Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a thick inky black with a firm khaki-colored head. Aroma is just a rush of malt, some cocoa, some roast coffee. Very little hop sharpness.
Taste is more heavy malts, this time moderated slightly with a light hop bite. More dark chocolate, espresso flavors, along with quite a prevalent lactic sweetness that almost pushes this one into the milk stout range. The hops are present and perceptible but never strong or commanding. No real alcoholic bite at all, either.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very smooth and filling. For the style, I think this is a little tame; it rather rides the line between sweet stout and Imperial, and could easily go either way with a tweak in the recipe. Overall, a little one-dimensional, especially considering the style.
dfinney23 (1656) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty sure this predates my DR purchasing. Very rich, complex aroma or dark and milk chocolates, molasses and coffee. No bitterness and not all that sweet. Just smoooooooth.
hombrepalo (1828) - 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 (1246) - 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 (6497) - 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 don’t wait any longer if you have one.
ansermadide (1520) - 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 can’t get over how well this aged. It’s 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 (10643) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trocken süßer 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 (3303) - 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 it’s 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.