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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

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TexIndy on 08-14-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 139
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Revisited on 11/8/08 and I had to adjust the score to a perfect 5.0. This is THE best beer I have ever had. Wonderful.

I have been patiently awaiting this beer for some time now... and was it worth the wait!

Style = Russian Imperial Stout

Bottle - Saint Arnolds hat is glowing as he points towards the heavens, errr... or is that the Lonestar of Texas. Vibrant purple label with golden hops outlined in the border.

Pours a thick, rich, dark chocolate color. Very little head, if any, even with a strong pour. The caramel colored head that does reside lightly clings to the glass, leaving nice lacing.

Smells RICH. Sweet dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and a bite of fruity flavor, not distinctly, but 'cranberryesque'.

Initial flavor of dark chocolates as the carbonation dances across the taste buds. Roasted almond flavors arise as swallowing and are quickly followed kindly by floral hops as that (as Brock said) "can never really catch up" leaving your mouth yearning for more.

This years Divine is wonderful. The 10% abv hides itself dangerously well. It pours beautifully. The smell is dessert in and of itself. The thick, full body and light carbonation leaves great, buttery mouthfeel. My vote for best beer in Texas goes to Divine #5. Buying a case on Tuesday and aging a couple, excited to see the results.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
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!!!!

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4.92/5  rDev +13.4%

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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.

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4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
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!


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4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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....

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4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, big thanks to AdamB84 for sending his last bottle of this my way. After sending out some queries via bmail, posting an ISO, & coming up empty, I figured I wouldn't get to try this brew of my favorite style. Luckily, a bottle finally landed on my doorstep.

Holy mother...shit. Damn.

Two years under the screwcap proved OK, as the beer popped convincingly then foamed up a bit on the pour. The smell...the smell...


This is the finest smelling beer I've nosed into to date, a judgement verified by the wife, whom I split this with. Neither of us took a sip for several minutes. My wife sat curled in the comfy chair, nose in the beer, watching terrible reality TV. Smells fucking great. Chocolates, a hint of bitter bite.

Taste is almost perfect. Dark chocolate, that chittle of bitter again, almost hoppiness which I know is impossible after two years, a dark roast & eye-sliver of coffee.

After all that fine taste, its creamy & smooth & goes down easy as anything that tastes this great. I am sad, nay, weepy that I only have a single half-bottle of this to savor. One of the best beers I've had.

Please brew this again. I need another.

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4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
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

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4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this beer at the GABF pro-am table and I have to admit it was one of the highlights of the fest for me.

Poured a beautiful jet black with a faint, brown, creamy head.

Aromas of whiskey, chocolate, dark fruit and some coffee.

Tast was just fantastic. Sweet, chocolatey malt, prunes, figs, raisins, coffee, and a slightly bitter hop kick at the end.

Mouthfeel is big, thick and rich. A slick, oily drink with a very pleasant alcohol warmth.

I searched long and hard for this one and it was worth the wait.

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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.

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

Bottle Inspection: Standard St. Arnold's Divine purple label with the "5" neck label just slightly askew to the left. 12 oz. brown twisty. There never is anything on the label, which means you need to be in the know, ya know?

Aroma: Roasted malt goes chocolate, bit of cold coffee and an odd but pleasant bubble gum. Hops are floral and far in the background.

Appearance: Black, opaque and murky, the glass holds its dark shoe leather brown meringue head a quarter finger high and clings desperately to the glass with dark curtains of lace.

Flavor: Full of flavor but not overbearing. First blush is dark toffee malt that gives in to lightly charred barley that keeps from going ash with a fresh citric hop finish leaving the total package very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Frothy malted milkshake

Overall Impression: Oh mamma. This is wicked good stuff.
It's not just that Russian Imperial Stout is my favorite style.
It's not just that it was bottled on my 40th birthday.
It's not just that I'm a closet fan boy of Saint Arnold.
It's not just that it starts life just a touch shy of 1.100 (1.097)
It's not even just that it's 10% abv. and you'd never know.
It's just this is a really, really good beer.
It looks fantastic, thick and dark with deep tide marks on the glass. It smells, forgive; divine. The taste pulls off both dark malts and bright hops in a thick frothy glass.
I guess this could age out well, but the hops are drinking so nicely right now.

Best. Saint Arnolds. Ever.

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4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz twist off bottle poured into a snifter - 2007 Bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Completely black with no discernible highlights. The head is a half inch tall and brown in color. Swirling creates some spotty lace. There is very little retention.

Smell: Wow. Sweet tobacco, cigars, leather and wood. Dark chocolate, assorted dark fruits of plum, cherry, raisin and fig. Smells like an aged dark rum with even more complexity.

Taste: Heavily wooded with toasted oak, lots of bitter tannins. 90% dark chocolate blended with espresso and black patent malt. Subsidiary flavors of vanilla, whiskey and peat. Very flavorful and complex. Thank god it's not cloyingly sweet like other Russian Imperial Stouts.

Mouthfeel: This beer is pretty heavily bodied and dry from the espresso bitterness. The alcohol is bold and warming, like a whiskey. I love that it isn't under-attenuated.

Drinkability: A true sipper, to be enjoyed on a chilly night in front of a fire. I am happy to have the opportunity to try it because it is world class. It smells so sweet and is complex in taste. An impeccable brew.

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4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

PArt of post BrewGrass party--Thnaks to UncleJedi for bringing this special and mysterious brew.

A--Black as night may even absorb it! Nice creamy dark tan head.

S--Very complex. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, prune and a hint of cherry? There is a lot going with this brew

T--As Emeril would say, BAM! The aroma supports what one will tatse, this is one complex, mysterious and flavorful beer. I am very impressed. This is one will tantilize the palate of the most experienced of BA's

M--Fantastic, lots of smooth creaminess. Hints of solid malt and a nice thick chewiness....a pleasure.

D--Outstanding, a sipper for sure but one you could sip all night long! Alcohol barely noticable, dangerous for sure.

This is my first ever St. Arnold creation. If stuff in thier regular lineup is even 75% as good as this why dont I hear more buzz about this brewery? They must be the FFF, Founder's, Victory, Russian River of Texas! A wonderful job...hoping to try more of their stuff.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.73/5  rDev +9%
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.

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4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Shadow's Skulk for this one.
Pours out a really dark black/brown. The suds are more toward the milky brown.
Smell is of burnt malts with some hops and a nose burning yeast.Chocolate and smoke and wine, with an ashtray sort of aroma but in a really really sweet malty sort of way.
Just had the Ten Fidy and I must say, this is every bit as good as the Ten Fidy.
If I could get this on a regular basis, I would.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 188 ratings
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