Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8

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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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 45F or warmer. This beer was inspired by Phillip Kaufmans winning entry in the 2009 Big Batch Brew Bash.

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

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2009
It takes a lot for me to give a perfect rating, but this beer gets it hands down, its just that amazing. It pours a hazy dark brown with minimal head. The aroma is a restrained malty scent, which does nothing to prepare you for the onslaught that is the taste. The first thing that hits you is the smoked malt flavor along with the very lively mouthfeel. This fades back to a nice malt backbone with the smoke still present but at a lesser degree. This beer is one of a kind, and its such a shame that most of you will never get a chance to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (7979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle - thanks Cloaker! Pours cloudy chestnut, small beige head that leaves nice residual and good lacing. Aroma is rich and malty, dark sugars, a bit of smoke, dark breads, caramel. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter, heavy malty, smoky, nice contrasting bitterness. A touch of acidity is present, giving a bit of sharpness. Full body, rich mouthfeel. Very tasty beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (3123) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (4363) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2014
Ive 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1535) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raradel (343) - 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.

   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 wasnt just a limited brew...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9926) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JakeSparks (125) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Errl (2442) - 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

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