16th Anniversary Wood Aged | Great Divide Brewing Company

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16th Anniversary Wood Aged16th 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:
Same as 15th Anniversary Wood Aged.

Added by Mebuzzard on 06-13-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Snifter glass

A - Beer poured with a brown/dark orange body; little head formed with a moderate amount of carbonation for an Imperial IPA; the body of the beer has a heavy liquor, almost syrup look to it

S - Oak and wood chips carries a smooth and fermented smell; some mild citrus notes in the back; biscuit, but mostly sweet and malty

T - Smooth caramel/toffee malt taste; woody; rinses your mouth with a clean dry aftertaste finish; some grapefruit sourness comes up

M - Drinking this beer leaves a sour but creamy feel on the tongue; liquorish syrup feel; slightly effervescent and lingers with a slightly astringent body

D - Great drink; smooth and well aged for an IPA; I could definitely have a few more drinks of this

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter the beer was a hazy copper color with a thick, off-white head and sheets of lace.
Woody aroma, fruity citrus. Also some earthy/peppery hops.
Nice taste. Sweet, vanilla/oak. Grapefruit, tangerine. Herbal hops to finish.
Very smooth beer; you'd never know it was 10% ABV.
Would love to drink this again

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Photo of mynie
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my first batches of homebrew was a double IPA where I put a bunch of oak chips into the secondary. It was good. It was, actually, the only really good beer I ever made, because I was an awful brewer. Since then, I've been leery of very strong IPAs that are aged in wood, because although they may taste wonderful and make you feel real good, that's only because they're so easy to brew.

Then again, Great Divide ain't the kind of brewery that refuses to take risks. And the certainly know how to brew beer. It would be unfair of me to weigh their score down because of my bizarre prejudice. But, still, this particular prejudice is founded in experience, and that experience tells me that this beer, while very tasty and worth the price of admission, isn't anything special.

Smells woody, hoppier than maltier. No nodes of thick syrupy malt ick--none of the potential pitfalls of a double IPA. Tastes like an English Double IPA--more bicuity malty than bready or yeasty--and the hops are nicely varied but not overwhelming,and they give off some wonderful fruitypebble nodes against the light vanilla of the oak.

It's nice and firm, it's super drinkable, and it's rounded in spite of being so bold and complicated,

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

Pours a burnt and hazy orange, with an off white head.
Wood, earthy and fruity hops on the nose.
On the palate, a grassy and vanilla woody taste, with some banana, pineapple, mango and tangerine all evolving from the complex hops and from the wooden barrel. Some butter, and more vanilla on back with a hint of pepper and oak.
The taste is very complex with caramel notes, bread, fruits, and a woody and vanilla finish.
A really nice drink. Goes down easily for all 10%. You should drink it, if you can get your hands on it..

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Photo of drabmuh
2.48/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another barrel aged DIPA? Gross, when will people learn.

The beer is copper and slightly hazy with a thin off white head of small bubbles, some lacing and low carbonation.

Aroma is strong with this one. Lots of hops, pine and earth with OAK LOTS OF OAK.

Beer is overly oaked, medium bodied, mildly carbonated on the palate. The finish is so bitter and tannic, it's like a war is going on in my mouth and everyone is invited. The bitterness creeps forward on my palate, disrupting my normal day to day operations and my ability to enjoy beer. Not a good idea, not a smart move, not a good beer. Never again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Coppery-amber in the glass with a translucent nature. One part creamy, one part bubbly head rests atop with average retention leaving a spotty thin film behind. Visible effervesce is seen lazily rising with vast seperation of micro-bubbles providing a calm and peaceful demeanor.

S: The oaky and alcohol character is quite strong, almost with a strong ale nature. Boozy soaked apples and vanilla is highlighted with a mixture of fruity and floral hops.

T: Boozy with alcohol soaked fruit of appleskins and dry caramel grains. Dry floral hops appear along with a strong oaky character. Fruity, sweet and dry while finishing up with a warmth of alcohol and floral hops, but not as hoppy as one would expect from a double ipa.

M: Syrupy feel with a creamy feel on longer holds. Warming boozy alcohol and oakly character lace the tongue.

D: Drinks like an boozy old ale with a fruity and floral character but in the end seemed to be overpowered by the alcohol and oak with less emphasis on the hops. Wouldn't seek this out again, hardly held my interest after the first portion with average regards.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a clear copper amber, topped with a thick finger of rich off-white head. Very creamy looking retention on this, with a ton of rich and frothy lacing that coats the sides of the glass. The aroma has a lot of woodiness going on with it, which melds with the floral, herbal, and somewhat spicy flavors of the hops. There is also some definite vanilla present, which in turn works with the deep toasted graininess of the malts. A slight whiff of alcohol cuts under the flavors a bit.

The taste is VERY grainy feeling to me underneath the profile and seems to almost overpower the earthy and spicy character of the hops. Some sweeter vanilla once again works itself into the equation but doesn't seem as prevalent as it was in the nose. This finishes with some moderate tannic dryness that parches the palate a bit. The mouthfeel is medium to a bit fuller bodied, with a softer and mellower creaminess to it. This feels like it could have used a bit more crispness to the body overall though. Wow, I had no idea this was 10%! I didn't pick up much in the way of alcohol flavors but this definitely has a heft to it that makes you take your time with it.

This was decent. The flavors were pretty spot on for the most part but that mix of deep grains, wood, and the high ABV really made this a bit tough to put down at times. I split this bottle two ways and probably could have gone three ways with it. It was worth checking out though.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber gold with a creamy white head that leaves speckles of lave. Resin and orange jelly nose. Whiskey barrel vanilla and citrus jam malts with tangerine and sap hops, a slighty smokiness to end. Toffee finish, bitter linger. Medium to full, chewy, clingy, creamy, no burn.

With gloopy caramel and resin, it's sweet without cloying. That and the roundness make it a nice after dinner liqueur-type beer. But where's the hops? Is this really a DIPA? On that level, disappointing.

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Photo of ironbike1
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a little let down by this beer.

It poured a copper orange with a very little fingertip white head. Smell was not very impressive, small amounts of citrus hops and wood.
Mouthfeel was very oily while the taste was a little dry with few notes of the wood chips coming into play.
Aftertaste was of bitter hops and almost a smoke flavor that was very dry.
Overall not very easy to drink quick, its a sipper but worth a shot.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 1/10/11
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium amber colour with one finger of off-white head. Filtered.

S - Citrus and piney hops with a sweet caramel malt backbone. No signs of wood aging in the nose.

T - Bitter hops dominate the palate with some citrus and earthy/grassy notes. Some oak flavours are present as well. The finish is bitter and dry.

M - Medium body, chewy, oily. Moderately carbonated.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

Cheers to 16 years! This beer starts with a heavy dose of suds clinging to the glass, clear and brassy. Woodsy, thick hop resin, tropical fruit, raw honey and bready malt base create a flaunting aroma. Its creamy full body, wood and hops pull on the taste buds first. Then the hop bitterness and flavor nail the tongue down. There is also a sugges- tion of pineapple and mango within the peppery warming alcohol. Malt sweetness is layered underneath with hints of honey and bread. Concluding with a semidry, oaky and pungent hop finish, this beer is big and beautiful, yet a bit delicate. Its prime is now--no need to cellar. This is a real slow sipper.

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Photo of rarbring
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy amber beer, an off-white head that settles quickly leaves some lacing and curtains.

The smell is an explosion of floral hops, resin, pine, grass and herbs. Some fresh pine and juniper wood as well.

The taste is upfront sweet, brown bread, caramel and toffee, some mild wood character, then we have the hops, fresh grass, nettle buds.

Low carbonation, a thick fluid with a big body, a long good dry feeling.

A well done and well balanced brew, nothing to really bitch about.

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Photo of csiewert
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper color with a finger of frothy off white head. The aroma is strong of sweet maltiness and some earthy notes. The taste starts very sweet and malty, then changes to hoppy bitterness and finishes with hints of caramel and vanilla. The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth given the high ABV... Which is also not terribly apparent in the taste. Good beer overall.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Great color- just the right medium amber( if you agree with me on the perfect amber anyways)
S- very oak, bourbon- sometimes enticing, sometime too much
T-Oak-bourbon is the first impact-- too much--but melts away quickly due to good carbonation that is oddly delayed.
M- As mentioned above, carbonation is good, but has a delay Finish is a sweet tongue coating.
D- Between the rich taste and the ABV, one 22oz bottle is about the limit. See last sentence below.

This is about my 3rd taste of this over a 2 month period. It fills a spot in my fridge for serving with really strong cheese and other strong apps.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
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 jdense
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed 22 oz. bottle with neighborhood beer buddy Christmas Eve 2010.

Big gushing light tan head from a subtle pour, orangish amber clear body multiple streams of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Nose is tres sweet caramel, good dose of tropical, hops pushed back aroma wise, tropical, this is one sweet smelling beer. Taste mirrors nose, surprised how sweet this was, some vanilla notes from the barrel aging, a bit winey, hops become a bit more prominent as beer warmed but taste is on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is medium decent effervescence. Not all that drinkable, a bit hot re alcohol heat, wonder if this might have benefited from some cellaring. To be honest, I'm not very impressed, which was a surprise from this sterling brewery.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper body with orange hues and an off-white, foamy head that leaves traces of lacing atop the beer and glass.

The aroma is rich in straw, grass, and pine hops with an underlying sweetness and hints of oak and vanilla as advertised. As the beer warms, the oak is more pronounced.

Tasty wood and pine/straw hop notes, somewhat floral and grassy, with some malt sweetness mid-palate, and even a hint of spice. Similar to the nose, the oak and vanilla really show up after the beer sits for a bit.

Medium in body and carbonation, with a creamy mouthfeel and quite smooth for the barrel aged variety.

The wood/malt/hop combination plays well together with not one flavor/aroma dominating the other and constantly changing with the temperature of the beer. This was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of bark
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is deep amber with a tint of red. The liquid is clear. The two finger head is pale beige. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is hoppy with some bitterness and some dry citric flavours. There is a dry chemical note that makes me think of chloride. I note a hint of oak wood, too.

The taste is bitter and hoppy. Some citric notes and a fresh note of oak wood. Brown sugar, raisins, ripe apples, toffee. The aftertaste got some alcohol, American hops, citric acid, wooden flavours (turpentine) and a hit of banana peels.

The carbonation is strong; the bubbles small and short lived. The liquid is mid-smooth.

I think this beer was better before the oak aging...

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Photo of Jeffo
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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 BeanBone
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A clear orange-brown body capped by two fingers of bubbly, off-white head that fade slowly and leave great lacing.

Aroma: A complex mix of mild citrusy and tropical-fruity hops, lightly chocolaty malt, wood, and a hint of vanilla.

Flavor: Much like the aroma here. Up front, there are some subtle citrusy, tropical fruity, and piney hops along with a good dose of somewhat musty woody flavors and a little light vanilla. Underneath, the malt has lost a bit of its chocolate edge, but still tastes just a little darker than it's appearance would suggest. The alcohol is masked well, making almost no appearance in the flavor. Overall, it's balanced well and complex. Leafy hops, biscuity malt, and wood in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slick with medium carbonation and a drying finish. Just a hint of warmth from the booze.

Drinkability: This drinks way faster than the double-digit alcohol content would suggest.

Verdict: A unique little beer, Great Divide's 16th Anniversary is an interesting diversion the second time around, though not quite as strong as I remember it being last year. The concept of an aged Double IPA is still a little strange to me, but it clearly works.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide's 16th pours a clear deep copper body with orange and chestnut accents beneath a frothy head of khaki. The head slowly falls in upon itself, dropping from a full two fingers thick down to just barely one around the edges with a clearing in the center. It leaves solid curtains of lacing about the glass, however, and with each sip there's another ring added.

The aroma is clearly woody, offering notes of dry oak and vanilla over its sweetish, golden caramel maltiness. I find it welcoming, intriguing, and somehow almost comforting. Oddly, it's not very hoppy... the label did say double IPA, right? There are some hops present, but they don't seem to come forward; perhaps they can't compete with the vanilla and oak and malt. And I actually prefer it that way, but the double IPA tag threw me off. Maybe it would be better termed an English-style Double IPA; or perhaps a Double Pale Ale. Regardless, it's certainly wonderful.

In the mouth it's creamy and smooth, displaying a medium-full body and delicate, moderate carbonation. Beautiful.

The flavor offers a brilliant combination of gently caramelish malt that's accentuated by the vanilla, making it appear even sweeter than it actually is. (And all of that vanilla is just from the oak chips)? Drying oak appears, and the hops chime in: leafy, gently grassy, and floral. A solid bitterness backs it, and it finishes quite drying, at least in part due to the alcohol as there's a bit of spiciness, but also in part due to the oak. Some sweet malt flitters about at first, but eventually erodes leaving the palate bone-dry. It's really well-rounded and balanced from its start to finish, ascending and then descending in a perfect arc. Quite nice!

As to drinkability, for a beer of 10% alc./vol. I find it quite stunning. It's sweetish, complex, and then completely dry without being overly bitter. Initially you find malt and wood, but in the end you find hops. Remarkable. I think this would be a great holiday beer, either with a turkey dinner or just relaxing in front of the fire. I'll need to find more of this.

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Photo of hopstradamus
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Dull, copper-colored, almost amber- with a head of large bubbles that quickly fades into a thin, dirty beige foam. It is also slightly hazy.

S. Sweet and boozy. Pale malt blended with floral hop aroma, vanilla, oak and raisin.

T. Surprisingly the dull oak taste is stronger than the hop character. The vanilla taste is very pronounced and it is amazingly smooth and balanced.

M. Light to average mouthfeel, but maybe a little thin for a double IPA. The vanilla and oak flavors tend to coat the tongue and hide some of the other flavors.

D. I enjoyed this beer, but don't feel comfortable calling it a double IPA, in any way. Despite the fact that this beer is 10% ABV, I fail to understand what about it is double.

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Photo of bminor7
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 from beers of the world?

in the glass this beer is a slightly hazy brown-chestnut color. head does form, looks foamy and rocky, but settles quickly. laces.

aroma is subdued...aged character. no extreme hops here, like a DIPA you forgot about for a while. very smooth flavor that is not bright but sweet, complex, and balanced. a pineyness in the front with a smokiness in the back. as others have said, not easy to get any sensation of alcohol.

due to the smoothness..easy to drink. i would recommend to try for a satisfying DIPA that is a pleasure for the senses.

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Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with an average white head that dissipates quickly, nice lacing.

Aromas are substantial with strong pale malts with plenty of citrus and earthy hop presence and a nice subtle wood aroma.

The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor along with a very nice hop character. Really solid bready malts and light caramel malts blend in as well. It well balanced and not overly bitter thanks to the barrel/wood aging. The alcohol is completely untectable at this point (I bought this about 6 mo back and planned to age it to let the alchhol, wood and hops mellow/blend together.

The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a darn tasty DIPA. It stays within it's self and doesn't go off in any one direction too much. I had this on tap when it first came out and now with 6 months of age on it and it is exactly perfectly balanced both times.

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Photo of beersensei305
2.54/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- pours a Orange Brown hue with a nice off white almost tannish head that has great retention.
S- Mild Scent but is sweet and citruy
T- Smooth beer, not bitter, little citrus flavor, mostly oaky and piney some later notes of honey... Low ABV so a Double IPA- no bite
M- Smooth and slightly syrupy
D- Ehhh- terrible Imperical IPA.. more like a regualr IPA.. dissappointing. Very dissappointing.

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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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