Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BgThang on 06-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours on the darker side, not very. Enormous off-white head of bubbles. Aroma is C-hoppy. Taste is more IPA than barleywine, its as if the latter is a secondary consideration. Balance with the bitterness. Above-average mouthfeel, smooth drinking particularly for the stated style.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a massive head that leaves sheets of lace

Smell: So here we are, two years later, and this beer still smells of resinous pine and pineapple (Incredible!)

Taste: Opens with a cake batter flavor that is followed, quickly, by the resinous hops and caramel undertones; after the swallow, the flavors kick it up a notch, so that the hops leave a mouth-puckering flavor; the brown sugar leaves a noticeable sweetness on the tongue at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: An amazing beer with a few years of age; worth seeking out

Thanks, MiguelMandingo, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep amber/copper color ale with a good size off-white head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of green grassy hops is dominating with some distinctive notes of sweet malt. Taste is also a mix between some dominating green grassy hops with some distinctive notes of sweet barley malt. Great carbonation with full body and no apparent alcohol. I get what they are trying to do here but I don't like my barley wine to be dominated by C-hops.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of mothman
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter

Pours a murky muddy puke brown. Tons of sediment (I should have looked for that... oops). Small layer of light brown head.

Aroma: Smells like an imperial red that has lost its hops. All malt. Caramel, toffee, and some dried fruits. A bit of alcohol shows.

Taste: It shows a little juicy hop flavor here. Fairly pine flavors. Has a bit of citrus here then the malt hits. Lots of caramel and toffee with a big chunk of alcohol showing. Ends with onion flavors.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, and boozy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends hot with onions.

Overall, the hops have faded off on this one and it has turned to a malty mess. Not for me. Not too drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to BgThang for the trade.

Pours a murky amber with some dark purplish hues (almost a cranberry) with a finger of creamy off-white head. The retention bunches up around the edges with some creamy wisps across the center that flares up very nicely when swirled, leaving a nice cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is a thick smelling mix of hops, bread, grainy malts, a bit of spice and citrus, and a tingling waft of alcohol.

The taste is a beefy mix of assertive hop bitterness, spice, underlying citrus character, and a big, chewy malt backbone of grain and bread that holds it all up. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a hefty carbonation that spreads out and fills the mouth. There is also a nice heat presence that adds warmth to the surroundings and lets things end with a bitter and hot feel.

Ahhh... beefy, warm, hoppy, and grainy... just the way I like my American Style Barleywines. This probably lost a bit of it's hop punch compared to if I had drank it fresh but I'm looking forward to seeing how these age. Tasty, warming, and drinkable for it's size, this is another winner from the Divine Reserve series.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from RblWthACoz, cheers John!

Pours caramel/chestnut with a pinky of sand colored head. Average lacing & above average head retention

S: Apricots, figs, pine sap, & persimmons
T: Cakeyness, figs, plums, dryness, caramel, a bit of booze & leafy hops up front. Dryness, caramel, leafy hops & grapefruit coming through nicely as this warms. Finishes with resiny hops, grapefruit, marmalade & a kiss of booze

MF: Medium/heavy bodied, semi-sticky with moderate carbonation

The dryness & bigness of this BW slows me down, very nice take on the style, a great choice on a night of subzero temps

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, mahogany-hued body with a thinning, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Toasted malts in the aroma as well as some slight fruity esters and a flourish of floral and herbal notes.

Taste: Toasty, caramel-coated maltiness with a brief sweetness that quickly yields to rather assertive, strong earthy hops and bitterness. Tiny drizzle of peach juice, a pinch of lemon zest. A touch floral and herbal, but some of these more subtler flavor get blanketed under the bitterness. Remains cutting, hopwise, into the finish which lingers further into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely a hop-forward barleywine at the moment, I can't wait till a day when I can enjoy a Divine Reserve 6 with that many years on it. See you all in 2014, friends!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Polished persimmon with radiant tangerine trim. Backlighting brings out the warm, glowing, fiery nature of the beer's color. Hopefully, the flavor won't be fiery and I'll be warm and glowing after the bottle is empty. The golden ecru colored cap looks fantastic as it melts, depositing loads of attractive lace in the process.

Primarily pale-malted American barleywines (Caramunich and Special B were used as well) need to impress with hops and with well-buried alcohol. This one does a pretty job on both counts. Aromas include brown sugar, orange peel and a whiff of ethanol. The brewers actually added brown sugar to the kettles, which usually works out well in my experience.

Divine Reserve #6 isn't the biggest, baddest, maltiest or hoppiest American barleywine on the planet. Still, it's a solid brew that is growing on me with each successive sip. So far, it's slightly better than #4 (Scotch ale) and not as good as #5 (Russian Imperial stout).

An apt comparison would be Stone Old Guardian, only that beer is even more pale malty than this one. English toffee and brown sugar capably hold down the bottom end, while the grapefruit and orange of the Columbus hops fly around on the top end. Even at 11 months of age, the hops are still going pretty strong.

The mouthfeel is slightly lighter than I like. On the other hand, it firms up with warming, hangs on well at the finish, is beautifully bubbled (low end) and makes drinking a breeze.

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6 is a fine addition to the series. It's solid from top to bottom and from side to side. I could go for a few more of these. Thanks to barefootbrewer for sending the bottle my way.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received a nice bit of this from a kind Texas trader and I was thrilled to be able to start digging into these. Being a fan of hoppy barley wines in general, not to mention a fan of the brewery, I figured I would be in for a treat. The pour was very nice with a brownish tinted amber that had a good bit of cloudiness to it. A good sized two inch head of white foam came and clung to the glass thoroughly and definitely made a good impression, really becoming quite sticky. Some carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top of the glass throughout.

The aroma was a big IPA; there was no doubt in mind about that one. Rich floral hops, with stinging notes of grapefruit and pineapple, with nice touches of sweet orange like smells mixed in. Not really much in the way of alcohol, just a sticky, huge, hop bomb. As it warmed it got a touch more complex, bringing in hints of caramel and a touch of some earthy grains. Really carried over pretty much the same to the flavor. Started out as a hop bomb, with lots of pine and grapefruit touches, hints of caramel sweetening it up and an almost candied sugar like middle, A touch of biscuit like malts towards the end before the door was slammed close by the bite of grapefruit and all moisture in your mouth was sucked out making you come back for more. Nice medium bodied ale was well carbonated, and the alcohol was there making this one a sipper, but not nearly as strong tasting as it could have been.

Overall not bad at all. If you like Big IPA's or hoppy barley wines, this one is the ticket for you, definitely a hop bomb of the west coast variety. I could have had another n a heartbeat, and I surely will, jus not last night as it was late enough already. This was an instant classic for me for sure. Really very well done and something I would have to recommend.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle on Friday with t0rin0. Thanks to dyan for sending it to me in a recent trade.

A: A cloudy brown color without much head.

S: Caramel, citrus, still a bit of resinous hops, and some alcohol.

T: A bit of hops--citrus and resin. A nice caramel sweetness along with some toffee and dark fruits. A bit of booze, but not overwhelming.

M: Sticky, full bodied, lightly carbonated.

D: Fairly high for a barleywine. Good combination of flavors and a very nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in trade from Texindy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber with some orange hues. Pours an off white head that dissipates to a cap. Aroma is spicy piney hops hiding a strong malt backbone. Taste is more spicy piney citrusy hops with a bit of alcohol heat in the mix. There's some malt in there, but its hard to taste behind all the hops. Carbonation is ample, body is medium, mouthfeel is crisp, and a bit sticky. Great barleywine or possibly double ipa. I'll bet this one will be fantastic in a couple of years, hopefully I can hold on to one that long.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A grassyass goes to BallewBlake on this one. Pours a foggy amber with a crème head. Nose is mild. Flavor is spicy with alcohol kick. Definite hop character going on. On the earthy side. Minor tangy back side. But like I said, the alcohol is pretty noticeable here. Malt backbone is very noticeable as well. Feel is smooth on carbonation and liquid. Nice to drink. Another year to three should do some wonders for this one as it's a little bit too young and hot at the moment.

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Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours hazy/clouded, rather murky, brown with a thin tan head that descends to a patch. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of raw floral/piney hops and alcohol. A very hoppy barleywine - in a raw way. Very floral/piney.

The taste is of sticky, piney hops. Pine/resin loud and clear along with a big maltiness - toffee, almost chocolate. It has a long, bitter finish.

It is full-bodied and somewhat syrupy despite carbonation. Sticky.

This is a "big" one. Big on raw hops, malt, and alcohol.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to mhewes for this one.

Pours a nice cloudy dark orange/brown color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, floral notes. The taste is slightly sweet at first, malty, hoppy, floral notes galore. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a different tasting BW for sure, I cannot remember tasting anything like this before, highly recommended.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopsleeroy for one of these. Dave Schuster shared one of these with me the night before Darkness Day (Darkness Eve?) but this is the first time I've taken notes. Served in my FOBAB pint glass.

A - One finger of slow dissipating yellowy-white head that leaves some attractive lacing. Murky orange-brown color with some sediment floating around in there (this is what happens when I store stuff on its side in the fridge - my own dumb fault).

S - Interesting - smells a little like Stone Ruination that's been aged way too long. There's still some citrus-hop fruitiness, but also some honeyed breadiness, bubblegum, cotton candy, toffee, and earthy pine + fresh-cut grass. The smell is big - I can catch it a good 6 inches away.

T - The taste has a lot more of the toffee and bread, with only a touch of the hoppy flavors, particularly citrus and tropical fruits, at the back end. There's a hint of booze as well, but in a good way.

M - This is one thick brew. There's some alcohol warmth, and some grittiness as well. There's a nice touch of carbonation tingle, which is a pleasant surprise. Definitely a sipper.

D - I shared a 12oz bottle with my wife - I think that's the perfect serving size. I remember it took me forever to drink that bottle on Darkness Eve. You never really get sick of it, but it doesn't go down as easily as some other 10% brews due to the cloying sweetness and ridiculous viscosity.

I'm glad I got to try this again and reflect a little more about my experience. I love how the Divine Reserve series shows that Saint Arnold can do an terrific job with just about any style they choose.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Dyan for gifting me with a bottle of this beer. As always, thank you sir. :-)

The beer pours a somewhat hazy toffee brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is quite attractive, and I thought its best feature. I get some sweet caramel, brown sugar and milk chocolate, with a hint of hoppy bitterness and alcohol. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but there is more hoppy bitterness, which cuts down the sweetness. The beer finishes with some impressive, hoppy, bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty full, and while you can tell the alcohol is up there a bit, it's not intrusive or obtrusive.

This is a pretty impressive barleywine, reminding me of almost a baby Big Foot. Still, a very nice beer from this "new to me" brewery.

Edit from 4/20/10. Still an impressive beer, but the alcohol is bit more noticeable, and I'm starting to get some heat in the finish. Otherwise, even with a few year's under its belt, this is still an impressive, well crafted barleywine.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 197 ratings
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