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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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To celebrate the brewery’s 19th Anniversary, Great Divide’s brewers deviated from previous years’ anniversary ales and developed an entirely new recipe. The label reads, 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. As we celebrate our 19th year, we hope you’ll join us for the road ahead.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
10 oz. into a tulip at Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA. From notes. A: Pours a dark golden color. There’s about a finger of white-colored head that’s bubbly in texture. Head duration is solid, and lacing left behind is plentiful. S: A rather sweet brew, as expected. I don’t pick up much oak aging, but I do pick up plenty of sweet caramel, treacle, citrusy hops, and maybe a touch of dark fruit. It’s not as hoppy as I anticipated. T: It starts off with a prominent treacle flavor. This transitions into a faint bite of citrusy hops and booze drying out the aftertaste somewhat. Really damn good, if slightly lacking in complexity. M: The feel is both thick and creamy, while the drying bite on the back end doesn’t strike me as being remotely harsh. It’s quite drinkable for something so big. Carbonation pokes through the full body quite well. O: This exceeded my expectations slightly. Even if it’s not the deepest, it’s drinkable and more pleasant than its gravity would suggest. I enjoyed killing this, but I don’t think it would have been this good straight from the bottle.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reconqvista (245) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 18, 2015
Hazy orange beer with a weak white head. Aroma of hops, malt and alcohol notes. Flavor is sweet and fruity. Bitter and grassy finish. Average body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6757) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2015
(Bottle) Pale orange colour with frothy, off-white head. Fruity, malty nose with apricots, citrus, fresh wood, pineapple, toast and a whiff of alcohol. Malty, fruity taste with citrus, apricots, fresh birch wood, vanilla, toast, pineapple, grapefruit and a generous citric bitterness in a finish with a certain alcohol glow. Almost full body, sweet. Soft and rounded malt character, but the wood and alcohol gets a bit dominant after a while. Quite nice.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enwiebe (192) - - MAR 14, 2015
3/14/15. Bomber bottled May, 2013. Mild citrus and pine nose. Birch is definitely the primary flavor. Alcohol is not dominating and has rounded out a bit. Nice strong ale but nothing special. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1169) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2015 July 9th, 2013 - Great Divide’s 19th Anniversary Ale practically crowns itself for the awkwardly numbered occasion with a great, huge cap of foam, and below it a sweeping robe of glowing, murky bronze. The smell is curious at first, with some birch wood, and a licorice and herbal scent. Molasses coats this botanical bounty, causing the first round of confusion, and then the smell of dark pipe tobacco kind of brings everything back together, since it too is a plant product often souped up with sweets and sugars for the mild-mannered pipe smoker. The beer is light and velvety on the palate, but the flavor is pungent, with more of that herbs n’ molasses combo, as well as some lighter sweeteners like honey or agave nectar. And then we get that powerful, knocking, resounding birch beer flavor that practically screams: birch, birch, birch! And pine, too, which is deep and extremely rich, almost more akin to a dark maple syrup.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4532) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Fruit, floral, citrus, malt, pine.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, floral, sweet malt, citrus.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
supershea (19) - Bella Vista, Arkansas, USA - DEC 30, 2014
The aroma is complex and provides hints of wood, grapes, smoke and spices. The appearance is a golden copper with very little foam. The first taste was interesting, with a funk flavor. Notes of sour maple, citrus, raisins, molasses and cinnamon. The finish reminded me of toast, warm hops and plums. A very complex beer that I want to drink again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2319) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle at a tasting at Butler's place. Pours a golden yellow with thin to no head. Slightly hazy. Aroma is fruit mangoes papaya and very malty. Flavor follows with slight bitterness and dry finish. Really nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2709) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2014
22 oz bomber bottled on 14 May 2013. Poured slightly hazy copper with a decent head, but there is very little lacing. Aroma: the high ABV is rather apparent here although hidden in both the flavor and feel. Flavor: Not what I expected: more soft than harsh, less woody and with more subtle effects of the birch syrup. Well-balanced and easy drinking, especially for >10% ABV. More depth and complexity than expected. Best in the finish and aftertaste. Rating approaches 8. Feel: smooth, full body with partially hidden alcohol, but ultimately warming. O: a refined, satisfying and interesting Amer. Strong Ale worth seeking out.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2014
22oz. bottle. Sweet, honeyish aroma, guessing some of the birch syrup is showing, lots of pale malt, some faint toast, caramel and freshly cut wood. Medium-dark golden in color with a very fine head, no lacing to speak of. Flavor profile is sweet, toasty, woody, more of the birch syrup here, herbaceous and sugary, plenty of honey and syrup flavors throughout. Not a lot of complexity here. Very low in effervescence, has a certain stickiness to it and lightly coats the palate, body is quite full. Interesting stuff, certainly not anything I would want a full bottle of, though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3000) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2014
It poured a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma was of syrup, wood and some fruit. The taste was similar with sweet sugary syrup, leather, wood and fruity sweet malts. Good stuff.


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