Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by CrellMoset:
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a great trader as part of Black Booty, Vol III last year. Been waiting to crack this one a while. Poured in to an oversized snifter, both probably because it's appropriate and because I couldn't find my tulip.
Appearance: Pours a molasses brownie fudge, dark, thick, and rich, opulent even, slithering out of the neck of the stubby bottle and in to the chasm of the glass. Half a finger of mocha-hued head manages to form in the vacuous openness of the snifter but it fades fairly quickly in to a bubbly, sudsy collar and a fleeting surface dusting. Successive sips leave rippling, mirage-esque bits and pieces of lacing. It's a rich-looking beer, but all the other aspects are what one would expect from a 10.0% imperial stout.
Aroma: Luscious milk chocolate and dark, toffee-coated raisins greet the nose warmly, followed by wave after wave of dry, mature, mellow, dark malts, all the way from moderately roasted to singed to perfection. It's a great array of toastiness, and it mingles well with all of the yeasty fruity nuances.
Taste: I imagine this one's dried out a little with age, but it's still very robustly flavored. Tons of bittersweet fudge dominate the malt profile, but some black patent astringencies and dark toastiness do sneak through amidst the lighter players. Dark toffee also intermingles nicely with a few dark fruit notes, mainly raisins, but also some mildly tart dates, and a surprising amount of berry notes, mostly blueberries. Hop bitterness is an afterthought, faded as much as the sweetness has become with such aging.
Mouthfeel: Thick, fat, syrupy, slick, and still. The carbonation is still present but has definitely subsided, leaving only hints of a tickle of effervescence with the initial dozen or so sips and then even less.
Drinkability: A great beer, and one that's perfect in a twelve oz. bottle at 10% (though that doesn't mean I didn't wish I had more). Age has been kind to this one, and I'm pleased it hasn't developed more than the faintest twinge of oxidation, a graceful, mellow oxidation. Somewhat futile to tell people to seek this out at this stage, but if you get the chance, it's definitely worth trying - a refined, well-made RIS that's a nice change of pace from those over the top, in your face versions that permeate the shelves these days.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2011 04:14:28 | More by CrellMoset
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4.91/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 5 has a very thin, tan head and a deep, dark brown appearance (may as well say black). The aroma is full- sweet, dark-roasted barley malt, dark fruits, liquorice, black cherries, candi sugar, some chocolate, and some coffee. Flavor is the same, with some powder, cellar mold, and a decent amount of bitterness showing itself. Mouthfeel is mostly thick, and Saint Arnold Divine Resrve 5 finishes mostly dry, sweet, and quite drinkable. One would not guess this has a 10% abv. Overall, this is just world class, and I love it! If you ever see it, get it!
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2013 00:01:55 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle into a snifter - big thanks to Chad for this long time want!
A: Pours a dark brown, pretty black in the glass, with a nice dark tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a touch of lacing on the glass.
S: The nose was full of chocolate, some vanilla, a bit of molasses, and a small hint of smoke. I'd never had this one before but it smells like it has aged wonderfully.
T: The taste was really great. I got nice flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, some vanilla, and a touch of smoke on the finish. Really excellent example of a RIS.
M: The feel was medium bodied and a bit creamy.
O: Given the age this thing was very tasty. I had been wanting to try this ever since I got into beer and am very happy it finally happened while the beer is still amazing. I'd love to try it again in a year to see if it has peaked or is still going.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2012 20:10:17 | More by GregSVT
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.