St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing
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Reviews by markaberrant:
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A -jet black, though some light flashes around the edges, tight tan head does not hold up, quickly recedes to a thin cap with a few big bubbles, leaves a bit of lacing
S - rich, deep roast/chocolate, sweet cream, slightly burnt toffee, smells damn good
T - lots of burnt/roast flavour, espresso with a splash of cream, some light malt sweetness in the background, not hugely bitter, but definitely on the dry side, long roasty aftertaste
M - very creamy and oily, silky smooth, mild carbonation, dry finish, but no astringency despite the highly roasted character
D - there is a $h!tload of flavour crammed into this beer
This beer always hold a special place in my heart. About 5-6 years ago, I had started to venture out in my choices of beer, but I still stuck with fairly bland offerings. Back then, I loved guzzling ice cold Guinness by the truckload, but when I went to stock up one weekend, all the liquor stores in town were out. But then I saw this other stout on the shelf, so I gave it a whirl. I got home and chilled them down to near freezin... and just about gagged, it was so harsh. So I let it sit there for awhile, wondering how I was going to force down the rest of this bottle, let alone the rest of the 6-pack. When I finally went back to take another sip, it had warmed up a little, and I thought, "hey, this isn't bad." By the time I got to the end of the glass, I was converted and had had an ephiphany - flavourful beer tastes good when it isn't ice cold!
However, since that time, I have gone buck wild trying all sorts of different beers, and if I recall correctly, I have only had 1 bottle of St Ambroise stout since those first couple 6-packs so many years ago.
On a whim, I grabbed a 6-pack today, so this is a bit of a homecoming of sorts. Boy, oh boy, it is even better than I remembered! Just an excellent stout - no screwing around, no gimmicks, no coffee, no chocolate, no fruit, just a friggin excellent stout. Nothing more to say, other than I am somewhat upset with myself for neglecting this fine beer for so many years.
Serving type: bottle
11-14-2010 00:44:51 | More by markaberrant
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4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
on-tap at accords bistro in montreal
a: truly pitch black with one finger of tan, nitro-y head
s: deep roasty notes, coffee, slight chocolate. hints of oats and vanilla which is what i admire most about this beer
t: follows the nose. big roasted malt flavour, bitter black coffee, bitter dark chocolate, hints of dark fruits, namely prunes. very dry finish
m: light body, creamy, close to no carbonation
o: so so good, loaded with flavour for 5% abv. one of my favourites. a bit better from the bottle in my opinion. please try this beer
Serving type: on-tap
07-01-2014 23:04:23 | More by kevinlater
3.66/5 rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
poured into a tulip glass
(Side note: The production date on the bottle says it was made over 4 years ago)
a - Black body with dark orange tint. Two finger fluffy head. Head color is caramel. Head deflates slowly in the center and then later on the edges to form a half finger, dark latté colored head.
s - Creamy and smokey-cigar smell. Bourbon notes.
t - cream and oats start. Middle is nutty/coffee bean. Finish is milk, coffee, and toffee.
m - Full and smooth. Linger feels like milk or cream lines the mouth
o - Head wasn't as rich and full as I usually like in a stout. The flavor was simple, but tasty. Mouthfeel of the body was very nice, and the best part of this beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2014 21:27:46 | More by marshmarsh
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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