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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 02-28-2002

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Reviews: 195 | Ratings: 478
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 beertastegood
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of TXHops
3.59/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of Fnord
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of bhalter8
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mhewes for tossing this in on a recent trade, as spring is already here, I figured it was time to give this one a whirl. Pours jet black with about a one finger head. Not much lacing left as that tan head erodes swiftly. A slight, but nice sweet coffee aroma. A sweet, but back-ended bitter taste. The bland of the malt sweetness, almost seems countered by bitter lactose flavor. Feels a bit thin for the style, but definitely a drinkable stout, with a subtle sweet milk stout character to it.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of RickSawyer
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Xadoor
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of specksnreds
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is this beer getting better every year? Seems like it. A little more roasted malt in the nose, but by no means a lot. Looks great with its black translucent pour. Nice head, lots of bubbles. A little lacing and small head. Taste is a tad more complex in the malt department than I remember, and the bitterness is a little more pronounced. Nice job, SA. Definitely worth getting a single every once and a while this winter.

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Photo of mully
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 caresville
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks to twiggamortis420 for this one!!

a- just a shade shy of total blackness, not much of a head with a vigorous pour in a tulip (not saying much) and no lacing or carbonation. pretty average.

s- not too much overpowering my nose here, milky, caramel, i think i smell some hops. doesnt smell much like a stout.

t&m- thin and smooth, im going to have to go back to milky when saying its like liquid milk chocolate bars. a little bitter on the swallow, not alot going on here either.

d- well this one is getting 3's across the board for the fact its super easy to drink and i wouldnt mind having this again but it is boring as all holy hell.

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Photo of NefariousR
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. No vintage marking, but this is from Winter 2010-2011.

A - Dark mahogany -- I can actually see (just a little bit) to the other side of the glass when held up to light. Thin off-white head.
S - Sweet, somewhat caramelish with fig. Roasted notes in the background.
T - Mostly sweet fruit flavors with only a very slight hint of typical, roasty stoutness. A little unusual.
M - Thin-bodied, with a mild amount of carbonation. Finishes quickly.
D - The thin body adds quite a bit to drinkability, and the flavors aren't too upfront. A solid beer, if a little lacking in the typical "big" stout flavors. Solid.

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

Served by the bartender from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Dark brown, nearly black. Opaque with no visible carbonation. Finger-sized, tan head. It retains a permanent, 1/8 inch, tan crema throughout. Great lacing.

S/T - Aroma is nutty with coffee undertones. Taste is dominated by chocolate. Burned malt taste appears briefly. Slight hazelnut flavor. There is a bitter finish which, combined with the dominant chocolate taste, gives a dutch cocoa feel. Suprisingly, there is no aftertaste.

M/D - This is a thin-bodied stout. It goes down easy but it is very light for the style. There is no lingering taste or mouthfeel. You could easily drink several of these. It feels more like a porter than a stout. Alcohol is very slight.

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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 paceyourself
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up on a recent trip to Texas, my first Saint Arnold Brew. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is black, but the body allows some light to pass which creates ruby reddish flashes in the glass. Small tan head, dissipates quickly. Aroma is lightly roasted, chocolate, but both are somewhat muted. Pleasant, but would prefer a stronger presence. Similar in the taste, all the elements are there buy would love them to stand out a little more. Mouthfeel is a touch too thin, almost watery. Finishes dry. The thin characteristics of this beer aren't always what I want when I grab a stout, but it does increase the drinkability in terms of being able to drink a few and still enjoy it.

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Photo of beerdiablo
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of grs8313
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 12oz twist top bottle with no best by or bottling date. Pours black, brown around the edges, with a brown head. Head gets to about one inch then recedes to nothing.

Smell: Chocolate, malts, coffee, and apples.

Taste: Coffee, cocoa, hops and malts. Very watery, not a ton of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, thin and fizzy in the mouth. Leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but this beer is to fizzy and carbonated for my taste. I would also have liked to taste more flavor, especially the chocolate that you can smell.

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

A - dark, stouty, creamy tan head with pretty good retention and lacing
S - some hops and roasted malt characters
T - again some roasted malts, some chocolate and some hops, but a little disappointing. It left me wanting more flavor. Not bad just not spectacular.
M - ok mouthfeel, low carb. medium body
D - not undrinkable but not the best stout available

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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 kevo237
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass. Beer is dark but with red tint and a uniform tan head. Smell is sweet and malty.

Taste is really good. Lots of dark chocolate and roasted taste. Very sweet. The after taste is bitter and more sweetness which becomes a slight turn off. Moutfeel is relatively heavier and carbonation is excellent. This is a very solid stout that doesn't leave me feeling bloated.

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Photo of jordanmills
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As promised, I found a six pack on the store shelf on 15 December, and not a minute earlier (or later!). I was looking forward to getting a fresh pack. Last year I found one a little late in the season, and it was out horrible. I asked around the store, and determined that it was probably purchased a year before. Burn. I think I still have one of the bottles left over, it was just that bad. I held off a review until I could get some that I knew was fresh.

So I poured it into a pint glass, got a thick fairly dark head that held on for a while. A lot of roasted armoa comes to the nose, like coffee, and a little smoke. Tastes about the same, but something fruity or lightly hoppy comes out - the aftertaste is like mild coffee too. Feels good and thick on the tongue, maybe a little more carbonated than I'd like (but that makes it palatable in the mild Texas winters, so it works out), but still good.

Overall, I have to say I like it. Definitely above average.

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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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