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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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139 Reviews
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Reviews: 139
Hads: 185
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 110
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: TexIndy on 08-14-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 139 | Hads: 185
Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Finnman and hoppymeal poured into a snifter.

Pours pitch black in the glass with only a hint of light penetrating the edges. The head is a small, tan and short lived though it lingers for a while as a bubbly ring. Lacing is minimal.

The aroma is dominated by the massive dark chocolate malt backbone and complemented with vanilla licorice and some dark fruit. Hints of coffee, but not a lot.

The taste is rich, sweet chocolate up front with a decent roasted malt presence in the middle. The finish brings back the sweetness with lots of dark fruits and vanilla.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth with less carbonation than I expected. It absolutely coats the mouth with the chocolate malts.

This is an impressive stout from DR and I highly recommend it. (773 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was on my 'wants' list for what seemed like forever, and I received it as an EXTRA recently in TWO trades. joe1510 and kryptic seriously hoooked me up and I can't thank you enough for your generosity.

I love my big ass stouts in a big ass pint glass. Allowed to warm up and then poured the 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. "Worts and all" underneath tha cap.

Pours a deep black with a thick two finger dark brown head that crawls down the sides of the glass leaving a cornucopia of lace on the side of the glass. Milk chocolate, coffee beans, sweet figs, and molasses on the nose up front. At one point this reminded me of my mom's brownies back in the day, with a touch of booze ;) Smokey malts and oat on the tastebuds to begin with followed by a sweet caramel, espresso, and vibrant cocoa. Midway the booze appears in the mouth with a warming dark roast coffee flavor. Aftertaste is fruity with raisins, dates, and plum and a touch of smoke. Thick, chewy, full body with a smooth feel. Light bubbles tickle the tongue letting you know this beer is alive and kickin. I, love, this, beer. I drank this beer much too quick for 10%, but it was at the perfect temperature and I just couldn't stop...the other bottle is going in the cellar ASAP. I can't wait to open this one up again in a year or so. What a stellar beer. This is staying on my 'wants' list for sure. (1,371 characters)

Photo of SaucyA
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This little guy is a year old, give or take. "Grin & Beer it!" under the cap.

A - Holy jeez. This thing is black as night. In the forest. In the arctic. In winter. In a cave. It's that black. The brown, 1 finger head sits atop for a minute, and dissapates into a frothy cap that's just beckoning "drink me".

S - Booze. Dark chocolate. Light coffee aspects... very reminescent of a frappuccino. Mineral notes. The warmer it gets, the more molasses and brown sugar peek out, completely rounding out the nose.

T - Holy complexity. Washes over the tongue with a chocolate liqueur vibe off the bat, and into a full blown coffee/bittersweet chocolate wave. Ends with even more bitterness, and a hop bill that still, a year later, shows it's face in the finish. Hell, it head-butts you. Alcohol peeks through in the end as well, the more it warms.

M - It could stand to be a little thicker... the body needs to be more syrupy for it to contend with DL or Expedition.

D - This is an awesomely drinkable RIS. As unfortunate as I am to only have one, I consider myself VERY fortunate to be able to try it at all. St. Arnolds ought to make this again, seeing all the wonderful praise it's received.

Notes: Carlos, the man, the myth, the legend hooked me up with this bad-ass brew. Thanks again dude. (1,295 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(2nd review 2/7/15)
8 year old bottle. I got 4 more bottles after this one.

Smells like toffee, weak peanut butter, a hint if cacao. Flavors of chewy toffee, british candy bars,vanilla. Has a mellow carbo, medium feel, sweet toffee sticky lingering taste on your tongue Waaaaay better than the "Clone" DR#15. Way better

(1st reviewed 9/27/08)
Aged this baby for 1 year, then drank the experience....

pours up black as night with a nice dark chocolate head. the aroma is chocolate malts and a slight hint of alcohol. the taste is roasted malts, chocolate malts, slight spicy hops, roasted coffee, sweet malts. low carbo, full bodies. Delicious! Another success with Divine Reserve.... (688 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hell Yeah, this is one I have been wanting to try. A big shout out to Parker, PHawk for offering this one up.

A: Pours a very deep dark black with a nice thick one finger espresso colored head. Okay retention. The head dies to a collar which hangs around for the duration. Some chunky lace is noted as well.

S: Ahhh yes stouty goodness. Tons of dark roasted malt blasts the nose right from the start. Bold bitter chocolate which has been swirled into nice fresh ground espresso roasted coffee comes next. A hint of sweet molasses rounds things out. Very Nice!

T: Yep, they did this one right. Big bold bitter chocolate slams you in the mouth as soon as this one hits the tongue. Fresh brewed dark extra roasted coffee comes thru next. Hints of brown sugar dusted dark fruit peeks thru but this one is all about the chocolate and coffee. Wow!

M: Full bodied, rich, downright smooth.

D: This is one stout I could easily handle by the bomber. Wish I had more.

Parker thanks for offering up this gem. It is one of the better beers I have had in quite sometime. (1,062 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle of this from one JohnGalt1 a couple months before I left Boise. This will be my first Saint Arnolds brew and I'm hella pumped to try this. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip. "Wort's Happening" under the cap.

Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with zero light able to permeate any edge. A soft semi dark tan head leaves a fairly nice cap and collar and loads of sticky fluffy lacing.
Smell- Mucho roasty with loads of black licorice and molasses to be had. Some caramel like sweetness, loads of fresh brewed coffee and dark bitter bakers chocolate are all detectable. Not a lot in the way of hops here, just full of roasted stouty goodness.
Taste- Starts with loads of bitter chocolaty goodness that slowly melds into a mocha Starbucks concoction. Fully roasted and semi sweet there are hints of a dark brown sugar but this is nothing close to cloying. I've read in a couple reviews saying this is one of the sweeter stouts they've tasted and I definitely don't agree with that. It is fairly fruity which is funny because I didn't get much from the nose. Dark fruits such as plums and overly ripe raisins are strewn throughout and very prevalent in the aftertaste. A bit warm in the finish but not hot with a lasting caramel goodness.
Mouthfeel- Nice heavy body with fairly vibrant carbonation and a nice smooth feel.
Drinkability- This is an absolutely terrific stout that I enjoyed quite a bit. I didn't think it was overly sweet in the least. Lots of roasted goodness in every sip. Now I really want to try the rest of the Divine Reserve series. Big thanks to JohnGalt1. (1,595 characters)

Photo of aqsprint
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, jet black. 2 nice fingers of foam that quickly subsides after a couple of sips.

S - Chocolate, coffee, leather, roast. Smells great

T - Chocolate flavor up front along with a little coffee. Roast/burnt, almost bitter in the back of the mouth. Very Good! Warms the belly.

M - For me, this is what an Imperial Stout should feel like. Not too thick not too thin.

D - Very drinkable, but one is enough. Savor this one. (429 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and dark, virtually black. A massive creamy tan head rises up with nice retention, slowly falling to a ring after a while. Smell is nice. Big chocolate, mostly bitter and dark with a light sweetness. Molasses or black licorice come through and then the roast scents. Taste is just great. Very complex and enjoyable. A bit sweet up front followed soon after by a rush of roast flavor. Big on the coffee in the finish with a light bitterness of hops present. Very smooth, silky mouthfeel, coating the tongue with an explosion of flavor that seems to soak up and remain for some time. Definitely possible to drink a couple of these in a sitting if not one more. I wish I could have tested that theory but unfortunately I only had 3 bottles and savored each at a different time.

I know I owe PHawk a thank you for one bottle, unfortunately I can't recall where the others came from...but THANK YOU! (901 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle received in trade from TexIndy and RickSawyer, Thanks guys for the opportunity and the great trades.
This sample was tasted almost a year after its release.

Pours a solid black with a smallish tan head that sticks around as a thin cap the whole way down. Smells of roasted coffee some dark chocolate and a bit of dark dried fruit. Tastes of roasted malts and chocolate with a warming alcohol towards the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, crisp carbonation, full body. (473 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to brandoman63 for this brew.

Pours a very nice deep black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is big on malts, dark chocolates, and coffee. The taste is malty, lots of chocolate/toffee/coffee. Full body, the alcohol is hidden very well for a brew this high, barely noticeable. Very drinkable, I'm glad I finally got a chance to try this brew, highly recommended. Thanks Brandon. (455 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"I liked those guys. They weren't full of shit."

--Michael Jackson (when asked about his tour of Saint Arnold Brewing in 1994).

Pitch black with no highlights whatsoever. Not even with bright sunshine behind the glass. The molasses milkshake colored crown is a beast that looks like it'll take forever to shrink from three fingers to two. Shredded sheets of lace complete the 'bad ass stout in a pint glass' look.

The aroma is as dark, as roasted and as rich as expected. Baker's chocolate has a slight lead over coffee-with-cream and anise. A little bit more complexity and nostril-filling power would have easily earned the next highest score. Note: warming gets it there.

The question coming in was whether or not SA Divine Reserve #5 is as good as the hype that accompanies it says it is. Although I'm not sure that it's the 79th Best Beer on Planet Earth (currently), it's a damn fine Russian Imperial stout and is almost certainly one of Texas's best.

The roasted malt backbone isn't huge... but flavor delivery is. Each sip of this devilishly delicious concoction explodes on contact and soaks the taste buds with raging rivers of bittersweet chocolate and blackstrap molasses, black licorice and a surprising amount of white grapefruit-like hop juiciness. For those who care about such things, the hop bill is made up of Nugget, Willamette and Centennial.

As the temperature of the beer creeps toward (an estimated) 60 degrees, the flavors become even more bold and even more well-integrated. The ABV is up there, but the beer isn't the least bit hot. Warm maybe, but not hot. Sip and savor is the way to go.

This is the best Saint Arnold's brew that I have had yet. If these guys have any business sense at all, they'll release Divine Reserve #5 at least once a year. Under a new name of course. It's just too damn bad that my one and only bottle is now almost empty. Thanks BeerZack. Under the cap... 'Twist & shout'. (1,934 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz received in trade from either BeerZack or TexasJeep.. both were class act traders... I've had a bunch of these, but this is my final bottle... damn it! Poured int my Boulevard Smokestack Goblet... I love this beer.

1" head is the color of the foam on fresh brewed espresso.. Dies back leaving only spotty lacing but a beautiful collar above a black brew where no light escapes...

Aroma is soo complex.. verging on world class... thick chocolate and French roast.. subtle yeasty fruitiness reminds me of dried cherries and figs.. alcohol is there, but isn't bad and only adds a nice spicy note.

Flavor is like a cup of great coffee with a square of bittersweet chocolate mixed in.. lingering up-front RIS flavors are elegant and mix well from front to back... Roasty and chocolaty without an abundance of char. The alcohol contributes to an essence of chocolate liquor without to much sweetness. Fruitiness is more restrained than I remember from previous bottles.. but it is still there with dried cherries .. raisins .. and whiffs of fig. Body is pretty smack-dab perfect... carbonation is smooth yet everpresent.

I really enjoy this brew... Tonight, it goes back on the wants.. somebody hook me up please!

4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4 (1,237 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fine looking. Black viscous and oily as hell. Dark tan head is thick and full and fades leaving great lace behind.

Geesh both the appearance and nose could have been perfect fives hard for them not to be. Loads going on here. First and foremost is a thick fudgey semi sweet dark chocolate covered caramel. Vanilla and cherry with black currant and sweet dates. Blueberry and blackberry fruit as well as a hint of leather and tobacco. Just an amazing nose. A slight pine in the finish but this is a monsterly delicious chocolate malt bomb.

Great mouthfeel on this slightly roasted with burnt marshmallow flavors on the finish. Extremely tasty. Unsweetened dark chocolate in the mouth with vanilla and caramel. Again blueberry really shows through especially deep into the finish which also lasts forever. Good carbonation with a prickle at the end. Mid palate is full of black fruits and bitterness. Just an amazing beer. I want more. (936 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my tasting pint. No dating info but this was a one-time release so I know the age. Released in Sept 07 so this has some age on it now. It was pitch black even against a light. It had a 2 finger brown head that slowly settled into a small foam. Good lacing. The aroma was awesome. Strong on coffee, chocolate and smoke. Had a bit of dark fruit that seemed a bit off so just shy of a 5. The taste was amazing as well. Really grown into this style over the past couple years and this one is near the top of the class. The only knock I had on it was that it was a bit hot when released and had too much of an alcohol taste to it. Even after 10 months, it still has a very noticeable alcohol taste to it which keeps it from a 5 for me. Great mouthfeel. Nice and creamy with a solid bite. Overall, an outstanding beer that I hope they reissue. Rumor from a buddy who took a tour and talked with them is that once the new brewery is open and more capacity that they are going to make a standard offer. Let's hope so. (1,040 characters)

Photo of beereality
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vigorous drop into my Stone goblet, leaves a slowly arriving head that disappears quickly. This stuff is really black. No light coming through this one. Wow, rich coffee smell, with something sweet, molasses, fruit? nice smell. Very nice smooth velvety mouth feel. Tasting chocolate, coffee, rich malts sweetness, licorice. Taste lasts long on the tongue. Slight alcohol feel as it makes its way down your throat. It has a slight hop presence in the finish. Very well done! A big thanks goes out to BirdsVsWorms for the great trade. (532 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from PHawk at Dark Lord Day 08. Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Pitch black with a thin dark brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Surprisingly little carbonation

S: Rich with rum soaked plums, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Surprisingly oxidized for a beer this young. Maybe it was a capping issue?

T: Definitely oxidized with a fairly obvious soy sauce note. Otherwise, there's hints of chocolate, molasses, coffee and licorice. Alcohol heat on the finish.

M: Not as full-bodied as my other favorite stouts but still pretty decent. A little alcohol heat and dryness on the finish

D: Oh dear, this will take time.

Notes: I'm willing to bet good money that the poor review is due to a bad seal. This one barely hissed when i cracked it open
3.5/3.5/3/3.5/2.5
**Edit 26 July 2012**
I'm drinking my one other bottle that I received from Parker back in the day. Thanks, man!

Wow, this is a pretty nice imperial stout. Nice blend of cocoa, coffee, toast, anise and a little bit of char on the nose. Mildly fruity with little oxidation (at least, the bad kind). Dark chocolate is also present.

The palate opens mildly tart (grainy tart, not yeast/bacterial tart) with grainy acidity, roasted grain bitterness, dark chocolate, plums, a little smoke, tobacco... this beer is pretty deep and complex, and I'm glad I didn't trade it away given my original poor experience. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is moderately roasty and acidic on the finish with some anise lingering. Pretty excellent IMO, and I'm adjusting my scores accordingly (1,583 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark color, little tan head. Much thanks to bu11zeye for the trade to get this one, ya!

Very roasty smelling, nice hints of chocolate.

Very deep malt, chocolate, balanced by a nice bit of hops, very enjoyable.

Creamy, heavy, worthy of it's taste.

Easy drinker, would love to have another, but only had one. This is a very good RIS, would keep some in my fridge if I could get it here in Chicagoland. (408 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tonight seemed like the right time to crack open this 12 oz. RIS from the Great State of Texas - thanks to Austin BA BeerZack for this one, brought to Portland back in March. Poured to a pint glass.

Beneath the twist-off cap reads: "Foam sweet foam".

A: "Black as the midnight" doesn't quite do this justice. This is "pitch black", "motor oil", "tar", "coal", whatever metaphor you want to use. An orange-tan head builds to almost 2-fingers, drops within a minute or two to a thin but creamy film. Wide cobwebs cling up and down the glass.

S: Good aroma of cherries and ripe pit fruit, dusty dark cocoa, vanilla and a little sweet woodiness, like wet oak chips. There's a faint alcohol in the nose, but it's a bit like rubbing alcohol.

T: Huge malty roastedness, filled with bittersweet chocolate and a lightly spiced/sweetened coffee (nutmeg or cinnamon?). Vanilla and a rich dark fruit. I love the balance on this, not overly charred and dark.

M: Luscious mouthfeel, silky and coating. Carbonation isn't notable. Has a faint grainy grit and a stickiness that's roasted and sweet, but not cloying. Alcohol level lends a warm glow.

D: A remarkable, delicious RIS; I'm a big fan of the style and must admit this one is not just 'good', I believe I'd put in my Top 10 RIS's I've tried. Wish this wasn't a one-time offering (or could it be? will St. Arnold give it much-deserved comeback?). Terrific on it's own, even better paired with some ripe Hood strawberries - wow!

Thanks again, Zack - wish I'd asked for a couple more of these. (1,540 characters)

Photo of mhewes
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A : Pours a nice black with a nice tan head. Leaves some good lacing behind.

S : Lots of good chocolate and coffee aroma. Some roasted malt notes also. You can detect the alcohol also

T : Strong coffee and chocolate flavors just like the nose. Some good roasted malt flavors also. I detected some dark fruit flavors also

M : Creamy, smooth, good carbonation

D : Best of the Divine Reserves so far. Definitely one I wish they would have as part of their regular lineup (471 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Do you think he would be offended if we call him St Arny? Pours a midnight black color with no visibility even when held to the light. A nice thickness and limited viscosity. A light pour left a darker grey colored head. Great retention through out the tasting and good lacing.

The nose was hard to pick up at first but as warmed became easier to detect. Malty mostly with good roast notes more than anything. Some backing of chocolate and coffee as well. Noticeable alcohol/solvent even with age. Some lactic qualities with a more milky smell than oats. Some light esters plums, licorice and a hint of figs. Some woody notes with a touch of vanilla.

The taste comes out more than what the nose indicates. A full flavored malt taste comes out with a bigger roast malt flavor with a smooth milky flavor. Nice combo. Some balance of dark chocolate and toffee with a hint of coffee on the back end. A more silky milk like finish leaves a lactic finish. Noticeable solvent/fusel alcohol notes but not over the top. Some lighter esters, rose peddles and plums mostly. Again I get a woody finish that is almost boarder line earthy (as in hops). More of an English finish.

The body is big but limited with the silky finish. Makes it easier to drink but limits the finish. Some lighter carbonic bite. Overall very tasty. Would have liked more complexity and esters for a RIS but that is knit picking. Very taste. (1,408 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to JDV for sending me such a surprising extra. Your generosity is much appreciated.

Appearance: It pours a jet black color. No light getting through, even around the edges. Very impressive. Head is a dark mocha brown color and was roughly a finger deep. It dissipated very quickly and left a very light coat of lace on the glass.

Smell: It initially smells of rich, chocolate fudge. Very sweet smelling. Alcohol actually comes through pretty strong in the nose. It's a strong beer, but I wasn't anticipating alcohol to be quite as pronounced as it is. Dark fruit aromas (raisin and prune) are notable and add complexity. Roasted malts are present, but are more of a secondary player. Light roasted coffee scent rounds it out.

Taste: Chocolate malts are rich and sweet. They're the primary feature and taste very fine. Roasted malts indeed take a back seat, but are stronger than the nose would lead you to believe. Very flavorful. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, but is masked a little better in this department. Dark fruit flavors are blended well and complement the other elements nicely. Roasted coffee flavor is present and comes on relatively strong toward the end. It's lightly hopped, but just enough give it a bitter, snappy bite. Sweet and slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's full bodied and very creamy and smooth. Definitely has a nice silky quality to it. Carbonation is a little low, but very nicely done. Drinkability is very good. I'd probably limit myself to one due to it's strength, but it'd certainly be tempting to delve into another if had more.

This truly is a high quality Imperial Stout. The only flaw of any substance is that alcohol comes through a little too strong one the nose. But, that's really nitpicking it. This is an excellent beer and should definitely be checked out if you can find a bottle. Thanks a lot, Deniz. This was a treat. (1,910 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with JonathanL7890, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this brew, drank during the Lost finale last night, poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Black color all the way through, big 1 1/2 inch frothy mocha brown head, did not go away for close to ten minutes, nice retention, very good lacing as well

S-Could really smell the chocolate, both dark and milk, dark fruits that were mostly dominated by raisins, heavy coffee, caramel, oddly some citrus, strawberries, roasted malt and barley, and campfire

T-There was a lot of hype about this beer's flavor and it is well deserved, cannot explain how rich the taste is but it is truly unique, starts off with some chocolate malt, fades into some sweet strawberries and java, finish is a little dry with a hint of hops and a ton of roastiness, even some nuts in the aftertaste, let it warm after the first few sips for about a half hour and the flavors really jumped out after that and particularly the cocoa, also more of the fruits including prunes and raisins, even a hint of orange peel in there, there was a lot of stuff going on here but chocolate was the most noticeable and enjoyable part of this beer, hard to believe but all this came together and balanced nicely

M-Roasted, hot, spicy, dry, and semi-sweet mouthfeel, thick full body, carbonation was decent but maybe a little too much, taste lingered for a long time

D-Could barely finish this bottle, would have been more enjoyable if it was shared, very heavy on the stomach, smooth for how rich it is though, alcohol is hidden fairly well, ten percent will get you

First beer from this brewery and it was a doozy, one of the richer imperial stouts I have tried, too bad this was a one time deal, would love to drink again but probably will not get the chance, recommended if you find a bottle (1,852 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Splitgrin for trading this one. I am glad I got to try it.

A - Solid black with a big 3 finger creamy/foamy brown head that sits on top to the very end of the beer.

S - Hershey's syrup, chocolate covered strawberries and cherries that fade as it warms. Tobacco, leather, rich caramel and toffee, soy sauce, licorice and roasted malt. You can basically pick up a new aroma with each smell.

T - Dark chocolate and roasted, almost burnt, coffee with a few sprinkles of soy sauce. There is a slight lactic quality mixed with the soy sauce flavor. Some licorice, tobacco and leather show up as it warms. The tobacco and leather seem to linger on the tongue for a long time after each sip.

M - Silky smooth and creamy. It creates an airy feel in the mouth that makes it feel much lighter than it is.

D - A very unique RIS. I am not a fan of soy sauce, tobacco or leather in beers but they add a very nice aspect to the creamy/airy feel of this one. (958 characters)

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH snifter.
Nice 1 finger brown head.
Pitch black thick as motor oil.
Aroma was strong toffee, floral hops, slight rasin.
Taste was caramel, toffee, chocolate, Hops become apparent as the beer moves toward the back of the tongue. No notice of the alcohol. Very well hidden.
Mouthfeel is silky-- wonderful.

This is the best RIS I've tasted to date. Exceptional.
Brock, you must brew more of this. Please!!!! (444 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black with dark brown froth. The head retains for about a minute before settling into a ring.

Smell: Chocolate-covered coffee beans, burnt toast and a hint of citrus. Alcohol becomes more noticeable in the nose as it warms.

Taste & mouthfeel: Flavors of dark chocolate come out first, followed by molasses and black licorice. Full on the palate, but not overly so - this beer has superb balance. Notes of fresh black coffee come out in the finish, so strong that you'd swear they added coffee to this beer (not the case, from what I understand).

Notes: Thanks to JonathanL7890 for the bottle. I'm glad I had the chance to try this brew, it's exceptionally good. (682 characters)

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.