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Saint Arnold Winter Stout - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Winter StoutSaint Arnold Winter Stout

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%

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 Absumaster


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with a quick settling head.

The smell is full of chocolate like a milkchocolate bar. A creamy chocolaty smell with a malty somewhat husky smell, which also has some bready and a dark crust impression.Yet the beer smells not overly roasted.

The taste is mildly roasted. It has some creamy and milk chocolaty notes. The beer has a light maltiness which gives a bready impression. The bitterness is low for a stout. The hops make me think of US hops. Mouthfeel is medium.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 19:52:21 | More by Absumaster
Photo of CharlieMurphy

New York

2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From duff247 in my first trade.

A: Light for a stout but it has an allure to it. Crimson brown in color, basically no head just some stagnant cobb-webbing.

S: Caramel, figs, plums, dates. Holiday fruit and candy.

T: Very sweet almost like candy to start. My first sip of a drop off the bottle after the pour almost made me think this was going to be infected. Thin mild dark fruit feel in the middle. Mild roastiness of some sort to finish - almost like burnt popcorn but not as intense. This drinks like a porter or a smoked pale ale.

M: Thin. Otherwise even. This is from last winter so it's probably best to drink this fresh.

O: Interesting but not really much of a stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 23:48:30 | More by CharlieMurphy
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer


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

Thanks to DnQ in Houston for putting these out, I hadn't had any of this yet.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint. Just about zero head, it's been sitting almost a year and lost what little carbonation it probably had. Single layer of lace around the rim. Flat as a stout coming out of cask.

Appearance is near-black, looking through at light is deep red and clear.

Smells delicious, malty, tobacco, wooden muskiness. Deep smell almost pulls apple juice so I am thinking there may be some fruit in there underneath....maybe.

Tastes Very malty stoutness, light bitter, spice and wood. Flavors are light, not sure if time hasn't mellowed this a tad.

Feels- Medium body, smooth, little sticky on the tongue. Flat.

Overall pleasing flavors, mild and easy, but has good malt and spice to it. Very flat, even for a stout. Would be good for an intro into the stout world.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 01:50:17 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
Photo of russwbeck


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a light brown with about a finger of light brown head. Not a lot of retention or lacing, but it looks like a decent amount of bubbles are racing to the top of the beer.

S: The smell is really sweet. Deep molasses, some roasted malts, and chocolate.

T: Seems to be bit of a one trick poney. Molasses and chocolate. Deep and rich. Very sweet. Not a lot to balance it out.

MF: Thick and heavy. Much more so than I thought it would be. Carbonation seems a bit low.

O: It's a bit sweet and not balanced enough to really enjoy many of. Didn't particularly enjoy this one. Hard to finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 07:52:34 | More by russwbeck
Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo


2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Saint Arnold Winter Stout
Poured a nice dark brown, little pencil thin head. Not too thick of a pour either. Tastes very bland, some malt, some light chocolate and a little roast coffee. This beer was over carbonated and had an unwelcomed acidic finish maybe a bad bottle but this beer is a miss for us.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 23:16:07 | More by BigPapiBrewingCo
Photo of kevo237


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass. Beer is dark but with red tint and a uniform tan head. Smell is sweet and malty.

Taste is really good. Lots of dark chocolate and roasted taste. Very sweet. The after taste is bitter and more sweetness which becomes a slight turn off. Moutfeel is relatively heavier and carbonation is excellent. This is a very solid stout that doesn't leave me feeling bloated.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 20:09:54 | More by kevo237
Photo of claytong


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

appearance - darkest amber, no head, minor lacing

smell - bitter coffee, cream, subtle but nice

taste - subtle but this time not as nice, nothing is strong, same as smell

mouthfeel - way too light bodied especially for the style, nothing making me enjoy it in my mouth which is sad, but nothing wrong with it either

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 16:28:21 | More by claytong
Photo of AgentMunky


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. No visible best before date (or, for that matter, listed ABV) but I figure the beer is about six months old. It's been in the fridge for a while.

A: Almost a finger of creamy head fades into a gorgeous hurricane of tracery. Opaque, darkest brown, but in lighting it shows hints of reddish russet.

S: Milk chocolate. Coffee grounds. Roasted, kind, and exceedingly pleasant.

T: Yummy! Just what the smell promised. Warm, soft, and mostly sweet, with a hint of bitterness on the lingering aftertaste.

M: A little light, but with some carbonation to spritz things up.

O: I feel this beer has been unjustly maligned. 3.6? I just don't see it. Easy-drinking, tasty, and solid. Perhaps not the best stout on offer, but certainly more than mediocre. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 23:08:11 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of jsanford


3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a very dark, cola-brown with a 1-inch off-white head that fizzes away quickly, leaving a bit of patchy haze and a thin ring. Cola is a good descriptor, looks like Pepsi.
S - Roasted malt, caramel, coffee, and chocolate. Typical Stout aromas, nothing much to see here.
T - More roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and caramel, with a bit of dark berry. Not bad, could have perhaps mistaken it for a Milk Stout if I didn't know better, it definitely have a slight lactose character to it.
M - Medium-thin bodied, surprisingly crisp with sharp carbonation. A bit too fizzy for my taste.
O - Ehh, it's a fairly typical Stout with a too-thin body and too much carbonation. Not bad, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 02:55:00 | More by jsanford
Photo of 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
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-Dark Brown, with no lacing after a very aggressive poor. A mocha ring rests on top of the body.

Smell-Very light notes of bitter chocolate and coffee. Some dark fruits in there as well.

Taste-A good amount of coffee and malt with a light hop finish.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, with a little bit of carbonation.

Overall-Very average, what I was expecting. Still a drinkable beer, I could throw one of these down at 7AM. Just not complex and rather boring.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:22:39 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Pleasing stout, light and quaffable without much else.

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist cap bottle. Black label with an illustration of the Saint holding a brew and extending the hand to the sky, and noting the use of the finest of ingredients. Neck label adds the story of the character. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Very dark brown pour, almost black, with deep brown edges, 1/2" creamy head with moderate retention, good surface memory and small touches of lacing.

S - Nose is pretty shy, with some chocolate, malt, and light sweetness.

T - Taste offers a nice range, roasted malt, coffee milk/lactose, dash of chocolate, even a hint of liquorice is there... Nice bitter hint as it closes.

M - Medium to medium/light body with medium carbonation, picking up a stronger tingle in the finish.

O - It's a bit thin but it flows pretty well. Not a stout for the ages but a good drink.

Notes: Again, nothing to rave about, but it made for a nice casual stout during this visit to Texas

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 14:02:02 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of theghost3


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with a 2-finger beige head. About a 1/2-finger head retention remains throughout. Little lacing.

The smell is caramel and dark chocolate malts. The taste is slightly creamy with caramel, coffee, vanilla, chocolate & somewhat roasty; more watery than I would like. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied; moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

With its 5.6 percent ABV this is very drinkable. It's not flashy & won't leave a major impact on you, but it has the makings of a go-to beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 03:28:25 | More by theghost3
Photo of 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
Photo of harrymel


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

Unknown brew/bottle date.

A: Pours dark brown with cherry candy highlight thru the light. single finger loose latte head dissipates quickly and leaves a thin sheet of the same. No lacing.

S: coffee, cocoa, prunes, fig, graham malts. Hints of resiny hops and what smells like over steeped simcoes. Nice creamy smell here as well.

T: Coffee porter is what this tastes like, not stout. Nonetheless, good, malty, roasty profile with dark cocoa nibs, raisins. Good beer.

M: medium body with medium/high carb.

O: Well done, not great, but above average. If I were in Houston, and this was on tap, I would likely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 16:04:41 | More by harrymel
Photo of zhanson88


2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a medium brown color that appears dark brown in the glass. Deep purple highlights when held to light. About 1.5 fingers of fizzy tan head forms, that has poor retention. Minimal lacing.

Smell: I get a bit of roastiness, but more coffee than anything. Some florals as well. Not a real spectacular smell by any measure, but nothing off-putting.

Taste: More roasted malts here, and the coffee still comes through. A lot of floral character on the back end. A bit better than the smell.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is slightly over light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Not bad. Overall, this is certainly not a bad beer. It just doesn't measure up real well. Probably about average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 03:49:39 | More by zhanson88
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 02:27:43 | More by Duff27
Photo of RonaldTheriot


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

Saint Arnold Winter Stout has a thin, quickly-dissipating, beige head and a sort of hazy, brown (red, under light) appearance, with some bubbles streaming up and almost no lacing left behind. The aroma is of roasted barley malt, coffee, a hint of chocolate, and some plum. Taste is likewise of roasted malt, dark coffee, and a touch of chocolate, and again, that plum. Bitterness shows up at the end of the sip and in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Saint Arnold Winter Stout finishes semi-dry to wet and not particularly easy drinking. This is a sipper. Overall, this is a good beer and worth a try.


Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 22:13:53 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of chilly460


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

A - Pours a very dark brown with a minimal tan head. Some lacing, but not prevalent.

S - Lots of sweetness from the roasted malts, with a bit of vanilla in the back. Some chocolate and coffee around as well.

T - Sweetness is prevalent but doesn't overwhelm. Also some vanilla shows, as well as a hazelnut as well. No real bitterness from the roasted malt.

M - Medium-bodied with a very creamy finish, nice.

D - Smooth and easy to drink, no profound flavors but good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:21:29 | More by chilly460
Photo of specksnreds


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is this beer getting better every year? Seems like it. A little more roasted malt in the nose, but by no means a lot. Looks great with its black translucent pour. Nice head, lots of bubbles. A little lacing and small head. Taste is a tad more complex in the malt department than I remember, and the bitterness is a little more pronounced. Nice job, SA. Definitely worth getting a single every once and a while this winter.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 00:58:29 | More by specksnreds
Photo of xnicknj


3.23/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:53:24 | More by xnicknj
Photo of ms11781


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to duff247. Bottled on 12/15/2010. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque, dark brown color with reddish hues. A 1 finger tannish head falls to a thin off white cap that leaves foamy wisps of lacing that slide back down the glass.

Aroma isn't all that strong. Some light chocolate notes. There is a certain sweetness to it that I can't quite put my finger on. Something along the lines of sweet caramel malt but it seems a bit stronger.

Taste is pretty sweet. There is a lot of sweet malt flavor with perhaps a hint of caramel. No sign of the bit of chocolate that was in the nose. There is a bit of a roasted character through the middle but as the beer warms it disappears. Surprisingly there is a dark fruit flavor detected at the finish. Definitely a slight cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin for a stout. This beer drinks more like porter. Body is on the lower end of medium with a higher carbonation for the style.

Drinkability is ok. The beer itself is pretty good. Decent flavors and it goes down pretty easily. It just misses the mark for being a stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 04:52:35 | More by ms11781
Photo of GregSVT


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

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice brown head that faces to a layer and leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

S: The nose is faint chocolate malt and a bit of coffee but not much else.

T: Chocolate and coffee from the nose with a slight vanilla flavor on the finish. Very tasty and very sessionable.

M: Creamy and medium bodied although a bit thin.

D: One of my favorite local stouts when it comes out every year and one I buy when I can. This is a nice replacement for higher ABV stouts like Buried Hatchet and is not as expensive.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:03:01 | More by GregSVT
Photo of Vengeance526


3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head that quickly recedes and leaves only a little lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt with hints of chocolate upfront and light coffee in the background.

Some light notes of chocolate and roasted malt show up in the taste, but this aspect is rather uneventful otherwise. A bit watered down for a stout in my book.

Light body with medium carbonation. Based on aroma alone, I expected this to be better than it was. The taste just doesn't follow up and the mouthfeel comes off a bit watery. This one is just okay, but not one of my first picks for a decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 01:36:12 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of JMad


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

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass...

The beer is very dark brown, almost black, not quite opaque. The head thin, creamy, and tand colored.

It smells a bit sour and metallic. There is a hint of wood smoke and coffee.

You get flavors of smoke, a little chocolate, and there is a slight sweetness, then a bitter coffee finish.

This beer has a medium body, soft carbonation and a long, dry finish.

I thought it was very tasty, it's not too heavy, and it's not really a typical stout, I thought it tasted like a cross between a porter and a marzen.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 19:01:52 | More by JMad
Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.