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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 31
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
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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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by someone at the Splinter Black release. Poured into my Savor snifter.

Pours near black with a thin tan head and not too much of any lacing. The nose is pretty heavy on the spicing with a good amount of cinnamon and allspice coming through as well as some star abuse. Light chocolate and roast are there as well.

The flavor is quite heavy on the spicing and a bit overpowering in that manner. Pinch of licorice along with roast and mild chocolate coming through. Mouthfeel is a bit zippy with extra carbonation, perhaps just enhanced via the spices. Drinks decent enough. I like the concept but the spices were overdone and not balanced with one another.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with ruby highlights and a rocky tan head that fritters away to a ringlet; fairly good lacing, however

Smell: The booziness of the aroma burns my nostrils if I sniff too deeply, but the pumpkin pie spice is clearly discernable, along with molasses, chocolate and grape soda

Taste: Chocolate, molasses and pumpkin pie, up front, with the high abv adding fusel alcohol by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors add a phenolic fruity dimension which tastes a bit like grape soda; plenty of char in the aftertaste, as well

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous, with relatively low carbonation; plenty of heat and warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: The imperial pumpkin stout concept sounds fascinating, but I am not sure that this one pulls it off very well as the flavors really clash

Thanks, ericandersnavy, for the opportunity

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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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 womencantsail
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one yesterday.

A: A very nice looking beer. The pour is dark, dark brown (nearing black) with a large tan head.

S: The aroma has a lot of traditional pumpkin beer qualities to it. The pumpkin lends a nice aroma, however, the nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, etc. are perhaps over done. There is also a quite strong alcohol presence.

T: There was simply too heavy of a hand in terms of the spices. They overwhelm the beer and take away from usually powerful flavors such as the roasted malt and chocolate. Again, the alcohol is just too strong.

M: As you would expect for such a big beer, the body is quite full. The carbonation is also fairly low, providing a smooth mouthfeel.

D: The beer is just way over spiced and too hot. I would like to see how this might age, as the spices and alcohol might die down, but as of now, it's not a beer I'd seek out again.

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -24.6%

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.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MasterSki
2.55/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

A - Quick-dissolving half-finger of tan foam that settles to a thin ring and some wispy haze. Black body that is brown at the fringes.

S - Pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, pie crust, and some peripheral pumpkin flavor. Not much obvious stout underneath all those adjuncts. Still, as a pumpkin beer it's solid.

T - Taste is not as good, and the finish is amongst the worst I've ever encountered. There's a strange vanilla extra note that mingles with starchy squash.

M - Fizzy carbonation, medium-full body. The 11% is shockingly well hidden - I would have guessed 8%. I'll split the difference between the bad texture and amazingly disguised alcohol.

D - I suppose this is a step up from most malt liquors. You could get really drunk on this, if you can get past the awful aftertaste. I'd rather have a Pumking though.

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

St. Arnold Divine Reserve #9

Dark brown appearance, rich, roasty tan head atop, lasting, staying.

Aroma: what a trip! candied apples, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, gingerbread, spiced apples is the main thing. Pumpkin pie spices. Wonderful. Is this a pumpkin ale. (I have no idea what bottle I opened, apparently.)

Taste: boom! More spices, this time darker, richer, warm and fuzzy. Licorice, brown sugar, some whiskey, as well.
No more pumpkin flavor, so it's not that, but is it bourbon barrel-aged? I'll look it up later, but for now I just enjoy.
Heck of a winter warmer, this one. Sweet and tasty spice, holding court over a dark, delicious ale.
Mmm, christmas cookie.
Ever so nice.
Drenched in dark rum, and set on fire.
Yum.

(11%? I had no idea!)

Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

a - A dark brown, letting no light in. It poured about an inch of a lighter brown head with little retention and carbonation.

s - Smells strongly of spices, the major ones that stick out being cinnamon and pumpkin. Also smells of gingerbread, and maybe some mint/pine?

t - Taste is similiar to smell; lots of spices. Lots of pumpkin, gingerbread, and cinnamon. Also get tastes of alcohol.

m - Full bodied, little carbonation, a little bitterness due to the heavy spice.

d - I thought this was an ok stout, but nothing amazing. Personally I felt that you could tell it was 11% ABV, and I did not care for the spices taste as much as I have in other beers. A largely pumpking taste, yet I would rather have something like ST's Pumking or DFH's pumpkin. Not bad, but not something I would seek out again. Since I have one 12 oz. bottle left, I think I may sit on it for a year and see if the spices mellow out.

Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mora2000!

Pours black with the smallest amount of light penetrating through the edges when held up. A thin tan head becomes a wisp.

The smell is of heavy spicing - pumpkin spicing with gingerbread. Licoric, molasses and something akin to grape soda mix in. Pretty robust - interesting.

The taste is of heavy spicing - too heavy, really. It does have a licorice and molasses dark malt character that does not clash with pumpkin spicing and gingerbread. There is something in the back, that was noticeable in the nose, that reminds me of something close to a thick grape soda - that's not quite it, but as close as I can think of. Sweet, balanced by spicing.

The alcohol does show strength, though not too "boozy" for the high abv. There is a spritz to it. It does hit "full-bodied", though.

More "interesting" than enjoyable, to me. A dark pumpkin pie with an alcohol punch. Something like that grape-soda-ish character in the back, the heavy spicing that doesn't clash with dark malt, but seems to turn it licorice-ish-like... something a bit odd. Something "rough" about it -other than high abv that I've noticed in at least some of the other beers from this brewery -(though, admittedly, I haven't had too many - I believe this is my third of this series, and have had a few out of this series). Still-in-all it is unique. Imperial Stout pumpkin pie - booze and all... Interesting.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +25.6%

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 orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of mothman
2.22/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into duck rabbit snifter

Pours a vibrant copper color. Small layer of fizzy tan head. Beer settles near black.

Aroma: Bright pumpkin flavor. Cinnamon and other spices. Nutmeg. Some chocolate and roasted malts. Not very stout like.

Taste: Well, it is pretty big. Lots of pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon spices. Much more roasted here with chocolate and caramel malts. Alcohol shows as well.

Mouthfeel: Spiced, dry, and hot. Full bodied with a lot of carbonation. Fizzy. Ends with booze showing and roasted malts.

Overall, this is crazy hard to drink. I dread taking sips of it. Why would anybody want to make a beer like this? Way to much pumpkin and spice. It is one of the hardest beers to drink that I have encountered.

Photo of billab914
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Pumking chalice. It poured black with a fizzy tan head covering the top of the beer. The head retreated fairly quickly to the edges of the glass where it remained.

The aroma shows a lot of pumpkin spice to it. Some nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon all come through. I get a little bit of a canned pumpkin like flavor to it as well.

The taste shows a lot of the same pumpkin pie spices that were present in the aroma. The cinnamon is a bit stronger in the taste though. Some chocolate and roasted malts start to come through towards the finish, and the chocolate lingers for a bit with the spices. Some alcohol warmth comes through in the finish too.

The mouthfeel is about average for the style and carbonation feels pretty high. Drinkability is pretty decent, it had some nice pumpkin pie spice mixed with some stout flavors. Overall I found it just a bit too spiced. Would have really liked a bit less spice and a bit more of a real pumpkin flavors in it. Overall a pretty good pumpkin beer though.

Photo of John_M
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why this is listed as an imperial stout. It neither looks, smells or tastes like any RIS I've ever tried. The website describes it as an imperial pumpkin stout, which seems a bit more like it. No matter.

Sampled a bottle a couple weeks back during the epic snow we were having here on the East Coast. Many thanks to the JosephLondon for the opportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a dark as molasses brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is hugely spice laden, with a boatload of brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, cherry and baked apple. The flavor profile is every bit as intense and in your face, and replicates the nose pretty closely. The beer is fairly sweet, but the boatload of spice keeps it from coming across as overly so. The amount of spice in this beer is almost over the top, but it also tends to give the beer almost a dry finish, which I liked. Mouthfeel is very full and rich, and the spicey flavors go on nearly forever. Drinkability is OK, though the noticeable alcohol, coupled with the sweet, spice filled flavor profile, make drinking this impressive beer very slow going. Regardless, I thought this a very interesting and impressive effort from Saint Arnold Brewing. This well made, full flavored beer reminds me very much of what I might expect of a mythical imperial Anchor X-mas ale. It's got that kind of richness, intensity, alcohol and spice. Very nicely done. Will wait till next winter I think to drink my last bottle to see what a year's aging does.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JJFoodie for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nutmeg/cinnamon notes, chocolate/toffee. The taste is sweet, malty, a good dose of nutmeg/cinnamon, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee. Medium body, the ABV is hidden pretty well. Very drinkable, a cool touch to a Impy, with the spice notes.

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