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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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English Barleywine, and an alcoholic one at that! It was inspired by Chris Landis’ winning entry in the 2010 Big Batch Brew Bash homebrew competition. This is a beer that not only will age well, but we are recommending aging it. It is clocking in at 11% ABV and could use some cellaring time. When enjoying it, we recommend serving it at around 60¬∞F. This really brings out the malt and fruit character in the beer (there isn’t any actual fruit in the beer). We were concerned that we had overhopped the beer when first tasting it in the fermenter, but the hop bitter has mellowed quite a bit. Having said that, it is on the hoppy side for an English Barleywine.


Rustyham's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rustyham (1717) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Color is purple and maroon, cloudy and headless. The aroma is a sweet strawberry puree. Flavor is fruit, caramel, cherry, apricot, then a salted caramel. The salty aftertaste really brings down the palate for me. Bottle from a trade with EricAndersnavy, thanks!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2014

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ cgarvieuk [ Lets do a chrisO Tasting ], Edinburgh, Scotland.

[ As Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10 ].
Clear medium amber color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, oxidide, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, caramel, alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20140315]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (1371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours deep brown, sweet toffee and caramel, dry and bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 23, 2014
12 oz. bottle shared by Phatdog1, thanks Craig. Lightly hazy brown color with no head at all. Aroma is candy in a glass. Caramel covered plums, deep earthy malts, and hints of lighter, citrus fruits. Nice!

Flavor is in the line of the aroma, Fuller body with a thick syrupy texture. Starts with plum nuance and follows with raisin, brown sugar or perhaps molasses in a earthy malt base. Light salted caramel and a touch of boozed that is only lightly noticeable in the finish. Mild warming sensation after the sip, nice sipper six ounces was just enough.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2014
Bottle @ The Lets do a Chris O tasting. Pours brown small white head. Nose of caramel and soft summer fruits. Taste wise its almost Belgium style, i dont know if fennel is in the beer and i like it but there was a very almost off putting taste of fennel, nice but odd.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbuskirk (403) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Malty chocolate and dark fruits dominate the flavor and aroma of this English Barley Wine. It also has its fair share of vanilla, caramel, and booze. While #10 doesn’t represent the utmost of complexity in barley wines, it’s hard to care when you have smoothness and flavors as good as this. Maybe not "Divine" but damned close enough for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuskerTan (445) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2014 (Thanks Jay "GodOfThunder") Bottle. A- Roses, caramel, dark fruits, soy, alcohol, malty. A- Amber brown color,dark liquid, beige head. T- Caramel, molasses, malty, dried fruits, cherry, alcohol. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, strong finish. O- A solid barley wine. Definitely benefits with a couple years of age. I imagine some barrel aging in bourbon barrels would really make this good. It’s strong but not overly so, and the fruitiness really smooths things out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2140) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle. Brown with white head. Aroma of toffee and dried fruits. Taste is similar, dried fruits and toffee. Sweet and bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (13919) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2014
bottle at home ... at the Lets do a Chris O tasting...deep brown ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet dry toffee malt nose ... dry bitter malts .. soft sweet malts ... soft toffee malt ... soft sweet roast

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1799) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2014
12oz bottle thanks to Zinister. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas are sweet malt and chocolate. Upfront flavor of dark chocolate, coffee, and dried fruit with bready notes. Finishes with chocolate, licorice, nutty notes, and a lingering hop bite. Very complex flavors. Creamy, but peppery mouthfeel. Big and boozy. This is a delicious beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle from an old trade, don’t quite remember which kind soul sent this along. Pours a hazy red-copper with an off-tan head. Nose is big toffee, some fruit, some oxidation, some cherry, and a hint of booze. Flavor starts off with lots of toffee than proceeds to fruity raisiny character, then I get some oxidation, some brandy, and some booze. This one is aging wonderfully and I wish I had more of it.


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