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 bierguru
2.46/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A -
dark copper color mild carbonation head pours white stays well

S -
all the smells are really very mild in the sniff i get hops some sweetness

T -
mild hops light oak as well a vanilla

M -
medium body no mouth injuries

D -
not what i was expecting at all it was a let down

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Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomb, Brawley's in Charlotte

appearance: split and served in a shaker pint, hazy orange-amber body, some floaters, creamy off-white head and good retention

smell: floral hops, very sweet, caramel, vanilla but not much oak. sweetness is a bit overdone

taste: This is definitely a rich dipa, caramel and vanilla, oak comes through in a subtle manner, sweet citrus hops. Good, but not great - like the southern tier oak-dipa better

mouthfeel: sweet, medium-heavy

drinkability: good

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Photo of number1bum
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll say upfront that generally speaking I don't think barrel aging DIPAs is a good idea, so let's see with this one. Pours an ever so slightly hazed amber color with about two fingers of off-white head. Keeps pretty well, with a full, rocky lace and some nice stick on the sides.

Smells of earthy hops, but not overwhelming in that regard, with some caramel malt sweetness as well. Has a buttery quality to it, and the wood also is very apparent. Big vanilla note in particular.

Taste consists primarily of a big caramel malt sweetness and oak flavor, with only some earthy, moderately bitter hops. The buttery caramel sweetness overwhelms the hops, and then the oak, particularly the vanilla, obliterate any hoppiness that is left. It's too sweet and the vanilla is too prominent for my tastes. It's out of balance in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is close to full and is pretty creamy, but as I said before it's too sweet and it doesn't finish terribly clean for that reason. Nice oily slickness to it however.

This beer further confirms that oak aged IPAs/DIPAs are not really my thing. Too sweet, too much oak, not enough hops. A decent beer, but give me a super fresh version of the base beer first.

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Photo of kenito799
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, IPA tasting

Clear amber with a small creamy head and great lacing.

Deliciosu and complex aroma, grapefruit over caramel, vanilla and oak.

Creamy soft and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is beguilingly complex and changing on the palate, a sweet caramel cream up front then refreshing tart citrus notes, and vanilla oaky caramel following. There is a sweet root beer effect. Bitterness comes through in the long finish. Oak has really done wonderful things here.

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Photo of kflack
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Pours a deep amber color with a wonderful 2 inch head that is not going anywhere! The smell is unreal, lots of caramel and toffee, and you can't miss the oak.
Super smooth, hard to believe the 10.0 ABV. A slight bite at the finish, this is one that could get you in trouble if your not careful, one is the max. Grab one and hide it somewhere!

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

review from notes taken at the time of tasting.

A - Poured a clear and crisp amber/copper with a nice frothy head and lively carbonation.
S - Balanced earthy hops and nice sweet malts. Very appetizing.
T - Caramel malts. Very sweet. Even hops flavoring. Vanilla crea.
M - Pretty rich and a touch syrupy but lively.
D - Pretty rich and heavy but tasty. Went great with my fancy steakhouse leftovers.

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Photo of racer2k
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bomber into my snifter glass

A - Pours a nice creamy golden texture which produces an off white colored head leaving a nice thick lacing behind which dissipates over time.

S - Sweet with robust caramel, biscuit, toffee, malt, earthy hops and a hint of alcohol in the smell.

T - Breads and biscuits with a touch of honey, a strong oak presence, caramel, and an earthy hop finish. There is a pine and earthy texture to this beer with a finishing alcohol bite.

M - Creamy with a moderate body. Very thin carbonation but a strong warming alcohol presence.

D - The high 10% ABV alcohol content is a challenge with the drinkability of this beer however this is quite drinkable on balance. Just be careful. This is a great beer!

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Photo of Franz4
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a clear auburn color with a big bubbly head. Nice lacing all the way to the bottom of glass.

S- Grassy with notes of oak. A little underwhelming.

T- In the taste the oak takes over and is followed by the grassiness, kind of the reverse of the nose. Some floral and citrus, but I felt it definitely took a back seat.

M- medium bodied and slightly oily.

D- A nice variation of a DIPA it brought something unique to the table and I could have had more, it's a deceptive 10% abv, so it's probably a good thing I only had 1 bottle.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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 WeedKing4
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, clear amber copper colour with a decent amount of head. Tastes of oak and slight vanilla with a nice malty finish. Not to sweet either. Drinks down pretty smooth for the high abv%, no issues putting this one down at all. Very nice version of an imperial ipa.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil!)

Appearance: The pour is an amber and burnt orange color with a thin layer of frothy, oil glazed head. The beer is quite effervescent, with plenty of chunks of sediment resting in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Candied and caramel malt shine through right away. A bit of alcohol heat sits with some grass and pine hops along with a touch of oak and vanilla.

Taste: More sweet candied and caramel malt. A bit of pine and grass come through from the hops, as well vanilla and oak. There's just a bit of citrus at the end, along with a dry finish. I find that the hops are lacking, there's not a nice citrus edge, and even the earthy hops are bit masked by the heavy malt.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was spot on right after cracking the bottle open. Full bodied, each sip leaves a nice oily coating on the teeth and gums.

Drinkability: Not a beer to have two of in an evening, at least for me. I don't know that I'd classify the beer as quintessential. This was an enjoyable beer, but I had hoped it would be loaded with more citrus hops. It was a naive belief though, as I know Great Divide likes to have high malt IPA's, and this is no exception.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 JLeege
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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 baggio
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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A: Orange-Reddish with a small, beige, creamy head.

S: Caramel, Oak, Malts, Leather, Ripe fruits.

T: Vanilla, Caramel, Hops, Ripe fruit, Hint of chocolate.

M: Smooth and quite creamy. Easy drink with lots of tiny bubbles.

This tastes almost like a milder barleywine to me. Maybe it's because it's not superfresh. Still, quite good and something i'd like to try again.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy deep amber with a large off-white creamy head. Dissipates into rich, rich lacings.

S: Loads of chocolate, light roasted sweet malt. Dark dried fruits - raisins. Floral hops. A light vanilla tone from the oak.

T: Sweet caramell malt together with rich chocolate. Vanilla from the oak. A bit burnt. Both bitter as well as floral hops. Citric notes, and faint piney notes.

M: Long sweet, but still bitter aftertaste. Body is full and carbonation is light. A bit of the alcohol strikes through.

D: This DIPA has a little of lots of things, sadly nothing stands out enough.

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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless wine glass. $12 for the bomber.

A: Pours with a small, off-white head that is quickly diminishing. The body is very clear and medium-dark amber. Spare lacing. Not off to a great start here...

S: But the aroma piques my interest. Very oaky. Above average malts full of heavily toasted bread and caramel malt aromas. Hops are heavy, depsite the age, mainly floral with pine undertones and an even lighter spruce notes. Earthy, woody yeast.

T: The flavor takes a small step back and is missing the complexity that I enjoyed so much from the 15th Anniversary that I experienced just a few days before. Spiciness stands out as some sweet notes of vanilla, honey and maple syrup attempt to counter. Moderate bitterness. The alcohol needs a little more time to fall into place. It's warm on the palate and brings heat from the gullet up.

M: The carbonation has a restrained liveliness to it giving it a thick, creamy texture while being slightly cloying. Medium-full texture.

D: If the recipe each year is the same, I prefer Great Divide's Anniversary Ale with some more age, which not only improves the drinkability, but also the bottom-line score.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale Ale Aged on Oak Chips 16th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA India Pale Ale..."Quintessential" "Commemorative"...I don't get this practice of tossing out two words that may or may not comprise preeminent qualities of the beer. They don't often go together, or make sense. In this case, yes, it's a commemorative beer, but how the heck is it "quintessential"?An oak aged IPA is somehow "quintessential"?


Clear, amber-hued, large and puffy head, long lasting. Looks good.

Aroma: light citrus notes, herbs & spice, earthy nice, if rather nondescript. Has the feel of an English IPA.

Tasting it...nice ipa, good and hoppy, oak? ...subtle...hardly noticeable...I'm drinking and drinking, and sipping and slipping it down, and searching for something interesting to say, but ..still waiting...okay, I taste some oak hovering over the hops, but...can't really say it's an especially memorable double IPA underneath that oaky smog.

A touch of vanilla? Sure..a little chocolate. Then there's that mess of a hop non-profile. This makes no impression and is utterly unspectacular.
Huh. Yeah. Nope. No way.

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Photo of afksports
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap the same night at Amity Hall as the SN 30th Anniversary barleywine. This was the second beer of the evening, the second one celebrating an anniversary, and the last I effectively remember :). My notes help though. This was my second passport stamp!

In appearance there's not much different from what you'd expect, there's a finger of light tan head on top of an amber and clean base. There's a nice hint of fruits on the nose, and the hops seem secondary to the malts. The taste profile fits the bill. The hops are reduced by the oak, which allows the malts, sugars, and fruits to come through. Mouthfeel is rather unremarkable, and it's an easy drinker for it's abv.

At the time of drinking, I was working off a heavy anti- IPA bias, and this one helped quite a bit, probably
because it's much less of a hoppy brew than one might think. I'd have it again, but I might have to wait until year 17.

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Photo of kk73
2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours a clear, rich, deep amber color. With a one finger off white head. With some lacing.

S - Lots of sweet malt, with some earthy and woody notes. Not getting much hops here.

T - Boy not what I was hoping for. Tons and tons of malt and not much in the way of hops. Pretty much a letdown on this one. Really sweet and malty, with some buttery oak.

M - Smooth and fairly light bodied with a dry finish.

D - This again was a big letdown. I was really looking foward to enjoying this one. But if your a hophead than this may not be the beer for you. Would not drink this again.

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Photo of Zundo
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice red-amber with a frothy, one-finger, tan head. Great head retention and lacing.

Smell: sweet caramel malts and mild hops, some vanilla and oak. Possibly a hit a cherry with some citrus.

Taste: The oak helps balance the sweetness of the malt, the cherry and vanilla are a nice touch with some citrus hops and a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, but not heavy. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: very easy going beer with balance of flavors.

Perfect drink for the fall chill thats coming. Its a nice transition beer from IPAs and Imperial IPAs to a black barley wine. Its like dessert.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

$10 at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC. 22oz brown glass pry-top with silver foil. No freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear medium amber with thin off-white head.

Nose: Sticky sweet medium caramel malt and lots of dried fruits like figs and dates. Maple syrup also pops up.

Palate: Thick and rich, sweet and sugary with some warming alcohol but no prickly feeling. Lots of caramel, dried figs, apricots and maple syrup. Something like how old, worm leather smells. Hops are mitigated by the oak, and there's a fair amount of vanilla bean there too. Palate is SUPER SUGARY, thus the low mouthfeel score.

Notes: This is like taking a Mid-Coast or West-Coast IIPA and turning it into an East Coast IIPA by dropping out some of the bitterness and highlighting the sweetness via the oak. It's very good, but not my favorite. Prefer DFH Burton Baton for this sub-style.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another wood aged anniversary beer. Served this chilled, in a pint glass from a twenty-two ounce bottle. Let this warm a bit on the counter before sampling.

Great Divide 16 pours out a crystal clear copper amber color. A hard pour results in almost two fingers of creamy, off white head. Head receded slowly, leaving a generous band of white lace behind. A pretty good looking brew.

Smell: Nice thick hoppy aroma shines through first. Semi sweet malty back bone on which this beer is built. Subtle aromas of oak creep in from the background. Slightly medicinal and sweet smelling.

Taste: Smooth, complex flavors. Definitely some buttery oak notes. Hoppy, but the oak really knocks it back a bit. Thick malt undertones. Bitter, yet sweet at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is lower, but fits this beer perfectly. Slick and oily feeling.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable overall. The oak fits this beer nicely.

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Photo of obywan59
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into 1) my Duvel tulip and 2) an oversized wine glass.

Beautiful! Crystal clear and amber in color with a column of bubbles rising through the center. 2 finger puffy white head with light lacing. Wnd pour into my wine glass was cloudy/translucent.

Full sweet malty aroma with some ripe citrus.

Mostly sweet again in taste with vanilla and a light woodiness

Nice smooth, fairly thick mouthfeel, with some alcohol burn to boot.

A good drinker, but the ABV slowed me down. Kicking it up a notch from the 2 Rogue 7 ouncers that preceded it.

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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a copper amber with a generous head.

Smells of oak, earthy and grassy. Hints of caramel.

A well balanced bitter and sweetness compliments the oak quite well. Notable pine. Perhaps a little too well balanced for a DIPA; a little maltier than usual for the style.

It's chewy and earthy and fairly delicious. Does a good job of hiding the high abv.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bold pale malt scent along with plenty of hop bitterness and a nice subtle wood aroma. The hop aroma is well recieved and is complimented by the wood character. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor along with a very nice hop character. It well balanced and not overly bitter. The wood aging adds a subtle vanilla feel and well as a dry finish filled with tannins. The mouthfeel is great! It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty DIPA. It stays within it's self and doesn't go off in any one direction too much.

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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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