Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Super thanks to Deuane for this one!
This pours black. This is how it should be with a RIS, so it's starting out well. It produces a minimal head of dark brown foam. With 10.00%abv though, this is understandable. The lacing is in tiny spots and mildly sticky. The liquid leaves a slightly oily film on the glass and the lacing is sliding it.
This has a huge, malty nose, with a touch of sweetness and a lot of roastiness. There are mild hints of dark cherries. Much to my surprise, I'm getting a good level of vanilla here, also. A very light hint of licorice.
This is definitely heavy on the big, dark, roasty flavor, but it's not in a palate destroying way. It's actually smooth and quite nice. There are notes of rich, dark chocolates. There is a sweetness of dark cherries that is very nice. The vanilla notes are not as big as they were in the nose, but are still here.
This is a big, bold, beer that manages to maintain a wonderfully drinkable balance.
This one is full-bodied and viscous. It has a mild level of carbonation. This presents itself as very smooth and nicely creamy. Almost like velvet.
The high abv is well-hidden. If I didn't know, I'd guess it to be in 6.5% to 7.5% range. Combine this with the wonderful flavor and balance and this is a very drinkable and enjoyable brew.
I wish I had a warehouse of this stuff.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2009 04:24:28 | More by coldmeat23
More User Reviews:
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
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.