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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Ratings: 296 |  Reviews: 209
Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like orange and grapefruit hops with some caramel, and a bit of vanilla and oak and bready yeast.
T: It tasted like orange and pine hops, with caramel malt and some vanilla and oak and bready yeast and alcohol. It had a lasting bitter aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little smooth carbonation.
D: This was a nice IPA aged on wood to add some nice new flavors. The alcohol was pretty hot though, so it needed to be sipped. I could see this improving with a year or two of age, ending up somewhere between Double Bastard and OBA.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper, amber color with a small, rising white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of pine hops with oak notes.

Tastes of layers of hop, oak, and malt. Hops are earthy and spicy with pine notes. Bitterness is medium. Oak comes through pretty well with vanilla notes and wood. Some sweet toffee and caramel malt flavors come through. Alcohol is evident, but I don't hate that since the oak makes this a sipper.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my tasting snifter glass. Pours an clear amber color. Provides a massive foamy/frothy off-white head with moderate retention. The head, though, never completely dissipates, as it remains a nice creamy surface, and leaves patchy, somewhat fizzy lacing.

Aroma is light, but presentable. Very sweet with subtle hops. Malty, and not boozy.

Flavor is very nice, but not a ton of hops in this one. Also, I should mention, I'm drinking and reviewing this one VERY fresh. Initial hops are mild, leaving way to a nice sweet medium middle body...finally ending somewhat hoppy again with a smooth and creamy finish. Booze isn't too bad for 10%. Medium drinkability...but overall, tasty!

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

On tap at the Great Divide Tap Room. Served in a snifter.

A: Medium copper with good clarity and light carbonation. A creamy cap is big and dense. Head retention is good and a fair amount of lace is left behind.

S: A strong dose of pepper, anise and black tea starts things out. The fruitiness from last year's edition of this beer is absent, but there's more aged oak going on. Alcohol adds a light zing to the nostrils.

T: The spicy pepper and anise bitterness dominates, but is moderate for this style. The oak is more pronounced than before and lets you know it's there with its distinct flavor. Some bittersweet toffee rounds things out. The spicy bitterness lingers long after the last sip. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth to the body as t he beer goes down.

M: The oily and slick body of this beer has a definite heft to it. Carbonation is quite soft.

D: This is a powerful beer that I wouldn't want more than one of just for my own safety. If I had my way, this would be released much later in the year. I love the taste, but the power feels like too much for a hot early July day. That; however, is just a minor nitpick of a very nicely done beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, capped and silver foiled, $10.99 @ DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Bottled on dating (6-2-10) hard to read but on the label.
A- Clear, darker amber. The head stays forever at about 1/4 inch, the resulting blotchy film is fine and luxurious. Leaves nice looking fine, scattered lacing.
S- Herbal hops and wood
T- Hopbombalicious, resiny, piny, minty, yummy hop goodness. Not too sweet, caramel malts riding along the underbelly. Densely flavorful, thoroughly west coast (alright Colorado) in style, wood under tones also picked up.
M- Coating and smooth on the tongue
D- Thoroughly enjoyable stuff

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear rusty tangerine color with a nice thick khaki head. Very thick bubbles that stick to everything it touches and laces the duration of the beer.

The nose has an earthy smell that revolves around oak and vanilla with hints of hops and grains. Quite nice but not as bold in the hop department as one would expect from an IIPA. Personally I think the Hercules IIPA Great Divide does is much more hoppy aromatic.

This beer tastes very good but I can't give it excellent numbers. It doesn't have much citrus and hop kick that you would expect from an IIPA. What it does have is a simple grain bill that has a slight molasses sweetness to it. Clean malt flavors that add to the touches of oak and vanilla. All in all a tasty beverage but not a big beer by any means in the flavor department.

Mouthfeel steps it up with some solid bitterness and a smooth silky texture. An absolute pleasure to drink and a finish that is up there with some of my favorites. A great beer even if it does fall short in the IIPA standard I've come to expect.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Perfectly see through lovely amber color. really nice poofy two finger white head that leaves very little lacing

S: Big punch of floral citrus like hops with a soapy vanilla background

T: Taste is pretty disappointing. Its really soapy hoppy and the oak doesn't do well for it. I dont get a good vanilla or wood from it. its more like what a vanilla scented soap shower bar would taste like.

M: leaves a super stickiness on my tounge and teeth and has a little to aggressive of head that blows up every sip

D: It was my last beer of the night and I decided I'd rather drive more sober than finish it. The soap taste made it difficult to enjoy. The alcohol heat from it was also a factor. No real drinkable balance with the beer.

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Photo of Jdiddy
1.69/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Wow, I was expecting to love this beer. Turns out, the complete opposite was true. In fact, it was a drain pour for me. One of the most unbalanced beers I am yet to wet my lips with.
Color is great with a nice copper/amber color. That is where any redeeming quality of this beer stops. Don't get me wrong, I love Great Divide, love DIPA's and love wood aged beers, but this beer is a hot mess. Hops are completely hidden and it is just a mouthful of alcohol burn that kills this beer. Made it through 3 sips and that was all she wrote. Waste of $10.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Note to Brewery: Printing Bottled on Date on a dark label with black ink doesn't work.

Poured into a Duvel Tulip glass dark amber with a nice thick froathy head. Great retention and great lacing. Not much of a hop scent to the nose, I do note a woody carmel scent. The taste is not over powering that a hop head might demand. There is a nice hop bite with a sugary almost maple taste. Not much of a noticable wood flavor. The mouthfeel is excellent, no noticable alcohol burn for this ABV. Just the right texture.

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Photo of mikey711
2.06/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Deep amber color with a modest sized head that holds well and leaves ok lace. not much rising carbonation, but very good clarity

S: Tons of wood, but it is mostly vanilla sweetness with some very earthy hoppiness and a ton of caramel malt in the backbone. I would really have expected more hoppiness from this one, but this is serious mal forward

T: Heavy sweetness that is primarily a mixture of caramel and vanilla. Almost no hoppiness except for some astringent pine and musty earth.

M: Cloying sweetness with very present fusol alcohol. Also the hops that are there just make this rough

D: This is a huge disappointment for me. I loved last years batch but this one tastes like it is months past its prime already yet it was bottled earlier this month. I understand that it would be a bit on the sweeter side because of the oak aging but othr such as burton baton, expo hoppiness, and super kitty do the same and still have a very present and enjoyable hoppinees to them.

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Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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 aggiearcher13
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear, dark copper colored beer. About an inch of head, recedes a little and leaves a bit of lacing around the rim.

S: Aroma is oak/vanilla, sweet malt, a little boozy, and some pine.

T: Flavor has a lot going on. Bitter, oak and vanilla, and a little boozy, it's really good.

M: Mouthfeel is very smooth, moderate body, it's right in the middle of what I would expect.

D: Combines to be a really drinkable beer, the oak aging and the malt really balances out the hops so nothing dominates your palate. Very nice beer.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a perfect pint glass.

I find a clear, dark copper-coloured beer with about an inch of off-white head that stays around and leaves good lace. This is exactly the colour I reckon a pint of beer ought to be, leastways an ale of this nature.

Very intriguing aroma - lots of oak, plenty of sweet malt and some grassy hops in there too.

The flavour is mostly malt, I find, with a moderately bitter hop finish, all of which is modified by the oak. Definitely a hint of alcohol too It's very, very nice.

Mouthfeel is okay, not too heavy with very light carbonation. I would have preferred a little more body here.

Great Divide have come up with another top notch beer. The balance is towards the malt in this one, but I see no reason why a serious hophead shouldn't get some kicks from it. I hope there are still some of these on the shelf when I go to the store again because I want to get a few more in before the run is finished.

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Photo of Dixonian
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bomber poured into perfect pint glass

interesting color-darker than your usual DIPA. nice inch or so white head that substained.
subdued hop aroma for the style but enticing nonetheless. taste is incredible-i love the way the wood aging plays off the slight hop bitterness, which is much stronger in the aftertaste. wouldn't mind seeing more wood aged DIPAs after this-possibly the first time great divide has truly impressed me.
I will be picking another one of these up while it's around.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Great Divide promo at Blind Tiger NYC last week..the sign said 'Anniversary Oaked Imperial IPA', but no mention of 16th Anniversary, so I hope that I'm reviewing the right beer. Poured a brownish reddish amber; cloudy with no carbonation or head or lace, but this was not surprising (or expected), given the cask origin. Lots of apple, pear, vanilla, woodiness, and some citrus came through in the nose. The taste yielded the same flavors in abundance, with a dry macintosh apple and alcohol burn finish. In fact, the alcohol lingered fairly long in the aftertaste; had it not, I may have rated this a little higher. Very velvety smooth, with expectedly no carbonation; by far the best aspect of the tasting. Too strong-flavored to session.

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Photo of rwf08
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a NB tulip.

A: Nice thick two finger head. Dark southern style sweet tea appearance in color. Not sure if a DIPA is supposed to be this dark but it is very appealing none the less.

S: Sweet malt, earth, floral. Very comforting.

T: Kind of hot really. Other than that I get some sweet malt, caramel, and vanilla. Hops are pungent, earthy, musty and floral. A good balance is being struck here but just seems hot to me.

M: Kind of silky on the tongue. Thin body over all with a dry finish.

D: This is an okay beer. I'm not too crazy about it since I feel some of the flavors become muddled together. At $10 a pop this will be my last GD 16th.

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Photo of northaustin
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear light copper color with a finger of even off white head. short retention and minimal stringy lacing.

smell: heavy pine, vanilla, crystal malt overdose and alcohol galore.

taste: flavor megamix. nice oily blend of pine and citrus hops upfront followed by a smooth blend of sweet malts and american oak.

mouthfeel: very oily the whole time.

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
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 guyforget
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, purchased and stored cold until drinking, 3 pours into an 8oz pilsner glass over the evening.

color is a deep amber, head is thin, dissipates quickly leaving some lacing.

the oak aroma permeates the beer, but the hops aroma is still present, though the citrus is somewhat offset by the oak. the wood seems to bring out more of the malty sweet aromas more than the hops.

the taste is definitely what i would expect from a wood aged hercules imperial ipa (which i presume this is). all of the telltale signs of the hercules are there, the boozy 10% abv taste, the great citrus and pine hops, the sweet malt, all mildly accented by the wood aging that lingers a little longer on the palate than the rest of the beer's flavors. the wood is not dominant, but its not easy to miss, i find the effect of the aging to be well balanced and not overpowering. hops > malt > wood after swallow. over the course of the evening i found that this tasted great w/ both some salty pretzels, as well as some strawberries lightly sweetened w/ vanilla infused raw sugar.

mouthfeel is that which i would expect from a wood aged beer - not very carbonated, very smooth, and almost somewhat thick as it coats the palate thoroughly for more than a few seconds after you swallow. i consider this to be a good trait for this style as you get to savor all of the subtleties that the aging has imparted on this already robustly flavored ale.

drinkability is only average for me - i could (and will, while it lasts) easily enjoy a bomber over the course of a low-key evening at home, but this is not a session beer to crack bottle after bottle of.

overall, i love the titan, hercules, and dpa from great divide, and no surprise, i love this one too.

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Photo of Neskimo
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a sub redish color, in between a deep crisp brown and red. lacing is quite excellent with a slight remainder of a rocky head after sitting.

S - The smell is specifically of a somewhat mild double ipa. the bitterness of american hops is present along with the presence of a properly substantially malt bill.

T - This is where things get interesting. PINEAPPLE, I'm not sure how old this bottle is but I get an overwhelming pineapple taste. This is still backed by a solid double ipa bitterness. overall a very quality and enlightening taste for a double ipa. Not necessarily my favorite flavor, but a tribute to the possibilities.

M - much like most strong ipas, a well balanced carbonation with a continual bitterness. Keeps you wanting to drink more.

D - Exellent, as with mouthfeel, keeps you wanting more, whether you like pineapples or not.

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

Had this one at their anniversary party. Rain got on my notes, but not too badly:

Light chestnut color on the pour, clean and bright. Head starts off nice and soft, fades rather quickly. Would like to see more 'rocks'.
Wood aroma, oak. Soft hints of vanilla. Boozey a bit. Hops come and go. More earthy than citrus. Pine? hard to tell with the wood age.
Malt is overwhelmed here. The booze, wood and hops beat it with a whip. These flavors blend well, and give the over all beer a good kick. Hard to distinguish them, though. Tough to drink. Food pairing would be difficult.

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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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