Saint Arnold Winter Stout - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Winter StoutSaint Arnold Winter Stout

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Reviews: 187
Hads: 448
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 14
Gots: 65 | 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 irishtimepiece
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with ruby at the edges. A medium brown head that settles to a cap and laces well. Smells is pretty straightforward. Roasted grains, chocolate, some raisin. Taste starts with a bit of roast and transitions into a strong chocolatey finish. Pretty light bodied for a stout, but the mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Overall, an easy drinking stout that isn't strong enough to put you under and is tasty enough to bring you back for more.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The front label has a notch on the side indicating the month brewed - December in this case. The color was a dark, dark brown - basically black with just a hint of mahogany when held right to the light. It has a couple fingers of head that slowly dissipated to constant film with some lacing. Mouthfeel was really good with a smooth creamy bite. The aroma was roasted malts with coffee and chocolate but was not very strong overall. The taste was incredibly smooth. It starts with a malty bite that jumps right into a smooth, chocolately finish. This may not be the best tasting stout out there but something about it justs hits the spot perfectly. If you told me that I'd find a stout session beer I would never have believed you. For me most stouts are a once and while beer but I ready to crack open another one of these right away. This is now my favorite St Arnold by far. Only wish it was available year round. Highly recommend!!! (4.75, HR, T, Y)

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Photo of BeerSox
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Opaque black with amber and ruby edges at the bottom of the mug. Thick foamy tan head that settles to a frothy cap. Rings of lace coat the glass.

Dark and bitter malts that gives almost a smokey aroma to it. Hints of dark chocolate and roasted nut.

Rich grainy and creamy malts. The darkness lends bitterness, but it's less overpowering, almost like a non-nitro infused dry stout. A bodied brew with a smoothness that comes from the right amount of carbonation. A little bit of bitterness from hops shows through, but it's mostly the malts showing through. The finish is grainy and creamy with a little bit of the roastiness lingering. There is a slight metallic presence, but it's nothing that ruins the beer.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. High on the malts without being too powerfully bitter. Seems dangerously close to the Irish Dry Stout style. Recommended.

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Photo of beeragent
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a 1/2 inch tan head, that left nice lacing on the glass. The nose is mostly roasted malts, with a hint of coffee. The taste is that expected from a stout. Roasted malts, and coffee flavoring. Medium mouthfeel. A very tasty stout, and an easy session beer for those cold winter nights. By far my favorite offering from Saint Arnold. Try this one before the season ends.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost completely black with deep brown hues: a light Stout color. Small light brown head.

Light raisin, chocolate, dark ripe fruit. Crisp and cool. Mild spicy elements.

Light chocolate and raisin. Dark ripe fruit. Very light grassy esters and yet lighter toffee notes.

Nice carbonation. Moderate foam. Creamy-thick, leaves nice little toffee-like coating.

Lightweight Stout, but still a decent brew. I would call it a porter.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Merry Christmas, first off. It's a wonderful time of the year. Good beer, good food, and friends and family.
Now onto the beer...

Poured at near room temperature to assure maximum flavor output. Large frothy mocha colored head with a large amount of carbonation pressing upwards. The body is quite dark brown, allowing only the smallest shade of light to pass through, exposing a ruby tone. The lacing is ultra sticky as well. The smell is average, giving away some notes of malt sweetness. A touch of coffee, with a slight metallic note. Mocha, creme, and light brown sugar come through as well. Not bad, just underwhelming. The metallics turns you away a bit, however the taste redeems this beers quality.

Taste is phenomenal especially for this beers mere 5.6%ABV. A bitter sweet malt attacks the palate first. Coffee, brown sugar, and molasses are quick to follow. A hint of anise blends well and shows itself only slightly. The coffee flavor is strong, and fresh, and resides until the end. This stout provides a nice and true flavor blend, with even some balancing hops midway thrown into the mix. True to the style, and proves that low abv beers can provide a lot of flavor. Finishes with a lingering coffee/brown sugar bitterness, with a hint of mild sweetness from the dextrin. This will definitely satisfy your alcohol, coffee, and winter beverage cravings. Mouthfeel is creamy, and provides a delicate tingle on the palate. It's also near full bodied which is always nice to see. You can really feel the carbonation tickle in your stomach, especially after this wonderful Christmas meal. Drinkability is superb for a stout.

A pleasing and exceptionally tasty winter treat from Saint Arnold. This is on their top echelon of beers. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of jordanmills
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As promised, I found a six pack on the store shelf on 15 December, and not a minute earlier (or later!). I was looking forward to getting a fresh pack. Last year I found one a little late in the season, and it was out horrible. I asked around the store, and determined that it was probably purchased a year before. Burn. I think I still have one of the bottles left over, it was just that bad. I held off a review until I could get some that I knew was fresh.

So I poured it into a pint glass, got a thick fairly dark head that held on for a while. A lot of roasted armoa comes to the nose, like coffee, and a little smoke. Tastes about the same, but something fruity or lightly hoppy comes out - the aftertaste is like mild coffee too. Feels good and thick on the tongue, maybe a little more carbonated than I'd like (but that makes it palatable in the mild Texas winters, so it works out), but still good.

Overall, I have to say I like it. Definitely above average.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle thanks to MUSHROOMCLOUD

Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that fades to the edge of the glass. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasty with some cocoa and cofee tones. Rather light aroma overall.

Taste is mildly roasty upfront followed by light chocolate and cofee flavors. Finishes with a lingering roastedness.

Light body, low carbonation.

A decent stout and easy to drink, but I expected a little more body and robustness in a winter stout.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark ruby amber, but a decent amount of light gets through. Nice thick tan head rests on top.

Smell. Roasted malts, small amounts of chocolate and fruit. just slightly hoppy. its a little smokey as well. very nice.

Taste. Malts are very nice in this, roasted and tastes has a coffee taste in the aftertaste. The hops do sneak out of the malts shadow here, slightly piney. I also get this strange small taste and feel of menthol. Again, aftertaste is coffee-like, smokey and is pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel. Good full mouthfeel, but not as full as others, but good. decent carbonation. I like the balance as well.

Overall, very nice stout. More complex than i expected. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This stout poured solid black with red tinted edges when held to the light.Creamy colored head that didn't stack up much at all.Minimal laceing.

Smell: The aromas are chocolate,coffee bean,has a slight syrupy touch to this one.Nice sweet malts and just a hint of alcohol to be detected.

Taste: The semi-sweet dark chocolate and the hops makes for a nice bitter finish.The malty backbone and coffee bean is right on the money for creating a desent stout.Typical stout flavors and aromas.Not bad just nothing new.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium to thick body with just the right amount of carbonation to keep you slammin' this one and ready for the next.

Drinkability: I could definitely buy this one again and very easily go through my sixer with much ease.Not a bad stout but not on my top list.


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Photo of CJN11
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is St. Arnold's winter special beer. The appearance was exceptional, a beautiful dark stout. The smell was average at best. The tast was strong, with limited bitterness. Overall the drinkability was phenomenal. Probably one of St. Arnold's best seasonals, only falling short of teh summer pils.

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Photo of briman
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a standard pint glass.

Poured a deep dark brown, with a thin creamy tan head. Head retention was minimal.

Nose has obvious notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and some coffee tones, though the chocolate seemed to dominate this example.

Taste was just as expected based on the nose. Sweet chocolate notes dominate, but hints of roasted malts are certainly evident. Finish has a touch of bitterness.

Medium bodied, and mouthfeel about what you'd expect from a stout of this type....not thin, and not overly heavy. Very drinkable, with maybe a slight warming character. Easily my favorite brew from Saint Arnold's.

Arguably more like a porter than a stout, so my review reflects my enjoyment of the beer more than whether or not it really fits into a traditional stout category.

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Photo of Xadoor
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rich deep dark brown color that is mostly clear with some ruby highlights. There is very little head at first pour that fell within about 20 seconds to a small ring around the top of the glass.

Aroma: Rich roasty chocolate malts along with quite a bit of toasty aromatics. There are a few esters from fermentation as well as a bready yeast component that softens the roasty aroma.

Taste: Really assertive chocolate and roast greet your palate in the beginning. The malt rules the day pretty much the entire profile. There is some hops that you can taste late in the flavor, and is heightened by the roast to finish dry and slightly acidic. As it warms a bit, there is a metallic note coming out.

Opinion: I think that this is a pretty good beer. This year it is quite under carbonated, so this makes it come across the palate as rather heavy with some serious accent on the roast grains. It is still a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the 2004 vintage a little late last year, so this year I picked up a sixer and tried it sooner.

At first glance it appears to be black, but on closer inspection it is a deep, deep garnet color. Small head that disappears almost instantly (head formation/retention is a common problem with SA brews, but it doesn't really rank that high on my priorites list for beer).

Aromas of slightly roasted coffee and burnt chocolate, with a spicy/floral hop bouquet as well. Very faint alcohol notes and slight raisiny smell too (Special B malt?).

Taste is straight Colombian coffee with alcohol, with a distinct chocolatey taste overlaid by spicy PNW hops. Finish is sweet and slightly slick on the tongue, leaving me with the impression that I just finished a mocha coffee laced with Perle or Tettnanger hops.

Carbonation is medium and mouthfeel is thick, like a stout should be. Although this is not the best representation of a stout IMO, it can be classed as a sweet stout. (I would call it a robust porter, but I'm forgiving since it is a good beer.)

Solid winter stout from SA this year.

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Photo of beerdiablo
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some might call Saint Arnold's the Dogfish Head of Texas.
I can see that with the marketing but minus the swagger and daring.

Nice and tasty as this is a fine representative of the stout style.
In fact, you could say its the finest stout brewed in Texas and
I wouldn't argue with you.

Though there is some bitterness, the sweetness carries this beer
with hints of vanilla and coffee.

Forget about color, head size/duration, this stout delivers.

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Photo of Direwolf
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout has a dark brown color and a light amount of carbonation and very pleasant aroma and taste. The aroma is malty. It is sweeter than many other stouts and finishes with a slight bitterness that may not please fans of dry stouts. However, since the sweetness subsumes the dryness, a lot of subtle flavors can be detected, notably, caramel, coffee, and dark liquorish. A mild after taste lingers for a few seconds due to a watery texture that leaves your palate warm and refreshed.

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Photo of kindestcut
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Saint Arnold Winter Stout pours a very dark brown with a moderate off-white head. The aroma is strong roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The aroma translates very well to the flavor, which is roasty and sweet with a slight hoppy finish. This stout does have a sweet character but this is not a sweet stout. the roasted malt gives the beer a dry character that overpowers the sweetness. For a winter stout, I would like the alcohol to be a little more pronounced, or at least have a warming character. However, this is a tasty beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is deep ruby red. Slight head disappears fairly quickly, leaving a thin tan film across the top.

Aroma: Chocolate, cappuccino aroma. Rich and sweet.

Flavor: Lightly roasted, bitter-chocolate taste, distant hops, and a slight acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: Watery, thin body.

A somewhat average beer from our state's oldest surviving microbrewery.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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!

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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