St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
341 ml bottle from the LCBO; best before May 13 2014. I haven't had an oatmeal stout in a long time, and as a result of this deprivation it was starting to feel like these six-packs were calling my name when I walked by them. I guess I could also just have schizophrenia.
Pours black as night, topped with one finger of dense, creamy, beige-coloured head. Great retention, with lots of lacing left behind when it finally subsides. Pleasant aroma with lots of roasted malts, molasses, coffee and honey-oatmeal mush. Maybe a hint of smoke or charcoal, but I might be stretching it here - either way, it smells pretty good.
Definitely a yummy stout. The flavour is dominated by roasted malts, molasses, milk chocolate and oats, with perhaps a hint of coffee grinds. The hops come forward later - mostly earthy, and mingling with some dark chocolate. Dry aftertaste with a burnt, slightly smoky feel to it. Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel.
Really tasty stuff - I don't know if I'd put it ahead of Samuel Smith's equivalent, but in terms of quality it's definitely in that ballpark (high praise indeed!). The low abv, delicious flavour and the fact that it is pretty easy to find around here make this a great option for anyone seeking out a sessionable stout.
Final Grade: 4.28, on the high side of an A minus grade. I've put off trying this stuff for a long time, but having finally sampled it, it's pretty easy to see how it embedded itself into Canada's Top 100 list. St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is one of the most drinkable, well-crafted Canadian stouts I have ever had, and any fan of sessionable dark beers would be doing themselves a disservice by avoiding this. Not sure if it's worth seeking out, but it's certainly worth a try, and something I will undoubtedly get again.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2012 06:18:02 | More by thehyperduck
More User Reviews:
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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