Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 16
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 09-10-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice drinker for the style.A good change of pace, early in a tasting. Some decent yeast, nice malt job. Still I could not not drink pint after pint. Thanks to the legend, bullseye11. Big head, decent carbonation complementing abve averaeg mouthfeel. A bit of tabacco, finishes on the slightly sweet side of sweet spice.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Starts out as one of those beers that is all head but as I gauge the pour, the beer delivers a murky amber color with a creamy beige head that leaves a nice pattern

Smell: Caramel, hints of smoke and a bit of fusel alcohol

Taste: Toffee and multi-grain bread flavors, up front, with a bit of citrus fruit and fusel alcohol developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the smokey peat flavors join in, though the beer finishes rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Thick body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty decent wee heavy, though it may take some time to come together; still it has some flaws that may also hinder it over time

Thanks, MiguelMandingo, for the opportunity

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Wee Heavy sets a sturdy tone with big malt sweetness and pungent smoke character. Malts are huge with caramels, toffees, and a savory kettle caramelization affect. Brown sugars and molassas also decorate the peripheries of the malts. Rising quickly are the peaty, smokey, phenolic character that provides more than enough earthiness, and maybe too much smoke at times. Though dwarfed by the malt sweetness and smokey notes, the fruity esters take a back seat with plumbs, grapes, and other stone fruits. The mouthfeel brings a sugary sweetness that buffers the alcohols nicely, but in the end are ultimately too sweet and not bready-starchy enough. The malts are rounded but classic Scottish ales have a much more complex maltiness than this. Also the smoke character is almost obviously derived from smoked malt and not from the phenolic yeastiness. Even with these inconsistencies, this beer does some wonderful things and is a pleasure to drink.

Thanks Exiled!!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet caramelized malt is dominating with light toffee notes and some lingering smoke. Taste is sweeter then expected with loads of caramelized malt and sweet toffee with a light smoky finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no signs of alcohol. Well done though a bit sweet for my taste - bonus point for the smoke notes thought.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another new one in the line, glad I can say I have actually had all of these, now we get to number 8 and one of my favorite styles. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/09/2009.
The pour was near perfect with a deep, dark brown that had loads of ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass. Nice two inch head of tan that capped it off nearly perfectly, leaving behind tons of lacing all over the sides of the glass. Rich aroma, earthy malts, touches of grain and floral notes. Warming brings out caramel, lots of sweet notes. Really nicely done here, as I take the first sip I remark as to how thick the feel is on this one, very full and rich, really let the flavor sit on the tongue. Hints of heather overlap a rich malty sweetness. Light touch of hops at the end, but quickly erased by another bout of rich sweet caramel flavor as well as a nice touch of bready flavor. Smooth, even finish and well hidden ABV profile made this one go down much easier then I would have thought.
Overall this was very solid. Great representation of the style and really just finely crafted ale all around. One of the better versions of the style and would be glad to have this one again any day.

Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The last of the (new to me, anyway) DR series beers.

A: The pour is a dark orange color with a thin off-white head.

S: Sweet malts, vanilla, caramel, raisins, oranges, and peat on the nose. A fairly standard nose for the style; good but not overwhelming.

T: The peat character is much more dominant on the flavor than I would have expected from the nose. A moderate level of sweetness in the form of caramel malts and citrus fruits. Some light fruitiness, in addition to the citrus notes.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively, but medium, carbonation.

D: Not quite as good as the previous Wee Heavy in the series, unfortunately. Actually, toward the bottom in terms of my enjoyment of the DR beers.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BgThang for this extra. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with a yellowish foam that settles to a thick collar and wispy haze on top, but with minimal lace. Hazy reddish orange body.

S - Smoke, peat, ham, earth, and some surprisingly restrained malt sweetness for this style. I think this has been erroneously listed as a Scotch Ale instead of a Scottish Ale. A bit of alcohol peaks through, but that's not inappropriate, regardless of which it is.

T - Taste has a bit more sweetness, but it's in a honey-glazed ham sort of way. The earthy, meaty character is actually a welcome change of pace from some cloying examples of this style.

M - Surprisingly harsh carbonation, some stickiness, and a lightly burnt finish. Medium-full body.

D - Not the most drinkable of beers, but better than many of its brethren. If you like smoke you'll really dig this one. I'd consider having it again.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - A murky orangish-brown color, with a lot of cabronation and about an inch of head with no retention.

s - Smells strongly of malts, mostly roasted, and some barely. Also smells somewhat sweet, like dark fruits.

t - The first thing that I got a taste of was creamy and roasted malts. It also tastes somewhat sweet, like dark fruits again, but not as sweet as I was expecting. Later on comes some alcohol taste as well as toffee or caramel.

m - Medium body with a lot of carbonation, this was very smooth and creamy.

d - Overall this was a nice ale. It smelled and tasted heavily of roasted and sweet malts, as well as some dark fruits. I thought the alcohol came through a little on the taste so I wouldn't drink more than one, but it was a very solid ale.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 300th Texas rate. Shared by someone at the most recent Freetail bottle release party. The beer pours a copper color with a white head. The aroma is very malty. I get a lot of very sweet toffee as well as a little bit of alcohol. The flavor is more of the same. The alcohol and sweet, sugary malt really stand out. There is also some nice dark fruit notes with some figs and cherries. Smooth and easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer is about two years old but has held up very nicely.

Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was an extra (gift) in a CANQuest trade and since I now have off until Tuesday (this is Thursday night), I figured that I would sit down and enjoy some of the beer hanging out in my refrigerator awaiting just such an opportunity.

The pour gave me two thick fingers of medium-tan head with good retention. Man, I could smell this one right away! Color was a hazy deep-amber, possibly due to some lees at the bottom of the bottle that I inadvertently poured into the glass. I have long said that clarity is over-rated, plus the lees do not bother me, so I am down with all of it. Nose was, to this self-avowed hophead, super sweet. It smelled like caramel or toffee along with some chocolatiness. Is a Heath bar a bad analogy? Mouthfeel was full and creamy, in fact, it felt like having a scoop of ice cream in my mouth - thick, creamy, sweet, even buttery. No, it was not diacetyl. Instead, it reminded me of Butter Brickle ice cream, which uses chunks of toffee, IIRC. Finish was smoooth, but at 9.30%, it went down mighty easily. Scarily so. After the first couple of hits on this, I began to feel its intensity creeping over me. One bottle was nice, but it would satiate me for a while afterward.

Photo of corby112
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received this as an extra in a recent trade with BelgianBeerGal. Thanks a lot Amy!

Pours a dark amber/chestnut color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thin foamy yellowish beige head that immediately fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet malt aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, alcohol and dark fruit. I'm picking up raisin, fig and plum in the nose as well as a very faint smokey character and subtle spice. Smells more like a barleywine.

Medium bodied with some soft carbonation up front that lingers over the sweet, leathery malt body into a sweet, slightly warm finish. Very sweet with earthy, leathery malts that give off hints of toffee, biscuit, caramel and rye. Lots of alcohol sweetness but not to hot with a prominent dark fruit flavor. Hints of raisin, fig, grape, plum and dark berries. As in the aroma, there is a slight spice character with a decent amount of pepper.

Overall, this looks and tastes like a tamed down, overly spicy barleywine. There's a prominent dark fruit presence that balances things a bit but this beer is a bit harsh despite it's sweetness.

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to JJFoodie for this brew.

Pours a cloudy brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some slight bourbon notes, caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly bourbon, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but a slight twist on the style.

Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Twiggamortis420 for the opportunity to sample this great beer.

Divine 8 puors a slight hazy, mahogany amber color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose in this beer is terrific, showing caramel, brown sugar, toffee, milk chocolate and orange citrus. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet ale, but this beer is so well balanced, the sweetness never seems overdone or heavy on the palate. Mouthfeel is rich and full,with a long finish. Drinkability is amazing for a beer with this abv., as despite the sweetness and noticeable alcohol, each sips makes you want to take another. Interestingly, although I thought this beer well balanced and oh so very light on its feet, there's not even a hint of bitterness. That's how well the hops are integrated into the recipe.

Really liked this one... excellent stuff.

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" orangey tan head above the cloudy orangey copper brew. Head lasts well, with coating lacing that falls ever so slowly. Aroma is leathery and fruity. Taste starts with tannins, dried fruits in the middle, with a melding of flavors at the close, and light warming. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is quite good. Excellent.

Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, huge thanks to GregMcQ for hooking me up once again.

Pours a cloudy very dark orange/amber, some brownish highlights, thin off white head forms, slowly settles settles to a thin ring around the glass, a few small spots stick.

Smell is very sweet and fruity, caramel, raisin puree, light peat and smokiness, very earthy, dates, touch of chocolate sweetness, woody, toffee pudding, brown sugar, a bit of alcohol, quite nice.

Taste is nice as well, biscuity, toffee, bread, brown sugar, wood, peat and smoke, lots of raisin, very fruity and caramelized, brown sugar, earth, honey dates, light chocolate wafer dryness in the finish, some alcohol, nice and malty.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, maybe a little too lively for the style. Some warmth going down, real nice malt character and I really like the peat. Thanks Greg!!

Photo of johnnnniee
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid dark brown with beautiful ruby highlights when held to light. One finger off white head dissipates quickly to a cap. Smells of smoke, toffee and burnt sugar. Slightly fruity on the nose with a touch of alcohol in there as well. Taste is toffee and caramel infused with some light fruits a touch of alcohol in the middle with a lingering smokey peat in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, carbonation is moderate, and the body is full. This a great brew that continues to grown on me with every sip.

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MasterSki dropped by and brought this interesting offering.

A - Brownish red, off-white head, not a lot of stick on the side.

S - A lot of smoke going on here, bit of caramel malts, lot of peat smell there.

T - One of the more peaty beers I have ever tasted. Great smoke, something like a bit of ham there in the taste. This is very appropriate for the style, with the peaty taste reminding me a bit of scotch. This is a style of beer I usually don't care for, but this one is quite unique and pretty good.

M - Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

D - A pretty good beer, the alcohol is decently hidden, this is actually a really solid take on the style, and unique enough that I would recommend it.

Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just opened a bottle 06/08/10. I usually drink a special beer before I travel for work (not uncommonly around the world). I added this way back when, and enjoyed it on tap. Lets see how the bottle version has held up after about 9 months.

A: Pours a hazy orange/brown color. A two finger beige head forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace are left behind.
S: Smoke, dry wood, and lots of dark fruits. Chocolate covered cherries and plums. A light oxidation. Oh ya, the aroma has developed nicely.
T: Lots of dry wood and peaty smoke flavors that I love. Dark fruits of cherries and plums that follow the nose. Light toffee flavors. I love it.
M/D: A full body that is incredibly creamy, smooth, and velvety. Very dry as well. Really easy to sip on. A great beer as a night cap.

I would say that I really enjoyed this on tap. Though this is exceptional out of the bottle. This has improved a ton over the last several months. If you still have some bottles, this is excellent right now. Well done Saint Arnold.

Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of EinWeizenbitte.

Pours a murky caramel brown with a healthy cream-colored head that recedes pretty quickly and leaves only spotty lacing.

The aroma is extremely sweet with a healthy dose of smoke. The caramel malts and dark fruits dominate with toffee as well. But lingering in the back is the smoked wood and peat that makes the nose more complex than most in the style.

The taste is just as complex with an initial blast of sweetness - molasses, caramel, toffee and raisins. The finish is much drier than I was expecting with some oak, smoked malts and peat.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth overall but with a light dryness mentioned before. The carbonation is moderate but seems softer.

This is an excellent Scotch ale that has a very intriguing smokey element that adds some complexity that I don't normally get in the style. It's also very drinkable, as evidenced by the fact that the alcohol is non-existent to me. Another Divine Reserve, another winner.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.