Saint Arnold Winter Stout - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 66 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

JonathanL7890, thanks for the hitchhiker. Pours black with foaming brown head, that quickly dissipitates. Neutral aroma, faint roast. A bit thin mouthfeel, with ground powdered coffee taste, backed by malt. OK, but rather plain stout. Carbonation is fine.

Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks more like a dark brown ale than a stout, with a translucent chocolate color that luminesces with ruby highlights; the rather modest head leaves some dots of lacing

Smell: Roasted barley, caramel and milk chocolate

Taste: Milk chocolate, caramel and roasted barley flavors, up front, with just a hint of earthy bitterness developing by mid-palate; past is prelude as the beer tastes the same from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; surprisingly thin for a stout

Drinkability: While not the most complex stout and lacking in body weight, this is still a very enjoyable beer to drink

Thanks, FreeVerse, for the opportunity

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

Appearance: Dark brown with a hint of translucency and a fizzy tan head that disappears pretty quickly.

Smell: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee with cream. Pretty mild.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and milky with undertones of coffee and chocolate. The finish remains on the sweet side. A touch more dryness would add to the drinkability. Medium-to-full in body.

Notes: Nothing too fancy here, but very solid. Thanks to JonathanL7890 for tossing this in as an extra.

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

The final bottle of my saint Arnold run through, had to end it with the stout. Now I had the Dive 5 a while back and thought it was pretty good so I would like to see what a regular stout would look like.

The pour was rather decent, a deep dark black that was pretty decent, a good amount of opaqueness except for some light on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Decent tan head formed to a height of around two fingers before falling down to around a half inch with a good amount of side glass lace.

The aroma was nice and sweet, with a good amount of lactose showing up and nice hints of chocolate and coffee as well. A touch of an off bready like aroma was there as well, not sure what that was about. The body was a little bit light for a stout, and it felt a little thin, but not too bad at all. The flavor was rich with hints of chocolate and bits of burnt coffee grinds coming through very well. A nice hoppy finish dragged out the flavor, but left a bit of a musty taste in your mouth when it was finished. Easily sessionable as there was virtually no alcohol in this one.

Overall not bad at all, not the best stout I have had but it would work in a pinch, cant say I would recommend seeking it out, but it is certainly not one to avoid at all.

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to duff247.

A light 1/2 finger fizzy head rises and fades semi slowly over not so dark, coca-cola brown color that gets much darker as the glass gets wider but not very dark on the thinner parts.

Nose has some light roast, a bit of burnt coffee grinds, very slight chocolate, slight fluffy nougat, very light overall.

Taste brings more coffee to start, some coffee some burnt coffee grinds, some roasted malts but lighter, crystal malts, a very light bit of chocolate cocoa powder, a bit of a light malt flavor, and not much on the heavy dark malts, all are light. Finish gets a little more chocolaty and dries a bit, but remains light. A slight earthy hop starts to come, but again not much.

Mouth is lighter with lower but fairly decent carbonation.

Drink is good, its so light, semi dry finish, nothing really heavy.

I don't really dig any of the Saint Arnold beers except the Divine Reserve ones, and Lawnmower ain't bad. I'm beginning to think they're all too light for my heavy beer tastes, but being in Texas and almost always hot, they probably need much lighter beers. Not quite up my alley mostly, but I'm sure they're much better on a hot day in Texas.

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Finnman for this one!

Pours a purple tinged chestnut with 2+ fingers of brown-flecked tan. Average lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & a bit of chocolate, grows stronger as this warms

T: Coffee grounds, black patent malt, a bit of mocha & herbal hops up front. More coffee, dryness & a touch of caramel as this warms. Finishes with more coffee & a bit of oaky dryness

MF: Smooth with moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty good, but a little too much coffee for me to session on

Photo of mdfb79
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to armock for this!

Pours dark brown with a tan head that descends to a slowly vanishing thin cover. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of (ashy) roast with a touch of chocolate and some dark earthiness.

The taste is of some dark roasted chocolate. It is on the sweet side, though has an earthy balance. The finish is rather abrupt.

The body is pretty weak for a stout - more like a porter and is weak for a winter brew. It is pretty creamy and smooth though, and not watery, just thin.

Drinkable - almost too (for a winter brew). Not bad - nothing particularly special though. Just an easy-drinking stout (that doesn't have much to it, esp. in the body).

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really like this beer, which pours an almost black with red edges when held up to a light source. The beer pours with a beige head, which disappears very quickly. The beer has a roasted smell, but not as strong as some stouts I have tried. The beer has a roasted malt taste with some coffee to it. The beer is easy to drink, but I am not sure how drinkable it would be after you had a few of them.

Overall, this is a very good stout from a brewery made up of really good people. It is not the best stout I have had, but it ranks pretty highly on my list.

Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Optimator13 sent this to me as an unexpected extra and my marathon beer day seemed like a good time to open it. Actually, it was on-deck for this afternoon/evening and when the skool disrick closed, it jumped up to right now!

My aggro pour resulted in just over a finger of thick, deep-tan head with low retention. Color was a deep back cherry red with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Beautiful! Nose had a rich chocolaty, roasty scent, like dark chocolate. My mouth was beginning to water. Mouthfeel was thin for a stout but the taste was very chocolaty on the tongue. Finish had an initial wash of chocolate, but then ended with a smoky dryness. Mmmm. Very appropriate for today's beer marathon.

From the label: "As Bishop of Metz, Saint Arnold spent his life warning of the dangers of drinking water and extolling the virtues of ale. During his funeral, his pallbearers stopped to slake their thirst, but regretfully, there was just one mug of ale to share among them. Then a miracle came to pass ... that one mug never ran dry and all of the thirsty mourners in the entire gathering were satisfied."

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to turbine2475 for including this beer in a trade and giving me a chance to try it. Pours chestnut brown with an okay head that settles to a ring. Smells lightly roasty, somewhat more like a brown ale than a stout. A touch of cherry and plum in the aroma as well. Taste is similar, but with a nice biscuity chocolate on the the finish as well as a touch of sweet malt. The same roastiness is there as well, and a bit deeper flavored than the smell might suggest. A bit light in body, but nice. Quite drinkable. Toasty and nice.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with RickSawyer, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a dark brown with dark ruby highlights when held to light. Smallish off white head dissipates but doesn't disappear, moderate lacing. Smells of lactose, roast, coffee and a faint bit of chocolate. Taste is sweet with dried fruits and some roast. Bitter in the background. Mouthfeel is medium thin. Aftertaste makes you want to take another sip. Overall not a bad stout. The color is lighter than it should be, and the roast could be a bit more up front. I certainly wouldn't turn any down!

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

Thanks Csims for the brew.

Pours a nice clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice small fizzy tan head which lasted awhile, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet roasted malts, toffee and caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose malty and a nice touch of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice stout, true to style.

Photo of ppoitras
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from kiltedtxn. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" orangey tan head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head falls gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is lightly spicy sweetness. Taste begins with spicy maltiness, finds somewhat tart fruitiness in the middle, and closes lightly chalky. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, soft over the tongue, with alright drinkability. Was looking for more.

Photo of Duff27
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thin dark mocha head. Quite a bit of effervescence if you look closely. Keeps a nice head-ring around the glass. No lacing.

S- Smell is of roasted malts.

T- Burntness. The usual suspects in a stout...roasted malts, toffee, and a bit a chocolate. Dark fruits are faint but noticeable.

M- Somewhat watery. Touch of carbonation on the tail end of each sip.

D/O- Not a bad little stout. Nothing too memorable but glad I was able to have it. Very easy drinking stout.

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

Think I got this from PHawk at DLD this year, but I could be wrong!

Pours a cloudy dark brown/reddish orange in the light, very murky looking, thin light brown head forms, big bubbles, quickly settles to a very thin collar, no lacing. Smell is heavy on the caramel, light bit of chocolate, very malty, light roast, bit of fruity sourness, cherries, not a whole going on, not too stouty, but overall smells okay, almost get a hint of spruce or some sort of spice. Taste is better, almost brown ale/porter like rather than a stout, malty, caramel, chocolate milk, bit of coffee roast, heavy maltiness, some fruits, not a lot of complexity but isn't offending. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy to drink, not too bad, not a whole lot of stout character though. Thanks Parker!

Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with a large tannish head of foam that shrinks slowly but stays around for the entire session.

The smell has some nice sweet malt and roastiness notes.

The taste has a nice big malt bite up front that is quite sweet but not cloying. I can also taste roasted malt mixed in with some chocolate and a bit of dark fruit and just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. It kind of reminds me of a Milk Stout...Good stuff!

Thanks to Wasatch for this sample of another nice brew from Saint Arnold!

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.

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.

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

12oz bottle poured into large snifter glass - thanks to philhyde for the extra

Pours a clouded black color with a thinner layer of slightly tanned head. Fades out really quick, with some patches of film and lacing on the glass.

Plenty of chocolate in the nose up front with milky tones, roasted malts, faint char and a touch of licorice.

Some roasted malts mix in with a decent hop bitterness. Notes of milk chocolate with faint hints of licorice. Soft touches of char and molasses. Finishes with more hoppy bitterness and a dash of sweetness.

Lighter medium body for the style, higher carbonation, a bit dry and lingering on the tongue. Easy on the alcohol, but pretty light on flavor and feel as well.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my snifter

A: Jet black with ruby red highlights. Thin brown head that recedes to a disk really quickly

S: Roasted and pleasantly oxidized with some raisin and port-like notes. There's some chocolate in the back. Decent

T: Starts off with mildly roasted coffee and some dark chocolate with a pleasing raisin flavor. The finish, however, is quite bad with a powdery feel with a roasted bitterness that comes to the rescue

M: Overcarbonated with a powdery finish that i don't like. I do like the roasted bitterness and the fact that the beer is light in body without being watery

D: I'll probably try this again if i'm in TX but not otherwise

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a dense light mocha colored head that displays average retention and lacing.

Smell is heavy on the baking cocoa with some dark raspberry and blackberry aromas. Thats all I can get despite repeated sniff attempts.

Taste is nearly all roasty and cocoa maltiness with a few flashes of dark chocolate. It is certainly not a sweet stout and has a fair amount of hop bite on the finish. Overall, it is a malty stout without alot of complexities, but it is a fairly enjoyable beer to drink. I usually pick up at least one sixer every December.

Photo of Jwale73
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in a trade with JDV (thanks Deniz). Bottle cap read "Amber over here."

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured an opaque dark brown with deep red highlights. Half-inch off white head dissipated almost immediately, yielding a thin skim and then nothing. Some watery lacing during the tasting, but zero adherence. Scent of coffee with a hint of dark fruit. Taste similar to nose with coffee slightly more pronounced, but all and all, pretty bland. Mouthfeel is watery, with a little too much carbonation and finish is a bit chalky. Average drinkability; not what I would consider a go to beer.

Photo of champ103
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to optimator13 for sending me this one in The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF '11! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a two finger light khaki head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cream, toffee, and subtle caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocoalte, coffee, subtle caramel, and cream. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this wasn't a bad American Stout. This had a pretty nice flavor that made it pretty easy to drink. As with most American Stouts I have had, this one also wasn't very robust. The aroma was okay, but not very robust either. Definitely worth trying as I really enjoyed this one while sitting out on the patio.

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Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.