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
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 13
Gots: 67 | 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 drseamus
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice and dark but not pitch black. Light does penetrate and light it up a deep brown color. A thin head existed for a nanosecond.

S: Nice roasty caramel coffee aroma. Pretty nice and smooth with a touch of sweetness.

T: Good smooth flavor with a good roasted character and a touch of bitterness. I'm not sure why everyone rates this so poorly; I think it's pretty decent. It doesn't last long in the aftertaste though.

M: It seems like it will be nice and think initially but it fails to deliver. It ends up being medium bodied and fades fast in the aftertaste. Not bad for an irish stout but I expect a bit more from an american stout.

D: Not a bad stout all around. A bit thin but the flavor is good. I'd drink it again. (729 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BgThang for this one.

Looks like an ultra-dark cola with an irregular head of dynamic ball bearings.

Smells of a huge dose of brown sugar with some gooey barley beneath and perhaps some molasses.

The same sweetness is in the flavor but it is balanced out with a touch of smoke, red grape skins and a far lighter than expected body.

Feels clean as one could imagine but with a busy swarm of carbonation that froths up and leaves. A little too light for my liking and for the style.

Not bad, but the major downfall is the airiness of the mouthfeel. (564 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +12%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep dark brown maybe even black. When held up to the light you can see a reddish color on the edges and the bottom of the glass. A pretty think tannish colored head that goes away fairly quick and leaves a ring of bubbles with a fair lacing on the glass.

S- Could pick up sweet and roasted malts. Also dark fruits, coffee and maybe even a little of a chocolate smell.

T- Some chocolate and roasted malts. Overall pretty sweet in taste and finishes a little dry.

M- Light to medium in body and a little watery.

D- Not a terrible beer by any means just not a favortie of mine. Fairly easy to drink though. (619 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (489 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,259 characters)

Photo of Risser09
2.47/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter - 2007 Bottling? - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a black color with some ruby highlights that are barely noticable. The head climbs to 1" and is tan in color. The bubbles on the head are tiny and make a thick foam that receeds in a minute. Lace is left on the glass.

Smell: Enticing. Very heavy on the dark chocolate. Licorice, anise, very fresh barley, maple syrup, and wheatena. Quite complex and very original for a stout-albeit one this smalll in stature.

Taste: Raw grass, fresh cut wood, popsicle sticks. I don't have a liking for the taste at all. Faint caramel and bitter coffee. Not for me.

Mouthfeel: Acrid. There's an unpleasant earthiness to this beer that is a turnoff. Alcohol isn't present. Moderate to low sugar content.

Drinkability: Aside from the green taste, this would be a good beer. I was disappointed to taste the weirdness. Not worth trying. I won't get this one again. (927 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of mully
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to JDV for the chance to try this beer

Clean looking black beer dark tan head fades to leave a thing foam across the top, no lace left
Coffee, patent malt and chocolate and alcohol dominate the nose.
Heavy roast malts and the dryness that comes with them, some coffee flavors
a little light on the mouthfeel not substantial -- almost a little watery the light body makes this beer very drinkable not a huge stout but it would be a good, dark session beer. (464 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours almost black but lets in a touch of light. Big tan head, but fades very quickly. Smell is of coffee, dark roast malt and a hint of a cardboard too. Taste is sweet dark roasty malt, mildly bittered with a somewhat sweet roasty finish. medium bodied and more carbonated than ideal for a stout, but its easy drinking and actually doesn't taste that bad. Honestly expected worse, and this is a decent beer all around, but no great standout qualities really, either. (467 characters)

Photo of BeanBone
4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark red-brown (almost black) body with a healthy butterscotch head that settles into a small and almost Guinness-like cream

Aroma: Sweet and malty, almost reminds me of soured Guinness (and not in a bad way)

Taste: Absolutely bursting with flavor! Rich roasted malt body with definite dark chocolate, coffee and caramel notes

Mouthfeel: Feels cold, coats well and is not too fizzy

Drinkability: Initially it seems quite rich, but after a few sips it's a very sessionable beer (providing you like stouts)

Verdict: This a truly a brilliant example of an American Stout with the added bonus of being local. I really wish Saint Arnold would brew this year-round, but they say the demand is not there. What a shame. (741 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
1.87/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a straight-up ruby body with a thin head that fizzles out to just a ring of bubbles. Smells of some roastiness, milk chocolate, and gummy worms. The weird Saint Arnold "Sweet-'n'-Lo-meets-Haribo-gummy candy" esters are going wild on this one. Really overpowers a lot of the chocolate and roast. Overbearing. In the aftertaste, more "stout" characteristics come out. It's too bad I have to wade through the actual taste of the beer to get to the decent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is kind of thinnish with a bit of harsh carbonation scraping against my tongue. Not all too drinkable. (586 characters)

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured black with red edges and looked a little bit thin on the pour. Decent off white head that dissipates failry quick. Not a ton of aroma-mild roasted flavor and fruittiness. Maybe oats. Taste was fruitier than I expected. Mild roasted malt flavor, light coffee, light chocolate with some cherry and some citrus fruit flavors. Low on hops but add to the citrus on the back of the tongue. Kind of thin in the mouth, decent carbonation, and crisper than most stouts. Very drinkable. Not the best stout I've ever had but good and a little different take on the style. (567 characters)

Photo of RickSawyer
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark chocolate brown with a moderate (on the lower side of the scale) tan head. Struggle to pull much from the smell besides a hint of roast. Taste is solid with a meaty, malt sweetness and a roasted nuts covered in brown sugar finish. Mouthfeel is good, nice, tiny carbonation, soapy mouthfeel...

Great for a weekday beer with the lower ABV. Enjoyed it. (366 characters)

Photo of turbine2475
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (437 characters)

Photo of joepais
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks JDV for another fabulous extra
Bottle poured into a tulip produces a good finger worth of tan head (drops off to a nice lace) on top of a ruby red to black body

Aromas of roasted malts coffee and some dark fruit

Flavors of coffee and dark chocolate a little bitter finish

Great mouthfeel nice carbonation for a stout

An easy beer to drink, and a good stout and tasty too (385 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown and ruby beer thats not totally opaque. It looks like a slightly watered down imperial stout. There is a cream colored head that rises quickly but fades fast.

Smell is of roasted malts, dark chocolate and some coffee. A very pleasing scent that alludes to this beer being all about the malts as it is the predominate scent.

As previously stated this beer is all about the malts. It starts with great malt taste that fades into some dark fruits and mild chocolates. The aftertaste is all malt. This beer tastes as fresh as a beer brewed just the other day... and thats a good thing in this case. It has a fresh mouthfeel and taste that inspires you to drink more. 2007-early 08 bottle. (699 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev +9%
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! (561 characters)

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

This brew has a nice pour, with a good amount of head and appears to have a fairly good body. A nice amount of lacing is left on the glass as it's consumed.

Starts off with a decent chocolate and coffee flavor as one would expect from a stout. From there, a strong hop bitterness, especially for the style kicks in. Hop finish is somewhat citrusy that is accompanied by a kind of sour taste as well as a watery coffee flavor, that winds up being a weak finish. The real killer to this brew is the mouthfeel. It is simply too carbonated for the style and detracts from the malty creaminess that should go along with the style.

Overall, this brew is not a complete failure, but the first thing that comes to my mind is that there are several things that could use some fine tunning. Not a half bad brew though, as some part of me does actually like it, even though it's not the best example of what a good stout should be. (967 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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! (541 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of AlesRTasty
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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 (360 characters)

Photo of AustinSommelier
4.41/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at GrapeVine Market in Round Rock, TX (700+ beer selection, 5k wines....Heaven on Earth). I won't go into depth w/ a description of the beer, since so many others have done so quite accurately. I'll simply say this is one of the best stouts I've had. It's incredibly smooth & creamy and a bit lighter than is typical. (333 characters)

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