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19th Anniversary Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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19th Anniversary Ale19th Anniversary Ale

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371 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

19th Anniversary Ale isn’t just a wood-aged ale. It’s a compass – a reminder of where we’ve been and where we’re going. Brewed with pure birch syrup and aged on birch wood, this beer embraces reverential tradition and revolutionary innovation.
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark goldenrod color. Like honeyed amber. Some chill haze. Thick 3/4" cap of bright suds. No escaping carbonation from below to support the head, but it's proving its worth in retention.

Sappy sweet birch, floral hops, herbal aromas, slight woodsiness, cereal grains, candied orange, vanilla cream soda, and mild soapiness. Quite the interesting array of aromas. Smells a little waxy, like a scented candle, but overall, it's good. Almost has a touch of butterscotch.

Flavors totally follow the nose, but with an added hop flavor and bitter firmness. Sweet, too, but not cloying. Birch chips cut in with some wood-sucking dryness. Actually, it's rather woody now. Still has a touch of herbal qualities that push it into birch beer territory, but the vanilla notes overpower any semblance of botanicals used/implied. Citrus notes are mostly orange-y, but there's some pithy grapefruit and tropicalia (pineapple??) in the mix. Malty, not grainy. Ale yeast waxes English. Slight earthiness, and maybe a bit of pie crust in the malts. Hops are strangely bitter with pine notes; creates good balance with the sweetness. The strength builds because you feel it, not because you taste it.

Where's this 10%+ ABV? Uncannily smooth. The body is dense and wooly with roundedness. Not much stick, either, except in the back of the mouth. Coating, I should say. Medium carbonation. The feel doesn't falter. Just different for an amber strong ale.

They're always making woody Anniversary beers. This one is no exception.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce (650 ml) bottle in a pilsner glass. Bottled on date of April 22nd, 2013.
A - deep golden full of small fizzy bubble with a two finger head that recedes to a tight lacing and 1/2 finger lingering head.
S - smells woody with a sharp alcoholic bite that make its vaguely whiskey like in an overpowering way.
T - alcohol zap is immediate and strong. Woody resinous sweet taste underlies the heavy booze bite. Hops are blown away by the booze.
M - moderate body with ample carbonation that intesifies the alcoholic feel.
O - closer to a weak whiskey than a strong beer. Some may like it but it was not what I was looking for from Great Divide.
Is there a wood aged malt liquor category?
Great Divide has been one of my favorites when I can get it but this one is not the usual.

Maybe significant aging would even this out but I doubt it as it looks too filtered.

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19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.