Divine Reserve #16
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Divine Reserve #16Divine Reserve #16
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English Old Ale
4.08 | pDev: 10.78%
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Divine Reserve #16Divine Reserve #16
Notes: The Adambier style was popular in Dortmund, Germany until the mid-19th century, when Pilsners and Munich-style lagers began to take over. Eventually, the style became largely extinct until recently, as more and more breweries look to their brewing roots.
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Reviews by thatche2:
Photo of thatche2
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is dark brown with some maroon colors around the edges (little transparency). Head is a good three fingers thick with good retention.

Smell is fairly subdued with smoky flavors predominant. There is also a hint of red fruit and molasses.

Taste is stronger than the aroma with lightly smoked/roasted malt flavors leading the way with notes of plum fruit, molasses and dark chocolate. The flavors work very well together and linger for a good 10 sec. There is moderate sweetness with a slightly dry finish (minor alcohol coming through). There is very little bitterness throughout and no sour notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with minor heat (low-moderate carbonation).

Overall this Adambier is smooth and well balanced with an interesting array of flavors. I appreciate the subtlety of the smoke that works quite well with the plum fruit and chocolate/molasses flavors. The 10% ABV is barely noticeable, and I keep wanting more. Awesome beer ... maybe a barrel aged version?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an "Adambier" which, as the notes say is a nearly extinct style. The only other commercial example I have had in the States is Hair of the Dog Adam. Which is listed as an Old Ale here, so I thought should be the same for this release. Even though this is a strong German "Ale" there was really no other style this fit into.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque with a bit of ruby around the edges. From the bottle, a dense two finger khaki head forms and sticks throughout as a small cap. Tons of lace is left behind.
S: Sweet caramel and smoked malts up front. Almost, but not quite meaty. A bit of esters, and a touch of fruits. Very nice.
T: The malt character is great. Toasted and sweet caramel, plenty of smoke, that is not quite of a Rauchbier intensity. A bit of nutty malts as well, even a light fruitiness that persist throughout in the background. Cherry comes out more as the warms. This is great.
M/O: A full body that is not overly viscous or overbearing. The perfect amount of carbonation that makes this crisp, but also ultra smooth at the same time. The lively and perfectly smooth carbonation makes this incredibly easy to drink. The 10% ABV is not noticeable at all, and something I can come back to again and again. With a prominent smoke character and high ABV that is saying something.

This is really well done. The smoke is prominent, but not over done at all. The great malt character and all around smoothness makes this something special. This is a home run.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a viscous dark ruby color with a moderate tan head. Retention is ok and not much lace.

Nose is smoked plums with a sweet molasses sauce. Big and bold, rich and dense, you can tell you are getting into a big beer.

Taste is a great mix of Old Ale, Rauchbier and Scotch Ale. The dark fruit, smoke and sweet malts all seem to play out equally without any of the three asserting dominance. As others have mentioned, the ABV is well hidden and is oh so smooth. Its got some complexity that some of sweeter strong ales seem to lack. One of the best in the DR series and one of the best beers I have had this year.

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Photo of maximum12
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to nolahophead for this bottle. 12 oz. stubby with a classic label that hasn’t changed in years.

The pour is liquid cabin paneling that quiets quickly in the glass. Smells like motorcycle leathers, a working berry farm, & molasses. Interesting combo.

Divine Reserve #16 tastes older than Clint Eastwood looks. Dry, brittle leather, currants, & RC Cola form a bizarre mosh pit on the front side of this beer. Mid-palate is booze, smoke from a distant fire, raisins, & some nut brown ale. Finish is chaos. Heavy; wish I’d split this one.

This tastes like a classic “too clever for their own good” beer. Certainly complex, but the varied & numerous components are slashing at one another like Greeks & Immortals. Decent enough.

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Photo of Icedog
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This ale will reach the height of more than the 90 given it; there hasn't been enough tasters... The acute darkness reveals an almost charcoal aroma that makes me
think, is the neighbor grilling. Going down with the ease of kool-aid makes it divine to swallow. If it was meant to be; yes, it reminds me of a great Scotch Ale brewed in wooden casks that once held whisky, and left in the hay barn during the aging process. A lot of dirt in it too. Now this stuff is definitely an ancient ale brew. Way to go my dear saint...

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Photo of BKotch
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HardTarget
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark glass shows some brown edges with light. Holds a thin white halo but doesn't lace.

Aroma: Jolly rancher grape candy, some pepper, a little smoke.

Taste: Smoke comes through firmly but doesn't overwhelm the very German tasting lager base. A dopplebock sweetness comes through the smoke to give a rewarding mellow finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body has a little chew, low carbonation, somewhat numbing alcohol.

Overall: Great beer. Love the series but hate the rarity that makes it a random find. If you are lucky enough to see one, grab it.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The beer pours mahogany colored, capped by an impressive head; decent stickage but only leaves a shard of two of lacing

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit and a hint of smoke

Taste: Caramel and dark fruit forward with subtle smoke tones building through the middle; through the finish, both the sweet and smoke flavors intermingle in a complex fashion

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: It has been a while since I have had Hair of the Dog Adam so I really cannot compare this but I will say that this is a very interesting, complex and enjoyable beer; the smoke is restrained and the ABV is well hidden

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Photo of Vipsanius
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beeragent
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vande
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle in trade from blutt59, thanks again!
Pours a slightly hazy deep brown color with a small off white head that slowly recedes. Rich caramel and toffee with hints of smoke and licorice. The flavor is more of the smoke than the caramel with a bit of dark fruitiness in there as well. Initially I thought the smoke was a bit to pronounced, but it kind of grew on me. Pretty nice sipper.

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Photo of pkalix
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thick, viscous, dark fruit, malty, caramel, smokey. campfire smokiness! easy to sip at 10%. not into smokey brews but after a few sips and re-evaluating the transition away from all the IPAs, i really like this. it's good to go back and re-visit what was good...

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an amber brown with reddish highlights. 1 finger tan colored head isn't very long lasting. Minimal lacing left behind.

Smoky, fruity, sweet aroma. Caramel and molasses. Figs, plum, and raisin. A bit earthy. Smoke throughout but not overpowering and mixes well.

Smoky, earthy taste. Caramel. Plum, grape, and candied sugar. Mild vanilla and molasses.

Rich, sweet mouth feel. Mild carbonation. Smokey and smooth on the tongue. Lingering fruit to complement the smoke.

Really well done beer. Smoke is very present but doesn't distract. Sweet but not syrupy. Very drinkable for the style and abv.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 16 has a thinnish, cream-colored head, a dark, orange-brown appearance, and sheet lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of rich, malt, brown bread, brown bread crust, and even brown bread dough. There is an acidic plum note, as well. Taste is of peat smoke, but not to the rauchbier level, with nougat, brown bread crust, plum skin, acidity, caramel, toffee, and relatively low hop bitterness, although it is detected. Mouthfeel is high-medium/low-heavy and slick, and Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 16 finishes on the dry side.


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Photo of DucksFan16
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


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Photo of MichialTanner1
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of holmesmi
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells like teriyaki beef jerky and pulled pork. Tastes like smoky cherry with a hint of lime.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown color.
Nose is a little smoke and some hops. Pleasant.
Such a terrific smokey malt blend, with caramel/ a hint of nuttiness, and well-placed subtle hop notes and an even more subdued hint of dark fruit.
Mild burn, very mild.
Feels thick and hearty. The malts tame the bitterness so well.l with this beer.
A pleasant surprise. I spotted this as a bomber at a small liquor shop, yet recall passing it up when it was sold as a single 12-oz. bottle with a 1-per customer limit at a different shop months earlier.
Figuring to grab this was a good move. If you like big beers with smoke and/ or rich tasty malt notes, this is a picker-upper.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of turfy
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeschaefer
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Divine Reserve #16 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 139 ratings