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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
91
outstanding

191 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

jheezee, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

jenray, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

BeerHunter76, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

PhatAtUT, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep chestnut brown with an inch of off-white foam that slowly faded leaving a nice amount of lacing down the glass.
S - dark fruit, caramel backbone and still a nice amount of citrusy hops make up a really nice aroma
T - Burnt caramel is the first thing that comes to mind, then some spices come through, brown sugar and dark fruit. It has a really sweet taste but holds that burnt flavor throughout
M - medium bodied, still good carbonation, smooth and creamy
D - Its been a few years I think since this was made, it was enjoyable, maybe the burnt quality came through a bit more, i'm not sure. Still very drinkable.

mikereaser, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Sean9689
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared by Jason, thanks! Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a rusty reddish color, thin cream-colored head, thin collar, and spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet dark fruit, caramel, and a hoppy bitterness that surprises me because of the age on this beer. Impressive.

T - Pretty much the same as the nose. Smooth booze, dark fruit, caramel, bitter hops. Still a hoppy barleywine after all this time in the bottle. Nothing overly impressive, just "good".

M - Medium, soft carbonation, dry finish.

O - A solid barleywine but not mind-blowing. I would try it again, if offered, but I'm not going to actively seek this one out.

Sean9689, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Overlord
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an incredibly turbid/murky brownish orange hazy muckish thang. Whoa. Maybe a half an inch of light tan foam.

Smells very enticing. Lots of caramel with a hint of brown sugar and a myriad assortment of tropical notes ... pineapple, orange, some pink grapefruit ... and more caramel. Really a sweet smelling beer, but smells very good.

Considering how great it smells, the taste can only be surprised as a major let down. First, it's slightly oxidized. But, more importantly, the sweetness gives way to an overripe, rotting grapefruit flavor. It's very strange. Almost as though they actually used grapefruits that were on the very edge of going bad. Still, it's not bad by any means, but the caramel/brown sugar don't mesh well with the fruit content, and there's the weird tangy flavor, and it's boozy.

Nicely and thick, but 12 oz. was plenty.

Overlord, Mar 01, 2011
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 Beertracker
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SADR#6 pours up with a moderate carbonation that creates a modest creamy beige colored head that manages to stay above the murky chestnut brown-sienna colored body. The clarity suffers from some serious permanent haze, but manages to sustain a thin, lacy head with various sized bubbles which indicate superior conditioning. The nose is very generous with a sweet caramel aroma that showcases an abundant maltiness with hints of burnt toffee, buttered rum, cinnamon roasted almonds, & vanilla cream complimented by some detectable fruitiness (cherry-vanilla, chocolate cherries, ripe figs) and a decernable hoppiness (citrus, floral, earthy) w/ hints of pipe tobacco, sherry/port-like notes that add to the overall complexity. This malty barleywine is dominated by a forward caramel sweetness that has an underlying toastiness with just a touch of chocolate that eventually gets undercut by a marked bitterness that continues to balance through to the bittersweet, creamy, spicy, toasty, warming finish which is surprisigly fortified. This medium-full bodied barleywine is certainly creamy, almost marshmallow-like with a plethora of malt characters that will keep the palate entertained trying to pick them all out. I'd like to see a bit more carbonation and the appearance isn't all that appealing, but I'd say this one has held up very well to father time so far. Drink em' if you got em' as I'm not sure how long this one will cont. to hold up? I certainly find solace in this malty tipple on a long, cold winter's night. Here's to the barley blessings of Saint Arnold!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of coldmeat23
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Huge thanks to Deuane for sending this one my way!!

This pours a slightly murky amber color. Light hints of golden caramel tones. Nicely, a head of almost a full fingers worth of creamy, tan-colored, foam forms. It gives way to a surface covering film with small clusters of 'bubble-towns' spread about. The lacing is in thin ropes, but quite sticky.

The nose is big. It easily makes it's way to me from about a foot and a half away. Huge malt presence. Tons of butterey caramel notes. Hints of brown sugar and dark fruits, especially cherries. Hints of yeast-like spiciness. Nice hints of candied pecans. A good presence of citrus hop notes is still here.

The taste follows the nose mostly. It just has a much more earthy quality to it than the sweetness that dominates the nose will prepare you for. Hops and malts are almost perfectly balanced, at this point. A wonderfully warming spice presence dominates the finish.
This is delicious.

It has a medium, almost full, body. The carbonation level is right on the cusp between light and medium. Very smooth. A tiny touch of creamy. Almost silky.

The 10.00%abv drinks like it's about 7.00%. The flavor is well balanced and very tasty. I'd say that this one is quite drinkable.

coldmeat23, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of irishtimepiece
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2.5ish years old. Served at cellar temp.

Appearance: Looks like a barleywine. Dark red, almost brown. Hazy from yeast(my bad pour). Short dense head, holding fast. Leaves significant lacing.

Smell: I can smell this beer from across the room. Cherries, caramel, and other confections. Sweet and deep. Slight alcohol and plum. All work together smoothly. Coming down layer after layer and fitting together perfectly.

Taste: Initially sweet caramel, slight roast, and candied cherries that fade to an earthy/citrusy hop flavor that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, carbonation at its peak is not sharp.

Legit.

Drinkability: If it were all that drinkable I wouldn't still have one 2 and a half years later.

irishtimepiece, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a nice clear deep copper color with a slight collared tannish head. BIG malt aroma wafting from this one along with minimal hops. I would have guessed this to be an imperial red but indeed find it to be a barley wine. Malty sweet start that does have some hop bitterness in the mid and end of the taste. More floral and citrus rind hop flavors than anything else. Does have an odd lingering aftertaste that isnt that pleasant. Medium mouthfeel.

kbutler1, Sep 25, 2010
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 tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper brown with a tan head. Pretty good retention and some light light.

S: Very hoppy for a beer that has been laying around for a few years. Lots of caramel and brown sugar as well. Hints of toffee and a dash of summer fruits.

T: Pine and grapefruit still stands out. Nice rich sweet malts. Toffee mostly with hints of caramel. Subtle apple and a touch of fig.

M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, sweet, with a nice hoppy blast.

D: Good, like this one.

tpd975, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my Secret Bunny 2010 haul from ROBORB. A stubby 12 ounce bottle uncapped and poured into my tulip glass. The barleywine appears a cloudy medium brown color akin to brewed iced tea. An aggressive pour yields a tan head around an inch thick. Nose and flavors are full of caramel, cherries, orange peel, white grapefruit, pumpernickel bread, pine, toasted grains, and brown sugar. The ale approaches full bodied with adequate carbonation for the style. Not too much alcohol heat at this point, leading to decent drinkability. Thanks again Rob.

ClockworkOrange, May 15, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy dirty brown color. One and a half finger tan head that dies to a cap over the beer in a couple of minutes. Lacing is ringing on the glass as I drink down.

S- This is a boozy smelling beer. Alcohol tingles my nose as I smell. Big darker fruit aromas with some light caramel malts in the middle. Some light bitter hop aroma in the tail end. Also, some light yeasty notes in this as well.

T- Big caramel malts in the front end of this mixes with a big darker fruits. Like grainy flavor to this one. Sweet alcohol comes into play toward the middle to the end of beer. The hops still kick into the backend of the beer along with some light oak flavors as well.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Drying on the palate as I sip along. Light darker fruits are left on the palate and tons of sweet alcohol in the aftertaste.

D- Drinkable beer that I was glad to have. This still seemed hot to me and I would still wait a little before cracking open my last one. This one I think should last a while and people who have them still are very lucky for whats to come.

alleykatking, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to this one. A sixer has been aging gracefully in my DBF for about 2 years now. 12 oz bottle pours a very clear, dark crimson color with a nice cap of creamy tan foam. Retention is great for the style and lacing is decent.

Nose is showing much more oxidized malts than a few months ago...rich, creamy sweet malts with a ton of hoppy malted milk balls. Think hop-infused Whoppers candy. Chocolate milkshake, burnt toffee, ripe fruits and alcohol all are readily apparent. Smells big, "am I ready for this?" type of smell. Complex as hell.

I think this is drinking about as good as it will get if one still wants a nice hop bite on it. It is really smooth right now with a very nice herbaceous hop bite in the flavor and finish. Malts are a complex medley of chocolate, toffee and caramel. Has an almost oatmealy creaminess to it that is really nice. This is a wonderful example of an American Barleywine and has really gone through a nice progression of flavors over the past couple years. Well done St. Arnolds...well done.

twiggamortis420, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of scootny
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rich malty barleywine with a firm and agressive hoppiness. A dark cloudy garnet brown with a tan head and excellent retention. Lace is decent and the beer remains covered as I drink.

Smell is very malty with toffee, caramel and yeasty fruitiness. An earthy piney hops with light grapefruit.

Taste is malty caramel and astringent dry grapefruit. There is a dark whole grain bread undertone that plays against a roasted grain note. A touch of vanilla, oak and leather that flows into an alcohol sweetness that is well integrated. Finish is full of grapefruit and graham. It is long and dry with a lingering sweetness and hop oil. Feel is almost perfect. Full and creamy with a perfect carbonation. While chewy it is still quite supple on the tongue.

Pretty easy to drink this one too fast. Initially it promotes respect as the beer tastes big. After a few sips the hops just provoke you to boldness. Watch out!

scootny, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of garbercury
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks tprokop7 for the generosity, this was a beer I wanted to try. Cool to find it as an extra in a trade...

Poured into standard pint glass, my first official beer of 2010.

A--Reasonable carbonation and plenty of lacing throughout the glass. Typical dark amber hue to it.

S--Faint notes of orange, definitely has that "barleywine" smell. Pleasant.

T--Seems to be a little too hoppy for a barleywine. Then again, it is an American Barleywine which can be hoppy. I guess I am a little too anti-hops and did not expect it to overwhelm the flavor of a style that I dont think of hops when I go to drink one.

M--Thin.

D--As much as I was looking forward to this beer, the hoppy bite to this beer overpowers it and to me, that is a big negative. Not really as sweet or pleasant as I had hoped it would be but I am not a big fan of hoppy beers. Glad I got to try it but I would never get it again.

garbercury, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a generous in-person trade from MiguelMandingo. Thanks Mike!

Also received as a gift from dyan, but it was interecepted by largadouche, who drank it. Thanks nonetheless, Dyan.

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a translucent maroon body with copper-amber highlights in my Oktoberfest mug. THe head is 2 fingers of light beige foam, with outstanding retention. Some ivy lacing down the glass.

S: Brown sugar, orange rind, a light floral aroma, and toffee.

T: Starts off malty, in brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and biscuit varieties. But initial impressions can be misleading. The mid-taste sees an evolution of citrus hops and a light floral character that balances out the sweetness, producing a surprisingly well-rounded brew for something that's 1.5 years old at this point.

M: Chewy, full-bodied. A bit oily in flavor, and it's tough to scrape off the tongue, but the still-aggressive carbonation mostly does the job. The finish is lightly dry at times, but for the most part it's malty.

D: A pretty solid barleywine. I was expecting something a bit more complex, but it's nothing to scoff at even in its present state.

Arbitrator, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this bottle from Mora2000, thanks Bill

A - dark walnut in color, with a finger of tan head, too dark to note visible carbonation

S - rich aromas, roasted malts, some dark fruits raisins or dates or even molasses, a decent hop profile that lends a piney aroma

T - the first notes are the nutty malts, followed by the dark sweeter tones, molasses, dates, raisin, plums and such, followed by a super balancing hoppiness, piney and floral, the finish reverts to bready sweetness (like brownbread)

M&D - quite smooth and an easy drinking BW, hides the 10% very well, makes this SADR very dangerous, quite a good brew, medium bodied, leaning toward the heavier side

sinstaineddemon, Nov 18, 2009
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 Damian
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
Thanks to thickerfreakness for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a beautiful clear, crimson-amber color with a tight, frothy, bubbly, light tan, two-finger head that slowly faded to a substantial coating of bubbles. Thick rings of lacing blanketed the glass.

The aroma was quite hoppy with a semi-sweet, malty backbone. Fruity with lots of zesty, citrusy, American hops. Some brandy-like alcohol came through as well. As the beer opened up, the nose became more malty and sweet with a toffee-like presence.

The taste was dominated by resinous, piney and citrusy hops. A touch of bready, malty sweetness appeared up front before the intensely bitter, C-type hops took over. Fruity in the center (peach and apricot flavors were noticeable). The dry, resonating finish was hoppy and bitter to the point of being astringent. Grapefruit rind and fresh mint notes came through strong. As the beer warmed however, the toffee-like sweetness of the malts really came forward and the overall flavor profile became much more palatable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. A bit lighter than expected. Creamy and smooth with a fine, moderate carbonation. After each sip, the liquid left a light stickiness on my lips.

As for drinkability, the 10% ABV was remarkably well hidden but the intense hoppiness made this a definite sipper.

My Reserve #6 was aged for well over a year and it still tasted rather young. I would recommend cellaring this one for at least another year in order to achieve an overall more balanced flavor profile.

Damian, Oct 11, 2009
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.