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

Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head which quickly fades away.

Smell: A tart and juicy aroma with a scent of red wine, funk, and oak. Upfront barrel presence with a red wine scent of grapes, cherry, oak, tannins, and wood. Dark fruit hints of fig, raisin, prune, and dates. Some hints of brett, tobacco, and leather. Malt hints of biscuit, grains, and toast with yeast. Sweet hints of candied sugar. A pretty good sour aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a tart and juicy Sour taste with notes of red wine, funk, and oak. Upfront red wine barrel notes of cherry, grapes, oak, tannins, and wood. Notes of brett funk, leather, and tobacco. Malt notes of grains, biscuit, and toast along with yeast. Dark fruit notes of raisin, prune, fig, and dates. Sweet taste of candied sugar. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, tart, and drying.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Sour. Good red wine and dark fruit flavor.

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

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 Stofko1992
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught in a chalice at YardHouse. Dark red with thin off-white head and no lacing but moderate legs. Smells of sour cherries and oak barrels. Taste is the same; sour dark cherries are the star. Mouthfeel is light bubbly and dry. Overall a very enjoyable sour ale.

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

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4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Photo of jrb378
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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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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