coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This pours black. This is how it should be with a RIS, so itís 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, Iím 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 itís not in a palate destroying way. Itís 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.
The high abv is well-hidden. If I didnít know, Iíd 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.
hombrepalo (1758) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Zinister for the bottle. Pours pitch black with minimal head and lacing. Looks very thick. Has a nice espresso aroma. Very complex in flavor. Chocolate, coffee, dates and roasted malts. Bit oxidated but still good.
ronaldtheriot (1105) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - APR 4, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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! RJT
phaleslu (5878) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from ericandersnavy- thanks again, Eric! Twist-off. Uh-oh. This thing was bottled in 2007, so it opened with no sound of air escaping and poured a jet black color with no head. I guess there is a tiny ring of tan. Aroma of roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, soy, nuts, fudge, and earth. Flavor of coffee and roasted malts, cola, soy, molasses, dark chocolate. The body has thinned and is very smooth and roasty with no carbonation. Probably would have been great a few years ago. Still worth trying but donít wait any longer if you have one.
ansermadide (1466) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged 5.5 years (2007 vintage): This beer ages extremely well. It has a dark-brown color and an aroma of strong alcohol with a hint of what seems like syrupy, concentrated hops. After over five years so much of the malts have burned off that it seems much like a barley wine, but on steroids. Its flavor is almost smoky and very unique. I canít get over how well this aged. Itís so complex and impressive.
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Birthday beer from Mar. Pours dark black, no head. Delicious aromas. Great flavor. Really held up well.
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Koelschtrinker (9998) - KŲln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trocken sŁŖer aber passender Beginn mit tiefer, sehr harmonischen und vollmundigen Noten. Rund, fruchtig, Weinnoten, zum Ende erdig-trocken, etwas hefig. 10/12/12/14/10/13
Headbanger (3051) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle 1/13/10 (Courtesy of Beerandblues2)-Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice and molasses. Taste of chocolate, coffee, and soy sauce. This full bodied brew was a nice brew. Great job.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle pours thick black with a big dark brown head, substantial lacing the length of the glass. Aroma is big cocoa and roast with thin dark fruits and coffee as well. Flavor is very nice and I suspect a tad sweeter than it was initially, but itís very complex with layers of sweet cocoa, tobacco, molasses and toffee. Very well rounded beer that has aged gracefully to say the least!
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from bu11zeye, thanks! Dark black with a thin tan head. Aroma of soy, malt, light coffee, mild chocolate and dark malts. Taste of dark roasted malt, chocolate, lactose, soy and light coffee. Full bodied with a mild chalky finish. Decent.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to bu11zeye for hooking me up with a bunch of DRís... light black body with only a bit of light tan head... the aroma is all malts, whopper malt, kuhnhenn malt forwardness, some prunes, a bit of roast round this out, awesome... I thought the taste would be malty but does a 180 and shows off some really nice roasty noes with a whoppers, besides Southhampton RIS this is one of the best RIS Iíve had