ronaldtheriot (1066) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - SEP 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 12 has a thin, cream-colored head, a brilliant, yet somewhat murky, orange appearance with decent lacing and a lot of tiny little bubble steams. The aroma is faint, but one does pick up fruit juice of some sort. Taste is of fruit, with a surprisingly low bitterness, some faint malt, and that’s about it. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 12 finishes semi-dry, mild, and drinkable. No real alcohol presence is detected here. Overall, it’s lovely, and I rate it highly. Get some! RJT
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of crajun from the Local Beer Swap Threeve. Thanks Kevin. Pours a hazed apricot to mango gold with a small white head. Sweet and a touch papery on the nose, dusty malt and a very subdued mango note. On the thicker side of medium bodied, warming alcohol right away. Pungent earthy old hops, big malt and sweetness. Long bitterness into the finish. A bit heavy handed, but at 10% I guess that’s somewhat understandable. Tasty enough, but a challenge.
5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Amberish, slight haze, moderate frothy white head, spotty lacing. Somewhat of a fruity tootsie roll sort of aroma. Faint tootsie roll on the tongue, but overall its sweet, has a heavy fruity malt sweetness to it. Tropical fruitiness up front, malty, fairly heavy. Not as dark as I would have thought for an Olde Ale, this one is rather bright, bready, and fruity. Has a sticky sweetness to it that makes this one fairly full bodied. Towards the back I get a little bit of dark pitted fruit, but it still remains tropical, rather sweet, and very very malty. This is a one of a kind sort of Olde Ale in my book. Thanks for the opportunity Bill!
jkwalking05 (3393) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of brown sugar, booze, maple, malt, and caramel. Taste is of caramel, toffee, booze, woody hops.
Getbetter (699) - Cucamonga, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle, gold in color, sweet and bread notes, thin to medium body,white head, tasted great
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured into a pint glass.
Has a medium strength yeasty aroma to it with a very thin head. A nice copper color with a little bit of haze to it. Slightly less carbonation than most beers. Some lacing retention.
Strong alcohol presence in the taste but finishes very cleanly with a slight lingering bite. Leaves you with a nice warming sensation.
As its warms (initially poured immediately out of the fridge), more of the sweeter and toffee flavors come out. More aromatic as it warms as well.
I will make sure to save some of the other bottles and try them once they’ve aged awhile.
mmmbeer (1202) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Snifter glass at Homefield- served a non-transparent and moderately hazy golden orange color, heavy carbonation. Aroma of a mild hop floral, yeast, and candi sugar. Hits the mouth with a medium body, initial feel tastes "hot"- it should be definately aged for a good 6 months- 1 year, caramel found it’s way into the malt ago, middle has some sort of spice, finish is again hot from hops. Not impressed- 4th time in a row. 1 is chance, 2 is coincidence, 3 times is a trend... what is 4 then?
travita (3652) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The look is clear, thin light tan head, and amber in color. The smell is bread, dusty pecan shells, some alcohol, slight spice, and malts. The taste is sweet, fruits, malts, figs, brown sugar, and toffee. Overly sweet right now.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2012 Bottle with great thanks to Tran from Perry’s! Pours with a medium hazed golden orange hue. Tight but somewhat small, just off-white head. Decent retention above average lace. Aromas are of toffee, vanilla, nougat, almond paste, marmalade. Slightly earthy hop profile with a hint of EKG like suppressed orange note. Warm and bready. Mostly malt in the aroma mainly toasted character. Medium to medium low esters, alcohol is there but well restrained. A touch grassy. Flavors are warm, toffee, almond paste (and pastries normally associated with it, i.e. bear claw, etc) nougat. Warm and inviting. Alcohol is there but not distracting. Somewhat dry finish, with still a nicely complex malt character. Fresh baked bread. Yeast character is pretty low for a traditionally English style beer. Medium marmalade and spice from the hop character. Medium to medium low carbonation. Somewhat warming. Fuller bodied but not oppressive in the slightest.
A thoroughly enjoyable beer that show cases malt character without being too flashy. I liked it quite a bit as a big beer that one doesn’t need to over analyze.
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Look, it’s quite good. Overhyped, for sure. Will be interesting to taste this sucker as it ages. Light brown sugar, yeast, malts on the nose. Subtle flavors of zucchini bread and cinnamon. Not much of a finish.