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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
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 roblowther
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Courtesy of my beer mentor, Bill.

Pours cloudy gold brown with a persistent wafer-thin (Monty Python accent implied here) head. Smells smoky and oaky. And other stuff that rhymes. Tastes rich and chocolate up front, then a strong peat finish. Very nice maltiness that makes you feel like you just ate a muffin. Makes me burp smoke and a hint of something sharp. Drinkable but the strong flavors make this an occasional treat, not a beer for the evening.

roblowther, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a few bottles of this via trade with MiguelMandingo. Thanks again Mike! Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Appearance: Deep Brownish color with a little bit of an orange hue to it. Poured aggressively which stirred up about a 2 finger head that dissipated after a few minutes, leaving a foamy ring over the top afterward. Some lacing.

Smell: Definitely a malt driven aroma with some alcohol in there. Slight smokey smell hidden in there as well. Not terribly sweet.

Taste: Malt driven, toffee, some smokiness and some yeast flavors. Sweeter than the nose suggested. Some brown sugar comes through more as it warms, and the alcohol warms your mouth a little bit as well.

Mouthfeel: Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles everywhere. Slight warming from the alcohol as I mentioned before. Light-medium body which seems odd given the strong flavor and malt aroma's.

Drinkability: Drank one. Could've had another. Nothing about this one stops you from grabbing a second, except maybe the ABV.

First offering from Saint Arnold's I've tried. Pretty solid. Scotch Ale's and Wee Heavy's are still a little new to me, but I liked this one.

Ezekiel81923, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours very little head with almost zero retention and an amber color.

Smell is of some dark raisins and a slight bit of pale chocolate. However, a distinctive solventy smell starts to linger and messes everything up. As the beer warms up, a dinstinctive smokiness comes through

Taste is a little bit hot from the alcohol, but the dark crystal and bit of dark fruits with a slight hint of pale chocolate malt really meld nicely. Also a good bit of smokiness comes through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, but the beer is very malty.

My biggest issue with this beer is the solventy nose and the fusel alcohols. I think that this could be a much better beer if it was aged longer. My suggestion to anyone who has this beer is to age it for at least 2 years.

jasonjlewis, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of mar
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep ruby with an off white head. nose is rich malts with caramel, peat, fruits and slight smoke. nice thickness with a great flavor of peat and rich caramel malts with a hint of smoke in the finish. not a hint of alcohol either. i've heard mixed reviews about this beer and i've noticed firsthand differences between bottles though.

mar, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another bottle traded with jasonlewis. Thanks Jason for the brew!

Don't get St. Arnold in Chi-town, so this is a treat.

Poured in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep coppper, cannot see through it, not much light gets through. light head that does not last, slight white foam ring on top after sitting for a few minutes.

S - malt dominates aroma, some chemical aromas of calcium carbonate -chalky, flinty aroma. Some alcohol present in aroma as well. After first taste, still canno detect smoke in aromas.

T - first sip - peaty, smoky malt. A little astrigent. aftertaste is sweet smoke.

M - full, malty, smoky

D - I like peaty Scotch Ales, but this is a little more smoke than I care for. Would be great with a pulled pork sandwich, though. or some labor day ribs on the grill.

JamnesCameron, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice example, I understand the style is a little different but compared to other high end Scotch ales this one is no slouch. Leathery, buttery, earthy tobacco leaf and dark cherries soaked in scotch. Aroma was nicely done but didn't have the WOW factor. Mouthfeel was outstanding. Heavy, syrupy nectar-like feel with a nice chewiness as well. Perfect carbonation. Very drinkable.

natelocc787, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

johnnnniee, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of peterjk
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy brown, light brown head is thin and fades quickly.

S: Smokey notes, fresh cut sweet apple, Belgian yeast notes, wet earth, toasted nuts. Not a huge amount of sweetness on the nose, which is interesting given how sweet the beer tastes.

T: Awesome! Smokey, toffee, brown sugar, toasted nuts, creamy cola. Some mild yeast flavor. Lots of great flavors floating around in this beer. Like any great beer the taste evolves as it warms up. I've had it in the bottle (malt character dominates) and on tap (yeasty notes make it taste like a wee heavy / Belgian double combination).

M: Big time small bubble carbonation make it feel kind of like champagne in the mouth. It's a little thin considering the big flavor.

D: Given the intense flavors and the sweetness this beer is very easy to drink, too bad it'll be gone soon.

peterjk, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Ruslanchik
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Beer is opaque dark brown with a fizzy light brown head. The beer never really produced much head, just the slightest bit that quickly faded into a small collar.

S: Mostly caramelly malt with just a touch of alcohol. No evidence of hops here. Fairly straight-forward.

T: The taste is much more complex than the aroma. A firm bitterness is present throughout. There is not as much sweetness as the aroma suggested. More bready, but also tart maltiness. There is a trace of chocolate towards the end and the aftertaste definitely has some smoke in it. Doesn't quite match up my expectations. This feels a little harsh. A couple years in the cellar would do it good.

M: Thinner body and higher carbonation than I expected. This adds to the harshness.

D: At 9.6% abv this beer was never intended to be a sessioned, however I don't think it is as drinkable as the brewer had hoped.

Ruslanchik, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Sweasty
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The newest Divine Reserve pours a murky brown. Things are topped off by a short khaki head. The head quickly dissipates to a ring. Plenty of lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma does not disappoint. The nose packs plenty of sweet caramel and toffee. There are some light fruity esters. A bit of smoky peat and earthiness round things out.

The taste packs a wallop. Tons of caramel malt upfront. Caramel blends in with some sticky toffee notes. Raisins show up mid palate. Thats followed by some light chocolate notes notes. Plenty of sweet brown sugar shows up near the end. The finish is sweet with a lingering earthy/peat quality.

This beer is full bodied and velvety on the tongue. The carbonation is more than adequate.

This is another topnotch addition to the Divine Reserve series. It is one of the best scotch ales i have had the pleasure of drinking. It goes down smooth. Quite the easy drinker, especially given its strength.

Sweasty, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me preface this review by saying a few things. First, I typically do not care too much for Scotch Ales. I just find them to be a 'dime a dozen' and have struggled to find one that set itself apart from the crowd (in a good way). Second, I have been telling myself for so long to temper my expectations because there will never be another #5 (Prove me wrong, guys...please!) and I know I do not care for the style.

A: Tan head that went the way of Old Yeller all too quickly. Dark and cloudy like a leather storm cloud.

S: Dark oily cigar notes with a dose of toffee and burnt sugars to add to the nose. Fruity esthery aromas seem just out of reach, but you can almost tell they are there. What a tease.

T: That cigar smokiness is here in good measure. It is important to note here that this is very reminiscient of cigar smoke to me; not BBQ nor Liquid Smoke as I seem to keep running into with other beers. Cocoa, coffee, and toffee all make appearances here as the beer warms. There is almost an herbal finish to this. No real hop presence to speak of, which is fine. The beer is tasty enough without them.

M: You would never guess that this is a 10% beer by the taste of it. Sure it is a little boozy, but I have tasted bigger booze out of 8%s on more than one occasion. Smooth and easy going. Spot on with the body and bubbles.

D: I would drink this 'til the cows come home if it weren't so hard to come by.

I cannot wait to see how this ages. A buddy and I have a sixer in the cellar as of last night.

DeathbySexyBT, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I still don't get the screw cap on this bottle, especially when they are tightened so much that you need an opener or gorilla grip anyway. The 8 pours a deep caramelized brown with orange and ambers. The head is thin and tan and if you look away you'll miss it. The liquid seems thick and is on the hazy murky side of things.

Nose is gritty and slightly boozy that dominates the smell. Beyond that there is a scents of ripe fruits, caramelized grains and a smoked chocolate. I feel that this one could still use some time in the cellar to mellow that booze scent and let the other characteristics mature.

Ok the taste brings this beer back in from the ledge. Sweet grains that are gently toasted mixed with over ripe but still tasty cantaloupe. A thin shroud of peat smoked grains finish the brew and yield another great layer of flavor. I can't be sure but I also get a cayenne peppery note that compliments a light chocolaty flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and slick but with a flattering bittering hops and crisp carbonation. The beer has a nice feel to it and is well balanced between sweet and smoke. Well done and probably going to even better after a few months in the cellar.

jbphoto88, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow... haven't had many wee heavys, but this is very smoky.

A-Pours a very hazy deep orangy red that has an almost tan creamy head that has pretty good retention and leaves solid lacing as it moves down the glass.

S-Of coarse in a beer like this, you will up front, get a strong smokiness. Then I also pick up a tobaccoy earthiness. Some slightly sweet toffee. And a doughy fresh baked bread aroma as well.

T-The flavor is also very smoky. And the toffee sweetness comes through more in the flavor. There is a present bitterness to keep it from being cloying in the least. There is a but too much alcohol presence for my palate. I would really like it to be more hidden. Hot alcohol is always a big turn off for me.

M-Full bodied indeed and very creamy. Also, that alcohol sting is a turn off.

D-Not too drinkable given the abv and hot alcohol. But I did enjoy this beer very much. I would suggest trying it if you hadn't.

hoplover82, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Received through an in-person trade with MiguelMandingo. Thanks a bunch, Mike!

A: Pours a murky mahogany body that lightens to copper at the edges. The head is a cream-colored affair that retains poorly, receding into a light collar and a swirl of bubbles on top of the brew. Fine, lazy bubbles up the glass give it a viscous and syrupy appearance. Very tantalizing. No lacing to speak of.

S: Earthy tobacco, leather, smoke, and mulch. Some toffee and brown sugar. I'm pretty impressed; it's very interesting and organic.

T: Starts off with brown sugar and toffee. The earth, tobacco, leather, and smoke that I smelled are not as strong as they were on the nose; more of an undercurrent to the overall sweet profile. The finish is all nuts and ginger, with an aftertaste distinctly reminiscent of a [craft] ginger ale. The exhalation is all smoke and ginger. A beautiful assortment of flavors and variety. I don't get any hops, but the beer doesn't need them. There are hints of chocolate as the brew warms, but I can't place it at any particular point in the taste. My only complaint here is the ginger-ale-like finish, which starts getting annoying midway through the glass.

M: Surprisingly well-hidden ABV; it goes down very easily for something that's almost 10%. Its medium-full body is well buoyed by fine bubbles at a moderate carbonation level, which cleanses the palate neatly.

D: I've got a second bottle to share; I'm looking forward to partaking in that one as well. A well-done scotch ale.

Arbitrator, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of drunkboxer1
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy copper/brown. Smells sweet, almost like brown sugar. Tastes like caramel, a little smokey maybe. There are some dark fruity flavors in there as well. No real hop bitterness that I can tell, the maltiness may just be kicking its ass so bad I can't tell its there. Drinks absurdly easy for over nine percent. I feel like it'll be better with a few more months aging though.

drunkboxer1, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of wolffman17
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I let this warm up a good while before pouring. Color is dark, golden-brown. After being in the fridge for a week it has clarified a bit...it was very murky immediately upon release. Small sustaining head. Lace attempts to cling to the glass but not much is left behind. Appealing appearance.

Interesting aroma. Odd yet intriguing spices come to mind...pepper, cumin, chili powder. Unexpectedly only a hint of sweetness.

Sweetness much more prevalent in the taste than the aroma. Very distinct smokiness throughout. Alcohol compliments nicely with the smoke and seems well-hidden. Big flavors but not terribly complex...time should only help.

Love the mouthfeel. It's full but not heavy or syrupy. Really helps the drinkability.

For a big, smokey malt bomb, DR8 is easy to drink. Nicely done.

Give this one six months to a year to let it meld together, and DR8 may become something special. Congrats to Phillip Kaufman for the winning recipe, and kudos to Saint Arnold for pulling off the homebrew on a larger scale.

wolffman17, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of zdk9
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer has the most beautiful head I have ever seen. There's ¾ of a finger of foam, ivory colored, created out of the smallest bubbles ever. It really looks like the frothy top of a latte. The beer itself is a ruby mahogany. There are lazy bubbles floating out of the bottom of the glass that add to the beauty of the carbonation.

S- This is not the smell that I was expecting. I get some richer earthy coffee- I probably wouldn't describe it as peaty, but definitely dirty or earthy, almost like potting soil or wet mulch. Hints of toffee. Not a lot in the way of hops.

T- There is that earthiness that I got out of the smell. Almost makes it taste like a porter and I'm enjoying that aspect. Some alcohol, which does come off as scotch or perhaps bourbon. Sweetness that has a touch of cherry to it, along with notes of light maple syrup and honey. A good complexity to this beer.

M- Fairly syrupy, though not thick, and the alcohol aspect does present itself.

D- I was under the impression that I didn't like Scotch ales, but I quite enjoyed this one. Maybe my taste buds have matured some. The complexity of the taste was nice. There weren't any hop flavors but enough going on otherwise that I didn't miss them. A fine limited release.

zdk9, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of stumac
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had to pull some strings to get this $17 six pack...

this brew pours up a murky dark copper color with a thin yellow tinted head. the nose is caramel, plums, red apple skins, a little sugary. the taste is leather, very smokey, caramel. full bodied, low to medium carbo. This is like a smoked Scotch ale. Very tastey. Not my favorite Divine but a good brew nonetheless. The two Divines that really got me hyped about this series are #5 and a fresh #7. Soooo #8?... Better luck next time Saint Arnold.

stumac, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of GregSVT
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with a small white head that diminishes into a small layer covering the top and no real lacing I could see.

S: Smells of sweet bready malts and a caramel sweet smell along with a smokey aroma in the background

T: The taste is huge with sweet malts and caramel/toffee. It's damn tasty and a great representative of a Wee Heavy. I would have given it a 5 but it's a bit one dimensional.

M: Slightly creamy with good carbonation. The sweetness is slightly cloying and it coats the mouth. As it warms it actually gets sweeter and more cloying.

D: This is pretty drinkable although I could see the sweetness getting a bit over the top and cloying after a while.

I still like Old Chub better...it's more complex and not as cloying.

GregSVT, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Divine appearance, that's for sure. Although to be honest, #8 pours more like a thick barleywine or quad than a Scotch Ale, as the viscous liquid fills the glass with a deep caramel hue and a cascading head of tight beige bubbles. Excellent retention for the ABV. Interesting aroma...slightly phenolic with hints of metallic plastic and booze. More Scotch-y notes pull through as it warms, dropping scents of earthy peat, Baker's chocolate, and floral hops. Smells a bit green, to be honest, and I can see the aroma improving in several months time.

Yum. Chocolate, peat, and booze coat the palate. Green, foresty hops add some bitterness to the finish along with a toasted, roasted caramel malt note and lots of nuttiness. Mouthfeel is the highlight of DR8: creamy, thick, luxurious body with a delicious finish of alcohol and peat. All in all, a solid limited release from the Saint Arnold brewery, and one that should easily improve with time.

{Edit: 5 month old bottle holding up nicely, consumed on 2/24/2010. Phenolics mellowed in the aroma, with smoky peat and scotch kicked up a notch. Still a touch hot with alcohol in the nose; browned apple flesh and other dark fruits working in nicely. Earthy, peaty flavor profile still has a good hop kick and lots of spiced alcohol notes. Not harsh, but lots of carbonation. Slight improvement compared to the fresh bottle, but this still needs another year or so to really get going.}

wagenvolks, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-brown color with about a finger of short-lived brown head; no lacing. Smell is at first a standard peaty note, but around the edges the beer gives off rich caramel, nut flavor, and a more powerful smoked meat note. The smoke is not of rauchbier strength, but there's a definite smokey note that's more meat than peat.

Tastes like a malty, caramelly treat with the smoke flavor laying down on the tongue at each sip. Pretty standard Scotch ale but for that interesting smoke. A creamy, full body gives way to a drying finish with just a little heat; far less alcohol evident than I'd expect and less than I've tasted in Scotch ales with ABVs of even ~7%.

A really tasty Scotch ale, helped in its drinkability by being a little more refined in flavor and mouthfeel than others. If you like the style, I can't help but think this is a great example of it.

Riccymon, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A murky, nearly opaque orange-brown body capped by about a finger of tan head that dissipates in a minute or so and leaves little in the way of lacing.

Aroma: Rich caramel malt accompanied by lots of booze and lovely smoky notes.

Taste: A complex malt body with lots of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar notes. There's a subdued peaty smokiness throughout, adding lots of character. The alcohol content is reigned in masterfully, leaving just the right amount to add depth without ever getting in the way. It's bitter and smoky in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A medium-full body with good carbonation and a little warmth from alcohol.

Drinkability: Certainly a beer meant to be savored, though not a full-blown sipper.

Verdict: Divine Reserve 8 is a solid example of the Scotch Ale style, something that's sorely lacking on the shelves here in Houston. Hopefully now with two Scotch Ales from the Divine series under their belts, Saint Arnold brew one up on a more regular basis. I'm looking forward to how this release ages and evolves over the years.

BeanBone, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of jnezda
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having not tried the previous releases of the Divine Reserve beers, I did not have any expectations.

Appearance: Pour from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Light tan head about 1 finger that lingered some but left no lacing at all. I found this a little disappointing for style. The color was a cloudy but brown

Smell: Full of smokey malt and nuttiness. The strong smell of this was appropriate for the color and fullness of body for this beer. The smell was reminiscent of a trippel and wafts up nicely with the first sip.

Taste: The taste was fruity, nutty, and again reminiscent of a trippel. The malt comes out clearly in the taste and considering the alcohol content and gravity of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Full with little carbonation. Creamy feel to it that seems like the beer would have a longer lasting head.

Drinkablity: This is a beer I would enjoy again but I was put off by the price which combined with the limited release makes this a beer that can not be enjoyed too often.

jnezda, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours out a somewhat murky honey-brown color with a slight head. Nice aroma of caramelized malt, very sweet. The flavor pretty much reflects the nose: rich, sweet caramel, with a bit of toffee. There's a faint smokiness that adds a nice touch at the finish. Fairly warming, but the alcohol isn't apparent in the taste. Big bodied, smooth and substantial.

Decent beer from SA's DR series, though neither best nor the worse. At the $17 price tag, I probably won't seek any more out.

allengarvin, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of rsawyer
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz. Bottle - picked up a 6 pack at a local Krogers on my way home from work. While the Divine Reserve series hype was certainly warranted for Divine Reserve 5 and Divine Reserve 6, I am of the personal opinion that 7 was certainly a let down, and 8 is as well.

A- The beer pours a very plain amber / brown with almost no carbonation and no head after a strong pour. While the beer's appearance wasn't so bad that I would consider it horrible, it was quite plain and in my opinion below average for the style.

S- What smell? Smells like the Saint Arnold house yeast to me. I was expecting to pick up slight hints of peat, tobacco, carmel, or sweet tea... but I got nothing. The smell is missing!

T- Well... it tast like a full bodied brown ale with some very slight hints of chocolate or tea... and maybe a slight hint of vanilla and tobacco. What I would consider average for the style.

M- Average for the style - not earth shattering. Full as I expected.

D- I may give the rest of the 6 pack away and just go buy some Old Chub if I want a solid Scotch / Wee Heavy this fall / winter.

Overall - SA did a great job getting their "Army" moving. The hype was created. The masses bought it up. Good for them. Nice to see local breweries making it. However, this beer is all hype and nothing that I would go out of my way to try again or trade for.

rsawyer, Sep 12, 2009
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.