16th Anniversary Wood Aged
Great Divide Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
3.91 | pDev: 12.79%
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
16th Anniversary Wood Aged16th Anniversary Wood Aged
Notes: Same as 15th Anniversary Wood Aged.
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Reviews by mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tylers in Carrboro...

Pours almost a dark reddish/brown, like a barleywine (given the nature of the beer, not surprising)... very clean and pleasant looking, light head.

Smell is very minimal.... pick up some slight friut notes and a little bit of oak and alcohol, but nothing really jumps out for me, which I found surprising.

Taste is a bit more interesting. Some slight sweetness and vanilla, a touch of alcohol but not remotely overpowering. Fruit notes come through to the extent that it seems almost more like a barleywine. Hops seem very subdued for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel is probably the highlight of the beer, so incredibly smooth and pleasant, this is where the barrel aging really comes through.

Drinkability is hard to really judge.... given that this is a 10% beer it doesn't feel particularly boozy or heavy, but its still not a beer I would feel like drinking a lot of. I had a 10oz pour and i didn't feel a pressing need to have more. All in all a obviously well crafted beer for the style, but it just happens to be a style i'm not all that high on. If you're a big barleywine fan or into less hop-forward ipa's, seek this one out though.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a copper/dark amber color with a mild off-white head.

S: The nose is sweet, caramel malts, brown sugar, vanilla, and some oak notes.

T: Pretty much the same flavors as you might guess from the nose. Sweet malts and sugar flavors, but there is a bit of a solvent flavor that is off-putting.

M: The body is pretty average, medium, we'll call it. The carbonation is light to moderate.

D: Again, what is with the oak aging IPAs? This has almost no IPA character left to it and is more of a sweet strong ale/barleywine.

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Photo of jpmclaug
2.86/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Orange-amber body with an off white head resting on top. Lacing runs down the side of the glass.

S - Sweet smelling vanilla hints with a citrus aroma as well. Not all that aromatic.

T - Sweet vanilla/oak notes up front with a bit of a lingering hoppy bite toward the end. Huge malt backbone actually overpowers the hops, the wood-aging may have also taken a bite from the hops. The more it warms the sweeter it gets. Honestly as this has warmed it has become slightly undrinkable due to the sweetness

M - medium bodied with a a good amount of carbonation. A slightly sticky mouthfeel as well.

D - pretty drinkable but overall a bit too sweet. I really wish the hops stood out a bit more in this especially considering the style. I'm glad I tried this one but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into my pint glass

The appearance was that of a slightly deep copper color with a one and a half inch slightly tan head. Average head retention with little lacing left behind as it subsides

The aroma consisted of citrus aromas with the likes of ruby grapefruit, tangerines, pineapple, and a slight lemon zest. Honey with earthy smells follow with fresh cut grass, hay, and pine. Caramel adn oak with cracker and bread like malts could be detected in the aroma as well.

Upfront sweet taste of caramel that leads way into a slight citrus grapefruit taste. Midway is tangerines with pine bitterness kicking in. Following is the presence of the oak along with toasty bread and biscuit malts.

Medium bodied with high carbonation and a slightly sweet and dry aftertaste.

Overall this was a pretty good beer that I could see myself acquiring again down the road. Recommended to try.

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Photo of froghop
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark amber with a red tint, a small white head, and great lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, caramel, roasted nuts, and some woodiness in the back.

taste is creamy, hops, some sour malt, a little dandelion, and some pine, ends a little dry and bitter.

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Photo of despond
4/5  rDev +2.3%

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: penny copper with sticky legs and decent head.

S: I get oak, pine, honey, some light earthy grass. Decent amount of wood on the nose here.

T: Mmm. thats pretty smooth. Not overly oaked. slides down nice. Seems like the oak takes alot of the hop bit out. This beer is really smooth and the flavors are less bold than expected. I get a nice woody hop combination. Well balanced, a little sweet upfront then fairly bitter on the end but not a whole lot. Flavors seem to consist of the same characters in the smell. Oak becomes stronger as it warms.

M: medium. A little less thick and oily than I expected. But not bad, very drinakble. Very smooth.

D: I think here it shines. This big oaked DIPA goes down really easy.

Overall: nice job on this. Great balance at the temp Im drinking it at. I enjoy oaked DIPA. Wood aged IPA's in general are pretty awesome in my book.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 3 finger head. Nice lacing. Good retention. Color is a dark orange reddish.

S. Smells like oak. Definitely a woody aroma. Vanilla comes out. Not a whole lot of hops. Some alcohol notes. A bit of piney hops open up as it warms. A caramel malt smell. Does not smell like a DIPA, but does not smell bad by any stretch of the imagination.

T. Taste is very dominant on the barrel aged flavors as well. A big strong vanilla oak flavor. Has an underlying hoppy bitterness. Not really any individual distinguishable hop flavors other than a general bitterness. Taste is good. The taste is definitely not a DIPA.

M. Medium bodied. Mediumb carbonation.

D. So this was definitely a unique beer. Unlike Great Divide's Rumble that maintains a lot of IPA quailities, 16th Anniversary is almost a lesson in what flavors aging in a barrel can bring out, or in this case what flavor oak chips can impart. I really didnt get anything more than the oak, vanilla, boozey flavors out of this beer. I like all of those flavors so this was not a bad beer for me. The ABV was well hidden for the most part. If I were to rate this beer according to the style guidelines of a DIPA it would score much lower.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a pint glass

A-- poured a dark golden brown. Big off white head that started at four fingers, before settling on one. Left all sorts of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Just small bits of carbonation bubbles.

S-- Grapefruit and citrus with vanilla and oak. Has a sweet smell and a small bit of an alchohol smell. Hints of butteryness to this.

T-- Buttery oak up front, as well as vanilla. Grapefruit is more candied but muted in some ways by the oak. Good taste.

M-- Hops came out more as it warmed up. Grapefruit feel really came alive at that point. Some spiceyness as well. Pie feel on the back of the tongue. Medium carbonated.

D-- Good beer. Well balanced and flavors change as it warms up from an oak beer to a pale ale. ABV is very there but it is quite drinkable. Thought very well balanced.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

smell: piney and woodsy

taste: this beer is loaded with hops. very solid and loaded with hops, tatse more on the pine side. a little vanilla from oak. I remember it being more citrusy. But this time Im drinking it really fresh. last time was 6-8 months.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: awesome brew. I remember liking it better though

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Photo of Jeffo
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium-thick, off-white head with good retention. Perfectly clear burnt orange in color with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a thin wisp and leaves some immediate lacing clinging to the sides. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some good lacing down the sides.

SMELL: A very mild nose on this one. Pales malts, some caramel malt, and fainter floral hops. A touch of melon and hints of oak from the wood, but not much. Nice aroma to be sure, but just not enough of it.

TASTE: A little bolder here, and it works out well. Pale and caramel malts, as well as some nice floral elements. Not all that hoppy, but the oak chips make a nice appearance after the swallow. Noticeable oak and vanilla notes; nicely done and well-measured. Mild yet lingering aftertaste of sweet pale malts, floral hops, and mostly oak and vanilla from the chips. The wood played a bigger role in the taste than in the nose, and it works nicely.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation, as very creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth with a touch of heat and finishes slightly sticky. Very creamy palate, despite the bit of heat there.

OVERALL: Pretty good stuff. Still not sure about barrel aged IPAs, but this one was a tasty beer in its own right. Great Divide usually delivers. The hops definitely took a back seat here, and the nose seems to have suffered the most, but the oak notes combined well with what was there. Think of it as a totally different style as opposed to a BA IPA and it might help you appreciate it more. An enjoyable beer worth checking out.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle -> DFH signature snifter. Split bottle with my wife.

A - murky light amber, half finger head

S - sweet fruity aroma, baking bread, light wood notes

T - Tart bitter citrus, earthy musk, heavy wood notes. Slow sweet caramel aftertaste.

M - Lightly viscous and coating. Light alcohol warmth.

D - Tad more than a sipper, surprisingly easy to put back. Would drink again without a second thought. But, not more than once in a sitting. Could comfortably split a 22 oz. between three people.

First had this about two months ago at the peak of my oaked IIPA phase. I've had twice since, with this review written after the third tasting. Really enjoyed it and though of it as a great alternative to Souther Tier's Oaked Un*earthly or DFH's Burton Baton. Of the three I think this is my favorite right now.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz pour on-tap served into a pint glass at Egan's in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (for only $3.50!)

Pours an interesting mix of orange and brown. It reminds me of the way pancakes look when under maple syrup. This was served into a pint glass so the white foam didn't have much of a head to it. It did lace well. Overall: not very pretty but gets points for uniqueness.

Lots of wood in the nose. Great Divide isn't kidding when they say this is wood aged. Green wood and dry autumn leaves and some vanilla extract. Of course there are hops, but much like the 15th Anniversary Oak Aged they present themselves as much more floral than anything. Fresh flowers and some grass. No citrus. It strikes me as much the same as the 15th Anniversary, only muted.

The flavor is not muted though is still like a lesser cousin to the 15th Anniversary. The hops are tremendously floral but in a one-note sort of way. The 15th had some weird fruity tastes to go along with the flowers but 16th does not. But hey, do you like wood? Good, because this beer's got it. Lots of drying, oaky flavors. Some vanilla and toffee to go along with it. An interesting beer than misses the mark just a little bit relative to last year's version.

The mouthfeel was fine. A nice, medium body was a good choice for this unique take on the double IPA. Drinkabilty? VERY nice. I had 16 ounces of a 10% ABV beer and it was never a chore or cumbersome.

I loved the 15th Anniversary. I only like the 16th. But I would certainly drink a pint of this again. Worth trying.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Another GD foil crown. Fortunately, it looks like they've developed a better process for foiling the top of the bottle, as this one actually stayed in place during transport, unlinke the pesky foil on the Yeti Series. I digress... GD 16th pours one and a half fingers of creamy sandstone head atop a sparkling, deep copper ale. The foam crumbles with about average retention for DIPA, and leaves nice lacing on the goblet.

S: The nose is perhaps not quite as estery as last year's, but still very fruity and juicy for an IPA. Banana, apricot, cloves, and pine dominate the aroma. It is also sweet, yet a bit solvent-like. A hint of oak is present, but it is very faint.

T: I may have biased myself by reading my review of Great Divide's 15th Anniversary DIPA, but from what I remember, it's more bitter than was the 15th. Aggressive hops dominate the palate. There are a lot of piney hop flavors, and much less vanilla than I had expected. The beer does taste a bit young. The hop profile bears some resemblance to that of Pliney the Elder, and malts are overpowered by the dry hopping present here. Sadly, the vanilla and oak flavors are amiss, with a hint of wood emerging briefly towards the finish, although moreso when the beer has warmed to room temperature.

M: Creamy, then astringent. Just what I would have predicted for an oaked DIPA.

D: Medium.

Overall, this beer was disappointing. Had I not had such a high bar from memories of tasting last year's, I would have considered this an average to decent DIPA/IIPA. However, it falls short of it's older brother.

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Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A- Very nice red clear color. A head builds up adn retains very well, it is nice and creamy/fluffy. Leaves some thick layers of lace from a big cloud. Very good for barrel aged.

S- Some nice pale malts and yeast bread notes hit me first. Not hugely hoppy in aroma but they are definitely there. A bit of wood as well in a nose that could have better strength to it.

T- Very nice. A great amount of piney, citrus and earthy hops. The bitterness is also awesome at a low-medium level. The wood adds a nice element to this, the same thing I noticed with last years release. The malts are there to balance the hops and add a caramel and pale malt notes to this beer.

MF- Low-medium carbonation upon a body that is fairly light and somewhat creamy. It is also a bit oily. A bitter hop coat stays on the palate.

DB- Price is not bad at all. Love the use of wood and hop flavor/bitterness here. Lots of different hop flavors in a beer that is worthy of being released as an anniversary ale.

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Photo of JLeege
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- The pour is a clear copper color with a nice two finger off white head. Good retention and lace.

Smell- Citrus hops and caramel malts. Some earthyness, wood, and vanilla from the oak chips.

Taste- Very balanced in terms of hops and malts. I would assume this had more of a hop presence when it was fresh. The oak and vanilla flavors are noticed on the finish. This is still hot on the back end due to the 10% abv's.

Mouthfeel- medium body and carbonation. Somewhat sticky.

Overall- In general, I don't think wood and IPA's mix, but I figured I would give this a shot. This is decent overall. Ageing it to calm down the ABV feel, would all but kill the hops. Drinking it fresh, I feel like this one would be way to "hot". This wouldn't be my first choice, glad I tried, but I would not revisit it.

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Photo of chcfan
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of PDXHops
2/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap in a tulip. Pours out a copperish amber with some wispy foam on top that disappears quickly, leaving a scattered collar of bubbles. No lacing.

Deep inhalations uncover very little in the way of hop character, but reveal a rather strong boozy/sharp woody combo with a rich underlying toffee sweetness. Interesting, but where are the hops?

Ah, OK, there they are. There's a surprising level of bitterness, but it's in contrast with everything else going on here. The wood flavor is rather sharp, almost harsh tasting, with little of the buttery vanilla sweetness I'd expect from oak (although I don't really think sweet oak would be a super match for a DIPA, either). Plenty of toffee sweetness with a dash of lingering cough syrup and a hint of dinner mint. Really an odd beer. Perhaps some age would help the flavors come together.

Overall impression: Subpar as a DIPA, and frankly not much better as a strong ale or whatever a more appropriate style designation would be.

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Photo of Docer
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opening a bottle at cellar temp...

- Clear dark copper and red... like maple syrup... light fluffy white head quickly down to a thin fluffy pillow of lace making foam goodness.

- Nice caramel malt sweetness... bready.... biscuit,,,, spicy hop.. light floral notes... grain, and a touch of woodiness...

- Smooth malts... caramel, biscuit... sweet maple.. light vanilla and an earthy presence of wood blends well with a perfect hopping which leaves a wonderful floral sweet aftertaste... very well balanced... strong, but not overly hot in flavor.

- Lightly chewy, medium bodied.. dry...

- Overall a very well blended and balanced English imperial ale of sorts.... the wood aging must have a lot to do with how well balanced and complex it is. Truly a favorite from this brewer.

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very attractive deep amber brown color with a thin head creating sticky foam rings.

Aroma is mostly malty. I have a summer cold that might be keeping me from experiencing some of the hops - just not sure. It's almost lager like to me, no esthers either. I'm not getting the wood in the aroma. Overall however the aroma is pleasing.

The flavour is a very nice combination of subtle malty sweetness and early boil hops bitterness and earthy tannins from the wood chips. Passes the British hops flavor test - not a cascade of west coast Americana.

Mouth feel is a full feeling for the mouth - nice body.

This is a well crafted brew whose only potential flaw is restraint. There are no real surprises. I guess that is both a positive and a negative for me. Like many on Beer Advocate I am always looking for the bigger better beer. I cherish the experiences that give me that jag. I look for these experiences in anniversary beers. This one gives me something else, a well-crafted flawlessly executed brew. Hey, I can't complain about that. It's a jewel.

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Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

16th Anniversary Wood Aged from Great Divide Brewing Company
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