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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

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960 Ratings

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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 66
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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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Photo of WHROO


4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from stubbie into a handled pot...

Great look, black, with a dark roasty big head...good lacing - let the journey begineth.

The smell was sweet dark fruits with a honey dominance, some sweet biscuit & a little coffee, & cocoa - very inviting.

Taste was beautiful & multi-layered: big burst of honey biscuity sweetness up front, then the typical dark roasty & bitter finish.
VERY nice!!!

Mouthfeel was creamy & a little sticky...as expected for a stout.

Drinkability is great tooo...not too sweet, not too bitter & dark...it's a very interesting stout with a honeyish twist...loved it!!!

Give this a crack - very affordable for us aussies too!!!


07-08-2010 09:56:07 | More by WHROO
Photo of AdamGarcia


3.73/5  rDev -8.8%

12oz bottle served in Hoegaarden tumbler.

A: Pours near black with a dark, rootbeer float-like head. A forceful pour yields two fingers of head, which quickly dwindles to one finger. Leaves excellent lacing.

S: Toasty malt. Sweet fruits. Cocoa powder and coffee beans. Just a hint of ash.

T: Mirrors aroma. Slightly dryer than expected. Mostly roasty flavors. Slightly tannic. Just a bit of char in the finish. Not complex, just straight forward good beer.

M: Nice, slick feel. Could be more viscous for my preference, but for the style it is accurate.

D: Pretty high. The flavors of this beer are tremendous and at no point will this bore anyone. I deducted a bit here because of the charred flavor that, to me, lingers and makes it difficult for me to want more than one in a sitting.

07-04-2010 03:29:19 | More by AdamGarcia
Photo of thekanna


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

A: Gorgeous dark brown with an off-white head that's thin and leaves almost no lacing.

S: Strong roasted, dark malts with a good bit of chewiness and slightly iron-like smell. A nice heaping helping of molasses and coffee round out the aroma.

T/M: Huge roasted malt taste, with slight sweetness encased in a medicinal bitterness. Somewhat watery with lax carbonation.

D: Great cold; but less appealing when it warmed up. Still, a nice and complex brew.

07-04-2010 03:04:25 | More by thekanna
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours deep brown with a dark tan foamy head and some good lacing - sticky.

Smells of cocoa, coffee, and some sweetness (chocolate?). A bit mild, but that's ok.

Coffee and some sour twinges, nice charred malt and dark and grainy bread. Clean bitterness (not overdone or cloying), with little hints of vanilla, charcoal, etc. Smooth and balanced. Not over-hopped.

Decent carbonation is prickly on the tongue. Good palate cleaner. Medium body, which is just enough to coat the tongue.

Overall, I could drink this all night. Not as intense as others, but better balanced with cleaner flavors. This is terrific oatmael stout.

07-02-2010 23:25:39 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of BretSikkink


3.7/5  rDev -9.5%

Opaque brown color with a sticky brown cap. Great stick on this draft beer. Nose is somewhat roasted, but dominated by dark fruit. A little vanilla sneaks in amongst the more powerful notes. Really good so far - strong and assertive.

The flavor is similarly fruity and assertive. Roasted notes abound as well, but don't impede the drinkability. Body is firm and smooth - I guess the oatmeal comes through nicely. All the same, there's a metallic overtone that makes this one hard to drink compared to the outstanding bottled version.

I still enjoyed it, but the drinkability wasn't quite there.

06-30-2010 02:59:58 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of abass


4.68/5  rDev +14.4%

Had this on tap at Novare Res in Portland, ME. Poured almost pitch black and completely opaque with a gorgeous 1 inch chocolate-milk looking head. This beer tasted absolutely fantastic, basically the taste is as if one took the darkest chocolate imaginable and melted it into a beer, with very very slight tart undernotes. Mouthfeel was thick and wonderfully rich and creamy. Some might say it's a bit heavy, but this is one beer I could drink all night. I should note that is the first example of this style I've tasted so I may be a bit biased in my review due to lack of comparison, but in the grand and majestic scheme of what beer tastes good this nails it for me, really just an outstanding offering in my opinion!

06-15-2010 06:30:55 | More by abass
Photo of mcdevster


4/5  rDev -2.2%

st ambroise is one of the best oatmeal stouts available in the united states.. via canada of course.
I bought the bottled version and poured it into a pint glass..
It pours like a stout, it looks thicker than most almost a syrup like texture.. the head develops normally for a stout - with careful pouring a two finger head will last for quite awhile as you enjoy the beer.
the smell is somewhat dry to me.. sweet tangy dark dates and raisins mixed with roasted chocolate and almonds.. very subtle and pleasant.. the taste is changes as it goes down it starts out smooth and rich then develops into a sharp malty fruity blast which fades on the finnish back to smooth chocolate with a hint of nuts and fruit lingering.. for the thickness of the beer it doesn't coat the mouth too much nor was it as dry as i anticipated.. it goes down easy for a stout and has a dull sweetness along with a pleasant tartness.. not quite as amazing a flavor profile as samuel smith's oatmeal stout.. but something closer to an irish dry stout.. and for me that isn't bad. it has a nice balance and it is light enough so it doesn't fatigue you.. mouthfeel and drinkability are just fine.. just what you want in a stout.

06-15-2010 02:43:20 | More by mcdevster
Photo of nickdago


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Dark black pour with a large yellowish head

Smells of sweet malt and hints of the oatmeal

Tastes fantastic. Malty stout taste with a sweet finish. The oatmeal sweetness is definitely present

I don't know what the bottle version is like but the nitro tap was very silky and smooth on the palate.

Very easier drinker as far as stouts are concerned

06-13-2010 00:39:49 | More by nickdago
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance: a fairly hearty looking black, short but fluffy caramel coloured head.

Smell: immediate strong hints of expresso & chocolate, along with a nice roasty malt aroma.

Taste: as opposed to the smell, i found the roasty-nutty malt to be the dominant characteristic up front, with the coffee & chocolate a little more subtle on the finish. A classic stout but unique in its own right.

Mouthfeel: a little lighter feeling than the colour might suggest, with a bubbly aspect, but still the hearty oatmeal chewy feel on the finish you would expect.

Drinkability: in terms of a stout it is nicely drinkable, but i wouldn't want to have more than a few in a session. That said I am cracking #2 right now.

06-12-2010 00:33:58 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of DIM


4.5/5  rDev +10%

a: This was an extremely dark brown color. It poured with a huge, uneven, thick frothy cap.

s: Big toasty malt aromas with hints of cocoa and dark fruits.

t: Gently roasty malt with some vanilla up front. Toffee flavors with a bit of cherry come before the dry, moderately bitter dark chocolate finish.

m: Robust, chewy, creamy, and incredibly smooth all at the same time.

d: Could very well be the benchmark oatmeal stout for me. Just fantastic.

05-28-2010 15:56:57 | More by DIM
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

Comes out of the tap a warm opaque sable with a fine-bubbled creamy tan head. The smoky, malty aroma has a hint of mocha and spices. Smoky flavor has malty and yeasty tones as well as hints of cloves and cinnamon. Creamy smooth texture is a little fizzy and leaves a nice tingle.

05-24-2010 00:46:35 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of samie85


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

Had this on nitro-tap at The Twisted Spoke on 5/21; reviewed from notes.

A-Pours black with a thick two finger, brown head. As it sits, the beer has that cascading nitro tap foam effect(a la Guinness) where the brown foam slowly rises to the top of the glass. Leaves very thick lacing behind.

S-Sweet milky notes(lactose?) with a very large note of chocolate and just a hint of roasted barley.

T-Mostly sweet chocolate with some roasted malt/coffee notes, very subdued taste, finishes with maybe the slightest bit of bitter chocolate.

M-Thick bodied with a velvety smoothness , while remaining pretty light on the palate.

D-Wow, this could be the easiest drinking oatmeal stout I've had. I've found that a lot of breweries tend to overdo it with the roasted barley in oatmeal stouts, but this is nicely balanced. I'll look out for this one again.

05-23-2010 04:16:06 | More by samie85
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Pours a dark tar colour, almost impermeable to the light. Light fluffy thumb of dark head which slowly settles leaving the slightest amount of lacing.

S - Sweet chocolate and leather scent, which is not overpowering, but not subtle either.

T - Dark cocoa with a bit of a metallic finish. Almost the faintest minty flavour present as well. Dark roast coffee is also noticeable in the aftertaste.

M - Given it's opaque colour I was expecting something much thicker, but was delighted at how light and bubbly this was on the palette. Quite smooth.

D - If you're in the mood for a dark beer which isn't overpowering yet still packs a punch of flavour this is highly recommended. Perfect for one of those cool autumn evenings, though just as enjoyable on a summer afternoon.

05-22-2010 23:12:20 | More by andrenaline
Photo of drabmuh


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured into a tulip glass. Beer is black and forms a thin brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is a mystery. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is malty with a lot of sweetness and slight hints of coffee.

Beer is pretty thick and has a nice flavor to it. I don't get any oatmeal but I get a lot of body and some roast in the back. Sweetness is up front and the whole thing is well balanced. Second, carbonation is nice, overall a really enjoyable beer.

05-10-2010 03:42:39 | More by drabmuh
Photo of lackenhauser


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Jet black with a tight, cocoa colored head. Big aroma-smells like just baked brownies to me. Dark grainy flavor-hints of vanilla and a mild espresso taste. Moderate roasted malt flavor with a mild hop presence. Very solid mouthfeel for the low abv. Used to have this constantly years ago when it first came out-very glad to see it back in my area. Top notch oatmeal stout.

05-03-2010 01:47:00 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of GeezLynn


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

A: Black, with a healthy beige head that clumps up rather quickly.

S: Roasted black malt, with as much sweetness in the nose as I have gotten from the last couple of milk stouts I have had. Not much in the way of oat smell.

T: Flavor is very heavy on the roasted malt and slightly bitter. Licorice and char are also apparent with a bitter chocolate/coffee ground finish that is dry and lengthy.

M: Thick and chewy, with ample carbonation.

I was long overdue to try this classic oatmeal stout. Very flavorful, although the intensity of roasted malt would limit how many of these I would put down.

04-24-2010 23:05:56 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

MacAuslan St. Ambroise OatmealStout, or "Biere Noire A L'avoine"

Dense, inky apppearance, lush, rugged rocky brown head, slowly crumbling down froma proud crown. Looks great.

Nicely toasted nose, some hints of coffee, molasses, anise. Good and roasty. Liking it.

Mmmm. Smooth, silky, rich, flush with flavor, and a joy on the palate. Wow. I haven't had this in so long, I forgot how it really takes oatmeal stout to a new level. Some cocoa flavor shines through, too, and the taste never abates.
Many enthusiastic thumbs up.

04-17-2010 09:15:15 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Infamous7100


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Poured into a snifter a rich and deep dark brown but a very thin, tan head. Nothing spectacular.
S: All kinds of maltiness and dark chocolate up front. Buried underneath is some peaty, smokienss. Smells delicious.
T: Much the same as the smell. The bitter chocolate and roasted malts balance well together. Toward the back, the smokiness and alcohol burn comes through. It's not harsh though.
M: Medium to high carbonation, but very smooth.
D: Extremely quaffable. For a stout of this ilk, it's not filling at all. The great taste and high drinkability make this extremely enjoyable!

04-15-2010 02:05:55 | More by Infamous7100
Photo of saccro


3.48/5  rDev -14.9%

A - super jet black. No lace. Tan Foam. Good retention.

S - autolysis/oxidation. Spicy hop. Slight roast. Grapenut maltiness.

T - chocolate. coffee. harsh astringent bitterness. sweetened taste.

M - very smooth and creamy. soft carbonation.

D - not bad. Classic english style.

03-28-2010 02:19:09 | More by saccro
Photo of Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

from notes

A- Jet black. Mocha khaki creamy head.

S- Sour malt and yogurt. Hops.

T- Hops. Real hoppy for a stout. Bitter roasted malt. I burped, and it tasted like a granola bar.

M- Thick and full, but not syrupy. The mouthfeel is thick, not the liquid.

D- High. Highly refreshing.

Second time tasting this on-tap and I now know I love it.

03-20-2010 02:35:11 | More by Yoonisaykul
Photo of Adamdc


3.4/5  rDev -16.9%

12 oz bottle poured into nonic (still too cold, need to wait a bit)

A: My sloppy pour produced a very big tan head that is slowly settling. Body is opaque with very slight ruby edges and has quite a bit of carbonation.

S: Lots of dark fruit right off the bat---plums and dates. Also some roasted coffee

T: Lots of coffee, some dark chocolate and berries. Subdued dark fruit notes. Some malt bitterness in the middle and a very slight hop bite in the finish. There's also a very slight metallic flavor in there.

M: This seems a bit thin to me. It's definitely very smooth, almost slick but definitely thin.

D: It goes down very smoothly and with the 5.0% abv quite a few of these could disappear before you know it.

Overall not bad but nothing there to really grab me. I can't help but compare it to the only other Oatmeal Stout that I know well, Samuel Smith's, and this brew is behind Smith's in flavor and mouthfeel. It seems that the best way to enjoy this beer is on nitro. All the best reviews are by those who have had it that way. I'm going to seek it out!

03-10-2010 02:34:16 | More by Adamdc
Photo of Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

12 OZ bottle, St Ambroise glass

A- Black, nice fluffy head, moderate lacing

S- Dark malts, espresso and chocolate

T- Same as the smell, espresso and chocolate malts

M- Creamy, roasty, and thick, good carbonation

D- Great beer for after dinner or the end of the night

03-07-2010 02:16:39 | More by Lukecook
Photo of camp0474


3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured into pint glass

A: Pours a heavy dark brown/black body. Dark tan head dies off quickly.

S: Sweet and heavy malt smell with strong sweet oats. Not surprising, but this beer really does smell like sweet oatmeal at breakfast.

T: Front end has sweet malt and oatmeal flavors. As these fade a roasted malt flavor comes through for a mildly bitter finish.

M: Thick and chewy body. Fine carbonation.

D: Decent drinkability. These beers are like a meal in themselves so I personally could not handle more than one in a sitting. But overall a very satisfying beer.

03-06-2010 02:33:17 | More by camp0474
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

This is the best example of a beer on nitro-tap I've had. It is jet black with half an inch tan head that stays there all the way down. It smells of roasted malt with some coffee and chocolate in there. The taste is much of the same with a great sweetness, but still some bitterness. So smooth that I finish this before I realize.

03-04-2010 04:40:09 | More by kwjd
Photo of morebeergood


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

On nitro tap at Deep Ellum, Allston. Served in a British style pint glass. Intense dark black color. Huge creamy tan head. Lacing on the glass was like pudding, so thick and it just slid down. Roasted coffee smell. Taste was a knockout. Coffee beans, chocolate, oats, all rolled into one luscious flavor profile. Mouthfeel, due to the nitro, was creamy and smooth. Loved it, glad to have it for the first time on nitro. Could have drank this all night.

02-27-2010 02:50:38 | More by morebeergood
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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