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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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445 Ratings
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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 13
Gots: 59 | 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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Ratings: 445 | Reviews: 190
Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -21.3%
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 -13.5%
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 -3.3%
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%
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 -3.9%
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.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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 -6.6%
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 +8.3%
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 +2.8%
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 +10.5%
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 -15.2%
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 -3.3%
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 +3.9%
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 -4.7%
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 -31.8%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of mully
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of BeanBone
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
1.87/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of RickSawyer
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of turbine2475
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.