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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #4 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #4Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #4

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BA SCORE
89
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%


Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed: December 20, 2006
Bottled: February 20, 2007
Cases Made: 823

(Beer added by: Xadoor on 02-23-2007)
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Bobby for this one.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a nice off-white head.

S: Plenty of sweet malts along with a nice note of vanilla. Hints of citrus, mainly oranges, as well as some mild peatiness. Some roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T: More roast and coffee notes than are present on the nose. Fairly sweet with some vanilla, and smoke/peatiness. The chocolate is of the dark and bitter variety, quite a nice flavor.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, medium carbonation.

D: One of the best Scotch Ales/Wee Heavies I've had. The peat is not overdone and plenty of good flavors going on.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 04:33:00 | More by womencantsail
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights. Tan head. The aroma is chocolate, smoke, darker malts and dark fruit. The flavor is caramel, toffee, peat smoke, dark fruits and chocolate. Medium-thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A great beer that has aged gracefully. One of my favorites from the Divine Reserve series.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 00:31:50 | More by Mora2000
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many many thanks to DonD for a great in-person trade. This is the last of my older Divine Reserve bottles, and a little over 3 years old.

DR #4 pours with a brownish-black body the color and viscosity of warmed maple syrup. It's not an opaque black, but a dark seal translucency that lets in cola hues at the edges. A scant head of khaki bubbles forms a ring around the top of my Unibroue tulip, and surprisingly there are still a few trails of carbonation rising from the sides. The aroma is the stuff kitten tears are made of, assuming said kittens were fed a strict diet of toasted chocolate malts, coffee beans, and scotch. In other words, this stuff smells great. A bit of sweetness from caramel malts and oxidized dark fruit notes, but otherwise it has held up nicely. The peat is just noticeable enough to get my attention, but doesn't out-crowd the rest of the malt profile. Hops have long since faded.

The flavor definitely has more peat than the aroma. The organic-rich soil flavor is strong, bitter, black, and roasted, with a delicate balance of English hops. The oxidation is more apparent in the flavor, too, and lends a hint of wet paper to the middle of the maltiness. Irish coffee, orange peel, and dark Baker's chocolate linger long into the finish against a hint of raisin-like booze. Carbonation is light, but still prickly on the tongue, giving the medium-thick body a needed lift so as to not become overly heavy with its near syrup-like mouthfeel. Overall, DR#4 is an impressive testament to Saint Arnold's brewing talent. I would've like to try this beer fresh, but age has clearly done it a few favors.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 01:51:10 | More by wagenvolks
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champ103

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks goes out to HardTarget for the great extra. I have been waiting to try this for a while.

A: Pours a dark brown color. A thin tan head forms and recedes in an instant. Very little lace is left behind.
S: The nose is very complex. Lots of smoke, peat, toffee, and chocolate. Plenty of dark fruits. Dry wood. Some rum like alcohol. Really impressive.
T: Sweet caramel and toffee flavors. There is some smoke and a lighter peat flavor than in the nose. Some chocolate and dark fruits again. Some earthy tones and a light hop bite. This is really nice.
M/D: A full body and low on the carbonation end. Very thick, creamy, and rich. Not a bad beer to sip on, but the alcohol is very noticeable. A one bottle sipper.

One of my favorite styles, and Saint Arnold does it right. This is right up there with the likes of Skullsplitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 04:29:29 | More by champ103
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gford217

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of KAggie97, poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear ruby color out of the bottle and settles in very dark in the glass, a deep mahogany with light coming through the edges. The head is a one-inch creamy tan cap that recedes slowly and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is fairly subdued to start with roasted malts and caramel sweetness coming through first. I'm also getting a pretty noticeable smoke presence which complements the sweetness well in the nose.

The taste is a more robust version of the aroma. There seems to be a bit more sweetness with the caramel malts showing through a little more than the smoke initially. The is a sweet sugary cola-like taste that seems to dominate in the middle, maybe with some raisins and other dark fruits. The smoke comes back in the finish and lends to a slightly dry aftertaste on the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and very smooth.

This is another solid, if not spectacular, brew from Saint Arnold. It's one of the more drinkable Scotch ales I've had in recent memory and while it's probably not in the top tier of the style, I'd recommend it highly.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 04:28:30 | More by gford217
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Strelnikov - thanks!! Poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown bodied brew, transparent only when held to extreme light and then still a deep ruby/almost-purple hue, and capped by one-finger of initially fizzy but ultimately creamy tan head. The carbonation is fast, plentiful, and fine, raining upwards to join and replenish the head, which recedes rather slowly. The lacing is big, sticky, clinging to the collar for a long time, forming snow banks gently sloping down from the sides of the glass to the surface of the beer. A good start.

Aroma: A faint - or perhaps not so faint, since it's the first I noticed and am writing about - smoky note that's reminiscent of bacon, as far as I can tell. The smokiness blends surprisingly well with the malt notes, the first of which I can detect is chocolate, sweet and authentic. Dark rum notes - hinting at raisin - emerges as it warms. The bacon/smoke is still dominant though, heh.

Taste: A very solid tasting brew, and well-rounded. Dark toffee notes, toast, bittersweet cocoa, and brown, earthy, dirty caramel are just a few of the notes that come across in the malt profile; a few raisin-esque and cherry-like notes, coupled with a few lighter, citrus-like notes that may be hop-imparted; a faint, distant nuttiness; and a large amount of spicy, crisp bitterness, strange for the style, but that definitely adds an interesting twist on things.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a fair amount of fine, slightly prickly effervescence that ultimately results in a solid but slightly uneven body, though it does even out largely as it warms.

Drinkability: 9.5% hardly rings a bell here, though it's admittedly (objectively) high. SA DR #4 is not my favorite DR (that honor still belongs to #6, given I haven't tried a few), but it is a very solid, interesting brew, strange in the heavy bitterness and the here-now-gone-then smoke (which I got practically none of in the mouth). It's well-made though, and was pleasantly enjoyable. Give this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 05:28:12 | More by CrellMoset
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/29/2007 (12oz Bottle):

Pours a dark colored body, very dark red. A small off-white head diminishing. Has a very malty aroma. Maybe grape. Kind of weak. Chocolate aftertaste. Not very fizzy, not too thick, porterish. Good taste, not too thick. But not very strong a flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 18:16:19 | More by jujubeast6000
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MEsquandoles

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed Dec20 2006. Bottled Feb20 2007.

Tasting Notes from Dec7 2008 (so almost 2 years after it was brewed). This was the last bottle of my 6 pack. Poured into a snifer.

Appearance is all brown, cant see through, a little amber when held up to the light. Looks unfiltered. An impressive carbonation for the age and given it's a screw-top.

Tootsie Roll! Reminiscent of an aged Great Divide Hiberation but more earthy and toffee. This has lost some of the wonderful peat flavor and some roastiness, bit it's still there. Caramel, a light roast coffee that's been lightly "Irished". Nice smoke finish.

If I had to find an area of improvement it'd be mouthfeel. It could be a tad thicker. The carbonation is little unusual, I'm assuming due to their use of their house yeast, which is a Kolsch yeast of sorts.

Drinkability is much higher than the fresh version. Alcohol is mellow and not harsh.

All around very nice. This is probably my favorite Wee Heavy / Scotch Ale I've ever had because it wasn't as sweet and had this wonderful earthy-roasty-woodiness.

I wish I had more or that they'll make it again...

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 08:06:02 | More by MEsquandoles
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#4 on the night and we are starting to roll pretty deep now at this point. This is actually gonna be the last typed up review as I have had the last three before, but they are gonna go down with the rest tonight. I have to admit I was most looking forward to this one for obvious reasons. Served chileld and allowed to warm to room temperature, this was poured into a wine glass and consumed on 12/27/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich dark brown color, essentially opaque with nothing coming through in the way of light in any way. Still very nice little head of tan coming up over the op and settling down rather quickly into a small, maybe an eight of an inch layer that stayed throughout the night.

Up next was the smell. Now I knew I was in for it. Bourbon coming through right away, this was gonna be a biggy. Lots of alcohol notes, hints of peat, lots of burnt and smoked malts. As it warms, the molasses now starts to come forward and show itself. Rich, decadent, dessert like flavors here as we take the first sips. Wonderfully rich flavors of bourbon, smoked malts, campfire like flavors and nice touches of caramel and molasses. Just very large and incredibly complex. Smooth, mellow, and bording on a full bodied scotch ale, this was intense in every sense of the word. There was nothing you were going to do except sip this bad boy.

This was by far my favorite of the entire vertical. Just stacked up solidly against anything in the style i had had before of since. I would have no issue at all with getting this one again any day.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 03:19:18 | More by mikesgroove
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled oct 8/08.

poure deep brown with a small very fine tan head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. my first thought is port. light alcohol and huge dark fruit. date, raisin, fig. chocolate. hint of smoke. rich caramel and toffee. bit of vanilla. bread and biscuit.

taste is good, but not quite as nice as the aroma. milk chocolate, much more than in the aroma. hint of smoke. light caramel and toffee. there's a bit of dark fruit, but not quite as much as in the aroma. still some nice date, fig, and raisin character. alcohol is largely hidden here. bit of oatmeal. white bread. maybe some biscuit too. while the aroma was more port-like this is more like a rich chocolate dessert.

mouthfeel is good. fairly low well integrated carbonation. fairly big body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, with the alcohol hidden quite well. great for sipping after a meal (or in this case a long day of brewing). i'd have loved it if the taste was closer to the aroma, but it's still pretty darn good as is. would be interesting to see how it changes with another year or two in the cellar, so i might have to keep my eye out for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 00:49:43 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to GregMcQ for sending this my way!

Pours a ruddy and opaque brownish red, thin tan head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, a ton of lacing on the glass, looks nice. Smell is insane, very malty, almost port like, chocolate, toffee, smoke, wood, lots of fruit, cherry sweetness, light bit of sourness, alcohol, nice. Taste is very sweet and smoky, toffee, brown sugar and molasses, raisins, dark fruits, chocolate milk, wood, sour fruits in the finish, very malty and rich, some vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some warmth from the alcohol, but very smooth and interesting. I like this beer, thanks Greg!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 00:35:48 | More by Viggo
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I received this in trade, but can't remember who from, If you sent it to me thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a dark brown almost black in color with a decent tan head that fades to small lacing fairly quickly. Sweet malty nose that fills the senses with chocolate and caramel up front and a faint smoke and peat in the background. Taste of dried plums, raisins, a bit of chocolate, and some distant smoke. Medium to thin body disappoints a little. High carbonation, slick mouthfeel. Overall decent wee heavy, a tad thin on the body, but definitely one I wish I had more of.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 23:48:25 | More by johnnnniee
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MiguelMandingo

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been sitting on this one for almost a year and a half - figured that it was about time to drink it.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a snifter

Appearance - Pours a deep dark brown color - nearly opaque black. It produced a quickly dissipating 1 finger tannish head. A swirl of the glass brings the head back only briefly. The head retention is pretty poor on this one. It leaves behind minimal to no lacing.

Smell - The smell is really nice here - definitely the key point of this brew. I get a real depth to the scent. I can smell smoky peat, a hint of whiskey, molasses, burnt brown sugar, a hint of chocolate, something nutty, a hint of coffee-like roastiness and dark fruit - figs primarily. There seems to be a hint of oxidation present, but doesn't do much to detract from the overall scent. Good scent

Taste - The taste is nice, but doesn't have the depth that the scent has. Initially I can taste smoky peat, deep caramel with chocolate tones, and a hint of coffee, but the peat dominates - and in my opinion detracts slightly from the brew. Despite this, it still tastes pretty good. The aftertaste is where the boozy whiskey tones primarily show up. Signs of oxidation become more prevalent as the beer warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is just so-so here. It is full bodied and sticky as it runs over the tongue. The carbonation level is strange - there is crisp carbonation initially, and is completely flat by the time it gets to the throat.

Drinkability - This is a nice drinkable beer. Nearly perfect nightcap after a hardy meal and a long day at work. Works well as a sipper, but it is pretty damn easy to drink. It is a beer I want to sit and smell for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 03:22:53 | More by MiguelMandingo
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blackie

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours into my Piraat snifter with a negligible head, the beer itself is an unfiltered chestnut brown in color

s: wow, pretty powerful first impression with very smoky peat and sour cherries, I've never experienced this strong an essence of smoked-peat and I do believe I like it, the St. Arnold website accurately indicates Irish coffee (great Irish whiskey aroma here), earthy hops, mission fig preserves, molasses, big complexities come out as it warms, very interesting and miles better than previous reviews led me to anticipate

m: low-medium carbonation with a medium-full body

t: doesn't come through quite as complex as the aroma, most of the characteristics are still there but a bit of the symbiosis is lost, that smoky peaty malt still dominates, also found in the finish are notes of Irish coffee and hardwood, dried dark figs, some sweetness comes out after warming, earthy hop flavors and a mild-moderate bitterness

d: abv pleasantly present and well integrated, drinkability is high

from ppoitras in No BS BiF 3

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 06:30:31 | More by blackie
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muddy dark walnut with orange, lemon and cherry accents along the edges. The golden beige lid is small after an increasing high-altitude pour, reaching an apex of just a single finger. It looks decent, but isn't sticky enough to grace the glass with more than a thin collar of lace.

The nose is too muted to be complex. It contains cocoa and dark caramel, along with a vanilla and oak character reminiscent of bourbon (just a little). No peat and no smoke. Here's hoping the flavor picks it up a notch.

I have no idea what Divine Reserve #4 tasted like fresh, but it hasn't aged exceptionally well. A 9.5% Scotch Ale should have fared better than this after barely more than one year in the bottle. That said, the mouthfeel is in worse shape than the flavor profile...

... which includes dark toffee, a shot of molasses, well-toasted pecans and the merest hint of citrus peel (bitter orange). Still no smokiness. Sweetness is kept in check by a surprising amount of bitterness. This is pretty good beer, it just needs to be bolder.

It might have been if the body hadn't broken down over the past 16 months or so. The beer is too thin for the ABV, though it does begin to fill out and firm up as it warms. The carbonation is fizzy and somewhat harsh initially, with a short half-life thereafter. Yet another indication of an over-the-hill ale.

Although the bottom half of the bottle was better than the top half, it looks like I missed out on the 'divine' portion of Divine Reserve #4's existence. If you're sitting on one or more bottles, drink them now. Under the cap... 'Hops n Kisses'.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 13:13:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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thickerfreakness

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sid (guezelover) for this one.

It pours a dark ruby color with a light ruby colored head that fades fast to nothing. It smells really strongly of peaty malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and caramelized sugars and maybe a little bit of oxidation from the screw top bottle after 1+years. The taste is similar to the smell with lots of smokiness up front that fades to a sweet, malty, dark fruit flavor in the back. Plenty of coffee and chocolate evident here as well. The 9%+ alcohol is hardly noticeable at all. The mouthfeel is nice and thick and is expected of a wee heavy. This is a really nice brew but its definitely a sipper. I had this after a huge meal and it was a fitting end to the evening. I was glad to see a local brewery win a gold in the World Beer Cup for wee heavy/strong scotch ale but honestly I think I like the Alesmith Wee Heavy a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 02:34:11 | More by thickerfreakness
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mar

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into a snifter. ruby amber color with some off white lacings. thick roasted malts and some vanilla notes. very thick on the palate with lots of malts, scotch and smoke flavor. another impressive reserve from st. arnold. i need to get some more of this stuff. i could easily make this a daily drinker if it was available all the time.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 04:25:02 | More by mar
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a nonic, pours a dark brown black with some crimson hues around the edges, not head at beginning or with a swirl and no lacing but for a sticky bubbly film that oozes down the sides. The aroma is strong and malty, some dark, boozy fruits and soda pop.

The pop also translates into the taste, to no good effect, and takes away from what would probably be quite a nice scotch. There is the requisite smoky peats and thicker mouth, but its too carbonated to enjoy properly, and it has a thin feeling finish, though the grains and smoke lingers on. In all, its kind of an odd duck, not the best wee heavy I've had, but still pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 00:22:41 | More by objectivemonkey
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown. Large lasting 3 finger sized head. Thick heavy lacing.
Lot's of smoke in the aroma.
Deep rich caramelized malty flavors. Smokey peat and a alcohol kick in the finish.
Thick and full-bodied mouthfeel.
I love a good Wee-Heavy and this is one of them.
Thanks to mushroomcloud for the offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 03:28:17 | More by wcudwight
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BeerZack

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown mahogany, appearing almost black. Head quickly fades to small ring and spots.

Chocolate, roasty and caramely malt, some coffee and some restrained smoky/peatiness.

Sweet raisin and nutty malt backbone with some smoke and espresso notes coming in after. Not much hop flavor to speak of, smokiness kind takes care of that.

Medium-low carbonation lends a soft mouthfeel, but still comes off slightly watery. Pretty drinkable for a smoked ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 17:12:22 | More by BeerZack
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled November 2007
A somewhat vigorous pour produces an almost three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head that sits atop an opaque, deeply blackened, concentrated amber colored brew. The beer does show a concentrated, deep, dark, though brilliantly clear, ruby color when held up to the light. Aromas of peat are definitely the most noticeable part of the aroma; salty, smoky with a richly caramelized woodiness. Behind the peat is a solid, more traditional, dark malt character that smells like darkly browned biscuits, brown malt, concentrated caramel and slightly burnt soda crackers. The aroma is pretty nice, but there is a bit too much peat character here; I wish that the underlying malt character played a bigger role.

Concentrated malt notes add a deeply caramelized sweetness up front, the finish though is dried out by salty peat smoke, though even this can never quite shake the rich caramelized malt character. The smoky phenolics add a certain sharpness to the finish as does a touch of underlying hop bitterness. This definitely has a creamy heft to it, which in combination with the rich flavors make this a definite sipping brew; I wouldn't call this syrup-like in any way, but it certainly has enough weight to it to be hearty. The finish has a certain chalky, lightly roasted grain husk, sort of tannic character that tends to linger on for some time. Lots of toasted grain flavors cling to the palate from beginning to end though; browned soda crackers, roasted biscuit malt notes and touches of breakfast roast coffee join flavors of smoky caramel, lightly buttery toffee, and something that is a bit like a non-descript fruitiness.

The aroma is a touch too focused on the peat notes, but the flavor is deliciously complex in its mix of malt & peat smoke notes. While decidedly non-traditional, I really am enjoying the intense, yet not quite overwhelming peat character of this brew. Having said that, I think that this would be better, more integrated, and even more complex if the peat character was substantially reduced.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 05:01:36 | More by Gueuzedude
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ecooper

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark, burgundy hue with a small, tan head which dissipates quickly. Leaves a tan ring around the glass till finished, but lacing is minimal.

S - Smells of raisins, chocolate, and some faint coffee aromas.

T - Sweet, rich, malty flavors up front with raisin and dark chocolate tones mixed therein. Finish is crisp and boozy.

M - Medium body and moderate mouthfeel.

D - Relatively low due to its rich flavors, high ABV, and boozy finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 22:47:01 | More by ecooper
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gotta shout out Rollin Hard over at RB for sending this my way. I don’t think I have ever had a wee heavy so this should be interesting. Color is one of the darkest brown with red at the edge and a foamy tan head. The smell is malty, strong, good and lets you know the beer will probably be very tasty. Wow, the taste is weird! Robust, big flavors of malty goodness, hard to describe but kind of smoky and a little syrupy. Thick mouthfeel which makes me think it has some alcohol behind it but I sure can’t taste it. I’m not sure I like this style but this is still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 16:16:47 | More by ArrogantB
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bboven

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

gotta thank the Texas father-in-law for bringing this one up to Carolina.

Very dark brown in color; almost maroon or purple highlights when held up to the light. Faint but lasting head.

Smells burnt, roasty, alcoholic, and raisiny, but all equally for a very balanced, complex, and rich aroma.

mainly a raisiny sweetness in the taste with a bit of roasty flavor and some estery alcohol.

For all this beer has going in smell and taste the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, although that's more of a good thing than anything. If it felt as thick as it smelled and tasted, you'd be pouring onto a plate like cranberry jelly. The flavors stick in the front of your mouth but don't linger and get trapped at the back of your throat.

I had no idea this beer would be so good. I had never heard of it and had two bottles leftover from my wedding in the cellaring fridge. I will definitely age the other one for at least a year and try to score some more of this when visiting the in-laws at Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 17:53:53 | More by bboven
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Onslow

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very healthy light tan head....some molasses, burnt caramel aroma...dark ruby red...quite smoky on the first sip, which develops some delicious flavours!...alcohol is very well masked...leaves some great lacing...some will find it abit thin but i find it very drinkable and way to easy to drink, this sixer will be gone very quick!!... ..if you like smoked beers then you might get a kick outta this!!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 14:31:05 | More by Onslow
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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #4 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.