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Saint Arnold Winter Stout - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Winter StoutSaint Arnold Winter Stout

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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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-28-2002)
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Photo of Gagnonsux


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cola colored, which to me equals almost black, but with a dark ruby shade in the light. Head is very thin and light-brown. Aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of coffee. Taste is of a soft roasted flavor with moderate coffee notes. A very mild taste of chocolate is noted too. There is a moderately lingering sweetness. Overall the taste of Saint Arnold Winter Stout isn't quite full enough to be great. Everything seems just a little light here, which may actually increase drinkability. This is a very good beer, but lacks a richness which is needed. Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is a better winter seasonal from this company.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 03:56:13 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of beerceller99


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
Photo of mattcrill


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
Photo of assurbanipaul


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours ruby black with a thin brown head that disappears quickly. Nose is rich caramel malts, dark chocolate and some sweet spices.

Taste is dominated by chocolate malt and sorghum with a roasty base. A slight winey presence is lingering there with the alcohol in the background. Some dark fruits in there somewhere also, like prunes or raisins. Espresso in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little blah with very little carbonation but the body stands up well, if a little thinner than expected in a stout. I think this beer suffers from it's name -- it's really a winter ale, not fair to compare it to Guinness or Dark Lord. Overall, not a bad winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 01:35:58 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a toffee brown/black, deep garnet highlights before the light. The head is small, brown, fine. There's just a hint of smoke in the roasty, chocolate nose. A touch sickly-sour, too. It starts tangy, with burnt toffee, passing through a thinnish, slightly watery middle to a nice, bitter, smoky finish showing coffee and chocolate. Vegetables (peas?) and burnt wood in the aftertaste. This isn't bad. It gets maltier and chocolatier as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 01:44:40 | More by kbub6f
Photo of usualpulp


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very deep black with a very very thin head. One of the first things you notice (besides the lack of carbonation) is the sweet chocolate and coffee smells, these smells are also the most noticeable flavors you find while drinking this brew. Lots of roasted malt flavor and dark chocolate. This isn't a bad beer, I just really wish it had a little more carbonation to it, hold the head longer, but overall, not bad. With a few improvements, this could be a really great brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 21:32:10 | More by usualpulp
Photo of Pegasus


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown in color, almost onyx black with a moderately-sized caramel-colored head which soon settles to a paper-thin layer, moderate carbonation and good lacing.

Aroma: Very potent aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate, alcohol, and dark roasted malts.

Taste: Flavor begins with rich, dark toasted malts, investing the beer with a coffee and bitter chocolate character and a slightly sweet undercurrent. This carries on throughout the taste until near the finish when earthy notes, a sour cast, and sublime hop bitterness appear.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, contrary to my expectations.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasing winter stout, I was fortunate enough to find a bottle of this – apparently it did not receive much distribution in Austin last winter. Alas, its only May and I am already wistful for cold weather and winter brews. And, an aside, what fantastic label art – Saint Arnold outside with a tankard of ale on a snowy, star-lit winter evening and flanked by evergreen boughs dusted with snow. It’s not relevant to the beer, but this is my favorite label art.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 08:22:22 | More by Pegasus
Photo of bditty187


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, if not black in hue; brunette head, smallish, fair retention, no lace. The nose is inviting, while not potent, there is a perceptible aroma of toasted malts and chocolate. Decent palate, grainy, bitter, much more roasted (contrary of the bouquet’s invitation), less chocolate, the hops are noticeable. The finish is long-lasting, chalky with sweetness lingering ever so gently... seems to get more acidic as it warms. The body is a touch too thin. Overall, this Stout is drinkable and pleasant, not outstanding but I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it… thanks Morris729.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2003 12:10:25 | More by bditty187
Photo of paceyourself


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 05:48:44 | More by paceyourself
Photo of TXHops


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Original Gravity: 1.061
-Final Gravity: 1.019
-ABV: 5.6%
-ABW: 4.34%
-Attenuation: 67.8%
-Real Extract: 6.66 P
-Calories: 203
-IBU’s: 36

Saint Arnold Winter Stout pours with a black body (ruby in the light) with an annoyingly fast-dissipating head, characteristic of all Saint Arnold beers. The nose smells of burnt sugar, sweetened café au lait and Belgian Aromatic malts, the last of which really lends a nice aroma to this beer. Unfortunately, I poured too much of the carbonation out of this beer while trying to raise a head, so the body was a little thinner than I know it to be. The result was that the roasted malts (last time I spoke with Brock Wagner at Saint Arnold, they used no roasted barley in the Stout—chocolate and black malts only) created a slightly astringent, sour flavor in the finish. Other than that, this sweet stout was pretty enjoyable and better than Mackeson’s (though Saint Arnold uses no lactose)—sweet, roasty smooth and uncomplex.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 17:08:12 | More by TXHops
Photo of marc77


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nearly black, with clear, deep burgundy hue when held to light. The initially thick head settles readily into a spotty dark tan layer. Sparse foam aggregates remain down the glass. The aroma is comprised of chocolate malt and smooth, mildly smokey roasted grain, with sweetness provided by dark caramel. Trace butterscotch. Chocolate laced, sugary sweetness hits the palate at first, then is briefly superceded by grainy tartness which quickly diminishes. Sweetness reemerges in the form of molasses-tinged brown sugar and couples with the mild chocolate malt undertone, lending token richness. Paltry hop bitterness leaves malt sweetness unhindered. Lightly bodied, passably dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes mostly clean, with a fading impression of powered glucose and cocoa. Not a particularly rich or complex stout, and somewhat one dimensionally sweet. It's cleanliness, stately roasted malt character and lack of flaws lend it good drinkability. A touch too sweet to be a great session stout. Thanks to TXhops for sending the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 18:42:46 | More by marc77
Photo of BeerAngel


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, perhaps black color with garnet highlights. It produced a small tan head that was very short lived but leaves a nice layer providing a cover for the brew. Light aromas of chocolate and roasted malts smell quite nice. The flavor mirrors the smell with the chocolate being dominant followed by the roasted malt, hops, and finishes with a burnt bitter taste. This beer is too thin IMHO and it finishes just slightly dry. The mouthfeel is the only flaw that I can find but when you are not dissecting a beverage, the mouthfeel can affect the taste as in this case. It is still a pretty decent brew and since it’s made in Texas, I’ll continue to support them. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 18:28:39 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of kwill


3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a very thin head that unfortunately disappeared far too quickly. Smells slightly sweet and malty with a hint of chocolate.

Like other reviews have said, this does feel a bit watery and not very "stout". This beer would definitely be helped with thicker and stronger characteristics. There is a mild burnt aftertaste to this beer that, unfortunately, covers up any of the flavors that the malty smell hints of.

Not a bad beer at all, and definitely a drinkable and enjoyable one. But if I had to choose a stout, I would definitely go with one of the Young's stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 20:35:17 | More by kwill
Photo of AtrumAnimus


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
Photo of Morris729


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, almost black color with a thin tan colored head that quickly dissipates. Nose is dominated by sweet roasted malts and grains with notes of toffee. Dark coffee and bitter chocolate come through in the taste. Not a great stout, but one of the better Texas brewed stouts I’ve tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 17:57:24 | More by Morris729
Photo of pgfault


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Above average stout, esp from cask. Served with about 1cm head. Heavy roasted aroma is very pleasant. Initial taste is softened by the cask, but still has plenty of flavor. Certainly less acidic. Finish is surprisingly strong, with a good deal of malt flavor remaining, along with the thickness of the stout. Considerable lacing down the glass. Sure, there are better stouts out there, but if you find this, especially from a cask, give it a try.

Serving type: cask

02-21-2013 00:42:31 | More by pgfault
Photo of slackerlack


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, almost black.
S - Strong chocolate and coffee smell. Also smells roasty.
T - Tastes just like it smells. Chocolate, coffee, malty, watery.
D - Goes down very smooth with no burn.

For a dark stout, I was very surprised how watery and non thick this beer was.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 12:44:22 | More by slackerlack
Photo of champ103


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
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Alamo West Oaks. The beer was fairly opaque and dark brown, good 1-2 fingers of tan foam, some lacing on the glass. The aroma was more on the roasted side than sweet, toasted and a little biscuit/bread, but mostly roasted malts. Same with the taste, not as sweet as I'd like but still not bad. Fairly simple roasted malt stout profile. Medium body, I guess this is a simple fairway shot, safe and playable but not anything to make the crowds applaud with appreciation.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2010 12:13:02 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of brystmar


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the new brewery location.

A: lighter than expected; pours a dark brown to blackish color with minimal head. Lacing on the glass. Doesn't look like most stouts.

S: toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, toffee.

T: all of the above are well balanced, though this is probably the lightest stout I've ever tasted. Enjoyable for sure though.

M: claims to be full-bodied, but I found it on the heavier side of medium-bodied brews. Lightly carbonated.

D: very good for a stout! The lighter flavor and body make for easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2010 19:32:01 | More by brystmar
Photo of pwsoldier


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark mahogany with a modest tan head that has decent retention. Lacing is very light, but there.

S - Lots of sweetness from the roasted malts, with vanilla coming through as well. Some chocolate notes linger in the background.

T - Sweetness dominates the palate without being overwhelming. Vanilla and roasted chocolate flavors are the most persistent, with just a hint of anise coming through as well. Very little bitterness to speak of.

M - Medium-bodied and creamy with a clean finish. A faint amount of chocolaty sweetness lingers on the palate.

D - Nothing exciting, but it's enjoyable and very sessionable. A great beer to sip on when you're burned out on biggies.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2009 05:59:32 | More by pwsoldier
Photo of stumac


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
Photo of Fnord


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pitch black, with a tan head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell - Roasted barley, chocolate, and faint alcohol.

Taste - More roastiness and chocolate, plus bitter malts and coffee. Starts very sweet, which fades away into a lasting, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Nice and ceamy, as is proper for the style.

Drinkability - The sweetness kind of got to me after a while.

Notes - Needs more hops and dry malts to balance the sweetness. Still, there are not enough regular stouts available to suit my taste, and Saint Arnold's beer is a welcome one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2009 18:44:28 | More by Fnord
Photo of turbine2475


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark beer with a light ruby hint with a small white head that disipated quickly
S - Plethora of dark melt and fruit hints with a sweeter roast hint that I couldn't place my finger on.
T - Bigger roasted malt taste then the smell hinted, all the chocolate and mocha malt with none of the cream...very unique
M - Crisp and light stout
D - A decent stout that is a great alternative to any guiness drinker that wants to try a crisp beer

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 05:49:52 | More by turbine2475
Photo of AlesRTasty


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark, stouty, creamy tan head with pretty good retention and lacing
S - some hops and roasted malt characters
T - again some roasted malts, some chocolate and some hops, but a little disappointing. It left me wanting more flavor. Not bad just not spectacular.
M - ok mouthfeel, low carb. medium body
D - not undrinkable but not the best stout available

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2007 05:51:13 | More by AlesRTasty
Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.