15th Anniversary Wood Aged
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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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nickadams2 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 02 2009

A_ Dark amber with a thick frothy almost cinnamon colored head. Decent lacing.

S_Strong oak smell upfront. Can just pick up hops in the background.

T_Strong vanilla oak flavor. More oak than I expected but rounded out nicely by piny hops and sweet malt.

M_ Thick and creamy finishes just a little bit dry.

D_ Drinks very well especially cosidering the ABV and amount of oak.

Feb 15, 2010
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endincolorado from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear, deep amber with off-white head and some decent, sticky lace.

Smell- Noticeable wood, great malt presence, along with some strange chemical aroma.

Taste- Unusually powerful malt and wood balances the hops, some strange chemical flavor that makes me think of fireworks (obviously at a loss for what it is). Sweet and balanced overall with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with great carbonation.

Drinkability- Alcohol is well-masked. Delicious enough to leave me wanting more, regardless of abv.

Oct 14, 2009
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AKBelgianBeast from Alaska

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

Pours a very appealing copper hued totally clear amber color with a nearly stark white head that leaves decent lacing and retains pretty well.

Nose is a nice malty oakiness, and some subdued hops with a bit of spiciness.

Taste is quite nice. It is VERY rare for me to find an oak aged DIPA that i enjoy, but this one is not only tolerable, but pretty nice. The hops are actually still alive, the maltiness isn't overbearing and syrupy, and the oak adds a nice vanilla touch that isn't too cloying. A smooth finish leads to lingering almost british hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very nice. A good chewiness without being thick. Thick viscosity kills OA DIPA for me faster than anything, so im impressed with this ones niche in the style.

Drinkability isn't amazing overall, but relative to the pseudo-style and abv, it is good.

Overall an enjoyable beer, and one i might revisit in the near future, and near future only, haha. For those of you that are turned off a bit by most OA DIPAs, give this one a shot, it just might change your mind, a nice beer, well done.

Sep 08, 2009
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bomber to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: Aroma of hops, citrus and malt.

T: Tasted of citrus, resiny hops, and sweet malt. Definitely maltier than expected. Almost tasted more like a hopped up pale ale than an Imperial IPA.

M: A highlyu carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not my favorite Great Divide creation, but a well made, drinkable beer.

Aug 23, 2009
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap in a tulip.

Great Divides 15th is a dark amber slight gold color with a nice semi thick caramel head. Some spots of lacing on the way down.

Smells of wood followed by a big DIPA. The hops are next with some pine and slight citrus smells. Reminds me of some american strong ales. Some alcohol comes up but subtle.

15th has a great taste but it's woody as hell. Wood is up front with a nice coat of bittering hops. I'm getting more pine than citrus, perhaps that's the wood and not the hop type used. A malt base is there taming the hops but don't make a significant dent on the palete, this one is mostly wood.

The feel is a bit rough going down with the mix of pine/wood. Some bitterness. This has a medium feel with great carb, at a perfect level for this concoction. The drinkability is hindered by the over the top wood and alcohol so my tulip was enough for me. I don't think I could polish off a bomber of this if I tried.

Oct 17, 2009
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GJ40 from North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH shaped pint glass. Bottled on 6/19/09.

This beer pours nicely with a deep amber color, great clarity and a big, bold head. It really looks great in the glass. The aroma includes oak, piney hops and caramel malts. It was like beiung in the forest. The flavor was a bit much for me. The oak just seemed to dominate everything rather than enhance it. The hops and malts just didn't have the chance to shine. The mouthfeel was very good though with a silky quality and a low carbonation. Maybe this one needs more time but with the oak that strong, I had a hard time getting through it.

Sep 12, 2009
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erikm25 from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bottled 06/04/2009 with consumption occurring about 830 PM PST on 06/12/2009. Bottle reads "Based on our most award winning beer, Denver Pale Ale..." I have yet to try that particular beer. Pours a fire smoked amber with crisp copper tones. Head is a light brown sugar that creeps up to about an inch. Retention is nice. Lacing drapes bubbled curtains down the glass.

S: Subtle aromas of fresh orchids and vanilla coating. Candy apple and caramel sweetness. Heavy aromas that, while not sharpening, steamroll the nostrils with freshness. As this warms the oak and custard sweetness become more pronounced.

T: This is an interesting combo of oak fired vanilla cream and slightly spiced citrus tang. Has more of a hops profile than what the nose leads on with. Cherries with caramel and sharp pine hops. This beer assaults the taste buds with a coupling of butterscotch sweetness and grapefruit bitterness. Even at 10% the alcohol seems relatively subdued amongst the complexity.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium to full mouth feel. Very smooth despite the overall ferocity.

D: Picked this up for just under ten bucks and with this price it is well worth the time and change. What is best in life? To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women or trying new twists on IIPA's?

Jun 13, 2009
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jsh420 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled july 27 2009

pours clear deep copper orange with a 1+ fonger head that left little lacing

smells of fruit malts and oak or whatever wood they aged it in

taste is very woody - sweet also with some spice - and boozy

mouthfeel is a medium light body well carbonated that gives it just enough bite but also leaves a very smooth finish

drinkability is so so - i could never drink a full bottle and glad i split this one

overall a good beer - i would have never thought it was a denver pale - i will let my other bottle age some

Aug 20, 2009
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CrellMoset from Virginia

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

22 oz. bottle courtesy of a friend. Poured in to a snifter.

Appearance: Quite the dichotomy presented by this one. First, the bad news - the color on this one is pretty dull. Sort of a filthy, muddy amber, it was evident from the first moment of the first pour that - hue-wise - this wasn't going to be a particularly attractive beer. But the lacing! The lacing is absolutely immaculate, fine, delicate, and creamy, and it absolutely coats every portion of the glass that the beer touches. Wisps of clouds, marshmallow fluff, rocky and dense but also thin and ethereal. It truly is miraculous looking stuff, even though, surprisingly, the head retention wasn't that great, fading relatively quickly and leaving a foamy, soapy, bulky collar and a uniform sprinkle of snow (the likes of which we'll hopefully have here in C'ville tomorrow morning for a white Christmas).

Aroma: Equal parts light, woody oak and sweet, fruit punch-y American hop overtones. Orange, cherries, grapefruit, and various green estery fruit notes are strong, and spicy, piney, bitter hoppiness effectively masks any alcohol note here.

Taste: A chalky, oaky, green earthy note - pure, fresh barrel - dominates the forefront of this one, particularly before it warms. It's light, estery, leaves a lingering woodiness on the tongue, and intermingles well with the moderate amount of hop bitterness present here. The maltiness is similarly earthy, wholesome, moderately roasted, but also relatively dry. The dryness mingles well with the chalkiness of the wood, the hop bitterness, and also a dry, very "English"-tasting water. The hop profile is decidedly non-English, however: huge tropical fruits - the greenness and "height" of which is amplified by the barrel notes - dominate, with flashes of kiwi, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple coming across like cotton candy in certain places, bubblegum in others. Some pineyness and herbal (mint) notes round things out, both of which mingle very well with the barrel notes.

Mouthfeel: Very fine and abundant carbonation makes for a creamy, smooth, soft mouthfeel. The body itself is understandably thick, but that's both countered and augmented by the flavor elements in a way that jives pretty well.

Drinkability: Can you have an English Double/Imperial IPA? This reminds me in many ways of the Brewdog Atlantic IPA, but with a much more American hop profile. Oh, and it goes fantastically with sharp American cheddar. But seriously, the 10% is nowhere to be tasted/smelt, and it really isn't even obviously felt, truly enhancing the drinkability of this one. A great anniversary beer from a great brewery.

Dec 24, 2009
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Seru1 from Alabama

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Mahogany in color with a thin white head.

Smell- The smell was very mute in this pouring...maybe just this in specific, all I could detect were mild vanilla notes.

Taste- An Almost creamy milky malty sweetness builds with vanilla and fades into a woodsy hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel- A long lasting flavor that is abit thin.

Drinkability- I could drink about 3 in a sitting I think.

OVerall: I'm a big fan of this beer, if your a malt lover go out and give it a try.

Sep 19, 2009
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

- Bottled 7-2-09, consumed 12-12-09.

A: Poured a hazy copper-penny with an impressive 3 finger plus size solid foam structure for a head. Retention was extraordinary while leaving huge, sticky splotches along the glass walls. Visible effervesce was composed of isolated-sparsely packed micro-bubbles rising at a moderate rate.

S: The nose was boozy with a heeping helping of whiskey laced oak, most notable of Evan Williams. Floral hop scents were noticeable upon opening with dried spruce and pine but were less so dominate and distinguishable in the glass being covered up by the dry whiskey booziness. Dry vanilla extract is faintly detected on the trail. Overall it is the oaked aged woodiness and dry booziness that stands out most here while the hops take a distant back seat.

T: The flavor is dry toasted grains accented by a dry booziness, again of Evan Williams. Dried floral hops and dried oaky and vanilla notes were also well represented. There is a spicy hop bite in the middle of the palate (goldings?) before moving onto a dry bitterness of citrus. The alcohol is softly noted but very warming on the finish along with warm toasty malt. Overall the flavor was dry toasted grains but much like the nose a dry booziness overshadows much of the hop offering.

M: medium body with a milky feel and texture along with an active carbonation turning to a fizzy creaminess on the hgold. A dry whiskey booziness ensures on the finish.

D: Average drinkability thou more boozy then hoppy making this a moderate sipper. A bit of aging might have helped here toning done the alcohol a bit and giving this a more rounder and softer character. A bomber is a bit on the high side by one's self, best shared with a friend. Moderately enjoyable.

Dec 24, 2009
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Rayek from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Red amber with good clarity and leisurely carbonation. A mahogany tinged cream cap is big and dense. Head retention is good and a fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: Quite fruity initially. As my nose lingered, I picked up a strong dose of pepper, anise and black tea. I'm so used to citrus dominating this style, that I was taken aback when only a hint of it showed up.

T: The spicy pepper and anise bitterness dominates, but is moderate for this style. The oak 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.

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. A bit too much on a warm August evening, but a nice match for a cool autumn night.

Aug 12, 2009
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at the Eagan Cellars a bit ago & have stored it lovingly in the "beer fridge" (you know, the one with the stickers & magnets all over the inside) ever since. Happy to see Great Divide all over the Twin Cities.

Looks like a nice filtered IPA, bronze medal color. Sticky head, if anyone really cares. Smell is just OK, the hops & wood seems to be at odds with one another.

On the other hand, Great Divide's 15th Anniversary is to be celebrated if this is how they do it up! I was afraid this would suffer in relation to the Jai Alai I had recently, but I'm beginning to think this wood/IPA thing is a really, really good idea. The wood is strong, the hops are actually a bit subservient, & the floral notes come in only after the wood is shuffling off the mortal coil of the hops. The two tastes are nicely complementary; however, the wood is even a little too strong here. I'd like a few more hops.

Very good beer. Not quite top-shelf, but this is a nice brew. DIPA with wood? Let's do more of this.

Nov 07, 2009
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ryrust5301 from Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide beers usually don't disappoint, and this one shouldn't either. Looks like a firm double ipa. Toasted wood color with a dark orange highlight to it. Head was a fluffy three fingers in length and the lacing was exquisite. Huge malt bill in the nose and whiffs of sweet caramel swirl around the brain. Taste follows up in the caramel malt catagory, but I feel the hops are a little lacking. They are present, but there isn't enough of a crisp biterness to make me drool. Seems to taste a little flat in the feel as well. It just needs to pop a little bit in the mouth to really make it shine. Lightly sticky and sweet on the back end through the finish. Maybe the hops have died a bit, but this beer could be so much more.

Nov 26, 2009
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whoneeds8 from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a Tulip a dark orange with a thick off white head. Great clumpy lacing.

Aroma is of strong floral hops. There is also a candy scent in there, like very sugary. The hop bite up front I think has mellowed. I admit I really should have tried this when I bought it a few weeks ago, but it got lost in the fridge. The hop pallate does mellow out to a nice sweet malt finish with a good smooth bitter aftertaste. There is a slight dryness to it from the wood, but there's really no oak flavor that I can notice. It's a very thick ale, leaving good tasty sweetness on my lips.

Sep 05, 2009
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naterock from Missouri

3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a Dokel, deep coppery color with a thick rocky off white head. laces minimally down the glass.

Smell is overly alcoholic with a essence of a strange phenol character. a lot of woody notes with a slight vanilla nose.

An IPA? really? I would call this a wood aged APA. Not an over abundance of hops but a decent piney flavor with a decent vanilla to even it out. a bit of sweet and bitter at the same time. Changes greatly as it warms to bring out the more citrusy hops but this is minimal at best.

Mouth is oily and moderately carbonated. Drinkability is better when it warms and the alcohol presence diminishes.

Jul 03, 2009
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Nov 20, 2011
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cvstrickland from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 22-ounce bomber bottle is handsomely-labeled in brown, chocked full of ingredient and flavor descriptives, and trimmed in black foil. When poured into my Duvel glass, the vessel yields a rich reddish-copper body sparkling with clarity and capped with a layer of fine-bubbled pale ivory foam. The head stands firm and creamy at two fingers' thickness before coming to rest at a rocky sheet that sticks webby spatters and wide rings of lacing onto the sides of my tulip.

The aroma is sweet and impressively floral with a succulent undercurrent of vanilla caramel. A pleasant bite of snappy citrus adds pungency and heft to the profile.

The taste is malty-sweet and laced with cooling vanilla, but a fair amount of fruity, bitter-citrusy hops cuts right through through the sweetness. Toasted caramel and a splash of oily orange rind are accented with a note of zippy spice and a touch of woody dryness that helps clean up the finish very nicely. Mild and fruity alcohol is prominent in the profile, but just adds more flavor and an assist to the aromatics without being bogged down by any associated chemical harshness.

The drink is fullish in body with sedate carbonation, and is a really superb drinker for a beer this big.

Jul 12, 2009
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badbassrandy from Maryland

4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Incredible tannish eggshell-colored head explodes upon pouring, leaving a craggy, moonlike craters of sticky, thick foam. Head retention is amazing and lacing speaks of the quality ingredients. Body was a gorgeous amber --
clear and sediment-free.

S - A bouquet of young oak wood, fruits, hops and sweetness bursts from the foamy froth. The smell alone is mouth-watering and complex. With such head retention, I wanted to smell this forever... and I almost could.

T - The complexity and balance of this beer cannot be overstated. To go into detail about each flavor present would be overkill, so let's just say that this is one of the most amazing tasting beers I've ever had. The poignancy of the hops is perfectly countered by smooth, delicious, big malt flavor as these two dance back and forth in a tug-o-war on the palate. The oak wood taste is certainly present, but not as in-your-face as other oaked beers I've tased. The flavor explodes on the tongue and lingers there, seemingly endlessly. Deeeelicious! The 10% abv is completely hidden in this gem.

M - Super smooth and velvety but carbonated enough, with prickly, lingering hop zest. A pleasure to let roll around in the mouth for extended sips.

D - Drinkability is amazing. Alcohol is so well hidden and taste is so luxurious without being overpowering. Very easy to kill a glass or bottle, and a bit dangerous in that respect. One of the very most drinkable beers of 10% I've ever tasted.

This is one of the very best beers I've ever had the honor of enjoying.

Jul 30, 2009
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photomike from California

5/5  rDev +23.5%

Dec 15, 2011
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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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Cakanator from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

BGBBD at sierra 2nd course. I've had this one a few times before and thought how much more I liked this than the OA unearthly from southren tier. I do love the regulatr unearthly, but I've strayed from the idea of OA doubles. This one is so flavorful and smooth with a slight wood flavor from aging. Decent citrus, but its the wood chips that shine here and I think in this case it compliments the beer. Well done!

Nov 23, 2009
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mikey711 from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap yesterday. it was a really nice copper color that had a lacey white head. it smelled mostly sweet and vanilla and oaky and then nice floral hops.

this was a great teasting beer. malty hoppy sweet bitter caramel vanilla. really smooth for a DIPA. I wish i could of had more. It had a very creamy mouthfeel and wasnt as boozy tasting as expected.

Jun 17, 2009
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0110x011 from California

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Transparent rusty red/brown. Thick, 3-finger mother-of-pearl head. Chunky lace all over.

S - Caramel & hazelnut. Pine & grass from the hops. Vanilla & oak.

T - Caramel, toffee, vanilla, pine, and grapefruit. Big oak & malt dominance, but with a strong bitter bite. Rides the line between a DIPA and a barleywine.

M - Medium-full mouthfeel. Carbonation is fairly soft. A bit resiny.

D - Medium. Doesn't coalesce quite as well as other oaked DIPAs, but it still manages to be quite tasty. Worth a try.

Aug 25, 2009
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angelmonster from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this fresh on tap at the great divide tap room

Pours a nice 2 finger beige head, translucent amber brown body. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is a nice balance of floral hops and sweet malt. Sweetness of oak wood really blends everything together

Taste is of sweet copper malt and subtle hops. Alcohol is very light for 10 percent abv. The after taste is of sweet, smoky wood. Very complex beer

Mouth feel is of medium carbonation and a slight creamy head. Body also has a good silky mouth feel.

Drink ability is good even though the alcohol is high. Very good beer, sucks that it's only gonna be available for a short time

Jun 19, 2009
15th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 296 ratings