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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: 404
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-28-2002)
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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.

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.


Photo of CJN11
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is St. Arnold's winter special beer. The appearance was exceptional, a beautiful dark stout. The smell was average at best. The tast was strong, with limited bitterness. Overall the drinkability was phenomenal. Probably one of St. Arnold's best seasonals, only falling short of teh summer pils.

Photo of briman
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a standard pint glass.

Poured a deep dark brown, with a thin creamy tan head. Head retention was minimal.

Nose has obvious notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and some coffee tones, though the chocolate seemed to dominate this example.

Taste was just as expected based on the nose. Sweet chocolate notes dominate, but hints of roasted malts are certainly evident. Finish has a touch of bitterness.

Medium bodied, and mouthfeel about what you'd expect from a stout of this type....not thin, and not overly heavy. Very drinkable, with maybe a slight warming character. Easily my favorite brew from Saint Arnold's.

Arguably more like a porter than a stout, so my review reflects my enjoyment of the beer more than whether or not it really fits into a traditional stout category.

Photo of Xadoor
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, dark ruby colour with a thick, creamy tan head. Chocolate and coffee aromas. Tart, almost sour to start. Finishes dry and with a slightly bitter, chocolate flavour. Mouthfeel is a little thin, perhaps a little watery. Okay for once and awhile, but not a stout that I would drink very often.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rich deep dark brown color that is mostly clear with some ruby highlights. There is very little head at first pour that fell within about 20 seconds to a small ring around the top of the glass.

Aroma: Rich roasty chocolate malts along with quite a bit of toasty aromatics. There are a few esters from fermentation as well as a bready yeast component that softens the roasty aroma.

Taste: Really assertive chocolate and roast greet your palate in the beginning. The malt rules the day pretty much the entire profile. There is some hops that you can taste late in the flavor, and is heightened by the roast to finish dry and slightly acidic. As it warms a bit, there is a metallic note coming out.

Opinion: I think that this is a pretty good beer. This year it is quite under carbonated, so this makes it come across the palate as rather heavy with some serious accent on the roast grains. It is still a very drinkable beer.

Photo of beertastegood
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the 2004 vintage a little late last year, so this year I picked up a sixer and tried it sooner.

At first glance it appears to be black, but on closer inspection it is a deep, deep garnet color. Small head that disappears almost instantly (head formation/retention is a common problem with SA brews, but it doesn't really rank that high on my priorites list for beer).

Aromas of slightly roasted coffee and burnt chocolate, with a spicy/floral hop bouquet as well. Very faint alcohol notes and slight raisiny smell too (Special B malt?).

Taste is straight Colombian coffee with alcohol, with a distinct chocolatey taste overlaid by spicy PNW hops. Finish is sweet and slightly slick on the tongue, leaving me with the impression that I just finished a mocha coffee laced with Perle or Tettnanger hops.

Carbonation is medium and mouthfeel is thick, like a stout should be. Although this is not the best representation of a stout IMO, it can be classed as a sweet stout. (I would call it a robust porter, but I'm forgiving since it is a good beer.)

Solid winter stout from SA this year.

Photo of beerdiablo
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some might call Saint Arnold's the Dogfish Head of Texas.
I can see that with the marketing but minus the swagger and daring.

Nice and tasty as this is a fine representative of the stout style.
In fact, you could say its the finest stout brewed in Texas and
I wouldn't argue with you.

Though there is some bitterness, the sweetness carries this beer
with hints of vanilla and coffee.

Forget about color, head size/duration, this stout delivers.

Photo of Direwolf
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout has a dark brown color and a light amount of carbonation and very pleasant aroma and taste. The aroma is malty. It is sweeter than many other stouts and finishes with a slight bitterness that may not please fans of dry stouts. However, since the sweetness subsumes the dryness, a lot of subtle flavors can be detected, notably, caramel, coffee, and dark liquorish. A mild after taste lingers for a few seconds due to a watery texture that leaves your palate warm and refreshed.

Photo of kindestcut
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Saint Arnold Winter Stout pours a very dark brown with a moderate off-white head. The aroma is strong roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The aroma translates very well to the flavor, which is roasty and sweet with a slight hoppy finish. This stout does have a sweet character but this is not a sweet stout. the roasted malt gives the beer a dry character that overpowers the sweetness. For a winter stout, I would like the alcohol to be a little more pronounced, or at least have a warming character. However, this is a tasty beer.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a rubied dark brown color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is a mix of coffee, chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is coffee bitter, but slightly chocolate sweet on the finish. The feel is not quite as thick as I would like it to be. Just at moderate. This is easy drinking and refreshing, but I want a little less drinkability in my stouts. I want to have it be thick and coating so I sip it more and drink it less. Still, not a bad beer.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a still-translucent dark color, with a tiny creamy tan head. Smell is very light coffee, slight acidity. Taste is very sweet and slightly acidic. Coffee and hoppy, yes, but not the best representation of the style. Flavors need to be bloder, mouthfeel needs to be thicker. A drinkable, almost too approachable stout. Thanks to assurbanipaul for the oppurtunity.

Photo of allengarvin
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is deep ruby red. Slight head disappears fairly quickly, leaving a thin tan film across the top.

Aroma: Chocolate, cappuccino aroma. Rich and sweet.

Flavor: Lightly roasted, bitter-chocolate taste, distant hops, and a slight acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: Watery, thin body.

A somewhat average beer from our state's oldest surviving microbrewery.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cola colored, which to me equals almost black, but with a dark ruby shade in the light. Head is very thin and light-brown. Aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of coffee. Taste is of a soft roasted flavor with moderate coffee notes. A very mild taste of chocolate is noted too. There is a moderately lingering sweetness. Overall the taste of Saint Arnold Winter Stout isn't quite full enough to be great. Everything seems just a little light here, which may actually increase drinkability. This is a very good beer, but lacks a richness which is needed. Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is a better winter seasonal from this company.

Photo of beerceller99
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a tan head that fades quickly. Strong roasted , toasted grain smell. Taste is toasted malts with a strong , almost astringent coffee flavor ; finishes very dry . Light bodied for a stout. A smooth, easy drinking Texas brew.

Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HardTarget for another great sample.

Appearance: Pours black/brown with almost a cabarnet color around the edges. The foamy brown head doesn't last long.

Smell: Smells of burnt fruit and warm malts tell me this could be very tasty

Taste: roasted dates, raisins, carmel syrup, and malt massage my palate into submission. It is a tasty stout!

Mouthfeel: light to medium mouthfeel with a nice balance of malt, fruit, and carbonation.

Very drinkable stout. If you like Guinness Extra Stout, you'll love this one. Thanks again HardTarget!

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours ruby black with a thin brown head that disappears quickly. Nose is rich caramel malts, dark chocolate and some sweet spices.

Taste is dominated by chocolate malt and sorghum with a roasty base. A slight winey presence is lingering there with the alcohol in the background. Some dark fruits in there somewhere also, like prunes or raisins. Espresso in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little blah with very little carbonation but the body stands up well, if a little thinner than expected in a stout. I think this beer suffers from it's name -- it's really a winter ale, not fair to compare it to Guinness or Dark Lord. Overall, not a bad winter seasonal.

Photo of kbub6f
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a toffee brown/black, deep garnet highlights before the light. The head is small, brown, fine. There's just a hint of smoke in the roasty, chocolate nose. A touch sickly-sour, too. It starts tangy, with burnt toffee, passing through a thinnish, slightly watery middle to a nice, bitter, smoky finish showing coffee and chocolate. Vegetables (peas?) and burnt wood in the aftertaste. This isn't bad. It gets maltier and chocolatier as it warms.

Photo of usualpulp
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very deep black with a very very thin head. One of the first things you notice (besides the lack of carbonation) is the sweet chocolate and coffee smells, these smells are also the most noticeable flavors you find while drinking this brew. Lots of roasted malt flavor and dark chocolate. This isn't a bad beer, I just really wish it had a little more carbonation to it, hold the head longer, but overall, not bad. With a few improvements, this could be a really great brew.

Photo of Pegasus
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown in color, almost onyx black with a moderately-sized caramel-colored head which soon settles to a paper-thin layer, moderate carbonation and good lacing.

Aroma: Very potent aroma of coffee, bitter chocolate, alcohol, and dark roasted malts.

Taste: Flavor begins with rich, dark toasted malts, investing the beer with a coffee and bitter chocolate character and a slightly sweet undercurrent. This carries on throughout the taste until near the finish when earthy notes, a sour cast, and sublime hop bitterness appear.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, contrary to my expectations.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasing winter stout, I was fortunate enough to find a bottle of this – apparently it did not receive much distribution in Austin last winter. Alas, its only May and I am already wistful for cold weather and winter brews. And, an aside, what fantastic label art – Saint Arnold outside with a tankard of ale on a snowy, star-lit winter evening and flanked by evergreen boughs dusted with snow. It’s not relevant to the beer, but this is my favorite label art.

Photo of bditty187
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, if not black in hue; brunette head, smallish, fair retention, no lace. The nose is inviting, while not potent, there is a perceptible aroma of toasted malts and chocolate. Decent palate, grainy, bitter, much more roasted (contrary of the bouquet’s invitation), less chocolate, the hops are noticeable. The finish is long-lasting, chalky with sweetness lingering ever so gently... seems to get more acidic as it warms. The body is a touch too thin. Overall, this Stout is drinkable and pleasant, not outstanding but I’m glad I had the opportunity to try it… thanks Morris729.

Photo of rockdick
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of St. Arnold's better seasonal brews. It poured a thick tan head that died in about 2 minutes. Color is nearly black. Taste was a fairly strong roasted malt flavor which lasts pretty long in the mouth. Its fairly drinkable, after about 2 pints, you wanna take a nap.
Bottom line, a pretty good stout.

Photo of paceyourself
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the second time i'm having this stout and it seems a bit different from the first, especially the aroma. A nutty caramel aroma is still there but a stale sour odor dominates it. The heavy roasted malt flavors hold more than their own against the slightly spicy hops. A gentle moderate carbonation gave it a nice mouthfeel but not as smooth as i had remembered. It would be more drinkable if the aroma wasn't so off. Thanks Morris729 for the sample.

Photo of TXHops
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Original Gravity: 1.061
-Final Gravity: 1.019
-ABV: 5.6%
-ABW: 4.34%
-Attenuation: 67.8%
-Real Extract: 6.66 P
-Calories: 203
-IBU’s: 36

Saint Arnold Winter Stout pours with a black body (ruby in the light) with an annoyingly fast-dissipating head, characteristic of all Saint Arnold beers. The nose smells of burnt sugar, sweetened café au lait and Belgian Aromatic malts, the last of which really lends a nice aroma to this beer. Unfortunately, I poured too much of the carbonation out of this beer while trying to raise a head, so the body was a little thinner than I know it to be. The result was that the roasted malts (last time I spoke with Brock Wagner at Saint Arnold, they used no roasted barley in the Stout—chocolate and black malts only) created a slightly astringent, sour flavor in the finish. Other than that, this sweet stout was pretty enjoyable and better than Mackeson’s (though Saint Arnold uses no lactose)—sweet, roasty smooth and uncomplex.

Photo of marc77
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nearly black, with clear, deep burgundy hue when held to light. The initially thick head settles readily into a spotty dark tan layer. Sparse foam aggregates remain down the glass. The aroma is comprised of chocolate malt and smooth, mildly smokey roasted grain, with sweetness provided by dark caramel. Trace butterscotch. Chocolate laced, sugary sweetness hits the palate at first, then is briefly superceded by grainy tartness which quickly diminishes. Sweetness reemerges in the form of molasses-tinged brown sugar and couples with the mild chocolate malt undertone, lending token richness. Paltry hop bitterness leaves malt sweetness unhindered. Lightly bodied, passably dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes mostly clean, with a fading impression of powered glucose and cocoa. Not a particularly rich or complex stout, and somewhat one dimensionally sweet. It's cleanliness, stately roasted malt character and lack of flaws lend it good drinkability. A touch too sweet to be a great session stout. Thanks to TXhops for sending the bottle.

Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.