SanfordBrewer (1392) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A perfect beer, as in, i wouldn’t change a thing about it. sweet caramel malt balanced by floral leafy hops. big but smooth and very drinkable. i wish i had another, so i could give better details, but i just got too caught up drinking it.
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep ruby red with nice head that falls slowly and leaves a nice lacing as it does. A nice amount of bubbles are seen rising. Average lacing. This could be one of the most beautiful beers ever.
Some orange and grapefruit citrus up front. A decent amount of malt shows. A grassy/floral hop profile. Then some dank oak and vanilla show. Hoppy, woody and resiny tones. Wonderful!
Lots of vanilla and oak characteristics in this one. Those flavors start right away and continue all the way through. It plays really nicely with the thick malt background and the pine/slightly citrus hops. The oak flavors really make this beer. Alcohol is kept in check quite well as the bitterness ensues on the palate and lingers a good while. Toasty malt comes through here and there but is pretty much overwhelmed by the bitterness and oak. Sweetness is balanced by copious bittering hops and the dryness of the oak. There’s a sticky fruitiness too, and plenty of warmth from the booze to round things out.
Full bodied, medium carbonation, lush and sticky feel.
Great Divide impresses again; in fact I bought three bottles and look forward to see what a bit of cellaring does . This is my favorite beer of 2012 so far. The aging comes through beautifully, giving this one a drinkable, complex character. Happy anniversary, guys! Here’s to 18 more.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of caramel, oak, vanilla, resin, grass, pine, and citrus. Large frothy off-white head that lasted and left fantastic lace. Flavor is malty with a nice piney bite that finishes with a oak-vanilla aftertaste. Palate is medium-full bodied and soft. Fantastic brew that is very under rated for some reason. Complex and malty with a fantastic nose and look. No hint of that 10% ABV. Loved it!! Bravo GDBC!
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
you can actually smell the oak along with the hops on the nose...wonderful. hazy dark amber pour with a nice frothy off white head. very intersting taste to say the least...taste the oak..but it is complicatedly delicious.
obguthr (4427) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rosehips, tangerine, and mango nose. Clear copper, thin yellow head, some glass adherence. Medium bodied, yet intensely flavorful. Mango and grapefruit peel, sweet and tart initially, quite bitter in the end. Light rosehips are also present. Malty grapefruit finish with only subtle oak hints. Masterfully done. Intense and bold, but just to the point of not becoming a chore. Outstanding balance. I was hoping for a bit more of an oak character, but I could be wrong. I trust Great Divide’s judgement. They seem to know what I like better than I do.
craftbeerdesign (2236) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2011 bomber poured into a snifter... this beer is an absolute wonder.... I must find more before it’s gone forever.... As the beer is poured into the glass, it’s deep copper color forms along with a beautiful 2 finger white fluffy head.... this settles in a few minutes to a light coverage over the top... the hue and clarity of this beer is wonderful.... vanilla, oak, and piney hops fill the aroma... once the beer hits the tongue a magnificent smooth and creamy medium body takes force. it starts out subtle and delicate and then the piney and earthy hops dominate the top of the palate... some citrus notes come forward as well... throughout the tasting experience the oak rounds out the edges of the mouth and carries the aging process from start to finish.... at the back of the mouth, there is a balance between bitterness and the vanilla and oak characteristics of the barrel. the top of the finish is all hops, while the bottom and back carry the vanilla notes.... this is a special beer....
corkitad (19) - Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had the 15th anniversary on tap @ concordia ale house and was blown away. Great notes of aged oak/vanilla. Have only had the 16th in the 22oz. Felt it was more malty and lacked in the overwhelming oak/vanilla combo of the 15th that i really enjoyed. Non the less a great brew
noturdadsbeer (25) - centennial, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip at Euclid Hall. Thank you Great Divide for the gift of beer!
A: Pours a very nice dark amber with red hues. Thick 1 and 1/2 head off white to egg shell white, sticky, and has great lacing.
S: Touch of vanilla and sweet but not cloying malts. Hops are present but aren’t massive and invading. Just a touch of bitterness.
T: Malt is big and balances out the hops, just like the nose. The hops are present and quite large and creep up the back of the palate. Touch of sweetness off the front of the beer- vanilla mainly. A little boozie mid palate and turns to sweet whiskey tones as the beer warms.
M: Full bodied and quite large. Clean coating across the palate with solid carbonation. The finish is long and stunning. As the beer warms the finish goes from bitter and creamy malt to sweet vanilla whiskey.
D: Fantastic beer and a great tribute to 17 years of brewing. Perfect beer to sip while catching up with a friend or just like a great glass of wine- something to sip and enjoy for a longer period of time than a normal beer can give. Excellent for the winter and perfect over the summer.
MBrausen (69) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in March of 2011.
A. Pours a deep apple cider, with a 1 finger head that resides to a thin ring with a nice island of foam.
S. Smells of citrus, mild oak, and lots of chocolate. Very different for an IPA. Really interesting!
T. Tastes of tangy citrus, chocolate and vanilla from the barrel. Very warm chocolately finish.
M. This beer is medium bodied, highly carbonated and has a dry finish.
O. This is a really good beer. I have liked pretty much everything from Great Divide, but this is really an amazing bee! It has chocolate and vanilla flavors that are normally found in stouts, in a well bodied and sweet IPA. This is really something different from what I was expecting and would expect in a IPA. I really regret not buying more when it came out. This is truly a unique beer and I suggest anyone try it as soon as they can. I really don’t know if it will get better with age, but I will be looking to find out.
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - APR 23, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle of 17th Anniversary.
Pours orange, a bit hazy with a very thin foam head.
Smells freshly crushed malt, coconut, concentrated milk and hop.
In mouth, it is a velvety sensation melting malts, hops, whisky flavours and a well mastered bitterness in aftertaste.
Very good DIPA !