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Saint Arnold Winter Stout - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Winter StoutSaint Arnold Winter Stout

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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%

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 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 vickersspitfire


3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice dark color with amber hues towards the sides. The light tan head is billowy and stays with on every sip you take, the lacing, though thin, marks every stop you take along the way.
Smell: A little hollow, but chocolate and roasted malts flavors do come through as it hits warmer temperatures. A little raisin and alcohol smell eventually come out.
Taste: Sweet and malty overall, the malts come out around the center of your mouth and the chocolate flavors towards the back of your throat. Mildly bitter on the corners of your mouth and there is a slight alcohol flavors that accompanies the bitterness.
Mouthfeel: This is a light-to-medium bodied stout with mild carbonation.
Overall: not a bad stout, a little light bodied in my opinion but well worth trying. This stout has good malts and chocolate characters to it and the hops are hidden but balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 02:07:37 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of gueuzedreg


3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark roasty stout. Thin lacing with no legs. Smalles of head

S- Pretty bland here. Just traditional stout non-characteristic from this one. Roasted dark fruit, toffee

M- About average to just above average as far as how thick this is for an American stout. Decent amount of carbonation down the throat.

T- Mild (dark) chocolate taste, dark fruits. Toffee

O- It was pretty good. I probably wouldn't buy it, but I was happy to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:03:56 | More by gueuzedreg
Photo of Premo88


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
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 02:29:04 | More by Hops4Pops
Photo of TBoneJones


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
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Bottleneck says 120412. What's this? Twist-off cap? Strange.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't retain long at all before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light wisps of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Milk chocolate in the nose and a tiny hint of licorice.

T- More chocolate in the flavor with minimal hop bitterness. Semi-sweet with barely any booze showing.

M- The body is not very viscous which leads leads to more of a porter feel. Moist with medium-low carbonation.

O- While it's quite lacking in the mouthfeel department, it's a halfway decent beer otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 00:37:21 | More by Immortale25
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 acevenom


3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug. Pours dark brown to black with a thick, light tan head. Some ruby light is visible along the bottom of the glass. There are aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, and toffee. The tasty follows the nose and the mouthfeel is creamy. The roastiness is pretty mild overall with some mild toffee sweetness. The chocolate and nut notes also play well with the rest of the flavors, producing a well-balanced brew. The carbonation is moderate and the body is full. This is an easy drinking stout. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 00:39:52 | More by acevenom
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


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
Photo of bmwats


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Medium carbonation. Pours about a half finger, bubbly brown-white head. Settles quickly. No real lacing.

S: Roasted espresso and almonds, and a little black licorice.

T: Nutty roasted dark coffee.

M: Lightly sweet in the front, lightly bitter in the finish. Full, heavy body.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, maybe a little too much carbonation, not much of a head, and no real lacing. Nuts and coffee with black licorice in the nose. Full roasted nutty coffee malt body. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 04:00:25 | More by bmwats
Photo of BigBarley


4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet
A - Poured straight down and hard, came to about a fingers worth of tan head, sitting atop a deep black body that has a dark-brown/amber glow through the light. Head recedes quickly to a thin, foam ring.

S - Coffee up front with a sweet, chocolate character. Roasty notes all over, whipped cream, mild hazelnut notes and more coffee.

T - French coffee, cocoa hints, roasted malts, slight caramel. Very sweet, very flavorful. Saint Arnold beers tend to have a trademark flavor hiding beneath it all, and this stout is no exception. Tasty stuff, nothing that hasn't been featured in other stouts, but there is a lot of flavor in here without being overwhelming.

M - I've had Imperial Stouts that were thinner than this! Great mouthfeel, just thick enough to remind you that it's not a porter, still very drinkable. Carbonation retains pretty well even after a hard pour (I pretty much dumped it in the glass), but doesn't overwhelm the tongue. Not overly creamy, but definitely not thin. Great feel for a beer.

O - Saint Arnold makes some serious beers, in my opinion, and this is one of my favorites. It has all the classic stout characteristics and the perfect mouth feel. Puts a lot of other stouts to shame with it's perfection of a simple approach. I'd love to see the imperial version, but it'll probably be a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 15:21:59 | More by BigBarley
Photo of texasnomad

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark coffee brown out of the bottle and quickly quickly sprouted a two finger head with large bubble which eventually settled down and thinned out and became a bit more creamy. Nice lacing. Held up to the light the color opens up to a deep amber red.

When I popped the top I imediately stuck my nose in the bottle to catch a quick glimpse of hops that all but disappeared when I poured it in a glass. After the initial pour the bouquet settled it into a roasted nut maltiness.

My first couple of sips were of sweet caramel, but later developed into more chocoolate and malt.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin, but not nonexistent. In any case, the beer still managed a bit a of smooth creaminess.

Overall, I like this beer and though it is not iconic of a traditional stout for drinking in cold wet environs, it gets the job done here in Southeast Texas.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 02:38:58 | More by texasnomad
Photo of Labeorphile


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Looks "weird", almost cola like. Dark with some amber when held up to light. Thin head with lots of rising bubbles for a stout. Little lacing that hangs around.

Very sweet aroma, little malt. A bit thin.

Initial flavor is not bad, but sweet taste quickly fades to nothing but an off aftertaste. Improves as it warms, but nothing remarkable.

Mouthfeel is wimpy. Overall an average beer. I expected much better from Saint Arnold's.

Update: Much better flavor and aroma when served at the proper temperature. I'm an idiot (or impatient). Numbers upgraded accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 03:41:59 | More by Labeorphile
Photo of BrewerB


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

Thanks to miikezombie for this beer. Cheers, Glen!

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick topping of light tan foam. Good retention and a nice lacing pattern aside the glass. Excellent clarity.

Initial aromas of creamy hot chocolate and sweetened iced coffee drinks. Slightly nutty.

Slightly sweetened brewed coffee along, milk chocolate. Sweet in the finish though not overly so. Brown sugar. '

Medium-full bodied with a moderate carbonation level.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 02:41:39 | More by BrewerB
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 02:33:33 | More by match1112
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown with a nice amount of tan head (great lacing). smells of vanilla, coffee, cocoa, caramel. very sweet in taste.. basically tastes like cafe con leche.. with a few sugars. hints of toffee, subtleness of toasted grains.. a very nice light tasting, medium bodied stout with a creaminess to it that makes you thirstier and thirstier! overall, a really good light tasting stout - honestly perfect for the fall/winter months.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 23:28:20 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of beergoot


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rather weak looking stout. Color is primarily a dark mahogany; clear and not really opaque. The thin head disappeared quickly leaving only a small ring around the top of the glass.

The smell has promise. Dark, roasted malts with hints of chocolate, toffee, and some dark roast coffee hints. I didn't really pick up any noticeable hop notes.

The taste is there for a stout. Burnt toast and darkly roasted grain. A very pleasant bitterness - a bit subtle, yet reinforcing the and nicely complementing the grain characteristics. There is a nice overarching sweetness from beginning to end, adding a richness to the beer that isn't suggested by its rather anemic appearance.

The body is medium, smooth, and sweet.

Despite a rather weak appearance, this is a great tasting stout, delivering a robust, hardy taste profile. As a winter stout, the flavors are there. I didn't notice any aggressive alcohol notes or warmth, so the grain characteristics take center stage on this one. This one is worth a repeat visit...

thanks to tim in houston for the beer trade that brought me a six of this brew...

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 03:11:18 | More by beergoot
Photo of TheGordianKnot


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass...

A- Pours a light, clear-ish brown/black color with light brown edges. Has a finger of light tan head that settles fairly fast leaving nothing behind.

S- Has a smooth chocolate aroma with subtle roasted dark fruit coffee hints. Balanced and pleasing, but doesn't pop out like crazy.

T/M- Similar to aroma. A lot of milk chocolate and a subtle, non bitter roast and coffee flavor. Finish has some sweet esters and caramel. Fairly basic, palatable, enjoyable. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.

O- Very easy drinking stout. Almost a hybrid between an irish stout and an american oatmeal stout IMO. I would drink again if it was around, but definitely wouldn't go out of my way to get. Good value, good product, just need a little more oomph in my craft beer quests...

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 19:36:48 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of 2378GCGTG


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
Photo of obrike


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark very brown into my pint glass with about an inch of head that dissapates slowly. Some lacing but not much.

Liked the smell...roasted malts, some chocolate, roasted coffee, and fruit...maybe cherries?

Taste follows the nose, but a bite muted. Roasted malts, cocoa and coffee, some bitterness on the backend. This one's a bit too thin with too much carbonation for the style though.

Still, quite drinkable...a good session or introductory stout. I'm always glad to have a decent go-to Texas beer at my disposal.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 23:18:48 | More by obrike
Photo of BeardedRiker


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

Well, I missed out on the Pumpkinator but at least I can still have another good beer from Saint Arnold. You can never have too many stouts during the winter season and anytime I can get a good stout from a Texas brewery I'm all for it.

This is an easy stout to pour. Maybe that's because it's the last bottle I've poured from the six pack and I know exactly how to pour it. The head is foamy, tan-colored, and grows to about two fingers in height. Some remains on top throughout drinking and it looks sort of like cream swirls in coffee. There's just a tiny bit of lacing too. You can see through the beer that's the darkest of brown in color, but up to light it's a lighter reddish brown, though you can just barely see through.

I have a bit of a cold so my sense of smell will be hindered. I get mostly dark fruits and roastiness as well as sugary sweetness. Hops add a bit of tingly spiciness.

This is mostly a sweet and chocolate roasty stout. The roastiness lingers well after drinking which is a characteristic I always like in a stout. The sweetness is very much like candy (toffee?). The usual plum, fig, raisin trio of dark fruits add a bit of fruitiness. I'd say it's a little bitter as well but nothing too noticeable.

The mouthfeel is a bit too light for me as far as what I prefer with stouts, however, it is one of the most drinkable stouts I've had that isn't watery in feel. Carbonation is medium. It's pretty smooth overall and slightly sticky at the end from the sweetness.

The flavors are all there, though not too complex, it's not heavy enough for me, but it's very drinkable. So, if you want a good and drinkable stout then this is a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 04:16:38 | More by BeardedRiker
Photo of burnerfinger


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A - really nice thick and rich pour - understated caramel coloured head of only 1 finger and truly ZERO lacing - brew is dark as cola with red tinges when held to a light

S: not too nice on the nose. just a bit metallic.

T: love the taste, hints of choco - coffee but just enough of a hint to pull itself up for a second draw

M: thick , lucious body that I'm lovin

D: very very drinkalbe. enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 02:27:26 | More by burnerfinger
Photo of gtermi


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

A: This beer pours a very dark brown with a thick, 3 finger, white head. Over time the head fades to almost nothing, but leaves a nice amount of lace on the glass. If you hold it to the light it is dark red.

S: The beer scent is decent, but nothing to go crazy about. There is a bit of roasted malt and really not much else.

T: The taste has a strong amount of roasted malt, which is very nice. Later you get a faint coffee taste, but mostly roasted malt.

M: The beer is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. It is super smooth and just goes down with ease.

O: This is a pretty decent beer. It's hard to go back to normal stouts after drinking RIS for months, but this one is very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 06:22:18 | More by gtermi
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Deep brown, with red highlights and a light tan head that immediately runs to the edges of my goblet. Tiny bits of lace linger. Still.

S. Deep, sweet roasted malts, possibly lactose? Sweet and smooth, in any case, cocoa and a hint of red wine. Treacle and singed sugars. Some spice, but vague. It's a good nose, expressive and with lots of malt depth. Sweetens up as it warms - usually a smell this bold and malt foward would be found in a higher ABV beer, but I'm not complaining.

T. A little lighter than expected, given the nose. Sweet, cool and thin, with an emphasis on malt sugars and rich roast. Chocolate and a very small coffee tidbit remain in the finish. Really not bad, but nothing super special, either. A sweeter American stout, barely bitter, with enough malt presence to be interesting, but there are better out there.

M / O. Thinner mouthfeel and medium-low carbonation to this one. Pretty sure this was last year's vintage, so I would go easy on it. Winter Stout is not bad at all, but I would very much like to try this fresher...

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 07:06:08 | More by kkipple
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Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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