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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: 428
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 12
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 stumac
4.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a pitcher of this at the Molly's down the street.

this brew pours up a solid dark brown with a decent tan head. nice lacing too. in the nose, I get bread dough from the yeast, roasted malts, cocoa powder, dark chocolate. I taste sweet chocolate malts, toasted grain, burnt wood, slight hop bittering, piney hops (in that order). medium bodied, medium spritzy carbo. My favorite of the Saint Arnold line up, besides the Divines.

Photo of goatgoat
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz into a pint

A: Clear dark with copper highlights. A brief one finger tan head and no lacing.

S: Roasted, chocolate goodness.

T: Continuation of the smell, but with a hop bitterness that cuts through the malt body. Finishes with a decent amount of bitterness but a residual sweetness in the back of my mouth. The balance is good, but not great.

M: Smooth, but not as creamy as I'd like.

D: A decent brew. I'd prefer a little less bitterness.

Photo of Fnord
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pitch black, with a tan head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell - Roasted barley, chocolate, and faint alcohol.

Taste - More roastiness and chocolate, plus bitter malts and coffee. Starts very sweet, which fades away into a lasting, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Nice and ceamy, as is proper for the style.

Drinkability - The sweetness kind of got to me after a while.

Notes - Needs more hops and dry malts to balance the sweetness. Still, there are not enough regular stouts available to suit my taste, and Saint Arnold's beer is a welcome one.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice head with good retention. dark brown color.

smell is of chocolate malt and black patent. there is a bit of roasted charcteristics. as the beer warms there is a bit of coffee

there are some toffee raisin notes underneath. chocolate malt dominates with a bit of black patent and roasted barley. chocolate malts need to come down a bit. however I like the notes of coffee as the beer warms.

smooth mouthfeel with a good creaminess.

lower the chocolate malt and use less attenuative yeast and this one will get better

Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass...

A - just as a stout should look - solid black with very faint hues of garnet on the sides. Had a thin layer of soda-fizz brown head that dispersed after a good side pour.

S - dry rather than milky. Hints of charcoal and roasted coffee beans.

T - Distinct layers of taste here. Starts off very chocolatey in the undertone, and a very broad taste of coffee and roasted malt. Next, warms to a shade of chocolate alcohol; finishes off with a strong alcohol aroma and taste in the back.

M - quite a bit thinner than your average stout. Had the consistency and mouthfeel of soda, rather than the milkey mouthfeel of other stouts I've had.

D - If you're a fan of malt, this goes down great. Very easy to sip.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most chocolatey stouts I have had to date(Except the Rogue Chocolate stout)

A- Deep dark brown, almost opaque black with garnet edges. Nice tight head with OK retention

S- Smells like roasted chocolate malts. Sweet, but with a hint of bitter hops

T- The roasted chocolate flavor goes great with the bitter hops. Ends up tasting like a mocha, but with a distinct beer-grain-taste to it

M - Light and creamy. Perfect for a stout

D- Very good. Sweet and filling, yet dry and clean

Photo of Bagman007
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown/black coloring with about two finger width's of light brown head.

S- Fairly strong chocolate scent. Can also smell the hops as well.

T- Definitely has a chocolate taste to it, but it is not overpowering at all. Hops don't hold a very strong presence either.

M- Very smooth, not bitter. Creamy, but not too creamy. The chocolate/caramel flavoring is not overpowering either.

D- Very drinkable beer. No overpowering hops or malts. Can definitely drink this as a session beer.

Overall another great Winter seasonal from Saint Arnold. I usually don't like beers that have any kind of chocolate or caramel flavoring, but this beer has just enough to be good. Not overpowering at all. Throw in the hops and it makes this a very solid beer from Saint Arnold.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights. A thick tan head dissipates slowly to a thin cap

S - Faint roast malt dominates the aroma, no hops detected

T - Starts off with a sweet malt flavor that is quickly overrun with a roast malt/coffee flavor

M - Slightly thin with good carbonation

D - Nice stout. A little too roasty for me.

Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off a nice coffee aroma

T - Like the smell the taste for the most part is coffee finishes with a touch of chocolate

M - This beer has a medium body and a high level of carbonation to it for a stout

D - A pretty good beer for the most part fairly easy to drink a little too carbonated for my liking but overall its worth a try

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/9/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a dark black colored body, with a light tan head - small and quickly diminishing. Has an aroma of malts, some nuttiness, and chocolate. Fizzy palate, coffee and chocolate notes. Has a medium body. Sweet tasting.

Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of Viggo
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!

Photo of DefenCorps
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a trade with BGThang.

Dark brown body with some ruby highlights. About a finger and a half of tan head that has very little retention and doesn't leave behind any lacing.

Smell is mostly of baker's chocolate.

The taste is fairly straight-forward like the aroma. Tastes of mostly chocolate. Finishes with a coffee taste. Pretty dry mouthfeel, not highly carbonated.

Pretty drinkable beer; low ABV helps in this department.

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Body pours to a perfect blackness. Head is an inch and a half of fuzzy tan brown foam that fades in minutes. Nose is dark and has hints of burnt minerals, coffee, vanilla beans and hints of backround anise. Exceptionally smooth and creamy as you take first sip. There is sweetness layered on some mellow spicyness but the spice is even and soft. Mouthfeel is very smooth, sweet and nicely creamy. A very sesionable stout that I would keep in the fridge if it were available locally.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a dark cola/ruby pour, some light mocha head on top looks nice.

Aroma - powdery, roasty smell, grains come through a little more after set up, almost overpowering the roastiness at times.

Taste - malty, nutty, sweetish grain in front. Some good roasty quality there. The swallow doesn't reveal anything further, but the aftertaste has a nice balancing kiss of hops. Ends fairly clean with a roasty hint and some residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel - medium to thin body, moderate carbonation, maybe a bit more than average.

Drinkability - a solid stout from Saint Arnold. Thanks to PHawk for a few of these traded at DLD08.

Photo of drseamus
3.92/5  rDev +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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of largadeer
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of Risser09
2.47/5  rDev -32%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.