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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Ratings: 448 | Reviews: 190
Photo of Jwale73
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in a trade with JDV (thanks Deniz). Bottle cap read "Amber over here."

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured an opaque dark brown with deep red highlights. Half-inch off white head dissipated almost immediately, yielding a thin skim and then nothing. Some watery lacing during the tasting, but zero adherence. Scent of coffee with a hint of dark fruit. Taste similar to nose with coffee slightly more pronounced, but all and all, pretty bland. Mouthfeel is watery, with a little too much carbonation and finish is a bit chalky. Average drinkability; not what I would consider a go to beer.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

This brew has a nice pour, with a good amount of head and appears to have a fairly good body. A nice amount of lacing is left on the glass as it's consumed.

Starts off with a decent chocolate and coffee flavor as one would expect from a stout. From there, a strong hop bitterness, especially for the style kicks in. Hop finish is somewhat citrusy that is accompanied by a kind of sour taste as well as a watery coffee flavor, that winds up being a weak finish. The real killer to this brew is the mouthfeel. It is simply too carbonated for the style and detracts from the malty creaminess that should go along with the style.

Overall, this brew is not a complete failure, but the first thing that comes to my mind is that there are several things that could use some fine tunning. Not a half bad brew though, as some part of me does actually like it, even though it's not the best example of what a good stout should be.

Photo of rcfunk
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer last year for the first time and loved it. So much in fact that I eagerly awaited its return this year. Maybe I expected too much, maybe my tastes have changed, maybe I know more now than I did then, maybe my memory ain't so hot, but man, what a sorry disappointment. . .

A - I remember last year being singularly impressed by the light color of this beer: "wow, I thought, I translucent stout." The color seems to have changed substantially since my last experience with this beer. It is darker - a deep translucent garnet color to be precise - based on the taste, I'll wager this is due to a new addition of roasted barley for the 2011 batch.

S - Distincly beerish, with highly detectable roasted barley and an almost botanical quality which I would label as chinotto if I had identify it - perhaps an adjunct a la Anchor Brewing, or perhaps yeast esters conflicting with the astringency of the roasted barley.

T - Mediocre. Leaves an unwanted, long lasting bitterness in the mouth which is either from a very high cohumulone bittering hop, or again due to the misplaced use of roasted barley.

M - irrelevant (not worth mentioning)

D - I wish I didn't have a six pack of this in my fridge.

I am guessing that the highly unusual appearance of this beer last year generated weaker than expected sales of the product for the brewery. Accordingly, I expect they adjusted the recipe to make the beer appear darker and more "usual" which had the side effect of killing what made this beer unique.

Again, I may just be a curmudgeon with bad memory and changing tastes and sensibilities, but hey, isn't that the definition of a beer geek?

Photo of DefenCorps
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my snifter

A: Jet black with ruby red highlights. Thin brown head that recedes to a disk really quickly

S: Roasted and pleasantly oxidized with some raisin and port-like notes. There's some chocolate in the back. Decent

T: Starts off with mildly roasted coffee and some dark chocolate with a pleasing raisin flavor. The finish, however, is quite bad with a powdery feel with a roasted bitterness that comes to the rescue

M: Overcarbonated with a powdery finish that i don't like. I do like the roasted bitterness and the fact that the beer is light in body without being watery

D: I'll probably try this again if i'm in TX but not otherwise

Photo of kmpitz2
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a rubied dark brown color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is a mix of coffee, chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is coffee bitter, but slightly chocolate sweet on the finish. The feel is not quite as thick as I would like it to be. Just at moderate. This is easy drinking and refreshing, but I want a little less drinkability in my stouts. I want to have it be thick and coating so I sip it more and drink it less. Still, not a bad beer.

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 jsanford
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a very dark, cola-brown with a 1-inch off-white head that fizzes away quickly, leaving a bit of patchy haze and a thin ring. Cola is a good descriptor, looks like Pepsi.
S - Roasted malt, caramel, coffee, and chocolate. Typical Stout aromas, nothing much to see here.
T - More roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and caramel, with a bit of dark berry. Not bad, could have perhaps mistaken it for a Milk Stout if I didn't know better, it definitely have a slight lactose character to it.
M - Medium-thin bodied, surprisingly crisp with sharp carbonation. A bit too fizzy for my taste.
O - Ehh, it's a fairly typical Stout with a too-thin body and too much carbonation. Not bad, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a still-translucent dark color, with a tiny creamy tan head. Smell is very light coffee, slight acidity. Taste is very sweet and slightly acidic. Coffee and hoppy, yes, but not the best representation of the style. Flavors need to be bloder, mouthfeel needs to be thicker. A drinkable, almost too approachable stout. Thanks to assurbanipaul for the oppurtunity.

Photo of paceyourself
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the second time i'm having this stout and it seems a bit different from the first, especially the aroma. A nutty caramel aroma is still there but a stale sour odor dominates it. The heavy roasted malt flavors hold more than their own against the slightly spicy hops. A gentle moderate carbonation gave it a nice mouthfeel but not as smooth as i had remembered. It would be more drinkable if the aroma wasn't so off. Thanks Morris729 for the sample.

Photo of Mississipping
3.12/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of diamondc
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.

Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of TBoneJones
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of rjs246
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Smelled alike a stout but was light to the point were it almost was a porter or a black lager. Tasted fine but just not much to it.

Photo of ms11781
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.

Photo of mdfb79
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.

Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of Xadoor
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.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
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.

Photo of caresville
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.

Photo of JDV
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.

Photo of Hops4Pops
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.

Photo of match1112
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.

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