Modifications to this record on March 15, 2019
Reason for change:
Beer added to the database by cyrenaica (ID# 6628)
Beer name: Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #18
Brewer: Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Availability: Limited Edition
Divine Reserve No. 18
Diving into darkness, you can gain insight into your potential. Allow the absence of light, and truly find what it means to have it. This approach was taken when designing Divine Reserve No. 18.
How can we push the limits of our brewhouse? Our house Saint Arnold yeast? Ourselves? After many, many test brews of Imperial Stouts, we found the processes needed to create a beer with massive amounts of flavor and aromatic qualities.
For DR18, we used a grain bill that required four times the amount of grain as Fancy Lawnmower, dosed in two additions of Belgian candi syrup during fermentation to provide an adrenaline shot to the yeast, and let the beer rest for three months before adding a small amount of Madagascar vanilla beans as an added layer of complexity.
The beer pours a rich darkness - no light passes through - topped with a mocha colored head. The aroma is filled with molasses, vanilla, baker's chocolate, and rich dark fruit from our house yeast. The flavor profile starts with rich chocolate and raspberries that are dipped in honey, then builds on dried dark cherry notes, and finishes with wine like silkiness.
Please enjoy Divine Reserve No. 18 at 60° and in the safety of your own home.
Date Brewed: October 31, 2017
Date Bottled: February 1, 2018
Original Gravity: 1.125
Final Gravity: 1.027
Alcohol: 13.4% ABV
Bitterness: 48 IBU
Malts: 2-Row, Cara 45, C-120, Midnight Wheat
Yeast: Saint Arnold