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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12



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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This beer was inspired by David Rogersí winning entry in the 2011 Big Batch Brew Bash homebrew competition. The color is orangy amber with a light, creamy head. The nose has rich malt notes and a little alcohol that combines with a spicy hop note to create a complex bouquet. The taste has a spicy, malty beginning that smoothes out into a creamy middle and a warming finish. While this beer is enjoyable now, it is designed to be aged and will shine after a year or more in the bottle. This will allow sherry flavors to develop as the alcohol oxidizes. It is also important to allow this beer to warm up so that all of the flavors emerge and round out the high alcohol level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
[6595-20140815] Bottle. Fruity date roast wood aroma. Slightly hazy, amber brown body with a quick bubbly head. Roasted raisin plum wood flavour. Medium-full body. Tasty. (8/3/8/4/16) 3.9
(@ Campground Brewdown 2014, Millmont, PA)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (5093) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2014
12oz bottle via trade. Poured a muddy apple cider brown with a smaller off white head. Aroma is alk malts, caramel, some sugat sweetness, dough, biscuit, wet nut shells. Palate is nice, medium body with softer carbonation. Flavor of old dough, old bread, raisin skins, nut shells, alcohol, hint of vanilla. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (3047) - New York, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Again thanks to Mora2000 for sponsoring this week of Texas drinking. This beer is hazy orange brown with sweet aromas of toffee and tropical fruits. Tastes of caramel, toffee, papaya, booze, raisins,light herbal. Palate is fine not too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
2014-08-15. Dark orange amber body with a modest beige head. 3+ Aroma is sweet, caramel malt and alcohol notes. Flavour is similar, sweet caramel malt, toasty biscuity accents. Average plus bodied palate, soft carbonation. Decent malt forward brew. Bottle at Campground Brewdown

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle: Murky poured amber hue which zero carbonation nor lace. Good toffee and figgy pudding stuff going on. Lots of dark fruit notes of figs and dates appearing. Still some brash bitterness lingering so this Old Ale needs to rest for a year or three. I wish I had another to cellar till 2015, oh well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2014

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

[ As Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12 ].
Clear medium amber color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, plum, dates, alcohol, light oxidide. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter with a long duration, dried fruit, alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20140315]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MacBoost (1648) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
This is a trade extra. I guess this must be pretty old, since itís anniversary ale and itís retired. Pours a light amber with basically no head. Aromas of boozy oak (was this barreled or just oxidation Iím getting?), some apple cider notes. Taste is sweet and rather one dimensional. Sweet apple, booze, caramel. Low carbonation. High residual sugar with low bitterness. Syrupy. Not a good combo. Still, itís decent for what it is. I wouldnít drink it again though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TXBadger (2230) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Pours a copper color, supposed to be clear, but has white sediment like soap at the bottom. Aroma is off, more alcohol than anything on the nose. Weird for an old ale, kinda dirty. They missed the boat on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (8371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Pours copper, sweet, cardboard, dry toffee, soft roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5277) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Another 12 oz. bottle shared by Phatdog1, dude... You are a rock star! Lightly cloudy amber color with a tiny ring of white head in the tulip. Aroma is apricots, sauger and a trace of floral hops. Decent.

Flavor sugary yet real smooth in texture. Light yeast presence in a grainy type body. Notes of apricot and toffee with a blast of sugar in the finish. Alcohol heat or flavor is not present anywhere, ridiculously easy to drink for a 10% after barely two years of cellaring. Again another nice brew from this brewery.

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