Beer # 83 Great Divide 15th Anniversary Wood Aged DIPA

Great Divide 15th Anniversary Wood Aged DIPA

Name: 15th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA

Style:  Double IPA

Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Co.  website

Country: USA

Region:  Denver, Colorado

ABV: 10.00% Abv

How served: 22oz foiled capped bottle poured into a Maredsous glass.       

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: Left over homemade vegetarian lasagna. Very good Paring, but not as good as with the Belgium Strong Pale Ale I had with it yesterday.

Tasted on:  Tuesday March 9th, 2010. 

Note:  Limited & brewed only once for their 15th Anniversary.  I can only hope they revisit this beer again for their 20th anniversary beer, or sooner.  This is a Malty DIPA if there is such a thing.   Maybe it is because this was bottled on July 27, 2009 and the hops have faded, but never the less this is a mighty fine drinking beer, especially at 10% abv. 

On the Label &  From their website: Based on our most award-winning beer, Denver Pale Ale, this copper-hued treat is a celebration of everything Great Divide does best. Plenty of malty sweetness provides a backdrop for earthy, floral English and American hops, while French and American oak round off the edges and provide a touch of vanilla. Thanks to everyone who’s supported us  for the last 15 years – here’s to 15 more! 10.0% ABV.

Food Pairing : Bacon & blue cheese hamburger, barbecue ribs, Point Reyes blue cheese, sticky toffee pudding, caramel cheesecake.

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Beer # 77 Yeti Imperial Stout

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout


Name: Yeti Imperial Stout 

Style:  Russian Imperial Stout 

Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Co.  website 

Country: USA 

Region:  Denver, Colorado 

ABV: 9.50% Abv 

How served: 22 oz capped bottle poured into St. Idesbald chalice.        

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.  

I paired this beer with: a great hard Italian salami and a Dubliner cheese.     

Tasted on:  Monday February 15, 2010. 

Note:  I got my idea of drinking this beer yesterday, after reading one of the blogs I follow  365 Days…365 Beers.  One New Beer, Everyday, For One Year.    

In that blog he just picked up 4 different Oak Aged Yeti’s.  He was asking how old his Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout was.   After looking at my inventory I noticed his wasn’t that old, as it had the newer label from Great Divide.  The older label, like the one on the photo above, had a Mountain Range in the background.  Now the question is how old is this bottle??  This is not the Oak Aged version like he has, but it is still a worthy beer to have in your collection.   I think this is a 2007 vintage.  

Anyway, this was a very good RIS.  I’ve had better, but for the price and the availability it is a keeper.  To date I’ve never had a beer by Great Divide which I wouldn’t have rated at least a very good.  As I tasted this brew I was able to pick up some chocolate and coffee notes and the 9.50% abv was very well hidden.  This beer has also aged very well; I didn’t notice much of a change from a “newer” vintage except for the fact the alcohol was more hidden in this “cellared” beer.   

Out of curiosity, right after finishing this beer, I had a Ten Fidy by Oskar Blues Grill & BreweryI feel that Ten Fidy is a more complex and a better RIS then Yeti Imperial Stout, but not by much.

On the Label & WebsiteYeti Imperial Stout is an onslaught of the senses. It starts with big, roasty malt flavor that gives way to rich caramel and toffee notes. YETI gets its bold hop character from an enormous quantity of American hops. It weighs in at a hefty 75 IBUs.  9.5% ABV

From their website: Awards: 

Silver Medal Great American Beer Festival, 2009 

Bronze Medal Great American Beer Festival, 2008 

Silver Medal Great American Beer Festival, 2005 

Bronze Medal Great International Beer Competition, 2005 

Bronze Medal European Beer Star Competition, 2009 

Silver Medal Brew New Zealand Beer Awards, 2009 

 Food Pairings: Enjoy with, Grilled steaks, strong/salty blue cheese, chocolate.

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