Divine Reserve #6
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Divine Reserve #6Divine Reserve #6
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Style:
Barleywine - American
ABV:
10%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 9.25%
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
198
From:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  26
Gots
  18
SCORE
91
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Divine Reserve #6Divine Reserve #6
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to hopsleeroy for sending this one up to me... Thanks, Lee!!

Wow, this poured out a very dark reddish amber with a surprising head...very attractive brew...

I really didn't get as much off of the aroma at first.. Some faint hops that slowly began to grow more pungent as it warmed a litlle bit..IMO, this was one of the weaker aspects of the brew..

What this brew lacked in aroma it more than made up for in taste... Holy cow, this is one delicious barleywine. Its is loaded with fresh juicy citrusy hops and kicks you right in the teeth from the first sip...there are some sweet malts in the background but this is all about the hops right now and I like it... Just absolutely delicious...

This would probably cellar great but when it tastes this good fresh, who could wait? This was an elite barleywine in my opinion, right up there with the heavyweights...

Jul 22, 2008
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hwwty4 from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for this one.

I opened up this bottle with my bottle opener and was shocked to see that it was a twist off. I don't know why this surprised me so much since the other Saint Arnolds beers I've had were twist offs but it did none the less; enough for me to share it in my review.

After I got over my surprise, I poured the 12oz bottle into my trusty Smokestack goblet. This is really an ugly looking beer. It pours a caramel mud color with almost no head even with a vigorous pour. I think I made a concoction that looked like this when I was about 6. It contained rainwater and Missouri red clay. The only difference was that the mud water left lacing. With the shock wearing off, I took a big sniff and wow, this beer smells great. Caramel, nice grassy hops and what reminded me of sugar cookie dough. The taste was equally engaging. Big up front hops smack you into thinking that this is a DIPA and not a barleywine. The only difference is I've never had a DIPA this balanced. The malty sweetness comes out to tone down the big hop front of the beer. The 10% is covered up very nicely. The mouthfeel is full and lightly carbonated. As with most big beers its hard to drink more than 1 at a sitting, but this is definitely a beer that I would like to revisit

Jul 13, 2008
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Mora2000 from Texas

4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.
The beer is reddish amber colored and had decent head retention. The hops smelled like pine, just the way I like them. Taste was not only piney hops, but also had some nice malt. This is not as drinkable as other beers, but compared to other barleywines, I found it quite drinkable even though there is a strong alcohol presence.

This is the first one of the Divine Reserve series that I tried and it lived up to expectations.

Jul 13, 2008
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hopsleeroy from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A-Cloudy hazy swilring color of red, brown, copper. 2 inch beige head. Nice looking beer
S-Very hoppy(Piney and citrus not grapefruit) with sweet fruit scents underneath.
T-Hoppy flavor initially although not as strong as expected from the nose. Well balanced between mild fruit flavors and piney hops. Some brown sugar flavors come out as it warms, but not alor. Hard to believe this is 10% alcohol.
M-Mildy creamy and coating in mouth but not overdone, lightly carbonated which gives a little extra sparkle on the mouth.
D-Very very smooth and drinkable. This beer could get you in a lot of trouble.

Jun 11, 2008
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Beer-Zombie from Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Boondoggles along with a great margherita pizza....

pours up a murky red amber color with a big crazy yellow-brown head, great lacing. the nose is hops, a floral and spicy blend, grapefruit, and subtle alcohol as it warms. the taste is BOLD! and intense! spicy mutha effin hops! taste of grapefruit, sweet malts. subtle sweet to dry finish, big full bodied, low carbo. the alcohol is masked very well. There may be a little bit too much spice from the hops but it wouldn't be Divine Reserve if it wasn't so unique!

Sep 27, 2008
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jbphoto88 from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz brown bottle that has a screw cap on so tight that digs into your hand as you try to twist it off. After 20 seconds of trying I grabbed one of my many bottle openers. The beer pours a dark terra-cotta orange that has a chilled haze to it. A quarter inch of khaki head rises up and leaves a fluffy ring and nice lacing.

Scent is of sweet thick malts and aggressive bitter hops. Saint Arnold is serious about their malts, but this one also has some nice citrus notes too. A balanced harmony of scents makes me excited to drink some.

The start is citrus and piney, bold flavors followed by a creamy malt. Nicely caramelized but not a scorched flavor the malts lead into a fine sweetness that you can taste on the side of your tongue. Contrasting the sweetness is a harsh grating bitterness that scratches wonderfully against the back of my throat. That feeling is enhanced by an ABV warmth that leaves a good mild burn.

On the large side of medium bodied beers. It is full and borderline thick but fantastic. Moderate carbonation adds to the enjoyment of this BIG beer. The only down side (or upside is depending on how you look at it) is the high ABV. 10% limits the amount you can drink in a session. Damn you MODERATION!! All around a very impressive beverage. Very balanced, easy to drink and hard not to enjoy. I am surprised again by this brewery. Way to go Saint Arnold.

Jun 17, 2008
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lightindarkness from Florida

4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A top notch extra from tpd975, thanks!

A- Creamy caramelly dark amber color with gold edges. A nice khaki head leaves sticky lacing.

N- Filled with piny hops over nutty caramel. A light earthy resinous funk seems to tie it all up nicely. A mild sugary gummy sweetness hides in the background, swallowed by the overall character and rising alcohol warmth.

T- Starts with mild chocolate into nutty roasty warmth. Nice flavors of fresh roasted nuts and caramel, with a hoppy bitterness swelling toward the finish. The swallow brings on alcohol fumes that wipe out overall flavor. This one mellows with a little sitting and could probably benefit from decanting.

F- Sticky but dry. Nice relatively full body, but cleans up with the evaporating burn at the finish.

D- This is one great beer, but it's strong. Excellent flavor, especially as the alcohol fumes fade. Decanting or a little age might bring it to just the right balance to even out the alcohol strength.

Aug 01, 2008
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corey0212 from Connecticut

4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to RickSawyer for this one!

Pours a cloudy dark orange color, some red highlights, tiny little tan head fades into a film on top of the beer, spots of lacing on the glass. Smell is aggressively hoppy, glorious grapefruit smell. Definitely some spicy alcohol on the nose, all backed by some rich, sticky sweet malt. Great nose on this beer! Lots of big, bold citrus flavor, bitter grapefruit, syrupy caramel malts, alchohol becomes more pronounced as it warms....this is delicious. Creamy, chewy, lush mouthfeel, and crazily intense lingering bitterness....excellent. Can't say enough about this Barleywine. Thoroughly enjoyed this one, and I've got 2 more!! Thanks again to RickSawyer for the chance to try this!

Jul 26, 2008
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csfcmitchell from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

May 22, 2013
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have mhewes to thank for this gem.
Poured like liquid brown sugar, cloudy with some sediment in mine. Looked good immediately. I could tell by the look this one had been around for a while. Some good carbonation left a big cloud as I poured which settled down to a small tan head. Nose was hoppy and a good malt profile. Smell sugar brown sugar and caramel. Taste followed suit but the majority of the taste was booze, hop bitterness,caramel, plenty of sugar and malts. Mouthfeel was good and sticky, very sweet and went down smooth. Good bwine.

Jan 25, 2009
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JDV from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep opaque, rich burgandy color with a gorgeous lasting and creamy beige head. Smell is of sweet, fruity hops reminiscent of peaches, mango and maybe a touch of citrus right out of the gate, which opens up and dulls a bit giving off a pleasant woodiness. Taste is semi sweet caramel and fruity malt, but hopped plenty enough to balance with a moderate piney and earthy bite to it. Mildly creamy and semi-rich body with light prickly carbonation. Right now it is incredibly balanced between the fruity sweetness and woodsy hoppiness, making it extremely drinkable for a beer like this. Hoppy like a mild Double IPA, with the smoothness and creaminess of a malty barley wine makes this a great all around beer. The alcohol is well hidden and unobtrusive as well, and this is another solid offering in the Divine Reserve series.

Jun 11, 2008
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spointon from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a stubby brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy dark orange color with some light brown highlights in it. The head poured a nice 1/2-3/4 inch and was a rich dense pale yellow color. Reminded me of egg custard (but in a good way). Lots of sticky lace down the glass.

S= Definitely a hop-dominant aroma, with the hops being of the West coast piney variety. Other than the pine, there was little else besides bakery malt sweetness here and there and tons of alcohol. Not too complex to say the least.

T= This is really just a big DIPA. The dominant flavor notes came from the piney and resiny hops. A bit of floral hop character in there as well. The malt backbone was more pronounced in the taste vs. the aroma. Nice chewy sweetness through the midddle, followed by a big warm and bitter alcohol finish.

MF= Heavy, slightly syrupy body with moderate carbonation release. Slightly oily on the tongue.

D= Like I said, this is really more of a big DIPA than a traditional barleywine. Still, I liked it and could see myself having it again if the opportunity arose, but its a 1 or 2 in a day at most type of beer.

Dec 16, 2008
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mikesgroove for tossing in this extra.

Pours a murky reddish brown color, about a finger of head that fades fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell is caramel malt with a surprisingly strong hoppy aroma, sweet with a slight citrus edge.

Holy crap this is hot, first taste sends my tongue into a fire storm, I've had hot barleywines before but I think this tops them all in this aspect, after the fire it simmers down to a decent maltiness and a hoppy bitter aftertaste. I'm sure this would have been much more drinkable after a year or two of age on it.

Oct 05, 2008
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AKBelgianBeast from Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this exemplary brew.

Pours a nice mahogany red/orange/amber cloudy with a very nice fluffy off white/light tan head that leaves very good lace. Nose is a straight up DiPA with some light malt. Taste is not the same. Hop presence is indeed very fresh, and uniquely clean, but the malts come out alot more in the taste than they do in the nose. A very nice sweetness is present. lacks the adversive acidity found in alot fo american style BWs. Mouthfeel is just about right here, good viscosity while still hanging on to exceptional drinkability. AbV is nowhere to be found here. Overall a very exceptional american barleywine with a very clean and crisp hop presence, that is dangerously drinkable. A very good brew, and one I would defenitely seek out if you are an american BW fan. Great brew.

Aug 19, 2008
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is courtesy of BGThang. Thanks for the beer!

A body somewhere between the colors of red/orange/raspberry. Just a bit of sediment floats around. A big, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Tons of layers of sticky lacing.

Smells great. Notes of sweet fruits mingle with citrusy and piney hops. A little bit of alcohol is noticeable.

Hoppy, malty, sweet. Complex brew. The citrus and pine hops come through first, and then some mild roasted malt flavors. Next comes lots of sweetness. A little boozy, I can feel it in the back of my throat.

Pretty drinkable beer for its ABV. I have another bottle that I plan to try out in a year or so.

Aug 20, 2008
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BgThang from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice barely wine that almost resembles a DIPA
The nose on this is freaking awesome. It has some maltiness to it and the hop profile is very nice.
I wonder if this will be a beer to drink fresh rather then aged due to the nose. As you age it the hops will die down.
Over all a nice easy drinking beer. The ten % is well hidden after the first sip. ANother nice brew from the divine reserve series.
one person quoted says its close to a bigfoot but alot smoother.

Will update this review as I get more this beer in me

Here is some more info from the website:
This is a big, malty, hoppy barleywine. Yet with all of the intense flavors, they meld together to create a well-balanced big beer. The nose has a strong resiny hop note. The taste starts with a combination of the malty sweetness and spicy hops with both flavors magnified by the high alcohol level. The spiciness carries through the middle and finishes with a satisfyingly dry bitter. It was brewed with 2 row pale, Caramunich and Special B malts with brown sugar added in the kettle and hopped with 225 lbs of Columbus hops including 44 lbs that were dry hopped. We used our Saint Arnold yeast strain which gives a rich, creamy mouthfeel to the brew. It is unfiltered and will clarify with aging. Enjoy at 45°F or warmer. This beer will age well.

%%% Update
This beer is aging really well almost 4 months now and the awesome hoppy nose is died down quite a bit. The hoppiness is still lingering around on the bitter backend of this but the maltiness is really coming through. Wow I am glad I have several of these so I can experience the changing of the flavors as time goes on.

Jun 11, 2008
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scootny from New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rich malty barleywine with a firm and agressive hoppiness. A dark cloudy garnet brown with a tan head and excellent retention. Lace is decent and the beer remains covered as I drink.

Smell is very malty with toffee, caramel and yeasty fruitiness. An earthy piney hops with light grapefruit.

Taste is malty caramel and astringent dry grapefruit. There is a dark whole grain bread undertone that plays against a roasted grain note. A touch of vanilla, oak and leather that flows into an alcohol sweetness that is well integrated. Finish is full of grapefruit and graham. It is long and dry with a lingering sweetness and hop oil. Feel is almost perfect. Full and creamy with a perfect carbonation. While chewy it is still quite supple on the tongue.

Pretty easy to drink this one too fast. Initially it promotes respect as the beer tastes big. After a few sips the hops just provoke you to boldness. Watch out!

Jan 25, 2010
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CrellMoset from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of gford217 - thanks!! Served at 52 degrees F, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Light brown body with ruby and ruddy overtones, foamy, fine-bubbled, and slightly tan head with great retention for such a high abv% beer, lazy, slow carbonation, and nice, solid sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Tons of citrus - grapefruits, tropical fruits - but it's all growin' in a pine forest. A few other fruit notes as well, though this one's really all about the hop notes in the aroma. Bready, sticky caramel malt, as well. Similar to Old Ruffian in the nose.

Taste: Tons of pine here - way more than you'd expect from the nose, quite a pleasant surprise - a persistent, strong, biting bitterness, warming, high-molecular weight alcohols, a few other hop notes (the citrus from the nose, grapefruit being prominent here), and a strong underlying roasted breadyness.

Mouthfeel: Very oily and slick; immaculately fine bubbles lend a creamy, smooth, velvety mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Alcohol's up there, and it's apparent in this one. Not the most complex or best barleywine I've ever had, but a damn delicious one - what is there is very tasty and enjoyable, and I'd have another one in a heartbeat. Recommended.

Aug 13, 2008
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Goliath from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby color with a one inch light tan head. Great retention, and a bit of lacing.

Aroma is really delicious. A good hoppiness with some citrus, honey, and sweet caramel.

Taste is nice. a nice hop profile, slightly citrusy with some floral notes and good bittering bite. Caramel also present, and although the alcohol is hidden pretty well it is noticeable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is high. Nice flavors go down easy. High alcohol limits the brew slightly. However, I believe it's a decent candidate for the cellar.

Jul 18, 2008
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to turbine2475 for sending along a six-pack of Divine #6 to the great frozen wastes of MN.

#6 looks like turbid Mississippi river water brought to a boil, & smells like alochol stirred with an old boot.

Taste is, as with all things good, different from what has come before it. It's not terribly hoppy, or dead flat, or hot with the fever of booze. The booze is there, warming me everywhere, but there's a lot of other tastes mingling that I can't put a tongue on. The effect is rather like a non-acidic mulled wine without the winey edge to it. Nice.

I think if I drank more than one I might pitch, face down, on the keyboard, but the mouthfeel is warm & cuddly.

This is a beer, if more common, that I'd love to keep in the ice shack with me. It would keep you warm & smiling on the coldest Minnesota lake!

Sep 30, 2008
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whoneeds8 from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Chalice

Let this one age almost 2 months.

Pours out dark brown with a small white head with good lacing

Very fruity, malt, and sweet smell.

Taste is much like the smell, fruity malted sweet taste with a balanced hop ending. Carmel flavor comes out as well.

The feeling in the mouth has actually changed since I drank the first one in June. That first one had alot more carbonation that tingled the back of my mouth. This aged second beer has lost that. I almost want to say I'm disappointed by this this change in only a month. But it does make it feel better.

Overall, this beer is changing with age. So far it's aging for a better feel.

Aug 10, 2008
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mikereaser from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep chestnut brown with an inch of off-white foam that slowly faded leaving a nice amount of lacing down the glass.
S - dark fruit, caramel backbone and still a nice amount of citrusy hops make up a really nice aroma
T - Burnt caramel is the first thing that comes to mind, then some spices come through, brown sugar and dark fruit. It has a really sweet taste but holds that burnt flavor throughout
M - medium bodied, still good carbonation, smooth and creamy
D - Its been a few years I think since this was made, it was enjoyable, maybe the burnt quality came through a bit more, i'm not sure. Still very drinkable.

Oct 30, 2011
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midaszero from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into snifter

A - Dark brown red with small tan head and good lacing

S - Hops with some caramel and pine

T - Taste just like it smells hops, caramel, and pine, no real burn for how strong it is. Very tasty

M - smooth medium with some carbonation

D - Good for a barely wine can have several in a sitting.

I have some I am cellaring and will update as I open new ones

Jun 26, 2008
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ckeegan04 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown in color with reddish tones. One finger brown head with decent retention. Great lacing.

S - Sweet hop juice! Very strong citurs aroma, defniitely an American Barleywine.

T - A somewhat astringent alcohol taste along with a hint of some citrusy hops. Also a caramel sweetness underlying. The alcohol is just a little too rough in this one.

Edit: Let the beer warm and all the tastes come together a little better. Still not great, but definitely good.

M/D - Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. A very drinkable barleywine.

I am going to let another bottle of this sit for a bit to see if the alcohol will even out a bit. I certainly dont mind a boozy barleywine, but this ones flavor is just a little off.

Jun 21, 2008
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OlieIPA from California

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. glass into a brandy snifter; shared with pehlman.

A: Formed a decent head with good retention, which is suprising considering it's a twist off. Lacing was impressive as well.

S: No hop presence at all...more like an english barleywine. A lot of musky, wheat, carmalized-sugar smell that seems to go well together.

T: Extremely well-balance...nothing spectacular though. Smooth and rich...but again, nothing crazy.

M: Carbonation was well kept and definitely full-bodied; really couldn't ask for much more.

D: There is something about this brew I really enjoyed...even though I thought it lacked that punch that some barleywines have.

Overall: A good beer. A try it beer. Cheers!

Jul 17, 2009
Divine Reserve #6 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 198 ratings