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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

900 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%


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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Act25

New Jersey

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
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BierJager89

California

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours dark translucent brown into black in the glass with a darkish brown head. It. Is. Dark.

S: Smells of creamy milk chocolate, dark chocolate, malt, roasted malt, oatmeal, dark candied fruits, plums, figs, licorice and raisins.

T: Some dark fruits and candied fruits up front, followed by creamy roasty goodness and coffee, with delicious dark chocolate in the finish.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Looking at the bottle, I didn't expect such a great beer, but this is probably my favorite Canadian beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 06:09:51 | More by BierJager89
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark brown/black with two fingers of creamy mocha head.

Smell- roasted barley, cocoa, hint of coffee bean, toasted wheat, and hint of vanilla.

Taste- Roasted barley and cocoa are predominate with a nice woody characteristic to the brew. The hint of coffee bean, toasted wheat and vanilla play a supporting role to this oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- An oatmeal stout that showcases all the elements relevant to the style. The woody characteristic was a unique element to this brew. Another winner from a stellar brewery!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:25:19 | More by leaddog
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(bottling date - J271310:29 - poured into a 20oz British pint)

A: expansive, swiss-cheese-spongy coffee-colored foam on the pour, about 2+" to start, sizzling down gradually to a craggy froth and then just a steady cap.... extremely dark brown liquid

S: mild, cold coffee-roast and a damp morning in a marsh.... dried ornamental flowers.... hint of burnt driftwood and mild soap.... perhaps a hint of bakers cocoa...

T: woody, char bitterness - mildly acrid and a bit tannic.... late espresso-like quality.... low-to-fair malty background... really all about the bitter bite of the roastiness here... no real residual sweetness or alcohol (flavor or warmth)... mellow acidic roastiness long-lingering

M: clean and fairly light-bodied, some initial silky roll over the tongue.... feels fulfilling but not filling

O: fairly straight-forward, bold, roasty-ass stout.... I like it... it's not playing around... not dessert-y or rich.... probably a fine choice to accompany slightly rich or oily foods - it'll cut right through...

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 06:59:09 | More by Bouleboubier
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keithmurray

New York

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany with tan head

Smell - milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, molasses

Taste - dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, espresso, smoke

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, bitterness and smoke on the back finish

Overall - good beer worth a shot if you see it

Price Point - $2.49/12 oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 02:11:49 | More by keithmurray
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darryletlesballons

British Columbia (Canada)

4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Experiencing some real "first world problems" here as I try to get a proper nose on this thing of beauty while in the snotty clutches of a cold. Is it too much to ask that the beer table has a humidifier beneath. Sure is a good drink all the same. Let me just sneeze and here we go.

A: Real bodacious head: generous three fingers+ of tight foam, mocha in colour. Beer ebony and opaque, dark amber-brown near the edges with some generous lacing. Such a sexy beer, hard to argue against full marks.

S: Definitely beanie in a coffee sense upfront, then coco, brown sugar sweetness, some blackstrap molasses? Nice sharing between roasted grains and sweetness. Not too sweet. That's all I got.

T: Not too roasted to the point of being smokey in the initial flavours. Pleasant coco-like bitter flavour takes over the short initial sweet of the malt. Mild but present bitterness travels to the end for me. Couldn't discover the chocolate or caramel. Wait, I take it back, mild smoke at the very end, not too prominent. I didn't get this until the last few sips. Can you tell I'm reviewing in real time?

M: Nice medium body, mealy, not watered down whatsoever. Carbonation is good. Slick on the tongue and oily on the teeth, giving the cool feeling that my enamel has improved: endorsed by doctors worldwide as benefiting dental hygiene! Drying finish calls for a small glass of water. Before your next oatmeal stout!

O: I've enjoyed this casually a few times before and I admire it more now (even though while sick). There really ain't a lot to complain about considering it's under $15 in my area. It's one of those beers that I could sip just one and appreciate it's qualities as fine and unique, or enjoy a few and not short-circuit my taste-buds completely.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 04:12:35 | More by darryletlesballons
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased as part of the St. Ambroise Winter Pack from LCBO for $13.00 CDN. Re-reviwing as the last time I had this was a couple of years ago and I believe by tastes have changed significantly.

This is better value and better beer than some of the other taster's packs I've tried recently. Bottle served fairly cold (left out for 15 minutes prior to consumption) into pint glass.

Appearance - Very dark brown, virtually black, almost as dark as their Russian Imperial Stout. Eliminates all light in a cool way. Good 1.5 fingers of rocky, khaki head with good retention and some sparse lacing.

Smell - Coffee, although some mild mocha / cappuccino notes in there too. Caramel or molasses in there and definitely a oatmeal grain backing that has been roasted. Pleasant but not overstated and all-encompassing. After a bit of warming there's some faint dessert-quality sweetness there too. A delicious smelling winter beer.

taste - Smokier than the nose, but that transitions to oatmeal related flavors and a big mouthful of bitterness in the middle. Espresso and dark chocolate also make an appearance. The lingering aftertaste is a bit sweeter,

Mouthfeel - With its modest ABV, this does not have the hugely decadent feel of the bigger stouts but rather starts quite modestly. Perhaps a bit chewy and while it does not feel implicitly "heavy" by the time you're nearing the bottom of the glass with a properly coated tongue, you will realize that it is a "heavy" beer. Fairly dry finish A couple of these spaced out over a couple of hours with a book in hand would make for a fine evening indeed.

Overall - A delicious oatmeal stout that strikes all the right balances in terms of flavor profiles, mouthfeel and drinkability. Highly recommended especially in cold winter months.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 16:10:38 | More by DenisKolkin
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles pretty quickly, but leaves a bit of beer ring behind as a reminder. Some fair, sporadic lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, lots of dark chocolate, and a bit of malted grains.

T: Char roasted espresso, bitter unsweetened very dark chocolate, a little black licorice and peat.

M: Thick, hearty, and grainy. Hefty with a bit of a pungent finish.

D: Sip and savor. It will go too fast....

Atmosphere is really good. Decent head, and some fair lacing. Nose is an excellent combination of coffee, chocolate, and malt. Very roasty, with bitter dark chocolate, and a little pungent peat, and even a little less bitter licorice. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:37:24 | More by bmwats
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big cocoa, dark chocolate, molasses, raisin, dark bread, vanilla, toast, roasted malt, toffee, oats, floral, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and oat notes with moderate dark fruits; and good strength. Taste of cocoa, dark chocolate, dark bread, toast, vanilla, toffee, molasses, raisin, oats, light coffee, floral, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, light coffee, toast, molasses, vanilla, toffee, raisin, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent oatmeal stout! All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with oat and dark fruit notes; with great robustness and very smooth drinking. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 05:13:36 | More by superspak
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sergio1va

California

3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. A dark colored beer with a light brown foam head.
Aromas of coffee, malts and raisins emanate from this beer but not too overpowering to the senses. Gently swirling the glass creates a growing foam head which speaks of the good carbonation level in this beer.
Tastes of black coffee, roasted malts, and yes- oatmeal is present on the pallate. Must say that the coffee profile was more prevalent in each and every sip of this beer.
Mouthfeel was pleasant yet a bit dry in the finish. Not a lot of sweetness was detected, instead more of a roasted sensation lingered for a while.
Overall, a well executed beer representing the unique qualities of a stout beer against other styles. Hard to find but worth the taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 06:19:08 | More by sergio1va
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, cocoa, and cookie dough aromas. Taste is much the same with char, cocoa, and very slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great set of aromas but the flavors don't match up so well in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 03:08:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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shand

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I can't say I was expecting much from this random pickup, but this is honestly a superlative oatmeal stout. It's got the trademark oatmeal smoothness, but hints of smoke, bitter coffee, and leafy hops keep things very interesting. It's got more flavor than some imperial stouts I've had, yet clocks in at a modest 5% ABV. If you see this, buy it, and buy more than the single I bought. I wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 14:38:16 | More by shand
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templar316

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep black with cocoa edges that appear against the light. The head is gone but the lacing continues. The roasted malt echoes across the nose reminding me of sunrise in Peru. The sour coffee bitterness holds back the flavor for me although the beautiful buttery tannins of a good merlot make this a very interesting beer. Probably a good gateway for your wine snob friends. Silky smooth malt rolls into coffee bitterness in a jarring contrast. But I could have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 03:34:59 | More by templar316
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joe1510

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
$8.99 4-Pack
Sam's Wine, Marcey

St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout actually has a bit of gurgle from the bottle which is unusual for a 5% beer. The body is black as night and won't let a sliver of light shine through. A dense sticky two finger tan head formed on the pour and eventually, slowly fell to a thick cap leaving thick sheet lacing down the glass. I can't imagine an oatmeal stout looking any better then this one.

I met right off the bat by a solid roastiness that quickly combines with a soft hazelnut presence that leads the way through this beer. Coffee grounds and a mild dark chocolate bring up the rear. There seems to be a heavy creaminess that flows like waves through the smell of this beer, rising and falling throughout. This is an impressive smelling stout and for only weighing in at 5% the aromas really pop.

Roastiness bounces off every tastebud as this beer rolls over the tongue. Mild cream and sugar mix with the dark chocolate shavings and coffee grounds. The coffee grounds hit their stride on the swallow and leave a nice roasty bitterness behind. This is an oatmeal stout that is absolutely packed with flavor. I can't recall having a beer with this amount of alcohol have so much robust flavor. This is one high quality brew.

The mouthfeel can't be improved on very much either. There is an incredible silky smoothness that washes over my entire mouth from the oats involved in the brewing process. The carbonation is on the low side of the spectrum and allows the body to work its way through at its own pace.

The robust flavors, insanely smooth mouthfeel, and sessionable abv keep this beer flowing for the entire night. This beer needs to be sold in bigger quantities then just 4-packs.

This is my last bottle from a recent 4-pack purchase. This is a beer to buy by the case. I still can't figure out how they got this amount of flavor into a stout of such modest abv. I won't hesitate to pick this up in the future and I'm glad it's a fairly new addition to the IL market.

Reviewed: 7/17/08

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 00:28:26 | More by joe1510
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Ryan_Graham

Iowa

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish black color. Almost no head.

S: Malty and rich. Coffee tones.

T: Tastes like coffee. Chocolaty aftertaste. Goes down smooth.

M: Very smooth, very little carbonation. Thick and syrupy.

O: I did not get the oatmeal flavor at all. Tasted more chocolaty and like coffee than it did oatmeal. Nevertheless it's a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 00:53:22 | More by Ryan_Graham
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, brown-to-black coloring with hazelnut highlights and a light tan, frothy, clingy head that starts a solid inch and quickly settles into a coating along the glass and surface. Aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, a touch of molasses, and cream. Very well balanced, and very rich. Flavors are roasted initially, with a coffee backbone and hints of smoke highlighting. Very bitter and dry, but balanced very well. The aftertaste is mostly coffee, with hints of bittersweet baker's chocolate. The grain bill helps keep things smooth and balanced. The finish is dry, with a slightly bitter linger. Very tasty, and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:09:11 | More by GarthDanielson
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Real pitch black motor pour out of the bottle, viscous looking, doesn't even make a sound when it hits the glass, filling with a dark walnut black body. Head is a large swiss chees fist full brown tan and clumps with a large cap and head.

Bouquet is really unique. It's pure tobacco and sweetness. Dry leafy tobacco and pipe smoke embers. Woody and soft roast malts all over. It's very distinct and unique, and the tobacco on this is huge but in control with a sweet hint just barely. Roasty and inviting.

Palate comes with a minimal wet body, not very creamy for an oatmeal stout, but the hint on the nose brings all the expected joy. Rolling huge tobacco and crackling pan gravy and roast piping warmth and flavor. Finishes with a nice milk hinting sweetness for a great balance.

Overall, toasty warm, liquid cigar in a glass, an absolutely exceptional brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 21:12:50 | More by smakawhat
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Dark black, one finger of tan head that went away fairly quickly

S- Malts and chocolate, dark espresso and little hints of hops

T- Toasted malts, espresso, cocoa nibs and little hops

M- Medium bodied, nice and creamy, very good smoothness, dry aftertaste

O- Very good oatmeal stout, very easy drinking, dry finish little hops, very nicely balanced with the espresso, chocolate and malts

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 18:34:56 | More by Kmat10
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear black cola topped with a tan billowy head, plenty of retention of variable bubbles - right to the last drop.

S: Malts with chocolate, sweet deep dark espresso with just a hint of hops on the back end.

T: Deeply toasted malts with acrid espresso and dry coco nibs. Some hops that balance the malts, the smooth malts are the shining star and the hops act like salt in a dish - they elevate and improve on the smooth rich flavour.

M: Medium body with a dryness that sticks to the palette and after taste of dark toast with just a hint of hops.

O: An excellent example of an oatmeal stout that's versatile, terrific for drinking and cooking in stews & breads. Big flavour that offers plenty to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 02:30:37 | More by FondueVoodoo
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout has a rather thin, tan head and a very dark brown (black, really) appearance, with a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is just wonderful- rich, sweet, bready, candy-like malts are all there. Taste is of quite bitter, dark-roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark coffee, and some sourness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and somewhat watery, and St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout finishes dry, refreshing (if you can believe it), and drinkable. This is a fabulous beer, and a must-try beer!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 20:18:30 | More by RonaldTheriot
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Everything you want in a stout, a body as black as night, a finger and a half of creamy head that left behind a great deal of lace and retained admirably.

Smell: A rich roasted malt and coffee scent to a backing of a slight oatmeal smell. Notes of chocolate and figs can also be noted. Warming helped the beer out, but not by leaps and bounds.

Taste: The entire beer has that smooth oat undertone that you can only find in oatmeal stout as expected rich smoky, charred malt turns at an excellent pace to a rich bitter coffee taste that turns to back to a light caramel malt at the end.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with a smoothness that could use a bit more aggression in the carbonation but is solid none the less. The aftertaste is a mixture of malt and coffee that clings for just a little bit too long.

Drinkabilty: That went down very fast for a stout, it's on the lower end of heavy for me but easy to drink none the less and sedate in my belly. It's also not trying to overwhelm you on any front which makes it very enjoyable.

Final Thoughts: An excellent stout and is a very worthy flagship brew for McAuslan. Like most stouts, I don't know if I'd want to drink this all night, but 4 or 5 would certainly make me a happy camper. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 05:28:22 | More by TheHammer
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minterro

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

4pack from spartan spirits for $10.49 plus tax

A&S: great looking head when poured, even when poured unassertively you get about 2 fingers of deep tan head. Jet black colored. The smell is great: you get a lot of the roastyness of the taste however there is much more of the dark chocolate tones.

T&M: Very ROASTY, huge roasty tones but not especially bitter. I believe that bitterness is put to bay by a slight sweetness from the oat addition. Not as smooth as I was expecting but at the same time not awful.

overall: I liked it but wasnt worth the price tag

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 01:05:24 | More by minterro
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SerialHiker

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice black color…two finger thick, mocha colored head formed, settling down to a more conventional layer…very inviting…(4.25/5)

Smell: Tons of oatmeal aroma upfront…chocolate, dark fruit (fig, raisin) sweetness, toffee, caramel, alcohol, roasted malts, light cream, light coffee…while it’s not pungent, it smells fantastic, with a classic oatmeal stout smell…as it warms, the chocolate alcohol and caramel come out more, supporting all that oatmeal…(4/5)

Taste: Starts out in traditional fashion, creamy oatmeal, toasted malts and coffee flavors but then takes a dramatic turn with tons of citrus bitterness…it’s almost sour towards the after taste, not in a bad way though, but in a flavorful, somewhat unique way…definitely different from any stout I’ve had in a long time…the roasted malts give way leaving a lemony citrus freshness on my palate that fades into a dry bitterness…it feels like coffee bean induced bitterness…think dry bitterness that comes with an espresso shot…it’s different that’s for sure, not the flavor I wasn’t expecting…(3.79/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation…wet, light, coffee bitterness on the palate…dry bitterness in the after taste…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a good brew…it comes from Canada so I suspect this is a more European style stout with its bitter-to-almost-sour flavor…it’s malty beginning is rich and flavorful, the bitter finish is watery and sour…is it good, yeah, but I don’t think I’d see this out again…I would try it on tap if I ever saw it, but I don’t think I’ll ever scoop up another bottle…it’s worth trying, but not the stout flavor I’m accustomed to or one that I’m gonna add to my lexicon…(3.5/5)

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 02:20:22 | More by SerialHiker
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Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Very dark black and quiet opaque. Some very dark reddish brown hints when really pressed against light. Nice one finger head that retains itself very well and leaves some good looking lacing up the side of the glass.

S: Roasted malts, very dark coffee and some milk chocolate almost. Maybe a little bit of butter in the smell as odd as that sounds too.

T: Quite bold tasting. Rich lush tasting roasted malts that give off some delicious coffee flavors. Dark chocolate is also present. Bitterness is not overpowering and the beer balances well.

M: Good carbonation. Thick bodied and rather filling (Perhaps because of the oats). Hits the tongue sweet and finishes bitter and dry leaving you lusting for another sip.

Overall: Very good beer. First time I tried it was with oysters and it paired very well. I have bought this beer since and it will probably hold a space in my fridge from now on. Pretty cheap in my neck of the woods (I live close to montreal). In fact cheaper than some hyped up macros like Stella and Newcastle. This beer helped me get into stout and it made me stay. Highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 21:33:04 | More by Haydn-Juby
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JG_brew

Quebec (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 341ml bottle. Probably served colder than it should have been.

Very nice appearance. Medium brown head. Great head retention.
Average aroma. Roasted malt.
Good taste. Fairly well balanced, more towards bitterness than i would have expected (could come from oat)
Awesome mouthfeel. Very smooth, robust.

Serving type: bottle

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.