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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SADR#8 pours up with a modest carbonation that creates a low, thin creamy beige colored head that's barely sustainable above the chestnut brown-russet body. The clarity suffers from some serious chill-haze, but becomes brighter as it warms. The rich, sweet caramel aroma showcases an abundant maltiness with hints of roasted chestnuts, toffee bits, treacle & figgy pudding compiled by some wonderful brandied fruitcake notes. There's just a hint of leafy earthiness, spicy hops & peat bog smokiness that emerges as the beer warms in hand along with an intermingly of whisky notes & some oxidation that adds to the overall complexity. This malt forward beer is dominated by an inherent spiciness that seems foreign to me for the style. It's not a bad thing, just unexpected? The flavor continues to develop with some additional toastiness followed by quite a bit of fruitiness (plum preserves, raisin pie, ripened fig) then becomes sweeter before being undercut by the kettle hops that creates a lingering, bittersweet, spicy warming finish. This medium-full bodied Wee Heavy has a nice creaminess, but could use a bit more carbonation (even per style) and it thins out to much towards the middle-end. I must confess that I was maybe expecting a bit more from this one, yet I find solace in this malty tipple on a long, cold winter's night. Here's to the barley blessings of Saint Arnold!

Sláinte! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 04:47:33 | More by Beertracker
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chicano4craft

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to klikger for the generous extra.

Porued into a snifter. A real cloudy brownish amber color. Small head head drops fast to thin, white bubbled halo.

Hugh caramel in the nose. Some dark fruit...cherry and red apple. There's also some sweet funk. The smoke I was expecting didn't show up until the beer warmed quite a bit. Even then it was hardly noticeable.

Taste is really smooth. Buttery,toffee,and caramel. More smoke than in the nose. Alcohal is very well hidden.

This may be the first time the taste of the beer was overwhelmingly bnetter than the smell and appearance. This one had me worried to start but really delivered in the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 00:49:56 | More by chicano4craft
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womencantsail

California

3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 05:18:57 | More by womencantsail
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7ways

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tight long lasting thin head with small white bubbles. It's a very turbid rusty brown color with just a few floaties.

Smells intensely of raisins, caramel, fresh bread, scotch and smoke. Very satisfying, and really smells like an excellent barleywine.

That's a damn good wee heavy! Not as intense as some I've had, in a positive way. Not too buttery, just enough. Smoke, oak, and fruit are the highlights, kind of like a lighter version of Hair of the Dog Adam with a fruity aspect. Beautiful malt showcase. Honey, raisins, dried fruit in the beginning; tannic, smokey and Islay in the finish. Nice hint of alcohol to round out the 'heavy' aspect.

Mouthfeel could be more full, but the sky could be a bit more blue.

This is what a smoked barleywine tastes like when it's done right.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 04:05:54 | More by 7ways
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angelmonster

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At time of tasting this beer is almost a year old

Pours a 3/4 finger cappuccino colored head. Body is a clear mahogany color. Head and lacing lasted throughout most of the glass

First smell is of sweet roasted caramel malts. Coffee aroma is minimal, hops are pretty non existent, and alcohol is slightly present. Smoked peat also lingers

This beer is pure malts, sweet sugary liquid malt. Burnt malt is also there, expectantly since its a scotch ale. Alcohol is toned down but still present since it's almost 10 percent. Hops are very very faint.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and good. Carbonation level was lively. Head was slightly present.

Drink ability was alittle bit better than I actually scored it. It was just too sweet to give it a 4. Could drink acouple of these at a time but the overly sweetness of it would prolly get old fast. Dont know how this beer is fresh but aging seemed to tone down the alcohol. Would seek out this beer again if it was available and I was in the mood for liquid malt.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 07:17:33 | More by angelmonster
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nickd717

California

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle via trade.

Pours a clear medium reddish-amber color with a small off-white head that fades before too long.

Aroma is smoky and a little rubbery with some sweet malt.

Flavor is smoky and peaty with caramel malt and toffee. A little sweet but not terribly so.

Smooth on the palate with medium-full body.

About average for the style, maybe a little better.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 17:11:04 | More by nickd717
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TexasStout for shooting me a couple bottles of this brew. Cleaning out the dark corners of the beer fridge this weekend, not sure why I've let a scotch ale sit so long; they're one of my wife's favorite styles, & this has been a good series to date. Without further ado.

Pour is muddied liquid caramel, blending in like camo into the new leather couches in my man-cave. Sweet caramel also leaks into my nose, along with toffee, alcohol, & the barest beginnings of oxidation.

Divine Reserve #8 is a blast of flavor. The frequently mentioned caramel is coating every other taste, of which there are several. Toffee adds to the Candy Store circus, along with notes of dark, shrively fruits; figs, raisins, dried apples, prunes. Waiting behind the curtains patiently is a whiff of forest fire, too, a most unexpected taste that serves to parry the sweetness & keep is from cloying up the senses. A heavy, darkish brew that's appropriately somber & makes me want to drink it all night.

A worthy addition to the Reserve series, & an excellent beer overall. In the firmament of scotch ales, #8 can hold its head high in the most highly regarded company.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 00:49:08 | More by maximum12
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John_M

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 00:24:37 | More by John_M
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Hoegaarden tumbler.

I believe this came from JJFoodie a while back. Thanks Justin!

A: Pours a muddy deep mahogany. Bright crimson highlights around the edges. Very pretty color. Short head fades very fast leaving just a ring. Quite a bit of sediment.

S: Sweet cherry liquer and even a little alcohol. I'd have pegged this as a barleywine in a blind scent test. Slightly acetic.

T: Highly carmelized flavor. Some toffee and bitter chocolate. Suggestions of dark fruit. Fairly complex. Slight alcohol in the scent but zero as far as flavor goes. Finishes with some dryness and a faint bitterness that reminds me of unsweetened iced black tea.

M: Carbonation is good. Tiny bubbles create a very nice silky mouthfeel. If I'm nit-picking it is just a hair too thin.

D: This is a big beer, but it doesn't drink as such. This is what we call "dangerously drinkable" at 9.3% abv. Complex enough to keep the palate interested. About as drinkable as could be expected.

This beer has been staring at me for months but that short, stubby, plain-jane bottle just didn't move me compared to all the limited edition this and that in my "cellar." If I'd only knew what was waiting for me! If you're a fan of the style give this one a chance. I don't have access to Saint Arnold but the two beers I've had, Reserve 8 & 9, were both very nice. I'd definitely revisit this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 07:34:03 | More by AdamGarcia
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champ103

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 02:48:52 | More by champ103
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was shared at a local tasting. Taken from notes.

Nice golden orange with a nice ring of head.

Sweet in the nose with some dried fruits.

The taste follows the nose with a creamy finish.

The feek of this beer is creamy as hell.

This is one drinkable brew with a nice luxurious feel.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 22:10:17 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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emmasdad

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a hazy amber color, beige foam with some very decent head retention. Aromas of smoke, orange, malt and nuts. Flavors of peat smoke, dark fruits and chocolate. Over time the alcohol has mellowed and integrated nicely into the beer. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 06:30:07 | More by emmasdad
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a murky looking orangeish brown color. One finger light tan head that sticks around for a slight while. Light watery lacing that slides back into the glass.

S- Nice smokey aroma to this....not overpowering but just a light smokey smell throughout the entire aroma. Some light dark fruits in this as well. Some toffee malts in this and light caramel malts as well.

T- This comes out kicking with a semi-sweet caramel and toffee malts. There is a light darker fruits in the middle of the taste. Some smokey tastes throughout the entire beer but stronger in the backend with a light blast of alcohol.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the light side. Big caramel malts left on the palate with some smokey alcohol in the aftertaste. Some heavy drying on the palate with this beer. Tastes blend together perfectly with no off flavors or stand out flavor.

D- This was a interesting beer that I must say I enjoyed a whole lot. A great take on a flavorful beer. I wish I had some more of this to sit on...great now but I feel in a year it will be divine (no pun intended).

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 23:43:07 | More by alleykatking
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in trades with Ezekiel81923 and JJFoodie. Thanks to Ryan and Justin, I can have one now and see what another year does to the brew as well!

A: Looks a lot like apple cider. Murky brownish-orange body, with a white head that only lasted a few seconds.

S: A gentle, yet pervasive smokiness is what greets my nostrils first. There's a little bacon in it, but it's mostly smoky in the way a campfire smells. Behind it is tangy fruit - lemons, apples, and (dare I put it in the same sentence?), oranges. There is a slight note of chocolate at the end.

T: Begins with a more sweet fruit flavor of apples. Then towards the middle tanginess comes in, along with a similar smoke to the nose and some chocolate, which I didn't get until halfway through the bottle. As this wanes, the sweeter flavors creep back in. The aftertaste is a bit of the smokiness, which lingers for five to ten seconds.

M: Nothing special, but lets the flavor shine through.

D: Gut. Beer is balanced and tasty. 9.3 % abv, eh? Feels like 5 or 6.

A tasty, somewhat unique beer. Not as complex as it could be, but the flavors meld together well. I hope other breweries experiment with combining smoky and fruity flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 17:54:21 | More by WorldWideStout
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 02:02:22 | More by ppoitras
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gford217

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 02:02:42 | More by gford217
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for this wonderful extra. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Trois Pistoles goblet.

A: Pours a caramel color with little to no head, but you can tell there's carbonation that settles down to decadent swirls.

S: Smoke, tobacco, malts, and woodchips. A little bit of a toffee aroma in the background.

T: Complex. A little hoppy, caramelly, and smoky. Mostly sweet all the way through, but not cloying as there's a little bitterness from the chocolate/coffee aspect to the beer.

M: The best feature of this beer. If this beer had an oily or slick mouthfeel I would not like it. It's got great "tight" carbonation that you can feel on the tongue.

D: Pretty easygoing for 9.3% ABV. Maybe I'm just used to drinking stronger beers now? Who knows, but I definitely haven't had too many of this style.

Overall, another goodie from Saint Arnold's "Divine" series. Still seeking out the earlier Reserves!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 22:39:31 | More by hoppymcgee
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 00:56:55 | More by Sammy
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pwoods

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep amber brown, murky with lots of sediment. Big 2 finger head with good retention and some lacing.

S: Rich malts with only a touch of sweetness. Plenty of woody and smoky aromas, maybe some peat behind it all.

T/M: More of the rich malts. Lots of wood and smoke and peat. No hops to speak of. Body is medium full with nice carbonation.

D: ABV is pretty well hidden but definitely there. The big smoke and peat get to ya toward the end. Interesting but not something I'll return to.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 05:58:47 | More by pwoods
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 23:36:48 | More by woodychandler
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mdfb79

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 23:29:00 | More by mdfb79
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stoutfiend27

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle received by ottovon..poured into goblet

a-deep bronze color...no head....light lacing on top and collar around...bubbles are there

s-musty sweet malt character....some bread and caramel in the mid...heavy caramelized malts dominate the finish

t-starts a bit sweet but the caramel and roast really meet together in the middle to hold this together before it gets cloying...the finish tops it off with its sweet caramel and toffee

m-heavy mouthfeel makes this a slow sipper...it is oily and coats the mouth well and the carbonation is spot on in this one

d-the abv is hidden so well that this could make a dangerous drink...the flavors are great and not offensive at all making this one easy to put down

overall a solid offering from st arnold and im glad i got to try this...big thanks to ottovon for this box...i feel the best has yet to come

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 02:57:46 | More by stoutfiend27
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking beer. Orange with red highlights in the center and an opaque brownish color around the edges.

Sweet, caramel and raisin in the nose with an alcohol presence, honey liqueur-like with smoke and subtle raspberry fruit.

Very hearty taste and mouthfeel lets you know it's a one and done. Toasted caramel and creme brulee, it's sweet without becoming cloying. The smoke comes out as it warms as well as becoming drier.

Though not my favorite style, I thought overall this was a very solid scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 02:30:36 | More by brownbeer
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a 1.25 finger coarse, light cream colored head that evaporates into a thin layer quickly. Beer is a cloudy reddish-clay. Lacing is near non-existent.

S: Boozy, caramel, brown sugar, slight maple syrup. Nose is thin but robust at the same time. It's very filling if you can describe a smell like that.

T: Sweet maple syrup and caramel upfront. A clearly spicy transition into more booziness. Malt profile is very strong here. A slight bit of grapes or prunes or some sort of fresh ripe fruit is detectable. No hop flavor to be found.

M: Medium bodied, coarse and carbonated. Wet in the mouth and very watery at the finish. Aftertaste is messy and sweet, slightly sticky.

D: An enjoyable beer but for once, the malt profile is a bit strong for me even for the style. A syrupy aftertaste doesn't help either. Body is good though and fits the flavors that the beer is trying to express. I'd have this again but personally, I'd like something a little heavier on the booze and bit lighter on the malts.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 00:11:14 | More by SpeedwayJim
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JosephLondon

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have let this one age for several months.

The appearance of this beer is magnificent. pours a deep crimson orange. The head is a frothy off-white beige. This beer gives a lot of lace with beautiful cascading effects when tilted. The nose is behind the rest of this brew. I pulled nothing but malt and some type of barley smell. The taste is balanced between roasted marshmallow, biscuit, brown sugar, ripe fruit and honey. The beer is a little on the sweet side but suits this beer nicely. The feel is decent but slightly better than mediocre, nothing to really to note. I think this beer drinks very nicely. As it has warmed the beer has become so much better in every category-especially drinkability. I only have one left, so I will refrain for now.

Edit: As the beer warmed more, the last big swig I took was outstanding in mouthfeel. It was thick and creamy. It lined my palate and clinched its grip with a defiant objection to follow its course to its final destination. Really outstanding! Let this one warm considerably.

Feel changed from 3.5 to 4 to 4.5 as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 05:22:58 | More by JosephLondon
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.