16th Anniversary Wood Aged

When this came out, rumor had it that this was exactly the same beer as the 15th anniversary. I have no idea about the validity of that statement, and it wound up in the BA db as a different beer anyway, so here goes.
The bottle has silver foil on the 22 oz neck. An aggressive pour produces a slightly hazed, mid-orange body and gives a lovely, dense, creamy white head. Looks a little like a latte floating on top of the beer.
Nose has a little soapiness (which I like), but it never gets strong. I would not have guessed that this beer was based upon Denver Pale Ale, but the label confirms.
The tastes are essentially a residual sweet, lightly woody, viscous sugary affair with some hop resin residuals as well. The alcohol is very well hidden and the sweetness (somewhat surprisingly) never gets very large. The beer walks a strange line between hops and sugar and I suppose works, but it’s a real sipper and nothing that I would ever want more than one of, every 12 months or so. A fairly decent dose of vanilla, too.
Frankly I don’t like this a lot, but it drinks more easily than I was expecting.

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02/05/2011
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ABV: 10.0 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.55
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