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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2013
22oz bottle: pours a clear bright golden with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a fresh citrusy hop nose and sweet birch and caramel notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and rich sweet toasted caramel with fresh cut wood and citrusy hops. Finishes drier, crisp and bittersweet with good complexity. Well-balanced and enjoyable.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2032) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Golden amber. Big off white head. Little bit of lacing. Sweet caramel note and taste. Sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (2950) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2014
22 oz. bottle in Dec 2013. Hazy amber color with light retention in the snifter. Aroma is birch wood and root beer soda pop. A trace of yeast.

Flavor is mostly birch wood with hints of coconut earth malt and light yeast toward the backend. Very sweet upfront with a dry wood texture. Light warming alcohol after the sip. I try not to use "cloying" sweet very often but... This bitch is cloying. Hard to drink a lot of it.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
BeerSkull (1234) - SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
(Bottle). Reputed breweries that make Anniversary beers are not obliged to get good ratings. I think that this beer is a typical representative of this and if this beer came from an unknown brewery in eg. Afghanistan it’s ratings would not be so high. The beer has a pretty unpleasant and unbalanced flavor of butter toffee, diacetyl, brown sugar, malt, figs, caramel, spice and grassy hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2014
dogs with dentures.. . pours a dark syrup .. mild head, great lacing .. . burnt sugar, world cup, bread crust, and sweet nuts .. . mild mouth and a a rushed finish .. . odd, this seems to be the way great divide is going .. . . From now on i’m going to double check my burgers condiments before eating them. If I get a frowny face, I’ll know that I’ve let my parents down..

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierMeHoos (63) - Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2014
22oz bomber shared with the boyfriend. Pours bright gold with a thin white head. Relatively malty. Interesting beer, some heat.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2014
Draft at Jerry’s. Golden-amber with modest, creamy, white head, mild wet lacing / Hot, herbaceous nose of pine, honey, wood, citrus rind / Full body, smooth, sweet and lightly syrupy, good balance with some bite, light burn / Flavors of caramel, oak, orange rind, wildflower, syrup / All the elements aren’t quite there, but quite nice as a total package.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redbeard3 (107) - - APR 4, 2014
22oz bomber shared with my Dad and girlfriend. Pours bright gold with a thin white head. Faint aroma of birch wood and malt sweetness. Interesting beer, tastes like a birch tree, but not in a bad way. Some heat. Glad I tried it but won’t be having it again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
Pours solid gold with a thin white fizzy cap. The aroma is metallic, mineral, wet forest, wood. The flavour is sweet, maple syrup, toffee, tropical fruit, salt, bready malts, light vanilla. Syrupy mouth feel. A little straight forward, but solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gendv138 (998) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
From notes, consumed on 6/21/13. Bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours a clear golden color with a finger of off-white head. Head recedes to a half finger ring. Aromas of mostly caramel and syrup with slight notes of wood. Tasting notes of toffee, sweet syrup, smoky and woody notes, light citrus. Semi-dry boozy finish, medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4036) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2014
Bomber from SB cons 2014-02-28 Göteborg AR: vinos, dadels, syrup, Tokaji wine AP: coppery clear, wee transparent white head F: fizzy, maple syrup, warming feeling, white grapes, Tokaji wine, woody,


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