Saint Arnold Winter Stout - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Winter StoutSaint Arnold Winter Stout

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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-28-2002

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured black with red edges and looked a little bit thin on the pour. Decent off white head that dissipates failry quick. Not a ton of aroma-mild roasted flavor and fruittiness. Maybe oats. Taste was fruitier than I expected. Mild roasted malt flavor, light coffee, light chocolate with some cherry and some citrus fruit flavors. Low on hops but add to the citrus on the back of the tongue. Kind of thin in the mouth, decent carbonation, and crisper than most stouts. Very drinkable. Not the best stout I've ever had but good and a little different take on the style.

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really like this beer, which pours an almost black with red edges when held up to a light source. The beer pours with a beige head, which disappears very quickly. The beer has a roasted smell, but not as strong as some stouts I have tried. The beer has a roasted malt taste with some coffee to it. The beer is easy to drink, but I am not sure how drinkable it would be after you had a few of them.

Overall, this is a very good stout from a brewery made up of really good people. It is not the best stout I have had, but it ranks pretty highly on my list.

Photo of Longhorn2750
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

It's a nice stout but a tad on the light side for my taste. The head is weak at best and dissipates rapidly. It has a hint of coffee and chocolate that is not over whelming. It pours dark chocolate brown with a slight amber hew. It has a lighter then average feel for a stout with a smooth light roast malty finish. It may be much improved with a nitro poor on tap. However, I have only partaken in the bottled version.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a new belgium glass dark brown at first then to black once it filled the glass. Thin off white head, min. lacing. There is a slight carmal malt scent to it. The taste is fairly generic, but that's not a bad thing. Hop front is slight, but the carmel sweets are well defined at the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel isn't too terribly thick, probably just perfect. Overall this is a very very drinkable winter treat.

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown and ruby beer thats not totally opaque. It looks like a slightly watered down imperial stout. There is a cream colored head that rises quickly but fades fast.

Smell is of roasted malts, dark chocolate and some coffee. A very pleasing scent that alludes to this beer being all about the malts as it is the predominate scent.

As previously stated this beer is all about the malts. It starts with great malt taste that fades into some dark fruits and mild chocolates. The aftertaste is all malt. This beer tastes as fresh as a beer brewed just the other day... and thats a good thing in this case. It has a fresh mouthfeel and taste that inspires you to drink more. 2007-early 08 bottle.

Photo of mully
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to JDV for the chance to try this beer

Clean looking black beer dark tan head fades to leave a thing foam across the top, no lace left
Coffee, patent malt and chocolate and alcohol dominate the nose.
Heavy roast malts and the dryness that comes with them, some coffee flavors
a little light on the mouthfeel not substantial -- almost a little watery the light body makes this beer very drinkable not a huge stout but it would be a good, dark session beer.

Photo of Stigs
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, got this as an extra from a BA i cent remember which right now...but thank you! served in a DFH signature glass.

A - somewhat aggressive pour yielded about half an inch of light khaki foam, tight and bubbly. quickly fell to a thin layer and ring around the glass. the beer is dark, burnt brown when held up to the light.

S - slight roasted malts, some light fruitiness in the form of plums, cherries...nice fresh roasted coffee beans at the end, with some lactose sweetness in the finish.

T - following the nose with lightly toasted malts, turning into chocolatey sweetness and an earthy hop bitterness. the coffee flavor only briefly glances in the second half, before turning into some nuttyness and cherries...like the lack of overdone "christmas/winter spices"

M - abundant amount of carbonation, tight and fizzy...not too distracting. thinnish bodied, but slick all the way around and going down.

D - overall, this was pretty light and enjoyable - yet complex enough to keep my attention. there are better stouts out there, yes...but this one strived to be better than just average, and succeeded. a good, drinkable beer all around.

Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

JonathanL7890, thanks for the hitchhiker. Pours black with foaming brown head, that quickly dissipitates. Neutral aroma, faint roast. A bit thin mouthfeel, with ground powdered coffee taste, backed by malt. OK, but rather plain stout. Carbonation is fine.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I missed out on the Pumpkinator but at least I can still have another good beer from Saint Arnold. You can never have too many stouts during the winter season and anytime I can get a good stout from a Texas brewery I'm all for it.

This is an easy stout to pour. Maybe that's because it's the last bottle I've poured from the six pack and I know exactly how to pour it. The head is foamy, tan-colored, and grows to about two fingers in height. Some remains on top throughout drinking and it looks sort of like cream swirls in coffee. There's just a tiny bit of lacing too. You can see through the beer that's the darkest of brown in color, but up to light it's a lighter reddish brown, though you can just barely see through.

I have a bit of a cold so my sense of smell will be hindered. I get mostly dark fruits and roastiness as well as sugary sweetness. Hops add a bit of tingly spiciness.

This is mostly a sweet and chocolate roasty stout. The roastiness lingers well after drinking which is a characteristic I always like in a stout. The sweetness is very much like candy (toffee?). The usual plum, fig, raisin trio of dark fruits add a bit of fruitiness. I'd say it's a little bitter as well but nothing too noticeable.

The mouthfeel is a bit too light for me as far as what I prefer with stouts, however, it is one of the most drinkable stouts I've had that isn't watery in feel. Carbonation is medium. It's pretty smooth overall and slightly sticky at the end from the sweetness.

The flavors are all there, though not too complex, it's not heavy enough for me, but it's very drinkable. So, if you want a good and drinkable stout then this is a good choice.

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Finnman for this one!

Pours a purple tinged chestnut with 2+ fingers of brown-flecked tan. Average lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & a bit of chocolate, grows stronger as this warms

T: Coffee grounds, black patent malt, a bit of mocha & herbal hops up front. More coffee, dryness & a touch of caramel as this warms. Finishes with more coffee & a bit of oaky dryness

MF: Smooth with moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty good, but a little too much coffee for me to session on

Photo of bditty187
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, if not black in hue; brunette head, smallish, fair retention, no lace. The nose is inviting, while not potent, there is a perceptible aroma of toasted malts and chocolate. Decent palate, grainy, bitter, much more roasted (contrary of the bouquet’s invitation), less chocolate, the hops are noticeable. The finish is long-lasting, chalky with sweetness lingering ever so gently... seems to get more acidic as it warms. The body is a touch too thin. Overall, this Stout is drinkable and pleasant, not outstanding but I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it… thanks Morris729.

Photo of kwill
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a very thin head that unfortunately disappeared far too quickly. Smells slightly sweet and malty with a hint of chocolate.

Like other reviews have said, this does feel a bit watery and not very "stout". This beer would definitely be helped with thicker and stronger characteristics. There is a mild burnt aftertaste to this beer that, unfortunately, covers up any of the flavors that the malty smell hints of.

Not a bad beer at all, and definitely a drinkable and enjoyable one. But if I had to choose a stout, I would definitely go with one of the Young's stouts.

Photo of slackerlack
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, almost black.
S - Strong chocolate and coffee smell. Also smells roasty.
T - Tastes just like it smells. Chocolate, coffee, malty, watery.
D - Goes down very smooth with no burn.

For a dark stout, I was very surprised how watery and non thick this beer was.

Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to optimator13 for sending me this one in The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF '11! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a two finger light khaki head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cream, toffee, and subtle caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocoalte, coffee, subtle caramel, and cream. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this wasn't a bad American Stout. This had a pretty nice flavor that made it pretty easy to drink. As with most American Stouts I have had, this one also wasn't very robust. The aroma was okay, but not very robust either. Definitely worth trying as I really enjoyed this one while sitting out on the patio.

Photo of AustinSommelier
4.41/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at GrapeVine Market in Round Rock, TX (700+ beer selection, 5k wines....Heaven on Earth). I won't go into depth w/ a description of the beer, since so many others have done so quite accurately. I'll simply say this is one of the best stouts I've had. It's incredibly smooth & creamy and a bit lighter than is typical.

Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DnQ in Houston for putting these out, I hadn't had any of this yet.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint. Just about zero head, it's been sitting almost a year and lost what little carbonation it probably had. Single layer of lace around the rim. Flat as a stout coming out of cask.

Appearance is near-black, looking through at light is deep red and clear.

Smells delicious, malty, tobacco, wooden muskiness. Deep smell almost pulls apple juice so I am thinking there may be some fruit in there underneath....maybe.

Tastes Very malty stoutness, light bitter, spice and wood. Flavors are light, not sure if time hasn't mellowed this a tad.

Feels- Medium body, smooth, little sticky on the tongue. Flat.

Overall pleasing flavors, mild and easy, but has good malt and spice to it. Very flat, even for a stout. Would be good for an intro into the stout world.

Photo of goochpunch
1.87/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a straight-up ruby body with a thin head that fizzles out to just a ring of bubbles. Smells of some roastiness, milk chocolate, and gummy worms. The weird Saint Arnold "Sweet-'n'-Lo-meets-Haribo-gummy candy" esters are going wild on this one. Really overpowers a lot of the chocolate and roast. Overbearing. In the aftertaste, more "stout" characteristics come out. It's too bad I have to wade through the actual taste of the beer to get to the decent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is kind of thinnish with a bit of harsh carbonation scraping against my tongue. Not all too drinkable.

Photo of theghost3
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with a 2-finger beige head. About a 1/2-finger head retention remains throughout. Little lacing.

The smell is caramel and dark chocolate malts. The taste is slightly creamy with caramel, coffee, vanilla, chocolate & somewhat roasty; more watery than I would like. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied; moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

With its 5.6 percent ABV this is very drinkable. It's not flashy & won't leave a major impact on you, but it has the makings of a go-to beer.

Photo of BeerSox
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Opaque black with amber and ruby edges at the bottom of the mug. Thick foamy tan head that settles to a frothy cap. Rings of lace coat the glass.

Dark and bitter malts that gives almost a smokey aroma to it. Hints of dark chocolate and roasted nut.

Rich grainy and creamy malts. The darkness lends bitterness, but it's less overpowering, almost like a non-nitro infused dry stout. A bodied brew with a smoothness that comes from the right amount of carbonation. A little bit of bitterness from hops shows through, but it's mostly the malts showing through. The finish is grainy and creamy with a little bit of the roastiness lingering. There is a slight metallic presence, but it's nothing that ruins the beer.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. High on the malts without being too powerfully bitter. Seems dangerously close to the Irish Dry Stout style. Recommended.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This stout poured solid black with red tinted edges when held to the light.Creamy colored head that didn't stack up much at all.Minimal laceing.

Smell: The aromas are chocolate,coffee bean,has a slight syrupy touch to this one.Nice sweet malts and just a hint of alcohol to be detected.

Taste: The semi-sweet dark chocolate and the hops makes for a nice bitter finish.The malty backbone and coffee bean is right on the money for creating a desent stout.Typical stout flavors and aromas.Not bad just nothing new.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium to thick body with just the right amount of carbonation to keep you slammin' this one and ready for the next.

Drinkability: I could definitely buy this one again and very easily go through my sixer with much ease.Not a bad stout but not on my top list.

Cheers2Beers

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Body pours to a perfect blackness. Head is an inch and a half of fuzzy tan brown foam that fades in minutes. Nose is dark and has hints of burnt minerals, coffee, vanilla beans and hints of backround anise. Exceptionally smooth and creamy as you take first sip. There is sweetness layered on some mellow spicyness but the spice is even and soft. Mouthfeel is very smooth, sweet and nicely creamy. A very sesionable stout that I would keep in the fridge if it were available locally.

Photo of TexIndy
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The front label has a notch on the side indicating the month brewed - December in this case. The color was a dark, dark brown - basically black with just a hint of mahogany when held right to the light. It has a couple fingers of head that slowly dissipated to constant film with some lacing. Mouthfeel was really good with a smooth creamy bite. The aroma was roasted malts with coffee and chocolate but was not very strong overall. The taste was incredibly smooth. It starts with a malty bite that jumps right into a smooth, chocolately finish. This may not be the best tasting stout out there but something about it justs hits the spot perfectly. If you told me that I'd find a stout session beer I would never have believed you. For me most stouts are a once and while beer but I ready to crack open another one of these right away. This is now my favorite St Arnold by far. Only wish it was available year round. Highly recommend!!! (4.75, HR, T, Y)

Photo of BeanBone
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark red-brown (almost black) body with a healthy butterscotch head that settles into a small and almost Guinness-like cream

Aroma: Sweet and malty, almost reminds me of soured Guinness (and not in a bad way)

Taste: Absolutely bursting with flavor! Rich roasted malt body with definite dark chocolate, coffee and caramel notes

Mouthfeel: Feels cold, coats well and is not too fizzy

Drinkability: Initially it seems quite rich, but after a few sips it's a very sessionable beer (providing you like stouts)

Verdict: This a truly a brilliant example of an American Stout with the added bonus of being local. I really wish Saint Arnold would brew this year-round, but they say the demand is not there. What a shame.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice dark color with amber hues towards the sides. The light tan head is billowy and stays with on every sip you take, the lacing, though thin, marks every stop you take along the way.
Smell: A little hollow, but chocolate and roasted malts flavors do come through as it hits warmer temperatures. A little raisin and alcohol smell eventually come out.
Taste: Sweet and malty overall, the malts come out around the center of your mouth and the chocolate flavors towards the back of your throat. Mildly bitter on the corners of your mouth and there is a slight alcohol flavors that accompanies the bitterness.
Mouthfeel: This is a light-to-medium bodied stout with mild carbonation.
Overall: not a bad stout, a little light bodied in my opinion but well worth trying. This stout has good malts and chocolate characters to it and the hops are hidden but balanced.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to philhyde for this!

Dark dark brown on the pour, with tinges of brown around the edges, opaque through the center. A very light brown head of a solid finger forms, medium sized bubbles, dissipating to a creamy film. Laces okay.

The nose is chock full of roasted, toasted malts, some nice chocolate sweetness and a hint of espresso and (faint) hops.

Taste is nice and slightly sweet, with some cocoa, more pronounced espresso notes, maltiness, with a hint of finishing hops. Pretty coherent with the aroma and it's just as pleasant.

The feel is a little creamy, medium in body, though it's bordering the lighter side. And aside from maybe it being a bit on the crisp side, the feel is pretty good.

Overall, this is a solid little stout, with solid drink-ability. Definitely my favorite from St. Arnold. We should be seeing in stores here soon, and I'm pretty stoked now.

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Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.