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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BgThang on 06-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of scootny
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Photo of garbercury
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks tprokop7 for the generosity, this was a beer I wanted to try. Cool to find it as an extra in a trade...

Poured into standard pint glass, my first official beer of 2010.

A--Reasonable carbonation and plenty of lacing throughout the glass. Typical dark amber hue to it.

S--Faint notes of orange, definitely has that "barleywine" smell. Pleasant.

T--Seems to be a little too hoppy for a barleywine. Then again, it is an American Barleywine which can be hoppy. I guess I am a little too anti-hops and did not expect it to overwhelm the flavor of a style that I dont think of hops when I go to drink one.


D--As much as I was looking forward to this beer, the hoppy bite to this beer overpowers it and to me, that is a big negative. Not really as sweet or pleasant as I had hoped it would be but I am not a big fan of hoppy beers. Glad I got to try it but I would never get it again.

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

Received in a generous in-person trade from MiguelMandingo. Thanks Mike!

Also received as a gift from dyan, but it was interecepted by largadouche, who drank it. Thanks nonetheless, Dyan.

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a translucent maroon body with copper-amber highlights in my Oktoberfest mug. THe head is 2 fingers of light beige foam, with outstanding retention. Some ivy lacing down the glass.

S: Brown sugar, orange rind, a light floral aroma, and toffee.

T: Starts off malty, in brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and biscuit varieties. But initial impressions can be misleading. The mid-taste sees an evolution of citrus hops and a light floral character that balances out the sweetness, producing a surprisingly well-rounded brew for something that's 1.5 years old at this point.

M: Chewy, full-bodied. A bit oily in flavor, and it's tough to scrape off the tongue, but the still-aggressive carbonation mostly does the job. The finish is lightly dry at times, but for the most part it's malty.

D: A pretty solid barleywine. I was expecting something a bit more complex, but it's nothing to scoff at even in its present state.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this bottle from Mora2000, thanks Bill

A - dark walnut in color, with a finger of tan head, too dark to note visible carbonation

S - rich aromas, roasted malts, some dark fruits raisins or dates or even molasses, a decent hop profile that lends a piney aroma

T - the first notes are the nutty malts, followed by the dark sweeter tones, molasses, dates, raisin, plums and such, followed by a super balancing hoppiness, piney and floral, the finish reverts to bready sweetness (like brownbread)

M&D - quite smooth and an easy drinking BW, hides the 10% very well, makes this SADR very dangerous, quite a good brew, medium bodied, leaning toward the heavier side

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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 Damian
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
Thanks to thickerfreakness for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a beautiful clear, crimson-amber color with a tight, frothy, bubbly, light tan, two-finger head that slowly faded to a substantial coating of bubbles. Thick rings of lacing blanketed the glass.

The aroma was quite hoppy with a semi-sweet, malty backbone. Fruity with lots of zesty, citrusy, American hops. Some brandy-like alcohol came through as well. As the beer opened up, the nose became more malty and sweet with a toffee-like presence.

The taste was dominated by resinous, piney and citrusy hops. A touch of bready, malty sweetness appeared up front before the intensely bitter, C-type hops took over. Fruity in the center (peach and apricot flavors were noticeable). The dry, resonating finish was hoppy and bitter to the point of being astringent. Grapefruit rind and fresh mint notes came through strong. As the beer warmed however, the toffee-like sweetness of the malts really came forward and the overall flavor profile became much more palatable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. A bit lighter than expected. Creamy and smooth with a fine, moderate carbonation. After each sip, the liquid left a light stickiness on my lips.

As for drinkability, the 10% ABV was remarkably well hidden but the intense hoppiness made this a definite sipper.

My Reserve #6 was aged for well over a year and it still tasted rather young. I would recommend cellaring this one for at least another year in order to achieve an overall more balanced flavor profile.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one brewdlyhook13! Shared after a Cincinnati Bengals victory at my place.

Pours a brownish, red with copper highlights. Super cloudy with small yeast chunks evident all around. Great, true tan colored head with nice, sticky lacing.

Alcohol, malts and more malts. Big and nasty as I was expecting...

Taste reflects the nose. This is a big beer and it's not ashmed to tell you that. Caramel maltiness, thick malts and alcohol abound. wow....

The yeast sediment scared me a bit. I think this can age longer, if you don't min the floaties...

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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 DeathbySexyBT
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Flying Saucer and Saint Arnold BC!!!

Serving Notes: Tulip Glass. 55-60 degrees. 2 year cellared bottles.

A: Muddy brown leather body with a healthy dose of yeasty sediment and particulates. A dark khaki head that settles to about 1/2" and remains throughout consumption. Mild lacing.

S: Big and Boozy! Plentiful hop resin aromas with a colossal offering of sweet caramel malts and toffee. This smell becomes bigger with the rising temperature.

T: Earthy and still citrus at the same time. The floral/citrus hops open the show and usher in the caramel and toffee flavors found in the nose of the beer. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Appropriate carbonation. Medium body. Smooth and silky but not without teeth.

D: I may start to cry here as it is unlikely that I will ever have the pleasure of having this brew again. I had two of them last night at the Flying Saucer's 9th Revolution (Anniversary).

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a medium cloudy brown with a light white head. Smells of caramel and figs. Tastes of figs, caramel, raisins, and grapes in a nice combination. Carbonation is right on the money. Hard to find anything wrong with this one, maybe the flavors could have been more intense, but they were nicely balanced. The richness makes the drinkability a bit less than perfect, but it's a nice barleywine, that's for sure.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to OlieIPA for hooking me up with this beer. No indication of ABV on the bottle.

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours an opaque amber color with a ruddy brown tint to it. I poured the entire contents of the bottle into my glass without noticing the thick layer of yeast sediment at the bottom. Lots of yeast particles to be seen. The sticky head is tan in color and leaves some web-like lacing after each sip. A fluffy cap lasts for the duration. Ok, on to the beer.

S- The smell reminds me of aged Bigfoot Ale. Resiny hop aromas backed by lots and lots of sticky-sweet, fruity malts along with prominent notes of caramel and toffee. Strong boozy notes emerge as the beer hits room temp. The aroma takes on a scotch-like quality the warmer it gets.

T- The taste follows the smell nicely. A citrusy hop bitterness moves quickly to sweet flavors of caramelized dark fruits and rich toffee. The dry finish leaves a lasting tobacco bitterness on the palate. I started to feel the "heat" about halfway through my glass.

M- A medium to full-bodied feel with light carbonation. The richness of the taste and smell had me anticipating a slightly more viscous texture.

D- This is highly drinkable stuff. I assume that the beer has a high alcohol content- BA says 10%, so I'll go with that. It's a great sipper. Think Sierra Nevada Bigfoot with less hop bitterness and less viscosity. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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!

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice cloudy dark amber color body with a lasting two finger light tan head ,light to medium carbonation, loads of lacing left all down the glass. Aroma of caramel ,light pine resin , fruit,and some spicy hops. Flavor is malty and sweet with some spicy hops, some oaky wood type notes,resin, brown sugar, and just a bit of alcohol, nice level of bitternss. Full body with a creamy mouthfeel ,slightly sticky, very good. A sweet, hoppy finish . A real treat to try , Top shelf brew for sure.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two small snifters. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up...thanks Joe!

A: Pours a cloudy, dark-apricot color with a thin yet creamy, slightly off-white head that left a lot of lace in the glass. The foam quickly receded to an unbroken ring. Carbonation was virtually non-existant despite the healthy hiss when I popped the cap.

S: Strong piney hop aroma that gradually morphs into delicious aromas of caramel, booze, brown sugar, an ever so slightly underpinning of piney hops. Lush tropical fruits are plastered all over this, too.

T: More of the same as above with elements of apricots, rum-soaked raisins, dark-chocolate covered cherries, tobacco, and homemade caramel.

M: Exceedingly thick and creamy with a spicy/minty alcohol burn that add the perfect amount of zip and keeps it from becoming too sweet. Very sticky!

D: Excellent! The only thing that keeps the Drinkability point total from being higher is that 10%. Its' presence is only hinted at in the smell and nose, but my flushed cheeks by the end of the glass told otherwise.

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Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: amber-brown beer clouded with sediment and capped with a layer of white carbonation

s: full range of caramel and toffee malts, loads of date, raisin, and plum, moderate levels of spicy-sweet booze

m: slick medium-full bodied ale, mild carbonation

t: thick caramel and toffeel body with light notes of toast in the finish, date puree, raw molasses sugars, citric hop flavor provides a moderate bitterness, rich malts balanced with a generous hopping

d: an easy sipper

split with dirtylou on the back deck in Reston, probably from pre-football BiF or some such exchange

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

12oz bottle, split with blackie on a deck in reston

appearance: served in a st bernardus chalice, murky amber body with lots of suspended floaters...patches of beige lace

smell: candied sugars, gummy caramel, brown sugar, piney hops...pretty subtle overall

taste: nice barleywine that hangs to the hoppy end of the spectrum...stinging pine, grapefruit peel provides a moderately high bitterness...thick caramel malts, fairly spicy

mouthfeel: stinging pine, high bitterness levels, chewy caramel

drinkability: fine, 6oz is great

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't had a barleywine in months, but one sounded good after a hearty brisket dinner from Podnah's Pit last night. The BBQ at this NE Portland neighborhood joint is 'Texas-style', so a Texan barleywine seemed appropriate. Poured from a 12 oz., twist-capped bottle to a snifter. Thanks to a couple Texan traders for supplying several of these last summer.

Per the Saint Arnold website:
Date Brewed: April 21, 2008
Date Bottled: June 4, 2008

A: Gorgeous rose-auburn glow, nearly-clear but for the finest silty suspension. Plethora of multi-sized carbonation rises to a sandy tan head of cream. Head starts at a finger and falls slowly to a dense, ever-replenished cap - again a very healthy carbonation. Lace in tight sheets.

S: Aroma of piney, salivation-inducing hops melded with a grainy, mildly woody backing. Perfumed in a slightly floral/herbal way - one of our rose bushes has a similarly fleeting spicy-sweetness, almost tea-like.

T: Toasty malt, a sugared cereal then a wallop of spicy, sappy hops. Hints of citrus (orange rind) develop, then a rich cocoa, brown sugar/caramel reduction and a little burnt wood. Finishes with those lasting hops.

M: Smooth carbonation with a creamy texture and finish that develops to a spiced bitterness. Alcohol is masked rather well, heat is minimal. Enveloping mouthfeel, a finely coating hop bitterness lingers for many minutes...I could still taste the faint remnants more than an hour later. Just a little light/thin for the style.

D: A year and a week since the day it was bottled and this one drinks like a champion right now. Not the most complex barleywine I've ever had, but strong flavor and excellent balance (along with just the right time in the cellar) make this quite easy to drink. Very glad to have a couple more of these (thanks Mike/MiguelMandingo, Deniz/JDV and/or Rick/biergut...I know at least two of you are 'to blame' for this one). Recommended!

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Photo of nrbw23
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a murky reddish brown color with a nice tan colored head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Smells of a citrus hops right up front, some malts mainly pale and just a touch of alcohol.

T- Very hoppy upfront leading into a semi-sweet malt. Touch of toffee and brown sugar. Alcohol warming in the finish

M- Full body and light carbonation.

D- Its a good beer just don't think I could drink a lot of these.

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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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Photo of rpstevens
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to JDV for this awesome extra. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

The beer is a very dark, murky brown with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

The smell is sweet toffee and malt with some definite liquor and a slight citrus hop.

There is more hop presence in the taste than the smell. The slight citrusy bitterness starts the taste and then the toffee and malt follow up and dominate the flavor.

The beer is complex and nicely carbonated, but definitely a sipper. It is very syrupy and thick and the booziness gets a little more obvious as the beer warms.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 56 degrees.

Pours dark copper with a reddish hue and a half inch head of beige. A fall of the dense head revealed a partial skim coat on the surface as well as a few dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with pungent hops, juicy malt, and mild alcohol. Hints of toffee, caramel, and leather follow through.

On the full side of medium bodied with a chewy, tacky mouthfeel. Creamy in nature with a crisp hop bite.

Chewy malt, bitter hops, and warming alcohol start the palate. Plenty of chipped toffee and burnt sugars follow through along with hints of dusty cardboard and grapefruit.

Finishes with a large, lingering bitterness, malty overtones, grapefruit pith, warming alcohol, and wet paper.

A big, bad American barleywine for sure. Past prime though with faded hops and oxidation.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium sized light brown head with good retention and nice lacing. The beer is a dark copper color.

S- Lots of sweet roasted malts, roasted pecans brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla. Hint of hops and light alcohol is also present.

T- Sweet caramel and brown sugar is fallowed by dry roasted nuts and a nice bitter pine hop presence. Ends with some sweetness on the tongue and dry bitterness in the back of your mouth.

M- Full bodied with a nice range of juiciness and dryness.

Overall I would say that this is on the bitter/hoppy side of Barley wines, if you are looking for that this is a good beer to try. I personally like the sweet malty roasted not character in my barley wines, though it was still pretty good.

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

I got this 12oz bottle from whoneeds8 for winning the halftime score in SNF squares/week 5, Thanks Maston!

Served in a snifter the brew is a murky brown color with a rich, creamy tan head that had decent retention and left thin wisps of lacing.
The aroma is full of piney hops, sweet malt and a light scent of alcohol.
The taste is a good blend of sweet meets bitter with the warming of the alcohol letting you know this is a barleywine.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation it goes down slow and easy.
Sip and Enjoy!

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Thanks, JDV!

Pours a murky mahogany with a HUGE, plush, creamy head. Great retention, and loads of lacing. Phenomenal looking beer.

Big hop punch in the aroma, smells like those C hops that I love so much. Tons of orange and pine, with some brown sugar. Pale malt backbone and some well-hidden booze.

I really enjoy this one. There is some great hop bitterness, and a lingering pine finish. The pale malt and brown sugar do a nice job of balancing in the background.

Body is fairly light for a barleywine. A nice warming sensation is the only hint of alcohol. Nice, smooth drinker. Very good stuff.

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

Well I finally consumed my last one from my trip to Texas last summer... this review is a bit of an amalgamation, as I'd taken notes on my previous drinking experiences, and I think this lost a little bit with age, sadly.

Regardless of when I had this, it poured a gorgeous ruby hue, luscious and creamy looking with a rush of tiny bubbles to form a thick, stout head with great lacing and retention.

The aroma was pungently hop forward, citrus fruit and flowers sliding into a round, caramel sweetness. Currants and almost a candied walnut earthy sweetness.

In terms of balance on the palate this was sublimely perfect, although some purists or more English Barleywine oriented might find this lacking some of the intense depth of maltiness found in others, to me this was spectacular. A round, rich mid-palate maltiness of caramel and light toast that finishes dry, dry dry... allowing a passion fruit hoppy flavor (the citrus disappearing) combined with a bit of rose water. My most recent bottle had lost some of this amazing hop flavor, and as it stands now the dry (for a barleywine) finish still made this an astoundingly drinkable barleywine, but wasn't quite the warm, end of the meal sipper others might be looking for.

It pushes towards a DIPA, but distinctly has a figgy, caramel boldness mid-palate that even Imperial Reds seem to lack. Strangely I wasn't wowed by the mouthfeel despite the appearance, not quite as velvety or filling as the best.

Loved this beer, it will be remembered fondly.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 197 ratings.
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