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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6

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BA SCORE
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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 25
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BgThang on 06-11-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours on the darker side, not very. Enormous off-white head of bubbles. Aroma is C-hoppy. Taste is more IPA than barleywine, its as if the latter is a secondary consideration. Balance with the bitterness. Above-average mouthfeel, smooth drinking particularly for the stated style.

Sammy, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.2%

t0rin0, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a massive head that leaves sheets of lace

Smell: So here we are, two years later, and this beer still smells of resinous pine and pineapple (Incredible!)

Taste: Opens with a cake batter flavor that is followed, quickly, by the resinous hops and caramel undertones; after the swallow, the flavors kick it up a notch, so that the hops leave a mouth-puckering flavor; the brown sugar leaves a noticeable sweetness on the tongue at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: An amazing beer with a few years of age; worth seeking out

Thanks, MiguelMandingo, for the opportunity

brentk56, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Polished persimmon with radiant tangerine trim. Backlighting brings out the warm, glowing, fiery nature of the beer's color. Hopefully, the flavor won't be fiery and I'll be warm and glowing after the bottle is empty. The golden ecru colored cap looks fantastic as it melts, depositing loads of attractive lace in the process.

Primarily pale-malted American barleywines (Caramunich and Special B were used as well) need to impress with hops and with well-buried alcohol. This one does a pretty job on both counts. Aromas include brown sugar, orange peel and a whiff of ethanol. The brewers actually added brown sugar to the kettles, which usually works out well in my experience.

Divine Reserve #6 isn't the biggest, baddest, maltiest or hoppiest American barleywine on the planet. Still, it's a solid brew that is growing on me with each successive sip. So far, it's slightly better than #4 (Scotch ale) and not as good as #5 (Russian Imperial stout).

An apt comparison would be Stone Old Guardian, only that beer is even more pale malty than this one. English toffee and brown sugar capably hold down the bottom end, while the grapefruit and orange of the Columbus hops fly around on the top end. Even at 11 months of age, the hops are still going pretty strong.

The mouthfeel is slightly lighter than I like. On the other hand, it firms up with warming, hangs on well at the finish, is beautifully bubbled (low end) and makes drinking a breeze.

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6 is a fine addition to the series. It's solid from top to bottom and from side to side. I could go for a few more of these. Thanks to barefootbrewer for sending the bottle my way.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep amber/copper color ale with a good size off-white head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of green grassy hops is dominating with some distinctive notes of sweet malt. Taste is also a mix between some dominating green grassy hops with some distinctive notes of sweet barley malt. Great carbonation with full body and no apparent alcohol. I get what they are trying to do here but I don't like my barley wine to be dominated by C-hops.

Phyl21ca, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received a nice bit of this from a kind Texas trader and I was thrilled to be able to start digging into these. Being a fan of hoppy barley wines in general, not to mention a fan of the brewery, I figured I would be in for a treat. The pour was very nice with a brownish tinted amber that had a good bit of cloudiness to it. A good sized two inch head of white foam came and clung to the glass thoroughly and definitely made a good impression, really becoming quite sticky. Some carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top of the glass throughout.

The aroma was a big IPA; there was no doubt in mind about that one. Rich floral hops, with stinging notes of grapefruit and pineapple, with nice touches of sweet orange like smells mixed in. Not really much in the way of alcohol, just a sticky, huge, hop bomb. As it warmed it got a touch more complex, bringing in hints of caramel and a touch of some earthy grains. Really carried over pretty much the same to the flavor. Started out as a hop bomb, with lots of pine and grapefruit touches, hints of caramel sweetening it up and an almost candied sugar like middle, A touch of biscuit like malts towards the end before the door was slammed close by the bite of grapefruit and all moisture in your mouth was sucked out making you come back for more. Nice medium bodied ale was well carbonated, and the alcohol was there making this one a sipper, but not nearly as strong tasting as it could have been.

Overall not bad at all. If you like Big IPA's or hoppy barley wines, this one is the ticket for you, definitely a hop bomb of the west coast variety. I could have had another n a heartbeat, and I surely will, jus not last night as it was late enough already. This was an instant classic for me for sure. Really very well done and something I would have to recommend.

mikesgroove, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.2%

kjkinsey, May 07, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle on Friday with t0rin0. Thanks to dyan for sending it to me in a recent trade.

A: A cloudy brown color without much head.

S: Caramel, citrus, still a bit of resinous hops, and some alcohol.

T: A bit of hops--citrus and resin. A nice caramel sweetness along with some toffee and dark fruits. A bit of booze, but not overwhelming.

M: Sticky, full bodied, lightly carbonated.

D: Fairly high for a barleywine. Good combination of flavors and a very nice mouthfeel.

womencantsail, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, mahogany-hued body with a thinning, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Toasted malts in the aroma as well as some slight fruity esters and a flourish of floral and herbal notes.

Taste: Toasty, caramel-coated maltiness with a brief sweetness that quickly yields to rather assertive, strong earthy hops and bitterness. Tiny drizzle of peach juice, a pinch of lemon zest. A touch floral and herbal, but some of these more subtler flavor get blanketed under the bitterness. Remains cutting, hopwise, into the finish which lingers further into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely a hop-forward barleywine at the moment, I can't wait till a day when I can enjoy a Divine Reserve 6 with that many years on it. See you all in 2014, friends!

ChainGangGuy, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A grassyass goes to BallewBlake on this one. Pours a foggy amber with a crème head. Nose is mild. Flavor is spicy with alcohol kick. Definite hop character going on. On the earthy side. Minor tangy back side. But like I said, the alcohol is pretty noticeable here. Malt backbone is very noticeable as well. Feel is smooth on carbonation and liquid. Nice to drink. Another year to three should do some wonders for this one as it's a little bit too young and hot at the moment.

RblWthACoz, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to BgThang for the trade.

Pours a murky amber with some dark purplish hues (almost a cranberry) with a finger of creamy off-white head. The retention bunches up around the edges with some creamy wisps across the center that flares up very nicely when swirled, leaving a nice cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is a thick smelling mix of hops, bread, grainy malts, a bit of spice and citrus, and a tingling waft of alcohol.

The taste is a beefy mix of assertive hop bitterness, spice, underlying citrus character, and a big, chewy malt backbone of grain and bread that holds it all up. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a hefty carbonation that spreads out and fills the mouth. There is also a nice heat presence that adds warmth to the surroundings and lets things end with a bitter and hot feel.

Ahhh... beefy, warm, hoppy, and grainy... just the way I like my American Style Barleywines. This probably lost a bit of it's hop punch compared to if I had drank it fresh but I'm looking forward to seeing how these age. Tasty, warming, and drinkable for it's size, this is another winner from the Divine Reserve series.

Kegatron, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from RblWthACoz, cheers John!

Pours caramel/chestnut with a pinky of sand colored head. Average lacing & above average head retention

S: Apricots, figs, pine sap, & persimmons
T: Cakeyness, figs, plums, dryness, caramel, a bit of booze & leafy hops up front. Dryness, caramel, leafy hops & grapefruit coming through nicely as this warms. Finishes with resiny hops, grapefruit, marmalade & a kiss of booze

MF: Medium/heavy bodied, semi-sticky with moderate carbonation

The dryness & bigness of this BW slows me down, very nice take on the style, a great choice on a night of subzero temps

russpowell, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopsleeroy for one of these. Dave Schuster shared one of these with me the night before Darkness Day (Darkness Eve?) but this is the first time I've taken notes. Served in my FOBAB pint glass.

A - One finger of slow dissipating yellowy-white head that leaves some attractive lacing. Murky orange-brown color with some sediment floating around in there (this is what happens when I store stuff on its side in the fridge - my own dumb fault).

S - Interesting - smells a little like Stone Ruination that's been aged way too long. There's still some citrus-hop fruitiness, but also some honeyed breadiness, bubblegum, cotton candy, toffee, and earthy pine + fresh-cut grass. The smell is big - I can catch it a good 6 inches away.

T - The taste has a lot more of the toffee and bread, with only a touch of the hoppy flavors, particularly citrus and tropical fruits, at the back end. There's a hint of booze as well, but in a good way.

M - This is one thick brew. There's some alcohol warmth, and some grittiness as well. There's a nice touch of carbonation tingle, which is a pleasant surprise. Definitely a sipper.

D - I shared a 12oz bottle with my wife - I think that's the perfect serving size. I remember it took me forever to drink that bottle on Darkness Eve. You never really get sick of it, but it doesn't go down as easily as some other 10% brews due to the cloying sweetness and ridiculous viscosity.

I'm glad I got to try this again and reflect a little more about my experience. I love how the Divine Reserve series shows that Saint Arnold can do an terrific job with just about any style they choose.

MasterSki, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

mendvicdog, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.
The beer is reddish amber colored and had decent head retention. The hops smelled like pine, just the way I like them. Taste was not only piney hops, but also had some nice malt. This is not as drinkable as other beers, but compared to other barleywines, I found it quite drinkable even though there is a strong alcohol presence.

This is the first one of the Divine Reserve series that I tried and it lived up to expectations.

Mora2000, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours hazy/clouded, rather murky, brown with a thin tan head that descends to a patch. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of raw floral/piney hops and alcohol. A very hoppy barleywine - in a raw way. Very floral/piney.

The taste is of sticky, piney hops. Pine/resin loud and clear along with a big maltiness - toffee, almost chocolate. It has a long, bitter finish.

It is full-bodied and somewhat syrupy despite carbonation. Sticky.

This is a "big" one. Big on raw hops, malt, and alcohol.

jwc215, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A blast of sharply herbal / pine notes greets my nose as soon as I pop the cap from this beer. A solid pour produces a three-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. As the head slowly subsides, sticky layers of lace are left on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a light cherry-tinged, full amber color that shows a hazy, deeply red stained, gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is just thick with hop aromatics; candied grapefruit zest, candied pine needles, herbal hemp oil (especially towards the finish, though at times it can be the dominant all-around aroma), washed out orange juice, tangelo and lychee. Buried under all the hop character is a rich malt backbone that has deeply caramelized notes, substantial toasted grain notes and a nice biscuit-like aroma. I really like the expressive, punchy hop character that this beer has; it just about knocks your socks off and then dry humps your taste buds. Incredibly aggressive aromatics, even harsh (especially if you are not a hop-head), this is for the hop lover who is a bit masochistic.

The aggressive hop notes are continued in the flavor; sharply bitter, massive herbal notes, substantial tongue puckering pine and a backdrop of dank hemp oil. Underneath the scathing hop character are softer, yet still substantial hop notes of Curacao orange zest, lychee, tangelo, and caramelized tangelo. This has a big body to it that is necessary to stand up to the hop character; viscous, chewy and thick though at times it is not noticed because of the huge hop notes. Along with the body is a substantial, yet purely supporting malt character that provides flavors of toffee, caramelized malt sugars, toasty-biscuit-malt and dusty bread crust flavors. At times, especially as it warms up, this has a striking hop-fruitiness to it that competes quite deftly with the sharper hop notes; the finish is still aggressively, somewhat astringently, herbal leaning and bitter though.

This beer is scathingly hoppy, while it leans a bit more towards the harsh, astringent side of the hop spectrum than I would usually prefer, there is something here that just "scratches that itch". Quite enjoyable, even if it is a bit like self flagellation; I would even hazard a guess that on certain day this would be too much / too harsh for me, today though it is quite good and about the best I have had from this brewery.

Gueuzedude, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a recent trade with BelgianBeerGal. Thanks again Amy!

Pours a dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with golden mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger yellowish beige head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that coats the glass with ring and splotches of soapy lacing.

Earthy aroma with lots of leathery malt, piny hops, sweet alcohol and zesty spice. Hints of caramel, toffee, leather, soil, resinous oily hops, pine, pepper, cinnamon and dark fruit. I'm picking up subtle notes of raisin, fig, grape and plum. The nose is pretty complex and I'm surprised how well the hops have held up in the aroma after 2.5 years.

Medium bodied with a balance of sweet leathery malt, heavy spice, sweet alcohol and earthy, dry, bitter hops. The hops and spice give this beer an odd, off metallic like taste up front. The hops have faded but are still prominent in the flavor. Slightly stale, very earthy and bitter with lots of dry pine. This is complimented by a zesty spice character with hints of pepper and cinnamon. Underneath, the earthy, leathery malts that I'm used to in this style are prominent with hints of biscuit, toffee, caramel and rye. The high ABV is well masked and there is only slight heat in the flavor and subtle warmth in the finish. The sweetness of the malts has developed and the booziness has subsided. Ironically, however, as the heat mellowed the hops have gone a bit stale and leave an odd aftertaste. This beer is at an odd stage right now. I would have liked to try it younger and I'm curious how it will continue to develop as the hops continue to fade.

corby112, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have mhewes to thank for this gem.
Poured like liquid brown sugar, cloudy with some sediment in mine. Looked good immediately. I could tell by the look this one had been around for a while. Some good carbonation left a big cloud as I poured which settled down to a small tan head. Nose was hoppy and a good malt profile. Smell sugar brown sugar and caramel. Taste followed suit but the majority of the taste was booze, hop bitterness,caramel, plenty of sugar and malts. Mouthfeel was good and sticky, very sweet and went down smooth. Good bwine.

barleywinefiend, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The barleywine is a ruddy chocolate color, creek water in a cup. The color and a fair amount of sediment completely obscure the ale. Not much head to speak of.

S: Citrus and pine hops dominate the nose, creating a sweet fruity body. There is ample strength behind the hops, both in malt and alcohol.

T: The barleywine body makes itself known from the get-go. Intense hops, citrusy and strong, haven't faded much (if at all). Pine matches the citrus, as does a strong pepper taste. The malts aren't as strong as I expected. They are still present in spades but they don't take over the taste from the hops. Brown sugar follows the malts, a sweetness to pair off against the hops.

M: The mouthfeel hasn't lost its hoppy edge, remaining vibrant. The taste is very full and biting, as all good barleywines should be.

D: At 10%, this is a night cap only.

akorsak, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of mothman
2.78/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter

Pours a murky muddy puke brown. Tons of sediment (I should have looked for that... oops). Small layer of light brown head.

Aroma: Smells like an imperial red that has lost its hops. All malt. Caramel, toffee, and some dried fruits. A bit of alcohol shows.

Taste: It shows a little juicy hop flavor here. Fairly pine flavors. Has a bit of citrus here then the malt hits. Lots of caramel and toffee with a big chunk of alcohol showing. Ends with onion flavors.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, and boozy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends hot with onions.

Overall, the hops have faded off on this one and it has turned to a malty mess. Not for me. Not too drinkable.

mothman, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to mhewes for this one.

Pours a nice cloudy dark orange/brown color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, floral notes. The taste is slightly sweet at first, malty, hoppy, floral notes galore. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a different tasting BW for sure, I cannot remember tasting anything like this before, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Sep 27, 2008
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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.