Saint Arnold Winter Stout - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 187
Hads: 448
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 13
Gots: 67 | 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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Reviews: 187 | Hads: 448
Photo of goochpunch
1.87/5  rDev -47.6%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of Risser09
2.47/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (927 characters)

Photo of Frosthazard
2.49/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

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. (633 characters)

Photo of Mordhaus
2.51/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The new mobile format is making me justify my rating with a review. This was a surprising disappointment coming from St. Arnold. Thin mouthfeel, bitter throughout. I've tried three of these and didn't finish any of them. (220 characters)

Photo of natelocc787
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of vdread
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.75/5  rDev -23%
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. (1,144 characters)

Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of Steven_B_
2.81/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Finish was uninspiring. Smell was ok, flavor was so-so. I found the Mouthfeel to be barely adequate for a stout.
Maybe I've had too many BA Imperial Stouts lately. (165 characters)

Photo of Premo88
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (1,308 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of Rootscipio
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kinda glad its just a single. Not a drain pour by any means, just kinda a boring low abv stout. I am not saying low abv stouts are bad. There are just much better stouts in this abv range. (188 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of grs8313
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of match1112
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3/5  rDev -16%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of caresville
3/5  rDev -16%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -16%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of Hops4Pops
3/5  rDev -16%
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. (1,291 characters)

Photo of ms11781
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of Xadoor
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.07/5  rDev -14%
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. (507 characters)

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Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.