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19th Anniversary Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-29-2013)
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Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at The Local Miami. Served in a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Slippery, non-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.

S- Very sweet, almost candyish type of aroma with some vanilla notes.

T- Initial sweetness soon turns a bit woody then right back to sweet in the aftertaste. Smooth but with a bit of alcohol fume trailing behind it. The sweetness is semi-fruity but in a red cherry/caramel/burnt sugar context. Ok, I got it: rum. Tastes like a very sweet rum. Still, the alcohol is concealed quite well even as it warms.

M- Moderate booze bite with a slightly syrupy feel. Medium carbonation and a body that's just a tad light.

O- Totally unique, very tasty and quite surprising.

Immortale25, May 24, 2013
Photo of salthemonster
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

salthemonster, May 23, 2013
Photo of Caleb
4/5  rDev +9%

Caleb, May 22, 2013
Photo of randylangford
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

randylangford, May 22, 2013
Photo of PaulMc
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

PaulMc, May 22, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Hopmodium, May 22, 2013
Photo of CreightonSM
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

CreightonSM, May 22, 2013
Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

AngusOg, May 21, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

rab53, May 21, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev +9%

IPAchris, May 20, 2013
Photo of CowsandBeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

CowsandBeer, May 19, 2013
Photo of chanokokoro
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Great Divide Brewing Company branded snifter

Pours a deep golden with amber accents capped with a one and half finger fluffy bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly; splotchy lacing here and there. Fresh cut wood, grass, honey, and pear on the nose. Lightly sweet syrup, honey, and herbal/grassy notes with some breadiness midpalate. Finishes with fresh cut wood and accents of clean alcohol. Full bodied, syrupy and smooth; mild, gentle carbonation. This is truly an unique brew and a very enjoyable one at that. Highly recommended.

chanokokoro, May 19, 2013
Photo of Nunya
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Nunya, May 19, 2013
Photo of cnbrown313
4/5  rDev +9%

cnbrown313, May 17, 2013
Photo of Casey3236
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Casey3236, May 16, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

nickfl, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

blindpiggie, May 14, 2013
Photo of ewhugh
4/5  rDev +9%

ewhugh, May 13, 2013
Photo of cclark67789
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

cclark67789, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

BrewmanCapote, May 12, 2013
Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

KiMiRaiK, May 12, 2013
Photo of Bieniek30
4/5  rDev +9%

Bieniek30, May 11, 2013
Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Darker golden pour, nearly no head. Just a minimal run of white. Fairly viscous looking though.

Aroma, herbal and woody. Definete pancakes and syrup like sweetness.

Taste, faint citrus zest, quickly turns to a woody sweet. Malty caramel, some toasted malt notes. Some bitters and booze battle the sweet in the finish. The toffee stays with you though.

Quite coating, a good level of carbonation helps to keep the stickiness in check just a bit. A little warming, might be a better cooler weather beer. Would be interesting to see what some age does with this. It's perfectly fine now however.

Probably the closest thing I've tasted to some of Founders non-stout barrel aged beers. Rougher around the edges but very nice.

Bung, May 11, 2013
19th Anniversary Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.