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Saint Arnold Winter Stout - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Winter StoutSaint Arnold Winter Stout

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BA SCORE
82
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374 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-28-2002)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 02:34:18 | More by Sammy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 11:30:43 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 23:49:07 | More by brentk56
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 22:42:24 | More by russpowell
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Mora2000

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 03:38:17 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 04:57:12 | More by jlindros
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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).

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 14:07:05 | More by jwc215
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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 00:02:44 | More by mdfb79
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Wasatch

Utah

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 01:19:34 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 03:12:10 | More by ppoitras
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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."

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 16:34:41 | More by woodychandler
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 02:56:44 | More by Viggo
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 17:35:58 | More by Georgiabeer
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 19:19:28 | More by thagr81us
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 16:17:48 | More by Bitterbill
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 23:46:44 | More by largadeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 01:02:32 | More by twiggamortis420
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 01:17:17 | More by DefenCorps
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gford217

Georgia

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

12oz bottle courtesy of mhewes poured into a tulip.

Pours dark brown in the glass, not quite black, underneath a creamy tan head. Hangs on as a cap and leaves a bit of lacing on the way down.

The aroma has plenty of dark roasted malts but had a slight sour lactose twinge. There are hints of chocolate

The taste has a bit more chocolate sweetness than the aroma and less of the lactose sourness. There is plenty of dark roasted malts in the backbone before a slightly dry malted finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and almost thin for the style.

This is a decent, if pretty lightweight stout that's drinkable but not too complex.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 02:59:18 | More by gford217
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champ103

Texas

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
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 22:29:07 | More by johnnnniee
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FosterJM

California

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

201st review on BA
bottle to snifter

App- Poured a nice dark brown, little pencil thin head. Not too thick of a pour either.

Smell- Very bland, some malt, some light chocolate and a little roast coffee.

Taste- Nothing really jumps out on this one. A little sweet and light for a stout. Not overpowering by any means. A good stout to have when you want a stout but not a STOUT.

Mouth- Light/medium with a pretty high carb level to it. A bit of a fizzy drinker.

Drink- It was a nice extra from a good trader. I like St. Arnolds #9 and I think St. Arnolds does a nice brew here too.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 04:29:54 | More by FosterJM
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 01:47:27 | More by Jwale73
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:52:56 | More by maximum12
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Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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