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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12



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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This beer was inspired by David Rogers’ 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle... Mostly clear, deep amber ale with glimmers of orange and a small, fizzy, white head. The bouquet is an assortment of rich malts and fruity hops and esters - notes of vanilla, toffee, fruitcake and medium-dry sherry assert themselves. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. The flavor is malty-sweet, but pulls up just shy of cloying - caramel, cotton candy and a splash of crusted port stand out here. Lengthy, malty, fruity finish. Bottle generously provided by Rosebud butternuts!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5646) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2014
Murky orange, huge white head. Smells like prune and honey, with hints of raisin. Smooth viscous palate, with some fruity, bready flavors. My wife says it tastes like panatone, which is apparently some fancy raisin bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (18120) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2014
bottle at home ... at the Lets do a Chris O tasting...... copper ... thin whote head ...soft sweet fruits ... soft totffe malt nose ... soft dry malt ... soft toffee roast ... soft fruit ... soft malt ..dry roast ... sweet toffee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7408) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottled. Poured clear, medium orange with a short beige head. The aroma picked up sweet honey, toffee, and aged caramel joined by black pepper and lavender notes.. warm and inviting. The flavor found honey, caramel, and whiter vinous sweetness at the core, with grainy notes, peppery alcohol, and oxidation around.. finished sweet, grainy, and warm. Heavier-bodied with a full mouthfeel.. a bit too sweet and boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (10949) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Secret Santa. Thanks! Pours a hazy amber color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toasted malts, toffee, graham crackers, citrus, floral notes and booze. The taste is stone fruits, candied fruits, citrus, toffee, toasted malts, booze. Medium bodied, high heat. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crispy34 (487) - Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bomber bottle shared with my Dad 1/16/14. Aroma is sweet and malty, maybe with some yeast as we'll. Appearance is a darker bronze with a creamy white head. Taste starts out on the back of the tongue and is a sweeter taste through out. There is a malty dryness as well as some earthiness. Palate is an earthy malt taste. Overall, a good old ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Homer321 (2912) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
bottle thanks to djd07. poured into a snifter. head disappeared before I sat down. Very clear pour, dark orange color. Nose of toffee and candy bar nougat. Taste is initially sweet and shows some heat after a few seconds. more heat after that. Wow, warming, almost burning. Malt kind of falls off at the end. I was hoping for some more chewiness and sweetness. just kinda so-so. No real Sherry oxidation (or bad papery either). Not bad, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
merc7186 (2660) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Aroma: Sweet Bready Malts, Mild Caramel, Mildly Spicy Appearance: Orangish/Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head Ring, No Lacing Taste: Bready Malts, Mildly Sweet Booze, Figs, Mild Caramel Mouthfeel: Mediocre Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (7272) - Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle shared by someone at Natifest. Pours a clear orange amber color with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor have a sweet malt forward beginning, bourbon like alcohol, wood, vanilla, caramel, some spicy notes. The nose was not very strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClassyBeagle (374) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
A: Some fruity notes with a lot of caramel flavors. Light estery notes with hints of clove and banana. A: Pours a somewhat murky amber-caramel color with a thin ring of foam. T: Follows the nose with some toffee, oak, spices, very very mild dark fruits, alcohol and vanilla with a slight bitter hop note that just pulls away the nice sweetening flavors. P:Medium-light mouth-feel with a full alcohol warmth and just a hint of bitterness. O: Drinks like a mild Old Ale, especially for a 10% ABV, which qualifies it as a full SNIPER. Sweet, as to be expected but nothing earth-shattering.

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