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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by champ103 on 09-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 92
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of Mikeypnh
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of rsawyer
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz. Bottle - picked up a 6 pack at a local Krogers on my way home from work. While the Divine Reserve series hype was certainly warranted for Divine Reserve 5 and Divine Reserve 6, I am of the personal opinion that 7 was certainly a let down, and 8 is as well.

A- The beer pours a very plain amber / brown with almost no carbonation and no head after a strong pour. While the beer's appearance wasn't so bad that I would consider it horrible, it was quite plain and in my opinion below average for the style.

S- What smell? Smells like the Saint Arnold house yeast to me. I was expecting to pick up slight hints of peat, tobacco, carmel, or sweet tea... but I got nothing. The smell is missing!

T- Well... it tast like a full bodied brown ale with some very slight hints of chocolate or tea... and maybe a slight hint of vanilla and tobacco. What I would consider average for the style.

M- Average for the style - not earth shattering. Full as I expected.

D- I may give the rest of the 6 pack away and just go buy some Old Chub if I want a solid Scotch / Wee Heavy this fall / winter.

Overall - SA did a great job getting their "Army" moving. The hype was created. The masses bought it up. Good for them. Nice to see local breweries making it. However, this beer is all hype and nothing that I would go out of my way to try again or trade for.

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Photo of Mike
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008 bottle consumed may 2015. Low carb, no head or lacing. Heavy alcohol on the nose. Boozy and not really enjoyable. Not sure if time did this one in or if it was bad from the start.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The last of the (new to me, anyway) DR series beers.

A: The pour is a dark orange color with a thin off-white head.

S: Sweet malts, vanilla, caramel, raisins, oranges, and peat on the nose. A fairly standard nose for the style; good but not overwhelming.

T: The peat character is much more dominant on the flavor than I would have expected from the nose. A moderate level of sweetness in the form of caramel malts and citrus fruits. Some light fruitiness, in addition to the citrus notes.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively, but medium, carbonation.

D: Not quite as good as the previous Wee Heavy in the series, unfortunately. Actually, toward the bottom in terms of my enjoyment of the DR beers.

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3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this bottle froma friend last night.

The nose had something interesting./ Could not pinpoint it. Did not know if I was turned off or if I like the smell. Gave it middle of the road since I was as well.

The colors were a deepcaramel brownish color.

The taste- I could definitely taste the smokey peat that was in the beer. I can say with confidence I am not a fan of the smokey peat. I know its part of the style and this beer seems to be dead on.

The mouthfeel. Creamy slow sipper of a beer. Carbonation was good

I am glad I tried this. It has put me on the fence though of buying a sixer or not. I would like to revist this one in about a year and in about 2 years to compare the differences. A solid brew that does not have any difficulties being a scotch ale. If you like this style jump on it.

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Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received this as an extra in a recent trade with BelgianBeerGal. Thanks a lot Amy!

Pours a dark amber/chestnut color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thin foamy yellowish beige head that immediately fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet malt aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, alcohol and dark fruit. I'm picking up raisin, fig and plum in the nose as well as a very faint smokey character and subtle spice. Smells more like a barleywine.

Medium bodied with some soft carbonation up front that lingers over the sweet, leathery malt body into a sweet, slightly warm finish. Very sweet with earthy, leathery malts that give off hints of toffee, biscuit, caramel and rye. Lots of alcohol sweetness but not to hot with a prominent dark fruit flavor. Hints of raisin, fig, grape, plum and dark berries. As in the aroma, there is a slight spice character with a decent amount of pepper.

Overall, this looks and tastes like a tamed down, overly spicy barleywine. There's a prominent dark fruit presence that balances things a bit but this beer is a bit harsh despite it's sweetness.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours very little head with almost zero retention and an amber color.

Smell is of some dark raisins and a slight bit of pale chocolate. However, a distinctive solventy smell starts to linger and messes everything up. As the beer warms up, a dinstinctive smokiness comes through

Taste is a little bit hot from the alcohol, but the dark crystal and bit of dark fruits with a slight hint of pale chocolate malt really meld nicely. Also a good bit of smokiness comes through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, but the beer is very malty.

My biggest issue with this beer is the solventy nose and the fusel alcohols. I think that this could be a much better beer if it was aged longer. My suggestion to anyone who has this beer is to age it for at least 2 years.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of nickd717
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle via trade.

Pours a clear medium reddish-amber color with a small off-white head that fades before too long.

Aroma is smoky and a little rubbery with some sweet malt.

Flavor is smoky and peaty with caramel malt and toffee. A little sweet but not terribly so.

Smooth on the palate with medium-full body.

About average for the style, maybe a little better.

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3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from pswoldier! Poured into my Shoreline pint glass on this chilly day.

Pours a brownish/orangey color with a fluffy head. That turns into a small rim.

Smells like Brach's caramel, toasted bread and a dash of vanilla.

Tastes the same but not as good as I hoped. I get a dash of sponge during the finish. There is some stickiness to this, and it has nice carbonation, but this misses the mark compared to some of the other wee heavies out there. Still, St. Arnold's is a brewery worth investigating and I look forward to trying more from them.

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3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mhewes for this extra. Had it on 11/19, from notes.

Pours between brown and dark ruby into my tulip. Orangey and red around the edges, a nice color. Spotty lacing after a good sized light tan head.

Smells of lightly toasted malts, werther's caramel candies. Hearty biscuits fresh out of the oven. Light campfire smoke and some alcohol as it warmed. Rich toffee and marzipan. A dash of vanilla extract.

Tastes of rich caramel, moderate complexity - overall considerably sweet. Alcohol is apparent as well as rich malts described in the aroma. Good, bordering creamy mouthfeel which is nice and expected for style. Very rich and gets to be a bit cloying after a while. One and done, but a nice effort overall.

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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Starts out as one of those beers that is all head but as I gauge the pour, the beer delivers a murky amber color with a creamy beige head that leaves a nice pattern

Smell: Caramel, hints of smoke and a bit of fusel alcohol

Taste: Toffee and multi-grain bread flavors, up front, with a bit of citrus fruit and fusel alcohol developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the smokey peat flavors join in, though the beer finishes rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Thick body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty decent wee heavy, though it may take some time to come together; still it has some flaws that may also hinder it over time

Thanks, MiguelMandingo, for the opportunity

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet caramelized malt is dominating with light toffee notes and some lingering smoke. Taste is sweeter then expected with loads of caramelized malt and sweet toffee with a light smoky finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no signs of alcohol. Well done though a bit sweet for my taste - bonus point for the smoke notes thought.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of slvrmon82
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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