bytemesis (2412) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish amber, small off white head, bit of lacing. Aroma is caramel, pine, light wood. Flavor is the same, light port, medium sweet, light bitter. Quite malt forward, and clearly aged. Medium body.
asheft (2421) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[bottle from Orange, CA]
Slightly cardboardy spicy vanilla oak and pine aroma. Almost clear dark bronze under large white bubbles that lace the glass. Tangy and salty vanilla oak in front of sweet caramel malt that is balanced slightly overmuch with hops bitterness. Faint apricot and plenty of dried fruit--even some nuts together with a sherry-like. Medium body, medium carbonation, lingering tangy bitterness.
Stracey (39) - Pelham, Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
18th anniversary. Aromas of oak, vanilla, and citrus. Poured copper with about 2 inch white head that hung around. Complex taste. You get the oak and that really balances it the traditional hoppiness. Very smooth.
jgb9348 (4437) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
17th Anniversary Bottle on 23 April 2011.
Deep ruby tinted coloured body with a copper glow and a thinnish, fast-dying two centimetre head and a ton of sediment floating in the balance. Aroma of pungent wood, oak, vanilla, peat, alcohol and a light earthy and nutty hoppiness with some good malt as well. Full-bodied; Pungent alcohol, pit fruit, oak, vanilla, peat, grass notes with hops and caramel by far the strongest - very nice, and very flavourful. Aftertaste is quite potent and complex with the oaky and woodsy flavours going full force, then some nice sweetness like a barleywine coupled with the hoppiness of an imperial IPA make for a very well done combination. Overall, this is reminiscent of a hopped barley wine to me, but with perhaps some more oaky and earthy flavours than you even find in a Barley Wine. This one was aged quite nicely, and still showed a bunch of complexity and surprisingly a good amount of hops - but without so much bite. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in New York, New York (Bowery Location) almost a year ago on 25-November-2011 for US$9.99 sampled at home in Washington the day before Thanksgiving on 21-November-2012, and the bottle was roughly a year and a half old.
Crispy34 (317) - Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share of the 16th. The aroma is kinda hoppy, but reminds me more of a barley wine than a ipa. The appearance is cloudy, burnt orange. The taste starts a little hoppy and finishes more barley wine than anything else. The palate is a little too hop dry for my taste. Overall, a good beer. Would buy one fresh to see if it is better.
jmgreenuk (3229) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a Den Haag RB tasting. A lovely reddish amber pour with a medium bubbly head. A lovely rich hoppy malty woody aroma. The flavour follows the aroma with a huge chewy hoppy rich warm malty flavour. A superb flavourful ale.
beer_est_deus (459) - örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Klar röd orange med färgat stort fast skum. Doft: Kavring, rök, trä, vanilj, mandelmassa, alkohol, jord, fikon, lakrits. Smak: "Madeira vin", sött trä, blommor, honung, örter, körsbärsvin, mango. God-absolut men... fasen något saknas, kropp. Krånglig att ge omdöme på.
Iphonephan (2599) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
from a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours clear amber with a thick off white head. Luscious oaky hop with hints of leather and tobacco.
GarrettB (896) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
May 13th, 2011 - Another year has passed, but the sentiment is the same as it was in 2011 - the Great Divide Wood Aged Double IPA is a ode to great brewing work, and to an institution that I hope always darkens Denver’s doors. The thin off-white head births a vicious, clinging lacing, which contrasts with the somber dark honey and bronze color of the clear brew. And right away, masculine, gourmet smells from the glass set my nose and writing hand into a flurry of activity. The smell is heavy, sticky and sweet, with roasted asparagus, a little mesquite, and hickory aromas. The roasted smells are compelling, and I already regret not having a grill nearby to make something to complement this beer. The body is even heavier, my palate straining under its density, bouncing carbonation and slashing alcohol notes. Sticky with sweet potato, honey and hickory, this beer is full of warm, comforting winter flavors, but feels a little clumsy for it. This is easily forgiven in the aftertaste, where this Anniversary brew delivers a long aftertaste one can meditate on, preferably by a fire, and preferably by one applying its flames to a piece of meat. This is a worthy beer to mark Great Divide’s 17th Anniversary, and I hope to see it again in a year.
TEJA (1185) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Systemplbolaget, Sweden.
Light beige head that goes down to a lasting lace. Clowdy amber color.
Comex and very inviting wood age arome. Woody taste with a balanced bitterness and a medium caramell taste. Some sparkle and big body to give a full boidied experience.