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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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.


3.4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4025) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEpeeist (3351) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6375) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1058) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle pour dark golden. Nose slightly woody, sweet malt. Taste sweet malt, tannin, followed by a cream soda finish. On initial taste had no idea what style beer this was, but definitely interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy pale amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy dark fruit aroma with hoppy hints. Sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and caramel flavor with hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chudwick (2145) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 4, 2013
bomber thanks to AndyReynolds - pours pale amber with a caramel nose. well balanced with a sweet and toasty aftertaste. Nutty.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brystmar (1258) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
On cask at the Addison Saucer. Ruby red pour, zero head or lace. A mediocre example of the Old Ale style. Liquid caramel taste isn't here as strongly as is necessary. Not too boozy or anything, but definitely needs time to hopefully smooth out the imperfections. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20807) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of hops and grass. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and marzipan with notes of hops and alcohol. Hoppy finish.


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