St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing
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4/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
11-03-2004 13:18:58 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
08-29-2013 03:08:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.35/5 rDev -42.5%
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.
09-19-2010 21:09:29 | More by Thorpe429
4.23/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
11-14-2010 00:20:01 | More by metter98
4.83/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
01-12-2008 14:56:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.31/5 rDev +5.4%
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
02-15-2008 03:38:10 | More by brentk56
3.7/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
08-10-2009 06:43:54 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev -1%
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
12-08-2003 14:07:31 | More by Phyl21ca
3.75/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
07-16-2012 22:26:08 | More by womencantsail
4.93/5 rDev +20.5%
Bought this beer at a local pub in Chicago. Poured into a pint glass.
A: Dark black color that poured smoothly into the pint glass leaving a nice head with minimal carbonation.
S: Unbelievable smell of a good dark chocolate, dark coffee, and tobacco with a hint of something sweet. One of the best of any oatmeal stouts I've ever had.
T: From the first sip throughout this was the best oatmeal stout I've ever tried. Immediately could taste the chocolate and oatmeal notes. The balance seemed perfect for an oatmeal stout, not too sweet or bitter. The coffee flavor, toasted oat and slight taste of candy came out the more I drank. What bitterness was there became unnoticeable throughout leaving that perfect balance. The aftertaste was amazing that kept getting better and better the more you drank.
M&D: Coated the mouth really well knowing you just took a sip of a great stout. Barely any feeling of carbonation which is what is to be expected. Chewy and easy to drink. It did not fill you up but made you wanting more and more.
One of the best examples of an oatmeal stout that I've ever had. Based on it being top 3 rated by reviewers I have to agree. It rivals Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout being my favorite version of this style. Especially for $2.50 a bottle/$9.99 a 4-pack what a deal. Will be buying this in my local liquor store and become a staple in my fridge.
01-24-2009 21:51:47 | More by spycow
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
02-03-2009 23:44:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.45/5 rDev -40.1%
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.
06-05-2002 12:18:37 | More by oberon
3.45/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
10-03-2011 16:17:53 | More by TMoney2591
3.98/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
07-20-2008 21:14:14 | More by emerge077
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
11-02-2008 22:22:53 | More by zeff80
4.18/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
10-25-2008 21:37:39 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours pitch black with some tan head. Nice roasted nose. Caramel sweetness is there as well. Flavor is very robust and thick. Minor smoked tone on the backside. Feel is thick on liquid and the carbonation is biting, but not heavily present. This is a very robust stout. Not my favorite of all time, but it's good.
02-12-2008 21:33:36 | More by RblWthACoz
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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