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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

901 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even better on-tap. Smoother. A nice chocolate color and taste. Thick consistency. Nice bittersweet chocolate/expresso aftertaste with a tad of sweetness. Less bitterness, medium mouthfeel, without the flaoties from the oatmeal. Just the right stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2004 13:18:58 | More by Sammy
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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Inky black with faint umber accents at the edges. It's always impressive when a standard stout is this light-rejecting. The caramel nougat colored cap is a looker as well. It features a frothyfirm texture and is an excellent lace generator. Thick spider webs of foam are plastered all over the glass.

The nose easily keeps pace. Baker's chocolate leads the way, followed by sugared vanilla bean and splash of black coffee. There's nothing new or different about the aroma, it just works in a 'perfect for the style' kind of way.

Not sure that I've *ever* had a 5.0% stout with this much flavor. Or a beer of any style for that matter. There are American double stouts that don't hold a candle to this beauty. How is it that I have never heard of this brewery or this beer?

What a lovely combination of flavors and flavor sensations. First the latter. Sweetness leads things off thanks to the roasted malts. Bitterness takes over at the midway point and finishes in a rush, drying things out perfectly. Let's call it the best of both worlds in terms of sweet stout vs. dry stout.

The flavor profile is dominated by bittersweet chocolate. Also present are charred coffee beans, dark brown sugar, blackstrap molasses and vanilla, in roughly that order. Things don't change much with warming, but then they were pretty damn good to begin with.

The mouthfeel fits the flavor profile exceptionally well and is a marvel given the ABV. Bigger would almost certainly be better, but then that falls under the category of an unreasonable expectation. Besides, it might not even be an improvement.

St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is the most surprising beer that I've had in a long time. That's mostly due to the fact that I had no expectations when the cap was cracked. This is my new favorite version of the style, hands down. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 14:56:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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womencantsail

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color with an off-white head. Roasted malt with a touch of cocoa and some coffee, maybe a little bit of smoke, too. The flavor is somewhat smokey as well with quite a bit of roasted malt and coffee. Just a little bit of cocoa/chocolate sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 22:26:08 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with one of the thickest and darkest heads I have ever seen on a stout; plenty of lace lines the chalice as well

Smell: Coffee, leather, peat, molasses and tobacco

Taste: Opens with a black bread flavor and then it branches into a number of flavors some of which I have not encountered in other oatmeal stouts - unsweetened chocolate, leather, tobacco and peat; it left me wondering about the oatmeal until, at the very end, I got a bit of oatmeal cookie, followed by a coffee aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not the easiest beer to drink because it is surprisingly unusual and has some flavors that I don't particularly like in quantity; nevertheless, worth seeking out

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 03:38:10 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle - Opaque black brew with a medium head that dissapate too quickly. Excellent Chocolate and coffee aroma with a sweet taste. Good roastiness and good body. I would be curious to try this one on tap... Probably the best product from the Mcauslan Brewery

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 14:07:31 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

A medium bodied Stout with some smokey, meaty undertones.

The beer opens with a Stout-enough looking pour: a deeply browned color releases only tanned highlights around the edges. Carbonation reinforces a 1" foamstance that settles into a velvety lace ontop the beer. Completely opaque and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

Aromas of heavy toast, maybe burnt breads laced with deep toffee sweetness, light medium smoke scents and malty, yeasty breadiness. No real fruitiness or hops to mention.

Flavors of heavy caramels, toffees, and honey-baked breads provide the malt and sweet base for the beer. Mild coffee and bittersweet cocoa gives a deep complexity to the malts. Again, little on fruits or hops.

The beers texture is velvety, rich, and smooth due to the oats that seem to coat the mouth with a creamy layer of softness right before the Stout-like grains provide their attack. Semi-sweet, and semi-dry because of the arid and somewhat chalky grains- but this fine for Oatmeal Stouts.

The silky texutures I expect, but that smoke (maybe phenolic) flavor was not. I'm not sure if this is an added complexity to the beer or an unwarrented distraction. Regardless, this doesn't kill the beer nor propell it into greatness either. Probably an average Oatmeal Stout but with that odd smokey character.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 06:43:54 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 21:09:29 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is jet black and poured with a finger high tan head that slowly died down to thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderately strong aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with some faint hints of chocolate and coffee.
T: The overall flavor is very balanced and has flavors of roasted malts and notes of chocolate. There is a mild amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out and becomes much more intense in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and is both smooth and very rich on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, especially since it isn't full-bodied and filling.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 00:20:01 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a frothy, light tan head.

Smell: Roasty, oat-encrusted aroma with notes of unsweetened chocolate and coffee, along with a small whiff of black licorice.

Taste: Pleasing mixture of cold, black coffee, creamy steel cut oats, and chocolate. Medium-low amount of sweetness. Lesser tastes of licorice and vanilla. Faint fruitiness. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Further taste of roasted barley and a light pinch of good, clean soot on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Decidedly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Recommended. As an oatmeal stout charged with plenty of flavor and yet still manages to maintain a reasonable ABV%, I'd say it's got a damned high degree of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 23:44:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2002 12:18:37 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Starting things off right today with a nice oatmeal stout. It pours a deep black-brown topped by a half-finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate powder, toasted oats, very light charcoal, and a nice vein of vanilla. The taste brings in more of the same, though the oats are more toasted, the malts more roasted, and the vanilla seems to have dropped out completely. Some lightly bitter coffee is tossed in there for good measure, as well. Unfortunately, the bitter and charred end of the flavor spectrum is spotlighted here. The body is a strong medium, with a moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, what starts out as a damn fine oatmeal stout takes a turn for the worse with diminished flavors, a slightly thin feel, and a bad case of overcarbonation. Still not truly bad, but this is quite the disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 16:17:53 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle. This has been available in Alberta for a few years, now, I think, and I've always enjoyed it, and turned a number of people on to it, who swore by Guinness as the be-all, end-all of stout. No longer, heh.

This beer pours an absolutely opaque black, but with slight basal cola highlights, and two fingers of puffy, bulbous, foamy tan head, which sticks around for a while, eventually leaving lots of decently spooky, webbed lacing.

It smells of semi-sweet chocolate, a bit of sour roasted malt, and leafy, floral, earthy hops. The flavour is less endowed of the chocolate character, yet amps up the roasted coffee essence of the malt, as a light, weedy astringency indicates that hops are indeed present and accounted for.

The carbonation is above-average for a stout, which makes the mouthfeel not quite as smooth as one might expect, especially considering the oatmeal in the recipe. It finishes with a bit of renewed bittersweet chocolate, some lingering toasty malt, and prominent earthy, leafy hops.

A pretty hefty contender for best in class, maybe a few deducted points for sensory faults, but overall, a pretty stellar stout from La Belle Province.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 21:37:39 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MacAuslan St. Ambroise OatmealStout, or "Biere Noire A L'avoine"

Dense, inky apppearance, lush, rugged rocky brown head, slowly crumbling down froma proud crown. Looks great.

Nicely toasted nose, some hints of coffee, molasses, anise. Good and roasty. Liking it.

Mmmm. Smooth, silky, rich, flush with flavor, and a joy on the palate. Wow. I haven't had this in so long, I forgot how it really takes oatmeal stout to a new level. Some cocoa flavor shines through, too, and the taste never abates.
Many enthusiastic thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 09:15:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My father-in-law picked this up for me in Ontario not realizing this brand is available virtually everywhere in the US. Ah well, it's the thought that counts, and at least it's a good beer! Served in a Half Acre pint glass. Best before October 31st, 2014.

A - Big creamy mocha foam that features good retention. It eventually settles out to a chunky cap, leaving behind splotches of lacing. Opaque dark brown body with some visible bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass.

S - Big chocolate and biscuit aroma. There's a touch of buttery diacetyl, but it's not totally out of place in an English-style beer and sort of comes off as buttercream or toffee. Toasted grains and caramel round things out.

T - Taste is more roast and charry, with some bitter coffee early before giving way to sweet caramel and chocolate. Not quite enough sweetness here to balance the more ashy flavors, and there's a mild astringency in the finish.

M - Overly high carbonation mars what is otherwise a nice creamy oatmeal body. Medium body that is a tad watery both otherwise quite solid for a 5% beer. Fairly crisp and dry otherwise.

D - I remember liking this a lot more about five years ago, and I'm wondering if the recipe has been watered down or if exposure to the worlds best beers has re-calibrated my palate. It's not bad, and will do in a pinch if you have to go to The Beer Store, but it's merely a decent oatmeal stout. Better on nitro if you can find it. I easily put down the 355ml bottle but I probably won't a sixer with so many better options available locally.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 03:27:50 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a medium brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, creamy chocolate, honey and roasted oats.

T: The taste begins with sweet with flavors of coffee, honey, dark chocolate and roasted malts. However, the sweetness and maltiness quickly fade. There’s a mild hops presence, but not enough to carry the lack of substance in the malt character. The after-taste is dry and bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, the finish is very dry but very sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, not the best representation of style, it seems to be more of a honey porter than an oatmeal stout, but either way I wasn’t very impressed. There are many other stouts or porters that I would choose over this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 06:03:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body, yet more of a mahogany tone while pouring. Three fingers of tan foam reduce down to a healthy cap with rings of lace. Surface has a creamy texture.

Sweet and roasty aroma. Some light woody char.

This one is all about the bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors. There is a roasty, herbal note in the aftertaste that suggests hops. Some softer caramel and malt flavors are in there also. Body is slightly thin, but the bitterness keeps it interesting.

Glad I tried this one, a solid Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 21:14:14 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this pours like a stout!

Pours a coke/mahogany color with 3 fingers of whippy mocha head, with tons of bubble hugging my pint glass. very good head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa powder, iron & roasted malt

T: Cocoa, charred malt, coffee up front. Licorice & plum notes compliment the roasted malt as this warms. Finishes a bit dry with baler's chocolate & herbal hops

MF: Soft carbonation, smooth, medium bodied, damn near sets the bar for this style IMO

Drinks great, remember enjoying this in the early 90s, still great!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 04:44:52 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick frothy tan head. The aroma is great. It has a creamy chocolate scent that is very pleasant to the nose. The taste is good. It has a rich and creamy dark malt flavor with a dry oatmeal finish. It goes down easy with a chocolatey aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks well. It is a fine stout with awesome aroma and good stout flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 01:37:42 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Beer is black and forms a thin brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is a mystery. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is malty with a lot of sweetness and slight hints of coffee.

Beer is pretty thick and has a nice flavor to it. I don't get any oatmeal but I get a lot of body and some roast in the back. Sweetness is up front and the whole thing is well balanced. Second, carbonation is nice, overall a really enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 03:42:39 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:57:20 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a milk chocolate colored, fluffy, two-finger head. It left a little trace of lacing.

S - It smelled of oatmeal, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.

T - Very well balanced between the bitter oats, burnt toast maltiness and sweet chocolate flavors. Really outstanding taste.

M - It was soft, smooth and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good oatmeal stout. Great taste and great finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 22:22:53 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Poured from bottle to goblet.

A: Thick, pitch black color, dark creamy head that fades semi quickly

N: Some porter nose, chocolate malt, little coffee, a little alcohol, roasted malts, slight oat

T: Taste starts with bitter dark chocolate but not overbearing, a slight coffee, some rich malts and oats, a sweet molasses blends in the middle, some dark fruits like raisin and plum in the center, a little creaminess fills it out with some burnt brown sugar, pretty rich and complex

M: Semi thick with average carbonation but gets sticky towards the end

F: Finishes a little sweet and with some bitter dark chocolate, its hard to tell if the bitter comes from hops or earthy charred malts, but doesn't stick around for too long as it leaves you ready for more

Final thoughts: Pretty good for an oatmeal stout. Doesn't try to be overbearing, but has enough complexity. It would be a great go-to for the oatmeal stout style. Good oats, sweetness, chocolate and roasted malts, little creamy. If you haven't had it before I would recommend. Great for a darker session beer surprisingly.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 02:52:04 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an incredibly frothy brown head that sits atop a deep black beer that has hints of dark brown to it. Ah, the aroma is quite nice; it is a mix of espresso, French roast, dark malt, hints of chocolate. The really nice thing about the aroma is that despite the incredible roasty, burnt nose there is no astringent burnt grain huskiness to the nose. Ok, the aroma is quite heavenly, I never would have guessed how well integrated this roasted malt nose would be; the mix of dark chocolate and coffee is quite heavenly.

Does the taste live up to the heavenly nose? It is on the light side of things, as the alcohol percentage suggests this is a fairly light beer on the tongue, it does not have the thick maltiness that one would find in an Imperial Stout that would have a nose like this beer does. Having said that the heft of this beer perfectly lives up to the 5% alcohol. This beer is an expressive mix of roasted barley, dark roast coffee, even espresso and a hint of dark chocolate. This beer has just a bit of oatmeal character to it that adds a touch of oily rich body to the palate. The beauty of this beer is that it combines the rich roast malt character of a beer far beyond this alcohol content yet still retains a balance that does not allow this ample roast character to overwhelm the this relatively low alcohol beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 03:55:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick, creamy, light brown head that very slowly descends to a lasting cover, leaving beautiful rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, dark bread, light roasty notes.

The taste is of iced coffee, milk chocolate, earthy spicing and some steel-like metallc notes (that I didn't care much for).

Solidly medium-bodied and creamy. This goes down quite easily with a surprising smoothness despite steely notes.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 13:54:24 | More by jwc215
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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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