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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

603 Reviews
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Reviews: 603
Hads: 1,130
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10%
Wants: 86
Gots: 105 | 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 kevinlater
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
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 (978 characters)

Photo of marshmarsh
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (2,317 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of BVukelich
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,635 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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! (586 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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... (1,031 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (322 characters)

Photo of darryletlesballons
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (1,759 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,784 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
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. (807 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,420 characters)

Photo of sergio1va
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of shand
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of templar316
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
$8.99 4-Pack
Sam's Wine, Marcey

St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout actually has a bit of gurgle from the bottle which is unusual for a 5% beer. The body is black as night and won't let a sliver of light shine through. A dense sticky two finger tan head formed on the pour and eventually, slowly fell to a thick cap leaving thick sheet lacing down the glass. I can't imagine an oatmeal stout looking any better then this one.

I met right off the bat by a solid roastiness that quickly combines with a soft hazelnut presence that leads the way through this beer. Coffee grounds and a mild dark chocolate bring up the rear. There seems to be a heavy creaminess that flows like waves through the smell of this beer, rising and falling throughout. This is an impressive smelling stout and for only weighing in at 5% the aromas really pop.

Roastiness bounces off every tastebud as this beer rolls over the tongue. Mild cream and sugar mix with the dark chocolate shavings and coffee grounds. The coffee grounds hit their stride on the swallow and leave a nice roasty bitterness behind. This is an oatmeal stout that is absolutely packed with flavor. I can't recall having a beer with this amount of alcohol have so much robust flavor. This is one high quality brew.

The mouthfeel can't be improved on very much either. There is an incredible silky smoothness that washes over my entire mouth from the oats involved in the brewing process. The carbonation is on the low side of the spectrum and allows the body to work its way through at its own pace.

The robust flavors, insanely smooth mouthfeel, and sessionable abv keep this beer flowing for the entire night. This beer needs to be sold in bigger quantities then just 4-packs.

This is my last bottle from a recent 4-pack purchase. This is a beer to buy by the case. I still can't figure out how they got this amount of flavor into a stout of such modest abv. I won't hesitate to pick this up in the future and I'm glad it's a fairly new addition to the IL market.

Reviewed: 7/17/08 (2,040 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish black color. Almost no head.

S: Malty and rich. Coffee tones.

T: Tastes like coffee. Chocolaty aftertaste. Goes down smooth.

M: Very smooth, very little carbonation. Thick and syrupy.

O: I did not get the oatmeal flavor at all. Tasted more chocolaty and like coffee than it did oatmeal. Nevertheless it's a pretty good beer. (349 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
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. (554 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, brown-to-black coloring with hazelnut highlights and a light tan, frothy, clingy head that starts a solid inch and quickly settles into a coating along the glass and surface. Aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, a touch of molasses, and cream. Very well balanced, and very rich. Flavors are roasted initially, with a coffee backbone and hints of smoke highlighting. Very bitter and dry, but balanced very well. The aftertaste is mostly coffee, with hints of bittersweet baker's chocolate. The grain bill helps keep things smooth and balanced. The finish is dry, with a slightly bitter linger. Very tasty, and very easy to drink. (692 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Real pitch black motor pour out of the bottle, viscous looking, doesn't even make a sound when it hits the glass, filling with a dark walnut black body. Head is a large swiss chees fist full brown tan and clumps with a large cap and head.

Bouquet is really unique. It's pure tobacco and sweetness. Dry leafy tobacco and pipe smoke embers. Woody and soft roast malts all over. It's very distinct and unique, and the tobacco on this is huge but in control with a sweet hint just barely. Roasty and inviting.

Palate comes with a minimal wet body, not very creamy for an oatmeal stout, but the hint on the nose brings all the expected joy. Rolling huge tobacco and crackling pan gravy and roast piping warmth and flavor. Finishes with a nice milk hinting sweetness for a great balance.

Overall, toasty warm, liquid cigar in a glass, an absolutely exceptional brew. (914 characters)

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.