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22nd Anniversary Dark American Sour | Great Divide Brewing Company

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22nd Anniversary Dark American Sour22nd Anniversary Dark American Sour

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An expert blend of bold character, this Dark American Sour is a perfect culmination of 22 years of craft and ingenuity. Aged in red wine barrels, this robust offering is as sophisticated as it is sour. Notes of black cherry jam and tobacco are countered by a welcome tartness and tannic oak finish that lasts long after each sip, making 22nd Anniversary a beer you won’t soon forget.

Added by ONovoMexicano on 04-29-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of littlebeer
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dinkel
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of VaporDome
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bobhits
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Wasn't expecting to be the first to rate this one, also feeling sad someone would add a beer and not write a simple review.

Pours a lot darker than i expected, even iwth the dark american sour name. I've had stout a lot lighter. Held to the light I get deep amber reds, no brown what so ever like you'd get from a stout. This is DARK. With that level of darkness it's messing on the legs and the carbonation lasted about half a second.

The nose is dark fruits, some flander's red (vinegar being the big winner in that). Some sweet fruit malts as well.

Vinegar at the start followed by dark fruits and sugars. I can get the cherry comments, and a bit of a earthy flavor, tobacco could be it (I have zero idea what tobacco tastes like...who tastes it?). I however have to say, this one doesn't linger at all. It's a short lived flavor. I do get a lot of red wine notes on the mid pallet as well. And yes the finish as a lot of oak/wood notes, tannins for sure.

I'm not sure I like vinegar and wine mixed with overly oaked flavors. The body gets thicker as it warms and not to this beers advantage. I'm not sure how to comment on the feel, thicker than I thought it was a few minutes ago. It doesn't linger and isn't a viscous body like that label hints at. It's medium body with ok carbonation for the style, pretty standard.

Above is a bit of an overall, but at the same time it's the struggle I have with the body and feel that lingers with the flavors. It's complex. It really crosses the line between sour and wine in an interesting way. Not the "dark" terms I'd hope for of coffee and chocolate, but this without a doubt has the wine and tannins. I want to avoid a final opinion, the score hints, but this is an interesting beer unique for sure. It doesn't remind me of great divides and what they do traditionally which seems wrong of an anniversary beer.

Anyway if you like the flavors on the label...and don't buy too much into the favorable, you'll get what you expect.

20 dollars for a bottle, on the higher side of beers, but the style/work seems on par. I won't buy again even on draft, but not upset I bought one.

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3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aisha
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of golf4collet
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Invinciblejets
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erk0607
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattboyer182
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In a teku the beer had the appearance of a dark red wine, like a cabernet, There was no head.
Aroma of red wine vinegar and dark fruit.
Sour cherry taste, vinegar. Oak and tannins arrived late in the taste and lingered.
Tart, medium-bodied.

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Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcm75
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ruby/caramel color with a thin beige colored head. Modest head retention & lacing

S: Sourness & dark fruit, plus red grapes

T: Follows the nose, a little red grape as well up front. Red grape dryness, slight sourness & tannins as this warms. Finishes dry, slightly sour, with red grape & a little acidity

MF: Light body, lively carbonation, slight acidity

Pretty interesting, this one worked for me, well worth a go, not super sour pretty easy to drink

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Photo of hop_junkie
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tedhartmann
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the thing is, great divide has been making beer this interesting and good for a long time now, and its a shame they have to foil it up and charge out the wazoo to get anyone to notice it. somewhat dark, deep brown will suffice, not much head from the tap, but a cool aroma of red wine tannins and a little bacterial acidity, lemons, roasted grain, drip coffee, black cherry, raisin, tang, sweet, yum. the flavor is somewhat less compelling and evolved, a little more simple, still with the oak and the wine, still with the dried fruit notes from the malt, but a little more simplistic, cleaner, lighter. i wish this had more body, it could certainly handle it. the acidity with the dark grain is nice, and its not all sour, a little funk exists in here too, and its real tasty. lots of wood, some dry cocoa, red wine, its cool beer, lots going on, but maybe not as different and original as it would have been as say their 17th anniversary brew five years ago. things have changed, and the world has for sure caught up this one. lovely beer and worth the price, well refined and drinkable for what it is, but it could also relatively easily get lost in a crowd of these...

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Photo of JakerLou
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHopsman
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the New England Tap House, Hooksett NH.

Very dark, almost dark brown. Some dark fruits and that sour funk in the aroma. Interesting flavor here, some berry sweetness, oak wood, maybe some wine bitterness, and a little smoke. Feels a slight fuller on the body than other wild ales I've had but it doesn't detract for me. I found I rather really enjoy this offering from GDBC!

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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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22nd Anniversary Dark American Sour from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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