ShivanDragon (4120) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2017 GarrettB (1600) - 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.
Bottle, shared @ Potjepalooza. one side of the table gets a clear brown/copper version, the other side got a hazy version with a lot of floaties and a brown head. aroma of caramel, sweet, raisins, caramel, toffee, barley wine-ish. Taste of caramel, aceton, band-aid-ish, old alcoholic, a bit over the top, pretty sweet. Maakun (5564) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2017
Bottle shared at Potjepalooza. Clear amber with some floaters and beige bubbly head. Quite flowery, pineapple, dry bitter wood, lots of caramel and light toffee, dried mango. Has some caramelised roasted fruit. Medium sweet and over medium bitter. Over medium bodied. sjogro (4146) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2017
Shared from bottle at Potjepalooza. 17th/2011. Dark amber with offwhite head. Sweet malts, caramel, vanilla, barleywine, licorice stick, booze. Big sweet and moderate bitter. Full body, soft carbonation. Tastes a bit old. Sweet syruppy sticky. Still quite nice. MarcoDL (4957) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2017
Bottle. Orange copper color. Aroma of caramel, raisin, resinous hop, oak and orange. Taste has sweet raisin, caramel, some oak, resinous hop and a bitter finish. Solid. john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2017
Draft Half Pint at White Horse, Parsons Green, London in Aug 2010 - 16th Anniversary Edition: 2010 - Copper in colour. Very Hoppy; earthy, floral and oily resinous piney hops. Fruity; citrus grapefruit, tangerines, tropical fruit. Malty; toasty malts, caramel, toffee, lots and lots of oak, vanilla. Great hop/fruit/malt balance. Sweet toasty caramel malts balanced by resinous hops, all smoothed out by the oak and vanilla. Smooth, rich, complex. Terrific 2IPA! (2010-08)
GRM (4050) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2016
Sample, 18th anniversary, Christmas gathering at Stephen Morris’s, savoured on December 18 2015; eye: dirty brown, ring of tan head, light lacing; nose: hops, malt, caramel, alcohol, “tired”; mouth: hops, malt, caramel, alcohol, “tired”, semi-dry finale in bittering hops, full body, good carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly grainy texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, 18ème anniversaire, party de Noël chez Stephen Morris, savourée le 18 décembre 2015; œil : brun sale, anneau de mousse fauve, légère dentelle; nez : houblon, malt, caramel, alcool, fatigué; bouche : houblon, malt, caramel, alcool, fatigué, finale semi-sèche en houblon amérisant, corsée, bonne carbonatation, moyennement amère, texture légèrement granuleuse; en résumé : bien gregwilsonstl (2504) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Quite dark copper. 2012 vintage drank in 2016. Tasted at my variants themed tasting. Thx Tony B. Malty. Oxidized. Baramba (1038) - ITALY - DEC 25, 2015
16th anniversary. Bottle. Amber with frothy white head. Aroma of malt, fruity, oak, yeasty. Sweet flavour of malt, dried fruits, wooden notes. Dry finish rejtable (2686) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2015
16th Anniversary. 2015 Xmas gathering. Pours cloudy, chunky orange with no head and no lacing. Nose is maple, molasses. Flavour of syrup, fruit, earthy bitterness. Taste is medium/big sweet, medium bitter. Full creamy body with lively carbonation. Big, astringent finish. Nice!
18th Anniversary had as well. Very similar overall. altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2015
9/18/2010 5:18:53 PM Bottle at Beer Temple. Nice amber body with healthy head. Nose of malts and vanilla. Nice taste of malts, with lots of wood, and vanilla. Quite enjoyable.