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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

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901 Ratings

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Ratings: 901
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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Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Have had this one many a time, but finally decided to do a review.

Beer is black at bottom with a cascading tan from the large head on top. Great retention, as expected. Terrific lace. A very inviting beer.

Roasted malt is the focus of the nose. Smells quite creamy.

As with the nose, roasted malt is the focus of the flavour. Relatively bitter, but quite creamy. A slight bit of coffee and a touch of dark fruit (prune). Nice.

Medium bodied, low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Works well on nitro.

Overall, a Canadian classic. Very nice beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-18-2013 02:29:09 | More by jrenihan
Photo of Kbogac


3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a pint glass from a nitro tap. Nice creamy head with cascade as expected.Dark brown almost black once settled. Not much aroma through the foam. The tase is mostly malt and chocolate with a little smokiness. Mouthfeel is medium to light. not as exciting as I expected. A good Oatmeal Stout that's easy to drink

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-03-2011 18:56:53 | More by Kbogac
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the golden kiwi in cambridge - have enjoyed from a bottle in the past and this is even better (could be the silky smoothness of the nitro tap) - served in a st ambroise pint glass - jet black with a one finger head the color of a rootbeer float - beautiful sweet malt smell - taste is slightly bitter chocolate lots of malty goodness - nicely balanced malt/hops profile - mouthfeel is what made this an experience to remember - medium bodied but almost chewy - extremely smooth - I swooshed it in my mouth on each gulp - I could not get enough of the mouthfeel - overall - A tremendous stout and very sessionable at 5% (sweet but not so sweet that you only want one) - although I can grab 6 bottles for 12$ I think the experience from having it on tap will make it difficult to drink from a bottle.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-14-2011 21:26:35 | More by Stocean1
Photo of THECPJ


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

Reviewed from notes had on draft at Al's of Hampden.

appearance: Black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee,

taste: roasted malts, mocha

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: a very drinkable stout with full body characteristics. Enjoyed this so much better then guinness draught.

the cpj

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-20-2011 03:05:04 | More by THECPJ
Photo of ffejherb


3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Al's of Hampden on 4/14/11.

A - The coal black liquid cascaded to reveal a creamy beige cap on top that reduced to thick swatches of lacing reminiscent of craggy twigs and branches.

S - Milky lactic notes, rolled oats and bitter chocolate comprise the initial aroma. As the liquid warmed up a bit, light roast and coffee notes also emerged.

T - Milky and nutty with lots of oatmeal character and some semi-sweet chocolate for a bit of contrast. There is a coffee and cream presence in the backend that provides a hint of astringency. Finishes with a good bit of leafy, earthy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a silky, smooth texture and mild astringency. Finishes bittersweet on the palate.

D - I found this to be a solid oatmeal stout that is smooth and flavorful with a pleasant hop kick.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-19-2011 15:41:43 | More by ffejherb
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours deep black with a thick, creamy, one finger light tan head, dissipating down to a light creamy film, leaving thick rings of lacing down the entire glass.

S - Nice balance of dark roasted graham cracker malts and rich coffee. A touch of hops come thru as it warms up a bit. Nothing over the top here, just a solid oatmeal stout.

T - Lots of dark roasted malt up front giving way slowly to a mix of dark roasted coffee and some faint bittersweet chocolate. Finish has a good amount of dark roasted malt, but the watery feel that develops once it warms up doesn't help this one much. I still liked it tho, solid stuff.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A bit watery toward the end of the glass. Finish has some dark roast that lingers for a short period of time.

D - Pretty high. I liked this one on the brand new nitro faucet as it poured much better than the old one. Pretty good balance but the watery feel toward the end brought this one down a notch or two. Good stuff none the less.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-14-2011 05:31:57 | More by orangesol
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3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 1/31/11. On the nitro tap at Al's of Hampden. (Yes, finally a full nitro delivery not just beer gas blend.)

Served in a nonic, this brew appears black in color with a cascade of bubbles that rises through the body formulating a silky cream finger of tan head. The lace clings in an entire wall all about the glassware. The retention of the cap is perfect right down to the last sip.

The aroma of this brew is a little tangy and has sour indications overtop of a light grainy scent. The grain imparts a light roasted quality with some chocolate and fruity alcohol tang.

The taste is also tangy which suggests at least some portion of sour mashing going on in this brew. It has a musty grain flavor with a mild roasty bitterness. Some chocolate malt and citrus hops are evident but light.

This is a medium to light bodied offering. Silky smooth in the feel care of the nitro delivery. Quite easy drinking with little to no outstading alcohol character. The ratio of sour character to roasted bitterness is a bit uneven for an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-10-2011 18:14:30 | More by stakem
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A very deep, dark brown which appears black...the head is two fingers tall and is tight and creamy with a tan tint to it...it's there for the entire beer...sheets of lacing

S - There are some roasted notes coming through with some sweet caramel and a touch of coffee...not too big because of the dense head

T - The roasted flavors are the highlight of the beer...they are present up front with subtle notes of chocolate and coffee...the oats add a smoothness to the middle of the beer and the flavors mend together...the finish comes as roasted again with chocolate flavors leading the way

M - Medium bodied...this one borders on full but it comes up just a little light...smooth and creamy...the roastiness coats the palate

D - This was a nice beer to come from a nitrogen faucet...the pour was beautiful and left a nice feel...the nose wasn't big but the flavors did come together nicely...I'd have two before needing to switch to something else

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-01-2011 18:44:27 | More by thain709
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this on Nitro tap at Al's of Hamdpen -served chilled in a Nonic.

The color is opaque black like ebony with peanut butter cream cap which is smooth and shiny with high cascade from the nitro-pour. The bead is ultra fine and lace sticks well. The smell is strong with toasted graham cracker-like malt notes and a mild sweet yeasty aroma. There is light roasted odors with subtle fruit elements in the yeast ester. A smooth and semi-dry feel w/ hints of roast and creaminess from the nitrogen, moderate bitterness which is good for the style and sweet tinges throughout.

The flavor is pretty smooth with slight roasted flavor and mild spice with subtle smoke and sweet grainy flavor w/ gentle pepper from the hops and light fruit from the yeast adding contrast to some mild acidity and tinges of woody flavor w/ plummy quality as it finishes. This is a very drinkable stout -the nitro is detracting from some of the fullness of the malt for me it seems slightly stripped, but it is pretty good fro the style. I wood probably prefer a bottle, I think it is a quality brew overall.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-31-2011 23:22:46 | More by Slatetank
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Ontario (Canada)

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

The St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout by McAuslan Brewing is proof that beer does not have to be the stereotyped fizzy yellow drink that too many people assume that it is. This is an Oatmeal Stout. To some this may seem very appealing, and to others, not. This is richly black beer with flavors of cocoa, espresso, roast and rich malt. But is is smooth, creamy, and surprisingly refreshing.

In 1994 at the World Beer Championship this Oatmeal Stout received the second highest rating of over 200 beers at the festival, it was awarded a platinum medal, and has been brewed with passion and expertise ever since. Today is has spread across all of Canada, and is making its way into the United States. It is at every well stocked LCBO in 6 packs of 341ml bottles, and is also available relatively widely on draught - and that is where this beer really shines. Or, maybe not shines, but you get the idea

It called an oatmeal stout because it has been brewed with oatmeal. Oatmeal is used typically to add smooth creamy body characteristics, aid in head retention, and it also imparts a nutty and cereal like flavor to beer. This is a smooth and creamy stout that proves all this, but shows magnificent refreshing capabilities at the same time, so serving temperature is an interesting question. It is 5% abv, so you could easily serve is cool at 8C (45F) to enjoy the creamy and silky waves of cooling roasty beer. But at the same time you could enjoy it at cellar temperature around 14C (57) where is becomes creamy and lush. So essentially what you should so is pour it cool and enjoy it as it warms in your glass to cellar temperature - may as well enjoy the best of both worlds.

The pour from the bottle is terrifically smooth and silky. It will pour out as black as the night with an unassuming gentle flow building a richly back beverage in my stemmed beer glass. Zero light gets through, and only the slightest hints of amber brown will peer in the sides. With a slow and tall pour a nice two inch frothy, and generously dense medium brown, almost almond colored head will build proudly atop the beer. It is resilient and has great strength - the creamy and milk chocolaty foam will remain there until you drink it.

The nose is smooth roast with a complex range of dark malt flavors. You get everything here from biscuit, roast coffee beans, espresso and toast to bakers dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and dark fruits. It is smooth and elegant with rich aromas but no trace of booze or alcohol. So far the smooth and creamy appearance of the beer is reflected in its nose perfectly.

Tilt the glass to you and let a generous and smooth rush of roasted black beer flow into your mouth and fill your palate. Keep in mind that this is not an 8% imperial, it is 5% with much to show you. The overwhelming sensation here is creamy and silky roast - it flows through in the way of espresso beans, cocoa powder, and gentle milk chocolate. This is an alluring beer with amazing qualities.

Malts are easily noticeable and provide every inch of this beers flavor. Dark, roast and chocolate malts come though in a perfectly harmonious and sublime complexity - notes of brown sugar, dried cherries, plums and vanilla softly flow through your cheeks, under your tongue, and glide off the back of your throat. The oatmeal used in the brewing process not only gives this beer its remarkable creamy and silky mouthfeel, but also adds a cookie like flavor and soft earthy notes that balance in with only soft herbal touches of hops.

Now the Oatmeal Stout is warmer, and softer creamier flavors of nuts, chocolate and coffee are pouring out of it. Vanilla becomes cleaner and softer in the center of the beer as it gets even smoother and silkier. This beer shows are great balance between smooth dry roast and silky soft sweetness. The finish is dry and roasty with an earthy and lightly hopped end. It has gentle bitterness gliding in the back, but is absolutely satisfying.

On draught it is probably the best oatmeal stout I have ever had. The head is so lush and creamy that you could scoop it with a fork. But bottle or tap, this beer rocks. Try it with sausages, roast beef, smooth cheeses, cheesecake, chocolates, or fruit deserts.

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Serving type: nitro-tap

08-24-2010 12:11:24 | More by StephenRich
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black pour with a large yellowish head

Smells of sweet malt and hints of the oatmeal

Tastes fantastic. Malty stout taste with a sweet finish. The oatmeal sweetness is definitely present

I don't know what the bottle version is like but the nitro tap was very silky and smooth on the palate.

Very easier drinker as far as stouts are concerned

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-13-2010 00:39:49 | More by nickdago
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on nitro-tap at The Twisted Spoke on 5/21; reviewed from notes.

A-Pours black with a thick two finger, brown head. As it sits, the beer has that cascading nitro tap foam effect(a la Guinness) where the brown foam slowly rises to the top of the glass. Leaves very thick lacing behind.

S-Sweet milky notes(lactose?) with a very large note of chocolate and just a hint of roasted barley.

T-Mostly sweet chocolate with some roasted malt/coffee notes, very subdued taste, finishes with maybe the slightest bit of bitter chocolate.

M-Thick bodied with a velvety smoothness , while remaining pretty light on the palate.

D-Wow, this could be the easiest drinking oatmeal stout I've had. I've found that a lot of breweries tend to overdo it with the roasted barley in oatmeal stouts, but this is nicely balanced. I'll look out for this one again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-23-2010 04:16:06 | More by samie85
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes

A- Jet black. Mocha khaki creamy head.

S- Sour malt and yogurt. Hops.

T- Hops. Real hoppy for a stout. Bitter roasted malt. I burped, and it tasted like a granola bar.

M- Thick and full, but not syrupy. The mouthfeel is thick, not the liquid.

D- High. Highly refreshing.

Second time tasting this on-tap and I now know I love it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-20-2010 02:35:11 | More by Yoonisaykul
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Ontario (Canada)

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

This is the best example of a beer on nitro-tap I've had. It is jet black with half an inch tan head that stays there all the way down. It smells of roasted malt with some coffee and chocolate in there. The taste is much of the same with a great sweetness, but still some bitterness. So smooth that I finish this before I realize.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-04-2010 04:40:09 | More by kwjd
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro tap at Deep Ellum, Allston. Served in a British style pint glass. Intense dark black color. Huge creamy tan head. Lacing on the glass was like pudding, so thick and it just slid down. Roasted coffee smell. Taste was a knockout. Coffee beans, chocolate, oats, all rolled into one luscious flavor profile. Mouthfeel, due to the nitro, was creamy and smooth. Loved it, glad to have it for the first time on nitro. Could have drank this all night.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-27-2010 02:50:38 | More by morebeergood
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Winking Lizard.

Black with a tan, creamy head. 2 finger head, looks a lot like Guinness.

Smell is roasted malt, chocolate, and a nice chicory and cream.

Taste is good - very nice roast, creamy body, great chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, of course I like the "thicker" stouts, but this is good. A tad watery but creamy and satisfying.

Overall, this went down way too easy. Enjoyable stout for sure.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-23-2010 14:17:02 | More by jampics2
Photo of donkeyrunner


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

On tap at Deep Ellum, Alston MA.

Been wanting to try this for awhile but couldn't stomach $13 for a 4-pack of a 5% abv beer, from a relatively large brewery 6 hours away.

Black with a tan nitro-head and a nitro-retention that leaves a literal wall of lace. Smells of dark roast coffee and sharp char. Taste is bold roast malt and a heavy char in back--almost smokey. Smooth but somewhat light body. Seems bigger than 5%.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-24-2009 19:10:39 | More by donkeyrunner
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District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark opaque brown with a thick creamy beige head and solid lacing.
S: Aroma of cocoa powder and burnt coffee beans.
T: Tastes of bitter chocolate and caramel, not much of a finish, which was the only thing preventing a 4.5 taste rating.
M: Positively chewy, excellent body.
D: classic example of the style, well worth seeking out.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-08-2009 02:31:22 | More by Travlr
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3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap from Leon's in Atlanta.

Pours one shade lighter than black with a cascading two-finger light brown head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of milk and dark chocolate with a good bit of roasted malts lingering in the background. All smells are muted.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild roasted malt flavors up front are joined by dark chocolate flavors midway through the sip that cary on through a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a smooth thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer thought I'm not sure that it benefitted a whole lot from the nitro-pour. Still, it's worth a shot, nitro or not.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-08-2009 23:29:56 | More by glid02
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at The Manx (Ottawa) in a traditional imperial Pint glass...

Pours like a classic nitro stout. Clean, velvety maple walnut-colored head. Dry, flat, opaque espresso brown body. Nice carbonation.

There is a grain component on the aroma that is slightly obscured by the nitro carbonation...and maybe a little phenol - very neutral scent otherwise.

In addition to being a solid sessionable stout there is a maple quotient to this along with the oats and patent malt. Very dry - a bit of grassy mellow hops as well.

This drinks very cleanly for its weight class. Maple exudes a certain sweetness on the finish and the nitro brings a velvety character to the game.

Drinks very nicely. I could session this up, and later on at the Ron Hawkins show at Zaphod's that evening I did. Brought a few home in bottles as well and it plays nice there too. This is solid stuff.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-08-2009 15:37:01 | More by IBUnit63
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep black with a bit of ruby red highlights around the edges. Thick tan head forms and holds on for dear life! Copious amounts of hefty lace.

S-Mild roasted sweet malt with subtle hints of coffee and chocolate. Nothing extreme but it is there under that nitro head.

T-Sweet roasty dark malt with minor hints of chocolate,coffee and a bit of sourness.

M-Can a beer be rich but feel a bit thin at the same time? Medium to medium-light bodied with very smooth and creamy finish.

D-For an almost mass produced brew this is a rather satisfying oatmeal stout. For the price and availability I would chose this over those Irish dry stouts any day.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-02-2008 11:01:51 | More by Deuane
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black color, no light gets through this beer at all. Nitro head stays around for what seems like ever. Left a fantastic lace when drinking

S-Choclate, coffee, roasted grains.

T-Chocolate, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, iced coffee, kinda like iced mocha coffee. Roasted grains. This seems a little contrived to me, like these flavors were put here instead of developed.

M-Oddly, this beer seemed a litte thin and watery for the style and defintiely for the appearance. The oatmeal does not seem to be doing its job of adding body.

D-Drinkability is quite good. I could certainly down a few pints of this. The mocahjavaness would be the reason for the switch.

Overall-I am glad I stumbled upon this on this trip to Toronto. I hadn't heard of it before and now I see it is on the cusp of the top 100. So now my unbiased opinion is that it is little overated. It is good but not great.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-29-2007 17:45:59 | More by jackorain
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a very opaque black, some red in the edges, thick tan head forms, lots of lace, great retention. Smell is sweet, some cherries, roast, coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet up front, roasty chocolate middle, roasted bitter finish with lots of coffee, and a little anise. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Satisfying oatmeal stout, by far the best in Canada and one of the best in the world.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-14-2006 02:58:10 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first review.

Appearance: Had this beer on a nitro-tap at the local pub. Poured out blacker than night, quite a beautiful sight to see. Had about a finger of head that was a beige colour, very appealing. It's been said before, but this is one of the darkest beers I have ever seen.

Smell: Had a nose of roasted coffee and chocolate. Not too powerful, very subtle.

Taste: The best part. Instantly hits you in the mouth with a big taste of roasted coffee, subtle chocolate sweetness, just the right amount of bitterness and the ever so slightest hint of oatmeal.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick, but still remains smooth and creamy and easy to get down.

Drinkability: It's hard drinking a lot of these, not because of the flavour, but because they fill you up like a meal, but I always find myself coming back to it. One of the best stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-01-2005 18:19:29 | More by dragonofblood
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4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with faint red highlights topped with an extremely dense, creamy light brown head. The head retention was excellent and a thick lace was left down the sides of the glass. An absolutely gorgeous beer to have in a pint glass.

It smelled strongly of roasted barley, with coffee and caramel aromas coming through. Very light grain aromas and maltiness were also present. The flavour was a combination of fresh roasted coffee and dark, bittersweet chocolate. Well balanced with a medium bitterness hiding behind the roasted flavours. Grain dryness at the finish is accompanied by some bitterness and caramel maltiness.

Possibly the strongest point for this beer is the robust body and silky smoothness. An excellent beer all around.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-07-2004 02:12:48 | More by DrJay
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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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