St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

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91
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1,037 Ratings
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92
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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 78
Gots: 68 | 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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Photo of Hrodebert
1.25/5  rDev -69.4%

Photo of Chopman50
2/5  rDev -51%

Photo of jt31914
2.03/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz Bottle:

A: Not much head and little appearance of carbonation - dark black color typical of the style.

S: Smells pretty good - prominent oatmeal with faint alcohol aroma.

T: Decent, weak finish but clear oatmeal on the palate.

M/D: Awful mouthfeel, way too bubbly on the palate, you can't hold it in your mouth at all.

This beer is pretty average, I was very disappointed.

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.35/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to jrallen34 for this. Pours a near black with a tan head. Smell is initially a good amount of diacetyl. A little bit of hocolate and roasted malt in the background. Taste is quite similar wig some butterscotch. Tastes like a popcorn Jelly Belly. Not particularly good. Mouhfeel is medium. Drinkability is truly hampered by the off flavors.

Photo of oberon
2.45/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow! It was like drinking soy sauce!No roasted coffee hints,none!Good color no head at all,it was sour pungent just horrible.Age obviosly got to this beer Iam not sure how it found its way down here in NC but Iam sure it had been siting there for awhile,I will retry at some point and re-review.

Photo of Azteceinstein
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of mbonugli
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.63/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DrDogbeer for this one in Black Booty 09.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass a pitch black color with a huge three finger sized head that in very tan, very creamy, and very beautiful.

Aroma, however, was another story. Really sweet and syrupy. Fruity like raspberries and sugar covered raisins. I am not enjoying the smell of this one.

Flavor was more sweetness with a touch of coffee bitterness. Very figgy. Dry on the finish and thin on the mouth for an oatmeal stout. Soy sauce and sort of a beef jerky flavor that is quite of-putting. Maybe a little more bitterness than initially suggested, but it is sort of chalky. Slightly peaty/smoky.

Perhaps it is just me, but this beer and the Hitachino Espress Stout both tasted very odd and sweet and overly figgy and fruity. Not much of a roasty character at all in the flavor or aroma. Disappointed in this one; hopefully, the rest of Black Booty will not disappoint.

Photo of apasternak
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of alcstradamus
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A--Pours thick with pitch black color and a dark one finger head in my snifter. Spotty lacing left behind.

S--Dark fruit, oak, booze, vanilla, fudge. Reminiscent of some top tier imperial stouts, but not quite as bold.

T--Unfortunately the taste doesn't quite live up to the nose. Fairly watery tasting with roasted malts being the only real flavor present. No hops, no sweetness, nothing. Very bland and average.

M--The pour looked thick but it obviously was an illusion because this is watery and leaves a gross aftertaste

D--Hugely let down by this beer, might have to drain pour it because of the aftertaste.

Photo of JBarx
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of tayner
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured dark black, creamy tan head very little lacing but nice ring

smelled like roasted malt and a musty half rotting fruit. The nose was not strong, but not pleasant at all

The taste was of roasted malt, bitter coffee, and the same half rotted figs/musty peat taste.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

If you like the peat smell/taste you could drink this pretty easy as a session beer, but i couldnt get past the smell to drink more than one.. one was all i could do.

Photo of Damian
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 11.5 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a dark, inky, brown/black with a small, frothy, cocoa colored head that quickly faded to a lasting ring.

The aroma was smooth and sweet with an obvious oatmeal presence. Chocolatey and rich. Notes of sweet cream, raisins and dark fruits were noticeable as well.

The taste was deep, dark, roasty and smoky from the start with a subtle hint of bourbon poking through. The burnt coffee, roasty/smoky flavor dominated the palate. The finish was also incredibly dry and roasty with a hugely bitter, resonating aftertaste. Subtle notes of chocolate appeared as well.

Mouthfeel was lighter bodied with a fierce, almost stinging carbonation initially. As the beer sat, the carbonation died down to a more moderate level.

Overall, I was disappointed with this beer. Between the overwhelming roast presence, the intense bitterness and the less than appealing mouthfeel, this brew turned out to be a difficult one to put down.

Photo of far333
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Inky black and opaque with a light brown colored thick two inches of foam. A stiff hard cap sits on top with several large dimples.

No aroma?

Flavor is initially faint and light, but quickly morphs to burnt espresso, tangy raisin, licorice and coffee grounds. Burnt coffee lingers. Tastes like a pot of coffee that's been left on the burner all day.

Even mouthfeel, not overly carbed.

Am I missing something? Not following why this is so highly rated.

Photo of tuvok
2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I read quite a bit about this beer from various sources and after finding it and waiting for a cold to go away, I was very excited to try this highly-rated beverage.

Appearance: Poured it into a tulip glass where it threw up a 1.5 cm brownish head on top of an opaque black liquid. Very nice to look at. The dark beverages always seem to be masking some kind of mystery waiting to be discovered. While the head receded fairly quickly the beverage did leave some lacing on the glass.

Smell: I found it hard to pinpoint any particular smell, it seemed to offer several scents including coffee, fruit cake, dark chocolate, and caramel/toffee. The smell reminded me of a chocolate milkshake when the glass was swirled. Overall, a very pleasant set of odors.

Taste: This is where it became challenging for me. This one tasted very bitter to me, like unsweetened dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Finished dry and left a persistent aftertaste. It did seem slightly less bitter as it warmed but it was still a bit overwhelming for me.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick/full bodied as I was expecting but not too thin either. Mouthfeel became more pleasant as the beer got warmer.

Drinkability: I think the smell got me through to the end of the beer as there was enough to experience to keep things interesting. This one was a bit too bitter for my tastes (also not a fan of the dark chocolate taste) so it is unlikely I would try it on a regular basis. I can see why it is rated as highly as it is, right now though, its just not the right beer for me.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time I came across this beer was at C'est What in Toronto, CA and needless to say I feel in love with the draft version there. That was about 4-5 years ago many stouts later and this time it's a bottle sample. Appearance is black it absorbs all visible light forms a dark tan thicket of head, with great retention. After dwindling slowly it forms a tight collar of lace on the rim of my Gulden Draak chalice, and with each sip fine speckled lacing is left behind. Aroma tartness with mild metallic notes, and dark powdered chocolate really dry and not much like I remember the draft softness of the oatmeal additions to come across in the nose. Definitely some cereal grains outside of patent black roasted malts the oatmeal is kicking just subdued by the dark roasts no real hop aromatics here. Somewhat tart and lactic with mild oxidation noted no date on the bottle here, but again not what I recall in my beer memory dark roasts with bitterness something practically burnt with these strange tart notes surfing around no real complex fruitiness just a mild funk brewing. Mild chocolate and coffee more so just dark baker's chocolate with a powdered cocoa finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied somewhat creamy textured carbonation is mellow and smooth no complaints in this department, finishes exuberantly dry. Drinkability is okay I'm a fan of the draft version I won't give up on the beauty of this beer that I recall on tap in Toronto, but the bottled version was pale in comparison.

Photo of Minkybut
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this strong beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was about as black as black can get. Like used motor oil. The beer had no head whats so ever save for a thin brown scum on top. The smell of the beer was sweet. The taste was strong and acrid to me me. Ilove oatmeal stouts but this one was way harsh I thought. I will not buy again.

Photo of pwoods
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think I got this in my Black Booty box from Mikesgroove, though I may be wrong.... It has been in the back of my fridge for a bit. Whoever sent this, thanks a bunch ^^;;

12oz. brown bottle, poured into a tulip. 3/19/09

A: Pours completely opaque black, no lighting. 1 1/2 fingers of tight mocha head forms and holds well. Some decent lacing throughout.

S: The typical light stout burnt malts, a sweet cola sense, light molasses and chocolate. The oats and grains add a nice breakfast style touch to things.

T/M: Much drier and chalkier than I expected. More of the stout tastes as mentioned in the nose but the dry and chalkiness of everything is getting in the way. It actually lingers and intensifies after the swallow. The oats add a very nice creaminess to the body but is overtaken again.

D: Not a bad brew but feels unbalanced to me. I love me some Oatmeal stouts but I don't think this is the one for me. 5% is nice.

Photo of CWVegas
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of ebby82
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black with a massive head into a pint glass.

Aromas of dark malts, and chocolate.

Initially, the taste is good, dark malt, chocolate, a bit of bitter hops, slightly sweet. However, there is a chalky, unpleasant aftertaste.

As mentioned previously, the chalky, dry aftertaste makes the mouthfeel somewhat unpleasant.

If not for the strange aftertaste effects, this would be a solid beer, but this bottle at least, is nothing particularly special.

Photo of ns_banker123
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of ThrashMaster
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of reallyhoppie
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good looking stout that ended up being kind of a let down. Dark brown with a strong tan head that lasted throughout the beer. This beer has not much of an aroma, maybe coffee and caramel. A strong bitterness fades into the familiar chocolate and oats flavor for the style with a slight sweetness throughout. This stout has one of the thinnest bodies of any stout I've ever had, which I would consider the biggest problem with this beer.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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