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Saint Arnold Winter Stout - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Winter StoutSaint Arnold Winter Stout

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BA SCORE
82
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373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-28-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 02:34:18 | More by Sammy
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Mississipping

Mississippi

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle chilled and poured into a Bruery snifter

A: Dark brown with amber peeking through when held to light. Aggressive pour yields almost no head. What was there was a khaki color. Look quick or you are likely to miss it. A thin ring remains, but it's a sad, thin ring that's embarrassed by the other beers in the room. No lacing.

S: Roasted malt and bitter chocolate are present, but there's really not much else there. Maybe, maybe just a bit of coffee, but that might be wishful thinking. The balance between the two is nice, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

T: Following the smell is roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Not unexpected, but not that impressive. It almost seems watered down. In the background there's an odd metallic (iron?) taste, with just a slight hoppiness. The two do not mesh well and it leaves a odd aftertaste. Bummer.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation; just a little prickly. I definitely would like to see the carbonation level toned down. Leaves the mouth dry after each sip.

D: If it weren't for the odd aftertaste, this would really be pretty drinkable. As it is, however, it's almost a drain pour. I'll finish it, but it's not something that I'll look for again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 00:56:27 | More by Mississipping
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diamondc

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6 pack on sale for $7.49. Bottled on 12/15/10.

A: Head fizzed out pretty quickly. Ruby tint. No lacing at all.

S: Mild roast, a little berry action going on.

T: Weak milk chocolate, fruity blueberry/raspberry flavors. Not much roasted or bold flavors here. Weak.

M/D: Light for a winter stout which would make you think the alcohol and flavors would be big. Could pass as a decent English Brown Ale, but a stout? Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 05:49:17 | More by diamondc
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champ103

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On cask at the Stags Head in Houston. I am really excited to try this because I don't think I have ever seen this on cask.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms, and recedes in a minute. Some lace as well.
S: A strange sourness up front. Sweet malt and some fruity aromas. A light roasted character as well. Odd, but interesting.
T: Again, and odd sourness that kind of dominates. Some dark fruits and sweet malt. A light roasted flavor. To much of a strange sourness that works at odds with the rest of the stout.
M/D: A thin, watery, and almost under carbonated body. Not hard to drink, but one is enough.

Saint Arnold usually hits it out of the park with their cask offerings. Not to mention I am a fan of the Winter Stout to begin with. Though this is just off, and seems week to me. Along with the odd sourness. I want to question the cask, or Stags Head quality. Though both those are usually fine. A disappointment for me.

Serving type: cask

01-09-2011 01:59:53 | More by champ103
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep dark brown maybe even black. When held up to the light you can see a reddish color on the edges and the bottom of the glass. A pretty think tannish colored head that goes away fairly quick and leaves a ring of bubbles with a fair lacing on the glass.

S- Could pick up sweet and roasted malts. Also dark fruits, coffee and maybe even a little of a chocolate smell.

T- Some chocolate and roasted malts. Overall pretty sweet in taste and finishes a little dry.

M- Light to medium in body and a little watery.

D- Not a terrible beer by any means just not a favortie of mine. Fairly easy to drink though.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 00:42:16 | More by nrbw23
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mhewes for sending this up I35. No time like the present Indian Summer in Minnesota to break out a nice American Stout.

Pours immutably black with zero light penetration. Smell is middling indeterminate; is lack of smell good, bad?

This winter stout possesses leavings of chocolate, coffee, malts. Nothing of real note. Feels thin for the style; might feel thin for a porter. Could be a session stout if one didn't feel strongly about what one was drinking.

All-around average. It's a stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:52:56 | More by maximum12
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2378GCGTG

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz poured into a pint glass
Appearance- Very dark brown, almost black with a 1 inch yellow-white head that lingers for a bit before fading, leaving some laces on the glass as it disappears.

Smell- Light malt, a bit of chocolate and coffee with a hint of some darker fruits

Taste- Choclate, prunes, coffee

Mouthfeel- Carbonated, bubbly on the tongue and a bit light on the body

Overall- A medium bodied stout, but a bit too much carbonation. This is a good beer to try, but its slightly 1 dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 14:03:01 | More by 2378GCGTG
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TBoneJones

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown pour (rusty red highlights), thinner-looking body, one-finger thick head.
Smells of cocoa and malts, but nothing too special of that sort.
Tastes like the smell but for me the malts and grains are at the forefront, and i do get a chalkiness. Somewhat bitter and cocoa-like, with a finish that is drying.
Pretty well carbonated, thin body. Normally ok but for a beer with this flavor profile I'd have thought it would be better less bubbly and thicker.
Overall this was lackluster for me. What roasted chocolate flavors that are present are quite muted. That chalky presence doesn't add wellness to this brew. I just didn't enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 00:55:16 | More by TBoneJones
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Xadoor

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, dark ruby colour with a thick, creamy tan head. Chocolate and coffee aromas. Tart, almost sour to start. Finishes dry and with a slightly bitter, chocolate flavour. Mouthfeel is a little thin, perhaps a little watery. Okay for once and awhile, but not a stout that I would drink very often.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 21:46:02 | More by Xadoor
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to duff247. Bottled on 12/15/2010. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque, dark brown color with reddish hues. A 1 finger tannish head falls to a thin off white cap that leaves foamy wisps of lacing that slide back down the glass.

Aroma isn't all that strong. Some light chocolate notes. There is a certain sweetness to it that I can't quite put my finger on. Something along the lines of sweet caramel malt but it seems a bit stronger.

Taste is pretty sweet. There is a lot of sweet malt flavor with perhaps a hint of caramel. No sign of the bit of chocolate that was in the nose. There is a bit of a roasted character through the middle but as the beer warms it disappears. Surprisingly there is a dark fruit flavor detected at the finish. Definitely a slight cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin for a stout. This beer drinks more like porter. Body is on the lower end of medium with a higher carbonation for the style.

Drinkability is ok. The beer itself is pretty good. Decent flavors and it goes down pretty easily. It just misses the mark for being a stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 04:52:35 | More by ms11781
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mdfb79

New York

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with high carbonation evident and one inch of dark tan head that only lasts for a few seconds.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, and dark fruits. Coffee and bitter chocolate are pretty up front. Also a tiny bit of mustiness on the back end. Decent.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, caramel malts, dark chocolate, and some hops. Coffee and roasted malts dominate the taste; again, some mustiness to it. A little bit of a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. The carbonation is too much here; little bit less and it would make it a lot easier to drink.

o - Overall I thought this one was a pretty average American stout heavy on coffee and roasted malts. It was a bit too carbonation for me as well. Glad to have tried but wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 00:02:44 | More by mdfb79
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JDV

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours almost black but lets in a touch of light. Big tan head, but fades very quickly. Smell is of coffee, dark roast malt and a hint of a cardboard too. Taste is sweet dark roasty malt, mildly bittered with a somewhat sweet roasty finish. medium bodied and more carbonated than ideal for a stout, but its easy drinking and actually doesn't taste that bad. Honestly expected worse, and this is a decent beer all around, but no great standout qualities really, either.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 03:08:51 | More by JDV
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caresville

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks to twiggamortis420 for this one!!

a- just a shade shy of total blackness, not much of a head with a vigorous pour in a tulip (not saying much) and no lacing or carbonation. pretty average.

s- not too much overpowering my nose here, milky, caramel, i think i smell some hops. doesnt smell much like a stout.

t&m- thin and smooth, im going to have to go back to milky when saying its like liquid milk chocolate bars. a little bitter on the swallow, not alot going on here either.

d- well this one is getting 3's across the board for the fact its super easy to drink and i wouldnt mind having this again but it is boring as all holy hell.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 05:55:07 | More by caresville
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-Dark Brown, with no lacing after a very aggressive poor. A mocha ring rests on top of the body.

Smell-Very light notes of bitter chocolate and coffee. Some dark fruits in there as well.

Taste-A good amount of coffee and malt with a light hop finish.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, with a little bit of carbonation.

Overall-Very average, what I was expecting. Still a drinkable beer, I could throw one of these down at 7AM. Just not complex and rather boring.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:22:39 | More by SWMeyer4141
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Hops4Pops

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle - 2013 batch.
Letting this one warm to about 60 degrees F before doing my review other than appearance.
A: Side pour into a tulip. Almost no head. What is there is a tan-ish, off-white color and all but disappeared within a minute. Seems to be under-carbonated. Almost no lacing and what is there is oily and disappears within seconds.Dark chocolate brown in color. With light shining through it, it is deep red brownish in color
S: Smells a bit off, burnt malt I think is the culprit. Some sweetness. Chocolate but I don't think it was the best of dark chocolate, caramel.
T: About the same as the smell. Some un-welcomed bite that I guess is coming from the overdone malt. I think there may be some citrus and other fruit in there but I am distracted by the other parts too much to call it.
M: Starts with a bite that I am not fond of. Gets soft and creamy in the middle instead of up front. Bitter kind of funky.
O: The 2012 batch seems to have been a lot better from what I remember. Not sure because I have come a long way since then and never even reviewed it. I just remember drinking the 2012, really liking it and wanting more. It is not bad. Its just not as good as last year I don't think. I bought a sixer and I will drink it but will not be buying more this year.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 02:29:04 | More by Hops4Pops
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match1112

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out lookin like a soda pop, dark brown body with ruby highlights. has the head of a soda also. quickly rises and quickly fizzes out to nothin. smell is pretty weak, some dark malt and milk chocolate. taste is meh. mouthfeel is thin and cola like. if i didnt pour this myself i would swear this is a glass of pepsi sittin here. pretty thin and weak overall in all categories.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 02:33:33 | More by match1112
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zhanson88

California

2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a medium brown color that appears dark brown in the glass. Deep purple highlights when held to light. About 1.5 fingers of fizzy tan head forms, that has poor retention. Minimal lacing.

Smell: I get a bit of roastiness, but more coffee than anything. Some florals as well. Not a real spectacular smell by any measure, but nothing off-putting.

Taste: More roasted malts here, and the coffee still comes through. A lot of floral character on the back end. A bit better than the smell.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is slightly over light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Not bad. Overall, this is certainly not a bad beer. It just doesn't measure up real well. Probably about average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 03:49:39 | More by zhanson88
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grs8313

Maryland

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 12oz twist top bottle with no best by or bottling date. Pours black, brown around the edges, with a brown head. Head gets to about one inch then recedes to nothing.

Smell: Chocolate, malts, coffee, and apples.

Taste: Coffee, cocoa, hops and malts. Very watery, not a ton of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, thin and fizzy in the mouth. Leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but this beer is to fizzy and carbonated for my taste. I would also have liked to taste more flavor, especially the chocolate that you can smell.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 22:24:19 | More by grs8313
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Premo88

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(12/17/13 born-on date)

L: lighter than black, almost a dark dark amber that is crystal clear up to the light; like an amber lager with a few drops of ink mixed in; weak head, maybe 1/4-inch of tan that disappears quickly; keeps an OK collar, but all in all, very disappointing

S: medicinal grain hits even with the dark malt notes -- brown sugar, coffee, some chocolate; if it didn't know any better, i'd mistake this for Saint Arnold's Amber Ale at first; it clearly needs to warm up ... and as it does, it barely gets into an old-ale range with some raisins/sour grapes/red wine showing up

T: much like the nose, there's some darker malt notes in here, but it's coming off an awful lot like a very NON-stout brew ... grain, that Saint Arnold medicinal bland taste, and very little dark dried fruits, chocolate or coffee. only on the very last bit of aftertaste do you get some of the really good stout notes, but you really got to wait on them.

F: it's weak for a stout but there's also no doubt it's super drinkable; plenty of carbonation despite the very weak-looking pour

O: major disappointment. there's just a pinch more dark malt in this than SA's amber lager, and that's a bummer. a perfect gateway beer for your friends, but if you want a stout, this ain't it.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 06:49:55 | More by Premo88
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/9/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a dark black colored body, with a light tan head - small and quickly diminishing. Has an aroma of malts, some nuttiness, and chocolate. Fizzy palate, coffee and chocolate notes. Has a medium body. Sweet tasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 21:01:55 | More by jujubeast6000
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CharlieMurphy

New York

2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From duff247 in my first trade.

A: Light for a stout but it has an allure to it. Crimson brown in color, basically no head just some stagnant cobb-webbing.

S: Caramel, figs, plums, dates. Holiday fruit and candy.

T: Very sweet almost like candy to start. My first sip of a drop off the bottle after the pour almost made me think this was going to be infected. Thin mild dark fruit feel in the middle. Mild roastiness of some sort to finish - almost like burnt popcorn but not as intense. This drinks like a porter or a smoked pale ale.

M: Thin. Otherwise even. This is from last winter so it's probably best to drink this fresh.

O: Interesting but not really much of a stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 23:48:30 | More by CharlieMurphy
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vdread

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saint Arnold Winter Stout pours a dark red with some brown in the center. the tiny head disappears after a few seconds. i can smell literally nothing. maybe some notes of roasted malt, but it is weak.

taste is also weak. some caramel, maybe some roastiness, and cherries make up the body. some chocolate notes in there. also a hint of hoppiness. overall unimpressive, with no taste being the distinct leader, and every flavor muted.

mouthfeel acceptable.

overall an OK beer, but a pretty weak stout. the second beer i've had from saint arnold that i have been supremely disappointed with.

- weak in all areas- body, taste, mouthfeel, and appearance.

+ easily drinkable, possible crossover stout

= i want to like this, there just isn't enough there to like.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 21:50:26 | More by vdread
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep rich brown with ruby red highlights. Not a hint of black, just dark deep brown. Minimal head. Small, brownish-white collar. No lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, tootsie roll sweetness, some darker cocoa notes running through the black. Some hints of citrus. Caramel malt sweetness. Some alcohol and dark fruit, mainly raisins and apple and plum. Gritty milk chocolate.

Taste: Roasted and seriously overcooked and caramelized malts. Breast with sweet chocolate notes. Tootsie roll sweetness coupled with milk chocolate and a touch of bitter cocoa. Some backing citrus. Deep fruity notes push ripe apple and plum. Oddly sweet. Some of the sweetness drips as the beer warms. Slight roasted element helps cut it. Chocolate notes are a bit weak overall.

Mouthfeel: Body runs a little thinner than medium. Smooth with a lightish carbonation. A touch of creaminess with a nice clean finish.

Overall: Stout? Rosary brown ale? Porter? A bit of it all.

This is an angsty teen of a beer. A lot of things going on that ultimately don't make a ton of sense. Not bad, but there are better takes on the style for at least the same price.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 20:22:42 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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natelocc787

California

2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thin, watery stout. Alcohol not hidden well which is kind of funny considering it's only 5% abv. Head dissipated quickly, one of the lighter colored stout I've seen. Almost no lace, thin nose offering roasted barley malt and espresso coffee. The taste is thin and hurt by a poor mouthfeel offering burnt coffee beans, dark chocolate covered coffee beans and the hops add an earthy character. This might be good to a newb but not to an experienced stout drinker. Honestly I have been very unimpressed with Saint Arnolds, even their Divine Reserve series has only been beefed up versions of their already crappy beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 00:30:17 | More by natelocc787
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BigPapiBrewingCo

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Saint Arnold Winter Stout
Poured a nice dark brown, little pencil thin head. Not too thick of a pour either. Tastes very bland, some malt, some light chocolate and a little roast coffee. This beer was over carbonated and had an unwelcomed acidic finish maybe a bad bottle but this beer is a miss for us.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 23:16:07 | More by BigPapiBrewingCo
Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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