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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #4

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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
This is a Wee Heavy that one of our brewers has been working on for a couple of years and the final results are well worth the wait. The color is deep ruby on its way to black with bright clarity (especially considering it is unfiltered) and a thick, tan head. It has a nose of Irish coffee with hints of peat. The body is sweet and creamy--not thin, not heavy. Almost refreshing, if a beer this big can be described as such. Caramel malt, smoke, coffee and orange come in and out of focus several times as the beer moves across the palate, then it finishes with a light spiciness. We again used our St. Arnold yeast which added a nice layer of complexity to this already multifaceted beer. Enjoy at 45°F or warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (3240) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2016
bottle, from trade, with, I forget. good aroma, sweet, malty peaty, clean orabgy brown color, ok head and lace. sweet flavor, medium body, smmoth creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. well, that held up better than I expected, I’ve purged a several beers lately that were too old and badly oxidized, but this one held up. aroma and flavor are equal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2014
July 1st Sunday. Love to add a rate and see that something is retired and a high style rating. My notes back up the later. Wonderful buttery (the good kind) vanilla, oaky barrel, bourbon galore. Deep caramel and a medium high sweetness. I really, really liked this offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle thanks to somebody, rating from my backlog. Not too much head. The look is clear and red to brown in color. The smell is smoke, fruits, nut shells, and caramel. The taste is alcohol, malts, sweet, fruits, and nuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Thanks Bullzeye. Pours a clear orangey brown with a beige head. Distinct aroma of smoke, tar and burned malt. Quite full-bodied really with plenty of sweet roasted malt, notes of Scotch whisky and peaty smoke. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6730) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle thanks to Brian for the share! Pours murky mahogany with a small head that dissipates pretty quickly. Some floaties evident in the bottom. Aroma is very malty, toffee, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, with some peat as well. Flavor is about the same, lightly smoked, very malty. Medium sweet. Medium body. Pretty good, may be past its prime at this point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle (thanks to bu11zeye for this bonus beer)... Poured dark brown, near black with a thin, khaki head. Aroma of dark chocolate, oxidized malts, and peaked/smoked tones. Soft, mellow mouthfeel with a dense oxidized malt flavor, charred grains, smoked bread-like tones, and cocoa. Really nice. A fine tasting vintage beer. Can taste the complexity of the 9.5% but certainly not hot with its age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Deep brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, peat, smoke, and toffee. Taste is of smoke, leather, peat and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2012
9/16/12. 12oz bottle thanks to Walt! Deep, dark brown pour with no head no matter how hard I pour. Huge deep roasted caramel aroma with molasses and a definite meaty smoke aspect. Big caramel and lots of smokey meatiness. Not bad!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Bottle thanks to mar) Pour is dark brown with no head..Nose is smoke, peat, wood, roast, coffee..Taste is smoke, peat, raisin, wet wood, licorice..palate is very bold

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Thanks to gunhaver for the share. Pours a dark brown-amber with a tan-ish head. Nose is smoke, peat, dark malts, and and bits of maple. Flavor is similar with a significant smoke and peat presence among the dark malt, caramel, maple, and smoke. Medium in body and interesting smokey scotch ale, especially for how old it is.

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