Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #16 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #16Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #16
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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #16Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #16

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by champ103 on 02-29-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by turfy:
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +11.1%
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 -23.3%
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 +23.8%
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 Tiernan
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The alcohol is definitely present along with smokey malts. I'm pretty sure this is my first adambier and it certainly hit the mark. I enjoyed this beer and will certainly pick up more. Is you like a good rauchbier, you will enjoy this.

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Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeschaefer
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of En29356
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwolf23
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brians52
2/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of JamesStreet
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trying the Saint Arnolds Reserve 16 off the tap at Mojos Sports Bar and Grill in Hobble, TX. It poured a rich clear amber with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is smokey. The taste is also smokey with slight menthol kick. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of jheezee
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tuckerster
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of erushing
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with reddish tint. Aroma is light smoke with a bit of malt. At this point I'm pretty excited. Unfortunately the taste is just all smoke. It's not a bad smoke per se, but it finishes long and fairly bitter. There may be the faintest hint of sweetness with the smoke up front, but the smoke just bludgeons it. I can't fully tell if the lingering bitterness is the alcohol or too much smoke. I imagine it's some of both. I have loved a lot of smoked beers, but this is not one of them. There is nothing subtle about the smoke to me. If your palate is more forgiving of bitterness, then maybe this will be more complex for you, but I'm not seeing it myself. To me, it tastes very much like a much thicker version of Live Oak's Grodziskie. Bitter, smoke, nothing much else.
L: 4.25, S: 3.5, T: 2, F: 4, O: 2

EDIT: Drink this beer cold!!!
Setting aside bottle variation, the above reviewed beer was tasted at 50+ degrees as I would typically try a 10%ABV beer. Reviewed again at fridge temp. The fruitiness is much more prevalent up front and through the middle and the smoke is subdued when cold. I still think the finish could be better, but this is an interesting beer. The mouthfeel is incredible. Very thick and chewy, which suits the beer. That was the only characteristic I liked when warm, but I get an even better impression now. The nose is still pretty flat, but you can't have everything.

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

Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 2/9/16

A- pours a deep amber brown color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- smoky malt on the nose up front, almost peat like, along with aromas of caramel, brownie batter, brown bread, dates & plumbs, hint of green apple

T- smoked malt up front gives some smoky wood notes, followed by sweet malty notes of caramel, molasses, brown bread, dates & raisins. The finish gives sweet molasses and more subtle smoked malt that that continues in the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, slightly warming

O- just enough smoky notes that work well with the malty sweetness, very little oxidation even after two years

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Photo of shareallthebeer
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a a Speiglau stout glass.

Look is a dark brown with cola highlights and a brown head.

Aroma is malty molasses with a hint of barrel (??). Delicious.

Taste is balanced and malty. Absolutely phenomenal.

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Photo of aknalley
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #16 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 135 ratings