St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 86
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-18-2001

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Photo of kevofficiel
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Today I had the chance to pick up St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout because it was on special. Here in Montreal Canada the pack of 6 was for 8,99$ instead of 11,99$
So the look of the beer is really dark. Even if you put the glasse on the light.
The smell of it is fabulous. One of my first beer that have some much flavour. You have that strong espresso and chocolate flavour. A note of coffee also.
The taste on the beginning is wonderful. You don't taste the alcohol at all. You have that taste of chocolate, espresso, coffee mocka, that roasted wheat. On the beginning the taste is a 5/5 and the same goes for the smell no doubt about it. Now, I do have a problem with the finish. Right after u drink it you have that strong kicking finish. I think all the flavour is coming at the same time and it's not really pleasant. But it last just for 5 seconds when your saliva is taking over but after 10 or 15 seconds of drinking it, you have that smooth taste of chocolate and coffee. It's really pleasant. If the finish was not too hard on the kick I will give it a perfect 5/5.
So overall would I recommend it ? What you expect Absolutely YES. Go for it and crab a pack of 6 or 12 if you find it. It's an amazing beer. Much better than a Rickard's dark or even a Guinness Original. (If you hate the taste of coffee, don't take this beer), but overall damn what a beer !

Photo of Sercoli
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Good balance of flavor & body. Excellent taste. A real good drink.

Photo of Nightwing
4/5  rDev -2%

Poured from 341 mL bottle. Incredible aroma of chocolate and coffee. Pours black with brown head. Definitely bitter in taste. Full bodied, slick texture, average carbonation, with a bitter dry finish. Overall a great bitter stout.

Photo of fourstringer
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from 11.5 oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass. Moderate hand. Production date 131313. Hmmm, that seems unlucky.

A: 4.5 Opaque, rich black body with 2+ fingers of mocha-colored head. Good retention. Impressive, intricate lacing.

S: 4.25 Tangy, toasted malt. Chocolate and lesser coffee notes. A certain "coffee and cream" scent happening here. Pleasantly nutty. Almonds. Toffee. Black bread. Light smoke. Black licorice.

T: 4.0 Nutty, tangy malt initially. A dark chocolate-y, hop bitterness develops to close things out rather dryly. Lingering tang and almond bitterness on the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: 4.0 Moderate carbonation with a moderate body for the style. Could be a bit richer on the palate, but nice and smooth.

O: 4.25 Nice, rather drinkable, stout with some great roasted malt notes. I'm good for a few of these, for sure.

Prost!

Photo of ThomasT
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievably good beer.
Color is an extremely dark brown with moderately brown, thick foam.
Smell is good, although nothing totally spectacular. Notes of chocolate, oatmeal, and malt.
Taste is outstanding. Medium roasted malt, moderately strong oatmeal, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is very full bodied.
Overall an excellent beer.

Photo of kevinlater
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at accords bistro in montreal

a: truly pitch black with one finger of tan, nitro-y head. none of that "ruby on the edges" stuff. leaves some excellent web-like lacing

s: deep roasty notes, coffee, caramel, slight chocolate. hints of oats and vanilla which is what i admire most about this beer

t: follows the nose. huge and deep roasted malt flavour, bitter espresso/black coffee, bitter dark chocolate, caramel, hints of prunes and raisins. flashes of oat and vanilla flavours. very dry finish, but the flavours linger for a while. i'd even go so far as to say that the malt character mirrors some kind of graham cracker flavour. just excellent

m: light-to-medium body, mild-to-moderate carbonation

o: so so good. this beer always amazes me with how flavourful it is at such a low abv. one of my all-time favourites. it's shocking how the roast character in this beer is deeper than a lot of high-abv stouts. a bit better from the bottle. please try this beer

Photo of marshmarsh
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip glass

(Side note: The production date on the bottle says it was made over 4 years ago)

a - Black body with dark orange tint. Two finger fluffy head. Head color is caramel. Head deflates slowly in the center and then later on the edges to form a half finger, dark latté colored head.

s - Creamy and smokey-cigar smell. Bourbon notes.

t - cream and oats start. Middle is nutty/coffee bean. Finish is milk, coffee, and toffee.

m - Full and smooth. Linger feels like milk or cream lines the mouth

o - Head wasn't as rich and full as I usually like in a stout. The flavor was simple, but tasty. Mouthfeel of the body was very nice, and the best part of this beer.

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Inky black with a huge mocha coloured head. Looks very smooth and creamy.

Smell: Aromas of dark roast coffee, and some oat notes. Very toasty, comforting smells.

Taste: Delicious. Lots of roasty notes, flavours of cold/iced coffee or espresso. A mild hoppy bitterness hides behind a round, roasted sweetness that comes up front. A touch of chocolate, and some nice earthiness. These flavours don't linger long on the tongue, and dissipate to a coffee bitterness that hangs around in the mouth for a few moments.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, rich, creamy, but not too creamy. Perfect smoothness, very drinkable.

Overall: This really is a great beer, exceptional mouthfeel and lots of warm comforting flavours. Very highly recommended.

Photo of doktorhops
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love oatmeal stout. Fact. However it's not easy coming across them in Australia (which is typically more of a hot climate Lager country). So when I do come across one, like this fine looking St-Ambroise, I throw wads of cash at the bottleshop attendant and shout at them "TAKE MY MONEY!"... not really but you get the idea. Why are Oatmeal Stouts so good? You ask rhetorically. I'll tell you (to hell with rhetorical question rules dammit): the oats in Oatmeal Stouts impart a full and silky smooth body to the Stout, which is a beer style that greatly benefits from being as smooth as Barry White's vocals, awwww yeah.

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: This brew presents well with a cloudy (top tip: how can I tell? Shine a flash-light through it) cola body and a russet brown 1cm head that retains well. Looks very tasty!

S: Aroma is rich with caramel malt, espresso and dark chocolate but not much else. Do you need anything more? No, then shut up.

T: Roasted, almost burnt, coffee hits straight away, the caramel malt combines with hops to give an earthy taste, and there is some lingering smoke in the finish. There is a hint of chocolate however this is definitely a more coffee flavoured affair... and the richness of the body, damn! I couldn't wait for the "M" to describe it, I'm breaking all the rules today!

M: Full bodied and rich, rich as Nazis (guess that reference) with tight packed carbonation giving this a Teddy Pendergrass out of Marvin Gaye smoothness rating [that's my Trademarked smoothness rating system].

D: I'm well impressed by this Oatmeal Stout, it plants a flag on your taste-buds and claims your tongue for mother St-Ambroise. If there is one small chink in the armour of this mighty brew it may be a teensy tiny bit lacking in complexity, but the mouthfeel hits it out of the ball-park. It will be hard for me to find another Oatmeal Stout lest one as smooth as this. I have officially been seduced by this brew.

Food match: Immediately pastries such as croissants, chocolatine and brioche springs to mind, this is after all like drinking a thick rich cup of coffee... I wonder if I can get away with drinking this beer for breakfast? Aside from this it would pair with Æbleflæsk or any pumpernickel (rugbrød) based dish... if you hate pumpernickel too bad.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a deep dark black, with a foamy, smooth 1.5 inch head that lasts throughout the whole session. Sheets of lacing down the glass as I drink this, looks great.

Smells like dark, almost burnt malt, chocolate, and a little bit of oats.

The taste is the same. This is an interesting beer, because as an oatmeal stout, it's a bit disappointing to me, but if it was classified as an Irish stout, it wouldn't be disappointing to me. It has a lot of the same characteristics to me as an Irish stout- slightly watery, roasty char flavor, used coffee grounds. Slightly smokey.

Medium bodied, a tiny bit thin. Creamy silky mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

A slight miss here, still quite tasty, but expected a bit more.

Photo of BVukelich
3.51/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of Act25
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of BierJager89
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of leaddog
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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...

Photo of keithmurray
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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

Photo of darryletlesballons
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.16/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of bmwats
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of sergio1va
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of shand
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of templar316
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.