16th Anniversary Wood Aged | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
296 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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16th Anniversary Wood Aged16th Anniversary Wood Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Same as 15th Anniversary Wood Aged.

Added by Mebuzzard on 06-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
296
Reviews:
209
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.99%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

If you have one, drink it now - it is not getting any better..

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I was sure this was well past it's prime, as it had been pushed back into a corner, so I figured what the hell... However, once again I have proven to be very very wrong....

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, whitish head. Settles pretty slowly leaving some residue behind as it does. Tons o' cascading, dry, sticky lacing. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: Pine resin, honey, a little grapefruit, butterscotch, and orange citrus.

T: Full of pine resin, with a little raisin. Sweet dark chocolate and butterscotch. Soft, distinct wood character is very notable.

M: Thick, hearty, malty, and syrupy. Pungent aftertaste. A little dry in the finish. Woody, citrus notes hang on the palate. It is slightly harsh. High alcohol content is apparent.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is excellent. Great head, and some impressive lacing. Nose is full of character with prominent characteristic notes of resin, grapefruit, citrus, and sweet. Flavor is a very finely balanced combination of syrupy pine, bittersweet raisin, with candied chocolate and butterscotch, all with a pungent woody base. Thick, hearty, and malty. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why am I reviewing this beer now? I've had both the 17th and 18th anniversary versions fresh. They weren't hoppy at all and were super oaky (like drinking a 2x4) so when I found a 16th anniversary on the shelf (hooray shelf-aged beers!) I said "why not?" Figured the oak may have faded somewhat and maybe it's halfway decent. Let's find out...

A: Pours a murky amber. Big frothy tan head. Fade slowly, leaving surprisingly decent lacing behind. Quite decent head retention too.

S: Loaded with raisins plus some caramel and some oak. A little bit of citrusy and grassy hops, surprisingly enough. Smells a lot like an american style barleywine.

T: Caramel, raisin and brown sugar abound up front with nice hints of oaky vanilla. Mild hop bitterness somehow, especially towards the finish. Mainly grassy and a bit of pine and citrus with some toasted oak characteristics. Finishes oaky and bitter. Zero booze.

M: Medium bodied, honestly not as heavy as I'd expect a 10% aged beer to be.

O: Well damn, what a nice experiment. When these beers are fresh they are oak bombs. There is only a little oak left in this now, it's more of an afterthought to the strong malt. Surprisingly still hoppy and bitter. Honestly it's quite nicely balanced. Not bland after 2+ years. Still nothing earth shattering but quite an improvement.

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16th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 296 ratings.
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