15th Anniversary Wood Aged | Great Divide Brewing Company

15th Anniversary Wood Aged15th Anniversary Wood Aged
295 Ratings
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:
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Added by Mebuzzard on 06-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass

Pours a clear copper color with a one inch off-white head. Falls to a cap and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma has a nice sweet malt character with a touch of tobacco leaf, the hops are actually quite mellow in this, there is some earthy and spicy hop notes. Oak character comes through as well, very light vanilla character too.

Taste is sweet and malty up front with a big dose of oak and light vanilla character coming in the middle. Again the hop character is nicely balanced, which I like, with spicy and earthy tones. Finishes with lingering oak and a very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice creamy carbonation level. Quite drinkable for the ABV.

An interesting beer that I definitely enjoyed. Don't go expecting anything like an American DIPA. This is much more English in character.

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Photo of infestaxion
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber with nice clarity. A MASSIVE meringue head that fades slowly and leaves a very nice lacing.

S - The oak is strong with this one. The hops are subdued but still apparent.

T - Ok I was wrong. The oak is He-Man strong with this one. I really have to concentrate to find anything else. The anything else would be bitter hops with a nice malt balance. There's some alcohol in there as well. The flavors are all very good but the wood is a bit too much. Seems like a stupid thought but I wonder if the oak would mellow with some age. Personally, I'd like some more bitter in this.

M - Sticky and nice bodied. Good carbonation.

D - Very drinkable for 10%. I'm not going to have a problem going through this bottle.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, bottled 7/2/09. Pours a clear copper amber with a huge creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued at first with some weird notes but it opens up as it sits. Some piney hops, caramel malts, floral vanilla, soap(?) and plasticy metallic alcohol.

The flavor is woody malts and pepper with a big spicy hop finish. The alcohol is very noticeable and is warming but not too over the top. As it warms, lots of sweet vanilla comes out. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy.

Overall, an interesting beer. It has some strange notes that are hard to place and seem slightly off to me. As it warms, the sweet vanilla dominates and becomes slightly cloying.

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Photo of riored4v
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 7/17/09

Poured into a goblet. 2 finger, off-white head. Good lacing. Clear, dark copper colored body.

Smell is malty, some citrus hops, very mild woody aroma. Floral hops and slightly caramely.

Taste is malty, slightly caramely, hints of roasted malts and vanilla that faintly lingers. Nice, mild bitterness in finish that is slightly earthy and citrusy. Spicey and floral hops present as well. Mildly nutty. Oakey flavors come out more as the beer warms. Nice balanced ut yet very complex.

Mouthfeel is medium body, slightly slick and a crisp finish.

Drinkability is good. Slightly sweet and big abv make it not quite sessionable.

Very very tasty beer and very unique. Didnt really like it on tap as much as I did from the bottle. Hides 10% well. The oak adds a nice touch w/o being overpowering.

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Photo of northaustin
2.68/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. a clear darker colored amber that is close to brown with three fingers of head which disapperared fairly quickly and left a good amount of lacing.

smells like bourbon. straight up. just bourbon.

tastes like a smooth bourbon (at 10% its one fourth the alchohol content of the average bourbon). in the end it rounds off kind of harshly into a sweet malt taste, but this is after the strong kick of the wood aged bourbon flavor. no hop taste whatsoever which is very disappointing as it is billed as a double ipa.

mouthfeel is very good for what i was expecting. not too dry or too sticky. doesnt abolish your taste buds as the smell and initial flavor would suggest.

this is a strong beer. and i rarely use a term as vague as strong to describe a beer but theres just not much else here. flavor is pretty lacking. and is a big disappointment on the hop scale but oh well. this is definately a beer for someone trying to get a real nice buzz off a little bit of beer. the price was right and i feel a bit blessed to have gotten it while its around. but if i had the option i probably wouldnt buy this one again. just not my style

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy/copper color with a thick, long-lasting, tall head of off-white foam. It left behind sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled woody and floral with citrus and raisin notes. Some caramel malt aromas, too.

T - It was spicy and sweet at the same time with a bitter hoppy bite. Citrus and oak flavors were also present.

M - It was smooth and soft with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. A medium to full-bodied brew.

D - I'm glad I got to try this anniversary beer. It was unique and very good.

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Photo of Littleb
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am usually not a fan of aging hoppy beers, but I'm giving thought to my second bottle of this! It was explained as using the denver pale (not hercules) and turning it into a DIPA, then wood aged

A - Gorgeous beer. Great head retention and lacing

S - Wow. Here's where the wood starts. Oakey, with a little hoppiness shining through.

T - Oakey, toasty vanilla. Good piney and spicy hop presence. Big beer, a little boozy.

M - Very smooth and resinous.

D - A little much for me (at least at the time). I expected more hop presence from GD. Very drying. Definitely a well crafted brew.

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Photo of praufs01
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear copper color with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma - Green oak and pine resin.

Taste - Very woody with a splash of Makers Mark small batch bourbon in the back ground.

Overall - Pretty good. Very strong though. You can really taste the alcohol in this one.

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber - Bottled on 6/4/2009

A - Pours a clear, amber color with a frothy, two-finger, light tan head. After 2 or 3 minutes, the head drops down to a moderate cap, leaving sticky lacing as it goes. Nice retention from there.

S - Oaky wood aromas up front with a hint of vanilla. Nice, floral hops in there as well as some subtle, sweet, slightly fruity malt.

T - Very nice balance of flavors with some floral, piney, and spicy hop notes coupled with the oak and fruity, caramel, toasted malt flavors. The wood aging definitely imparts a slight vanilla tone to the flavor and adds to the complexity. Finish is rather crisp and dry and leaves a nice bitterness on the palate. The 10% abv is nicely hidden as well, in my opinion.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly resinous mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation and pretty smooth overall.

D - I really enjoyed this one, and although the 10% abv does make it a definite sipper, I found it to be extremely drinkable. Very nice, complex flavors - the wood flavors are very well done. I will hopefully be able to try this one again before its gone.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a 24 oz mug.

Pours a reddish copper color with two fingers of foam that peak out over the top of the glass. Pretty good retention, and some nice lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly sweet and malty. I wasn't expecting a hop bomb, as I've had more than one wood aged DIPA, but the sweetness from the malt and vanilla leads the way, with the wood and hops providing the backdrop.

The wood aging comes to the forefront in the flavor. The wood and piney hops provide for a really nice bitterness that match up well with the sweetness. The pine isn't my favorite flavor, but I can really appreciate this beer. Really well done.

Body is approaching full. Carbonation level is appropriate. Drying, bitter finish is nice. A little drier than I would expect.

Fantastic wood aged DIPA.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice-looking beer, with a reddish copper color and a smallish very-white head on top. The aroma is very appetizing, with a strong scent of sweet malt (with a lot of caramel), a solid backing of hops, and a nice hint of woodiness, by no means overpowering. The oakiness comes out strongly in the flavor, lending notes of spicy wood and vanilla. There are plenty of hops, pine-resiny and grassy, but what I really like about this beer is the superb balance of taste components; the malt stands up to the bitterness and intertwines wonderfully with it, with toasty, bready caramel, never too sweet. And it finishes with a lovely oakiness, which adds a nice tannicness to the mouthfeel.

One of the best Great Divide beers I've had. They really put a lot of craft into this one. This will make a good Christmas gift to beer friends. Only thing I dislike: this is my 999th review here. The 1000th will probably be disappointing, following this.

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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 ImusBeer
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11oz tulip/wine

Appearance: the color is a dark amber, the head a light tan with sticky lace formed on the glass as you drink.

Smell: slight hops aroma (pine?) whiskey alcohol fragrance als spice & malt sweetness

Taste: smokey and oak flavors with a decidedly alcohol bite and a whiskey malt sweetness

Mouthfeel: light on the tongue with some bitterness and an alcohol sharpness

Drinkability: warms to more alcohol whiskey taste and a spicy aftertaste

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled June 19, 2009.

Nose is malty with hop overtones. It's soft overall with aged-noted of earth or oxidation. Spicy, citric, and floral hops intensify. An oaky vibe does develop after a few minutes and begins to better describe the oxidation notes I noted before. An almost sharp wood note is followed by the long sweeping tail of vanilla-laced oak. Smells quite good.

Pours clear deep copper/amber/brown with ruby grapefruit highlights and a moderate creamy head with mild retention (which is fine for the age and abv). Looks good.

A strange marriage of spicy/floral hops, woody/oaky/earth, deeply rich malt, and alcohol. Some pungent hop and sharp woodiness lurk in the back and are given dimension by a nice pushy hop bitterness; a bit of tobacco and raw leaf sit at the very back. Mild-to-moderate malty sweet foundation. An enter alcohol, first flirting with the pungent and wood characters, now slowly rolling forward - perhaps the foreshadow of a menacing bite. Mild maltiness shows some caramel and roast, to pin it down would be hard for this taster; it's blatantly clear that malt is not the showcase.

More hop feelings/flavors/aromas intertwine with one another creating a thick brush obscuring the view; a plant metaphor here is justified because it rather does tastes like walking into a forest and stuffing a slew of shrubbery, herbs, and groundcover into one's mouth. The leafy freshness is pristine given that it's been aged (not sure how long) and the herbal pungentness is well-defined. Even the sporadic bout of sweetness could be a wayward berry or small piece of fruit devoured in this vegetation orgy.

Some vanilla oak emerges with its sweet dryness. From a malt standpoint, this could be a woody Old Ale (with unusual hoppage). Finishes with pungent leafiness, moderate bitterness, and a blunt dryness. Tastes quite good. Feels quite good. Pretty good drinkability.

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Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours deep amber with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is piney and grass with some sweeter oak notes. Flavor starts out big and hoppy with pine, vanilla, and alcohol, and then finishes bitter and tannic. Somewhat astringent. Pretty decent.

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

This beer is pours a hazy pale amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. This seems to be the usual for wood aged beers. The aroma is a nice balance of wood and beer. The IPA character is of citrus, grapefruit, and hints of pine resin. The oak adds a lot of woody earthiness without taking away anything from the IPA. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good beer that I would love to drink again.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial pint glass from bottle.

Two finger off white head, pale amber body. Sticky lacing. Wow flavor is really complex. Sweet IPA, tasty, cedar? nose, light hops there too. Citrus all over the place, grapefruits, wood. Great balance, easy smooth drink. Hope this becomes a regular in their line up.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another interesting offer from Great Divide. This must be the first oak aged DIPA I've ever heard of and I'm very intrigued. Oaked Yeti is phenomenal so I have high hopes for this one.

By looks alone, this one is incredible. It has a great redish copper color with good clarity and huge towering head that sticks around forever eventually leaving lots of sticky lace.

The aroma is a disappointment by comparison. It reminds me of the Denver Pale Ale that they have as a seasonal. Sweet and malty with not nearly enough hop aroma for a double IPA. Some apple and vanilla comes through, probably from the oak.

Flavor is unlike anything I've ever tried. It has a big malt backbone that supports the hops very well. At first it doesn't seem very bitter as there is a lot of biscuit and toasted malts. I get carmel apple with some vanilla and spice. Towards the middle it turns pretty bitter but it never feels overpowered by hops. Pretty well balanced but definately an aged hoppy beer. You can tell this would have been a big IPA before it went into the barrels.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and medium-low carbonation. A slow sipper for sure.

Not a homerun for GD but a really unique variation on a familiar style. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of bgjohnston
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The concept of a wood aged DIPA has beeen interesting to me since I had the pleasure of drinking Burton Baton. This one was a wholly different take on the idea, but enjoyable in its own right.

This beer has a hop note to it, but the most interesting aspect is the vanilla/oak present in the nose and on the tongue. I lost the citusy IPA flavor to the wood and the vanilla flavor after a couple of sips, although it still had a bitter and very dry finish. Slightly creamy mouth feel was nice and unexpected.

Overall, a nice drinking beer, but more of a slow sipper, as it has a big flavor and it comes on strong.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber served in a Duvel glass. Pours a reddish copper with about a finger of off white, fine bubble head. Some piney hops in the aroma with plenty of oak. Oak aroma grows stronger as it warms. Fairly aggressive hop bitterness to start. Lots of vanilla from the oak. Some malt sweetness. Long drying finish from the hops. Vanilla from the oak really lingers. Alcohol is not evident.

Wood aged DIPA is a style that is working for me. It's not overly aggressive with the hops. Solid beer.

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Photo of JEdmund
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet--darker than I expected for a DIPA; small head, though normal for style

Sweet and oaky; not especially hoppy; much like a barley wine

Taste & Mouthfeel
Vanilla! solid bitterness, but it starts off with malt sweets and vanilla; medium body with a slightly oily texture; for a double IPA, it's especially malty and tastes a lot more like a barley wine

Pretty good ale to celebrate their 15 years. It's strong, so drinkability suffers a bit, and it's sweet, especially with the addition of the oak aging. Hops are not as pronounced as I'd like for a double IPA. Good but not great, and I'm not crazy about the vanilla kick from the oak. I'd recommend it as it's an interesting and overall tasty beer, but definitely share this one as 22 ounces would be a lot at once for one person.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a beer mug.

What eye candy this is--rich, ruddy copper hue with gentle torrents of carbonation fueling a stubborn cloud of custard head which drapes webs of Brussels lacing along the inside of the glass. Aroma's not half bad either, as rustic, earthen wood comes off as both spicy and sweetly vanillin. The hops suggest pine and musty resin, and balance well with a hefty, sweet backbone of caramel-toffee malts.

First thought: yum. Flavor flirts with becoming an oak-aged barleywine, but curtails the maltiness just enough to let the hops shine through with notes of sticky pine resin and bitter, fresh grass. The wood-aging adds a sharp, tannic dryness to the finish that blends well with a soft kiss of booze. Mouthfeel is on the chewier side of medium, and the uppity carbonation level improves as the beer mellows. Overall, a solid addition to the Great Divide line-up, and the oak is an excellent touch.

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Photo of wnh
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear, reddish-amber with a creamy light-ecru colored head. Nice spotty lacing all around the glass.

Nose is suprisingly very lightly hoppy. Mild pine hops, oaky caramel, and giving an overall impression of being smooth. Tastes of oak and light pine, with a pleasantly lingering bitterness. Very well balanced, which isn't surprising after Hercules.

Medium to heavy bodied, feeling more heavy the more I drink as a result of the sweetness. Warming alcohol on the finish, but relatively well-hidden.

Overall a good enough beer, but far from what I was expecting, and not up to par with what Great Divide can do. Maybe I was expecting too much, but though this is a good beer, I'm disappointed.

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Photo of jpaltan
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the very crowded brewery. Straw colored with a thick head that clings to the sides of the glass. Aroma is oaky with the hops coming through quite a bit. Taste was quite bitter in the finish, quite floral. Maltiness was there to help balance it out. Was a bit hot from the 10%, but didn't really detract from the experience at all. Mouthfeel was a sticky and chewy clinging to the tongue. Overall, a good beer.

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15th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 295 ratings
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