Saint Arnold Winter Stout | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Winter StoutSaint Arnold Winter Stout

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 195 | Ratings: 478
Photo of thatche2
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance dark brown (almost black) with very little head.

Smell is milk coffee, molasses, chocolate and vanilla (quite pleasant).

Taste follows the nose but the flavors are not as pronounced. The molasses/sweetness is fairly strong throughout with some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly thin for a milk stout with moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer just misses the mark for me. I kept hoping for more of a stout bite and more body to cut the sweetness, but it wasn't there.

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Photo of stevoj
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Draft at Zax. Kind of ho-hum. Head is a bit light, weak nose and taste, which may be muted due the ice cold serving temperature. A bit of the roast grain bitterness appears in the finish, but not enough to salvage this beer.

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Photo of pollocktown4
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 12 bottle into my 16oz snifter.

A - Not quite black; more of a deep dark brown color. The head was a creamy light brown, about 1/2 a finger which disappeared rather fast
S - Not a lot going on here. I could sense a bit of coffee, and maybe some chocolate.
T - Pretty light and not very complex. Could taste some chocolate, definitely roasted malt, and something that I couldn't quite put my finger on; I'm thinking molasis?
M - Moderate carbonation, and a feel that seems light
O - Overall its a decent stout for being only 5.6% ABV. I'm glad I got to try it, but would probably look past it if I saw it sitting on the shelf.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 12/03/15.

Appearance: Pours a midnight mahogany with 1 finger of off-white head

Smell: Bready with roasted notes

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor with a clean finish

Mouthfeel: Full body but not overbearing

Overall: A fantastic sessionable stout. As hefty, high abv stouts receive the rave reviews and recognition, its easy for a beer like this to be overlooked. There is lots of flavor and a full body all despite a session-like abv and no addition of flavor adjuncts.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Ginger Man (Houston), served in a shaker pint. Pours nearly black brown with a dark khaki head; leaves limited lace. Slightly roasted malt, caramel and milk chocolate taste throughout, and mildly in the aroma. Slight hints of earthy hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A gentle and easy drinking stout with pleasant milk chocolate notes.

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Photo of Myotus
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 46°F from a 12oz bottle (packaged on 14Dec15) into a Spiegelau stout glass. Consumed on 07Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with two fingers worth of cinnamon colored foam. At 30 seconds, the foam changes color to khaki. By 3 minutes, the head has dissipates into a half fingers worth. Black in color with a ruby tint. There is a plethora of very small rising bubbles. Lacing is high in quantity and thick.
SMELL: Mild aromas of bitter roasted malts, sweet coffee, spicy hops, earthy hops, and grassy barley combine with subtle sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors. There is also a mild, off-putting aroma of a strange spiciness that is almost like rye, but not quite.
TASTE: Mild sweet coffee and bitter roasted malt flavors enter initially. Mild vanilla, spicy hops, and sweet chocolate flavors come in right after. Mild earthy hop flavors along with a subtle amount of the mysterious sour rye-like flavor finish off this brew as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation is moderate. Goes down somewhat smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild dryness.
NOTE: This would have been good if those sour flavors weren't there. They weren't exactly an infected flavor, just something that should not have been here.

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Photo of droomyster
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black body whose tan head has excellent retention. Aromas of dark chocolate and lots of roastiness, with hints of wet coffee grounds and smokiness. Taste is sweet and cocoa-like up front, with darker flavors like roasted coffee beans and baker's chocolate dominating the mid- and back-palates. Overall very good.

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Photo of sgt_187em
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very toasty coffee-like tasting beer. Hints of chocolate, and a malty taste. Dark brown to black in color with a light head. Nicely carbonated for a crisp feel. I like it

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 12/8/14 into a hotel room water glass. The liquid is a dark mahogany with hints of amber, and the pour kicks up a small head that dissipates to a film within a few minutes.

Aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, roasted barley, and a slightly weird lactic tartness.

Flavor is chocolate and licorice backed by a nice grassy hop kick. Finish is nice and roasty and moderately bitter. Aftertaste is really pleasantly hoppy without sacrificing the chocolate and roastiness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a moderate to high amount of soft carbonation, and is super creamy.

Overall, really nice stout that balances the licorice and roast flavors with a great hop flavor. Really impressively balanced.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, dark rubyish color, kinda looks like a really dark coke color. Pours a dense tan head, that dissipates quickly. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes chocolatey and coffee like. Has somewhat of a medium creamy mouth feel. It kinda feels a bit more like a porter than a stout. regardless it is one tasty beer.

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Photo of Rootscipio
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kinda glad its just a single. Not a drain pour by any means, just kinda a boring low abv stout. I am not saying low abv stouts are bad. There are just much better stouts in this abv range.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black. Thin brown foamy head. Retention and lacing small. Slight roasted with chocolate aroma. Watered down aroma and taste. Malty taste with more chocolate. Slight bitterness. Decent and drinkable.

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Photo of zfw
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pleasant enough, drinkable beer. Not especially dark, thin body, not a whole lot going on other than dark roasted malt. Nice flavor but nothing really special. Also seems a bit over-carbonated to me.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with tan head. Roasted malt is foremost on the nose, with a little chocolate and a hint of coffee; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more roasted flavors.

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Photo of Longhorn2750
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

It's a nice stout but a tad on the light side for my taste. The head is weak at best and dissipates rapidly. It has a hint of coffee and chocolate that is not over whelming. It pours dark chocolate brown with a slight amber hew. It has a lighter then average feel for a stout with a smooth light roast malty finish. It may be much improved with a nitro poor on tap. However, I have only partaken in the bottled version.

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Photo of Steven_B_
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Finish was uninspiring. Smell was ok, flavor was so-so. I found the Mouthfeel to be barely adequate for a stout.
Maybe I've had too many BA Imperial Stouts lately.

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Photo of Mordhaus
2.51/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The new mobile format is making me justify my rating with a review. This was a surprising disappointment coming from St. Arnold. Thin mouthfeel, bitter throughout. I've tried three of these and didn't finish any of them.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got home and realized one of the beers in only half filled. Didn't get much better from there. Beer looks good, but is waaaay too light tasting for my liking. I'm probably going to switch to Sierra Nevada's Narwhal after I'm finished with this beer.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice dark color with amber hues towards the sides. The light tan head is billowy and stays with on every sip you take, the lacing, though thin, marks every stop you take along the way.
Smell: A little hollow, but chocolate and roasted malts flavors do come through as it hits warmer temperatures. A little raisin and alcohol smell eventually come out.
Taste: Sweet and malty overall, the malts come out around the center of your mouth and the chocolate flavors towards the back of your throat. Mildly bitter on the corners of your mouth and there is a slight alcohol flavors that accompanies the bitterness.
Mouthfeel: This is a light-to-medium bodied stout with mild carbonation.
Overall: not a bad stout, a little light bodied in my opinion but well worth trying. This stout has good malts and chocolate characters to it and the hops are hidden but balanced.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark roasty stout. Thin lacing with no legs. Smalles of head

S- Pretty bland here. Just traditional stout non-characteristic from this one. Roasted dark fruit, toffee

M- About average to just above average as far as how thick this is for an American stout. Decent amount of carbonation down the throat.

T- Mild (dark) chocolate taste, dark fruits. Toffee

O- It was pretty good. I probably wouldn't buy it, but I was happy to try it.

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Photo of Premo88
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(12/17/13 born-on date)

L: lighter than black, almost a dark dark amber that is crystal clear up to the light; like an amber lager with a few drops of ink mixed in; weak head, maybe 1/4-inch of tan that disappears quickly; keeps an OK collar, but all in all, very disappointing

S: medicinal grain hits even with the dark malt notes -- brown sugar, coffee, some chocolate; if it didn't know any better, i'd mistake this for Saint Arnold's Amber Ale at first; it clearly needs to warm up ... and as it does, it barely gets into an old-ale range with some raisins/sour grapes/red wine showing up

T: much like the nose, there's some darker malt notes in here, but it's coming off an awful lot like a very NON-stout brew ... grain, that Saint Arnold medicinal bland taste, and very little dark dried fruits, chocolate or coffee. only on the very last bit of aftertaste do you get some of the really good stout notes, but you really got to wait on them.

F: it's weak for a stout but there's also no doubt it's super drinkable; plenty of carbonation despite the very weak-looking pour

O: major disappointment. there's just a pinch more dark malt in this than SA's amber lager, and that's a bummer. a perfect gateway beer for your friends, but if you want a stout, this ain't it.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle - 2013 batch.
Letting this one warm to about 60 degrees F before doing my review other than appearance.
A: Side pour into a tulip. Almost no head. What is there is a tan-ish, off-white color and all but disappeared within a minute. Seems to be under-carbonated. Almost no lacing and what is there is oily and disappears within seconds.Dark chocolate brown in color. With light shining through it, it is deep red brownish in color
S: Smells a bit off, burnt malt I think is the culprit. Some sweetness. Chocolate but I don't think it was the best of dark chocolate, caramel.
T: About the same as the smell. Some un-welcomed bite that I guess is coming from the overdone malt. I think there may be some citrus and other fruit in there but I am distracted by the other parts too much to call it.
M: Starts with a bite that I am not fond of. Gets soft and creamy in the middle instead of up front. Bitter kind of funky.
O: The 2012 batch seems to have been a lot better from what I remember. Not sure because I have come a long way since then and never even reviewed it. I just remember drinking the 2012, really liking it and wanting more. It is not bad. Its just not as good as last year I don't think. I bought a sixer and I will drink it but will not be buying more this year.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown pour (rusty red highlights), thinner-looking body, one-finger thick head.
Smells of cocoa and malts, but nothing too special of that sort.
Tastes like the smell but for me the malts and grains are at the forefront, and i do get a chalkiness. Somewhat bitter and cocoa-like, with a finish that is drying.
Pretty well carbonated, thin body. Normally ok but for a beer with this flavor profile I'd have thought it would be better less bubbly and thicker.
Overall this was lackluster for me. What roasted chocolate flavors that are present are quite muted. That chalky presence doesn't add wellness to this brew. I just didn't enjoy this one.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Bottleneck says 120412. What's this? Twist-off cap? Strange.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't retain long at all before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light wisps of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Milk chocolate in the nose and a tiny hint of licorice.

T- More chocolate in the flavor with minimal hop bitterness. Semi-sweet with barely any booze showing.

M- The body is not very viscous which leads leads to more of a porter feel. Moist with medium-low carbonation.

O- While it's quite lacking in the mouthfeel department, it's a halfway decent beer otherwise.

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Photo of pgfault
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Above average stout, esp from cask. Served with about 1cm head. Heavy roasted aroma is very pleasant. Initial taste is softened by the cask, but still has plenty of flavor. Certainly less acidic. Finish is surprisingly strong, with a good deal of malt flavor remaining, along with the thickness of the stout. Considerable lacing down the glass. Sure, there are better stouts out there, but if you find this, especially from a cask, give it a try.

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