kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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!
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
ronaldtheriot (1199) - 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
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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 can’t 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.
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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 doesn’t give you enough already. The palate falls off just a tad late, but it remains an outstanding example of this style. Indeed , I’ll get kicked for this, but this one is underrated by at least a quarter point. Fly, I need more of this pal (hint hint).
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
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 it’s 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, I’m 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 it’s not in a palate destroying way. It’s 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 didn’t know, I’d 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.
SudsMcDuff (5794) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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...
BigMilly8 (384) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
lb4lb (2495) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 I’ve 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 I’d 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. I’m 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.