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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
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
187
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
Wants:
110
Gots:
17
For Trade:
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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.5/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.94/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a big thick head that has a really great lacing that is sooo sticky. Super black and unable to see through....good stuff. Smell reminds me of a Belgian dark beer with dark fruity and spicy smells. But then there's a small chocolaty roastiness that comes through. There's also some rubbing alcohol smells. It reminds me of a baltic porter in it's sourness. Tastes like a baltic porter with roastiness that reminds me of burnt stuff. High content of burnt flavor and alcohol. Mouthfeel is like a medium - heavy body. Mouthfeel is pillowy with carbonation.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.94/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.26/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle that pours opaque dark brown with a fizzy brown head. The aroma is sweet chocolate covered raisins with a bit of a twang to it. Bitter chocolate flavors with some raisins and coffee. That funny twang is still there. Medium body. High carbonation. Dry finish. Just sort of okay.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour yields an almost three-finger thick, light-cocoa brown colored head. The beer is a pitch black color and quite opaque. The aroma is quite fruity with a substantial burnt prune note to it. Aromas of blackened molasses, a touch of licorice, and a mix of sweetened coffee & chocolate liquors. Toasted malt & toasted bread notes add another layer underneath the straight up roasted aromas. A burnt, almost broccoli-like, vegetal note is here in the aroma, though it is not entirely surprising as I have been finding this more and more in Imperial Stouts recently, it is a bit off-putting; this note really seems to dominate the aroma after a short bit of exploring the nose.

Slightly viscous, with a velvety texture that coats the mouth. The beer is sweet up front, but is substantially dried out by an ample, burnt, roast grain character that is in the finish. This roast grain character contributes to a solid bitterness that is also contributed by a nice hop bite. The hop bitterness is a bit more forward in the flavor profile though, with the burnt bitter notes lingering on in a very long finish. Concentrated flavors of black coffee, sharp espresso and burnt prunes / burnt raisins are all quite noticeable. The burnt-vegetal note of the aroma is here in the taste, in fact it is quite noticeable during each and every sip. Luckily, after 45 minutes from popping the cap, the beer seems to be losing that burnt-rancid-vegetal note some; it is still here, but plays a much less significant role.

This is a very roast dominated brew, even by Imperial Stout standards, though I would not quite call it over the top in that regard. It has just enough body and malt richness to hold the burnt notes from becoming over-bearing. Unfortunately there is the burnt, green-vegetal note that is both in the aroma and in the flavor, otherwise this would be a really good beer. With this off note the beer is still drinkable and even mostly enjoyable, just not the beer that it could be. If you have the patience you might want to let this breath for an hour or so before drinking and this seems to lessen the impact of the off-character.

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Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A big thanks to The Gentleman for this one.

A: This pours pitch black. A large tan head (over two fingers forms) with great retention. As the foam gently recedes, sticky spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down my snifter.
S: A huge roasted malt flavor over takes the nose. Lots of chocolate, toffee, and coffee. Some warming booze as well. This smells wonderful.
T: Bitter dark chocolate at first. Some sweet toffee flavors and roasted malt. Also plenty of alcohol. Astringent and oxidized as well.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation end. Kind of vinegary. Even after a year of aging there is a ton of warming alcohol. Though it is a very nice beer to sip on.

Not my favorite of the DR series or the style. Though, if you can still get your hands on some in a trade , it is worth a try.

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Photo of tayner
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured black as night with 1 inch chocolate colored head that laced well

smelled roasty, toasty, and alcohol nose

tasted of burnt malts, overly roasted bitter coffee beans and warm, but not hot, alcohol finish. not tasting much in the way of hops.

Thick and full mouthfeel, but not creamy. sort of oily feeling.

drinkabilty for me was not as good as i hoped. it was too roasted for me to really enjoy, sort of out of balance with the rest of the flavors. maybe a bit more hops to balance might have made it better. maybe age will help mellow the bitterness and meld the flavors together more.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into half pint glass. Thanks again to BA Deuane for sharing.

A - Pitch black body with the brownest head I've ever seen. Very creamy head left some nice lacing.

S - Quite a complex aroma here. Each whiff seemed to pull out a different smell, including soy sauce, beef jerky, chocolate, dark fruit, mild coffee, tobacco, horsechestnuts and black walnuts.

T - Many of the aromas come out in the taste. You get some chocolate paired with prunes, dates and raisins, as well as contrasting soy sauce and meaty broth. Quite an interesting, unique taste.

M - Exceptional creamy mouthfeel with a pretty chewy texture and mild bitter finish.

D - Not my favorite style, but man, this is one unique and pretty tasty brew. Highlight for me was the creamy mouthfeel and pulling out all of the various aromas in this complex brew.

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Photo of shererjt
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick, opaque black with a tiny bit of ruby redness visible at the bottom of the glass. Dense. Rich, rocky, brown (not tan) head. Luscious, roasty nose with molasses and fruity esters that fit perfectly. Full body. Ample, roasty flavor that was rather intense. Some harshness, too--not sure if it was fusels, or the copious amount of roasted malt, or the ethanol, or a combination. The alcohol was apparent in the flavor. Had a lingering bitterness. Would benefit from some aging to let everything come together. Might use a bit more residual sweetness, too. Mouthfeel was solid, and the drinkability was good for a beer this big.

Nice. Not quite as smooth as the best imperial stouts, but I suspect that this is going to age VERY well. I put four bottles away and will revisit them in time; hopefully I will be able to keep my mitts off them for a good while. Went great with some dark Italian cherries. Lots of potential and good as-is; just needs to mellow a little.

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Photo of SQNfan
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured black in color with a moderate brown head of fine bubbles that faded away. The nose showed aromas of sweet dark fruit, dark caramel, and chocolate. In the mouth this was malt-driven with flavors of dark fruit, caramel and chocolate. This was well-balanced by fine carbonation in the midpalate. In time this lost the overly sweet caramel flavors and aroms making this more Stout-like.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's black. It's an imperial stout, so I hope so. One finger light brown head that didn't want to hang around much. Aroma of bitter chocolate and some burnt currants. Flavor is bitter chocolate, deeply roasted malts and some oak+alcohol. Finishes on a dry, burnt note. I like the full-bodied mouth feel. I like this beer. Thanks to ol' Possum Cat for bringin' back these goods and more from Houston.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
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!

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Photo of roadhouse
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance is thick and viscous, pitch black, with a one inch tan head. Leaves some decent lacing behind.

The aroma is very different from many RIS but quite good. It is chocolaty for sure but there is a component to it that is even more dominant that I can't quite describe. I want to call it a dark fruit character, but it's slightly different. Kind of like berries but it's almost vinous. Slight amount of coffee presence in the way back as well.

The taste is chocolaty up front as well, with the same dark fruit/vinous character coming through just as strong as the aroma. Becomes more roasty as it's being swallowed with a hint of charred wood and a general coffee-like roasted bitterness. Actually seems like there's quite a bit of hops in there as well.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium-full in body, with a creamy touch.

Overall I have to say I was a bit disappointed with this one. Still, it's very tasty and worth seeking out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an inky, crude-looking black body with a tiny beige head.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee beans. There's a ton of odd fruity esters encapsulated in the aroma, like melon, bananas, and berries, none of which followed over into the flavor.

Taste: Rich flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, and just a hint of coffee, sort of like a cake batter or brownie mix, though it's never overly sweet. A peppery bitterness grows and lasts into the roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Very little carbonation. Velvety mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Hmm... not bad! A tasty, one-of-a-kind stout.

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Photo of genog
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark opaque black color with a creamy, frothy dark brown head that leaves the beer alone. Smell is strong, and already warming in the nose of dried fruit, chocolate, and sweet malt. Taste is heavy on the alcohol and creates a warming sensation in my chest. Like franksnbeans said, this one might still need some aging.

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Photo of Floydster
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is black and pours a 2 finger head It has pretty decent lacing and retention.

Smell is of chocolate, mind, caramel, a little bit of licorice and some anise.

Taste is of chocolate malts that are fairly thick. Licorice and mind and anise come in and are followed by a light abrasive hop bitterness and tannin. I think the anise and mint are a little out of balance.

Mouthfeel is very very smooth and creamy

Balancing a few minor aspects of this beer mentioned above would make it more drinkable.

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Photo of mentor
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Second Review: 2010-10-24 (A=4 S=4.5 T=4 M=4.5 D=3.5)
Obtained from TexasStout several years ago and cellared properly since then. Thanks much! I probably haven't had one of these in 2 or 3 years, so I thought I'd give it a shot to see how it was developing.

Pours a thin layer of dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Viscous during the pour. Smells wonderful. Mocha. Blackberry and grassiness still around from the hops (has to have been Northern Brewer hops). Molasses, salt, carob, syrup used to make hot cocoa, dry powdery pils malt, and a clean moderately stingy alcohol carries a mild caramel oxidation. Very nice. Some sour from roasted grains, dry baker's chocolate, and vanillins on the alcohol. Intense, complex, and blended. The alcohol could use a bit more time to settle.

Tastes carob. Delicious rich milk-chocolate sweet balanced by baker's chocolate dry. Imagine a chocolate brownie that dried about a bit overnight in the pan; crisp dry outside, but luscious middle. Tempered roast due to the malt sweet. Perky presentation of dark fruits (prune, plum, and some raspberry) with mild cherry sour to keep them from bearing too heavy. Also, the mouthfeel is a bit light, due to the strong clean alcohol. Salty with some iron and still some grassiness from the strong hopping. Raspberry and blackberry flavor from the hops accompany a dark grain acidic edge in the finish and aftertaste. Dry grassy aftertaste combines with the alcohol to keep this beer from sticking. Md-thick, but silky thick and moderate carbonation.

With age, I see this beer going either way. There is a chance that it could go the way of salt and soy, though I see the alcohol settling and more flavors developing in the short term (2ish years). Currently, the flavors have not blended and that, with the strong saltiness give me some concern. I'll try my next bottle in 2012 or 2013.

Writing this review took the entire 12 oz bottle. That's rare for me, I can usually get a review done in half a glass and then sit back and enjoy the rest.

First review: 2007-12-09 (A=5 S:=3 T=4.5 M=5 D=3.5)
If you have just one bottle of this beer, I suggest you *not* open it tonight. IMO, this beer needs at least two years in the cellar. I suspect this beer will peak at a decade or more and am kicking myself for opening my only bottle tonight. Overall, it's a bit conglomerate. That is, alot of intense flavors are present, but they are no where near smoothing together. The potential is there and I like to be optomistic.

Pours a thick dark liquid. Two finger dark brown head over a pitch black liquid. Thick clingy head caves downward. Smells roast, earthy, ashy, grassy, bit of sour. Either alot of oxidation or odd-roasty flavors mixing with alcohol in a not so pleasing manner.

Tastes wet sweet with potent flavors. Roast, dark fruits, bit of sour, hop bitter, some grassy, and a clean alcohol. Wowzers, this is one intensely-flavored beer. I wonder if most of the roast character comes from chocolate malt. I once made a beer that had a similar flavor (but not intense) in which a massive dose of chocolate malt gave a rich espresso character with ashy and subtle chocolatey flavors. Some baker's cocoa (because it is chocolatey and dry) mixed with granular sugar. Actually, a bit like the powdered brownie mix my wife cooked up today (I stole a dab as she was making it). Maybe some peated malt, but not enough to stand clear. Prunes and berry with a hint of sour (like you get in cherries). Sweet molasses. The alcohol is clean of fusels and strong. The alcohol has a bit of flat character that I'm not fond of, perhaps hops carried on the alcohol favors? Finish dries out because the alcohol cleans off the tongue. Leaves a grassy and dried-out white chocolate flavor in the mouth as an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, this is as good as it gets. Moderate carbonation, despite the large head. The aftertaste leaves something to be desired. The flat grassy hop character is just not what I would expect in a potent RIS. I seek something sweet/pleasing and hanging to ponder while watching the fire on a cold winter eve (such as tonight). They must have use a metric ass-load of hops to get them to show through the massively intense malt flavors.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to TexasStout for the trade. Now let’s see what all the fuzz is about.

Pours really dark with a big frothy head. Great head retention and thick lacing.

The aroma is odd, never had a RIS that smelled like this. It has an earthy aroma, the chocolate and roasted aromas are all there but this one seems different. Can’t quite pinpoint that scent but it’s not overpowering or distracting.

Seems like that odd aroma is in the taste as well, it tastes “organic”? if that means anything, or grainy. Chocolate and roasted barley, malts, coffee, and that damn taste I can’t figure out! It’s not bad at all, it’s just that I’ve never experienced it in any other stout and can’t quite describe it. The best I can describe it is a grape/vine-like aftertaste or maybe cherries and apricot pits or green grape skins.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are both above average.

Have to agree with some previous reviews that some ageing would do great things for this beer. Glad I have some more.

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Photo of alexgash
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark oily brown to black body, with a very thick, viscous look (the way I like my Imperial Stouts to look). Thick, robustly dense, cocoa-brown head. Great lacing up the glass.

Lots of charred, roasty malts on the nose. Scorched brown sugar-crusted plums. Bitter dark chocolate. Chicory/coffee earthiness. Herbal hop aromas. Nice and complex, but a little reserved. Roasted malt/coffee and herbal hop flavors up front. Whiskeyish dark fruits with brown sugar sweetness unfold. Hints of cardboard (oxidation?). Bitter dark chocolate melds with peripheral herbal hop bitterness. Warming. Thick, full-bodied feel with a mostly creamy texture. Smooth. Very good RIS and maybe the best beer I've had from Texas so far!

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
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.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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