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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This Divine Reserve was inspired by the winning entry of the 2007 Big Batch Brew Bash homebrew competition, brewed by Mike Heniff, a highly decorated local Houston homebrewer. Russian Imperial Stouts are very big and very black and this one is no exception. DR5 has a rich malty body full of coffee and chocolate flavors and a spiciness derived from the combination hops and high alcohol. It was brewed with a variety of malts including 2 row pale, crystal, chocolate and roasted barley. It was hopped with Nugget, Willamette and Centennial. We used an American ale yeast to ferment it. It is unfiltered. Enjoy at 45įF or warmer with some dark chocolate or a bowl of vanilla ice cream.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2007
12oz via trade. (Thanks kaggie97!) Pours a deep midnight black with a very large brown head. Nose is absolutely divine! Chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, mocha. Taste is the same with some nice balancing hops in the finish that are just perfect and complement but do not overwhelm the complex flavors of this masterpiece of a brew..I see they used Centennial, which explains it as that is my favorite flavoring/aroma hop... Body is medium full, carbonation is perfect. This is like the best chocolate raspberry cheesecake in a bottle that i have ever had. wow, this is only the second beer i have had where i can honestly say is worthy of a perfect score. .Absolutely in-fraaking-credible!! Completely flawless-world class.Thanks Kaggie, you rule!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2007
tulip. this was verrrrrry good. Thanks to UncleJedi, this snuck into a vey high profile flight and almost, (almos) stole the show. pours a black glug with mild tan head, fruity hops on aroma, bannana, raisin, very complex aroma, every smith is enjoyable and different, yum... apple is prominant and hidden at the same time? apple front, very ight and smooth palate,fruity presence, green front on tip of tongue, very good and complex, incredibly complex, apple, roasted dry finish, and aftertaste. Kudos. underrated.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ronaldtheriot (1332) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - APR 4, 2013
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

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 9-21-07: Bottle 1: Pours jet black into the glass with a brown head that has some lasting power. Aroma is chocolaty and sweet with some coffee notes to it. Taste is big. Lots of malty sweetness with some good bittering balance. Alcohol becomes apparent as you swallow. Good aftertaste. Letting the other bottles age. * Be Careful: This beer is a gateway beer and will coax you into a night of drinking, even if you only had planned to sip one right before bed. I canít stress this enough. If you have something really important to do the next day, maybe let someone hide the key to your beer closet so that you cannot retrieve the 5-6 more beers you will no doubt be tempted to drink.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Bottle from fly. Thanks for your continued trading with me for Divine stuff, fly!. Pours onyx with 2-fingers of dark brown head. Aroma is dark malt, molasses, blackberries, plums, and chocoff. Tastes dark malty, with a very nice blackberry and plum presence, almost kicking this into blackberry merlot status, except that instead of the excess winey fruit, you get more dark malt and chocoffy flavors. Nice complex hefty palate, with more lovely blackberries as it warms, and an awesome hop kicker, as if this one doesnít give you enough already. The palate falls off just a tad late, but it remains an outstanding example of this style. Indeed , Iíll get kicked for this, but this one is underrated by at least a quarter point. Fly, I need more of this pal (hint hint).

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2007
I had the good fortune to visit the Gingerman in Austin, where I saw this unfamiliar beer on the board. I gave it a try (served in a 10oz butcher glass) and was tremendously pleased with it. It appeared a be a bit viscous in my glass with a very dark brown head which reminded me of chocolate milk frothiness. One whiff told me this was going to be a beer with a ton of roastiness. Flavor was great; extremely roasty with a ton of "burned pizza crust" flavor balanced with some accompanying notes of coffee and a few sweeter chocolate notes. There are a ton of beers with a lot of chocolate malt, but this one offers that flavor with a lot of very nice accompanying flavors. Mouthfeel was a bit thick and left a dry feeling in my mouth. Delicious, and very highly recommended.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
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. Wonderful. 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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Smell is wonderful, everything you want in a imperial stout...

head oí 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...

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
From bottle..Thanks to Beerlando : This stuff smell wonderful. Pours a deep dark thick black color, with a thin brown head, that doesnt have a very long shelf life. It does leave a brown ring around the glass, and a dirty film like lacing. Dark malts and chocolate and coffee beans dominate the nose, and it is a great nose at that. The taste is right in line with the great smell. Dark roasted malts and chocolate. A think creamy feel in the mouth. Goes down very smooth. Aftertaste is roasted and coffee flavored. Awesome stout. Thanks a bunch for this one Beerlando!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Pours an oily, thick, jet black with a nice somewhat short lasting tan head on it in a snifter. Right off the bat after uncapping it, I could tell this smell was different than any Imperial Stout Iíve tried and still it was quite complex. It was a very rich malty, somewhat roasty and quite chocolately smell with just light hint of coffee at first, and definite gooey banana and juicy dried fig like sweet notes to it. Body and mouthfeel was amazingly smooth, thick and mouth coatingly creamy and exactly what Iíd want in this type of beer. Taste was rich, hearty, malt and chocolate with a truly pleasant hint of alcohol (which I typically strongly dislike) and an over ripe sweet banana and rich dark fruity finish to it. For 10% this is all too easy to drink. The only thing it lacked was everything I dislike about Imperial Stouts such as overly chalky or powdery bitterness, burnt tastes, and a dreaded soy flavor. Iím glad to have gotten my hands on some as it appears to be sold out in the area already. Truly a unique, great beer in every respect.


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