Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,278
Ranked #10,920
4.14 | pDev: 10.14%
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 22 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of don1481
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark red - almost black unless you look through it. Any head dies off super fast.

Smells like red wine. A lot like red wine instead of a stout.

Tastes like it smells. Like a dry red wine . Boozy.

Mouthfeel is, again, like a red wine if it was a beer. Complete with that same after taste.

Overall? Yeah I think this would pair great with a nice steak.

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don1481 from Wisconsin, May 26, 2020
Photo of TBoneJones
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don’t know. It’s like an Old Rasputin or something. Maybe their higher gravity edition. There’s a nice dryness full of Sambuca hints and bittersweet cocoa. The syrupy sticky malts put it together in a big way. Spice notes throughout, like clove. The highest tier marks would be given if only the alcohol wasn’t cutting through the tail as much.

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Photo of gvickery
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like an imperial stout, almost black.
Smells almost like a liquor, dark molasses, fruit, brandy, burnt sugar.
Taste is initially shocking, the most intense beer I’ve ever had.
The alcohol is very present, it has a brandy/liquor type flavor. I detect a high sweetness with a fruit flavor in the background. There’s some vanilla but not a lot of coffee or chocolate that you’d expect. It’s way too funny intense for me, that doesn’t mean it’s not a great beer, it’s so strong the old phrase “one and done” comes to mind.

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Photo of MattDecker
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: deep brown syrupy pour, slight tan head that is hint of red
Smell: deep malt, hint of coffee, black licorice,
Taste: deep toasty malt, hint of dark cherry, maybe a little chocolate (not completely dark so much as it doesn't have clothing chalkiness to it, but does have some), the taste of the smell of burning wood but not burnt or char so much
Feel: rich and full bodied. I love beers like this
Overall: excellent beer that you can really chew on and mull over. Like a pure, full dark roast malt embrace

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Commitment has a thick, tan head, a dark brown appearance, with ruby highlights, as the sunlight hits it, and a touch of glass lacing. The aroma is of dark malts, beet sugar & pulp, and dark cherry. Flavor is of intense, somewhat jarring, charred (not burnt) malts, black cherry, candi syrup, cocoa powder, and cream. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Commitment finishes strong and sweet. RJT

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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana, Mar 24, 2020
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a super dark brown color with a tiny fizzy brown head of foam. The head fades super-fast leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The smell is big of roasted malt smell mixed with a whole lot of caramel and smoke with molasses. Along with these smells comes lots of dark fruits and raisin and cherry. Some big boozy alcohol smells and a bit of a oaky smell are there as well producing a nice inviting and warming smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet robust and roasty malt taste that is mixed with a whole lot of caramel and molasses. Along with these flavors comes a rather strong showing of toffee and a touch of a vanilla and coffee flavor. As the taste moves forward it seems to get even sweeter with more caramel and molasses as well as some toffee coming to the tongue. At the same time the booziness that was detected in the nose makes its presence known. A very warming and robust alcohol taste hits the tongue being accompanied by a bit of a woody like flavor. Some light earthy tastes as well as a little bit of a almost sweet rum like flavor (making the taste even boozier) taste joins the tongue and leaves on with a very robust and sweet, warming and roasty tastes to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is of medium thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is lower. For the massive abv and imperial nature of the brew the feel would have been better a bit chewier and thicker as it would have accentuated all the rich and boozy flavors much better overall.
Overall – A decent and quite robust imperial stout. Very sweet with a quite nice warming feel, which was probably my favorite aspect of the brew. The body was a bit weak, but overall not too bad. For the price of only $3.29 for an imperial of 12 oz at 13.4 % abv. It is still a good buy and well worth a try.

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Photo of champ103
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours and opaque dark brown color, nearly opaque black. On a vigorous pour, a two finger tan head forms that sticks around a minute. Plenty of sticky lace is lefty behind.
S: Dark fruits, dark bread, bitter bakers chocolate. A touch of fusel alcohol. Dark fruits consisting of plums, raisins, and cherries. Reminds me more of a Port than a stout, but I like it.
T: Definitely dark fruits all the way up front. Cherries, plums raisins. Baked bread, bitter chocolate covered raisins. Sweetness lingering, but not cloying in any way. The esters and malts are great. Again a touch fusel, and again is like a Port. I really enjoy this, and everything is well balanced for me.
M/O: While not "thin" in any way, its not as syrupy thick as some Imperial Stouts tend to be. A fullish body with high carbonation. The fusel alcohol is certainly present here. Though also warming and something I want to wrap myself in on a cold night.

The reviewers below have legit critics about this, I'm not saying they are wrong in any way. Just I have gone through a 4 pack trying to decide for myself, and i really do enjoy this. Maybe some time will mellow out the alcohol, but I still find this a good sipper. Just like Double Art Car, hopping this isn't a one off. Only Saint Arnold can make a "balanced" 13+ ABV Imperial Stout.

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Photo of puck1225
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it from tap into a snifter. Very dark brown color with excellent head and lacing. Sweet chocolate smell and taste. A bit smokey with licorice and dark berry flavors. Nice flavor profile but they didn’t mesh together as well as one would like. This beer probably would benefit from a bit of aging.

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Photo of imnodoctorbut
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bottle poured to tulip

A: deep near-black body and a thin dark toasted tan head with low retention that settles into a bubbly halo
S: dark chocolate bitter and a malt sweet spike with roasted/burnt caramel and lowkey dark stone fruit notes
T: chocolate, with sharp turns between bitter and sweet.
F: medium level carbonation, heavy bodied, on the verge of syrup if not for the upper level of carbonation. mostly lush front with a crisp dry finish left on the tongue.

Overall (personal opinion):
this brew has the look, the smell, and the mouthfeel that points towards potential. however, the lack of more complex flavor profile makes the sharp turns into bitterness feel unrewarding, leaving the "taste" part of this brew to drag the rest of whatever it had going for it down to the lower levels of "barely there or trying" stouts. I was shocked to see that this brew checks in at +13% abv though, as there is little-to-no booze heat. if I can bring myself to gamble on this brew again, i'd set it aside for a year and see what happens.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz bottle nabbed in New Orleans, LA:

"Imperial stout." 13.4% ABV.

Black body. Quickly dissipating head.

AROMA: Chocolate malt, dark malt sweetness, a scintilla of roast, syrup.

Suggests a thick syrupy imperial stout with decent depth of flavour but ill enough roasted barley. Doesn't seem like a dessert stout, but it does seem sweet.

TASTE: Charred sugars inject unexpected but not unwelcome bitterness into the fold, but somehow that added bitterness just feels like a sharp left turn instead of a balancing addition when coupled with the chocolate malt and dark malt sweetness. I don't get much roasted barley, which is a shame, and it lacks adequate depth of flavour for a beer in this style at this high an ABV. Still, the ABV is well hidden, with this drinking like it's maybe 9-10% ABV.

TEXTURE: Thick but not syrupy per se. Unrefreshing. Smooth. Wet. Well carbonated. Supple.

Not a chore to drink, but its thickness does reduce drinkability.

OVERALL: It's just so unremarkable. North Coast's Old Rasputin sits on shelves in New Orleans for $7.99 USD plus tax (and I saw it Austin for $8.49 USD plus tax at Total Wine regularly), and it's a vastly superior brew (nevermind the distinctions between Russian Imperial Stouts and American Imperial Stouts). You've really got to bring a lot to the table to stand out in the imperial stout category, but this is as hum-ho mediocre as an imperial stout comes in 2020. Founders' FBS crushes this and costs less. So does Victory's Storm King, Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy, Great Divide's Yeti, etc. etc. et al.

Why brew this? Why expect consumers to buy this more than once? (Or is the one-off novelty purchase the point...fuck me, I went for it).

A serviceable alcohol delivery mechanism, but a far cry from a good beer.


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kojevergas from Colorado, Feb 10, 2020
Commitment from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 22 ratings