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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5

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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TexIndy on 08-14-2007)
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Photo of HoustonTX


4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Year and 3 months since my first taste of this divine concoction.
This is an update on how it's held up since then.

Jet black body, with a thin dark mocha head.
Aroma is still densely chocolaty, with fringes of toffee, chocolate, toffee, and creme. Wonderful aroma still, very pleasing to the senses. Taste is still huge. Enormous amounts of dark coffee beans, hazelnut, rich chocolate, cocoa, sweet toffee, brown sugar, caramel, residual sugars, burnt toast, and fringes of light vanilla. Absolutely extrodinary.

This beer has held up and then some. By far one of the best RIS ever brewed. This is a beer that proudly makes me say, I'm from Houston Texas damnit. Just phenomenal.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2009 04:18:02 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Gingerman in Austin as a 1/2 pint. I feel lucky to get it on tap as I heard in only lasted about 8 weeks. Pour was jet black (although the bar was fairly dark-maybe a hint of red in there). Small white capped head with good lacing. Smell was roasted coffee and chocolate. The smell matched perfectly and went down easy. This brew filled up your mouth and lingered there before going down very smooth. Just enough hops to keep it interesting on the back end but the smooth dark malt is the highlight. There was a little fruitiness (mostly esther banana) which added a very nice touch. The alcohol was well hidden, but I could begin to feel it creeping up. Sip this beer slowly and enjoy it-though it would be easy to put down a few of these. Bought a 6 pack and can't wait to see what this is like next year!

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 21:48:38 | More by hopsleeroy
Photo of Pegasus


4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep shimmering obsidian in color, with a large and quite persistent dark caramel head.

Aroma: Profound notes of bitter cocoa and unsweetened chocolate, with lesser notes of wood and vanilla.

Taste: Strong notes of dark roasted malt at the open, followed by intensely bitter, earthy cocoa and charred malt. Finishes dry, with a moderately strong and lingering herbal and citrus hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, very rich, almost cappuccino-like in fullness.

Drinkability/notes: Simply extraordinary in its quality, in a way that mere words fail to justify. This beer is well-worthy of the effort and expense that will likely be required to secure a bottle.

Sampled on tap at The Draught House in Austin, Texas.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2007 14:17:09 | More by Pegasus
Photo of BeerBelcher


4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the good fortune to visit the Gingerman in Austin, where I saw this unfamiliar beer on the board. I gave it a try (served in a 10oz butcher glass) and was tremendously pleased with it.

It appeared a be a bit viscous in my glass with a very dark brown head which reminded me of chocolate milk frothiness. One whiff told me this was going to be a beer with a ton of roastiness. Flavor was great; extremely roasty with a ton of "burned pizza crust" flavor balanced with some accompanying notes of coffee and a few sweeter chocolate notes. There are a ton of beers with a lot of chocolate malt, but this one offers that flavor with a lot of very nice accompanying flavors. Mouthfeel was a bit thick and left a dry feeling in my mouth.

Delicious, and very highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2007 22:33:51 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of maxwere


4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One day I will have to try an Storm King, Avery Czar or Oak Aged Yeti on draft, but until then, I have to say that this was the best RIS I have ever tasted! It did not have the distinctive "twang" (that I don't care for) that is usually identifiable of St Arnold.

I found this on draft at the Mucky Duck in Houston. It's not on the menu, so you'll have to ask for it.

Head: Medium "dirty" brown. Had the smell of dark chocolate/coffee.

Body: Opaque with many complex flavors that you'd find in the richest desserts. This beer got much better as it sat in the glass and reached about 60-70 degrees.

Like most RIS, take your time, this is the type of beer you would sip on for a half hour or so to really enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2007 17:08:31 | More by maxwere
Photo of RonaldTheriot


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
Photo of GregSVT


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
Photo of brystmar


4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared 3 ways, been looking forward to this one for awhile!

Good head and tan lace atop the pour. Fantastic aroma with plenty of toffee and caramel layering on top of the roastyness. Everything comes together nicely in the taste too; bourbon is strong but nicely balanced. Easily the best, most mature brew I've ever tried from St Arnold. Too bad it's only 12oz :(

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 00:31:34 | More by brystmar
Photo of TexAggie011


4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of cracking open on these just the other day.

A - poured black with still a slight tan head not many bubbles left after againg.

S - Rich with choclate with a hint of carmled sugars.

T- full of rich sweet choclate lost most of the alcohol tatse to give for a smooth finish.

O - this beer had aged very well and still getting better had everything a great stout should have smooth, bold and sweet flavor

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 20:18:25 | More by TexAggie011
Photo of beermaker1


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black, very slight tan/mocha colored head, thin bubbles, nice legs.

S - Roasty chocolate, dark fruit, , sweet burnt sugars, slight booze note. Very rich and decadent with all the rich malty chocolate and excellent roast notes.

T - Huge roast, dark chocolate, slight touch of dark fruit, oak. Very strong Port like initial flavor.

M - Full body, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - An excellent RIS that I really enjoyed. Hard to find any faults with this one,I have had this in storage since the release. I cant get over how well it has aged. The first taste to hit me was a Port like flavor. Excellent. I can wait to start picking away at this case. If you can find a bottle, get this! I have many to trade....

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 01:44:33 | More by beermaker1
Photo of Sean9689


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for this one! 12oz bottle split up into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black, slight tan/mocha colored head, big bubbles, thin collar, no cap.

S - Roasty chocolate, dark fruit, whoppers (the candy), sweet burnt sugars, slight booze note. Very rich and decadent with all the rich malty chocolate (ie. whoppers) and excellent roast notes.

T - Huge roast, dark chocolate, slight touch of dark fruit, oak. Again, a wonderful blend of roast, chocolate, and oak. Very smooth and creamy, like a chocolate truffle.

M - Full body, smooth carbonation, creamy finish.

O - An excellent RIS that I really enjoyed. Hard to find any faults with this one, and the candy whopper notes really stuck out in my mind and made this one memorable then most. If you can find a bottle, get this!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 16:57:50 | More by Sean9689
Photo of 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
Photo of joshuaseresse


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this as part of a generous trade with tjmodica, thanks Tom! Split with my girlfriend and poured into snifters:

A - Pours a jet black with a nice, although slightly thin, mocha head. After a bit, the head dies into a nice, thick foam ring around the edges with patchy bubbles around the edges and middle. Lacing is pretty thick, although its slides right on down the sides of the glass.

S - Nice roast that is not overpowering, bakers chocolate, cocoa, fudge and a touch of coffee grounds. Just a light touch of hops and vanilla. Really nice, delicious smell.

T - Dark belgium chocolate, cocoa, roast, malts and a bit of hops. Oak, wood and a touch of smoke. Reminds me of a coffee chocolate cake, topped with fudge. Delicious!

M - Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is lighter but the texture is just great. A little bit drying from the roast, but it is good stuff.

O - I really like this stuff. Its been a while since I've found a non barrel aged stout that tastes like this. The flavor is all there, the smell is great and I just really enjoyed this beer. I don't know exactly how old this stuff is but I want more to age and drink whenever I want. Thanks again Tom!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 06:40:26 | More by joshuaseresse
Photo of Mora2000


4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bu11zeye for giving me this bottle. This is a beer that I thought I had missed out on.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and roasted malt, with a little bit of soy sauce. I also get some nice vanilla notes.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. Even though the beer is not barrel aged, I get some vanilla and maple notes in the flavor. All of the flavors compliment each other very nicely. There is also a slight bit of soy sauce in the flavor but it is fairly subtle.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 04:49:24 | More by Mora2000
Photo of beachbum1975


4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewdlyhooked13 was kind enough to give this to me about a year ago. Thanks very much!

Real-time review taking place; nice little psst while prying off the cap.

Poured at 50 degrees into a wide mouthed wine glass. Pours a clear, but barely visible, dirty oil to black in color. The head only lasted a moment, leaving a small ring of suds around the edges of my glass. Mocha brown head.

A big, vivid burst of roasted malts, coffee grounds so intense it's almost as if they were at the verge of being burnt, mixed with figs, oak and sweet brandy. Black licorice vibe in the base of this, as well.

Black licorice is much more evident when tasting. Coffee, mildly sweet malts, dark chocolate and cherry picked up. Complex and decadent.

Thick, wet & slippery mouthfeel. Lower carbonation. Finishes a bit watery and leaves a burnt caramel taste lingering in my mouth.

Very nice example of a RIS! Good work Saint Arnold's!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 02:11:34 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of womencantsail


2.95/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a very dark brown color, almost black, with a thin ring of tan foam.

S: A weird chemical aroma, sort of a cleaning solution thing going on, with the more usual chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt aromas. Alcohol is quite noticeable, too, even though it's "only" 10%, along with overripe dark fruits.

T: The flavor is definitely better, but sort of weak for a style like RIS. Roasted malts, coffee, molasses, alcoholic heat, and dark chocolate with a big bitterness--in an overly roasted sense--that I find off-putting.

M: Sort of the one redeeming quality about this beer is the mouthfeel. The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation.

D: Not a very drinkable or enjoyable beer. Imperial stouts are usually a pretty forgiving style, but it just didn't work out on this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 05:00:50 | More by womencantsail
Photo of kungpao


4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a good friend I was blessed enough to split a bottle of this amazing RIS.

A- Pitch black with a really nice chocolate mousse color soapy looking 1 and half finger head. This beer looks very nice.

S- Lots of bitter chocolates and roasted malts up front. The warmth of the from the ABV is detectable yet suddle and damn near perfectly balanced.

T- Absolute balance. I've yet to try a RIS that tasted this smooth and perfect. Bitter sweet chocolate on intial tasting, followed by a sweet complex roasted malt finish. The ABV gives me the perfect amount heat after each sip. Not as much coffee on this one as compared to some other popular RIS.

M- Thick and viscous full bodied mouthfeel on this brew. Carbonation is inbetween low and medium for the style.

D- I prefer to judge drinkability based on beer style. This is a big RIS, so obviously it wouldnt be a canidate for back to back consumption. That being said I had no problem finishing my portion and was left wanting more.

In conclusion, I will always remember this beer as being the first RIS that really blew me away. Perfect balance from start to finish. Texas is doing good things with beer and this might be one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 16:15:36 | More by kungpao
Photo of Beerzebub


4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dajtai007 for this!

Poured in a big wine glass at 55F.

Very very dark brown, with a film of tan froth that leaves a smattering of sticky lace. Attractive.

Aroma is rich and malty. Milk chocolate, caramel malt, light toast. Cohesive, and very nice.

Taste is extremely smooth and cohesive. Smooth caramel and milk chocolate, then deeper, darker coffee and cocoa, with some soft, smooth roastiness. A moderate level of sweetness is perfectly balanced by the roastiness. Long mocha finish.

Rich full texture, with soft, superfine carbonation. Extremely smooth, very drinkable. I enjoyed this!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 08:31:25 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of rudylaw


4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Killer extra from youbrewidrink. Thanks!

Pours witching hour black with a small, dark brown head.

Very sweet in the nose. Lots of heavy malts, chocolate milk that is heavy on the Hershey's syrup, Michigan cherries and vanilla. Ungodly aroma! Reminds me of 2007 Dark Lord.

Same taste but throw in shortbread cookies, licorice and some muted bourbon notes. My god, this is incredible. I get the cherries on the back end quite a bit. Almost tastes like a cordial.

Full-bodied all the way, May! Perfect low to medium carbonation. Very creamy and velvety.

I can't tell you how sad I am to not have anymore of these. What a surprise as I've never been floored with Saint Arnold until now. Amazing!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 00:56:23 | More by rudylaw
Photo of wagenvolks


4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a Great Divide tulip ("Hops of Luck!" under the cap). Props to DonD for a great in person trade.

Pours with an inky, jet-black body--no signs of light getting through the opacity. The head slowly retreats to a thick cap of dark muddy-brown foam, creamy in its consistency as it coats the glass with impressive lace. Gingerbread cookie dough and dark raisin rum greet the nose first, followed by Baker's chocolate, vanilla-rich booze, and a tinge of stale, earthy hops. Slight oxidation in the background, but the aroma has held up nicely for a 3+ year old RIS.

Divine Reserve #5 reminds me of a less roasty Ten Fidy with more of a dark chocolate presence. With each sip, roasted malts hit the palate with a chocolate bitterness and soil. The booze is still in effect, lending a gentle warmth to the finish alongside an earthy hop profile. Velvety mouthfeel, uber-thick in the body with a silky smooth finish that counteracts the tight carbonation level and bitterness. Overall, a delectable RIS that drinks incredibly smooth for 10%...and if Saint Arnold's is reading, PLEASE MAKE DR#5 A YEARLY RELEASE!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 02:42:13 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of pheggeseth


4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PHawk for the trade. Poured into my Darkness Goblet.

A: pours pretty thick, jet black, quarter inch coffee colored head that dissipates quickly to a thin coating, totally opaque

S: strong chocolate with alcohol in the background, dark fruit also as it warms, with faint hop bitterness

T: strong chocolate again, with a nice roasted malt finish mixed with a bit of espresso, a little more burned finish and caramel character as it warms

M: nice carbonation, smooth, but just a little thin

D: pretty smooth, the burnt bitter aftertaste that gradually builds up limits its drinkability, a good RIS, though not really worthy of superstar status. I've got two more I plan to have in one and two year's time, so we'll see how it does then


Reviewed this a while back after aging it for 1.5 years.

Poured into my Surly Darkness goblet:

Smooth, dark, viscous appearance, intimidating, but enticing. Smells of dark, sweet chocolate with a little bit of coffee. Smooth roasty flavor up front, almost too much, slightly watery, alcohol well hidden. Has a very thick mouthfeel. I didn't think much of this trying it right after it's release, but after this much time, I think it's aged well.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 00:40:26 | More by pheggeseth
Photo of coldmeat23


4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
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
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my chalice a viscous, inky black with a creamy dark tan head on top. Black as night and enticing so far! Aromas kick off with deep roasted malts and an upfront licorice. Chocolate swirls around with a touch of dark fruit as well. Caramel sweetness as well. Rich and inviting.

First sip brings velvety smooth dark malts across the palate with a mix of bold licorice and chocolate flavors. Slightly vinous dark fruits melding with a caramel sweetness. Mellow coffee and molasses with a bit of dark bread. Super smooth and tasty. Just a hint of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a solid medium body. This one is not overly heavy like some imperial stouts can be. Overall, a great depth of flavor and undeniably drinkable. This one is holding up quite nicely and I wish I had a few more. Many thanks to dmeadows for the unexpected opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 01:53:47 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dyan for this. Classic all-around RIS. Beautiful black pour with tan head. Charred malts, molasses, bitter dark chocolate, a dash of soy sauce, and seared ribeye steak. Body is thick and heavy, perfect for a cold night; balanced against ample carbonation. A fullback-of-a-beer up there with other great mealstouts such as Abyss, Batch 7000, and Founders RIS.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 03:15:49 | More by waltonc
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night. Very viscous and beautiful on the pour. A very nice cascading khaki tan head of about an inch develops right after the pour.
Smell is heavenly. Everything a big, viscous, brute of a RIS should be. Heavily roasted malts, some dark bakers chocolate, some molasses, leather and just a hint of dark fruits and alcohol. Wonderful.
Taste goes further with the flavors picked up in the smell. I would add just a hint of tobacco and just the slightest hint of faint hops. The finish has a nice roasted coffee flavor at the very back end. This is absolutely stunning. Full and viscous in the mouthfeel, a true gem.
It's a shame this was a one off, if this was made regularly I would seek it out at all costs. Very happy to have had the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 23:06:47 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.