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Saint Arnold Winter StoutSaint Arnold Winter Stout

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DnQ in Houston for putting these out, I hadn't had any of this yet.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint. Just about zero head, it's been sitting almost a year and lost what little carbonation it probably had. Single layer of lace around the rim. Flat as a stout coming out of cask.

Appearance is near-black, looking through at light is deep red and clear.

Smells delicious, malty, tobacco, wooden muskiness. Deep smell almost pulls apple juice so I am thinking there may be some fruit in there underneath....maybe.

Tastes Very malty stoutness, light bitter, spice and wood. Flavors are light, not sure if time hasn't mellowed this a tad.

Feels- Medium body, smooth, little sticky on the tongue. Flat.

Overall pleasing flavors, mild and easy, but has good malt and spice to it. Very flat, even for a stout. Would be good for an intro into the stout world.

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Photo of Ruslanchik
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No bottling or best by date on the bottle. Served shortly out of the fridge. Probably better when served a bit warmer.

The beer is a very dark brown, that mostly appears black. The head is minimal (though it was bigger from a warm bottle), but tan.

The aroma is mostly chocolate with a roasted background. About as expected for a stout.

The taste is lots of bitter chocolate followed by a pretty strong alcohol taste. I like a little bit of alcohol in my dark beers, so I appreciate the finish.

Mouthfeel is just a little thin, but mostly good.

This is a just above average stout that definitely resembles a winter warmer.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.


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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of ebraun
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Central Market in Dallas. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Very light colored stout with little head even after a vigorous pour. Very little lacingl.

S: Caramel and toastiness with quite a bit of licorice too. Nice.

T: Right on with the smell, a touch sweet.

M: Pretty thin, some carbonation tickle.

D: The lightness of this stout makes it quite drinkable.

I liked this one, nothing incredible or really special but a good, serviceable easy-drinking stout.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Optimator13 sent this to me as an unexpected extra and my marathon beer day seemed like a good time to open it. Actually, it was on-deck for this afternoon/evening and when the skool disrick closed, it jumped up to right now!

My aggro pour resulted in just over a finger of thick, deep-tan head with low retention. Color was a deep back cherry red with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Beautiful! Nose had a rich chocolaty, roasty scent, like dark chocolate. My mouth was beginning to water. Mouthfeel was thin for a stout but the taste was very chocolaty on the tongue. Finish had an initial wash of chocolate, but then ended with a smoky dryness. Mmmm. Very appropriate for today's beer marathon.

From the label: "As Bishop of Metz, Saint Arnold spent his life warning of the dangers of drinking water and extolling the virtues of ale. During his funeral, his pallbearers stopped to slake their thirst, but regretfully, there was just one mug of ale to share among them. Then a miracle came to pass ... that one mug never ran dry and all of the thirsty mourners in the entire gathering were satisfied."

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Photo of Stigs
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, got this as an extra from a BA i cent remember which right now...but thank you! served in a DFH signature glass.

A - somewhat aggressive pour yielded about half an inch of light khaki foam, tight and bubbly. quickly fell to a thin layer and ring around the glass. the beer is dark, burnt brown when held up to the light.

S - slight roasted malts, some light fruitiness in the form of plums, cherries...nice fresh roasted coffee beans at the end, with some lactose sweetness in the finish.

T - following the nose with lightly toasted malts, turning into chocolatey sweetness and an earthy hop bitterness. the coffee flavor only briefly glances in the second half, before turning into some nuttyness and the lack of overdone "christmas/winter spices"

M - abundant amount of carbonation, tight and fizzy...not too distracting. thinnish bodied, but slick all the way around and going down.

D - overall, this was pretty light and enjoyable - yet complex enough to keep my attention. there are better stouts out there, yes...but this one strived to be better than just average, and succeeded. a good, drinkable beer all around.

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Photo of drseamus
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Bagman007
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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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 EgadBananas
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to philhyde for this!

Dark dark brown on the pour, with tinges of brown around the edges, opaque through the center. A very light brown head of a solid finger forms, medium sized bubbles, dissipating to a creamy film. Laces okay.

The nose is chock full of roasted, toasted malts, some nice chocolate sweetness and a hint of espresso and (faint) hops.

Taste is nice and slightly sweet, with some cocoa, more pronounced espresso notes, maltiness, with a hint of finishing hops. Pretty coherent with the aroma and it's just as pleasant.

The feel is a little creamy, medium in body, though it's bordering the lighter side. And aside from maybe it being a bit on the crisp side, the feel is pretty good.

Overall, this is a solid little stout, with solid drink-ability. Definitely my favorite from St. Arnold. We should be seeing in stores here soon, and I'm pretty stoked now.

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Photo of JMad
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass...

The beer is very dark brown, almost black, not quite opaque. The head thin, creamy, and tand colored.

It smells a bit sour and metallic. There is a hint of wood smoke and coffee.

You get flavors of smoke, a little chocolate, and there is a slight sweetness, then a bitter coffee finish.

This beer has a medium body, soft carbonation and a long, dry finish.

I thought it was very tasty, it's not too heavy, and it's not really a typical stout, I thought it tasted like a cross between a porter and a marzen.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. No visible best before date (or, for that matter, listed ABV) but I figure the beer is about six months old. It's been in the fridge for a while.

A: Almost a finger of creamy head fades into a gorgeous hurricane of tracery. Opaque, darkest brown, but in lighting it shows hints of reddish russet.

S: Milk chocolate. Coffee grounds. Roasted, kind, and exceedingly pleasant.

T: Yummy! Just what the smell promised. Warm, soft, and mostly sweet, with a hint of bitterness on the lingering aftertaste.

M: A little light, but with some carbonation to spritz things up.

O: I feel this beer has been unjustly maligned. 3.6? I just don't see it. Easy-drinking, tasty, and solid. Perhaps not the best stout on offer, but certainly more than mediocre. Recommended.

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Photo of osterlorp
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown but a bit transparent, when held to the light there are some near ruby tones that shine through.

S: Roasted malt, sweet cherry, a faint hint of coffee.

T: Sweet malt, toffee, cherry vanilla, chocolate, charred coffee beans. In that order.

M: Creamy.

D: It's a drinkable stout. Not too heavy.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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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 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 acrawf6
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear black with ruby highlights and a thin tan colored head. You can see through the beer when held up to the light.

S: Roasted grains and coffee aroma. Some floral hop, anise and chocolate also.

T: starts very malty and sweet with a little bit of floral, almost pine, hop flavor. There is a faint licorice flavor that shows up some in the middle. The finish is all roasted malts with some slight chocolate.

M: A little bit on the light side for a stout, but it has a decent feel to it and I like the carbonation.

D: The more I drink, the more I like. A nice chocolate and coffee flavor and there is more sweetness to this beer than most stouts. The hop flavor gives it a really nice balance and the light body makes it highly drinkable. Different than the dry Irish stouts and popular Imperials...tasty and worth a try.

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Photo of CJN11
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of irishtimepiece
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Saint Arnold Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 478 ratings.
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