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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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

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BA SCORE
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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 105
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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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womencantsail

California

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
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kungpao

Texas

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
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Beerzebub

California

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
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rudylaw

Illinois

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
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wagenvolks

Texas

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
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pheggeseth

California

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

UPDATE

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
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

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.
Wonderful.

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
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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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waltonc

Colorado

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
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

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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alcstradamus

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the great trade Damian!

Pours a menacing black color with a full finger of deep brown head that sticks around for a while before settling into a hazy film and nice collar. Great lacing. Beautiful.

Nice big roasted malt profile with some hints of sweet dark fruit, somehow a few citrus hops remaining after all this time, notes of milk chocolate and even a bit of woodiness. Nice.

Taste isn't quite as good as the nose, although it is still quite tasty. Citrus and floral hops and big malt roastiness dominate the palate. Fruit sweetness is relegated to the background, and unfortunately I'm not really picking up any of that chocolate from the nose that I was hoping for. A bit of chalky dryness is the only thing keeping this from a 4.5.

Full bodied but not quite creamy, with lots of carbonation yet very little sting. Splashes the whole mouth nicely.

Awesome beer here, if it wasn't for that chalkiness I would maybe call this world class, but how it is it is still pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 22:15:55 | More by alcstradamus
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

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

Huge thanks to Kryptic for this one! A 12 oz bottle split amongst a couple of friends. This beer was poured into a scotch glass... I know, I know. It made more sense than pouring 4 oz into a full pint glass.

This is one of the sexiest looking beers I've had the pleasure to pour. Beautiful black velvet body with a seductive nesquick brown creamy head. Little to no lacing, but this beer looks incredible.

The smell is full nose. Tons of cocoa and chocolate roasts. A lot of licorice. The chocolate is of dark rich rich swiss chocolate. The roasted scents effervesce into a nonoverpowering soy sauce. An awesome burnt toffee scent really works well with this beer. One of the best smelling beers I've encountered.

The taste falls short of the scent but is still well done. The roasted chocolate malts stick out the most. Some nice 2row sweetness adds a nice caramel/toffee flavor to this beer. The mouthfeel is creamy but carbonated near perfect. This beer is much lighter then the smell eluded to, but the flavors come out well and the drinkability is on the higher end of the spectrum. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 02:28:17 | More by CoolJosh
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DeathbySexyBT

Texas

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

A: Pitch black molasses. The head is thick, firm, and persistent.

S: Roasted grains and burnt sugar. Coffee and spices (cumin or anise).

T: Big malt taste! High on the dark chocolate flavors with a definite presence of molasses. A suprisingly healthy dose of fruity hops are noticed in the finish. The alcohol becomes evident as the beer warms, but not in a turpentine sense as all of the flavors are intensified as this brew warms.

M: This is not a chugging beer, though that should go without saying. This beer has a moderately oily, viscous quality that accentuates its full body.

D: This is a limited release which is a crime because it is so damn good! Drink up and enjoy as much as you can before it is gone!

taken from notes...so if you are reading this now, then sorry, it is gone.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 14:19:59 | More by DeathbySexyBT
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OlieIPA

California

3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the last beers on this final "Tasting Tuesday"...sad face. On to the review...

A: Poured dark and thick...typical...and appeared to be forming some head until I stopped pouring. On the other hand, the lacing was amazing...sticking and looking all comfortable, just like how Victor looks and feels in my snuggie currently.

S: A strong and robust ripe cherry aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee grounds, and other dark malts. As Mauerhan indicated, this prominent fruity flavor is most likely due to the fact that this is a 3 or 4 year old beer.

T: Chocolate, caramel, and again...cherry/fruity component. Similar and/or a cross of a Founders Breakfast Stout and Kate the Great....basically, the older and slower version of the two. A solid flavor profile and somewhat intriguing as well, just nothing too crazy.

M: Gentle and perfect for style...slightly creamy and a bitter chocolate bitterness rests on the palate well after the sip.

D: A pretty good beer...but still needs a little bit more to make it an epic brew.

Overall: Not sure if I'm disappointed or happy about this beer...but it's definitely worth a try. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 05:13:26 | More by OlieIPA
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Arbitrator

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass, at a shared tasting at the Rose & Crown. Courtesy of largadeer. Thanks Chris.

A: Pours a motor oil black. By the time I arrived, it was fairly flat, so there was no head. Probably not fair to knock points off for it, but dammit, this is America.

S: Fantastic. I got a lot of dark fruits and chocolate -- discussions with the other BAs suggested chocolate should be first, but I think the warmth brought out the fig character I noted. There was also roasted malt, licorice, and a hint of bourbon, which is surprising.

T: Loaded toward the sweet side, with plums, figs, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. The latter two impart a bitterness that transitions nicely into an earthy hop flavor. The finish brings out some vanilla and a bourbon sweetness, and the whole thing brings out a boozy sting in the aftertaste.

M: Thick. Viscous. Nearly flat, but it didn't hinder the feel at all. Very thick flavor that took a while to dissipate and several cleansing rounds of water to bring the palate back to a starting point.

D: Just writing up the review makes me want to have a full bottle. If only I had one.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 06:34:36 | More by Arbitrator
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HopHead84

California

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

A gift from thickerfreakness, a great beer advocate. Thanks a lot Charles.

Poured into a snifter. Divine Reserve #5 pours motor oil black. The head is light brown and about two fingers high in the snifter. It recedes slowly and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma reveals bittersweet chocolate. Some earthy hops linger in the background, but they're mostly overwhelmed by the roasted character and the rich chocolate of the malt. The malt smells sweet. A low level of coffee is present. The alcohol is well hidden in the nose. Some dark fruits are evident but not dominant, maybe figs. The aroma gets better and better as the beer warms from 55 degrees.

The flavor is bittersweet chocolate up front with some alcohol and strong roasted malt. Molasses is present and the alcohol is well hidden for 10% ABV. The roasted finish reveals the strongest coffee flavor yet, but it's still at a low level, which I'm happy about. The alcohol is warming in the finish.

Robust with a low-medium level of carbonation. The mouthfeel has some viscosity, and is smooth and creamy.

A damn fine Russian Imperial Stout.

On a separate note, I don't know how the picture got approved.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 05:02:12 | More by HopHead84
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to JDW for this one as an extra!

Pours a very dark liquid with a very thin layer of mocha head/crown.

Smells fantastic, toffee, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, cream, maybe a little vanilla.

Taste at first was solid, but unremarkable, but this leaves such a great chocolate and creamy aftertaste. Milky up front. Extremely good.

Mouth is medium to heavy in body, low to med in carbonation.

I hope to get another chance to try this great brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 21:50:36 | More by sonicdescent
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PhxHorn

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a deep dark brown, with a very slight tan head. Smells of licorice, coffee, chocolate, and tastes as it smells, which is excellent. A hint of bourbon is in there, too. A nice blend of flavor, up there with any RIS. Mouthfeel was a little thin for a stout, closer to that of a porter. A minor quibble in the big picture. Very drinkable-- I killed this one faster than I do most RIS's. Well worth trying if you can find one.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 20:35:28 | More by PhxHorn
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

Acquired in a trade with thickerfreakness

The beer poured a thick and oily absolute pitch black with a creamy, bubbly, reddish-brown head that quickly faded to a thick, lasting ring. Spotty lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was amazingly rich and complex. Loads of semi-sweet, smooth, dark chocolate notes. Licorice also came through strong, along with dark fruits (figs and plums). Some bourbon-like booziness was noticeable as well.

The taste was intense and quite similar to the aroma. Sweeter up front. Rich, dark chocolate notes dominated. Deep, dark, roasted (almost burnt) malts came through strong, along with some brown sugar. Bourbony and somewhat fig-like in the center. A bit reminiscent of a port wine. Strong black licorice notes appeared as well. The lingering, boozy, bitter finish was hoppy and rather piney. As the beer warmed, the hop presence became much stronger. All in all, I was amazed at how dramatically this beer changed from start to finish.

The mouthfeel was creamy and frothy. Smooth and slick on the palate. A touch short of full-bodied. Definitely not the biggest RIS, but impressive nonetheless.

Drinkability was terrific. Few Russian imperial stouts have flavor profiles this balanced and well melded. The 10% ABV was moderately noticeable but it provided a welcomed warming effect.

I can think of few beers that are as complex and as smooth as Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5. The year-plus of aging on this bottle really seemed to work wonders. Hopefully the folks at Saint Arnold will be brewing this one again soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 22:22:43 | More by Damian
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br3wmeister

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Big brown head with good retention and nice lacing. The beer is jet black.

S- Lots of oak and sweet bourbon up front with some chocolate and caramel notes also present. Hints of coffee light hops and a small alcohol sting.

T- Large alcohol presence masks some of the flavors, however some big malty flavors come through. Dark chocolate, and roasted barley make a good appearance with a nice dose of oak.

M- Lots of alcohol sting among this full bodied dark beer.

Overall I would say this is a pretty good beer I really liked the aromas but thought the flavor could be a little more full. A little too much of an alcohol presence in this beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 02:57:06 | More by br3wmeister
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csmiley

Ohio

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

A - Pours out thick and almost black. No light is getting through this one. The mocha colored head is slow to rise and comes to about a quarter inch. It sticks around for a minute or two before settling to a paper thin cap. Some lace remains behind.

S - Aroma is nice. Very nice. Starts out with milk chocolate and vanilla. The middle hints of coffee beans and a little more chocolate. The chocolate is starting to become a little bitter. Just a light hint of alcohol brings up the rear. 10%? Could have fooled me.

T - Complex and very satisfying. Big chocolate flavors just explode all over the palate. They are balanced with the other flavors to an almost perfection. Vanilla and fresh ground coffee beans back up the sweet chocolate. The alcohol that is present seems there only to warm things up a bit.

M - Full bodied with a light carbonation. Finish is big, dry, and smokey. This one doesn't really want to let go. Some of the flavors hang around for what seems like forever.

D - Drinkability is really good. This is an all around great beer. The flavor balance is near perfect. Alcohol is hidden ridiculously well. Wow. St. Arnold Brewing Company hit the nail on the head with the Divine Reserve 5. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 02:49:07 | More by csmiley
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Viggo for bringing this down before EBF.
This beer is black with the faintest of brown edges. It was topped by a thin mocha cap that formed a rocky collar and produced some spotty lacing. Aromas of roast and nuts, semisweet chocolate and malt, plus lots of lactose sweetness. Bitterness melded well with the malt flavours, heavy on milk and bittersweet chocolate. Plenty of roast and sour cherry flavours, plus very faint citrus hops. Full bodied, smooth and creamy with lowish carbonation. Faint warmth and light dryness form the kilned grains. Quite good, very smooth and rich.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 00:40:47 | More by DrJay
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/19/2007 (bottle):

Pours a pitch black color. Tan head average bubbles, good lacing, but not very lasting. Malty aroma, roasted dark. Coffee. Some alcohol aroma. Coffee and alcohol, roasted. Goes well with sausage. Not really my style but good w/certain foods.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 02:44:07 | More by jujubeast6000
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to Brianj555 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The stout is appropriately black. Let's be honest, after x number of stouts, one runs out of colorful adjectives to describe a black beer. I've hit that wall. The head is a tan brown color, offset nicely against the darkness of the beer.

S: The aroma is loaded with rich notes. Milk chocolate, cocoa powder and dark fruits swirl with a noticeable sweetness. A dry nuttiness is also evident.

T: Very rich. The stout is fuller than both of the other stouts that I've enjoyed over the past two days (look 'em up). The sweetness is resounding, layering a smoothness over the roasted grains. The dark flavors are still present, dark and roasted, but they are tempered with many levels of sweetness. Cocoa powder and milk chocolate lead the way, followed by licorice and coffee. A combination of cinnamon and vanilla adds a spicy sweetness that is rather fleeting. Lactic sweetness lingers long after a sip is gone.

M: The ale is remarkably rich, sweet and deep. There is no harshness in this beer, even with the breadth of dark malts.

D: This doesn't feel like 10%. A warming stout that has a sweet profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 02:29:45 | More by akorsak
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Overlord

California

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had been a particularly hard brew to acquire. Thanks to D0B!

Pours a viscous, slimy black. Mmmm... thirty weight. A beautiful crust of dark brown foam. Too bad it's gone and turns into bubbles so quickly, it was nice.

Shitload of bourbon, woodsy tones, chocolate, espresso, vanilla, molasses, and brown sugar in the nose.

Taste basically reflects the smell. Ahhhh...nice. Vanilla, bourbon, dark, bitter chocolate, some sweet molasses .. .this is just great. Some dark fruits make an appearance to give it a bit of balance. Plums and figs. There's also a very unexpected roasty hop bitterness that's quite pleasant.

I'm surprised that the mouthfeel is only good. For such a syrupy looking beer, I thought i'd be thicker.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 08:43:32 | More by Overlord
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.