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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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83
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402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Mora2000
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Mora2000, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

JDV, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of BeanBone
4.55/5  rDev +25%
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.

BeanBone, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of goochpunch
1.83/5  rDev -49.7%
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.

goochpunch, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of hopsleeroy
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

hopsleeroy, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of RickSawyer
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

RickSawyer, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of turbine2475
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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

turbine2475, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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

joepais, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

jbphoto88, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

johnnnniee, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

AustinBeerLvr, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Bitterbill, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Wasatch, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of AlesRTasty
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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

AlesRTasty, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of AustinSommelier
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

AustinSommelier, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of irishtimepiece
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is black with ruby at the edges. A medium brown head that settles to a cap and laces well. Smells is pretty straightforward. Roasted grains, chocolate, some raisin. Taste starts with a bit of roast and transitions into a strong chocolatey finish. Pretty light bodied for a stout, but the mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Overall, an easy drinking stout that isn't strong enough to put you under and is tasty enough to bring you back for more.

irishtimepiece, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The front label has a notch on the side indicating the month brewed - December in this case. The color was a dark, dark brown - basically black with just a hint of mahogany when held right to the light. It has a couple fingers of head that slowly dissipated to constant film with some lacing. Mouthfeel was really good with a smooth creamy bite. The aroma was roasted malts with coffee and chocolate but was not very strong overall. The taste was incredibly smooth. It starts with a malty bite that jumps right into a smooth, chocolately finish. This may not be the best tasting stout out there but something about it justs hits the spot perfectly. If you told me that I'd find a stout session beer I would never have believed you. For me most stouts are a once and while beer but I ready to crack open another one of these right away. This is now my favorite St Arnold by far. Only wish it was available year round. Highly recommend!!! (4.75, HR, T, Y)

TexIndy, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Opaque black with amber and ruby edges at the bottom of the mug. Thick foamy tan head that settles to a frothy cap. Rings of lace coat the glass.

Dark and bitter malts that gives almost a smokey aroma to it. Hints of dark chocolate and roasted nut.

Rich grainy and creamy malts. The darkness lends bitterness, but it's less overpowering, almost like a non-nitro infused dry stout. A bodied brew with a smoothness that comes from the right amount of carbonation. A little bit of bitterness from hops shows through, but it's mostly the malts showing through. The finish is grainy and creamy with a little bit of the roastiness lingering. There is a slight metallic presence, but it's nothing that ruins the beer.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. High on the malts without being too powerfully bitter. Seems dangerously close to the Irish Dry Stout style. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of beeragent
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, almost black, forming a 1/2 inch tan head, that left nice lacing on the glass. The nose is mostly roasted malts, with a hint of coffee. The taste is that expected from a stout. Roasted malts, and coffee flavoring. Medium mouthfeel. A very tasty stout, and an easy session beer for those cold winter nights. By far my favorite offering from Saint Arnold. Try this one before the season ends.

beeragent, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost completely black with deep brown hues: a light Stout color. Small light brown head.

Light raisin, chocolate, dark ripe fruit. Crisp and cool. Mild spicy elements.

Light chocolate and raisin. Dark ripe fruit. Very light grassy esters and yet lighter toffee notes.

Nice carbonation. Moderate foam. Creamy-thick, leaves nice little toffee-like coating.

Lightweight Stout, but still a decent brew. I would call it a porter.

MrHungryMonkey, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of HoustonTX
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Merry Christmas, first off. It's a wonderful time of the year. Good beer, good food, and friends and family.
Now onto the beer...

Poured at near room temperature to assure maximum flavor output. Large frothy mocha colored head with a large amount of carbonation pressing upwards. The body is quite dark brown, allowing only the smallest shade of light to pass through, exposing a ruby tone. The lacing is ultra sticky as well. The smell is average, giving away some notes of malt sweetness. A touch of coffee, with a slight metallic note. Mocha, creme, and light brown sugar come through as well. Not bad, just underwhelming. The metallics turns you away a bit, however the taste redeems this beers quality.

Taste is phenomenal especially for this beers mere 5.6%ABV. A bitter sweet malt attacks the palate first. Coffee, brown sugar, and molasses are quick to follow. A hint of anise blends well and shows itself only slightly. The coffee flavor is strong, and fresh, and resides until the end. This stout provides a nice and true flavor blend, with even some balancing hops midway thrown into the mix. True to the style, and proves that low abv beers can provide a lot of flavor. Finishes with a lingering coffee/brown sugar bitterness, with a hint of mild sweetness from the dextrin. This will definitely satisfy your alcohol, coffee, and winter beverage cravings. Mouthfeel is creamy, and provides a delicate tingle on the palate. It's also near full bodied which is always nice to see. You can really feel the carbonation tickle in your stomach, especially after this wonderful Christmas meal. Drinkability is superb for a stout.

A pleasing and exceptionally tasty winter treat from Saint Arnold. This is on their top echelon of beers. I highly recommend it.

HoustonTX, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of jordanmills
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As promised, I found a six pack on the store shelf on 15 December, and not a minute earlier (or later!). I was looking forward to getting a fresh pack. Last year I found one a little late in the season, and it was out horrible. I asked around the store, and determined that it was probably purchased a year before. Burn. I think I still have one of the bottles left over, it was just that bad. I held off a review until I could get some that I knew was fresh.

So I poured it into a pint glass, got a thick fairly dark head that held on for a while. A lot of roasted armoa comes to the nose, like coffee, and a little smoke. Tastes about the same, but something fruity or lightly hoppy comes out - the aftertaste is like mild coffee too. Feels good and thick on the tongue, maybe a little more carbonated than I'd like (but that makes it palatable in the mild Texas winters, so it works out), but still good.

Overall, I have to say I like it. Definitely above average.

jordanmills, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle thanks to MUSHROOMCLOUD

Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that fades to the edge of the glass. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasty with some cocoa and cofee tones. Rather light aroma overall.

Taste is mildly roasty upfront followed by light chocolate and cofee flavors. Finishes with a lingering roastedness.

Light body, low carbonation.

A decent stout and easy to drink, but I expected a little more body and robustness in a winter stout.

MaltyGoodness, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark ruby amber, but a decent amount of light gets through. Nice thick tan head rests on top.

Smell. Roasted malts, small amounts of chocolate and fruit. just slightly hoppy. its a little smokey as well. very nice.

Taste. Malts are very nice in this, roasted and tastes has a coffee taste in the aftertaste. The hops do sneak out of the malts shadow here, slightly piney. I also get this strange small taste and feel of menthol. Again, aftertaste is coffee-like, smokey and is pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel. Good full mouthfeel, but not as full as others, but good. decent carbonation. I like the balance as well.

Overall, very nice stout. More complex than i expected. Quite enjoyable.

acrawf6, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This stout poured solid black with red tinted edges when held to the light.Creamy colored head that didn't stack up much at all.Minimal laceing.

Smell: The aromas are chocolate,coffee bean,has a slight syrupy touch to this one.Nice sweet malts and just a hint of alcohol to be detected.

Taste: The semi-sweet dark chocolate and the hops makes for a nice bitter finish.The malty backbone and coffee bean is right on the money for creating a desent stout.Typical stout flavors and aromas.Not bad just nothing new.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium to thick body with just the right amount of carbonation to keep you slammin' this one and ready for the next.

Drinkability: I could definitely buy this one again and very easily go through my sixer with much ease.Not a bad stout but not on my top list.

Cheers2Beers

cheers2beers, Mar 22, 2006
Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.