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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10

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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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 (1732) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
keith0718 (395) - Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Aged 4 years. Strong overtones of dried sugary fruit. Tastes pretty good, but nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3505) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle - thanks to djd07! Pours clear red-orange with a small quickly diminishing tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla, toffee, fig. Flavor is quite sweet, lots of vanilla and dark sugars, just a touch of bitterness in the background and on the finish. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty solid.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pineypower (2540) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Dmac. Pours out muddy brown with a small off white head. Aroma is of sweet malt, moderately oxidized with some dark fruits and.mild alcohol. Taste is over oxidized, light caramel, sticky sweetness, booze, caramel and some booze.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (4208) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2014
12oz bottle via trade. Poured a deep mahogany brown with lighter edges and barely any head. Aroma of oxidation, wet cardboard, burnt sugar, amaretto, alcohol. Syrupy dry full body with soft carbonation. Flavor is just as bad as the aroma but add in some raisin and dates. Blah well past its prime.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Happy Saint Arnoldus Day!!! Bottle via Hopscotch: Mostly clean deep amber hue with a fading small head and not any lace to speak of... but damn the visuals for the brew has complex rich dark fruits, candied and fleshy with plenty of toffee and earthiness too. This is now rounding into form methinks, picking up some minty oxidation and marzipan. The 11% ABV is now well distributed, dangerously drinkable. Nom Nom

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (36036) - 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 (3544) - 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 (3515) - 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 (486) - 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.


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