St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing
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Reviews by psuKinger:
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle acquired via trade with jchow79. Never heard of this brewery before. Pour will be into my Yuengling shaker pint glass.
A: Motor Oil. Pours a deep black, and forms a small brown thin head on the top that dissipates quickly. Bottle cap didn't come off with a lot of *pop*, but I was pleased to see the presence of carbonation on the pour.
S: Dark roasted malts. A little coffee and a hint of chocolate sweetness.
T: Thick roasted malts are the first sensation. This has a mild coffee presence that I like. Some stouts/porters overdo it on the Java/coffee flavor. This has a pleasant amount, it appears in the middle, and it fades away as to not inhibit the finish. A mild chocolatey finish also shows up. Semi-sweet. This guy has a lot going on, and I'm enjoying it a great deal on this late-morning early-afternoon Saturday. As it warms, the roasted flavors are just getting more-and-more pronounced. At 5% ABV I wouldn't anticipate any alcohol burn, and that is the case with this guy.
M: Initially remarkably light and tingly in the mouth for such a thick dark beer, but finishes thick on the back on the tongue.
D: Over two-thirds of the way through this bottle, and I'm not tired of it. Not in the least. I try not to rate drinkability until I finish the bottle, but I think it's safe to call this one a little early. This is very drinkable. I would go so far as to say that at 5% ABV this would be "sessionable".
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2010 17:42:01 | More by psuKinger
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4.04/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Came back to this "ballsy" brew. Love it a 2nd time, how to get more of it? Made a great black& ipa on top of Lagunitas Sucks. This stout is a smokehouse packed favorite at 5% ABV.
Want to rate this one higher for being so original, but I think my first bottle was slightly skunked. Not so MUCH, but always that appropriate touch of sour in the 2nd and 3rd bottle that I have enjoyed since then. Will continue to come back to it. It's very smokey, with a bit of stink, as Alstrom wrote: "takes balls to brew like this". Tasted vs the safe but reliable Magic Hat Heart of Darkness 3.85.
Appearance: Perfect pour with perfect lace. A sticky stunner: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a frothy, light tan head and massive lace.
Smell: SMOKE. Roasty, burnt oatmeal aroma with notes of yes! unsweetened bakers chocolate and coffee, along with fall leaves, earth, wharf, tar.
Taste: Wintry mix of peat fire, with cold, black coffee, roasted, almost burnt oats, bakers chocolate, and bitter, almost balsamic vinegar like tones. Just low amount of sweetness, faint spice and vanilla. Not much fruitiness. Earthy, roasty, charred bitterness. With as one reviewer wrote" soot on the dry finish." Agree. Extremely complex and original. Let it warm, was good through fish, pasta, tomatoes, cheese, and chocolates w walnuts,... more of an after-dinner stout. More flavor than some double stouts!
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Decidedly creamy alternating with chalky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Recommended. Let it warm. Maybe pour it a few more times from glass to glass, and it gets more interesting. Bold. Must try.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2014 02:38:36 | More by Act25
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.