Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 14
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: champ103 on 11-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by BigMcLargeHuge:
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the big "SeaBass has got to go" tasting, not sure who is responsible for bringing this one. Pours dark copper with tan head. The aroma offers up prunes, cherries and sugar coated peaches and smells of yummy English style Barleywine. Taste is prunes, cherries, apples and sweet malts that seem to run into a mild and pleasing level of caramel candy. Pretty nice brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of withliterature
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at The Draughthouse in Austin, TX, my pub of choice. It was getting a lot of buzz because it's limited edition, but I hadn't heard anything about the taste.

Poured a dark copper with little to no head. I could tell right away that this was "thick" in that syrupy sweet way, not "thick" in that stout beer way. Low carbonation for sure.

The flavour was decent. Definitely wintery, pine-y, and quite sweet. I found the mouthfeel an immediate turn-off: too sticky and cloying. Something about the flavor made me think of wine; strong-tasting in a way that I associate with red wines.

Glad I tried this because it was very interesting, but I would not pay for it a second time. I was glad it was served in a small glass and not a pint, because the flavour gets too cloying after a while.

No one told me this was a barley-wine when I ordered it! It wasn't even labeled that way on the pub's chalkboard. I thought it was a winter ale. I guess that explains my review. Derp.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice red-amber color with a tan head. The beer is very clear. The aroma is dark fruit, apples, caramel malt and alcohol. The beer smells fairly alcoholic.

The flavor is caramel and toffee malt with some grapes, raisins, cherries and a little bit of citrus - which I guess is from the hops. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable in the taste and it warms the body after the beer is swallowed. I also get a little bit of cinnamon and other spices in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

The beer should improve with age as the alcohol mellows out a bit and I look forward to drinking it at six months, one year, two years, etc... Hopefully the complexity of the beer doesn't fade as it ages.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this aging and realized I never did originally review #10 when it came out.

Poured into a tulip glass opaque light brown, very little head with good lacing. The scent comes off as carmel and plums. The taste repeats the scent along with some nutty darkness. This beer has aged well, carbonation is good and the body is a little bigger than medium. This one still has something.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep cherry colored brew with soft fluffy cap. The head is colored like over milked coffee but sticky, lacing everything it touches. It eventually calms to a thin layer of bubbles over the clear liquid.

Nose is grainy but has a faint drop of blood copperness to it. The metallic twinge isn't enough to deter you but it does hold me up a bit. Its not a very hop aromatic beer but you can make out some bitterness over some sour fruit.

The taste is sweet and malty right up front. The beer then transforms into a baked rum soaked apple crispness that is just present enough to tame the bold grain bill. Sharp bitterness pinches the tongue but doesn't reveal the previous hints of metallic badness.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth but falters toward a boozy, dry finish. This is malt bomb is a winner but will be even better after some age. St. Arnold even acknowledges it and recommends it on their website. Good thing I snagged a sixer. Can't wait to try it again in a few months.

Photo of lnashsig
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I hope that you all forgive me for bashing my local brewery. I'm all for supporting your local brewery, but in this case I'm pretty disappointed in mine. Saint Arnold's fatal flaw is its lack of creativity, and DR 10 is no exception. To me, this is a basic, non exciting English Barleywine. No complexity, no hop profile, malt bomb. Not worth the hype, not worth the effort to seek it out. As with all previous DR releases, you can easily go to Specs and buy a better version of the beer they made.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear dark red, almost brown color with a small tan head on top. It settles rather quickly to a thin layer of foam on top, spotty lacing.

S: Lots of caramel, candied dark fruit, and some toffee. There is still a little bit of alcohol in the nose.

T: Much fruitier than the aroma, sugary raisins, plum, and some cherry. A little bit of caramel and chocolate mixed together as well.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation, alcohol still rather present.

O: Am average barleywine that I would pass on for something else next time.

Photo of augustgarage
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained from a generous trader (thanks!) - poured from a 12oz bottle into my Spirit Sippers snifter.

Sienna body, hazy, with copper highlights and a dark beige collar. Viscous legs support a fine dusting of lace.

Caramel, toffee, nectarine, and more fruit in the nose along with a touch of (welcome) oxidation. Faint grapefruit and evergreen as well, though the hops are dwarfed by the malts and esters.

Brown sugar, jam, and fig preserves on toast on the palate, giving way to alcohol suggesting a unique licquer of some sort. Mild bitterness for balance and a slow evolving deeply malty finish with varying levels of sweetness and toastiness. Quite some time later there is an odd hint of dulse (red algae) and cardboard in the aftertaste (the only hint of oxidation in the flavor profile).

Oily, full-bodied, and creamy mouthfeel with sufficient carbonation.

Lacks the depth of the best examples of the style, but this is still a very enjoyable barleywine that is drinking well right now.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Joshua (HopsSchnapps) for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger fine, off-white head with minimal retention that dissipates quickly into a thin white film. Beer is a clear mahogany. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Nose is aromatic and slightly peculiar. Notes of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Speckles of purple grapes and prune juice. No alcohol or booziness is detectable. Smooth overall.

T: Opens sweet brown sugar and caramel. Some nuttiness towards the middle along with burnt raisin and a touch of smokiness. Resiny hop bite. Ethanol presence creeps up at the end and hits hard right before the finish. End is more brown sugar and caramel with a resin, barky, bittersweet finish.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Slightly grainy and bubbly in the mouth with an aggressive abrasiveness at the side. Ethanol is hugely detectable and comes out through the nose. Goes down lively and hot. Finish is messy and aftertaste lingers.

D: This one still needs a bit of time. Not hot in the traditional sense but ethanol presence is very detectable. Flavor is appropriate and enjoyable but feel leaves me wanting more. Hope this one smooths out a bit with age.

Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dcloeren for the bottle

Divine Reserve #10 is a really attractive crimson color. It’s mostly clear, and backlighting gives it a really strong red tint. A soft tan head covers the top. It only stands about half a finger tall. Retention was definitely on the short side. Lacing was sticky, but light.

The nose is a little weak and needs more strength. Still smells pretty good though. Sweet caramel and toffee notes kick it off. Some golden fruit notes of apple and pear are noted. Light dark fruit scents of raisin and fig mix well. Alcohol is definitely there, but doesn’t seem too strong. It’s not bad. A little more strength would help.

The flavor is likewise pretty good. The malt base is very sturdy and sweet. It’s a mix of caramel, toffee, and cocoa flavors. Golden and dark fruit are both present. Apple, pear, raisin, and fig all blend pretty well together. There’s an herbal or spicy flavor that emerges at the secondary level. Can’t quite put my finger on it. Tastes a little like tobacco. Alcohol is quite prominent and runs a little warm. Maybe that will tone down a little over time. Finishes sweet, malty, and a little boozy.

The body is medium, leaning full. Carbonation seems a tad buzzy. It’s not quite smooth, but it’s not bad. It feels big and boozy. Definitely a sipping beer. A 12 ounce bottle is just enough.

Divine Reserve #10 is pretty good. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. Its biggest problem is that it’s too boozy and warm. I thought it would’ve had enough time to integrate and mature, but perhaps not. Maybe another year or two? Who knows? It’s alright today. Not bad. If you’ve got a bottle, I’d probably sit on it a little while longer. It really might improve a bit.

Photo of kyleelton
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle I bought a year ago when the DR 10 was released into a snifter. About to see how this thing aged.

This is a very cloudy beer. Dark orange in color with light barely peeking through the sides of the glass. It poured with virtually no bubbles, then fizzed up into about half a finger in head that quickly dissolved into a thin layer of fizz.

The smell is my favorite part. Very sweet and malty, but it's certainly mellowed out since last year. I think I even get some hops.

My first reaction to the taste is that it's still a little hot, but the flavors are blended a lot better than they were last year.

Overall, the flavors have intensified a lot over the year and have blended well. Still, this is a very alcoholic beer, but I'd have to say that they were right. Aging has been good to the DR 10.

Photo of trappistlover
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle courtesy of Fata2683!). Pours copper color with off-white head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol soaked dried fruit. Taste is sweet with some bittering hops. Alcohol is noticeable. Medium bodied with oilt/slick texture. Slightly bitter finish, but smooth. Pretty nice beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep lightly hazy amber color ale with nice big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of well balanced sweet malt base with nice caramel notes and light dry fruits. Taste is also a nice enough mix of caramelized malt with nice little notes of toffee and light dry fruits. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice version of an English style barleywine.

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle on 11/18/10 from a six pack that I picked up on the release day of 11/2/10. Good ol' one offs. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer poured a rich and clear ruby. There was little to no head, even with a vigorous pour. Whatever there was quickly dissipated to leave a clean surface. Guess that's to be expected with this kind of ABV.

The nose is... just sweet. Some booze, too. Not overly enticing.

The taste leaves something to be desired. The sweetness and booze dominate and I'm having a tough time picking up any extra complexity. I've had a few of these beers and the quality has widely varied. Some were great, but many were mediocre.

Despite these flaws, the weight of the beer in my mouth is pretty darned good. Might help if it wasn't so hot... but still enjoyable.

This beer is hot and the quality is variable, but I've still had more than a few this month. Hopefully it mellows with some age. Not the best, but I guess these DRs aren't known for much more than their adventurousness.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to philhyde for this one.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Very dark amber colour with a small amount of cream coloured head.

S - Sweet caramel, toffee, molasses, candy. Some bitterness and light floral notes.

T - Sweet dark caramel, molasses, brown sugar, sticky candy. A good balance of hop bitterness is present throughout and lingers in the finish.

M - Medium to full body; lightly carbonated.

D - An enjoyable barleywine, which is a style that I generally struggle with.

Photo of BeanBone
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Just a faint hiss as the cap is pried loose. It pours a clear mahogany body capped by half a finger of cream-colored head that burns off pretty quickly and leaves very patchy lacing.

Aroma: Syrupy sweet dark fruit, earthy malt, a hint of smoke, and a truckload of booze. As it warms, the alcohol dominates the profile more and more.

Flavor: Nuttiness, brassy hops, a pinch of smoke, and dark fruit (mostly raisins) over a rich and sweet toffee-like malt backbone. There's tons of alcohol here, and while it could do with some mellowing, it's not too unbalancing. Sweet malt, dark fruit, and another splash of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and a little sticky with medium carbonation and a drying finish. Lots of warmth from the alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: Drinks just a little faster than you'd expect a Barleywine with a double-digit alcohol content to drink.

Verdict: In it's fresh form, the 10th Divine is not exactly the most exiting beer on the planet, though it is a decently solid English Barleywine. While still very young and hot at the moment, I see good things in DR10's future as it mellows over the years.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a very nice, and very dark brown. Very thick looking on the pour with a minimum amount of head coming up through it. A bout a half inch of off white foam rose up through it.

Lots of spices in the nose here as well. Hints of raisins and figs, light earthy, roasted malts and a good touch of alcohol.. Rich tastes of oak and vanilla, hints of roasted malts and caramel. Lots of bourbon like flavors swirling around. Very tight and nicely done. A bit of alcohol, just enough to thicken it up a bit. A really nice and very full barley wine. Finish was strong, with a healthy dose of bourbon and spice lingering in the mouth for what seemed like forever. Creamy with ample carbonation, this was just absolutely wonderful. A really fantastically put together beer.

Photo of WickedSluggy
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Early Review:

A - Medium amber color with a little haze and plenty of bubbles rising to create off-white head without substantial accumulation.

S - Smells of sweet malt, fruity esthers and strong alcohol.

T - Toasty malt flavor with lemony tartness. It has qualities of very nice English style strong ale (with no diacetyl), but with age, it hopefully will develop its character and complexity.

M - Thin and tingling. Noticeable alcohol warming.

D - At this early stage the beer is cetainly drinkable, but it obviously needs to age so some grades are on potential.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle right at about 6 months old. Pours a bright crimson color with a modest tan head. Retention just ok and only leaves a few strands of lace.

Nose is alot of caramel and toffee malts, even for an English Barleywine. Deep fruits are there aplenty along with a nice sugar cookie dough aroma.

This is starting to round out quite nicely, was way too over the top at release. The alcohol is still really big and some more oxidation would be a nice little addition to the party, I am thinking another 6 months in the cellar would be a good thing. Toffee lovers beware, you could become addicted to this beer. It is sweet for sure, but somehow does not really even approach cloying. I think the alcohol and a little bit of hop bittering keep it in check. I like this better than the last DR barleywine, #6. This DR 10 is drinking very nicely right now, yummy is a good descriptor.

Photo of claspada
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shout out to G311 for this extra in our recent in person trade in Downingtown, PA Can't wait to sample those Odell Woodcuts in the near future.

Aromas begin with some sharp citrus hops, particularly grapefruit. A little bit of dark fruit along with brown sugar giving sweetness. Some dark caramel and toffee with an alcohol presence that is not desired. As it warms you get some more floral hops which add a slight complexity.

The tastes begin with some nice flavors of toffee and brown sugar with a hint of toasted malt. Alcohol creeps in as well unfortunately which adds a cautioning bite to the overall flavor profile. As it warms you get a little more of the dark fruits, mostly raisin and black cherry, but really not a strong contributor here.

The mouthfeel is medium in body with a smooth, medium carbonation. A little light for my liking but I have to say for an 11%ABV offering the alcohol bite is there but not a detractor. It could still use another year if you ask me but too late at this point.

Overall this is a good but not epic beer. Highly recommended but hard to acquire because of the small distribution area of St. Arnold. Glad it was provided to sample as an extra and would gladly consume if readily available, but for me it is not, so this will probably be a one and done. Thanks for the memories...

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Opaque deep amber brown color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is good given the ABV and a tall ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Caramel and toffee, the B-wine basics. Then there is a bacony smokiness along with plum, pear, raisin, and tobacco fruitiness. Definitely some dates in there as well. Pleasant and complex, but could use some more power.

4.0 T: Caramel, toffee, raisin, and plum are the strongest flavors. Smoky bacon just behind. Pear, tobacco, date, prune, and currants underneath. Tasty with the alcohol hidden very well.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and super smooth with the slightest warming on finish.

4.0 D: Really tasty beer. I wish I had more so I could drink one every year. I think this has the potential to age extremely well.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received this as a generous extra in a trade with the Epeeist awhile back and seems like a good choice to kill off the last of this year's winter.

A: Dark orange/brown, cloudy with some clumps of yeast and a short whispy white head.
S: Dense caramel malt, orange and pine needles. Also somewhat suggestive of graham crackers. Smells like a bigger barleywine that has had a few years for the alcohol to mellow.
T: Likewise, flavor is pretty heavy on the sweet caramel, with plenty of citrusy hop resins still present. I get lots of orange out of this for whatever reason. Ethanol shows up on the finish, but heat is pretty tame and compliments the flavor.
M: Medium-body with plenty of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Not sure this would have been my favorite barleywine to start with, but this bottle has aged well and was enjoyed.

Photo of thirtyseven
1.68/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

First review (I usually don't bother because I agree with the majority of you. Not this time.)

12oz stubby from WhipIn into a tulip. 60ish F.

Appearance - Nice and cloudy, dark red. Half a finger of head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma - Creamed corn and alcohol were immediately prominent, but these faded slowly and a hint of floral hop and a tiny bit of caramel came out in the end.

Flavor - Frosted Flakes and Robitussin. This thing is extremely hot. I love high abv brews, but there is no balance here. The bitterness is medicinal, not the hoppiness I was hoping for. Where is the barley? Not sweet at all.

Mouth - Thin. Gravity on this bottle was 1.018, which fits to style at the very low end, but countered with the fusel bite and bitterness, I wanted it to be chewier.

Drinkability - Let's just say I'm going to mouthwash after this one. Barleywines aren't for chuggin, but this isn't a sipper either. Grin and bear it for the buzz, or pour it out. Might be ok to cook with.

I love barleywines (who doesn't?) and it's one of my most common styles to drink and brew. But this one missed the mark. I dig most St Arnold brews but I will not buy Divine 10 again. It's definitely not the collector all the local hype builds it up to be. I will age the rest though and revisit in a year.

Photo of zdk9
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As the temperature sits at 28, a rare below freezing night in Texas, I thought it was appropriate to savor a traditional winter beer. Even more appropriately, one from Texas

A- Pours a super hazy orangish ruby color. Maybe half a finger of head initially, but this dies pretty quickly.

S- The aroma doesn't scream English barleywine to me, but more American. There's quite a bit of sweet fruity hops, ranging from tangerine to pineapple. Not bad just, not to the style listed (I shouldn't really care about English vs. American). I also note some dark bread and fruit, dates and leathery prunes.

T- The taste is more malt heavy, but those tropical sweet hops are still present. And a lot of intense flavors to boot- mango, caramel, roast, pine branches.

M- This one is hot. Not a beer that hides it's alcohol. It's not overpowering, but I do notice hints of fusels in there which don't flatter the beer.

O- Powerful beer, but it needs some time to meld and mellow. In a couple months (or years) this will be even more delicious.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra several years ago. Can't recall the source, sorry.

Cloudy reddish-brown body. Thinnish tan head.

Nose is sweet and syrupy. Brown sugar or dark Belgian candi sugar going on here.

Flavor is deeply sweet. Again, the brown sugar comparison springs to mind. Not a lot of hops, even the malt body takes a second chair to the sugaryness of it. A tasty brew, but a bit one dimensional.

Smooth, slick and mildly stripping.

Drinkability is pretty high. It's sweet, but very smooth. Dances on my palate without being too heavy.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.