St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing
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Reviews by markaberrant:
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
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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3.5/5 rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Awesome pitch black color with a creamy head. I picked up on a sour, burnt aroma. Almost like charcoal, BBQ scent. The more I sipped, the more the smoke flavor came through. Low IBU. It was fairly thin viscosity, very low carbonation...almost flat. I see the 92 rating but I'm just not feeling this beer. I have to admit that I'm not a fan of any of the smoke-style beers, and wasn't expecting this oatmeal stout to be so smoke forward.
Serving type: on-tap
04-07-2014 23:12:10 | More by BVukelich
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.