Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5
188 Ratings
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
Photo of Thorpe429
2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

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 t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -42.4%

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 BeerHunter76
3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

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 kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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 CDCNAM
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Tamtweh
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%

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 needMIbeer
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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