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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5

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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 45°F or warmer with some dark chocolate or a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

Assurbanipaul's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2007
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1656) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1828) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ronaldtheriot (1246) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1520) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Birthday beer from Mar. Pours dark black, no head. Delicious aromas. Great flavor. Really held up well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koelschtrinker (10643) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 23, 2012
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3303) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2011
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2011
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.

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