year and never got around to reviewing it. Strangely enough some bottles popped up right around the time the new anniversary was released.

A careful pour still introdices quite a bit of yeast chunks into the glass. Bomber split with a friend and poured into a SA sensory glass. This brew appears a very hazed orange-amber color that has an appearance flirting on the edge of being a cider. The head appears more than a finger strong and retains very well with a fluffy uneven cratored surface. The color of the foam is a merange-like yellow that laces all about the glass.

The aroma is a very strong sweet smelling blast of caramel, vanilla and orang- like citrusy rind from the hops. Surprising how bold the hoppy character is after a year spent on the bottle.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The taste includes both herbal and earthy hops upfront with some citrus twang that leads into a caramel malty sweetness. The base of this brew includes a solid amount of vanilla flavoring brought on by the oaking. A modest amount of alcohol is evident tasting slightly solvent. This brew leaves a lingering flavor of woodsy dryness that is exaggerated by the herbal hops and alcohol. The alcohol increases in the back of the throat along with a bolder sense of darker caramelized sugary sweetness. Very drinkable and a beer I would suggest giving a try even if it is in celebration of a previous year!

Sep 23, 2010
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TheHoppiest from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter glass. Shared with a friend who is a big fan of DIPA's like me.

Pours silty brown color, like the color of iced-t. Decent head that quickly disappears.

Sweet malty smell, with a fruity floral hop aroma. Hops are not very prevalent, however.

Smooth, almost too smooth taste. The wood aging no doubt has toned down this beer. Slightly sweet, almost fruity, with a somewhat bitter aftertaste that quickly fades.

Medium mouthfeel, viscous enough to slow you up as you drink this one down.

Overall, drinkable, but not terribly impressive given its price.

Sep 05, 2010
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a bottled on date of 6/4/2009, into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts, fruity citrus and the faint essence of oak aging.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. The oak aging is evident up front as well. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in along with a strong alcohol bite. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. Like many aged 2IPA's, this one tastes more barleywine-like as it sits for a few minutes and the flavors harmonize some. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's good beer but there are several others that I would choose in the style first.

Sep 02, 2010
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Lukafer from Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes I just found.

Pours a medium amber with 2-3 fingers of head. Smells malty, and I smell some dark fruits. Taste is sweet, then hops with a nice barrel finish. Mouthfeel is thick. This is a sipper, you should share it with friends for sure.

Aug 31, 2010
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brdc from Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Mike for this one.
Large capped bottle poured into a tulip.

I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about the idea of a wood aged DIPA, but it did work out quite nicely.
It has a very nice presentation, dark golden, fluffy white head with average retention, some haziness from the sediment present only on the last glass.
As this is aged, not surprisingly, caramel maltiness is a big part of the aroma, but still some grassy and fruity hoppiness, vanilla and oaky notes.
Full bodied, yet surprisingly easy to drink for such a powerful beer.
the aroma translates well into the palate, with a predominant caramel sweet maltiness, but also bread, vanilla, multiple fruits including the obvious grapefruit, earth, oak, lots of citirc notes.
Very interesting, and the flavors of the strong malty backbone, fading but still present hoppiness and wood blended very nicely together.

Jul 30, 2010
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DovaliHops from California

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a year, I'm hoping this is still gonna be good. Pour is a thing of beauty. Big, full off-white had that lets of amazing aromas of wood and bananas. There is more of an alcohol smell than hops. Surprisingly pleasant. There is still a lot off hops in the taste, as they have not all faded away (although I am very curious as to what this tastes like fresh). Hints of wood and whiskey alcohol. I'm definitely getting some whiskey on the palate. The aftertaste is a nice caramel/vanilla blend with a bit of bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is very full bodied and maybe a bit syrupy. Drinkability is fairly high, but may have been a bit higher when fresh.

Jun 25, 2010
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hoppymcgee from Maine

4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to be the 250th review for this underlooked gem. Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottled on July 2nd, 2009 into a Trois Pistoles goblet.

A: The best feature of this beer. Dark brown with a stunning white foamy head that lasts and has amazing retention as it settles down.

S: Malts, light citrus notes, and a little wood. Unfortunately the hop aroma has faded at this point.

T: Caramelly, oaky, and just a tad hoppy to create the perfect flavor profile. And if that's not enough, it finishes with a pleasant vanilla aftertaste.

M: The carbonation has not died down at all in this - not oily or slick like some DIPAs. Finishes nice and dry.

D: After a year this beer is perfect. I would say if you age it any longer it will drink more like a barleywine.

Overall, a great commemorative brew from Great Divide. Get your hands on a bottle of this!

Jun 24, 2010
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 10.0% ABV, food pairings listed, Bottled on Jul 02 2009.

Thanks to Sweemzander for giving me one of these bottles!

A - I tried avoiding the ring of rust on the top of the beer as I poured it but it only resulted in a ridiculously vigorous pour, in turn resulting in a frothy bone-colored head with a solid three fingers in height. The sudsy head stays loose and foamy as it lowers leaving thick, intricate designs of lace on the glass. The beer itself is a lightly cloudy, dirty apricot amber color with good carbonation action.

S - Oak chips are big in the nose with a fairly strong presence but don't become overwhelming. This leaves the rest of the beer to explain itself. Strong caramel sweetness and vanilla follow up the oak and progress into a mildly hoppy floral and earth nose. The maltiness shines through though.

T - A strong caramel and vanilla sweetness bombards the tongue upon entry but it's quickly washed down by a bold oak wood flavor stronger than any other actual wood flavor I've ever experienced in a beer. It's short-lived though as immediately following the oak is another move which brings back more sweetness and an abrupt jab of bitter hops. All the flavors blend well in this DIPA.

M - The powerful but short-lived sweetness meets it's untimely demise at the hands of bitter hops. The sweet malts then rise from the grave and haunt with a lingering presence on the finish. It's medium-full bodied and strong but the alcohol only comes through in tiny spurts of sensation.

D - Due, in part, to it's potency both in flavor and actual alcohol content (not perceived), it's a sipping DIPA I couldn't drink more than one pint of. I struggled to finish it at that. I really like the actual wood flavor, not boozy barrel aged flavor though.

Jun 09, 2010
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Wisconsinality from Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerfmAndy for letting me sample this one.
12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a dark, hazy burnt orange with tons of tiny bubbles coming up from the side of the glass. The beer produces a finger's worth of head and some decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A big hop burst and alcohol that stings the nostrils. Pretty surprising since this is over a year old. A good amount of oak is detected to go along with a little bit of molasses.

T- With a years age on it, this has pretty much turned into a barleywine. Hops right away that is washed away a big dose of oak. The alcohol is still pretty noticeable and heavy even though it has a year on it. Some vanilla as well with a touch of leather.

M- Medium to full bodied. Good amount of carbonation for being a double and plenty of heat on the throat from the alcohol.

D- I was glad to sample this beer. It had been aged a year and was still tasting pretty hot. I would not have been able to finish off a whole bomber of this though.

Jun 08, 2010
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Brent from Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was not a bad beer, by any means, but I think it does demonstrate that not every beer is improved by time on wood. Distinct, woody, caramel notes predominate. A bit syrupy sweet and, while well-hopped, they seemed to have faded a bit and did not balance the malt and sweetness as they should.

May 26, 2010
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BierFan from Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big tan head on a clear red/orange body. Really good head retention and lacing.

Smell: The nose is primarily oak and malt. Not alot of hops making it through.

Taste: Malty with some piney hops and a more mild bitterness than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Kinda flat.

May 20, 2010
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briman from Texas

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper color, with a large cream colored head that retains very well. Thick lace coats the sides of the glass all the way down.

Aromas of orange and tangerine citrus upfront backed up with clearly evident notes of vanilla, oak, bourbon, and alcohol.

Strong flavors of oak, and caramel malt upfront, along with some mild citrus elements but quickly settles into a more bourbon like flavor and alcoholic finish. Some grapefruit rind bitterness sneaks out as well, and lingers along with the bourbon notes well into the aftertaste.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. A touch thick, having a slightly chewy feel. A little more bouron-like than I expected, and this flavor holds on well into the finish and aftertaste. Alcohol is evident througout, and certainly provides some warming. I think the hop presence is strong, but is overpowered by the bourbon and alcohol character. I like this beer, but in terms of both aroma and flavor not sure it has nearly the hop punch I would really expect in a DIPA.

May 20, 2010
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Gambrinus1184 from Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber with a brewed-on date of 9/20/09 into a Saranac pint glass.

A: Poured a very hazy, bright burnt orange color with a massive head of tan color foam. Lacing is terrific and clarity is near-zero. Looks rich and mysterious.

S: Smells phenomenal! Loads of candied caramel malt, a good deal of whisky, burned wood and herbal hops. I loved just smelling the warmth of this beer.

T: Very rich and smoked malt flavor at first. Sticky sweet caramel malt and toffee flavors blend with the mellow smokiness of French and U.S. oak chips. Hints of vanilla and tobacco are noted as well. A slight alcoholic sting and zesty, floral hop bitterness flash up towards the boozy, bourbonesque finish. What a sipper.

M: Mouthfeel is full-bodied, sticky and sweet, but smooth and mellow as any brew I've ever had.

D: The 10% ABV goes essentially unnoticed, as time and oak aging on wood chips has mellowed the harsh alcohol compounds and hop acids. Just wish I could get my hands on another one of these guys; hope they brew a 20th-year as well! This was a real treat to sip on in the bitter cold winds around the campsite.

May 10, 2010
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alleykatking from Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks Justin for sharing this!

A- Pours a semi-hazy copper color. One and a half finger tan head dies down rather quickly. Light lacing at first turns into streaks as I drink the beer down.

S- There is a lot of caramel malts in this beer that burst in the front of the aroma. Some hops (both piney and citrus) come next in line. Some light vanilla and oak scream in the backend of this and take over the nose as a whole.

T- There is a light citrus punch from the hops in the front but gets pushed aside right away from the caramel malts. Some light vanilla in this that gets taken over by oak as the beer warms. Light bitter hop bite in the end.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little off I think for the style. Sweet malts left on the palate with some light hop in the aftertaste. Flavors were clean but not very crisp throughout the beer. Drying on the palate after each sip.

D- This beer was a good wood aged IPA. Not the best I've had (Hand of Doom anyone?) but not the worst. I think this could have been a little more hop forward and not so malty. Glad to have gotten the chance to try this one.

May 09, 2010
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emmasdad from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a nice, rich coppery color, with some good white foam on top. On the nose I get some earthiness, caramel, vanilla and mellow hops. This is a good full-bodied beer, with the caramel sweetness and earthy hops nicely tempered by the wood. Much more British in style, a good solid DIPA. A very nice tribute to 15 great years.

Apr 16, 2010
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camp0474 from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass

A: Pours a hazy copper-red color. Thick creamy head. Good lacing left on the glass.

S: Loads of sweet malt and vanilla from the fragrant oak. Very faint notes of earthy hops barely come through.

T: Vanilla flavors from oak aging battle with the heavy malt and add some flavor balance. Some earthy hops but still masked by the other pungent flavors. Still hints of high ABV behind the malt and oak. Slight bitterness from ABV during aftertaste.

M: Thicker body with a slight silky texture from the oak. Good carbonation.

D: Probably would not drink this beer if it weren't for the oak aging. I think this beer could have used some more citrusy hops to balance the strong malts. But overall good.

Mar 27, 2010
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jwc215 from Arizona

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000!
Poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed orange amber with a thin tan head that stays. Dotted lacing at first, then plenty of wispy lacing, sticks.

The smell is of big hops - citrusy, piney, spicy with even bigger caramel candy. Vanilla/oak adds a unique layer of complexity that is done well.

The taste is of sweet resin, vanilla/oak, caramel. Hoppy citric/piney/tropical fruit, slightly floral flavors come through, but not much of the bitterness. Stays sweet with loads of caramel and vanilla/oak. Not too boozy, esp. for 10% abv, though some alcohol dryness comes through in the sweet finish.

Its ample, yet not fizzy, carbonation lends smoothness. It just hits full-bodied. Smooth despite high abv.

Dangerously drinkable, the oak is there but not overdone. Hoppy in flavor, with plenty of caramel, it is on the sweet side of things. According to the label, it is based on the Denver Pale ale, so has English and American hops. French and American oak chips are used. A nicely done, pretty complex, strong yet drinkable, DIPA - Congrats on 15 - Here's to many more!

Mar 22, 2010
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Jayli from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz at Plaza Liquors in O'Fallon, IL

A: This beer pours a relatively clear copper color, some touches of haze to it. A one finger of off white head sits on top and retains nicely. Sheets of lacing are left behind on the glass.

S: Nose is of oaked wood, earhty and pine hops, and a malt presence.

T: Taste starts with a muted earthy hop flavoring. Caramel malts, hints of toffee, with a nice smoked wood and oak really fill out the middle. Although it's massively present, it's very light and inviting rather than overpowerings. Finish is oaked piney hops.

M: Medium bodym medium carbonation, creamy and and oily resin that completely coats the tongue.

D: Nice representation of the style, I really enjoyed the oak flavoring with the hops, it somewhat muted the power of the hops, but was well balanced.

Mar 22, 2010
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dren from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

July 02, 2009 bottle on date. Poured into my Great Divide "IPA" glass.

Pours a reddish amber hue with a huge creamy head. Some really good lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, oak and vanilla with some floral notes.

Sweet malt up front, caramel, vanilla, oak and leather, lighter floral and spice hints. The aftertaste lingers long, tastes like lychee as someone else stated. That's where you get your bitterness, dry. The oak masks the initial bitterness/piney/citrus flavors you would expect. I don't get any alcohol flavor, but the aftertaste warms half way through.

The mouth feel is smooth, full but not waxy. A nice sipper.

I will have no problem finishing this one, but this is a sipper, a one beer night.

Mar 21, 2010
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this one up on a whim recently and decided tonight to crack it open...

Pours a very dark orangish brown... Quite murky with a very nice head... Thick and creamy... Looks pretty good...

The hops are very faded here and, while rather floral, don't jump out like they should... The oakiness of the barrel is present along with the sweetness of the malts and a dose of booze... Smells very barleywine to me...

Faded floral hops hit up front and bring in the barrel with the hints of oak and vanilla and earthiness... Rather sweet and a bit boozy in the finish...

Not a bad beer but I'm guessing that I should have got hold of this 6 months ago and it would have been a different animal...

A sipper for sure but not one I will get again..

Mar 13, 2010
15th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 296 ratings