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Saint Arnold Winter Stout - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Winter StoutSaint Arnold Winter Stout

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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 13
Gots: 56 | 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 Daniellobo
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Photo of theghost3
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.73/5  rDev +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.

Photo of harrymel
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of zhanson88
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of Duff27
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.


Photo of chilly460
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of specksnreds
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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 ms11781
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of GregSVT
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of JMad
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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 kylejohnson03
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on a recent trip to Texas, my first Saint Arnold Brew. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is black, but the body allows some light to pass which creates ruby reddish flashes in the glass. Small tan head, dissipates quickly. Aroma is lightly roasted, chocolate, but both are somewhat muted. Pleasant, but would prefer a stronger presence. Similar in the taste, all the elements are there buy would love them to stand out a little more. Mouthfeel is a touch too thin, almost watery. Finishes dry. The thin characteristics of this beer aren't always what I want when I grab a stout, but it does increase the drinkability in terms of being able to drink a few and still enjoy it.

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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 woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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 CuriousMonk
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. Thanks to philhyde for the extra. Beautiful stout beer pour, black with dissipating beige head. Nice stout aroma, rich dark chocolate, nuts, and some mild roast. Fun and nice immediate palate, bubbly fresh and stouty! Roasty taste does not overwhelm. Very good stout experience. There is a developing attempt to be bitter towards the end. Just what I expect from St Arnold, quality beer.

Photo of diamondc
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6 pack on sale for $7.49. Bottled on 12/15/10.

A: Head fizzed out pretty quickly. Ruby tint. No lacing at all.

S: Mild roast, a little berry action going on.

T: Weak milk chocolate, fruity blueberry/raspberry flavors. Not much roasted or bold flavors here. Weak.

M/D: Light for a winter stout which would make you think the alcohol and flavors would be big. Could pass as a decent English Brown Ale, but a stout? Disappointing.

Photo of NefariousR
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. No vintage marking, but this is from Winter 2010-2011.

A - Dark mahogany -- I can actually see (just a little bit) to the other side of the glass when held up to light. Thin off-white head.
S - Sweet, somewhat caramelish with fig. Roasted notes in the background.
T - Mostly sweet fruit flavors with only a very slight hint of typical, roasty stoutness. A little unusual.
M - Thin-bodied, with a mild amount of carbonation. Finishes quickly.
D - The thin body adds quite a bit to drinkability, and the flavors aren't too upfront. A solid beer, if a little lacking in the typical "big" stout flavors. Solid.

Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Mississipping
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle chilled and poured into a Bruery snifter

A: Dark brown with amber peeking through when held to light. Aggressive pour yields almost no head. What was there was a khaki color. Look quick or you are likely to miss it. A thin ring remains, but it's a sad, thin ring that's embarrassed by the other beers in the room. No lacing.

S: Roasted malt and bitter chocolate are present, but there's really not much else there. Maybe, maybe just a bit of coffee, but that might be wishful thinking. The balance between the two is nice, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

T: Following the smell is roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Not unexpected, but not that impressive. It almost seems watered down. In the background there's an odd metallic (iron?) taste, with just a slight hoppiness. The two do not mesh well and it leaves a odd aftertaste. Bummer.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation; just a little prickly. I definitely would like to see the carbonation level toned down. Leaves the mouth dry after each sip.

D: If it weren't for the odd aftertaste, this would really be pretty drinkable. As it is, however, it's almost a drain pour. I'll finish it, but it's not something that I'll look for again.

Photo of slackerlack
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, almost black.
S - Strong chocolate and coffee smell. Also smells roasty.
T - Tastes just like it smells. Chocolate, coffee, malty, watery.
D - Goes down very smooth with no burn.

For a dark stout, I was very surprised how watery and non thick this beer was.

Photo of rcfunk
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer last year for the first time and loved it. So much in fact that I eagerly awaited its return this year. Maybe I expected too much, maybe my tastes have changed, maybe I know more now than I did then, maybe my memory ain't so hot, but man, what a sorry disappointment. . .

A - I remember last year being singularly impressed by the light color of this beer: "wow, I thought, I translucent stout." The color seems to have changed substantially since my last experience with this beer. It is darker - a deep translucent garnet color to be precise - based on the taste, I'll wager this is due to a new addition of roasted barley for the 2011 batch.

S - Distincly beerish, with highly detectable roasted barley and an almost botanical quality which I would label as chinotto if I had identify it - perhaps an adjunct a la Anchor Brewing, or perhaps yeast esters conflicting with the astringency of the roasted barley.

T - Mediocre. Leaves an unwanted, long lasting bitterness in the mouth which is either from a very high cohumulone bittering hop, or again due to the misplaced use of roasted barley.

M - irrelevant (not worth mentioning)

D - I wish I didn't have a six pack of this in my fridge.

I am guessing that the highly unusual appearance of this beer last year generated weaker than expected sales of the product for the brewery. Accordingly, I expect they adjusted the recipe to make the beer appear darker and more "usual" which had the side effect of killing what made this beer unique.

Again, I may just be a curmudgeon with bad memory and changing tastes and sensibilities, but hey, isn't that the definition of a beer geek?

Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.