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)

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Added by TexIndy on 08-14-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 188
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 jwff
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz twist off. Pours out black with a toffee brownish head with ample lacing. You know, this is exactly how I want my stouts to look. Smell is strong mix of powdery and rich chocolates, roasted doughy malts, an earthy rustic hop smell, and a small touch of alcohol. Toasty dark chocolate meshes extremely well with the earthy bittering hop finish. Maybe some alcohol warmth but I'm not picking up any booze in the taste. Small Saint Arnold jellylike house taste in the finish but the roastiness plays off it well. Finishes dry with excellent carbonation and medium body. Who would have thought?

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4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was interested to see if this beer lives up to the hype it has generated in such a short time.

Pours to an amazing 3 finger deep brown chocolate colored head with huge fat bursting bubbles. Head has nice retention and scattered lace as it fades. Body is as oilly thick and black as you could hope for in an Imperial stout. Nose has smokey malty notes and soft fuzzy hints of coco, minerals and toffee. Very silky dardness enters the mouth and quickly tones of rich roasty dark chocolate develop within this very complex brew. Toasty biscuity notes mingle with toffee and burnt bitterness that lasts long into the mouthfeel. The only slight drawback I see to this brew is a bit of scattered feel that shows that this beer will probably age and perfect very well. The only hint of alchol is the nice warmth that arrises in the belly. This beer is a delecious mouth painter and ranks up there with many other big, high quality Impys. Incredibly drinkable for such a huge stout. Lovely now but will only get better with age.

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

Pours an opaque black with brown hue, almost jammy. Nice chocolate milk head. Smells of chocolate, cherries, molasses and caramel. Tastes as it smells. Chocolate covered cherries, sweet and syrupy. A little hot. Full in the mouth. Definitly a sipper and I can tell a little age will push this already tasty brew into the upper echelon.

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Photo of maxwere
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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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 brentk56
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky obsidian color with a prodigious tan head that retains well and does a thorough lace job

Smell: Dark chocolate, cocoa powder and prunes

Taste: Starts out with a rich dark chocolate flavor that is joined by cocoa powder, mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a dark fruit prunish element that appears to join the chocolate flavors

Mouthfeel: Thick and almost syrupy; with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A little rough at this stage; look forward to sampling again when it has some age on it (Note: Three years later it has matured very nicely, indeed; tried again in the fourth year and, though still good, it is a bit past its prime)

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Photo of KodyBrannon
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! That is all I really have to say, This beer is amazing. Upon the first pour, it poured a dark black color with a brownish-orangeish head, that didn't last, but it did lace the glass well. As I drank this, you could feel the abv, but it didn't have that kick that most high abv beers have. Very smooth and very sweet. The chocolate/coffee taste is not overwhelming, but adds to the robust flavour of this beer. This is my first imperial stout, and my first beer from st. arnolds. But I do think I will be trying more of both. I wish this beer would be a year round release, becuase it is probably one of the best beers i've ever had. I will try not to drink the rest of them up to quickly, since I had trouble finding this to begin with.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Opaque black with a brown head. The head is short lived and quickly falls to a thin ring that leaves lacing all the way down.

Smell: roasted/burnt coffee. Sweet chocolate. There's also a slight floral hop note in the background.

Taste: Incredible from the first sip to the last. There is a roast/burnt dark chocolate flavor. The floral hop notes in the aroma again make an appearance in the finish. The hop presence is just enough to balance out the roasty dark malts.

Mouthfeel: Thick and velvety smooth

Drinkability: Where is the 10%ABV...No seriously where is it? This beer is highly drinkable. The alcohol is well masked.

Overall this is one hell of an imperial stout. Hands down the best Divine Reserve and the best Saint Arnold brew to date. I'm sure this beer will age nicely over the next couple of years or so. I say why bother aging it, when its drinking so wonderfully right now.

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

"Smell is wonderful, everything you want in a imperial stout...

head o' plenty ... lacing up the wazoo ...

Flavours are basically indescribable, lots of crazy complex flavours-

one of the more complex imperial stouts i have ever had!...

so delicious, so enjoyable, pure blasphemy in goodness in all aspects!

I absolutely love this beer! 25 or 6 to 4..."

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Photo of chadspivey
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into my ommegang goblet.

A: The beer is black with a brown head. the head starts at half an inch and dissipates to a ring in a minute or two. The lacing is truly amazing.

S: ooooh, man. The smell is amazing, with it's roasted chocolate malts, and a pronounced hop character for an imperial stout.

T: This beer if freaking awesome. The chocolate malts just melt in your mouth, and then theres this creamy taste, followed by a good hop character to make a perfect ending. It'll be interesting to see how this ages because I like the hop presence in this beer.

M: full, creamy body. This mouthfeel is as close to perfect as it gets.

D: I can't believe this is 10 percent. I don't know how they do it.

YES!! The Divine Reserve lives up to it's name!!

The #4 was really good, but this is simply amazing. I shall age some of this for as long as I can.

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Photo of RickSawyer
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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Photo of HardTarget
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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