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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

899 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 899
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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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

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

Jet black in colour, nearly two fingers of tan head, nice retention with lots of thick lace on the glass. Smell is roasted and chocolatey, a bit of coffee, lots of mil chocolate here and a bit of smoke as well. Taste follows the nose and is nice and roasty with milk chocolate, light sweetness, good bitterness and coffee flavours, roast and smoke in finish and aftertaste. Smooth feel, light-med carbonation, creamy and medium bodied. This was finished quite quickly and something I have enjoyed every time I have had, solid, consistent and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 14:56:17 | More by peensteen
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

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

St.Ambroise "Oatmeal Stout" @ 5.0% served from a 6pack a 340ml bottle warmed from the cellar
A-pours almost black/brown with a small cola brown head which slowly dissapates leaving some fine lacing on the pint glass
S-espresso/coffee , hints of chocolate
T-good malty taste , some smokyness thru out , bit of a strong dry espresso finish
MF-crisp medium to full bodied
Ov-a very drinkable oatmeal stout

cheers LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 03:35:26 | More by LampertLand
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greybeardloon

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No date

A: Thick head with excellent retention and nice lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, vanilla and roastiness.

T: Some sweet milk chocolate, but much less than on the nose. Prominent char and herbal hop bitterness. Some roastiness with just the faintest hint of soy sauce on the finish.

M: nice and full with moderate carbonation.

O: The charred bitterness hurts drinkability somewhat, but it's a very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 00:39:58 | More by greybeardloon
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout starts off with an impressive pour. Being that first impressions are “everything” and I thus far a happy camper. The pour is black as molasses and brings forth a super thick, rich and creamy head that starts off as dark brown and fades to tan as it settles leaving a creamy residual head about ¾ inches this and very rich lacing down the glass. This one is all most too pretty to drink.

That will not deter me. The nose is not as strong as I had expected. Some hints of smoke and definitely a coffee tinge to it. I also detect French bread, sweet malt and spice. Sort of a spice that makes me think of coriander or nutmeg.

The flavor is a high contrast between malt, Hops and smoked malt. The flavors are very nicely balanced and do not battle for dominance. There is a very present sweetness and fruity bed to the taste that quickly gives way to the hops and then allows the undertones of dark chocolate, vanilla, bready yeast all coated with a nice smoky flavor.

The mouthfeel is rich and textured without being ultra-heavy like a lot of stouts.

Overall this is quite the quaffable beer and an excellent example of an oatmeal stout with an extra hoppiness. This is a hop heads Stout, so enjoy it, I am.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 00:39:44 | More by AtrumAnimus
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beer pours a nice somewhat lasting tan head with some lacing. The beer itself is a black dark chocolate.

Smell:
The dominant smell is a dark chocolate with roasted malts and cocoa.

Taste:
The beer has notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, and lightly roasted malts. The beer has a slightly bitter aftertaste with a tiny bit of hops.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with a smooth feel and light carbonation.

Overall:
A pretty good otmeal stout and definitely up with the best of them. I found it enjoyable during the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 14:38:35 | More by HattedClassic
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match1112

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: black as nite with a two finger brown head. plenty of lacing and retention to make me happy.

s: burnt coffee and over cooked oatmeal cookies.

t: more overly done coffee, but not as burnt tasting as it smells. more oats and chocolate.

m: full body with good carbonation but the burnt bitterness thru out kind of knocks down the score for me.

o: if it werent so burnt tasting it would be soo much better. will try another bottle in the future to see if my opinion changes.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 17:48:05 | More by match1112
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle at Bushwakker's.

Dark black and almost opaque. Just a hint of ruby red at the edges when held to the light. Dark brown chocolate head is foamy and 1 inch high. Nice lacing throughout.

Aroma of roasted malts, almost burnt. Slightly sweet. Kind of like burnt chocolate chip cookies.

Taste is very burnt. Way too burnt and not sweet or smooth enough. Lacking in almost every way of each oatmeal stout I've ever had. Go to your toaster, burn the crap outta your toast then liquify and drink. Or try to drink a charcoal brickette. My wife (who isn't a beer drinker) tried a sip and said, "It's scoring the center of my tongue." Not a pleasant experience.

Full bodied mouthfeel.

A friend of mine said it looks like oil after an oil change. Tastes just completely burnt. Way too overpowering. Unpleasant.

April 28, 2012

Decided to re-review this beer after a number of years since it consistently gets good reviews yet I didn't like it when I first tried it. Let's give it another go.

Brown bottle with twist off cap poured in a pint glass.

Obsidian black let's absolutely no light through. Brown foamy head is one inch on the pour and leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is burnt, dark roast coffee, malty.

Burnt malty profile off the start. Bitter chocolate and dark roast coffee.

Medium bodied, but a little thin for a stout. Not much carbonation as expected.

Not as creamy as you would think for an oatmeal stout. An ok offering but not a stand out

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 03:42:57 | More by Noxious26
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themind

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer gets excellent ratings but is just not my cup of tea. Pours a nice head and the smell is good. The problem I have with this beer is its very smokey! I was surprised at how smokey!! that said it's still a good brew worth giving a try.

Bottom Line: Not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 22:08:11 | More by themind
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shemberger

New York

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had it at Cest What on Front Street in Toronto, great bar, great selection.

I'd rank it up there with Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout or Founders Breakfast Stout.

Also great in a bottle.

It looks like a stout should in a pint glass, dark almost black with a thick off white head.

A total sensory delight, I must admit I was surprised and tried it on a lark but I am a convert.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 19:10:06 | More by shemberger
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HotHands

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - pours a jet-black with a nice tan head. Leaves some nice lacing.

S - Roasted coffee and cocoa notes are present here, standard for stouts. Good.

T - Follows the nose with coffee and cocoa, fairly bitter throughout without much sweetness. A bit of ale-like fruitiness at the end from the yeast. This is the first beer I have had from this brewery and I would be interested to see if their others use the same yeast strain.

M - The finish has a coating effect, carbonation is slightly high for a stout.

Overall - a fairly solid effort. It was good but it needed perhaps a bit more balance (maybe some sweetness) to really wow me. I will commend them for packing in a lot of flavor in to a 5% stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 02:11:30 | More by HotHands
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9InchNails

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Morris Tap and Grill

Dark beer, not much of a head - it could be how the bar tender poured it, nor is there any lacing.

Brown sugar, butterscotch, caramel, coffee and chocolate.

Dark fruits, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, toast, caramel, smoked oats and some alcohol at the very end.

Light and watery for a oatmeal stout. Dry feeling. It doesn't leave the lips sticky and no alcohol warmth.

Overall, some things are nice and somethings are not that great with this oatmeal stout. The body falls flat. For the aroma and taste, its nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 19:49:26 | More by 9InchNails
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UDbeernut

New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of coldbrewky pours a jet black hue with tan on the edges, capped by a tan head with great retention. hint of roast in the nose. Roast, light bittering chocolate, toffee all add to a complex taste. Mouth is light and super creamy. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 19:52:05 | More by UDbeernut
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Rich foamy head hold its place to the final sip, covering an opaque pitch-black body. Luscious.

A - Coffee, some cocao. Predictable.

T - It's not exceptional but it's very good.
+: Roasty in a rustic traditional way, some Stout I've had have become soft to appeal to a wider palette.

-: Too one-dimensional, the flavor is good but I have had more interesting Stouts/Porters; beyond one, this beer could become very ashy.

M - It's hard to believe this beer is only 5%, it's velvety and full-bodied. It's nice to have a beer that's not sweet or chewy, but satisfies quickly.

O - I probably could;ve given more credit to the taste, but I feel I do beers and fellow beer advocates a service when I am picky. This beer is definitely worth a shot, and a nice change up from BOTH Guinness Draught/Extra Stout, and a lot of the micro brew Stouts which have restrained the roast profile far too much.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 14:47:42 | More by MONKandTUCK
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gustogasmic

Michigan

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

A- a reddish tan 1" head dissipates slowly on top of black-red-olive beer. No translucency.

S- Dark fruit-plum and grape, dates. Not sweet, but nice and fruity.

T- Light roast with all the dark fruits. A little creaminess in the finish.

M- Goes down very easily. A sip hits the tip of the tongue with flavor and moves back as tasty froth, but awkwardly. Not a smooth transition between the two.

O- sessionable stout. Wonderful amount of hops for a black beer, without sacrificing the roastiness. Not too sweet at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 08:05:13 | More by gustogasmic
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.5 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oats and malts. Taste is malts, smoke, chocolate, a touch of oats and coffee, lots of complexity yet somehow feels off just a bit. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 15:00:12 | More by tone77
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black. Half finger light brown medium head, dissipates quickly, leaving a thin film and lacing. Aroma of toasted malt and molasses. Flavor is toasted and pleasant almost burnt malts, hints of coffee and chocolate. Light presence of dark fruits. Somewhat dry finish with toasted malt and a light bitterness. Body is light to medium. A pleasant stout that tastes more like a export than a oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:34:45 | More by LiquidAmber
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a nonic.

a - pours an opaque dark brown, not quite black. gave me only a thin film of light brown head but leaves a few legs of lacing in the glass.

s - wet paper, faint roast, faint cola, faint dark fruits.

t - weaker roasted malt that reminds me of day old restaurant coffee. faint chocolate and dark fruity notes. has an odd tanginess in the finish that i can't place.

m - full bodied with lighter carbonation. kinda sticky. not nearly as smooth as it should be.

o - not bad, just meh. maybe i got a bad bottle? might have to give this one more chance before signing off completely. will update if anything changes.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 04:59:12 | More by divineaudio
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output01x

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.5 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a creamy, 1-finger mocha-colored head that slowly fades to a thin, even dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a near black with no traces of color when held to light. Some great lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

The nose on this beer is amazing. Warm and inviting, it has notes of vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, and coffee. In a nutshell, this beer smells like a Werther's caramel.

Very similar to the nose at first, this beer starts each sip with flavors of vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch. As this beer is swallowed, the oatmeal really comes out along with some bittersweet chocolate. A dry coffee aftertaste lingers between sips.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer is about as drinkable as an oatmeal stout can get. The body is quite full for a 5% ABV beer, coats your mouth well, but never becomes sticky. The carbonation is a bit fizzy in the background but does not interfere at all. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth and creamy and really adds to the experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 16:16:57 | More by output01x
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On top is a dark beige, rocky and very thick head that has great head retention. Below that is a black depth of darkness of which light can not enter or exit.

Aroma: Lots of dark roasted coffee, dark roasted malt and hops. Oats with earthy tones. Bits of chocolate among all of it.

Taste: Full bodied smooth and silky mouthfeel. Cocao, vanilla bean, oats. Hops and malts are roasted dark very well. Chocolate whirls around this abyss of darkness and give it a smooth finish.

Notes: Such a dam hearty beer very drinkable and great for a winter night. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 23:54:00 | More by horshack7
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jegross2

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing.
Score: 85

2011 vintage bottle (unknown date) served in a snifter glass and enjoyed 12/23/11. This is the second of three reviews I wrote a month ago and forgot to publish.

Appearance: Pours that dark brown/black used motor oil color that a lot of dark stouts share with a full finger of creamy mocha colored head that settles into a thin layer. Great lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Lots of desserty vanilla flavors here. Vanilla cupcakes, vanilla frosting and marshmallow come to mind. Beyond the vanilla, I get toasted oats, light coffee and light chocolate. 4/5

Taste: Campfire roasted marshmallows, roasted malts and nuts -- almond and walnuts? -- upfront. Then some vanilla dessert flavors and raw oats. Surprisingly crisp, without any real finish. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied and entirely too watery for a stout. Medium-light carbonation makes the watery mouthfeel feel even flatter. A thicker mouthfeel and a little more carbonation would do wonders for the flavors of this beer in my opinion. 2/5

Overall: A solid tasting beer that is absolutely ruined by being entirely too watery and crisp. Fix the mouthfeel, and this could potentially be a standout oatmeal stout.

Recommendation: Worth trying, but not worth going out of your way to acquire.

Pairings: Graham crackers.

Cost: UNKNOWN

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 18:21:09 | More by jegross2
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

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

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Just under three finger of thick, dark mocha head. Black as ink. Head settles to a foamy mocha cap. Decent lacing.

S - First thing that hits me is actually some nice leafy hops. As it warms, the sweeter darker flavors begin to appear. Dark, roasty malt, along with sweet oatmeal raisin cookies, dark chocolate, molasses and coffee.

T - Big roasty flavors upfront. Lots of dark roasted malt, molasses and espresso bitterness. Dark chocolate sweetness, treacle, and burnt sugar. I'm picking up some roasted barley, leafy hops and general roasty bitterness in the finish. A pretty complex and tasty brew, however, where's the oatmeal? Either way, fantastic sweetness on display here. Lots of chocolatey goodness, balanced nicely by the roasted character. Very well crafted flavor profile.

M - Pretty smooth, but the carbonation is slightly higher than I expected, resulting in a brew not quite as smooth as I had hoped to get. Thick, full-bodied feel to it for sure though. Roasty bitterness in the finish, with a touch of leafy hops. Creamy, but not too much so.

D - Great stout, but not exactly as advertised. The oatmeal flavors I had anticipated never really came to fruition, but the addition of the oats certainly adds some smoothness. Overall, the flavor profile here is crafted beautifully. Very well balanced, but still packs a big, bold flavor. All around great stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 02:39:54 | More by Converge
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Brent

Kentucky

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

McAuslan plays this one straight down the middle. Appropriate deep brown/black with a nominal mocha head. Aroma is mildly sweet and roasted malt. Up front moderate roasted malt with a faint charcoal hint. Some oatmeal sweetness creeps in toward the middle, and the beer goes slightly dry toward the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 14:44:02 | More by Brent
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gfreed

Massachusetts

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

Super black and super thick with a stiff head the color of cardboard, you'll find that it nearly gloops from the bottle into your glass. Do not be afraid, however, as it's tamer than it looks. Still, this is a superb oatmeal stout in the Sam Smith league. The roasty aroma has a nice peachy edge to it, and the roasty taste maintains the fruitiness without being overly sweet-- except at the finish, where there's an odd sugary sensation. No matter; it doesn't subtract from the overall greatness of this beer. O, Caaa-na-da, etc.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 00:31:46 | More by gfreed
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sparky44 for this extra in a recent trade

Look: Pitch black like squid ink with a great 1 inch dark tan head with great retention and perfect circular lacing as the head subsides

Smell: Very potent oatmeal upfront with notes of coffee and chocolate on the backend. Very good nose

Taste: Lots of ash and roasted malt upfront I like it because it's strong and in your face. The oatmeal feels like it takes a bit of a back seat on this one but it is still there on the finish along with some traces of coffee and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with medium carbonation and a creamy finish

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer on all levels this one I would say is a bit of a diamond in the rough

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 00:20:50 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Whadawookie

Nebraska

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

Recommended to me by Aaron at Beertopia. A coffee lover's oatmeal stout. That is the predominant flavor I get from this beer with subtle hints of other things lurking in it's black depths.

Poured perfect pitch black with an espresso creme colored head into an elongated pint glass. Good lacing and head retention.

At first smell it could almost be taken as a sour ale, and it does taste a bit sour to me, but not over the top. A strong coffee flavor right off the bat, which mellows to caramel and then a little mellowed oats at the end.

Pretty good, not your standard style oatmeal stout. I was a little off put by the sourness of it at first, but upon further sips I believe that they didn't overdo it with that flavor and it actually makes this beer all the more interesting. Hopefully it isn't a bad batch...or maybe thankfully?? Either way I will drink all of the 4 pack I bought for sure. This beer is getting better as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 22:18:44 | More by Whadawookie
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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