Saint Arnold Winter Stout | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Winter StoutSaint Arnold Winter Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
saintarnold.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
478
Reviews:
195
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
13.37%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
76
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 478 |  Reviews: 195
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 brystmar
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the new brewery location.

A: lighter than expected; pours a dark brown to blackish color with minimal head. Lacing on the glass. Doesn't look like most stouts.

S: toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, toffee.

T: all of the above are well balanced, though this is probably the lightest stout I've ever tasted. Enjoyable for sure though.

M: claims to be full-bodied, but I found it on the heavier side of medium-bodied brews. Lightly carbonated.

D: very good for a stout! The lighter flavor and body make for easy drinking.

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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 natelocc787
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thin, watery stout. Alcohol not hidden well which is kind of funny considering it's only 5% abv. Head dissipated quickly, one of the lighter colored stout I've seen. Almost no lace, thin nose offering roasted barley malt and espresso coffee. The taste is thin and hurt by a poor mouthfeel offering burnt coffee beans, dark chocolate covered coffee beans and the hops add an earthy character. This might be good to a newb but not to an experienced stout drinker. Honestly I have been very unimpressed with Saint Arnolds, even their Divine Reserve series has only been beefed up versions of their already crappy beers.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a new belgium glass dark brown at first then to black once it filled the glass. Thin off white head, min. lacing. There is a slight carmal malt scent to it. The taste is fairly generic, but that's not a bad thing. Hop front is slight, but the carmel sweets are well defined at the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel isn't too terribly thick, probably just perfect. Overall this is a very very drinkable winter treat.

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Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mhewes for sending this up I35. No time like the present Indian Summer in Minnesota to break out a nice American Stout.

Pours immutably black with zero light penetration. Smell is middling indeterminate; is lack of smell good, bad?

This winter stout possesses leavings of chocolate, coffee, malts. Nothing of real note. Feels thin for the style; might feel thin for a porter. Could be a session stout if one didn't feel strongly about what one was drinking.

All-around average. It's a stout.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby that sat a little too patiently in the fridge. Poured into a Warsteiner paper weight, err mug. I think I've been sent about four bottles all together over the past few months, so let pour two first & see if we like it. :)

Lumpy tan head. Oiled, dark brown body with some ruby highlights seeping out through the edges of the glass.

Smells of chocolate malt & dark wheat bread. Minor notes of sugar, lactose, & a light herbal hop. Really easy without simply fading away.

Serious peanut taste here. Light coffee roast, some toasted cocoa powder. Maybe just due to some slow aging, but I really like that apparent peanut taste. Touch of cream in my coffee as the carbonation falls off. As it warms, the lead becomes more like coffee grounds. Not the biggest fan of coffee, rather have the peanuts. Finish is somewhat bitter from the roast, but strikes me more as earthy, like bark or soil.

Edit: Just found a nice chunk of green in my glass. "Coarsely filtered." :o

Very solid beer. Thanks guys. :)

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Photo of pwsoldier
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark mahogany with a modest tan head that has decent retention. Lacing is very light, but there.

S - Lots of sweetness from the roasted malts, with vanilla coming through as well. Some chocolate notes linger in the background.

T - Sweetness dominates the palate without being overwhelming. Vanilla and roasted chocolate flavors are the most persistent, with just a hint of anise coming through as well. Very little bitterness to speak of.

M - Medium-bodied and creamy with a clean finish. A faint amount of chocolaty sweetness lingers on the palate.

D - Nothing exciting, but it's enjoyable and very sessionable. A great beer to sip on when you're burned out on biggies.

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