Winter Stout | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Winter StoutWinter 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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Added by kbub6f on 02-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 477 |  Reviews: 195
Photo of kylejohnson03
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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 jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to duff247.

A light 1/2 finger fizzy head rises and fades semi slowly over not so dark, coca-cola brown color that gets much darker as the glass gets wider but not very dark on the thinner parts.

Nose has some light roast, a bit of burnt coffee grinds, very slight chocolate, slight fluffy nougat, very light overall.

Taste brings more coffee to start, some coffee some burnt coffee grinds, some roasted malts but lighter, crystal malts, a very light bit of chocolate cocoa powder, a bit of a light malt flavor, and not much on the heavy dark malts, all are light. Finish gets a little more chocolaty and dries a bit, but remains light. A slight earthy hop starts to come, but again not much.

Mouth is lighter with lower but fairly decent carbonation.

Drink is good, its so light, semi dry finish, nothing really heavy.

I don't really dig any of the Saint Arnold beers except the Divine Reserve ones, and Lawnmower ain't bad. I'm beginning to think they're all too light for my heavy beer tastes, but being in Texas and almost always hot, they probably need much lighter beers. Not quite up my alley mostly, but I'm sure they're much better on a hot day in Texas.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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 CuriousMonk
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. Thanks to philhyde for the extra. Beautiful stout beer pour, black with dissipating beige head. Nice stout aroma, rich dark chocolate, nuts, and some mild roast. Fun and nice immediate palate, bubbly fresh and stouty! Roasty taste does not overwhelm. Very good stout experience. There is a developing attempt to be bitter towards the end. Just what I expect from St Arnold, quality beer.

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Photo of diamondc
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6 pack on sale for $7.49. Bottled on 12/15/10.

A: Head fizzed out pretty quickly. Ruby tint. No lacing at all.

S: Mild roast, a little berry action going on.

T: Weak milk chocolate, fruity blueberry/raspberry flavors. Not much roasted or bold flavors here. Weak.

M/D: Light for a winter stout which would make you think the alcohol and flavors would be big. Could pass as a decent English Brown Ale, but a stout? Disappointing.

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Photo of NefariousR
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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 FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

201st review on BA
bottle to snifter

App- Poured a nice dark brown, little pencil thin head. Not too thick of a pour either.

Smell- Very bland, some malt, some light chocolate and a little roast coffee.

Taste- Nothing really jumps out on this one. A little sweet and light for a stout. Not overpowering by any means. A good stout to have when you want a stout but not a STOUT.

Mouth- Light/medium with a pretty high carb level to it. A bit of a fizzy drinker.

Drink- It was a nice extra from a good trader. I like St. Arnolds #9 and I think St. Arnolds does a nice brew here too.

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Photo of Mississipping
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle chilled and poured into a Bruery snifter

A: Dark brown with amber peeking through when held to light. Aggressive pour yields almost no head. What was there was a khaki color. Look quick or you are likely to miss it. A thin ring remains, but it's a sad, thin ring that's embarrassed by the other beers in the room. No lacing.

S: Roasted malt and bitter chocolate are present, but there's really not much else there. Maybe, maybe just a bit of coffee, but that might be wishful thinking. The balance between the two is nice, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

T: Following the smell is roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Not unexpected, but not that impressive. It almost seems watered down. In the background there's an odd metallic (iron?) taste, with just a slight hoppiness. The two do not mesh well and it leaves a odd aftertaste. Bummer.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation; just a little prickly. I definitely would like to see the carbonation level toned down. Leaves the mouth dry after each sip.

D: If it weren't for the odd aftertaste, this would really be pretty drinkable. As it is, however, it's almost a drain pour. I'll finish it, but it's not something that I'll look for again.

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Photo of slackerlack
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, almost black.
S - Strong chocolate and coffee smell. Also smells roasty.
T - Tastes just like it smells. Chocolate, coffee, malty, watery.
D - Goes down very smooth with no burn.

For a dark stout, I was very surprised how watery and non thick this beer was.

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Photo of rcfunk
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer last year for the first time and loved it. So much in fact that I eagerly awaited its return this year. Maybe I expected too much, maybe my tastes have changed, maybe I know more now than I did then, maybe my memory ain't so hot, but man, what a sorry disappointment. . .

A - I remember last year being singularly impressed by the light color of this beer: "wow, I thought, I translucent stout." The color seems to have changed substantially since my last experience with this beer. It is darker - a deep translucent garnet color to be precise - based on the taste, I'll wager this is due to a new addition of roasted barley for the 2011 batch.

S - Distincly beerish, with highly detectable roasted barley and an almost botanical quality which I would label as chinotto if I had identify it - perhaps an adjunct a la Anchor Brewing, or perhaps yeast esters conflicting with the astringency of the roasted barley.

T - Mediocre. Leaves an unwanted, long lasting bitterness in the mouth which is either from a very high cohumulone bittering hop, or again due to the misplaced use of roasted barley.

M - irrelevant (not worth mentioning)

D - I wish I didn't have a six pack of this in my fridge.

I am guessing that the highly unusual appearance of this beer last year generated weaker than expected sales of the product for the brewery. Accordingly, I expect they adjusted the recipe to make the beer appear darker and more "usual" which had the side effect of killing what made this beer unique.

Again, I may just be a curmudgeon with bad memory and changing tastes and sensibilities, but hey, isn't that the definition of a beer geek?

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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 champ103
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On cask at the Stags Head in Houston. I am really excited to try this because I don't think I have ever seen this on cask.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms, and recedes in a minute. Some lace as well.
S: A strange sourness up front. Sweet malt and some fruity aromas. A light roasted character as well. Odd, but interesting.
T: Again, and odd sourness that kind of dominates. Some dark fruits and sweet malt. A light roasted flavor. To much of a strange sourness that works at odds with the rest of the stout.
M/D: A thin, watery, and almost under carbonated body. Not hard to drink, but one is enough.

Saint Arnold usually hits it out of the park with their cask offerings. Not to mention I am a fan of the Winter Stout to begin with. Though this is just off, and seems week to me. Along with the odd sourness. I want to question the cask, or Stags Head quality. Though both those are usually fine. A disappointment for me.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown into my pint glass with just a finger of head that dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing.

S - Roasted malts, bitter cocoa, roasted coffee, tart fruit as in cherries and slight milky notes.

T - Follows the nose well, but in a very mild way. Roasted malts, cocoa and coffee, nutty dryness to it, hints of dark fruit and lactose are present.

M - Too thin and over carbonated in my opinion for a stout.

D - Not my new favorite, but very drinkable, good session stout.

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Photo of Stigs
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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 caresville
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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 ppoitras
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from kiltedtxn. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4" orangey tan head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head falls gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is lightly spicy sweetness. Taste begins with spicy maltiness, finds somewhat tart fruitiness in the middle, and closes lightly chalky. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, soft over the tongue, with alright drinkability. Was looking for more.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Alamo West Oaks. The beer was fairly opaque and dark brown, good 1-2 fingers of tan foam, some lacing on the glass. The aroma was more on the roasted side than sweet, toasted and a little biscuit/bread, but mostly roasted malts. Same with the taste, not as sweet as I'd like but still not bad. Fairly simple roasted malt stout profile. Medium body, I guess this is a simple fairway shot, safe and playable but not anything to make the crowds applaud with appreciation.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a dark brown, bordering on black at the top of the glass. An aggressive pour results in only a quarter-inch of fizzy head, which bubbles away after just a few seconds. Smell is really porter-like to me with cola notes, plenty of charred malt, and a nutty aroma.

Flavor and mouthfeel continue to remind me of of an American porter. Again the roasty malt and a strong peanut note show up, joined this time by a milky sweet flavor. On the whole, I'd like a lot more chocolate malt in something labeled a stout. Only in the dry, clean finish does a little hop presence present itself, and I suspect the hops bring about these characteristics. Winter Stout is a little thinner in body than I'd like, but I really appreciate the sharp, clean finish.

While this beer wasn't really the American stout I was expecting, it's a quality, very easy-drinking winter seasonal.

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Photo of osterlorp
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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 webbcreative
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, with amber edges, and light tan head, that settled quickly to just a glimmer of its original 2 finger head, pretty decent lacing though. Looks more like a porter than a stout though.

Aroma is dominated by chocolate, and just a hint of coffee. Smells more like a porter than a stout though.

Taste getting a little metallic flavor at the beginning of the glass, but does go away after a couple of sips. Getting more chocolate that tastes slightly burnt, and more of the light coffee backing up. A bitter chocolate flavor finishes out the sips. But tastes more like a porter than stout.

Mouthfeel us medium, but not really full like, well a stout - altogether now...."feels more like a porter than a stout!"

Overall, probably no surprise here, but this is a good porter, how it ever got labeled a stout is beyond me. I don't think anyone that knows much about porters and stouts would call this a stout in a blind taste test. Another question, what makes this a "Winter Stout" - when i here a name like that, i think there might be a bit of spices or something that sets it apart from a regular stout [porter] but nadda.

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Photo of Kromes
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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 mjl21
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. No abv or bottling info is given.

A-Pours a dark brown with notes of red. It has a tiny tan head that dissolves to an extremely tiny ring. It reminds me of a flat Coke.

S-Nothing spectacular. I get roast malt and a cola like sweetness.

T- It starts out with roast malt and chocolate. I get some dark stone fruit, particularly cherry, in the middle. Coffeee gets stronger as it warms. There are touches of vanilla in the aftertaste.

M-Medium bodied and it has some fairly sharp carbonation. It is a little thin for a stout.

D-It is a fairly easing drinking stout and the low abv makes it sessionable.

While this received lower marks in some categories, I felt it tasted just fine. I wouldn't actively seek it out, but would gladly drink it if offered.

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Photo of vdread
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saint Arnold Winter Stout pours a dark red with some brown in the center. the tiny head disappears after a few seconds. i can smell literally nothing. maybe some notes of roasted malt, but it is weak.

taste is also weak. some caramel, maybe some roastiness, and cherries make up the body. some chocolate notes in there. also a hint of hoppiness. overall unimpressive, with no taste being the distinct leader, and every flavor muted.

mouthfeel acceptable.

overall an OK beer, but a pretty weak stout. the second beer i've had from saint arnold that i have been supremely disappointed with.

- weak in all areas- body, taste, mouthfeel, and appearance.

+ easily drinkable, possible crossover stout

= i want to like this, there just isn't enough there to like.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is dark, almost black and has a nice head that does not last long.
Smells of roasted malts. Has a nice smell but one that I need to be in the mood for.
Tastes like stout. A good beer and has the taste of a good stout. Nothing extra nothing lacking.

I would probably drink this again, but not over any of their other beers. I enjoy some of the year rounds more. At least it is better than Divine 9!

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Photo of jwillcourt
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Winter Stout from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 477 ratings