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Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA ~ Great Divide

Appearance: rich polished mahoganies. Gorgeous off-white oaky head is fluffy, light, lacy, and clumpy. Solid collar of lace. Bubbly clump floats in the middle, clinging desperately to one side of the glass. Swirls bubbly.

Nose: caramel, toffee, and Werthers Original. Truffle chocolate nougat. Fudge and brownies. Toffee taffy. Decadent. Torched oak and caramelization of sugars. Chocolate oranges.

Palate: creamy smooth silky mouthfeel. More oak which mingles with caramel, toffee, and taffy. Sweet up front with more oak in the finish, toasted please. Plum skins and whispers of ruby port. Fudge and brownies as it warms up, melting into ooey gooey caramel.

Final Thoughts: not overly complex but super deluxe and tasty. I initially figured the anniversary release from Great Divide to vary year from year, but seeing as this year’s 17th anniversary release was the same as the 16th anniversary I quaffed, no. if you’re a cellar advocate as I am, then keep this in mind and age a bottle or two for future lateral tastings.

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(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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