Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12

 
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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.

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3.6
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2012 Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours hazy orange/amber with off-white head. Aroma of dried fruit, malt, pepper and candy corn come to mind. Flavor has the same notes with a malty sweetness and balanced bitter in the finish as well as a obvious alcohol presence. Heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation after decanting half the bottle. Overall, a very pleasant brew and a nice change from all the barley wines they have been making in the DR series (besides the pumpkinator, love that brew).

3.2
bleeng (1706) - Houston not near Beersel., Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2012 12 oz bottle. Pours reddish/gold with a fast dissipating carbonation and slightly hazy. Huge malty, sweet slightly spicy nose with a hint of lemon and shoe leather. Taste is fairly toned down, with a solid malt backbone, bitter hoppiness, some sugary sweetness and a nice slap in the face with the alcohol on the end. Good beer but hope it tones down a bit as it ages. A bit hot right now. This is a low score for an expensive beer that’s a bit of a pain to obtain. I can go to specs and get 20 beers that are cheaper and better than this without standing in the twitter line at HEB for two hours. Hope SA enjoys the $$ they make from this very average beer.

3.7
mar (5503) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Gold/amber with a cream head. Nose is toffee, caramel, dates, light bread, and sweet. Chewy palate, caramel, alcohol, bread, bitter finish, and sweet.

3.7
SudsMcDuff (8566) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2012 Tried a couple of bottles over the past few days .. . Pours a deep copper .. . light foam, light lacing .. . deep molasses, plum, raisin skin, and brandy .. . very subtle and mellow for a 10.4 abv, drinking very nice right now .. . . quite different than other DR’s in the fact that most others have been huge and needed time- i see this getting better, mellow but better. .. . With my mind on my minick and my minick on my mind.


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