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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12



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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9618) - 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 (425) - 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 (2377) - Rock Ridge, 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 (2334) - 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 (6307) - 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 (319) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4209) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Pours a soft and rich reddish orange with one finger of sandy tan head. Nose is rich and malt forward with some lightly candyish notes and touch of spice. Some rich malt dextrins and caramel with a touch of earthy bready malt. Rich and malt forward flavor with a delightful degree of complexity, very intense and rich toasted grain character and earthy malt notes. Subtle caramel notes and warming heat on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEpeeist (3433) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
12 oz bottle. Clear orange brown with a smooth bone head. Nose is honey, dates, light smoke and grass. Medium to full body; hot, sticky and cloying. Taste is overripe peach and apple, green wood and whiskey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle shared at Natifest ’13. Poured clear orange copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet malt flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7694) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Taster from a bottle shared at Natifest 2013. Clear amber color. Minimal off-white head. Couple loose bits of lace. Big caramel malt, very nice big bourbon barrel, some tannins. Medium body. Lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Sweet taste. Good stuff.

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