GarrettB (898) - 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.
MattiasA (304) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog - 16th anniversary. Strong wooden notes and accompanying sweetness paired with the usual hop aromas.
MagnusTjader (53) - Mullsjö, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 9-25-2009 at Fort Wayne, IN Gathering. This bottled beer provided by patrick767 pours a small off-white head with a good retention, transparent amber body, fair amount of lacing, and visible carbonation. The Aroma is malty, oak, floral, and citrus hops. The Taste is sweet, bitter, malty, oak, hint of vanilla, floral, and citrus hops. The Palate is lightly tingly and this beer is full bodied. Overall, this beer is a sipping beer at 10%ABV, but I did not find it to be overly hoppy tasting for the style.
Tomy63 (169) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur ambrée foncé, le nez est sur le caramel, le malt grillé, le bois et la vanille, un peu d’agrumes aussi mais dans le fond. La bouche est maltée, caramélisée, vanillée, assez puissante, pas trop amère. Au final, la finition en fût a enlevé du fruit pour le remplacer par de la vanille, du bois et du caramel. C’est pas vraiment ce que j’aime, même si c’est pas mal fait.
Beergeek23322 (1952) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
5/13/2011. 22 oz. bottle. Had both the 16th and 17th version. Dark amber color with an off-white head. Aromas of caramel, hops, malt, tropical fruit with some sweetness from the oak. Rich and complex with plenty of hops on the finish.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper with an off-white head that never quite goes away. Good lacing down the glass as well.
Smells of sweet oakey vanilla. A little earthiness and some fruity hop character as well. Smells sweet, but not overly so.
Strong forward presence of oak and vanilla with a little malty sweetness rounded out by bitter piney resinous hops. Finishes a bit wet with lingering bitterness and vanilla.
A little bit sticky and good carbonation.
Been waiting to crack this one open for a bit as I loved the 16th Ann. It didn’t disappoint. I hate the Rumble IPA, but this one is great. Lots of good vanilla presence and a good marriage of hops and malt. A very good DIPA.
jhliesen (692) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle--my beer was bottled on March 20, 2012. Hazy amber color with a medium white head. Aroma was rich in hops along with some malt. Loved it. Hoppy bitterness on the taste along with some wood, I guess. The hop bitterness followed through on the end. Produce place.
rumproasts (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle of 17th Anniversary. Deep golden with small head. Imperial IPA with wood aging. The wood does a nice job of muting the hops, though the effect is subtle. Might have been a bit better fresh, but it’s good as-is.
dojken (130) - - AUG 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromen något diskret men smaken ligger fint i munnen väl balanserat sedan kommer en explosion av Pina colada därefter komer en fin beska. En konstig men rätt god öl.
Pyrmir (2651) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, rated from backlog. I will write a more extensive rating if I come across this brew again