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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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Reviews: 604
Hads: 1,147
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 88
Gots: 107 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
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 Beersignal
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of McAuslan's first offerings and a stellar horse in its stable this stout is one worth revisiting often for all types of occasions.

It pours a tarlike and deep black with no real highlights emanating from my Duvel Tulip. A rich and generous head of chocolate milk coloured foam garnishes the liquid, not wanting to leave too suddenly. It sticks around for a good spell.

The aromas are truly a five... in this bottle anyways. Complexity and harmony in perfect balance from front to back! Firm notes of smoky chocolate malt mingle with aromas of coffee and a tangy fruitiness reminescent of field berries. A softness of hops rounds out the aromas. As the brew warms it unleashes more of its complexity, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg creeping up through the fruit and malt.

Flavours are very bold without being overdone, lending a richness and roundedness seldom experienced in stouts. The malt expresses itself right from the start through the charred flavours of the roasted grains and gives the beer a mild sweetness that pairs well with the chocolate notes in mid-taste. Hints of earthy peat follow and complement well the bracing bitterness and well defined hop notes. The entire package is well supported by a rich and slick mouthfeel imparted by the oats. The aftertaste is a harmonious reminder of all that preceeded and begs for another mouthful.

This is easily drinkable and I could surely see myself putting back three or four of these in one sitting, but I much prefer sipping this while slowly savouring chunks of dark 70% chocolate.


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

A: Dark black with a creamy, tan head.

S: Roasty-sweet.

T: Bittersweet. The sweetness is well balanced with the dark malty bitterness. Finishes with a roasty bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good. You just want to keep adding sweetness to the bitter taste in your mouth!

This beer is much better on tap, with the frothy dispensor.

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Photo of jayc333
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with a 3 finger "chocolate milk" coloured head. Reminds me a lot of Royal Extra Stout. The head disipates slowly, and leaves great lacing.

Smells of chocolate, caramel, and coffee. The smell is not only sweet, but very inviting.

The coffee comes into play with the taste, but it's a sweet coffee. Maybe french vanilla? The chocolate and caramel are there too, and balance well.

Like most oatmeal stouts, mouthfeel was incredibly smooth. Very little carbonation was found.

I found this beer to be world class, and recommend it to all my fellow BA's. Since this can be found at my local beer and liquor stores, I will most definatly buy this again.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black in colour with a beige head. Powerful aromas of roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, and espresso. The aromatic qualities are replicated to perfection in the mouth, with some subtle additions of hops (a slightly leafy bitterness which is different than the roasty bitterness of the malt) and a slightly sweet oaty note. The mouthfeel is huge and very smooth. I used to drink this stuff all the time in my early university years, but the MLCC no longer carries it. I was surprised and overjoyed to find that the LCBO in Kenora carries it, so at least I can still get it in the summer when I go to the lake (and stock up for the winter).

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sturdy opaque black – direct sunlight could barely pass. Chocolate rings of lace progress with each sip. A prune and raisin filled nose with slight suggestions of tree nuts. Creamy, creamy, creamy in both mouthfeel and flavor – this is possibly the first stout I’ve ever experienced with slight butteriness. Yet the whole package remained amazingly tasty and drinkable even with off tones of diactyl. Lingering pre-finish is gorgeously chocolately and coffee-filled. Tasty stout.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, dark head, black body. Stubborn lacing.
S - Really nice chocolate and coffee aroma which surprising doesnt show up in the taste.
T - An explosion of vanilla. Did they ferment vanilla beans in the mash? Imperial stout like deep roasted maltiness.
MF - The creamyness usually found in oatmeal stouts is less present than I expected. Still smooth and yummy.
D - This is a great little stout. Not as sweet as some of the oatmeal stouts, but amazingly balanced. Delicious!

I would like to thank TimE for giving me this beer. TimE will be importing this beer into Japan from about August 2005. Lets give him our support.

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Photo of dragonofblood
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first review.

Appearance: Had this beer on a nitro-tap at the local pub. Poured out blacker than night, quite a beautiful sight to see. Had about a finger of head that was a beige colour, very appealing. It's been said before, but this is one of the darkest beers I have ever seen.

Smell: Had a nose of roasted coffee and chocolate. Not too powerful, very subtle.

Taste: The best part. Instantly hits you in the mouth with a big taste of roasted coffee, subtle chocolate sweetness, just the right amount of bitterness and the ever so slightest hint of oatmeal.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick, but still remains smooth and creamy and easy to get down.

Drinkability: It's hard drinking a lot of these, not because of the flavour, but because they fill you up like a meal, but I always find myself coming back to it. One of the best stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is a place for date notching on the label, but alas, no date hath been notched.

Pitch black body with a big frothy brown head on top, rising to perfectly fill my large 22oz. white wine glass. A thing to behold. Strong mocha aroma has just enough English hoppage poking through. Blends superbly. This beer is melted mocha ice cream. Sweet cocoa and milk chocolate but with espresso and coffee inklings. It is thick and oily but complex enough to pull it off. A bit of acidity in the finish keeps things rather interesting, but never crosses the line to annoying.

This strikes me as a younger brother to Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (although it has admittedly been a while since I have had one of those) with less alcohol and less bite, but most of the goodness still there. Great.

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Photo of Barraclou
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a solid pitch black colour with a light brown lace. This is the darkest beer I ever saw.

Smell: A nice aroma of roasted grain.

Taste: A very complex taste of roasted malts, slightly burnt. The more you drink it, the more you find subtility in that oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: It is full bodied and very viscious to pour, but it is easy to drink. Good carbonation too.

Drinkability: An exceptionnal product. It is a very subtile and tasty beer. Each time it caresses your lips and your mouth, you discover new aspects. I will drink it again for sure.

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Photo of Tim2000
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 mL brown bottle, best before January 2006, 8 months from now.

Rich black colour, with hints of brown when held to the light. Thick, creamy tan head. Looks delicious.

Nose is coffee and sweet chocolate.

This is a subtle and delicate stout. Mocha comes through early on, then the roasted malts add their bitterness to fairly subdued hops. Finishes quite dry, with alcoholic notes. Mouthfeel is creamy but on the thin side, with moderate carbonation.

Very refreshing, but slightly watered down to my taste. It seems lacking in intensity.

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Photo of Garin
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours into my glass an oily black, with a dark brown thin dense head sitting on top. Roasty burned aromas waft up, fresh coffee and sweet malt.

Black and burned roasted flavours up front, with a husky but malty middle. Hints of vanilla in the finish, carried through by a soft oatmeal smoothness. This tastes exactly how I imagine stout should taste. Wow.

Finally! Good stout! This is going down so smooth and easy. I'm glad I have five more in the fridge.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from the familiar Mcauslan griffon-labelled bottle, the oatmeal stout is indeed very darkly black--I find almost no hint of red or brown(the bottle calls it "intensely dark"). The head can be quite large if you pour it that way; poured slowly and evenly I got 4 to 5 cm of brown-sugar coloured head, which, depending upon the glass, is quite consistent, but this time it went down to a thin layer. The dark foam is probably some of the darkest I have seen on a stout. The deep ebony of the liquid itself contributes to an extremely solid looking beer! Holding the glass to light or even to the computer screen shows only impenetrable black. Lacing is thick and viscous, even on my slightly damp glass. Even whilst pouring this masterpiece it exudes its rich aromas of milk chocolate and sweet raisins. Inhaling closer reveals burnt coffee, rye bread, sugared apples, cereal cream, spices and black licorice. The roasted character of the malt is absolutely exceptional, releasing toasted warm bread without being overly dry or pungent to the nose. Make certain to drink this beer at a comfortable room temperature to capture the full gamut of smells. Later I smell a good deal of fruitiness, even faint brown sugar or mollasses. The aroma never gets boring. Taste is quite dry all the way through the palate, but plays some sour, doughy flavours on the front of the tongue at first. In the middle is where most of the roasted malts and chocolate asserts itself. The first sip left a substantial finish of tobacco in my mouth, but subsequent quaffs left a more balanced, rather dry hoppy feel. Buttery bread, extremely sweetened coffee, raisins, grainy malt, spice, and baker's chocolate flavours. At first the body feels light in the mouth, but by the time it reaches the middle and back it is heavy and thick on the tongue. Creamy carbonation, but some definite astringency from the burnt malt and the alcohol, but the mouthfeel is still much above average. For me dry stouts such as this are not terribly drinkable in terms of amount--the parched feeling left in the mouth drys me out after 2. Still, this is a Stout I drink regularly, as it combines all the best elements of any stout I have tried, oatmeal or not. This deserves all the awards and praise it has garnered.

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Photo of elricorico
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours as close to black as I've seen, with a finger of chocolate milk coloured head. The head slides down slowly to a thin cap, and leaves its mark on the glass. Looks delicious.

Smell is coffee, and lots of it, with a bit of boiled oats in there if you sniff deep enough. The more I smell this beer the more I want to drink it.

The taste of this stout has roasted coffee beans written all over it. Very strong flavour, no holding back here. The finish is very dry and slightly bitter and begs you to have another taste.

The beer has some weigth to it, with a medium body. The carbonation is what you'd expect in a stout, there isn't a lot, but there is enough to feel it.

The flavour can get a bit overpowering, taking away just a touch of drinkability, but on the other hand, I enjoy each swallow. An excellent beer, keeping some of this around is a no brainer.

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Photo of BigBry
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard industry 341 ml brown bottle, best before date of 09/05 clipped into label. Pours black as night, it looks like no light can possibly sneek through. Dense brown foam, creamy head, slowly moves to just a thin brown ring of foam. Lots of different smells, coffee, cocoa, pepper, and even some burnt chocolate aroma. Flavour is of roasted malt and burnt coffee. Mouthfeel is full, almost oily but in a good way, almost lighter than you expect based on color and smell. Best of this style I have had.
Picked up a single just to try because I hadn't seen it before out west. Now I am kicking myself for not buying more at the time. It has since become a regular occupant of the DBF.

Update Jan. 2011 - still a favorite. Works great in our Stout Cake recipe

Update June 2014 - I see this has now been released in 473 ml CANS - ISO!

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Photo of BDTyre
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first and so far only experience with oatmeal stouts, but one I keep coming back too.

Pours almost black with a dark tan/brown head that sticks around for a while and leaves a sticky foam on the glass. Smells like roasted malts with a trace of chocolate.

Tastes great. Bitter, with a definite roasted malt taste and a hint of oatmeal, and chocolate. Not a gulping beer...a sipper for sure. A wee bit thick at first, but okay if you prefer stouts and porters. Easy to drink four of these.

I've considered other Canadian oatmeal stouts (as that is all that is available to me right now) but keep coming back to McAuslan's.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even better on-tap. Smoother. A nice chocolate color and taste. Thick consistency. Nice bittersweet chocolate/expresso aftertaste with a tad of sweetness. Less bitterness, medium mouthfeel, without the flaoties from the oatmeal. Just the right stout.

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a brownish/ beige head that is creamy and leaves lots of lacing. Nice chocolate smell, chocolate taste too. Tastes of toasted malts with chocolate base. Nice, smooth mouthfeel with a little bite at the end. A pretty drinkable brew too even though a stout is not what comes to mind for me when choosing a session beer.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great stout considering that it comes in six pack and is easily available in BC. Jet black with a very brown head this is full of those nice chocolate, roasted malts flavours. Balanced and big this beer is only 5 % alcohol though it tastes like a stronger brew. One of Canada's best stouts next to Crannog.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right from the pour I knew I was in for something good, dark brown/black with a medium/dark brown head that laced well and never completely went away. Smell was an invited roasted maltiness with a hint of dark chocolate. Taste was very very nice and good, burnt toast, grains, rich creamy mouthfeel that isn't overpowering, and a nice dry finish. Makes a good breakfast/bunch beer, which sets me up for a long day of drinking...

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Photo of LaSalle
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a Guinness glass from a 330ml bottle discovered on a trip to Kenora Ontario. Pours dark heavy black with beige-ish head. The nose is very chocolaty and creamy with notes of sweet roasted cereals. Good head retention. Taste of a warm chewy oatmeal cookie with, chocolate covered espresso beans to round out and balance the flavours. A reasonably light mouthfeel, looks were deceiving. Towards the aftertaste, a roasted maltiness arrives late in the party but makes it’s presence felt. A malt–hops tug of war ensues slowly negotiating towards eventual equilibrium leaving lingering, faint impressions of cereals and roasted malt. A warm versatile brew that would be equally at home out on a Friday night at the pub or curling up beside a December fire. Heavy on taste, light on feel, a very nice brew.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a chilled brew in a pint glass. THe beer pours an impressive brown black color with no light escaping. A rich creamy tan head foams up easily with some cascade action. The latticework that exists as I drink is very tight and the head sticks around throughout the sampling.
Aroma is surprisingly mild with light roasted malt and espresso scents a hit of grassy hops mixed in too. Beer exhibits a silky texture but not huge body that I expect. Very gentle rolling carbonation and mild flavor too. Some roasted malt and some cheerios flavor mixes with a bit of chocolate and some grassy hops. A very drinkable brew that is tasty and smooth but not as robust as expected.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Completely black color, big tan chunky head, the head is almost chocolate colored. Incredible aroma, ultra complex chocolate malts, cocoa powder and an amazing floral and bitterness hop blend. The taste is of dark chocolate, hops and actual coffee. Slightly astringent notes of roasted barley are there as well but very rounded. Chocolate bitterness and hop Bitterness blends flawlessly. smooth this viscous mouthfeel with soft carbonation. This beer is consumately drinkable, which is especially remarkable considering how thick and rich it is.

One of my top 3 favorite stouts, it makes Guinness draft taste truly inferior.

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Photo of baiser
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having this the day after having the nitro-tap version. Obviously, this is waaay better on tap. The head is less impressive, much more carbonated and much less creamy. Little lacing, and the head didn't stick around as with the draught.

After pouring this for myself, I could see just how dark and opaque this stout is. It's amazing.

However, that's about all that was disappointing. The nose, the taste and everything there was just as great.

Bought 4 of these at the LCBO for a steal of a deal, 1.40 each singles.

I felt perhaps this bottle version had more coffee notes than the draught. Also, there was a slight metallic taste due to the cap, but that's to be expected.

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Photo of DrJay
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with faint red highlights topped with an extremely dense, creamy light brown head. The head retention was excellent and a thick lace was left down the sides of the glass. An absolutely gorgeous beer to have in a pint glass.

It smelled strongly of roasted barley, with coffee and caramel aromas coming through. Very light grain aromas and maltiness were also present. The flavour was a combination of fresh roasted coffee and dark, bittersweet chocolate. Well balanced with a medium bitterness hiding behind the roasted flavours. Grain dryness at the finish is accompanied by some bitterness and caramel maltiness.

Possibly the strongest point for this beer is the robust body and silky smoothness. An excellent beer all around.

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Photo of manchester81
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a beer! This is my first Oatmeal stout and I am now very interested in the style. I would have to say this is the best beer I have tasted in my few years as a beer advocate. The colour is ink-black. The mouthfeel is creamy. The beer tastes of roasted coffee beans and malt. I would recommend this beer to anyone who appreciates a good stout. It may not be the best Stout in the world, but in the land of government regulated liquor stores, this is a gift from the gods.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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