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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:
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Added by Mebuzzard on 06-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with three fingers of white head that has very good retention. The head does settle to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Wonderful aroma of citrus hops, vanilla, oak, caramel, and a touch of alcohol. This beer might be past peak in terms of hop flavor. Bitterness is on the lower side for DIPAs. Hints of caramel, citrus fruit, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Sweetness is moderate to high and is approaching a threshold for my personal taste. The body is perhaps the best part of this beer. Feels full bodied with a nice smooth, soft texture. Perfect. Probably past peak as far as taste goes so there is no point in drinking this again if found on the shelf. Some truely remarkable parts to this beer.

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Photo of ShrLSU
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- Amber in color with a thick bubbly off white head

s- floral hop notes with some earthiness, some slight woodiness

t- A slight sweet hop taste with lots of earthy wood notes. A little alcohol burn and some grainy malt.

m- actually pretty light bodied and not a ton of carbonation. suprisinglt mild for a DIPA

d- Pretty solid dipa. It's got a little booziness but not very overpowering. Quite tasty all around.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Cakanator
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clean and sharp looking bronze color with a huge, fluffy, pale caramel colored head on top. Would make a great beer ad! Somewhat woody and mild hop aroma. Very sticky and gummy smelling. Big malty flavor with a solid hop bitterness against it. Long lingering bite going on. Sticky and fresh hop flavor abounds. Mild oak and vanilla notes. Not as wood flavored as I was expecting-still a nice effort. Great malty flavor holds up well against the hops. Very solid body. Overall a great beer.

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

A bomber from June 2009. The colour was amber with a very thick, off white head. The aroma was that of wood esters and piney hops. On the palate, there was plenty of alcohol as well as oak, hops and a caramel like medium length finish. I enjoyed this ale quite a bit and wish I would've bought more when it was around!

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

650mL bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on July 2, 2009.

(A)- Pours a cloudy dark copper color that produced a thick & fluffy white to tan head with great retention. Tiny bits of webbing were left behind.

(S)- Dry, with bits of caramelized pineapple & brown sugar & toffee sweetness.

(T)- Massively dry with pineapple citrus up front. Followed by a big, but mellow caramel/brown sugar sweetness. It finishes even drier than the beginning but with an oaky bite.

(M)- The last few months in the bottle have really diminished the hoppiness of this beer. Its still there, but the malts have really come to the foreground. Its got a good balance at this stage though; the hops still make their presence known by how dry this is. Good carbonation level too.

(D)- I would have preferred trying this fresh, but this is still excellent now. Surprisingly drinkable even w/ 10%abv and how malty this is. The wood aging gives the finish a dynamic twist and character. Good stuff. A bit more like a barleywine or american strong ale, but I am sure that would not be the case when this was fresh.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was expecting a darker color on this beer, something similar to Burton Baton. A pretty translucent copper for this beer though. Head retention was fairly decent with a nice creamy off white color. Nose is full of hop aromas and booze, with a shade of oak notes. The alcohol hides behind some fruit aromas. I was a little thrown by the overwhelming oak on the palate. I was expecting to get a sweeter flavor from the oak, but it ends up being a mild smokiness. Quite bitter hops mixed with the oak, which is pleasing. The 10% tingles the tip of your tongue and leaves a warm sensation. The mouthfeel is great, a nice caramely body and a lasting flavor on the tongue. A bit hard to drink, more of a sipper for me. One and done deal for this beer. A bomber has lasted me through an afternoon of college football. Good beer, but for the price I paid, I don't think I'll be buying this again anytime 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 beerman207
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby red color with 1-2 inches of head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of vanilla, citrus, and malt coming through very strong. Sweet, burnt sugar.

T: Very sweet with a bitter backend. Oak is present but not dominant. Very nice taste.

M: Moderate Carbonation.

D: Very high. I could go for more of this beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes
Thanks to Josh for sharing this bomber...

Appears a semi-transparent orange with a small white head that never really fades away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of hoppy pine, citrus, vanilla, orange creamsickle, and candy.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a creamy orange flavor pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, crisp and chewy.

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

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on date July 25, 2009, stamped on front label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Garnet colored with 1-finger light beige foamy head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Malt and oak reign with a very earthy overall nose. The malt component is dense and complex with a woody, nutty character that is accented by vinous oaky aromas and vanilla. The hops are also strong but second best with citrus, spicy, and earthy qualities. Alcohol singes a little and leaves a berry-like sweetness.

T: The flavor is big with malt again tipping the scales. Overall, though, this beer is balanced which is not a card in the DIPA hand usually. The malting is bold, woody, earthy, and slightly sweet. It is so dense that the aftertaste is still there 20 minutes later. Hops are citrus and spicy but only add depth to this brew. Vanilla and vinous oak character is there too, although the malt assault is major. There is a moderate booze factor, but is fades with warming and adds another facet of depth.

M: Feel is smooth and creamy with a soft but active carbonation. Body is full all the way and very chewy.

D: The ABV catches up with you, and this beer doesn't fit the prototype of the DIPA style. but it drinks like a big, American strong ale that means business.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of vanilla is more dominant then expected with some notes floral hops with light citrus notes as well. Taste is a nice mix between some vanilla from the oak with some notes of floral hops with more bitter hops also noticeable and a deep rich caramel malt backbone. The vanilla brings this one closer to a barleywine territory but renders the whole thing interesting. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Interesting take on the style.

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Photo of maximum12
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma really is fantastic. There is a lot of sweet malt and caramel along with some citrusy hops. The oak also creates some notes in the aroma that really complements the beer. Can't wait to try it!

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some malt and finishes with a citric bitterness from the hops. The finish is warming from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid beer that is definitely worth a try. Happy 15th Great Divide! Cheers!

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

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Marked brewed on 6/19/2009.

A: Rich, rich amber coloring with nice frothy head and ridiculous lacing. Beautiful brew.

S: Wonderful blending of the rich wood and the hops. Quite stunning and really added to the anticipation of the taste.

T & M: Wow...the wood definitely adds a complexity to the brew that I have yet to encounter in an IPA. The wood vanilla tones are up front and then the true IPA notes hit in the back with some serious fruitiness. I did pick up on some of the orange notes that other reviewers encountered. Quite full bodied and robust.

D: I really enjoyed this brew, Great Divide continues to impress. The high ABV would prevent from more than one bomber but definitely one that I recommend.

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

Orange-caramel color topped by white head. A sweet yet biting aroma of oranges, orange peel, alcoholic booze, wood chips, and oak. Strong and powerful taste with flavors of oak, sap, alcoholic booze, hop resin, hops (citrus notes included), sweet vanilla note, floral, and some more booze please. Thick like sap in body and resiny in taste. Good stuff, good hard hittin stuff.

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Photo of Travlr
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Michael & Jane, and Darrell at Pizzeria Paradiso. Clear deep orange amber with a small white head, some lacing. Aroma of orange peel and malt. Tastes of bourbon, and very strongly so. Lots of oak, very dry, and a nice bitter finish. Needs to tone down the bourbon, and it would be a great beer.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a clear copper body with a large almond head. Good retention and plenty of sticky patch lacing.

Aroma has a dominant oaky vanilla character, with honeydew melon and a hint of grapfruit.

Creamy medium body has an ideal moderate carbonation.

Taste is on the sweet side, with orange creamsickle, honeydew, and oaky vanilla. Toasted caramel malt base is solid. A hint of grassy and pine hop bitterness struggles to balance.

Tasty stuff here, but the vanilla creaminess grows a bit cloying.

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

Bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured clear copper color with a large frothy light brown head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate sour citrus hop, wood and hard candy aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration.

Complex good brew that met my expectations.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and saturated caramel tone, like bourbon. Stiff foam that sticks well with random puffs of sticky, sparkling lace. Bottled back in June, this is 4 months old. Not a huge nose, but the oak is noticeable, a little fruity cantaloupe and vanilla accents. Hops have faded a little, but are still expressed in the flavor. Full bodied and sticky, soft oak and resinous hop bitterness. Long residual bittersweet toffee in the aftertaste. Alcohol is fairly hidden, but 10% is certainly felt. Caramel toffee, vanilla, with an earthy hop flavor. Overall it's pretty smooth and easy drinking. For my money i'll stick with FFF Blackheart though.

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Photo of claminat420
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had this to celebrate bottling my first homebrew i ever made. it's an english ipa if anyone cared...

A- poured a slight transparent dark amber color. solid two finger cream color head. heavy/thick lacing.

S- a slight woody scent. more of a dark fruit scent like prunes maybe raisons?

T- well the alcohol is very well hidden so that's a plus. for a double ipa i don't really notice a nice hop presence. maybe the piney hops hide in the wood taste and are masked by the slight fruitiness??

M- medium bodied. decent carbonation.

D- one or two and i'm done!!

Overall- this isn't to shabby of a beer. i was hoping for alil more hop action but what can ya do?...i say try it if you're lookin for something alil different.

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

Sampled from a bomber purchased at The Wine Source in Baltimore, Maryland (10/20/09). Poured into a Great Divide Snifter at or around 50 degrees.

Appearance: A pretty good looking beer that's body was a hazy deep reddish shade of mahogany capped by a finger of a cream colored foamy head.

Smell: Dominated by oak and vanilla with a dash of hop bitterness. Very nice indeed.

Taste: Again, dominated by oak and vanilla and followed with a slight hop bitterness. The 10% abv is hidden fairly well, but it peaks through in the finish especially as the beer warms. Not as hoppy as I would like, but a tasty beverage nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin at first, but then the oak and vanilla coat the tongue and add a decent amount of thickness.

Drinkabilty: Very high if you enjoy wood aged beers, but the combination of 10% abv and a slight harshness from the wood drop it down just a notch.

Overall this is a nice wood aged beer, but it is slightly lacking in the hop department. Recommended.

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

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into a tulip pint glass. Pours a two and a half-finger, slightly creamy head that retained very nicely and evenly. I might have over-poured this just a bit, but it still came out very nice. Has a beautiful dark copper color that borders on brown. The aroma has airs of hops and oak, but is dominated by vanilla. Surprising for a DIPA, and has me very intrigued.

Tastes a little thin at first, but improves as the beer warms. Vanilla is the dominant flavor here, with the hops taking more of a backseat, supporting role. Though this defies my expectations, it really works pretty nicely... the undercurrents of cinnamon/oak and hops pair nicely with the vanilla. The body is medium- to full-bodied and a little chewy. For 10% abv, it really goes down quite smoothly; the alcohol is hidden very well. It really is a lot to wrap your head around.

The buzz word for me here is "unique." I have had oak-aged DIPAs in the past, where the hop flavor was much more prominent, that felt very conflicted to me because the oak and hops never complemented each other but rather fought each other the whole way down. This beer achieves a certain level of balance that is commendable for its naturally conflicting ingredients. Though it is unusual for hops to take a serve as an undertone in a DIPA, I'll take that over a conflicted beer any day of the week.

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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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15th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
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