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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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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a dense light mocha colored head that displays average retention and lacing.

Smell is heavy on the baking cocoa with some dark raspberry and blackberry aromas. Thats all I can get despite repeated sniff attempts.

Taste is nearly all roasty and cocoa maltiness with a few flashes of dark chocolate. It is certainly not a sweet stout and has a fair amount of hop bite on the finish. Overall, it is a malty stout without alot of complexities, but it is a fairly enjoyable beer to drink. I usually pick up at least one sixer every December.

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Photo of omnigrits
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this one on a shelf of singles at the supermarket this morning. Since it's a winter seasonal and we're now well into April I doubt it's as fresh as it should be but I haven't tasted it before so thought I'd give it a go. I let it warm up a bit to something like cellar temperature before pouring it into a straight pint glass.

A thinnish brown head that disappears fairly quickly and a black body that lets some dark ruby-coloured light through. Not much lacing. The aroma is faintly sweet with some roasted coffee hints. Much sweeter on the tongue with some bitterness in the background - I generally prefer a drier stout to this. There's almost no finish to it and the body's a bit thin for a stout.

It's not a bad stout but a little on the sweet side for my tastes.

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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 gford217
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of mhewes poured into a tulip.

Pours dark brown in the glass, not quite black, underneath a creamy tan head. Hangs on as a cap and leaves a bit of lacing on the way down.

The aroma has plenty of dark roasted malts but had a slight sour lactose twinge. There are hints of chocolate

The taste has a bit more chocolate sweetness than the aroma and less of the lactose sourness. There is plenty of dark roasted malts in the backbone before a slightly dry malted finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and almost thin for the style.

This is a decent, if pretty lightweight stout that's drinkable but not too complex.

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to armock for this!

Pours dark brown with a tan head that descends to a slowly vanishing thin cover. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of (ashy) roast with a touch of chocolate and some dark earthiness.

The taste is of some dark roasted chocolate. It is on the sweet side, though has an earthy balance. The finish is rather abrupt.

The body is pretty weak for a stout - more like a porter and is weak for a winter brew. It is pretty creamy and smooth though, and not watery, just thin.

Drinkable - almost too (for a winter brew). Not bad - nothing particularly special though. Just an easy-drinking stout (that doesn't have much to it, esp. in the body).

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown amber that is black until held to the light. There is a two finger tan head that recedes to a thick ring and thin cover. The smell is of licorice, bitter coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits and a bit of chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate with a hint of coffee. The sweetness from the dark fruits balances out the bitter roasted malt and coffee. The mouthfeel is a little thin but still silky and creamy. Drinkability is great for such a cold night. Not an alcohol bomb but helped warm me up.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 14 Apr 2008.

Medium sized tan-orange head. Well carbonated. Looks like coca-cola. Smells earthy, smoky, like molasses and hoisin sauce. Starts mildly roasty, coffeeish. Mildly smoky. Tart cherry finish, slightly sweet aftertaste. Medium- light body.

Overall tasty but relatively mild flavors.

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Photo of bbothen
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark chocolate brown, almost black color with a small less than one finger deep tan head. head quickly forms a small ring of bubbles around glass.

Aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, toasted aromas, caramel. Good.

Big sweet maltiness with nuttiness, toasted flavors, faint chocolate & coffee, subdued bitterness.

Medium bodied, full carbonation, lingering sweetness.

Easy to drink. Would have another. Nothing awesome, but a serviceable stout I'd have again. Gets better as it warms.

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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 ScreamForMe
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a local4local trade with ramielschild. Thanks!

Brew poured with almost no head which surprised me. Perhaps an old beer?

The smell of light chocolate hit me as I took my first sip. Mouthfeel was a bit thin for my taste. Quite drinkable but reminded more of a porter than a stout.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a black color with ruby highlights with small tan head that reduses nothing fast with no lace.

S-Dark bitter chocolate and very roasted barley and toffee with very faint licorice and lots of coffee.

T-Chocolate and coffee with lots of roastiness. Excellent bitterness that lingers forever.

M-Medium bodied and creamy and very smooth.

D-Just a tad bit warm on the alcohol which could be more hidden, but very drinkable.

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Photo of Frosthazard
2.49/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a stubby wide mouth glass.

A- Nice dark brownish color, a little red when held to the light. Thick tan creamy head, very nice. Very little lacing.

S- Malty and deep, roasty smell. Resiny hops, somewhat chocolatey.

T- Chocolate and raisins, coffee and creamy malt. A little more coffee flavor than I expect from a lager, chocolate and coffee flavors overwhelm.

M- Despite the taste, this is a well formed Stout, nice and creamy, not too heavy and definitely smooth.

D- I rarely dislike darker beers, but I will not be drinking this beer again, it reminded me of Kahlua liquor. If only it tasted as good as it looked.

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

12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours more like a good porter than a good stout, with a deep mahogany body and an effervescent, light tan head. Average retention, but not much in the way of lacing. Aroma brings some powdered chocolate notes, a hint of roast, caramel, and hops. Underwhelming, but still a solid, stout-y boquet.

Again, I'm getting more of a porter vibe from this beer, especially with respect to the mouthfeel, which is highly carbonated and has a tangy porter-esque "zing". Flavors of light chocolate, roasted cocoa beans, and a finish of dark, peppery spices. Despite missing the style, this isn't in any way a bad beer. I suppose it goes well with the lighter Texas winters, but I like a little more meat on my stouts.

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Photo of zdk9
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out a couple shades redder than black, with dark magenta highlights. The half finger of head had to be coaxed out of my bottle and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass.

S- My somewhat clogged nose detects coffee and dark fruit. The draft version I had last weekend had some potent cherry aromas, but not in this one.

T- Coffee, dry bittersweet chocolate, touches of alcohol- almost bourbon, or spiced rum. There's also a maple quality to it, like maple syrup without the sweetness (sounds like a CBR comment).

M- Fairly carbonated and not thick or rich enough- more of a ported feel than a stout. This really detracts from my overall experience.

D- This beer has the tastes of a stout that I especially want in the the cold dark winter, but it doesn't have the body to back up the flavor profile. Better on draft. Despite this it is a quality tasting ale from Texas and worth a try if you're here to get it.

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Photo of damienblack
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasty dark brown, but not as black/sticky as some stouts I've come across. Head pours absolutely massive, almost overflowing in my Duvel tulip. Head is thick, merenguey, and bubbly. Big yeasty smell, like graham cracker, and some chocolate. S'more is a good analogy here. A little weird, but not entirely offputting, but I really dont know what to make of it.

This is a mighty chocolatey stout. It feels like a baby brother to Choklat, except not quite as bitter, and more heavily carbonated. Not overly sweet, all I can really taste is the chocolate. Little bit of hop bitterness at the end for balance. Also seems to cloy a bit with a slightly medicinal taste. For me, it's a little thin in the middle, for a stout it's not a real heavy body at all. Drinkability is helped along by the carbonation. Overall I like the chocolatey taste, and that is the saving grace. Without that flavor, there's nothing for me to like here. I don't know if I would go out of my way for this again, but I like it OK enough.

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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 AChamberlain
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, ruby highlights (obviously). Maybe a bit thin looking, but pretty none the less. Brown head, with soft lacing. Roasty aroma. A bit of coffee bean. More coffee in the flavor. Some where between dry and sweet. A sweet dryness. Definitely dry in the back. Very nicely balanced. Again, a bit thin with the mouthfeel. Overall though nice to sip on. I could have a few for sure. And will.

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Photo of stumac
4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a pitcher of this at the Molly's down the street.

this brew pours up a solid dark brown with a decent tan head. nice lacing too. in the nose, I get bread dough from the yeast, roasted malts, cocoa powder, dark chocolate. I taste sweet chocolate malts, toasted grain, burnt wood, slight hop bittering, piney hops (in that order). medium bodied, medium spritzy carbo. My favorite of the Saint Arnold line up, besides the Divines.

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

12oz into a pint

A: Clear dark with copper highlights. A brief one finger tan head and no lacing.

S: Roasted, chocolate goodness.

T: Continuation of the smell, but with a hop bitterness that cuts through the malt body. Finishes with a decent amount of bitterness but a residual sweetness in the back of my mouth. The balance is good, but not great.

M: Smooth, but not as creamy as I'd like.

D: A decent brew. I'd prefer a little less bitterness.

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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 jasonjlewis
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice head with good retention. dark brown color.

smell is of chocolate malt and black patent. there is a bit of roasted charcteristics. as the beer warms there is a bit of coffee

there are some toffee raisin notes underneath. chocolate malt dominates with a bit of black patent and roasted barley. chocolate malts need to come down a bit. however I like the notes of coffee as the beer warms.

smooth mouthfeel with a good creaminess.

lower the chocolate malt and use less attenuative yeast and this one will get better

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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 EnojysAnyBeer
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most chocolatey stouts I have had to date(Except the Rogue Chocolate stout)

A- Deep dark brown, almost opaque black with garnet edges. Nice tight head with OK retention

S- Smells like roasted chocolate malts. Sweet, but with a hint of bitter hops

T- The roasted chocolate flavor goes great with the bitter hops. Ends up tasting like a mocha, but with a distinct beer-grain-taste to it

M - Light and creamy. Perfect for a stout

D- Very good. Sweet and filling, yet dry and clean

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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 hiikeeba
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights. A thick tan head dissipates slowly to a thin cap

S - Faint roast malt dominates the aroma, no hops detected

T - Starts off with a sweet malt flavor that is quickly overrun with a roast malt/coffee flavor

M - Slightly thin with good carbonation

D - Nice stout. A little too roasty for me.

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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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