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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8

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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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This is a bold, malty, smoky Scotch Ale. It pours a deep amber brown. It was quite cloudy at the time of bottling but will clarify as it ages. The nose is full of smoky toffee notes. The taste opens with sweet malt and spice, then the alcohol comes up with a light residual sweetness on the finish. A balanced smoky flavor is in this beer from start to finish, although it never is the dominant character. It was brewed with 2-Row, Biscuit, Dark Crystal, Amber, Peated, Caramunich and Wheat malt. It is hopped early with Hallertau Tradition and late with Hallertau Hersbrucker. We fermented DR8 with a traditional Scotch Ale yeast. It is unfiltered. Enjoy at 45°F or warmer. This beer was inspired by Phillip Kaufman’s winning entry in the 2009 Big Batch Brew Bash.

ABV: 9.3% Original Gravity: 1.091 Final Gravity: 1.024


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1596) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Peat smoke seems to have faded a bit from what I remember. Still a very nice caramel and leather aroma with more figs and raisins in the taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3402) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2014
I’ve had this bottle in the fridge for a while now. Murky brown color with only the barest fringe of bubbles for a head. Aged beer nose with copious amounts of dried fruit, dark sugar and warming alcohol. This is a sweet beer with tons of brown sugar and molasses over raisins and prunes and fruit cake. Nice alcohol bloom in the finish. Great patina on an aged beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (939) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2014
12oz. bottle from recent trade. Home in snifter. Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown with almost no head. No lacing. Aroma of peat, smoke, dark fruits, barrel and scotch booze. The taste was first smoke and peat and then a sweet dark fruit and booze finish. You also get some toffee and caramel. Medium to full body. Finish is oak, booze and caramel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raradel (336) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Wildly mature and deep at this point. Great nose of tobacco and leather, lightly malty. Murky red color. Flavors are sweet malt with a full finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dphillips0709 (13) - - DEC 22, 2013
Aged 2-3 years, pours light brown caramel color lots of sediment haha, sweet butterscotch, caramel slight smoky flavor. Great scotch ale, above a Rahr Iron Thistle any day... wish it wasn’t just a limited brew...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6295) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2013
12 oz. bottle from ericandersnavy- thanks again, Eric! Pours a hazy amber color with a tiny off-white head that settles into a lasting ring. Aroma of dust, cardboard, wood, peanut brittle, brown sugar, dates, and earth. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar, peat, wood, earth, figs, and dates. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, boozy mouthfeel and low carbonation. A bit past its prime, but solid.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JakeSparks (124) - Alvin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
never had a scotch like this but i was blown away when i first had it. slick was the word i first uttered. wish i still had some

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Notes from my backlog: Deep hazy amber with a creamy tan head. Richly malty. Some toasted toffee, almost chocolaty with a sweet vanilla hint, tobacco and ginger snap cookies. Complex nose. Creamy body- richly malty. Toffeeish and toasted spices flavors, mild tobacco and dries out with a graham cracker note and biscuit. Nice malt depth. Awesome.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Errl (1518) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Bottle thanks to mar- Pour is dark with no head..Nose is smoke, wood, peat, alcohol, caramel..Taste is toffee, caramel, smoke, boozy, peat. Palate is alcohol and smoke

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy, reddish color with a light tan head. Chunks and floaties abound. Rich aroma of caramel, slight apple, and spice. Medium mouth feel. Sweet, slightly smokey flavor. Lots of caramel in the back end. No real evidence of the alcohol at this point. Smoke note lingers slightly.


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