Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #9 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tasting glass.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a slightly transparent edge and a moderate creamy cap.
Divine Reserve #9 has a bit of molasses, dark chocolate, lots of pumpkin, some nice spices, and some vanilla.
The flavor follows the nose up nicely. A nice pumpkin presence comes through right away, with molasses and a bit of dark chocolate providing a nice sweetness. There is a nutmeg and cinnamon spiciness and then a light bitterness toward the end.
It starts with a nice sweetness and a moderately full body. With the spiciness, a light oily residue comes through toward the end of the sip. The carbonation is light but is on the creamy side.
This is a nice pumpkin beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2013 01:30:26 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.21/5 rDev +6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2013 03:24:25 | More by jlindros
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
1575th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
Thanks to Lowgear for the IP trade to finally review this one.
App- A nice looking stout. Was more of a brown color with speckles of black. A good rich and deep center. A small 1/2 finger of off tan bubbles that faded quickly and left a little bit of a pond layer. A couple bubbles on edges with a couple dots of cling.
Smell- Really after 3 years this still smells like a fall day of baking in the kitchen. Has a rich pumpkin and spice note on the nose. Bakers chocolate with a little bit of a earthy bitter note to it as well.
Taste- The taste is just a bit flat due to age I think. Its still a very flavorful stout with a good bit of layers behind it but turning a bit grainular vs. silky smooth. The malts in this create the smoothness but the spice and pumpkin are a little off. Still balanced and doesnt overpower but nutmeg does come into play heavily.
Mouth- A fairly silky and smooth stout like I mentioned in the taste. A lighter medium and a fairly medium carbonation. The residual nutmeg is a bit heavy but the pumpkin and chocolate flavors balance nicely. A bit grainy but still good.
Drink- It was hard to track one of these down, but glad I did. Its october now, so drinking pumpkin beers is fine by me. This was good and flavorful. A very good night cap.
Serving type: bottle
10-19-2012 15:58:24 | More by FosterJM
4.75/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2012 00:10:00 | More by whoneeds8
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #9 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.