St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

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Ratings: 1,035
Reviews: 591
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 78
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-18-2001)
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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of mungus
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Whadawookie
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Kbogac
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a pint glass from a nitro tap. Nice creamy head with cascade as expected.Dark brown almost black once settled. Not much aroma through the foam. The tase is mostly malt and chocolate with a little smokiness. Mouthfeel is medium to light. not as exciting as I expected. A good Oatmeal Stout that's easy to drink

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep, dark brown with a thin head and no lacing. It's aroma is of dark toast, coffee, and a hint of smoke. The flavor has notes of dark chocolate, oatmeal, milk, and mild coffee at the end. There is a welcome warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. McAuslan St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is a good beer, smooth, and perfect during an early October snowstorm. Highly recommended.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Starting things off right today with a nice oatmeal stout. It pours a deep black-brown topped by a half-finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate powder, toasted oats, very light charcoal, and a nice vein of vanilla. The taste brings in more of the same, though the oats are more toasted, the malts more roasted, and the vanilla seems to have dropped out completely. Some lightly bitter coffee is tossed in there for good measure, as well. Unfortunately, the bitter and charred end of the flavor spectrum is spotlighted here. The body is a strong medium, with a moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, what starts out as a damn fine oatmeal stout takes a turn for the worse with diminished flavors, a slightly thin feel, and a bad case of overcarbonation. Still not truly bad, but this is quite the disappointment.

Photo of Doshkin
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - very dark. minimal light mocha head that dissipates rather quickly. virtually no lacing.

s - very sweet, slightly roasted notes. the smell is very inviting in its sweetness.

t - the smell and the taste combined make this beer really interesting. drawn in by the sweet smell, you get blindsided by the initial bitterness of the brew. i'm not trying to say the bitterness is overpowering, just unexpected at the moment. the finish is very sweet, and then another wave of bitter is left as an aftertaste.

m - carbonation and fullness are perfect, but it is just a touch dry. i guess it does complement the sweetness of the smell and taste.

o - this is a very good brew. the tastes and smells alone aren't very unique, but i really liked how the beer bounces back and forth between sweet and bitter.

Photo of enfield249
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, dark with only a hint of ruby under some very intense light. Very slight tan foam.

S - Spicy malt sweetness. Lots of molasses and brown sugar.

T - I don't get much of the molasses or brown sugar flavor in the taste. I do get lots of the roast coffee, almost burnt. Has kind of a meaty flavor to it, like a blackened meat of some kind.

M - Full, with a surprising amount of CO2, and only a little bit of that oatmeal slickness one would expect.

O - Very good oatmeal stout, but not as slick as I like it.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black colour with a very tall mocha coloured foam head. Good retention down to a blanket that lingers awhile, and good lacing down the glass.

S: Citrus notes of orange and grapefruit, milk chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and caramel. Great to be able to pick out those citrus-like hop aromas in a stout.

T: Loads of dark chocolate and espresso, subdued bitter citrus, faint dark fruits (cherries, figs), and a solid caramel-like malt backbone. Fantastic flavours coming across in this which leads to a well balanced and pleasingly dry stout.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a decent oily texture and a medium caronbation.

O: One of the best stouts I've drank in awhile. Quite complex for a stout and one I will be definitely drinking again.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (341 ml.) purchased from "Bières & Chopes" Nantes, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head (w lacing).
Smell : coffee, chocolate and roasted malts aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : a very generous bitterness of hops and roasted malts. Round and creamy on the palate.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of soju6
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a virtual black color with a creamy tan head that fades very slowly to nice fine lacing.

S: Aroma is a mixture of chocolate, coffee and a dash of spice.

T: Has a good bittersweet flavor up front with a subtle bitterness though toa nice dry finish.

F: Medium body, creamy smooth with and excellent balance. Has a distinct character that makes it stand out without overpowering.

O: Outstanding stout, spot-on. Perfect was to end the day.

Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

undated 11.5 oz bottle served in a Highland Brewing pint glass.

Very dark mahogany coming out of the bottle. In the glass it is essentially black and opaque; no light coming thru even whenbacklit. The relatively dark tan head has good duration and leaves fine lacing.

Both dark roasted malts and some spicy hops appear in the aroma. Hints of coffee
Some alcohol esters appear with warming.

T - Excellent flavor balance. A rich roasted malt flavor with some mild hop spiciness. Hints of coffee, especially in the finish.

M: near perfect in terms of body, carbonation and other tactile qualities.

O - Bought as a single bottle on a whim with no particular expectations, I lucked out and stumbled upon one of the very best, if not the best, oatmeal stout I've ever encountered. Almost beyond criticism, this stout lacks only a bit of depth and complexity, although it certainly has a good bit of both. Highly recommended!

Photo of SebD
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice black colour to it. It has a nice creamy brown head that dies down slowly and has very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of chocolate, coffee and milk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice roasty coffee like character to it with roasty malts, hints of chocolate and a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here is one well balanced stout. Not too creamy, but just creamy enough. It has a nice hoppy taste with just the right amount of malt taste,

I didn't even think of it as an alcoholic beverage at first, since it isn't in any way boozy. It tastes the same as it smells and after tastes the same - just a nice stout. One could drink several (many) of these.

Photo of heebes
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle.
End of summer heat wave, really hoping for fall like weather, hopefully this beer will help.

Pours into a snifter a dark black with a large foamy medium tan head, provides nice lacing all round. Nose is plentiful roasted malt, toasted grain, theres dark choloclate and coffee auromas with some oat in the background. A bit of heat which is odd for a 5%. Taste provides a cool, thirst quenching relief of much of the same as the smell; decent amount of dark roasted notes, cocoa, mild mid palate coffee grinds ending bitter and dry. No hint of any alcohol presence as the heat in the nose might have suggested. Medium bodied but perhaps a bit light towards the end.
Overall, a pretty impressive Oatmeal Stout. Especially considering this is always readily available at my local Beer Store which offers only largely macro cases. A nice abv weigh in and certainly one of the only credible stouts in the barren beer wasteland that is ONT.

Photo of dansmcd
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep and dark in body. Sizable tan/reddish head.

S - Coffee, molasses, chocolate milk.

T - Coffee is prominent. Bitter chocolate, raisins and nuts. Not too sweet, well balanced.

M - Nice and creamy, carbonation is more noticeable than in other oatmeal stouts Ive tried.

O - Solid stout. Perhaps just a touch too much expresso for me but ticks all the boxes.

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 1,035 ratings.