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Saint Arnold Winter Stout - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Winter StoutSaint Arnold Winter Stout

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%


Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-28-2002)
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stumac

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a pitcher of this at the Molly's down the street.

this brew pours up a solid dark brown with a decent tan head. nice lacing too. in the nose, I get bread dough from the yeast, roasted malts, cocoa powder, dark chocolate. I taste sweet chocolate malts, toasted grain, burnt wood, slight hop bittering, piney hops (in that order). medium bodied, medium spritzy carbo. My favorite of the Saint Arnold line up, besides the Divines.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2009 06:01:51 | More by stumac
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BeanBone

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 19:33:11 | More by BeanBone
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most chocolatey stouts I have had to date(Except the Rogue Chocolate stout)

A- Deep dark brown, almost opaque black with garnet edges. Nice tight head with OK retention

S- Smells like roasted chocolate malts. Sweet, but with a hint of bitter hops

T- The roasted chocolate flavor goes great with the bitter hops. Ends up tasting like a mocha, but with a distinct beer-grain-taste to it

M - Light and creamy. Perfect for a stout

D- Very good. Sweet and filling, yet dry and clean

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 03:49:05 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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AustinSommelier

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 17:10:26 | More by AustinSommelier
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Direwolf

California

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout has a dark brown color and a light amount of carbonation and very pleasant aroma and taste. The aroma is malty. It is sweeter than many other stouts and finishes with a slight bitterness that may not please fans of dry stouts. However, since the sweetness subsumes the dryness, a lot of subtle flavors can be detected, notably, caramel, coffee, and dark liquorish. A mild after taste lingers for a few seconds due to a watery texture that leaves your palate warm and refreshed.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 14:17:01 | More by Direwolf
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BigBarley

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet
A - Poured straight down and hard, came to about a fingers worth of tan head, sitting atop a deep black body that has a dark-brown/amber glow through the light. Head recedes quickly to a thin, foam ring.

S - Coffee up front with a sweet, chocolate character. Roasty notes all over, whipped cream, mild hazelnut notes and more coffee.

T - French coffee, cocoa hints, roasted malts, slight caramel. Very sweet, very flavorful. Saint Arnold beers tend to have a trademark flavor hiding beneath it all, and this stout is no exception. Tasty stuff, nothing that hasn't been featured in other stouts, but there is a lot of flavor in here without being overwhelming.

M - I've had Imperial Stouts that were thinner than this! Great mouthfeel, just thick enough to remind you that it's not a porter, still very drinkable. Carbonation retains pretty well even after a hard pour (I pretty much dumped it in the glass), but doesn't overwhelm the tongue. Not overly creamy, but definitely not thin. Great feel for a beer.

O - Saint Arnold makes some serious beers, in my opinion, and this is one of my favorites. It has all the classic stout characteristics and the perfect mouth feel. Puts a lot of other stouts to shame with it's perfection of a simple approach. I'd love to see the imperial version, but it'll probably be a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 15:21:59 | More by BigBarley
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 17:21:01 | More by SPLITGRIN
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briman

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a standard pint glass.

Poured a deep dark brown, with a thin creamy tan head. Head retention was minimal.

Nose has obvious notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and some coffee tones, though the chocolate seemed to dominate this example.

Taste was just as expected based on the nose. Sweet chocolate notes dominate, but hints of roasted malts are certainly evident. Finish has a touch of bitterness.

Medium bodied, and mouthfeel about what you'd expect from a stout of this type....not thin, and not overly heavy. Very drinkable, with maybe a slight warming character. Easily my favorite brew from Saint Arnold's.

Arguably more like a porter than a stout, so my review reflects my enjoyment of the beer more than whether or not it really fits into a traditional stout category.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2006 20:56:37 | More by briman
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent seasonal stout. With hints of Christmas buried deep within. The hops and malts are blended well to give s surprisingly good finish to this beer. The head is not very creamy and is a brown foam when poured. It settles pretty quick and leaves you wondering what you just got in the way of a stout. The initial taste is surprisingly good and so is the last. An excellent and matured stout that has the harshness taken off by a proper fermentation that is not speed up.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 09:32:10 | More by AtrumAnimus
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beerdiablo

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some might call Saint Arnold's the Dogfish Head of Texas.
I can see that with the marketing but minus the swagger and daring.

Nice and tasty as this is a fine representative of the stout style.
In fact, you could say its the finest stout brewed in Texas and
I wouldn't argue with you.

Though there is some bitterness, the sweetness carries this beer
with hints of vanilla and coffee.

Forget about color, head size/duration, this stout delivers.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 03:48:32 | More by beerdiablo
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beeragent

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a 1/2 inch tan head, that left nice lacing on the glass. The nose is mostly roasted malts, with a hint of coffee. The taste is that expected from a stout. Roasted malts, and coffee flavoring. Medium mouthfeel. A very tasty stout, and an easy session beer for those cold winter nights. By far my favorite offering from Saint Arnold. Try this one before the season ends.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 08:31:32 | More by beeragent
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a tan head that fades quickly. Strong roasted , toasted grain smell. Taste is toasted malts with a strong , almost astringent coffee flavor ; finishes very dry . Light bodied for a stout. A smooth, easy drinking Texas brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 03:59:44 | More by beerceller99
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TexIndy

Texas

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)

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 03:21:31 | More by TexIndy
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BeerSox

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 04:40:26 | More by BeerSox
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hoplover82

Texas

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

A-Pours a black color with ruby highlights with small tan head that reduses nothing fast with no lace.

S-Dark bitter chocolate and very roasted barley and toffee with very faint licorice and lots of coffee.

T-Chocolate and coffee with lots of roastiness. Excellent bitterness that lingers forever.

M-Medium bodied and creamy and very smooth.

D-Just a tad bit warm on the alcohol which could be more hidden, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 03:17:00 | More by hoplover82
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HardTarget for another great sample.

Appearance: Pours black/brown with almost a cabarnet color around the edges. The foamy brown head doesn't last long.

Smell: Smells of burnt fruit and warm malts tell me this could be very tasty

Taste: roasted dates, raisins, carmel syrup, and malt massage my palate into submission. It is a tasty stout!

Mouthfeel: light to medium mouthfeel with a nice balance of malt, fruit, and carbonation.

Very drinkable stout. If you like Guinness Extra Stout, you'll love this one. Thanks again HardTarget!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 21:27:34 | More by mattcrill
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CJN11

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is St. Arnold's winter special beer. The appearance was exceptional, a beautiful dark stout. The smell was average at best. The tast was strong, with limited bitterness. Overall the drinkability was phenomenal. Probably one of St. Arnold's best seasonals, only falling short of teh summer pils.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 16:59:42 | More by CJN11
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irishtimepiece

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with ruby at the edges. A medium brown head that settles to a cap and laces well. Smells is pretty straightforward. Roasted grains, chocolate, some raisin. Taste starts with a bit of roast and transitions into a strong chocolatey finish. Pretty light bodied for a stout, but the mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Overall, an easy drinking stout that isn't strong enough to put you under and is tasty enough to bring you back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2007 23:32:16 | More by irishtimepiece
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CrazyMacHarris99

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown amber that is black until held to the light. There is a two finger tan head that recedes to a thick ring and thin cover. The smell is of licorice, bitter coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits and a bit of chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate with a hint of coffee. The sweetness from the dark fruits balances out the bitter roasted malt and coffee. The mouthfeel is a little thin but still silky and creamy. Drinkability is great for such a cold night. Not an alcohol bomb but helped warm me up.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 08:56:19 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
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Kromes

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear black with ruby highlights and a thin tan colored head. You can see through the beer when held up to the light.

S: Roasted grains and coffee aroma. Some floral hop, anise and chocolate also.

T: starts very malty and sweet with a little bit of floral, almost pine, hop flavor. There is a faint licorice flavor that shows up some in the middle. The finish is all roasted malts with some slight chocolate.

M: A little bit on the light side for a stout, but it has a decent feel to it and I like the carbonation.

D: The more I drink, the more I like. A nice chocolate and coffee flavor and there is more sweetness to this beer than most stouts. The hop flavor gives it a really nice balance and the light body makes it highly drinkable. Different than the dry Irish stouts and popular Imperials...tasty and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 05:12:53 | More by Kromes
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to turbine2475 for including this beer in a trade and giving me a chance to try it. Pours chestnut brown with an okay head that settles to a ring. Smells lightly roasty, somewhat more like a brown ale than a stout. A touch of cherry and plum in the aroma as well. Taste is similar, but with a nice biscuity chocolate on the the finish as well as a touch of sweet malt. The same roastiness is there as well, and a bit deeper flavored than the smell might suggest. A bit light in body, but nice. Quite drinkable. Toasty and nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 17:35:58 | More by Georgiabeer
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acrawf6

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark ruby amber, but a decent amount of light gets through. Nice thick tan head rests on top.

Smell. Roasted malts, small amounts of chocolate and fruit. just slightly hoppy. its a little smokey as well. very nice.

Taste. Malts are very nice in this, roasted and tastes has a coffee taste in the aftertaste. The hops do sneak out of the malts shadow here, slightly piney. I also get this strange small taste and feel of menthol. Again, aftertaste is coffee-like, smokey and is pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel. Good full mouthfeel, but not as full as others, but good. decent carbonation. I like the balance as well.

Overall, very nice stout. More complex than i expected. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 07:15:22 | More by acrawf6
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jbphoto88

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 00:46:05 | More by jbphoto88
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osterlorp

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown but a bit transparent, when held to the light there are some near ruby tones that shine through.

S: Roasted malt, sweet cherry, a faint hint of coffee.

T: Sweet malt, toffee, cherry vanilla, chocolate, charred coffee beans. In that order.

M: Creamy.

D: It's a drinkable stout. Not too heavy.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 04:59:19 | More by osterlorp
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JMad

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass...

The beer is very dark brown, almost black, not quite opaque. The head thin, creamy, and tand colored.

It smells a bit sour and metallic. There is a hint of wood smoke and coffee.

You get flavors of smoke, a little chocolate, and there is a slight sweetness, then a bitter coffee finish.

This beer has a medium body, soft carbonation and a long, dry finish.

I thought it was very tasty, it's not too heavy, and it's not really a typical stout, I thought it tasted like a cross between a porter and a marzen.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 19:01:52 | More by JMad
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Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.