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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

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899 Ratings

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Ratings: 899
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-18-2001)
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Photo of BVukelich


3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Awesome pitch black color with a creamy head. I picked up on a sour, burnt aroma. Almost like charcoal, BBQ scent. The more I sipped, the more the smoke flavor came through. Low IBU. It was fairly thin viscosity, very low carbonation...almost flat. I see the 92 rating but I'm just not feeling this beer. I have to admit that I'm not a fan of any of the smoke-style beers, and wasn't expecting this oatmeal stout to be so smoke forward.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 23:12:10 | More by BVukelich
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A beautiful inky brownish-black stout smelling of burnt coffee, smoke, molasses. Nice mocha colored head that perches atop the murk. Palate is hearty, grainy, and deeply satisfying. Coffee and chocolate provide the lynchpins but there are some really nice mellow fruity notes (raisins) and delicate herbal flavors to provide complexity. Syrupy molasses and some dry nuts. Nothing clashes or makes itself known in an unpleasant way. Palate is silky smooth and body is heavy and thick. Oats add some astringency and although I am not wild about oats in brewing, here the bitterness rounds out the heavy dark flavors and sweetness nicely. Finish dry and chalky. Fanastic example of an oatmeal stout that hits the deep dark complexity mark without being unbalanced.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 19:18:12 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This oatmeal stout has lots off good things going for it , found it a great way to end my session at the pub and overwhelmed by its flavor , pours really dark. The roasted flavor of the malt overtakes a lot of sweetness hiding in this gem . halfway thru I wanted another . It goes down like a light beer but gives that kick in taste buds ideally found in IPA's . It has a slight but not overwhelming taste that is need in a stout to make it stand out . I'm not great at reviewing beers but will def seek this out and have it again at the pub or bottled .

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2012 22:24:39 | More by slickyrb
Photo of samhandwich


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this because I love Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but I had no particular expectations. The first sip was shockingly excellent, particularly in terms of mouth feel. This is possibly the smoothest, creamiest beer I've ever had. In addition, it has a rich, deep, dark flavor with very little bitterness. This beer is what other stouts dream of being. I just hope it's as good out of a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 21:25:08 | More by samhandwich
Photo of shemberger

New York

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

Had it at Cest What on Front Street in Toronto, great bar, great selection.

I'd rank it up there with Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout or Founders Breakfast Stout.

Also great in a bottle.

It looks like a stout should in a pint glass, dark almost black with a thick off white head.

A total sensory delight, I must admit I was surprised and tried it on a lark but I am a convert.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 19:10:06 | More by shemberger
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3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - pours a jet-black with a nice tan head. Leaves some nice lacing.

S - Roasted coffee and cocoa notes are present here, standard for stouts. Good.

T - Follows the nose with coffee and cocoa, fairly bitter throughout without much sweetness. A bit of ale-like fruitiness at the end from the yeast. This is the first beer I have had from this brewery and I would be interested to see if their others use the same yeast strain.

M - The finish has a coating effect, carbonation is slightly high for a stout.

Overall - a fairly solid effort. It was good but it needed perhaps a bit more balance (maybe some sweetness) to really wow me. I will commend them for packing in a lot of flavor in to a 5% stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 02:11:30 | More by HotHands
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Morris Tap and Grill

Dark beer, not much of a head - it could be how the bar tender poured it, nor is there any lacing.

Brown sugar, butterscotch, caramel, coffee and chocolate.

Dark fruits, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, toast, caramel, smoked oats and some alcohol at the very end.

Light and watery for a oatmeal stout. Dry feeling. It doesn't leave the lips sticky and no alcohol warmth.

Overall, some things are nice and somethings are not that great with this oatmeal stout. The body falls flat. For the aroma and taste, its nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 19:49:26 | More by 9InchNails
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 19:52:15 | More by jondeelee
Photo of OnThenIn


3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Has a darker head that lasts for a while leaving lacing. The body is black.

S: The beer has a roasty aroma and smells slightly sweet, like a molasses aroma. Also a bit buttery.

T: The flavor is very creamy with roasted flavors and a buttery taste. The buttery taste really makes helps with making the creamy feel. The chocolate and coffee I was expecting were not really present.

M: The beer had a medium body with a slightly creamy feel and an okay level of carbonation.

D: The astringency kills drinkability, as does the buttery flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 07:16:07 | More by OnThenIn
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown almost black colour with a large frothy light brown head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the darkness of the beer. There is some very nice lacing all the way down the glass that leaves lines in stages as I drink the beer. The head stuck around for a long time.. it was there until I finished the beer.. very nice.

Smell - coffee, malts, chocolate, vanila

Taste & Mouth - The beer has the perfect amount of carbonation leaving the beer feeling light yet creamy. The most noticeable flavours are roasted/toasted malts mixed in with hints of coffee and chocolate. There is also some hop taste and some vanilla notes. It finishes with a roasted coffee aftertaste.

Drink - An excellent tasting beer that has an amazing appearance as well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2010 18:32:03 | More by spinrsx
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 05:19:49 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of jiggahertz

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black beer with a cappuccino colored head that starts around 2 fingers and dissipates to a thin lace. Some lacing remains throughout.

S: Aroma is great, roasted malts, toffee, caramel, cocoa, really a great nose on this.

T: Roasted malts up front, toffee, licorice, bitter chocolate, oats. Very complex, can pick out a lot of flavors on the tongue.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation.

D: Fairly drinkable given the complexity and full bodied-ness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 01:17:45 | More by jiggahertz
Photo of BretSikkink


3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque brown color with a sticky brown cap. Great stick on this draft beer. Nose is somewhat roasted, but dominated by dark fruit. A little vanilla sneaks in amongst the more powerful notes. Really good so far - strong and assertive.

The flavor is similarly fruity and assertive. Roasted notes abound as well, but don't impede the drinkability. Body is firm and smooth - I guess the oatmeal comes through nicely. All the same, there's a metallic overtone that makes this one hard to drink compared to the outstanding bottled version.

I still enjoyed it, but the drinkability wasn't quite there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2010 02:59:58 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of abass


4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Novare Res in Portland, ME. Poured almost pitch black and completely opaque with a gorgeous 1 inch chocolate-milk looking head. This beer tasted absolutely fantastic, basically the taste is as if one took the darkest chocolate imaginable and melted it into a beer, with very very slight tart undernotes. Mouthfeel was thick and wonderfully rich and creamy. Some might say it's a bit heavy, but this is one beer I could drink all night. I should note that is the first example of this style I've tasted so I may be a bit biased in my review due to lack of comparison, but in the grand and majestic scheme of what beer tastes good this nails it for me, really just an outstanding offering in my opinion!

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 06:30:55 | More by abass
Photo of Cyberkedi


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

Comes out of the tap a warm opaque sable with a fine-bubbled creamy tan head. The smoky, malty aroma has a hint of mocha and spices. Smoky flavor has malty and yeasty tones as well as hints of cloves and cinnamon. Creamy smooth texture is a little fizzy and leaves a nice tingle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 00:46:35 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of endincolorado


4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours an opaque black with solid, foamy tan head and great lace.

Smell- Rich, malty aroma. delicious cocoa.

Taste- Delicious flavors of dry cocoa and oats, followed by a hint of charred toast.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Extremely satisfying with a nice foamy carbonation.

Drinkability- Overall, this is an excellent, and highly drinkable stout. I was pleasantly surprised, as I'd always liked this in bottles, but found it to be a lot better on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 23:40:36 | More by endincolorado
Photo of reallyhoppie


3/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 03:39:30 | More by reallyhoppie
Photo of rodenbach99

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Chez Edgard, 5,0% alcohol used to be 5,5%. This is a classic oatmeal stout.

A: dark black beer with a bown foamy head.
S: some mocha, roastiness, coffee
T: silky, roasted beans, some chocolate, very nice
M: good mouthfell
D: one round deserves another, very drinkable product,one of the best beer in Québec.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2009 00:58:06 | More by rodenbach99
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

On tap at St. John Ale House.

A- Deep thick brownish black with a small creamy tan head.
S- Nice medium roasted black coffee with hints of of oatmeal and chocolate.
T- Sweet chocolate and creamy coffee with a nice grainy hop bite.
M- Thick and creamy smooth with a nice dry crisp hoppy presence.

Overall- Didn't have coffee this morning so I had this instead good replacement! I was hoping this was gonna be good and it lived up to my hype!

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 00:10:13 | More by NJpadreFan
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Oatmeal Stout I have tried and let me tell you wow not what I was expecting. Comparing it to Beamish, Murphy's or Guiness this is a whole new ball game. I found that the scent alone jumped out at me and had this very pungent roast coffee and chocolate smell. At first I didn't enjoy the strength of the smell but it grew on me. Had a very dark colour to it and a interesting off white head. Very full felling when you drink it really neat texture and feel to it. Wouldn't buy more than one in a night but a nice beer to have after work or with a burger.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2008 03:15:25 | More by terryeckmeier
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Golden Kiwi in Cambridge.

A- is very black with a finger thick head of milk chocolate color mousse. Looks very tasty.

S- I s generally of roasted malts with strong hints of expresso and dark chocolate with some hops fairly noticeable.

T- As i pierce my top lip through the thick head of foam i am immediately greeted by some excellent flavors of roasted malts and dark chocolate which transfers into a very nice bittering hop character in the finish. Very tasty.

M- Is thick and oily, full bodied beer, great carbonation, slick on the tongue.

D- The heavy body of the beer could make it difficult to session I would assume, though i have yet to try more than one at a time.

Overall and excellent brew with Great character. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 20:40:40 | More by drinkininthewood
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Impressive. I tried this masterpiece..er beer...on July 27, 2007 at the 'Beer Bistro' in Toronto. It came to me in a glass (on draught) and appeared to be chocolate milk with a thick head. The beer was dark brown, with a medium brown head that lasted throughout the beer. The aroma was a combination of malt, chocolate, and fruits. The mouthfeel was full bodied, and not as thick as I was expecting. Nor was there a whole lot of carbonation. The flavour was full of malt, chocolate, and plums. Overall, this was a truly great experience, and completely surprised me that a stout could provide this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2007 00:07:54 | More by cyrenaica
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Fou Bar, Quebec City.

Lovely black beer with full creamy brown head. Fully creamy on the palate, soft and very very drinkable. Aroma of mildly roasted malt. Taste is delicious, balanced, roasted coffee notes and smooth finish, a real pleasure.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2007 03:59:12 | More by kenito799
Photo of BBM

New York

4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at St Pat's in Quebec City. And wow, what a stout. Pours a dark, thick, luscious black into the pint glass with about two fingers of creamy brown head. Aroma was sweet, chocolaty, but not overbearing.

I was surprised by how throughly enjoyable, complex, and well-crafted this beer is. A thick semi-sweet chocolate taste, followed by dark fruits, coffee beans, and of course oatmeal to add substance and flavor. A wonderfully full and silky smooth mouth feel had me gaga over this one. I could have it all night. Beautifully done, this was my favorite beer in Canada.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2007 22:49:25 | More by BBM
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4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the fifth beer of the six-beer sampler at the brewery, and it was my favorite, hands-down. A thing of beauty, it patiently waited while I drank its sibling brews with little (if any) loss of its thick coffee-colored head. It smelled of hazelnut coffee, and I could detect the oats back there too. It made me hungry, and I thought it tasted as good as it smelled. Pleasant hop bitterness offset the creamy coffee flavors.

Like the the other St. Ambroise offerings, I really liked the way it dried out my mouth like a tannic wine. Beautiful black body felt as good going down as it looked. Probably the best oatmeal stout I ever had -- that pour was definitely better than bottled Sammy Smith, which I love. I brought a six-pack back to the States, and, though I didn't love it from the bottle quite as much as I did that day at the brewery, it's damn good. Next and last, the St. Ambroise a l'Abricot...

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2007 23:18:56 | More by jbsteiny
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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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