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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout | McAuslan Brewing

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Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed from 40 percent dark malts and roasted barley, this intensely black ale carries strong hints of espresso and chocolate. Oatmeal contributes body and a long-lasting mocha-colored head to this well-hopped beer.
• Dense mocha-coloured head
• Chocolate/espresso flavour, medium sweet with a distinct floral aroma
• Ideal accompaniment to chocolate desserts

Added by kbub6f on 09-18-2001

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of sergio1va
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of shand
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of templar316
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Kmat10
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Dark black, one finger of tan head that went away fairly quickly

S- Malts and chocolate, dark espresso and little hints of hops

T- Toasted malts, espresso, cocoa nibs and little hops

M- Medium bodied, nice and creamy, very good smoothness, dry aftertaste

O- Very good oatmeal stout, very easy drinking, dry finish little hops, very nicely balanced with the espresso, chocolate and malts

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear black cola topped with a tan billowy head, plenty of retention of variable bubbles - right to the last drop.

S: Malts with chocolate, sweet deep dark espresso with just a hint of hops on the back end.

T: Deeply toasted malts with acrid espresso and dry coco nibs. Some hops that balance the malts, the smooth malts are the shining star and the hops act like salt in a dish - they elevate and improve on the smooth rich flavour.

M: Medium body with a dryness that sticks to the palette and after taste of dark toast with just a hint of hops.

O: An excellent example of an oatmeal stout that's versatile, terrific for drinking and cooking in stews & breads. Big flavour that offers plenty to enjoy.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout has a rather thin, tan head and a very dark brown (black, really) appearance, with a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is just wonderful- rich, sweet, bready, candy-like malts are all there. Taste is of quite bitter, dark-roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark coffee, and some sourness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and somewhat watery, and St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout finishes dry, refreshing (if you can believe it), and drinkable. This is a fabulous beer, and a must-try beer!


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Photo of TheHammer
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Everything you want in a stout, a body as black as night, a finger and a half of creamy head that left behind a great deal of lace and retained admirably.

Smell: A rich roasted malt and coffee scent to a backing of a slight oatmeal smell. Notes of chocolate and figs can also be noted. Warming helped the beer out, but not by leaps and bounds.

Taste: The entire beer has that smooth oat undertone that you can only find in oatmeal stout as expected rich smoky, charred malt turns at an excellent pace to a rich bitter coffee taste that turns to back to a light caramel malt at the end.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with a smoothness that could use a bit more aggression in the carbonation but is solid none the less. The aftertaste is a mixture of malt and coffee that clings for just a little bit too long.

Drinkabilty: That went down very fast for a stout, it's on the lower end of heavy for me but easy to drink none the less and sedate in my belly. It's also not trying to overwhelm you on any front which makes it very enjoyable.

Final Thoughts: An excellent stout and is a very worthy flagship brew for McAuslan. Like most stouts, I don't know if I'd want to drink this all night, but 4 or 5 would certainly make me a happy camper. Highly recommend.

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Photo of minterro
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

4pack from spartan spirits for $10.49 plus tax

A&S: great looking head when poured, even when poured unassertively you get about 2 fingers of deep tan head. Jet black colored. The smell is great: you get a lot of the roastyness of the taste however there is much more of the dark chocolate tones.

T&M: Very ROASTY, huge roasty tones but not especially bitter. I believe that bitterness is put to bay by a slight sweetness from the oat addition. Not as smooth as I was expecting but at the same time not awful.

overall: I liked it but wasnt worth the price tag

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice black color…two finger thick, mocha colored head formed, settling down to a more conventional layer…very inviting…(4.25/5)

Smell: Tons of oatmeal aroma upfront…chocolate, dark fruit (fig, raisin) sweetness, toffee, caramel, alcohol, roasted malts, light cream, light coffee…while it’s not pungent, it smells fantastic, with a classic oatmeal stout smell…as it warms, the chocolate alcohol and caramel come out more, supporting all that oatmeal…(4/5)

Taste: Starts out in traditional fashion, creamy oatmeal, toasted malts and coffee flavors but then takes a dramatic turn with tons of citrus bitterness…it’s almost sour towards the after taste, not in a bad way though, but in a flavorful, somewhat unique way…definitely different from any stout I’ve had in a long time…the roasted malts give way leaving a lemony citrus freshness on my palate that fades into a dry bitterness…it feels like coffee bean induced bitterness…think dry bitterness that comes with an espresso shot…it’s different that’s for sure, not the flavor I wasn’t expecting…(3.79/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation…wet, light, coffee bitterness on the palate…dry bitterness in the after taste…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a good brew…it comes from Canada so I suspect this is a more European style stout with its bitter-to-almost-sour flavor…it’s malty beginning is rich and flavorful, the bitter finish is watery and sour…is it good, yeah, but I don’t think I’d see this out again…I would try it on tap if I ever saw it, but I don’t think I’ll ever scoop up another bottle…it’s worth trying, but not the stout flavor I’m accustomed to or one that I’m gonna add to my lexicon…(3.5/5)

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Very dark black and quiet opaque. Some very dark reddish brown hints when really pressed against light. Nice one finger head that retains itself very well and leaves some good looking lacing up the side of the glass.

S: Roasted malts, very dark coffee and some milk chocolate almost. Maybe a little bit of butter in the smell as odd as that sounds too.

T: Quite bold tasting. Rich lush tasting roasted malts that give off some delicious coffee flavors. Dark chocolate is also present. Bitterness is not overpowering and the beer balances well.

M: Good carbonation. Thick bodied and rather filling (Perhaps because of the oats). Hits the tongue sweet and finishes bitter and dry leaving you lusting for another sip.

Overall: Very good beer. First time I tried it was with oysters and it paired very well. I have bought this beer since and it will probably hold a space in my fridge from now on. Pretty cheap in my neck of the woods (I live close to montreal). In fact cheaper than some hyped up macros like Stella and Newcastle. This beer helped me get into stout and it made me stay. Highly recommend it.

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Photo of JG_brew
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 341ml bottle. Probably served colder than it should have been.

Very nice appearance. Medium brown head. Great head retention.
Average aroma. Roasted malt.
Good taste. Fairly well balanced, more towards bitterness than i would have expected (could come from oat)
Awesome mouthfeel. Very smooth, robust.

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Photo of Scrylol
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick creamy one finger mocha colored head that sticks around. Some nice lacing on the glass. Pitch black body. Looks very nice.

Sweet caramel and roasted malty notes on the nose. Some hints of milk chocolate and coffee.

Big roasted caramel notes on the tongue, with some nice malty, grainy backing it. Bit of coffee flavor to it. Low hop bitterness. Very slight milk chocolate notes. Leaves a dry, coffee-like aftertaste.

Feels pretty creamy, and a bit thick - enough to feel appropriate for this style. Bit too much carbonation though.

A great oatmeal stout from McAuslan.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with a large light brown head. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. The smell is a nice blend of coffee and oatmeal, with a slight burnt scent. It seemed a bit weak though. The taste reminded me of oatmeal sweetened with maple syrup. It had a sweetness to it, but it wasn't overpowering at all. The sweetness was nicely balanced with a roasted coffee flavor. I would have liked a bit thicker mouthfeel. While oatmeal stouts are not a style I prefer, I certainly enjoyed this beer. I think it would pair really well with a dessert.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle into tulip.

A: black body. hazy. head is light brown and frothy. retention is good as is the lacing.

S: smells dry. coco, tobacco. a little bit of ash. a little bit of malty sweetness and oats.

T: the sweetness is very there in the middle and then turns very roasty and dries most of the sweetness out. slight linger of coffee.

M: tingly carbonation on a medium body.

D: pretty tasty. dry, stouty, drinkable. not too shabby.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look (4.5/5) – Pours a very, very dark brown to black. I can’t really tell if it had go clarity or not because it was so dark. The head was good: it rose to about a finger on a gentle pour; it was mousse-textured and a mocha-khaki color; it fell very slowly to a cap that really lasted with some nice lacing.

Aroma (4/5) – The nose had a lot of malt going on. Given the color, I was surprised to detect bready notes. The main player was roasted malts which fell well shy of being harsh or acrid: notes of black malt, coffee, and chocolate. There was a good bit of sweetness: notes of dark caramel (almost like burnt marshmellow) and a bit of melanoidin flavor.

Taste (4.5/5) – Very similar to the aroma. There’s a light bready, almost grainy and nutty, character as a backbone for the brew (I think this is the oats at play). Dark, Roasted malts were, obviously, very prevalent: a lot more coffee and chocolate than black patent than for the aroma The sweetness was somewhat different character: there was still the caramel, but much less fruit in the character. The bitterness a great balance for the rich malts; no rea hop flavor.

Feel (5/5) – Full bodied and light carbonation. The oats give a really great, silky mouth-feel without being too oily.

Overall, this is probably the best Oatmeal Stout I’ve encountered. It does a particularly great job of balancing the bitterness and intensity of dark roasted malts with sweeter malts and an ideal addition of oats that plays well on the nutty, grainy character without overwhelming the other malts or making an oily mout-feel.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.