15th Anniversary Wood Aged | Great Divide Brewing Company

15th Anniversary Wood Aged15th Anniversary Wood Aged
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15th Anniversary Wood Aged15th Anniversary Wood Aged

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mebuzzard on 06-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 295 |  Reviews: 250
Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Lionhearted1987
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of photomike
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of trojankeg
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of badbassrandy
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a deep amber/orange. No less than four fingers of dense foam, the bottom section struggling to stabilize as the bubbles can scarcely fight through the liquid to rise. Great retention at a thin finger, plenty of sticky lace for decorations.

Aroma - huge sweet caramel and dark fruit. Candyish and intense. No hint of wood, however. At least not at first. As this was setting up and I was penning appearance thoughts, the wood called to me from the glass. Just like that, there it was. Well-integrated, explaining why you may not pick it up until some of the volatiles burn off.

Taste - great blend of flavors here. Caramelly malts, lots of mango-like hops but rather restrained on bitteness. The wood aspect is fantastic, plenty of oak presence. Bitterness doesn't really appear until the aftertaste, and then it is melding with all the other stuff. Not at all like the usual ten percenter. The finish has the bite, the wood, the nice little abv warmth in the throat and belly.

Mouthfeel - oddly enough, this beer is kind of thin for a DIPA. Good smoothness, and it does tend to 'body up' as it warms but not chewy like I'd hoped.

Drinkability - outstanding beer; geez I hope I bought more than one of these...

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Photo of RemyLeBeau
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just bought this beer today for 9.99 for a 22oz bottle. I really enjoy double ipa's so seeing a wood aged from great divide was enticing.

As soon as I opened the bottle I knew that this was going to be an exceptional beer. The aroma is fruity and very appealing. I have to say it is probably one of the best smelling beers I have ever had.

I poured this beer into my Guldren Draak glass which gave me a nice, thick, slightly yellow head. I had bought the beer cold and by the time I drove about 10 minutes home it was the perfect temperature.

The flavor is exceptional. The flavor from the hops has a great bittering quality but more than that it has a great fruity, earthy tone that compliments very well with the malty sweetness. The complex flavors are well balanced and the flavors all compliment each other very well.

The mouthfeel was great. It is full-bodied and rich.

I am drinking this beer as I am writing this review and the more I drink it the more I wish I had more of it. I recommend it highly.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a goblet.

Dark amber with a nice dense one inch head and thick ample lacing.

Smells of frsh vanilla bean, honey, roasty malts and french oak (vanilla).

Taste is a smooth texture french oak barrel vanilla, toffee and high alpha hops blended nicely with roasted malt.

This is a damn smooth drinker! Enjoy!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Black foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear bright copper brew. Head recedes slowly, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is oak, alcohol, and hops, in that order of intensity. Taste starts sweet, peeks of oak in the middle, and sedate warming at the close, with a slight hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and drinkability is awesome for the style. No smack upside the head with bitterness here, it all works together beautifully. Excellent, but dangerous. Enjoy.

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Photo of horshack7
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: From a 22 ounce bottle pours a dark amber with mahogany hues around the edges. The head on it is thick and frothy that leaves behind thins rings of lacing upon thining out. This is certainly a darker double i.p.a than others which is a nice thing to see.

Aroma: A very small bit of smokiness. Big sweetness from the roasted malts like a caramel apple. The hops give off sweet grapefruit notes with a citrusy back bone.

Taste: Wow the first sip is an adreniline rush. A sticky yet smooth mouthfeel. The wood gives it a smokiness unlike any other double i.p.a. Still loaded with hops but the malts have this dark roasted flavor. Nice grapefruit notes round it out well but it's still in the background.

Notes: This is a stunning double i.p.a. I am very happy that I picked this monster up. Cheers.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Red, clear with a small amount of carbonation. Thick wheat colored head that produces a substantial amount of lace, coating the glass. Big hops, coconut, and bourbon, lots of alcohol that is counter-balanced by the sweetness of the malt. The finish has a bit of bitterness. The bourbon characteristics are very evident, particularly the upper palate sweet-woody-alcohol characteristics.

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Photo of KalH
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I initially read a lot about this beer when I had first heard of it and was wanting to try it more and more with every review I read. I was fortunately able to get my hands on one of these via a trade and was not let down in the least bit.

I'm just going to go ahead and say that I love this beer. I was pleasantly surprised by its incredible flavor and balance. Definitely going to be on the lookout for more of this.

This beer pours a clear amber with a nice, foamy, creamy head. I noticed off the bat the aromas of vanilla, whiskey, toffee, and flora. Great combination of smells.
The first taste blew me away. It had a powerful flavor of oak and all the flavors of the aromas I had previously mentioned. The finish was dry but the mouthfeel was great. A complex taste but one that is definitely unforgettable. Its a bit boozey at 10% ABV but the alcohol is not overwhelming.
Its malty but has a nice wood and hop balance to it that allows this to be pretty drinkable. Overall, the body is light and the carbonation low. The texture was somewhat slick going down, but it certainly warms your throat!

Do yourself a favor and try this if you want a good DIPA.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide 15th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA poured a beautiful copper with red hints when held to light. There was a massive creamy head and huge amounts of lace clung to the glass.

As much as I love Imperial IPAs, I don't often use the word "delicious" to describe them; however, this ale is delicious. Rather than having bland bitterness, such as so many other IPAs, this explodes with sweet, burnt caramel and vanilla. It tasted like Crème Brule and was exceptional with cheese and crackers, out on the deck, after a long bike ride.

Drinking Great Divide 15th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA was a glad-to-be-alive experience.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into Unibroue tulip. Lighting is bad so I can't evaluate the colors involved but a retaining, soft head stayed on top of the body for a little while. Aroma is fascinating. Hops, very pungent, slight vanilla, alcohol, hops, moderate sweetness in the background. Upon tasting it seems that the vanilla/oak flavors are starting to emerge more than the first times I've had this beer. Hops have faded a touch, but it doesn't seem like a bad thing as the other flavors are coming forth. A little less satisfying therefore from a hop perspective, but overall, not a bad thing. Sweetness lingers on the lips and despite the fact that the alcohol can be smelled, it can't be tasted...pretty amazing at 10%. Another in a lengthening list of beers that are most likely cost prohibitive to make full production and are made in limited release. Like some of my all-time favorite Taco Bell items from the past, this one will be gone for good soon.

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Photo of bamadog
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this in the cellar since August and I'm glad I finally got around to cracking this one open. Split with beerman207. Review is from the bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

Appearance: Pours a ruddy coppery color with ruby highlights; body is definitely cloudy; comes with a thick and foamy and slightly off-white head that fades to an uneven skim with a thicker island off to the side; oily lacing slides around leaves some spots down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very nice and robust! Nice and citrusy (orange peel) hoppiness, but a very firm malty backing; sweet hitns of vanilla and a bit of earthy woodiness; alcohol comes out a bit more as it warms.

Taste: Near perfect! Sweet and creamy maltiness that is reminiscent of a caramel bulls-eye target candy with some orange peel added; slight stinging woodiness adds some balance to the sweetness; alcohol is perfectly masked and virtually undetectable, which makes this one a tad dangerous :)

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick and chewy, yet very smooth; very soft carbonation and it goes down super smooth and easy; mouth is left a tad dry with a film of stickiness; gums are left a little tingly.

Drinkability: Way to high for something that clocks in at 10%. flavors are amazing and the body is super smooth; alcohol is masked way too well... I need to find another one of these before it's gone.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear rich amber color with sparse carbonation trails. The head is off white and thick and fluffy. The head diminishes down to a layer that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: The obvious tones are wood (with some bourbon and vanilla), hops, and sweet malts. There is a sweet fruit in there but I cannot put my finger on it. I was sniffing this all through the experience from too cold to really enjoy to just the right temperature and it smelled wonderful the entire time.

T: Very complex yet well-balanced flavor. If follows the nose closely but in perfect harmony. The imperial level alcohol content does not overshadow the flavor.

M: Not overly carbonated. Even with 10% ABV it doesn't have a harsh feel on the tongue. Nice and smooth going down.

D: I would have to call this very drinkable. The one I was drinking while reviewing was the second one I had. I'd love to have more but it is a one per session beer. Regardless, I really like this one.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up this week at Merchants in Dearborn, thanks to Annette for the great service and sage advice. Bottled July 2, 2009. Medium dark amber and cognac hues with a sand / tan head of about a finger and a half. Creamy head has excellent retention and sticky lace. Carbonation not overly pronounced but there is the rich appearance of a complex beer that proved very enticing in my Affligem goblet.

Smell of hard candies - the kind that stick together - is very up front. Vaniilla, toffee, caramel ... hmmm, heavenly aromas. Taste is rich caramel, pecan pie, vanilla, lots of oak, bitter middle, substantial luxurious body. It seemed to me that the underlying hops in this DIPA competed with an array of delicious flavours, all in a bitter backdrop and with brandy on the swallow. Throughout the tasting, the alcohol was apparent but superbly integrated, adding nicely to the mix.

I really enjoyed this beer and savoured every drop. The best part was that the sweetness was never overdone or cloying - it was like a butter tart or a pecan pie without the sugar overkill. Butterscotch pudding came to mind as well. To the last few sips, a swirl quickly regenerated good head. Delightful all around, a DIPA and so much more in a glass, way to go Great Divide

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Copper, brown body under a large slightly off white head. Excellent lace and retention. Great looking beer.

S: Nice balance of hops. A bit piney with some sweeter citrus underneath. Wood very apparent, with a splash of vanilla. Nice aroma.

T: Again, the wood is very apparent, this time the vanilla more so. The wood really seems to cut through what could have possibly been a "biting" hop character that sometimes pops up a DIPA. Sweet up front. Bitterness is big, but not over powering. Again, pine seems to dominate the hope profile with a noticeable grapefruit and orange hop underneath. Maybe the slightest inkling of alcohol but overall it is well hidden. Excellent.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation pricks the tongue slightly. Drinkability is nice for such a big beer. The wood character really helps to mellow this one out. Superb beer.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Great copper hue with a big off white head diminishing into a small bubbly layer across the top and excellent lacing on the glass.

S: The hops are apparent along with a sweet malty aroma not much more than that. The smell is great but if there was a bit more to it I would have given the beer a full 5.

T: The first tastes are of citrus and hops along with a nice sweet malt flavor. A vanilla flavor comes through in the finish along with a slight hop bitterness but it's not overwhelming. The alcohol is no where to be found when drinking this.

M: Very thick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation when slightly agitated in the mouth. The beer coats the mouth allowing for a long finish.

D: Even though you can't taste much of the alcohol the 10% ABV makes this hard to drink more than 1 but that wouldn't stop me. This is a sipper though...careful.

I couldn't taste any Oak or Wood flavors but the Vanilla hints at it's affect on the beer. Great stuff.

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Photo of Bung
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Light mohogahny pour. Light white head, recedes to a ring and sticks around. Aroma has some piney hops and carmelly malt, but blended with vanilla oak, very nice. Just a hint of booze. Splendid mix of malt, caramel, caramel covered red fruit, middle through finish is some ash/oak and hop bitterness. I'd say the taste is border line light barlywine. Solid medium body, but not syrupy or overly thick. Carbonation helps this quite a bit also.
Tempted to give this a 4.5 in the drinkability, but for such a big beer it just can't be that high, or can it. Anyways, this is a very interesting brew, one of the best Double IPAs I've had, but I prefer the non-traditional DIPA. Needs to be tried.

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Photo of OBIrish24
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of TheSarge
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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15th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80.3% out of 100 with 295 ratings
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