Down right dark and firey rustic orange hue with a bit of ruby red to its center. Thick medium capping of parchment paper white foam sits for length and slowly slips down to a very thick skim and moderately placed sheets of lacing.
Aroma is bold and heated with a booming waft of warmth mixed with a milder tropical fruityness that has a bit of starfruit flinted by some darker orangeyness, cherry, and crab apple hints.
The heat tends to get in the way and gains even more momentum as it warms.
This really comes into its own as it warms. Great complexity with a warm toasted malt sweetness, buttery, mildly dark fruity and tanged with dulled warming notes of cherry, mango, and golden raisin. Dates maybe? Tropically masked, but not so much on the citrus. There's a touch of darker orange bitterness in a oily hop heat that cinders up late in the finish. But it tends to stay on a darker edge of flavors that push into barleywine or Old ale type bruteness. Rummy even. Quite nice.
Overwhelmingly warm at first, but it gradually is accepted as its bold medium body of heft and cask-like texture takes on a world of it own on the palate and in the gullet. Soft, smooth, Warm, very well rounded and balanced with lots of warmth. Did I mention its warm. 10% - You betcha! Barleywine-esque...
Great Divide has a nice Anniversary brew here. Perhaps not quite what most would think of as a Impy. IPA, but for what it is, a.k.a. a barleywine? It's very solid and a true sipper of warmth and subtle complexity.
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