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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 | website

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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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled September 2009
Bottled July 27th, 2009; Sampled September 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass quickly produces a four-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer is a nice rich red color that shows a concentrated red-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of oak and hops; notably there is a soft vanillin note & some buttery oak up front that mixes with floral and citrus hop note, while a spicy, woody note mixes with the more herbal and pine hop notes towards the end. The oak actually tends to mute the citrus components of the hops and instead accentuates the more floral, herbal and pine like notes. Notes of orange blossom, herbaceous tangerine, some lychee and bergamot are noticeable here though.

Somewhat rich feeling as it first hits my tongue, there is an unmistakeable viscous heft to this beer that sees it clinging to the palate after each sip. Toasted oak flavors linger in the palate after each sip as does an herbal hop bitterness. This has a nice bitterness throughout, though it is not at a huge level like some Double IPAs; the ample bitterness that is here plays well with the other flavor components. Lots of sticky malt notes contribute to the overall palate presence of this beer, but aside from a touch of crystal malt caramelization don't end up being too overwhelming with all the other flavor notes found here. The mix of spicy oak and herbal hop notes towards the finish can get a touch hot at times. Despite being so thick and viscous feeling this beer really doesn't taste very sweet at all; somehow the mix of flavors produce a richness, but not a lot of sweetness (which is definitely nice). As the beer warms a touch more of the citrus / fruity hop notes start to become more noticeable; orange zest, some lychee, as well as candied tangerine notes.

Not a bad beer, the oak actually manages to integrate itself pretty well with this beer. I do feel like it could stand to be a bit more hop focused, which makes me wonder how much hop character this has lost in the two months since it was bottled.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am so glad to have had the oppertunity to try this wonderful beer.

It pours a beautiful foggy copper color with a huge, creamy off white head that has great retention and lacing. The only reason it's not a 5 on -A- is that it's not clear. But nonetheless a very appealing beer.

And from an arms length, you get wofts of oak wood and a huge complex hop aroma. It's mainly very pungent resiny floral notes with some earthiness. And I love that oak wood I'm getting. I also get some pine aromas as well from the hops. And you definately know this is wood aged. Very well done.

And the flavor reflects that of the nose. With tons of floral and earthy pine hops mixed with oak, but with a huge caramel sweetness that balances the beer a little too much for me imo (according to a double ipa) The only reason it's a 4.0 and not a 4.5 or 5 is because it is a double ipa and it should be way more hop foward than this. Granted that this beer is aged and the hoppiness will decrease a little over time, but... It reminds me of Bigfoot in the taste too much for a double ipa.

This wonderful beer has a HUGE, sweet, cream, chewy body with a lingering bittersweetness that lasts forever.

And I could session this beer all night long! LOL, just kidding! lol It's too high in abv to do that, but this beer goes down very smooth without much detection of any fusal alcohol at all.

A very very good beer by GD indeed. Thanks for this offering.

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Photo of blakesell
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a beveled pint glass.

Appearance- As soon as I pop the bottle, thar she blows. A gusher, quick with the glass for the save, the beer is overactively foamy but it doesn't look like there's anything wrong with it. Ample white foam, an equal ratio to the pour. It clings and is impressively white. Beer itself is clear and amber colored.

Smell- Smells pretty nice, lots of hop character, American oak in there, smells to be a good balance. Almost a cracked black pepper smell in there that I actually find favorable as I sneeze away from the glass of course.

Taste- Well, all great things must come to an end. Now I'm tasting a decline and this is entirely subjective judging by me considering the previous reviews on this beer. It's not the freshness or being out of date, it's just that American oak and IPA's don't mix for me. The IPA flavor is intense and mouth coating which is great at first, then soon, almost immediately after the oak comes in and destroys what would otherwise be an enjoyable experience, scrubbing off every shard of that piny hop flavor that was there before. There are no off bacteria from the barrel, it's just the nature of the beast here and I'm sorry to say that I've never had an oaked IPA that really did it for me yet.

Mouthfeel- More of that overwhelming oak coating the tongue. Cloying, overdone, full bodied, highly carbonated, almost creamy from the barrel, not smooth, astringent.

Drinkability- I'll have a hard time finishing off this bottle and I'm afraid the rest may find it's way into the sink drain. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would call this blasphemy, but I've had that one too, and the oak is a bit overpowering on that one as well. Extreme beers have their place, and barrel aging the american IPA is not that place for my mouth.

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Photo of Xul
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a two-finger creme colored head, which leaves an immense out of lacing down the glass as it recedes. Body is translucent enough to reveal a steady stream of bubbles making their way towards the head.

S: Some oak up front along with smokey notes, backed by a big caramel base. Vanilla and brown sugar poke through as it warms. Some earthy hoppiness comes through but at this point, it smells more like a barleywine than an IIPA.

T: Big caramel and toffee base is complemented by oak and vanilla. Earthy bitterness comes in on the back of the tongue but doesn't make itself know in an aggressive fashion. Hints of oxidation, but they don't really detract from the taste.

M: A bit thin for the ABV and flavor profile, carbonation is good but a bigger body would've been beneficial.

D: Goes down easy but takes a bit of a hit due to the aforementioned thin feel.

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Photo of ABOWMan
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like DIPA's and this one from Great Divide was no exception. My bottle poured a nice two fingered head of fine off-white foam with good clarity and a light caramel color. Lacing was good and made it all the way to the bottom of the glass!

The aroma is single malt bourbon up-front with vanilla and a slightly hoppy pine finish.

The flavor is much like the aroma. Bourbon, sweet alcohol, malt and vanilla. No hop bitterness to speak of for a DIPA.

I'd by another, but not if I was in the mood for for a DIPA. This is closer to a bourbon barrel aged ale than a DIPA.

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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Magnum's in late September for $8.89. Bottled on July 27, 2009.

Beer poured a copper color with a nice white head initially. Nose is an interesting combination of hop flower and oak. Taste is big on vanilla oak, big malts, and big hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth. Drinkability is good. Initial sip produced alcohol warmth but the high abv was well hidden after. The oak effect is an innovative twist on my favorite style but not necessarily one that enhances the overall experience. But I am definitely happy to have the opportunity to try!

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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 nickadams2
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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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 CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden, amber, reddish, frothy and creamy looking

smell: loaded and more loaded hops and strong citrus aroma

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid and loaded with hops with a citrus orange flavor. They cramy head make this a cream-sickle like taste. I was told this was the oakest beer out there. Not quite for but it did have a nice oak presence.

mouthfeel: medium

drinkability: very solid brew. can't wait to try again

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt sienna with a huge head that clumps as it descends and sticks all over the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Pina colada, vanilla and oak with earthy hops underneath

Taste: Bread and caramel, up front, with growing elements of pina colada and vanilla; by mid-palate, there is a relentless burst of pithy and earthy hop bitterness; after the swallow, the bitterness turns a bit citrusy, though the sweet, woody and vanilla/coconut flavors are very pronounced

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A lot of complexity and very interesting but ultimately tough to consume; the tropical fruit sweetness, the booziness and the bitterness ultimately fail to come together as a drinkable whole

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Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden like hue with a nice tall head. Pretty good retention with some lace noted.

S: Very woody with a big blast of caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. No real hops picked up.

T: Very woody. Lots and lots of fresh okay. It is also laden with vanilla. Plenty of candy malt sweetness but just a touch of pine sweetness.

M: On the fuller side of medium smooth with good carbonation.

D: Okay, I would liked to have picked up a bit of bitter hops to provide balance to all the sweetness. A malty lovers dream.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from a 22oz Bottle
Aroma - Pine, lemongrass, caramel malt.
Appearance - Copper/Amber color with a thin but frothy head.
Taste - This beer is very lively, with the only IPA characteristics coming through as hopiness on the back of the palate. The main flavors are the woody notes consistent with new oak barrels: vanilla, coconut, light cinnamon.
Palate - This is full-bodied beer with thick texture, lively carbonation, and other than the light vanilla, a rather abrupt finish.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden glowing amber. Head dissolves to a razon-thin layer of foam and a large cluster of medium-sized bubbles, with a nice ring of lacing on the shoreline.

S: Banana, grapefruit, and resin-like hops. Lots of complex flavors here, especially compared with a standard IPA, but not surprising for an oaked double. The hop/malt smells blend nicely to deliver the fruity nose.

T: VANILLA! Way more vanilla than I was expecting. The beer was bottled at the beginning of June, so I wouldn't have expected this much of the oaked flavor to have broken down to vanilla, but it sure has. Too much vanilla? Moving on... creamy, spicy oak, bitter towards the finish. Very well blended - there is a sweetness in the middle that is perfectly matched with the vanilla/oak flavors. It's also estery, as the nose suggested, and gives more banana flavors as it warms. Perhaps a bit fusel-tasting as well? In any case, the vanilla flavors from the oak were perfectly done.

M: Not as astringent as I had expected from a DIPA, so that's a plus. Pretty smooth.

D: Medium-high. It's a strong ale, with powerful hops, big malts, and potent vanilla flavors, but they are all so well-matched that it comes out smooth. However, I have a hard time rating anything this bold as "highly drinkable," as anything more than a half a bomber would destroy my palette.

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Photo of MPLS
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked this bottle out of boredom, it was starting at me with it's WOOD AGED gaze...

A: This beer pours a bright and welcoming orange hue with a brilliant soapy cap that manages to loiter around for a bit. Lace included.

S: Initially I got a big vanilla-malt aroma with hops almost in the background. This isn't a giant hop bomb, but a ton of malt had to be used to hide the large amount of hops. In the background there are some citrus and tropical hop notes.

T: DIPA lets the malt play all day. This beer has a big caramel and bready malt base that is sweet and satisfying. The hops accent the huge malt build and the oak certainly helps round out the edges and refines the finish of the beer with a vanilla and mild wood dryness. I don't know if it was my palate that day or what, but the 10% is masterfully hidden in this one.

M: Delicate carbonation and a huge creamy silky mouthfeel make this beer enjoyable.

D: I am at times malt forward and this satisfies that urge. A good offering with a nice oak finish. Affordable, though not extremely available. Another good Great Divide offering.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. From a 22oz bomber. Bottled Jun 4 '09

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with red hues and a nicely packed off-white head that is about 1 inch tall. There is some nice sticky lacing as the head slowly recedes. It recedes down to a mat.

S - Some sweet pale malt character comes through first. Some mild clean oak smells are in there as well as some sweet hints of vanilla.

T - Nice flavors! Sweet malt infused with some vanilla hints as well as some raw cocoa hints and caramel sweetness. Spices on the back end are very delicious and there is some nice clean and dry oaky character as expected. The finish is bitter and hoppy. Very well balanced beer.

M - Smooth and oily with some nice CO2 content that keeps it refreshing.

D - Refreshing but high ABV.

Edit: As the beer warms the flavors really come alive. The wood taste and the vanilla hints are the most present. Very nice.

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide 15Th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA
Bottled 7/2009

G- INAO Tasting Glass

A- Bright copper for the first few pours, cloudy lees for the final pour. Expansive rocky foam, settles to a beige film with copious lace.

S- Seductive aromas of vanilla, butterscotch, coconut/pineapple, and buttered raisin bread rise from the glass.

T- Sweet rich malt, vanilla cake, toffee, with a fresh but only slightly bitter hop finish for balance.

M, D- Alluring, seductive flavor. A artfully woven texture here. ABV masked by the generous flavors and gravity. Perfect CO2. A pleasure to drink, this bomber simply disappeared with enjoyable ease.

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Photo of Telix
2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taken from notes. Had this on draft at Birreria Paradiso in DC a few months ago.

A: A coppery red-brown. Quite clear, with a low head on the pour and moderate carbonation.

S: Somehow I neglected to mark aroma notes...

T: Syrupy, boozy, with sweet hoppy flavors. Boozy on the tongue, woody on the finish, and a weird "barrel" taste of wood and booze and a bitter finish.

M: Thick, smooth, normal, with a bitter snap on the finish.

D: Surprisingly mild, but big and boozy, too much to want to drink more than one. I remember not thinking this was very impressive.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top, nicely foiled with nice label. Bottled on June 4, 2009.

Appearance: Nice, fairly bright dark burnt orange beer, crowned with a nice sticky ivory cap with great retention.

Smell: Surprising for a DIPA, really; there's a decent amount of earthy hoppiness present here, but the aromas are dominated by sweet, sticky caramel topping and boozy alcohol. This is a bit more akin to an American Strong Ale, really. Not a lot of oakiness noticed here really either; just a hint of toasty vanilla. This is still pretty nice overall though.

Taste: Wow. Not at all what I was expecting from this beer. This is not a screaming hoppy monster, nor does it really seem much like a DIPA. It's got a pretty nice balance between sweet and bitter; there's not a lot of American hop citrus character here; the British hops show through more, with an earthy, herbal character. The sweet notes are reminiscent of steely caramel and cotton candy. There's a little bit of booziness, but the 10% is hidden remarkably (REMARKABLY) well. Though there are very light notes of vanilla oakiness, the oak stays WELL in the background. If it wasn't described as an oak-aged beer on the label, I probably wouldn't have known.

Mouthfeel: Mid-heavy and fairly smooth

Drinkability: Medium, to medium-high at best

Conclusion: To me, this isn't really much of a DIPA; it's definitely more of an American Strong Ale, which I noticed in several other people's reviews. That doesn't make it bad. It's got a nice balance between sweet/bitter elements, and Great Divide did an amazing job in brewing this so that the 10% alcohol tastes more like 7-8% tops. Still, there's nothing really leaps out here, or makes me want to go buy another. Pretty tasty beer, glad I tried it, but not quite up to the awesome standards of many of GD's other beers.

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Photo of deereless
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Fair amount of frothy head on a hard pour, deep copper color with a slight haze, signs of sticky head - 4.50, S: Thick and syrupy aromas, intensely sweet, some pureed raisins and booze soaked dates, the oak is very obvious and contributes a strong vanilla smell, some tropical fruit, a heck of a lot of stuff going on in this beer - 4.00, T: Noticeable alcohol, some prune juice and tropical fruits, molasses and dates, hops are present but seem to play second fiddle to the malt build, like the nose the palate has a significant amount of vanilla - 4.00, M: Silky and somewhat thick - 4.25, D: Some of my favorite elements - oak, hops but I struggle to see this as a double ipa, I would gladly drink this beer again - 4.25

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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 beerthulhu
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

DIPA aged over oak chips, given Great Divide's track record this sounds promising with the potential of being great. Initial pour is a translucent golden orange with a large creamy, dense bubbly tan head that leaves dots of sticky lacing and overall has nice retention. Doesn't look like a typical DIPA but is still very pretty. Aroma starts off oak forward, very sweet and boozy. As the beer warms up, a citrus rind/pulpy aroma starts to blend in also. Again, doesn't smell like a DIPA, the vanilla and oak dominate, but it is fairly unique and pleasant. Body is very smooth and thick with light carbonation. The oak and vanilla flavors dominate like the nose, with strong caramel malt and sugars, and a light citrus hop finish. Not nearly hoppy enough to be a DIPA, but that doesn't mean this isn't a good beer, with sneakily complex flavors. More of a catchall strong ale or something, This would be interesting to see what it's like in a year after all the hops have faded completely.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Deep copper, very clear, fluffy foam on top, good retention, spotty lacing.

SMELL malty sweet, strong boozy esters, fruity, woody, vanilla, floral hoppy. Very nice and has long legs.

TASTE Oak barrel, medium hop bitterness, and bit caramel malty sweetness blending and contrasting. Floral hops and light vanilla flavors emerge and linger into the dry and bitter finish. Very complex and pretty well balanced.

FEEL rich, viscous texture with trong warming. Cleanish finish for DIPA.

OVERALL wicked delicious! Very complex, rich, and nuanced. A bit too easy drinking for a big one. Highly recommended.

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15th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.
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