15th Anniversary Wood Aged | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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)

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Added by Mebuzzard on 06-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Ego
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of surprenant1138
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

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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
4.03 out of 5 based on 295 ratings.
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