Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. Bold red lettering stands out against a dark gray background, and the cap and neck of Big 22 have red foil over them. There's the usual story on the side of the label, this one saying this beer is elegant but "anything but snobbish." Suggested food pairings include Roaring 40's blue cheese. I swear, I'm gonna need an escort at Publix if I ever try to buy half the stuff they suggest. The front label also says "ELEGANT" and "EXQUISITE" toward the top. Personally, I think they could have used different colors to at least make the writing more easily readable. Dark silver on not quite black isn't cutting it. Bottled on Jan 14, 2011.
Caramel, fig newtons, raisins, honey, spices, boozy, rich and different aroma. A lot going on there. Sweet candy, honey, and Belgian yeast are the most prominent flavors in the beginning. Actually, prominent meaning in your face! Some fruity raisin and black cherry flavors join in next. Strange little licorice, too. Sweet continues with more sweet on top of did I mention sweet? Sweet to the point of sheer unenjoyment. Flat and boozy, lightly hot. Incredibly, that 11% alcohol is not even enough to cut through the thick, heavy body of this beer. There is also some spice, but nothing is taming this beer to an even questionable balance. Flavors are decent but nothing is really working together here, and the sweetness is making it difficult to finish the bottle. Not sure I will. I much prefer Shvitzy Bitzy any day!
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