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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #1

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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Our Divine Reserve is a series of single batch beers, each brewed with a completely different recipe. The batches are identified by the number on the neck label. There is no particular theme to the beers, although it can be assumed that most all of them will be big. Many will benefit from being aged. Reserve No. 1: Barleywine Cases Made: 327 Date Brewed: August 18, 2005 Date Bottled: October 17, 2005 Original Gravity: 1.099 Final Gravity: 1.027 Alcohol: 9.3% ABV This big, barleywine was brewed with pale Maris Otter malt as a base. This was supplemented with Munich and Chocolate malts which gave the beer a very chocolatey flavor in the fermenter although it rounded out considerably by the time it was bottled. It was heavily hopped in both the kettle (with Northern Brewer and Cascades) and in the fermenter (with Saaz). When tasted in the fermenter, the hops were very aggressive but after two months of aging, they mellowed. The beer was fermented at 72 F with our Saint Arnold yeast giving the beer a full, creamy mouthfeel with pleasant fruit. This batch was unfiltered which, combined with the high protein Maris Otter malt, makes for a very hazy beer. The first few cases were packaged without an in-line hop filter which resulted in some hop particulate in those bottles. After about 30 cases (and the bottling line being gummed up), we put the hop filter in-line. This filter is very loose and only removes hop bits. While this beer is ready to be enjoyed immediately, it should develop well in the bottle over time.


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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomas15 (689) - USA - NOV 12, 2012
Butterscotch aroma molasses malt. Murky coffee with huge chunks. Thin mouthfeel that is slick sticky. Sweet with balanced bitter still some hop presence. Has held up. Very good.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TwinBeer (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle shared with father-in-law. This beer is over 7 years old but hasnít held up very well. Dark amber appearance. Smellís of cherry and port wine. Taste of cherry or plum maybe a little oxidized from the age. Overall not a bad beer maybe aged to long.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1183) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
From the saint Arnold divine reserve vertical tasting @ the common table on Dallas. This beer pours a deep reddish amber with a thin off white head. The aromas are musk, fruits. The mouthfeel is sweet and sticky and slightly alcoholic. Really has a large hop character for a barley wine. This aged really well! Cheers1

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A: The pour is a murky brownish color with just about no head. Some scattered light khaki bubbles. S: This beer is fairly oxidized, but still some brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. A few hints of dark fruits, too. T: Still a surprising amount of piney bitterness to this beer. Toffee, stale brown sugar, and some light chocolate and caramel. A bit of cardboard, as well. M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. D: Not much left worth drinking, here. Lots of oxidation and not in the good, "chocolatey" sense.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29828) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2009
Bottled. An unclear brown beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, brown sugar, and nuts, leading to a dry woody finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (3839) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle, with HUGE thanks to Zinister. You rock bro! Hazy reddish hue. Lovely aroma. Dark raisins and plum, wood and vanilla. Taste is wonderful. Aged wood notes with ripened fruit. Dark plum with a touch of raisins. Vanilla alcohol rounds out the finish. Finish dries but has the fantastic sweetness that previous was the beer. Lovely.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fratto (2654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to Zinnister. Aroma is Peppermint, malts, alcohol, chocolate, cinnamon, and dark fruit. Wow, a lot to smell. Taste is more peppermint (really?) and lots of roasted malts. Finish is dark and delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Pours a deep brown into the glass with a small beige head. Aroma is dark fruit with a bit of chocolate. Flavor has a surprisingly large amount of chocolate present. Really tasty, but definitely much different than the barley wines Iíve had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of KAggie97 poured into a snifter. Pours a dark, murky brown with hints of orange around the edges with a decent beige head that leaves a collar and spotty lacing on the way down. The aroma is fairly mellow with lots of sweet caramel malts and even hints of citrus aroma. There are some dark fruits in the nose as well. The taste is a tad better than the aroma and has a quick (and faint) hop hint up front. Outside of that, itís really about the sweet caramel malts and toffee with some raisins and a bit of woody dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and very smooth and slick going down. This is a decent barleywine that has definitely held up well over time. Itís not as complex as some of the world-class barleywines out there but itís definitely drinkable despite probably seeing better days.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3914) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Brown in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Taste is of toast, malt, booze, toffee, chocolate and caramel.


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