Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #9 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #9Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #9

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 32
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: armock on 12-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Note from the brewery "Important: let this beer warm to at least 50° before enjoying".
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Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to TexasStout for this one. I have a big vertical lined up to have someday, but for now I have extras of this one so might as well crack one, now that it's a few years old.

Ug screw cap, minus points! Although it did give me a little message, "hops and kisses" so I can't stay mad at it. And they did date it, 11/12/09, drinking as it warms a little from cellar temp so should be above 50deg as Saint Arnold requested.

Pours a smaller but dark colored fizzy almost 1/2 finger head that fades fairly quickly, typical for this high abv and interesting for a 3+ year old beer, no lacing of course, a thick looking syrupy beer with nice legs on the glass, and all but pitch black color, and light yeast floaties.

Nose is... strange actually... it has fruity aromas, straight up banana, and some starchy tropical fruits specifically a few I've had in Brazil but I don't know the name, light herbs and spices but the root beer like style herbs or sassafras, and tons of sweet style baking spices, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Finally in there is some dark malts, a faint black malt darkness, more Belgian style carafa and other Belgo like stout aromas, nutty earthy root like, with a little tingly booze, and a light velvety chocolate aroma with cacao nibs.

Taste is just as unique, there are some dark malts, molasses, faint black malts and Belgian like malts again, etc. Then tons of chocolate, cocoa nibs right out, creamy velvety expensive Belgian chocolate flavors. Then into the spices again, plenty of them but not holiday spices. Again the sassafras like and sweet baking spices are a-plenty, nutmeg, faint cinnamon that even gets a little spicy, cardamom, maybe faint allspice, etc. With them is the brown sugar, molasses, very faint figs and nuts, etc, and a very light fruity flavor with those figs, but luckily no banana. The spices and herbs really take over the main flavor, but the velvety smooth chocolate and cocoa flavors are nice too. Booze cuts in slightly, but is muted for the most part as it gets overtaken by the malts, but does get slightly tingly and eventually gets hot. Finish is drier but a little sticky syrupy, long lingering velvety chocolate, little caramel and cocoa, as well as the baking spices, and surprisingly the booze fades out fairly quick.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, smooth and velvety chocolate feel, lighter but decent carb, a bit of warming tingly booze.

Overall pretty good, not sure if the 3 years helped if it was too much on the spices before, or the booze, or the dark malts etc, but this is quite nice. A good velvety chocolate, baking spices galore, etc, quite a nice beer, glad I have a couple more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, where to start.

the beer pours dark brown/black with a tan head. There are brown highlights when held up to a light source.

Aroma is spicy nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. The spices you would expect from a pumpkin pie. Also get a little gingerbread.

Taste is very complex. I started the beer at about 50 degrees and the first two flavors were chocolate and alcohol. In addition to the chocolate flavor, you also get some bitter chocolate flavor. Very nice. As the beer warms, you start to get more spices. The flavor is not like any of the individual pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and allspice) but tastes like a combination of those spices. As the beer approaches room temperature, it starts to taste like gingerbread. There is also some roasted malt and you do get some alcohol warming.

The beer has a medium-full mouthfeel and little carbonation which goes awesome with this beer. This is a sipper, but it is extremely easy to drink. Even with some alcohol flavor, you cannot tell it is 11 percent. I have never had a beer quite like this. Great effort from Brock and the guys and gals at Saint Arnolds.

This is an outstanding beer. I have only had Divine Reserves 6-9, but this has been my favorite so far.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"I Barley Made It"

Poured into a New Belgium glass black with a one finger tan head that disappated quickly. No lacing. The smell has a strong scent of pumpkin. The taste is awesome. It's like a chocolate pumpkin pie. There is a strong alcohol presence, which is expected. But considering the time of year, it warms you up nicely. With the combination of pumpkin and alchol warmth, this is the perfect winter beer. Too bad it won't be back next year.

Re-Reviewed 9/12/2012

Poured into tulip glass black as oil, but carbonation almost gone. The scent is still strong of spices and pumpkin. The taste has mellowed quite a bit. The chocolate pumpkin pie I described before definatly is not the case anymore. The pumpkin is still there, and the spices are still there, but the malts that once gave this a chocolate flavor are definatly not as strong. The alcohol burn is also lower which makes the mouthfeel a little better, and the lower carbonation hasn't affected the mouthfeel at all.

Overall, she's aging well.

Photo of pwoods
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. stubby brown bottle into a tulip.

A: Deep brown, nearly no light. Moderate head on the pour with little retention but some lacing.

S: Light pumpkin and moderate pumpkin spicing. Very pleasant. Some light alcohol that is in place.

T/M: Pumpkin is a bit bigger and the spices definitely are. Almost too much but somewhat balanced by the alcohol and malts. Body is medium full with moderate carbonation.

D: Pretty damn tasty. Wish I had more than 2 left.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have high hopes for the latest installment of the divine series even though the 7 & 8 haven't been as good as the 5 & 6 but I'm hooked none the less. The beer pours smoothly into the glass with noticeable sediment on the bottom. It looks to be more then yeast as there are bigger chunks of gritty black... something in there. The brew is reddish black with garnet highlights only on the edges. The head is mocha looking in color and not very lasting.

The nose is sweet and spiced with cinnamon, eggnog-ish nutmeg and gingerbread. There is also a heavy dollop of pumpkin pie cut with chocolate and a little booziness. Very nice and unexpected from an Imperial Stout although great for a cold December day.

Ladies and gentlemen buckle your seat belts. This is a tremendous beer with pointy spears of flavor assaulting every bud on your tongue. Deep dark unsweet chocolate starts the attack followed very closely by a barrage of holiday spices. Everything present in the nose is also in the taste and then some. Think of a coco based pumpkin pie. There is even a little smoked character. Very tasty, complex and just short of overpowering.

The mouthfeel is solid. Thick full body with the right amount of carbonation to not distract from the hearty flavors. A light boozy warmth is the only hint of the ABV other then the touch of alcohol in the nose. Although this beer tastes nothing like an Imperial Stout it is very different and a kick ass variation of the style. Again well done St. Arnold's.

Photo of Stigs
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, as an extra in a trade a good bit ago...served in a DFH signature glass

A - poured with a quarter inch or so of loose bubbly khaki colored foam, falls to a thin layer and ring fairly quickly. the beer is near black with some dark ruby tones when held up to light.

S - hmmm...lots of spices, cinnamon, gingerbread, cloves, some licorice, pumpkin, some roasted malt...quite unique. have no idea what this one is going to taste like.

T - very interesting here as well. drinks like a weird hybrid of a Pumpkin/Xmas/RIS. starts off with some slightly bitter bold roasted pumpkins, turning into slightly sweet licorice and dark fruits, finishes with some ginger and christmas spices. other notes of dark chocolate, roasty coffee, and molasses.

M - a little thin in the body with some sharp small-bubbled carbonation. finishes with lingering spices and bitterness.

D - weird. cant say i hated it, but this is certainly a winter beer, and one 12oz should be shared (possibly three ways).

Photo of prototypic
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of JosephLondon. Thanks a ton, man!

Divine Reserve #9 pours a chocolate fudge color. Looks onyx from where I'm sitting. No light's cutting through this one. A dark, mocha colored head tops it off nicely. It only stands about a finger and a half tall, and dissipates quickly. Lacing was on the light side.

The nose is pretty good. It's very spicy. Pumpkin, nutmeg, and ginger are very strong in the mix. In fact, they tend to mask some of the other scents I know should be here. There is a bit chocolate, and some secondary notes of molasses, pepper, and black licorice. But the spices seem to hog the spotlight a little too much. Alcohol is noted on the tail. At 11%, that's not exactly a shocker.

The flavor is alright. I'm wrestling with how much I like it at the moment. The spices are certainly the focal point. Pumpkin, nutmeg, and ginger flavors are all noted. They're strong throughout. There are some stout elements present. Most notable are chocolate and light coffee. The chocolate flavor is bittersweet and cocoa-ish. Black licorice, molasses, pepper, and anise round out the secondary level. Alcohol is noted, and is a little warm. It's not quite hot, but it's not far. It has spicy finish, leaving plenty of pumpkin and ginger clinging to the palate.

This Divine Reserve release has a medium body and light carbonation. It is smooth, but feels too thin for what it is. More body would help. Drinkability is rather average. The flavor's alright, but the spices grown somewhat tiresome. It's also warm and a little boozy.

I'm a big fan of Saint Arnold's Divine Reserve Series. While #9 is probably my least favorite to date, I'm sure they'll get things back on track. This one's alright, but loses its way. The spices overshadow the stout elements. It needs to be the other way around. The spices should complement rather than mask. More body would also be a good thing. Nonetheless, it's worth a try. However, if you don't care for pumpkin spice flavors in your beer, skip this one.

Photo of DoesntMatter46
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Minimal tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smells like cinnamon and cloves, very pleasant, hints of brown sugar. Reminds me of gingerbread.

Very sweet, kind of like dried dates with nutmeg and cloves. I don't get much pumpkin, but I do get the pumpkin pie spices more. Spicy after taste, drinking this beer fresh the alcohol is noticeable.

Nicely carbonated, and does not have a syrupy constancy.

This is a big beer that could use some time aging, so that all these flavors can mellow out a bit. It's pretty spice heavy and the 11% shows. Fresh, it's not something I could drink that quickly. Very interesting brew, but I look forward to tasting it in a year or so.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was shared at a local tasting. Review was taken from notes.

Pours dark mahogany with a very nice tan head.

Smells like pumpkin and spices. It reminds me of my Grandma's pumpkin pie.

The taste follows the nose, but slightly sweeter.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, much like pie.

This was an interesting and surprising treat. Mabe I will serve some of these next Thanksgiving instead of real pie.

Photo of PretzelCity
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to TexasStout for this one. It poured an inky black out of the bottle with a thin brown head that fizzled out quickly until it disappeared leaving no lace. Would have liked a head on this one but a good looking beer none the less. The smell wasn't what I was expecting, lots of clove, with ginger, allspice and what seems like spruce or pine. It reminds me a little of a cloved up Anchor Our Special Ale. The taste was more spice. Not a lot of pumpkin. Some hints of chocolate but mostly clove and other spices. Medium body, the carbonation is low but comes through in the finish with a slight alcohol burn. Still pretty drinkable considering the 11%ABV. Overall I would say I was disappointed, I had big expectations for this beer. It didn't distinguish itself as a stout and in the end the beer was lost among an overpowering amount of clove.

Photo of moaiguy
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought two six packs of this, one to drink, one to age for a year. The aging process did wonders for this brew. One sip and I'm reminded of pumpkin muffins with the dryness of ginger snaps. The kick that was there in the first six pack is definitely much stronger after a year of aging in my closet. This is a beer to enjoy in front of a fire or with friends. One point, I can't taste the chocolate that I could detect at first. I know this beer is somewhat unconventional but I really enjoyed it. It is one of the best offerings yet from the divine reserve lineup. If you haven't had Saint Arnold yet, come down to Houston for some of Texas' finest beer.

Photo of GRG1313
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with brown edges and a thin brown head that quickly fades.

Nose is huge cinnamon spice cookies; cinnamon brown bread/cinnamon rolls with spice.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy and rich and well balanced.

Flavors are all sweet cinnamon coffee with some winter spice; black coffee mid palate with cinnamon and spices that goes to a sweet bitter espresso/soy/burnt brown sugar finish. Hints of soy sauce and molasses. Flavors are actually very bright and appealing. Sweet cinnamon is dominant here but well done, unique and flavorful.

Flavor profile would lend it to more of a sipper than one with food but high acid could prove me wrong on this one.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into dfh, extra from trodersark - thanks!

Black, thin tan head, gone quick; narrow ring of paperthin bubbles which flatten to leave a nice even lacing.

Is 'molasses stout' a category? This is swimming in spice, raisin, and molasses. There is a good bit of booze as well as malt in the nose, but you've got to get back the sweetness.

Also 'spiced' right in the front. The fruit as also there, but this is a bit more watery than it initially appears. The mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown, with the 'cakey'/'christmas' aroma I was expecting a big chewy mouth, but that isn't there. This is most evident in the watery raisin flavor that sort of washes through behind all of the other flavors.

Nicely carbed, and not a dissapointing mouthfeel as it stands alone, but with the big aroma I was expecting a similar mouthfeel and this did not deliver that - style well within the style.

Certainly fine. I drank it soon after recieving it, though I have to say I'd like to get a couple bottles and celler than because the flavor is both a bit unique and full of unexpected characteristics that I'd like to taste is with a few years on it.

Drinkability: 3.5


Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout (?) with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of cinnamon and light pumpkin with a rich malt base. Taste is quite sublime with great notes of cinnamon mix with light pumpkin pie and a rich lactose forward malt base. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed though maybe a tad too sweet. Definitely something I would like to have again.

Photo of TexIndy
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. One time release on Dec 1. It was black in color. It had an average sized tan head that dissipated into a medium collar. Slight visible carb on the surface. Quick sliding, non-sticky lace.

The aroma was a clove bomb with other traditional pumpkin spices, some chocolate and some alcohol in the back. I like clove but this is a bit much. Not a repeated sniffer for sure. The taste follows the aroma. Massive cloves with slight pumpkin taste. The alcohol shows up more here - not bad but is a presence. Just too much clove now - hope it settle down in aging. Mouthfeel is medium with good carb but a way to clove aftertaste.

Overall, this one, as-is, is a bit of a mess. The clove is way too dominant in aroma and taste. Can't really taste much else at this point. Got 2 more to cellar so hoping it calms down over time. The last 2 DR's have been a big disappointment so hoping #10 gets it back on track. At these prices and the major stress involved in finding them, the bang for the buck has dropped off considerably. Recommend if you can easily get (don't trade a bunch for this one) and/or you are trying to have all the DR's. Rotation: one time release. Got a couple in cellar so won't be seeking anymore. Bring back DR5!!!!

Photo of BeanBone
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A deep brown, nearly black at times, body accompanied by lots of chunky sediment. Two fingers of tan head form on the pour, fade slowly, and leave good lacing (considering the double-digit alcohol content).

Aroma: A rich, unmistakable layer of pumpkin and spice (mostly cinnamon and nutmeg) over a deep and chocolaty malt body. There are some whiffs of booze around the edges at first, but not many given the alcohol content. As it warms, it opens up a lot.

Flavor: Pretty much what the nose promised--a hybrid of a particularly spicy pumpkin beer and a big, mean Imperial Stout. Besides all the nutmeg and cinnamon, there's something like peppermint of licorice in the mix, giving it a unique twist. The malt backbone underneath is roasty, chocolaty, and would probably make for a great beer all by itself. There's more booze here than the aroma, but it works in concert with the other flavors. Spicy and boozy in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A silky, velvety full body with smooth carbonation. Dries nicely in the finish.

Drinkability: About average for the style, this is something that is best enjoyed over a stretch of time.

Verdict: The Divine Reserve series is really a chance to go a little nuts and do something a that's out there a bit, and that's just what Saint Arnold have done here. This is just as unique and tasty as I had hoped the day I heard the words "Imperial Pumpkin Stout," and so good it makes you wonder when Saint Arnold are going to come out with a Russian Imperial Stout that shows up more regularly. It still seems a little young at this point, but already pretty awesome--give it six months to a year and I think it will really start to shine.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Buckeyeboy provided this one over the weekend... Thanks Jeremy.

Pours black with a thick dark tan head... good retention and pretty lacing.

Nose is a blast of pumpkin pie spices... nutmeg.. cinnamon.. ginger.. cardamom maybe.. roasty elements only show with alot of warmth...

Flavor mirrors the nose and that is a detriment for me.. again, the expected stout qualities are but are an afterthought... hints of dry cocoa on the finish.

Pretty big boned on the body... lighter carbonation accentuates the mouthfeel.

Eh.... Definitely not for me though I "appreciate" it I guess. My main peeve is that I don't believe that pumpkin pie spices belong (for the most part) in pumpkin beers... or at least in the levels that most breweries do. The perceived sweetness and frequently "hot" nature of the spices distract and don't allow the base beers to show. I loved DR #5, but could not even remotely pick out that world class beer in this mess. These spices belong in pies... cakes ... soups.. and chai.... not in beer... end of rant.

Thanks again Jeremy... I know that you guys were making fun, but oh well... I just don't get it.


Photo of tattooedtolley
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Jet black, very little head and I poured vigorously. This is probably the strangest smelling impy stout I've ever had. I get cinnamon, coffee, roasted malt, maybe some potpourri, gingerbread, nutmeg, who the hell knows what. Its spice all up in the nose with roasted malt. I got to be honest, that scares me as I like 2 "spices" in my beer, malt and hops. Diving in, I get a big punch of lightly carbed impy stout roasted malt, then a light finish of these gingerbread holiday spices. As it warms, its evolving into a much better beer, I'm going to let the next one sit out a while longer.

11% abv. Not sessionable, but I'm having another, its really growing on me. Its certainly not something I want everyday but I have 3 feet of snow on the ground outside and if my xmas tree was still up this would be so welcomed. Again, I can't stand spiced beers but this one is pretty damn good. A spiced Impy Stout, I can dig it. Very warming, like a bourbon warming. Not hot on the taste but a little alcohol heat on the finish. I think thats fine for a big holiday sort of stout.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I as always love trying the new Divine Reserves when they come out and this one was no exception. I did not even bother to look up the style before trying it and it definitely took me off guard, but we will save that for later. Served in a six ounce snifter and consumed on 01/06/2010.

The pour was very nice, deep and dark as night with a towering head of tan that came creeping over the top with a thunderous roar. Only barely settling down it had the look of a classic, monster imperial stout so that was the direction I was going to lean with as it was anything like DR5, I was going to be in heaven. Then I smelled it and nearly fainted, what was it? I am confused as waves of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove overcome all else. Is this a winter warmer? Bringing it up to room temperature brings shades of cocoa out but the clove and cinnamon spices are dominant, overwhelming and drowning. Each sip brings more of this out. It just seems a big too much for me. Mellow on the ABV, as it drank solidly and really was impossible to tell how strong it was, but the thick, thick spice notes nearly too much to handle.

Overall while I would not say this was bad, it was a touch overdone to me. Needed to lay a little back on the spice notes and just let it mellow out. Still a decent offering, but not up to what I would have expected.

Photo of DrDoitchbig
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a fairly deep, dark black with some prominent brown edging. The pour was fairly aggressive, but still only yielded about one finger's worth of tan head that dissipated into a very thin collar. Not even a speck of lacing on this one.

Smell: This is certainly not your typical Imperial Stout. The nose is filled with a unique spiciness. Nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin immediately come to mind. There are also hints of gingerbread and not surprisingly some roasted malts.

Taste: All of the off the wall spice is present from the smell. It all comes together to form a flavor that is ridiculously reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Beneath that some usual stout suspects show themselves. Tinges of roasted malts and dark chocolate are present and accounted for. The alcohol is fairly well masked by all the spices floating around, but it's still here, far in the background.

Mouthfeel: The body is definitely full with carbonation levels that are higher than usual, especially with this high of an alcohol content. Fairly smooth and creamy, but it's not the pinnacle of the style.

Drinkability: With such a high alcohol content I expected this to me more of a sipper than it is. The bizarre flavor combination here is not going to be for everyone. I'm not sure I could have more than one in a session. But overall I found it to be interesting and enjoyable.

I think Saint Arnold definitely succeeded in creating a Pumpkin Imperial Stout. Sometimes these strange creations can be pretty awful, but thankfully this one was not.

Photo of spaceycasey
2.43/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served at a bottle purchased from Central Market.

A - Appearance is everything I hoped for - black deep enough to lose your sight in. Small, off-wide head that quickly fades. Unfortunately, the appearance of this beer was the best thing going for it.

S - CLOVE! TONS AND TONS AND TONS OF CLOVE. SO MUCH CLOVE I CAN BARELY BREATHE! Did I mention clove? Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Allspice - like a bunch of pumpkin pie spices were dumped into a beer without any pumpkin. Moderate alcohol aroma prsent as well, that didn't send up any red flags, but should have...

T - Much of the same from the aroma, overpowering pumpkin pie spice plus the added note of booze. Very unbalanced.

M - Creamy and rich, about what it should be.

D - had a hard time finishing this one.

Another in a long line of disappointing DR series beers. The last good one I remember was #5. At the prices St. Arnold wants to charge, they've done a good job at building hype - but I'm almost ready to give up on this series and only try on draught before dropping almost $20 for a six pack of bottles. This was a quite unplesant beer, I'm afraid.

Photo of JayDub
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - A deep ruby brown while pouring, but ends up all but black in the glass. A somewhat thin and fizzy head that dissipates quickly to a few wisps. The appearance is probably it's weakest aspect IMO.

S - Mmm, pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in the nose... in that order. Those are the basic components to pumpkin pie spice, and to tell you the truth I'm not exactly sure what pumpkin smells like, but I certainly know pumpkin pie. There's also a bit of alcohol in the nose, and maybe hints of ripe bananas. It's an outstanding holiday aroma.

T - Warm and spicy, as much from the aforementioned spices as from the alcohol. Dark malts and hints of chocolate wrap up the finish, with some very mild hop bitterness. I'm in a Christmas mood, so I'm really diggin this taste. It should be good for years to come as well.

M - A creamy, medium-thick body that goes down with ease. A fairly clean and dry finish, though quite warm from the alcohol. Average level of carbonation.

D - Surprisingly quaffable. If these were more available I'd probably make several night caps of them throughout the winter. As it stands, of the two sixers I was able to acquire, I was going to drink 3, cellar 3, and use 6 for trades. I've already had 2, so thats 2/3 of my drinking quota; so it's going to be very difficult to stick to my original plan.

Overall, this is a great stout. There's not much subtly about it; it's not an Imperial Stout with some pumpkin undertones, it's an Imperial _Pumpkin_ (Pie) Stout. I'd guess it'll be either love or hate for most folks, but for me, it's love.

Photo of dogfishlove120
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I usually rate my beers on, however I use this site to rate beers that haven't had many ratings or are very exceptional. I want to share the experience. Saint Arnold divine was simply amazing. The aroma consists highly of pumpkin pie, spices, chocolate and a little coffee. The flavor is unbelievable pumpkin, chocolate, coffee and spices along with a warming booziness that is far from over done. An amazing example of blending pumpkin and beer which often results in a travesty. Quoting the bottom the cap on this bottle "Take No Pilsner!"

Photo of Riccymon
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a thick, foreboding black with a half inch of dark brown head rising toward the end of the pour. Smell is a strong and spicy, almost Christmasy potpourri--brown sugar, ginger, and cinnamon--bringing a pumpkin pie/gingerbread hybrid to mind. A pretty good start, as the nose promises this will be a big beer.

The first sip I take is a gingerbread bomb, finishing with a boozy wash over the tongue; the ABV of ~11% is not subtle. The bready, spicy flavor of the beer is pretty powerful, and from somewhere comes a bold peanut note in the finish. A hop note also pokes in and out of all the spice, but it's hard to place. Of the spices I smelled earlier, cinnamon is most powerful. This is a very unique stout that won't get lost among the masses of Impy stouts.

Mouthfeel is silky and fairly full in body. Alcohol leaves the mouth tingling, but it's not such a bite that it's unpleasant. It does mean, however, that this ought to age wonderfully.

As full of spice and alcohol as DR 9 is, I'm having to drink slowly. I'm not getting sick of the flavor, which has happened to me with other spiced beers, so I can't knock drinkability too much.

Photo of Kromes
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with ruby accents. There was a small brown colored head after a vigorous pour, but that died down quickly.

S: There is a strong nutmeg/pumpkin pie spice smell coming off of the beer along with a strong alcohol aroma. There are some dark fruit, licorice and roasted malt aromas in the background. Very nice.

T: The initial flavor is of sweet alcohol and roasted malt and as it passes over the tongue, the spicy ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon spice comes through. The roasted malt and chocolate flavors really come out in the finish. Excellent finish to this beer! I am also getting some oak-like flavors in the finish with the big alcohol bite.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and the beer is rather spicy feeling. Pretty good.

D: It's a very good beer. Quite tasty and it does pack a huge punch. This limits the drinkability, but one is enough. A great sipping beer.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #9 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.