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:
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Added by champ103 on 09-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mikereaser
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky chestnut brown with 3 fingers of off-white foam that faded slowly leaving a glass full of lacing
S - I'm only picking up a bit of the chocolate that everyone else seems to be, a bit of toffee with a hint of burnt smell
T - wow, the chocolate really comes through in the flavor, it is very reminiscent of Box of Chocolates, very nice flavor in deed.
M - smooth and creamy, good carbonation
D - I normally don't like scotch ales but this one is amazing. Really nice indeed.

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Photo of claytong
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - cloudy, maybe some chill haze. brown auburn in color bit of ruby in it as well. head was quick with lacing around the rim and not much in the middle

smell - chocolate milk mmmm does this 9.3 beer remind me of my childhood? yes, but thats okay because it just smells like chocolate milk, grain in the end

taste - not thick enough to be chocolate milk, otherwise got the chocolate, grains are heavier than i thought they might be. a bit of alcohol on the end.

mouthfeel - a bit too light body for what i was thinking/hoping. carbonation is there and pretty dead on. need more milk in my chocolate milk

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 300th Texas rate. Shared by someone at the most recent Freetail bottle release party. The beer pours a copper color with a white head. The aroma is very malty. I get a lot of very sweet toffee as well as a little bit of alcohol. The flavor is more of the same. The alcohol and sweet, sugary malt really stand out. There is also some nice dark fruit notes with some figs and cherries. Smooth and easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer is about two years old but has held up very nicely.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yet another one sent to me by Mikesgroove. Thanks Mike!

Divine Reserve 8 Pours dark and very cloudy; it is brown in the middle and varying hues of red and orange as light passes through toward the edges. The tan head is small and disappears quickly.

The aroma has bits of chocolate and toasted malt, with some sweet toffee to go along with it. There is also a peat-like smoky aroma that is quite pleasant; it almost smells like scotch.

Toasted malt and a little bit of citrus from faded hops greet me immediately. A little bit of bitterness still lingers to go along with the hops. The smoky aroma is less smoky, but the peat characteristics are much more powerful, and I like them. After that comes a hint of chocolate and a good bit of toffee along with some caramel. The slightest hint of oxidation has crept into this one, even though it was waxed. The finish has a powerful warmth from the alcohol that I can feel in my throat. Actually, I can feel the heat throughout this one. Throughout this beer and especially in the finish I also notice a good amount of fruit notes. The Toasted malt and the smoky peat along with the alcohol are the most powerful flavors in this one.

The mouthfeel has a slightly chewy feel to it, but still has very prickly carbonation. The heat from the booze is palpable.

I liked this one, but I can see it getting better with some more age on it, especially considering the amount of warmth and booze that this one packs. In fact, I really dig the peat, but that heat dropped a few of these scores.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BgThang for this extra. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with a yellowish foam that settles to a thick collar and wispy haze on top, but with minimal lace. Hazy reddish orange body.

S - Smoke, peat, ham, earth, and some surprisingly restrained malt sweetness for this style. I think this has been erroneously listed as a Scotch Ale instead of a Scottish Ale. A bit of alcohol peaks through, but that's not inappropriate, regardless of which it is.

T - Taste has a bit more sweetness, but it's in a honey-glazed ham sort of way. The earthy, meaty character is actually a welcome change of pace from some cloying examples of this style.

M - Surprisingly harsh carbonation, some stickiness, and a lightly burnt finish. Medium-full body.

D - Not the most drinkable of beers, but better than many of its brethren. If you like smoke you'll really dig this one. I'd consider having it again.

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MasterSki dropped by and brought this interesting offering.

A - Brownish red, off-white head, not a lot of stick on the side.

S - A lot of smoke going on here, bit of caramel malts, lot of peat smell there.

T - One of the more peaty beers I have ever tasted. Great smoke, something like a bit of ham there in the taste. This is very appropriate for the style, with the peaty taste reminding me a bit of scotch. This is a style of beer I usually don't care for, but this one is quite unique and pretty good.

M - Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

D - A pretty good beer, the alcohol is decently hidden, this is actually a really solid take on the style, and unique enough that I would recommend 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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Photo of Beertracker
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SADR#8 pours up with a modest carbonation that creates a low, thin creamy beige colored head that's barely sustainable above the chestnut brown-russet body. The clarity suffers from some serious chill-haze, but becomes brighter as it warms. The rich, sweet caramel aroma showcases an abundant maltiness with hints of roasted chestnuts, toffee bits, treacle & figgy pudding compiled by some wonderful brandied fruitcake notes. There's just a hint of leafy earthiness, spicy hops & peat bog smokiness that emerges as the beer warms in hand along with an intermingly of whisky notes & some oxidation that adds to the overall complexity. This malt forward beer is dominated by an inherent spiciness that seems foreign to me for the style. It's not a bad thing, just unexpected? The flavor continues to develop with some additional toastiness followed by quite a bit of fruitiness (plum preserves, raisin pie, ripened fig) then becomes sweeter before being undercut by the kettle hops that creates a lingering, bittersweet, spicy warming finish. This medium-full bodied Wee Heavy has a nice creaminess, but could use a bit more carbonation (even per style) and it thins out to much towards the middle-end. I must confess that I was maybe expecting a bit more from this one, yet I find solace in this malty tipple on a long, cold winter's night. Here's to the barley blessings of Saint Arnold!

Sláinte! Beertracker

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to klikger for the generous extra.

Porued into a snifter. A real cloudy brownish amber color. Small head head drops fast to thin, white bubbled halo.

Hugh caramel in the nose. Some dark fruit...cherry and red apple. There's also some sweet funk. The smoke I was expecting didn't show up until the beer warmed quite a bit. Even then it was hardly noticeable.

Taste is really smooth. Buttery,toffee,and caramel. More smoke than in the nose. Alcohal is very well hidden.

This may be the first time the taste of the beer was overwhelmingly bnetter than the smell and appearance. This one had me worried to start but really delivered in the end.

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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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Photo of 7ways
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tight long lasting thin head with small white bubbles. It's a very turbid rusty brown color with just a few floaties.

Smells intensely of raisins, caramel, fresh bread, scotch and smoke. Very satisfying, and really smells like an excellent barleywine.

That's a damn good wee heavy! Not as intense as some I've had, in a positive way. Not too buttery, just enough. Smoke, oak, and fruit are the highlights, kind of like a lighter version of Hair of the Dog Adam with a fruity aspect. Beautiful malt showcase. Honey, raisins, dried fruit in the beginning; tannic, smokey and Islay in the finish. Nice hint of alcohol to round out the 'heavy' aspect.

Mouthfeel could be more full, but the sky could be a bit more blue.

This is what a smoked barleywine tastes like when it's done right.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At time of tasting this beer is almost a year old

Pours a 3/4 finger cappuccino colored head. Body is a clear mahogany color. Head and lacing lasted throughout most of the glass

First smell is of sweet roasted caramel malts. Coffee aroma is minimal, hops are pretty non existent, and alcohol is slightly present. Smoked peat also lingers

This beer is pure malts, sweet sugary liquid malt. Burnt malt is also there, expectantly since its a scotch ale. Alcohol is toned down but still present since it's almost 10 percent. Hops are very very faint.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and good. Carbonation level was lively. Head was slightly present.

Drink ability was alittle bit better than I actually scored it. It was just too sweet to give it a 4. Could drink acouple of these at a time but the overly sweetness of it would prolly get old fast. Dont know how this beer is fresh but aging seemed to tone down the alcohol. Would seek out this beer again if it was available and I was in the mood for liquid malt.

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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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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TexasStout for shooting me a couple bottles of this brew. Cleaning out the dark corners of the beer fridge this weekend, not sure why I've let a scotch ale sit so long; they're one of my wife's favorite styles, & this has been a good series to date. Without further ado.

Pour is muddied liquid caramel, blending in like camo into the new leather couches in my man-cave. Sweet caramel also leaks into my nose, along with toffee, alcohol, & the barest beginnings of oxidation.

Divine Reserve #8 is a blast of flavor. The frequently mentioned caramel is coating every other taste, of which there are several. Toffee adds to the Candy Store circus, along with notes of dark, shrively fruits; figs, raisins, dried apples, prunes. Waiting behind the curtains patiently is a whiff of forest fire, too, a most unexpected taste that serves to parry the sweetness & keep is from cloying up the senses. A heavy, darkish brew that's appropriately somber & makes me want to drink it all night.

A worthy addition to the Reserve series, & an excellent beer overall. In the firmament of scotch ales, #8 can hold its head high in the most highly regarded company.

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Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Twiggamortis420 for the opportunity to sample this great beer.

Divine 8 puors a slight hazy, mahogany amber color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose in this beer is terrific, showing caramel, brown sugar, toffee, milk chocolate and orange citrus. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet ale, but this beer is so well balanced, the sweetness never seems overdone or heavy on the palate. Mouthfeel is rich and full,with a long finish. Drinkability is amazing for a beer with this abv., as despite the sweetness and noticeable alcohol, each sips makes you want to take another. Interestingly, although I thought this beer well balanced and oh so very light on its feet, there's not even a hint of bitterness. That's how well the hops are integrated into the recipe.

Really liked this one... excellent stuff.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Hoegaarden tumbler.

I believe this came from JJFoodie a while back. Thanks Justin!

A: Pours a muddy deep mahogany. Bright crimson highlights around the edges. Very pretty color. Short head fades very fast leaving just a ring. Quite a bit of sediment.

S: Sweet cherry liquer and even a little alcohol. I'd have pegged this as a barleywine in a blind scent test. Slightly acetic.

T: Highly carmelized flavor. Some toffee and bitter chocolate. Suggestions of dark fruit. Fairly complex. Slight alcohol in the scent but zero as far as flavor goes. Finishes with some dryness and a faint bitterness that reminds me of unsweetened iced black tea.

M: Carbonation is good. Tiny bubbles create a very nice silky mouthfeel. If I'm nit-picking it is just a hair too thin.

D: This is a big beer, but it doesn't drink as such. This is what we call "dangerously drinkable" at 9.3% abv. Complex enough to keep the palate interested. About as drinkable as could be expected.

This beer has been staring at me for months but that short, stubby, plain-jane bottle just didn't move me compared to all the limited edition this and that in my "cellar." If I'd only knew what was waiting for me! If you're a fan of the style give this one a chance. I don't have access to Saint Arnold but the two beers I've had, Reserve 8 & 9, were both very nice. I'd definitely revisit this one again.

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Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just opened a bottle 06/08/10. I usually drink a special beer before I travel for work (not uncommonly around the world). I added this way back when, and enjoyed it on tap. Lets see how the bottle version has held up after about 9 months.

A: Pours a hazy orange/brown color. A two finger beige head forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace are left behind.
S: Smoke, dry wood, and lots of dark fruits. Chocolate covered cherries and plums. A light oxidation. Oh ya, the aroma has developed nicely.
T: Lots of dry wood and peaty smoke flavors that I love. Dark fruits of cherries and plums that follow the nose. Light toffee flavors. I love it.
M/D: A full body that is incredibly creamy, smooth, and velvety. Very dry as well. Really easy to sip on. A great beer as a night cap.

I would say that I really enjoyed this on tap. Though this is exceptional out of the bottle. This has improved a ton over the last several months. If you still have some bottles, this is excellent right now. Well done Saint Arnold.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was shared at a local tasting. Taken from notes.

Nice golden orange with a nice ring of head.

Sweet in the nose with some dried fruits.

The taste follows the nose with a creamy finish.

The feek of this beer is creamy as hell.

This is one drinkable brew with a nice luxurious feel.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a hazy amber color, beige foam with some very decent head retention. Aromas of smoke, orange, malt and nuts. Flavors of peat smoke, dark fruits and chocolate. Over time the alcohol has mellowed and integrated nicely into the beer. Very nice.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a murky looking orangeish brown color. One finger light tan head that sticks around for a slight while. Light watery lacing that slides back into the glass.

S- Nice smokey aroma to this....not overpowering but just a light smokey smell throughout the entire aroma. Some light dark fruits in this as well. Some toffee malts in this and light caramel malts as well.

T- This comes out kicking with a semi-sweet caramel and toffee malts. There is a light darker fruits in the middle of the taste. Some smokey tastes throughout the entire beer but stronger in the backend with a light blast of alcohol.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the light side. Big caramel malts left on the palate with some smokey alcohol in the aftertaste. Some heavy drying on the palate with this beer. Tastes blend together perfectly with no off flavors or stand out flavor.

D- This was a interesting beer that I must say I enjoyed a whole lot. A great take on a flavorful beer. I wish I had some more of this to sit on...great now but I feel in a year it will be divine (no pun intended).

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in trades with Ezekiel81923 and JJFoodie. Thanks to Ryan and Justin, I can have one now and see what another year does to the brew as well!

A: Looks a lot like apple cider. Murky brownish-orange body, with a white head that only lasted a few seconds.

S: A gentle, yet pervasive smokiness is what greets my nostrils first. There's a little bacon in it, but it's mostly smoky in the way a campfire smells. Behind it is tangy fruit - lemons, apples, and (dare I put it in the same sentence?), oranges. There is a slight note of chocolate at the end.

T: Begins with a more sweet fruit flavor of apples. Then towards the middle tanginess comes in, along with a similar smoke to the nose and some chocolate, which I didn't get until halfway through the bottle. As this wanes, the sweeter flavors creep back in. The aftertaste is a bit of the smokiness, which lingers for five to ten seconds.

M: Nothing special, but lets the flavor shine through.

D: Gut. Beer is balanced and tasty. 9.3 % abv, eh? Feels like 5 or 6.

A tasty, somewhat unique beer. Not as complex as it could be, but the flavors meld together well. I hope other breweries experiment with combining smoky and fruity flavors.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" orangey tan head above the cloudy orangey copper brew. Head lasts well, with coating lacing that falls ever so slowly. Aroma is leathery and fruity. Taste starts with tannins, dried fruits in the middle, with a melding of flavors at the close, and light warming. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is quite good. Excellent.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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