Saint Arnold Winter Stout - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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1.83/5 rDev -49.7%
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.
03-01-2008 07:22:01 | More by goochpunch
2.35/5 rDev -35.4%
12 oz bottle into a snifter - 2007 Bottling? - Cellar temp
Appearance: Pours a black color with some ruby highlights that are barely noticable. The head climbs to 1" and is tan in color. The bubbles on the head are tiny and make a thick foam that receeds in a minute. Lace is left on the glass.
Smell: Enticing. Very heavy on the dark chocolate. Licorice, anise, very fresh barley, maple syrup, and wheatena. Quite complex and very original for a stout-albeit one this smalll in stature.
Taste: Raw grass, fresh cut wood, popsicle sticks. I don't have a liking for the taste at all. Faint caramel and bitter coffee. Not for me.
Mouthfeel: Acrid. There's an unpleasant earthiness to this beer that is a turnoff. Alcohol isn't present. Moderate to low sugar content.
Drinkability: Aside from the green taste, this would be a good beer. I was disappointed to taste the weirdness. Not worth trying. I won't get this one again.
03-31-2008 01:05:19 | More by Risser09
2.42/5 rDev -33.5%
Poured into a stubby wide mouth glass.
A- Nice dark brownish color, a little red when held to the light. Thick tan creamy head, very nice. Very little lacing.
S- Malty and deep, roasty smell. Resiny hops, somewhat chocolatey.
T- Chocolate and raisins, coffee and creamy malt. A little more coffee flavor than I expect from a lager, chocolate and coffee flavors overwhelm.
M- Despite the taste, this is a well formed Stout, nice and creamy, not too heavy and definitely smooth.
D- I rarely dislike darker beers, but I will not be drinking this beer again, it reminded me of Kahlua liquor. If only it tasted as good as it looked.
02-07-2009 20:37:58 | More by Frosthazard
2.7/5 rDev -25.8%
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.
07-17-2011 23:16:07 | More by BigPapiBrewingCo
2.7/5 rDev -25.8%
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.
01-01-2010 00:30:17 | More by natelocc787
2.78/5 rDev -23.6%
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.
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.
01-24-2010 21:50:26 | More by vdread
2.78/5 rDev -23.6%
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.
01-06-2013 20:22:42 | More by Goblinmunkey7
2.83/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
09-17-2011 23:48:30 | More by CharlieMurphy
2.85/5 rDev -21.7%
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.
11-30-2008 21:01:55 | More by jujubeast6000
2.88/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
01-05-2014 06:49:55 | More by Premo88
2.9/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
01-24-2009 22:24:19 | More by grs8313
2.95/5 rDev -19%
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.
03-23-2011 03:49:39 | More by zhanson88
2.98/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
04-09-2012 02:33:33 | More by match1112
Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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