Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #4 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #4Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #4
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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #4Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #4

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed: December 20, 2006
Bottled: February 20, 2007
Cases Made: 823

Added by Xadoor on 02-23-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Bobby for this one.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a nice off-white head.

S: Plenty of sweet malts along with a nice note of vanilla. Hints of citrus, mainly oranges, as well as some mild peatiness. Some roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T: More roast and coffee notes than are present on the nose. Fairly sweet with some vanilla, and smoke/peatiness. The chocolate is of the dark and bitter variety, quite a nice flavor.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, medium carbonation.

D: One of the best Scotch Ales/Wee Heavies I've had. The peat is not overdone and plenty of good flavors going on.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights. Tan head. The aroma is chocolate, smoke, darker malts and dark fruit. The flavor is caramel, toffee, peat smoke, dark fruits and chocolate. Medium-thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A great beer that has aged gracefully. One of my favorites from the Divine Reserve series.

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3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many many thanks to DonD for a great in-person trade. This is the last of my older Divine Reserve bottles, and a little over 3 years old.

DR #4 pours with a brownish-black body the color and viscosity of warmed maple syrup. It's not an opaque black, but a dark seal translucency that lets in cola hues at the edges. A scant head of khaki bubbles forms a ring around the top of my Unibroue tulip, and surprisingly there are still a few trails of carbonation rising from the sides. The aroma is the stuff kitten tears are made of, assuming said kittens were fed a strict diet of toasted chocolate malts, coffee beans, and scotch. In other words, this stuff smells great. A bit of sweetness from caramel malts and oxidized dark fruit notes, but otherwise it has held up nicely. The peat is just noticeable enough to get my attention, but doesn't out-crowd the rest of the malt profile. Hops have long since faded.

The flavor definitely has more peat than the aroma. The organic-rich soil flavor is strong, bitter, black, and roasted, with a delicate balance of English hops. The oxidation is more apparent in the flavor, too, and lends a hint of wet paper to the middle of the maltiness. Irish coffee, orange peel, and dark Baker's chocolate linger long into the finish against a hint of raisin-like booze. Carbonation is light, but still prickly on the tongue, giving the medium-thick body a needed lift so as to not become overly heavy with its near syrup-like mouthfeel. Overall, DR#4 is an impressive testament to Saint Arnold's brewing talent. I would've like to try this beer fresh, but age has clearly done it a few favors.

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4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks goes out to HardTarget for the great extra. I have been waiting to try this for a while.

A: Pours a dark brown color. A thin tan head forms and recedes in an instant. Very little lace is left behind.
S: The nose is very complex. Lots of smoke, peat, toffee, and chocolate. Plenty of dark fruits. Dry wood. Some rum like alcohol. Really impressive.
T: Sweet caramel and toffee flavors. There is some smoke and a lighter peat flavor than in the nose. Some chocolate and dark fruits again. Some earthy tones and a light hop bite. This is really nice.
M/D: A full body and low on the carbonation end. Very thick, creamy, and rich. Not a bad beer to sip on, but the alcohol is very noticeable. A one bottle sipper.

One of my favorite styles, and Saint Arnold does it right. This is right up there with the likes of Skullsplitter.

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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of KAggie97, poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear ruby color out of the bottle and settles in very dark in the glass, a deep mahogany with light coming through the edges. The head is a one-inch creamy tan cap that recedes slowly and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is fairly subdued to start with roasted malts and caramel sweetness coming through first. I'm also getting a pretty noticeable smoke presence which complements the sweetness well in the nose.

The taste is a more robust version of the aroma. There seems to be a bit more sweetness with the caramel malts showing through a little more than the smoke initially. The is a sweet sugary cola-like taste that seems to dominate in the middle, maybe with some raisins and other dark fruits. The smoke comes back in the finish and lends to a slightly dry aftertaste on the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and very smooth.

This is another solid, if not spectacular, brew from Saint Arnold. It's one of the more drinkable Scotch ales I've had in recent memory and while it's probably not in the top tier of the style, I'd recommend it highly.

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3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Strelnikov - thanks!! Poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown bodied brew, transparent only when held to extreme light and then still a deep ruby/almost-purple hue, and capped by one-finger of initially fizzy but ultimately creamy tan head. The carbonation is fast, plentiful, and fine, raining upwards to join and replenish the head, which recedes rather slowly. The lacing is big, sticky, clinging to the collar for a long time, forming snow banks gently sloping down from the sides of the glass to the surface of the beer. A good start.

Aroma: A faint - or perhaps not so faint, since it's the first I noticed and am writing about - smoky note that's reminiscent of bacon, as far as I can tell. The smokiness blends surprisingly well with the malt notes, the first of which I can detect is chocolate, sweet and authentic. Dark rum notes - hinting at raisin - emerges as it warms. The bacon/smoke is still dominant though, heh.

Taste: A very solid tasting brew, and well-rounded. Dark toffee notes, toast, bittersweet cocoa, and brown, earthy, dirty caramel are just a few of the notes that come across in the malt profile; a few raisin-esque and cherry-like notes, coupled with a few lighter, citrus-like notes that may be hop-imparted; a faint, distant nuttiness; and a large amount of spicy, crisp bitterness, strange for the style, but that definitely adds an interesting twist on things.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a fair amount of fine, slightly prickly effervescence that ultimately results in a solid but slightly uneven body, though it does even out largely as it warms.

Drinkability: 9.5% hardly rings a bell here, though it's admittedly (objectively) high. SA DR #4 is not my favorite DR (that honor still belongs to #6, given I haven't tried a few), but it is a very solid, interesting brew, strange in the heavy bitterness and the here-now-gone-then smoke (which I got practically none of in the mouth). It's well-made though, and was pleasantly enjoyable. Give this one a shot.

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2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/29/2007 (12oz Bottle):

Pours a dark colored body, very dark red. A small off-white head diminishing. Has a very malty aroma. Maybe grape. Kind of weak. Chocolate aftertaste. Not very fizzy, not too thick, porterish. Good taste, not too thick. But not very strong a flavor.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed Dec20 2006. Bottled Feb20 2007.

Tasting Notes from Dec7 2008 (so almost 2 years after it was brewed). This was the last bottle of my 6 pack. Poured into a snifer.

Appearance is all brown, cant see through, a little amber when held up to the light. Looks unfiltered. An impressive carbonation for the age and given it's a screw-top.

Tootsie Roll! Reminiscent of an aged Great Divide Hiberation but more earthy and toffee. This has lost some of the wonderful peat flavor and some roastiness, bit it's still there. Caramel, a light roast coffee that's been lightly "Irished". Nice smoke finish.

If I had to find an area of improvement it'd be mouthfeel. It could be a tad thicker. The carbonation is little unusual, I'm assuming due to their use of their house yeast, which is a Kolsch yeast of sorts.

Drinkability is much higher than the fresh version. Alcohol is mellow and not harsh.

All around very nice. This is probably my favorite Wee Heavy / Scotch Ale I've ever had because it wasn't as sweet and had this wonderful earthy-roasty-woodiness.

I wish I had more or that they'll make it again...

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4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#4 on the night and we are starting to roll pretty deep now at this point. This is actually gonna be the last typed up review as I have had the last three before, but they are gonna go down with the rest tonight. I have to admit I was most looking forward to this one for obvious reasons. Served chileld and allowed to warm to room temperature, this was poured into a wine glass and consumed on 12/27/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich dark brown color, essentially opaque with nothing coming through in the way of light in any way. Still very nice little head of tan coming up over the op and settling down rather quickly into a small, maybe an eight of an inch layer that stayed throughout the night.

Up next was the smell. Now I knew I was in for it. Bourbon coming through right away, this was gonna be a biggy. Lots of alcohol notes, hints of peat, lots of burnt and smoked malts. As it warms, the molasses now starts to come forward and show itself. Rich, decadent, dessert like flavors here as we take the first sips. Wonderfully rich flavors of bourbon, smoked malts, campfire like flavors and nice touches of caramel and molasses. Just very large and incredibly complex. Smooth, mellow, and bording on a full bodied scotch ale, this was intense in every sense of the word. There was nothing you were going to do except sip this bad boy.

This was by far my favorite of the entire vertical. Just stacked up solidly against anything in the style i had had before of since. I would have no issue at all with getting this one again any day.

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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled oct 8/08.

poure deep brown with a small very fine tan head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. my first thought is port. light alcohol and huge dark fruit. date, raisin, fig. chocolate. hint of smoke. rich caramel and toffee. bit of vanilla. bread and biscuit.

taste is good, but not quite as nice as the aroma. milk chocolate, much more than in the aroma. hint of smoke. light caramel and toffee. there's a bit of dark fruit, but not quite as much as in the aroma. still some nice date, fig, and raisin character. alcohol is largely hidden here. bit of oatmeal. white bread. maybe some biscuit too. while the aroma was more port-like this is more like a rich chocolate dessert.

mouthfeel is good. fairly low well integrated carbonation. fairly big body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, with the alcohol hidden quite well. great for sipping after a meal (or in this case a long day of brewing). i'd have loved it if the taste was closer to the aroma, but it's still pretty darn good as is. would be interesting to see how it changes with another year or two in the cellar, so i might have to keep my eye out for this one.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #4 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 54 ratings