St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing
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Reviews by Seanstoppable:
Nova Scotia (Canada)
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
Best before date of Feb 28, 2013.
Pours an inky black color with a finger of head. Head starts off a chocolate color, but lightens slightly after the pour. Decent amounts of lacing down the glass.
Chocolatey sweetness to the nose. Some roast malt and mild coffee notes.
Mix of coffee and chocolate. Sweetness up front. Roasted malt/coffee is prevalent in throughout and lingers after the swallow. Just a hint of bitterness.
Very smooth and definitely enjoyable. Good desert beer.
05-07-2011 20:21:59 | More by Seanstoppable
More User Reviews:
2.45/5 rDev -40.1%
Wow! It was like drinking soy sauce!No roasted coffee hints,none!Good color no head at all,it was sour pungent just horrible.Age obviosly got to this beer Iam not sure how it found its way down here in NC but Iam sure it had been siting there for awhile,I will retry at some point and re-review.
06-05-2002 12:18:37 | More by oberon
4.4/5 rDev +7.6%
a wonderfully dark, almost black pour with a generous bronze head. Exceptionally smooth going down with great hints of roasted oates, dark chocolate and even a touch of coffee. this beer easily ranks as one of the world's top oatmeal stouts. it's my personal favorite!
11-17-2002 08:47:42 | More by Popsinc
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
Appearance This was black and thick like engine oil with a giant head that showed great retention. The foam was like lumpy shaving cream and covered the inside of my glass as it went down. Awesome!
Smell Wow, this is a stouty Stout. The aroma here is huge. The dark, roasted malts almost cover the oatmeal notes, but I can still pick them out. The cocoa is subtle as are the light fruits. However, as ECB said, there is a medicinal quality to the nose that rubbed me the wrong way.
Taste This one is bitter and very dark. The oats come out much better at the taste, and the overpowering malt from the nose is back where it belongs. Theres a touch of sweetness at the finish, but not much. Not enough to offset the burnt toast, anyway.
Mouthfeel This was thinner than I had hoped, not even medium-bodied, but I liked the bitter feeling in the cheeks.
Drinkability This is more of a sipping stout than a party animal. It is very nice and made a terrific aperitif.
Comments A big BA thumbs up to Rastacouere for sending me this Canadian East Coast gem. Makes me want to stand up and speak French.
05-09-2004 00:36:36 | More by RoyalT
3.98/5 rDev -2.7%
From old, old notes Seeing this on the top 100 forced me to get out the old notebook and play some catch up. Thanks owed to Autumnal Dave for giving me this. Oil like appearance, black and thick. Large creamy light brown head dissipates to pretty lace. Very clingy. Smells like coffee made twangy by apricot or some other light fruit and cocoa with that well know oatmeal bitterness. Quite an ominous feel and heaviness. Very dark and very bitter. Lots of raosted malt followed by oily hops in the finish. Oatmeal bitterness lingers. This is for sipping not downing despite the low abv. Very good.
03-09-2007 16:32:48 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
Look (4.5/5) – Pours a very, very dark brown to black. I can’t really tell if it had go clarity or not because it was so dark. The head was good: it rose to about a finger on a gentle pour; it was mousse-textured and a mocha-khaki color; it fell very slowly to a cap that really lasted with some nice lacing.
Aroma (4/5) – The nose had a lot of malt going on. Given the color, I was surprised to detect bready notes. The main player was roasted malts which fell well shy of being harsh or acrid: notes of black malt, coffee, and chocolate. There was a good bit of sweetness: notes of dark caramel (almost like burnt marshmellow) and a bit of melanoidin flavor.
Taste (4.5/5) – Very similar to the aroma. There’s a light bready, almost grainy and nutty, character as a backbone for the brew (I think this is the oats at play). Dark, Roasted malts were, obviously, very prevalent: a lot more coffee and chocolate than black patent than for the aroma The sweetness was somewhat different character: there was still the caramel, but much less fruit in the character. The bitterness a great balance for the rich malts; no rea hop flavor.
Feel (5/5) – Full bodied and light carbonation. The oats give a really great, silky mouth-feel without being too oily.
Overall, this is probably the best Oatmeal Stout I’ve encountered. It does a particularly great job of balancing the bitterness and intensity of dark roasted malts with sweeter malts and an ideal addition of oats that plays well on the nutty, grainy character without overwhelming the other malts or making an oily mout-feel.
10-22-2012 23:34:12 | More by Rijtjeshuis
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
Can't see through it, and what's on top is a light brown foam that just won't leave. Love the smell - roasted barley, dark-ass malts, faint whiffs of burnt toasted toffee... niiiice.
Starts with a "Dragonslayer Junior" flavor - many of the same deep roasty black coffee and cocoa notes, but scaled back. A dark fruity (black cherries?) maltiness comes in mid sip that gives it a solid roundness. Dries out a bit in the finish, but that delectable roastiness with a very slight tang stays throughout. Wish there was a bit more of an oatmeal flavor/oiliness in this one, but it's almost nitpicking given the flavors that are there. medium chewy mouthfeel.
Absolutely caseworthy drinkability. An all day long stout, one of the best ones around IMO.
10-25-2006 03:51:00 | More by sponberg
4.13/5 rDev +1%
Chocolate,coffee,creamy oatmeal,smells like it sat in a cask,black as can be, taste is choclate oatmeal and malt,drier than I expected, body seemed highly charged, but still had that oatmeal slick mouthfeel , excellent in its class, I just like them a touch sweeter
05-16-2006 01:07:08 | More by grynder33
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
This is a fantastic Oatmeal Stout! it's the wife's favorite beer and is definately in my top 5.
1. Dark-Chocolate Brown, definately not black, hold it up to light and you'll see. Staring at the glass, very little light gets through here, pretty characteristic of the class. Pours a fluffy, light brown head that sticks around for a bit, lacing is great and holds up throughout the entire drink. it's sitting infront of me right now, put a fork in the center of it and you cannot see it. very good appearance.
2. has a distinct roasted smell of mocha-oat mixed with faint blackstrap molasses coming in as well. very pleasing smell, not sweet, not bitter, just pretty much bang on!
3. absoulutely fantastic. i really do appreciate the craftsmenship in this product. the Mocha-Oatmeal flavors hit straight away, it's not bitter nor is it over powering with the chocolate flavors. like the smell, it's bang on, except better! you can let this one sit for a while and experiance a wonderful roasted taste as well. it is a bit dry at first, but that went away after a few sips. malt aftertaste is definately present.
4. for some reason i was expecting more. it's relatively thin, but there is still definately a body there, just not as much compared to some other oat-stouts i've tried. good regardless though. smooth though, with a tad bit of dry-tarty feel.
5. superb, i can enjoy this brew anytime and anywhere. it's overall very smooth and full of flavor that i find just amazing.
this is another fine product that i'd recommend to anyone to try out that enjoys this genre of beers.
01-27-2009 05:29:55 | More by EsoxLucius
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
Presentation: 11.5 oz brown twist, no description and no freshness date.
Appearance: Ink black with a healthy light brown lace.
Smell: Dark roasted black iced coffee with a slight burnt twang.
Taste: Crisp carbonation and mouth feel with a mild steely biting roasted bitterness that softens into an iced espresso flavour. Hops hide behind the roasted character, a meek silky oily sweetness from the oatmeal give a little to the taste buds. The roasted coffee like taste lingers on and on.
Notes: Quite robust and a little boisterous to the palate. Hmmm …. tastes like an oatmeal stout from the peek of the Micro-Brewery Revolution or at least a kick ass homebrew. Got to love this stuff … not many people have the balls to brew like this these days. Great stuff guys!
10-31-2002 05:35:22 | More by Jason
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
11.5 ounce bottle, twist off top. W/o Freshness/bottling info. Pours darkest shades of brown, near black, with light shining through the edge. Fluffy mocha head, leads to a tiny bubble film, medium collar and ample bit os lace and light sheeting on the glass. The nose here is roasted malts and some light coffee. More coffee on the tongue, along with darker grains. On the thin side body wise and quite dry on the lips. Hopped up, quite drinkable, ample coffee, dark grains. As a big fan of the style, I'd say this is well worth a try. $9.99 for a 4 (boo) pack at DeCiccio's in adsley, NY
11-14-2009 01:33:30 | More by Billolick
3.4/5 rDev -16.9%
Appearance: 1 inch thick head, dark brown
Smell: sweet toasted malt, molasses, and expresso
Taste: burnt malt, coffee, some light cream
Mouthfeel: medium body, dry, semi-sweet, smooth, with low carbonation
Drinkability: Compared to other oatmeal stouts I have tried this one is pretty average. It is inoffensive on the way down, but the aftertaste just did not agree with me. This one was a disappointment.
09-04-2009 14:32:01 | More by tigg924
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
Thanks to my father for picking up this beer while he was in Halifax.
The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is awesome. I get a lot of chocolate and coffee notes, with some cream notes as well. The flavor is a chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and cream. Low bitterness. The beer is very drinkable and doesn't have any bitterness from the coffee or roasted malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. There is a ton of flavor in this beer considering it is only 5 percent. It has been a while since I have tried it, but this beer reminds me a lot of the Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout. Outstanding beer.
10-08-2010 01:57:20 | More by Mora2000
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
On tap at the Winking Judge in Hamilton. Poured into a branded St. Ambroise nonic.
Deep brown, near-black, with a half-inch off-white head. Nice and creamy, superb retention and great sheets of lacing until the finish.
Nose is roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toasted oatmeal, caramel.
A terrific stout for a cold November evening. Rich in dark coffee flavor, but with a slightly sour oatmeal bitterness to counteract it. As the brew warmed a little, the caramel and cream flavors were given some presence, and the whole thing just came together. A great evening sipper.
Medium/light-bodied, light carbonation, very creamy - right on the mark for the style.
Great work by McAuslan. Although I've had this in bottles many times, the draught edition was excellent stuff. Another superb brew from Montreal - among Canada's best.
11-12-2010 05:19:49 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
Pours black with a short but thick tan head. Oaty, malty, chocolate nose. The espresso saves itself for the taste. Bitter chocolate and coffee with a sweet creamiiness. Licorice, molasses, and a roasty dryness comes with the finish. A bit thin in the body for the style, but still a really good beer.
12-10-2008 19:07:11 | More by magictrokini
4.5/5 rDev +10%
With aromas of toasted barley, chocolate malt, coffee, and caramel, topped by just a hint of tobacco, this oatmeal stout announces from the get-go that it's not out to play tiddlywinks.
On the tongue, the brew delivers an onslaught of black goodness, with huge and silky flavors sliding into every nook and cranny. Extremely well-balanced between sugary and near-burnt flavors, chocolate malts (and perhaps black malts) mix with caramelized brown sugars and molasses, hints of dark maple syrup, milk chocolate, coffee and tobacco. Hops are medium-light, but still noticeable in the background as a slight bitter fuzz. The oatmeal provides the brew with a silkiness that nicely plays off of the heavy mouthfeel. The aftertaste is mostly comprised of chocolate malts, and lasts for quite some time.
Overall, this is an excellent oatmeal stout, and has obviously been made lovingly and lavishly. One note: while excellent in a bottle, this is even better on tap, especially when purchased in Quebec, where it's pretty much guaranteed to be fresh from the brewer.
08-06-2011 19:52:15 | More by jondeelee
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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