SPDickerman (828) - Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours auburn with small tan fizz. Smells fruity with hints of licorice and hop bitterness. Tastes fruity, sweet, with hints of bitterness and a touch of licorice. Full-bodied with a slick texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10 finishes with some mild bitterness.
matt7215 (2071) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle shared with jsprime. deep amber, small off white head. prototypical english barley wine. really nice stuff. i wish someone local made a BW like this. not even close to peaking yet IMO. i want more
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Astringent, buttery. Velvety on the tongue, great sensations there. They stick with you. Alcohol high and noticeable. Reddish-brown tone. No head. Drinks like a liqueur. I bought a six, drank 3 in 2 nights, and Iíll age 3 and re-rate.
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a fine beer! It pours a very modest, mildly bubbling head with a wonderful aroma, a glorious copper color thatís clear, almost glowing. Mouth feel is full and flavorsome without density Ė another rater used the word ďchewy.Ē The hops donít overpower the complex flavor: sweet caramel, winter fruit, tawny portÖmellow without spiciness. Itís almost like drinking a liqueur without the cloying sweetness. Just plain outstanding, this bottle from Chris Blume in Cypress was a maximum-thoughtful pre-Christmas gift.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
damn nice brew here, drinking really well. english style, salty, thick, oily syrupy with medium to low carbonation, dusty notes, very good brew. i would honestly say this is within the top tier or barleywines, they should keep making this. it has great aging potential too.
dyetube (1146) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a deep ruby red/maroon with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly. The aromas are figs, licorice(sp?), mustiness, cinnamon. The mouthfeel is sticky and sweet with a slightly strong alcoholic presence (it is. 11 % abv). Overall the balance is not as good as the other DR barlywines, but gotta say I liked it! Let this beer mature about 3 to 5 years and its gonna be really mellow and smooth. Cheers!
CanIHave4Beers (2758) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thickfreakness; the thoughtful fellow sent me nay 1 but 2 bottles of this. Thanks!
The beer pours a deep red color... almost a ruby red color. The head is small but well retained and leaves a good bit of lace on the glass. The aroma has tons of rich malt character. Itís a sweet smelling beer without being sugary or candy-like. Plenty of cherries, Cordial Liqueor, and a touch of toast.
The flavor doesnít let on nearly as much sweetness as the aroma does. This is still a hoppy beer, I can see by itís retired status that it was released over a year ago, it must have been interesting to taste it then, and I would have loved to have of course. I mention it because the hops ar every prominent in the flavor of this beer, even as of yesterday. The hops are very floral, bitter, and enjoyable. The beer displays a nice wide flavor profile that never seems disjointed at all. Beyond the hops the beer has nice notes of bitter orange peel, cherry cordial, & brown sugar. The light caramel notes donít clash at all with the hop flavor/bitterness like it does in too many beers that are like this. The palate is sharp at the front but rounds out into a very fully mouthfeel very quickly.
One of the most enjoyable Barley-Wines Iíve had in some time.
JoePeesie (848) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a murky brown with only a tiny ring of beige head. Nose and taste are surprising hop forward still. This one is drinking great right now. Lots of raisin, fig, plum, caramel. Sweet and warming. Very smooth beer. This beer got much better as it warmed.
bhensonb (9826) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Texas Champion trader - you know who - but in case you donít itís ericandersnavy. Pours a brilliant clear ruddy copper with a few bubbles. Aroma is a fruity/malty complexity. Full bodied; chewy carbonation. Flavor is sweet caramel - no doubt - but thereís a good dose of fruity/floral hop. So itís not really balanced, too much malt for that - but thatís the barleywine thing. But itís really got a lot of hop which pushes it way into new territory. Forgot to mention that there is essentially zero heat. I think the main attraction is the fruitiness. Though with time it develops a woody aspect. P.S. If Eric sends me some more, Iíd be interested in seeing how this develops over the months. Hint!
lachrymalisis (331) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
phenomenal beer. had a two-year old bottle. mellow floral/earthy hops. sweet malt character, biscuity, mellow roast, not too dark for a barleywine. very good wheaty aromas and toffee scents lingering. taste is incredibly smooth, and it drinks like itís got half the ABV. Havenít had a fresh bottle; would like to compare.