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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12



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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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.

zmanzorro's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (17457) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2016
Bottle shared at Kenny’s 20k tasting - London. Cheers to Mitch his self for this beer. Pours clearish gold with a creamy, white head. The nose holds light citrus, suggestions of oxidation, pale bread. Medium to heavy sweet flavour, lightly syrupy, with some doughy bread and notable alcohol. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish, sugary, with hot alcohol notes, peach, general citrus fruits, more pale bread. Just OK overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (8027) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2016
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 15/01/2016. Many thanks to Kenny for this one. Translucent golden orange coloured pour with a small halo of off white head. Aroma is tangy apple, toffee, solvent, raspeberry jam. Flavour is composed of harsh toffee, grains, honey, pine, harsh, toffee. Palate ’s medium sweet, grainy, moderate carbonation. Warming alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5463) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle share, thanks to Ken at his 20K extravaganza. As ’Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12’. Hazy orange, opaque, still, small ring of white head, dotted lacing. Aroma is melon, spice, booze. Body is a little foamy, soft carbonation. Taste is orange peel and toffee, spicy with some tangy booze. Pretty decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (5728) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2016
12oz bottle shared at Kenny’s celebrations @Chriso’s, thanks to Kenny. It pours a clean amber color with a small white head. Aroma is tangy card boardy with notes of raisins run red wine. Taste is sweet boozy with light tangy lemon and raisins. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (11525) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle thanks to Ken at his 20K tasting. It pours clear amber with a medium white head. The nose is malt-driven toasted grain, earthy, brown bread, dried fruits, must, cereal and a touch of nougat. The taste is earthy, oily, toasty, brown bread, toffee, wood, warming alcohol and leather with a dry finish. Medium+ body and fine carbonation. Not a whole lot of depth, but it is still pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (16706) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle at Madmitch 20k tasting. Amber colour clear. Lasting white head. a little musty aroma. Sweetness. Some toffee. It’s like a barley wine. Hoppy. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4815) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear amber. Aroma is bready malts, vanilla, toast, and faint oats. Flavor is sweet and chewy with great malt character, light toast, and some dark fruit notes. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks Caleb! Dark brownish red pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, toffee, caramel, hints of molasses into a bit of spice, touch of spice and yeasty notes with some toasted bread as well. Taste was a mix of bread, cocoa, toast into a bit of caramel, toffee, molasses, some dark fruit into a bit of slight oak, vanilla, finishing fairly sweet. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
coachd (487) - Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3 1/2 year old bottle. Aroma has notes of sherry, malt sweetness and black cherry. Some booze on the nose but not much. Appearance is a see through amber color with no head (possibly due to the age of the bottle). Looks more like a cider than a beer. Flavor has molasses like sweetness and is very malty. Exceedingly drinkable for 10%. A little on the sweet side for me, but overall

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle: No fizz when popping the cap; coincidentally, absolutely no head forms during the syrupy, viscous pour. Clear burnt orange-copper body. Looks like whiskey. Aroma contains caramel malt, prunes, moderate oxidation staleness, spicy-earthy hops, & toffee. Flavor has light caramel, toffee, earthy hops, anise, dates... But wow, there’s a strong finish of cardboard & oxidation. Very stale finish with a terrible mouth feel. Oily, slick, with NO carbonation at all. Flat, the mouth feel exacerbates the off-flavor in the finish. Bleh.

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