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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

983 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 69
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-18-2001)
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of 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.

thehyperduck, Jul 28, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Popsinc, Nov 17, 2002
Photo of davemarc87
4/5  rDev -2.2%

davemarc87, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. There?s 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.

RoyalT, May 09, 2004
Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

cam477, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Rijtjeshuis, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of drewkennedy
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

drewkennedy, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of dobmaster
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

dobmaster, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Todd, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of sponberg
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

sponberg, Oct 25, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

DougB19, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of grynder33
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

grynder33, May 16, 2006
Photo of EsoxLucius
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

EsoxLucius, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Jason, Oct 31, 2002
Photo of SierraDrinker
4/5  rDev -2.2%

SierraDrinker, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

Billolick, Nov 14, 2009
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3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

tigg924, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Mora2000, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

JohnnyBarman, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of flowbee
5/5  rDev +22.2%

flowbee, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of andrewdanks
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

andrewdanks, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of jondeelee
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jondeelee, Aug 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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