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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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939 Ratings

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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 67
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
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 Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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


3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

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


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

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-27-2010 02:50:38 | More by morebeergood
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle into a Tulip

A- Solid black with little to no light penitration. Fluffy light brown head, that left a fair amount of lacing.

S- Very sweet smelling Roasted malts and oats up front with a coffee backround.

T- Pretty complex but well blended. Really sweet malts and oats hit you up front but has a slight burt coffee finish with a little bit of almost raison or mallases. No alcohol flavor what so ever as it warms, the sweetness covers it up.

M- This was one of the most carbonated stouts that I have ever come across. It really hid the up front potential and hidden flavors. Had to let it sit for quite some time before I could really get anything out of it. Had a medium body that left a slightly dry finish but pretty average.

Overall it's a solid stout but not the best I've had.


Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 18:20:36 | More by Arenbeer
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black, but with minimal head on a strong pour. Substantial lacing is left by the head though. The nose is beautiful. Molasses, coffee, oats and almost a berry-like aroma. Enticing. Quite a nice beer a thick and creamy mouthfeel and the roasty goodness of a rich stout finished with a crisp light bitterness. With every sip you take you can't help but catch the aroma, which enhances the taste beautifully. Seems appropriately carbonated and is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 02:48:02 | More by kjyost
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a nice thick khaki colored head. Has a nose of dark chocolate, molasses and hints of coffee or espresso. Has a rich malty and chocolate taste up front, then goes a little bitter and a hint of sweet at the end. Nice creamy mouthfeel, great for this type of stout. The head forms a collar around the glass as time goes on. Lots of sticky lacing. Great drinkability. Tasty indeed.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 23:04:01 | More by herman77
Photo of ascrivens

United Kingdom (England)

3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark. Darker than imaginable. No light seems able to escape its truly a visual experience to try to pick out color and light. The head is decent and well coloured, but fades quickly.

Smell: Smells quite good initially but i pick up some alcohol that i wouldnt expect in a stout (more imperial stout alcohol smell). Smells rich, im hoping for a lot in flavour.

Taste: Taste is a dissapointment. Perhaps this bottle is off somehow, but i feel as though i am missing something important in the flavour. My Favorite oatmeal is sam smith's and this particular bottle seems to be no comparison.

But for posterity - Initial sweetness is decent but is soon overcome with bitterness. Pretty good roasted hops flavour. The coffee nature is not as expected, but still apparent. It leaves a lingering bitterness that does truly remind me of an espresso or dark dark chocolate. It is somehow good and bad.

Mouthfeel: This bottle seems highly carbonated with excessive bubbling. It actually takes away from the taste and seems to impart an unfortunate metallic ting to the flavour that is unwelcome. This is the major flaw in my tasting.

Drinkability: Overall a drinkable stout. Not much else to say.

I know this particular beer is very well recieved, so i am tentative to feel so poorly about it, but i am quite confident in this review. Its unfortunate, but this oatmeal stout does not live up to others i have tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 16:44:20 | More by ascrivens
Photo of Stimack

New York

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

This brew poured to a completely black color, no light sneaking through this one. Thick deep tan colored head hat fills the English pint glass. The froth has great legs, a part of it sticks around for the entire experience. The amount of lacing is extensive, huge amounts of clumps at the top and then sheets as this beer disappears. The aromas are complex, dark mallts give a deep roasted and slight burnt scent that is reminiscent of coffee and chocolate, some sweet aroma. Some fruit aromas come through and maybe a little vanilla. Excellent roasted flavor that highlight the chocolate and roasted coffee that was noted in the aroma. Oat flavor seems to be there and I think adds to some of the smoothness, as this brew has a very creamy feel. Slight fruit presence as well as maybe a slight vanilla taste. As I said earlier has a very creamy feel across the tongue and in the back of the mouth. Carbonation is not extensive which is perfect for this brew, and has a pretty dry finish. This brew is excellent, one of the nicest "stouts" I have had in a long time. I will have to pick up more of this brew, though at the price it might be somewhat of a treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 12:40:49 | More by Stimack
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Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Light brown head; not as thick as the package suggests but then again it could be the glass. Considerable amount of lacing.

Smells like barley, good quality coffee and burnt brown sugar. Very sweet, inviting smell.

Various tastes include coffee, malted and roasted barley [mmm...], perhaps a bit of chocolate. The taste of really nice hops comes through, which I find can be uncommon in darker/full bodied beers. As close to perfection as it gets.

Mouthfeel is a thick and syrupy. Just enough carbonation to wash it all down. An excellent feel for such a bold beer.

Considering it is a stout, the drinkability is very nice. It's the perfect balance of taste between the malt and hops. It would seem as though countless hours have gone into creating this masterpiece and the result is nothing short of spectacular. I guarantee you will like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 23:40:28 | More by Richter35
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep crude black; light brown head that fades away quickly

s: root beer; chocolate; coffee; sweet but still dark;

t: roast coffee; semi-sweet chocolate; dust; some sweet prune; simple but clean and delicious

m: smooth; light carb; thick body;

d: a decent oatmeal stout with clean flavors

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 03:07:42 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of endincolorado


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

Appearance- Pours an opaque black with solid, foamy tan head and great lace.

Smell- Rich, malty aroma. delicious cocoa.

Taste- Delicious flavors of dry cocoa and oats, followed by a hint of charred toast.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Extremely satisfying with a nice foamy carbonation.

Drinkability- Overall, this is an excellent, and highly drinkable stout. I was pleasantly surprised, as I'd always liked this in bottles, but found it to be a lot better on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 23:40:36 | More by endincolorado
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

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

From the 11.5 fl. oz. bottle with no bottling or expiration date. Sampled on January 29, 2010. It pours extra dark brown to black with about twi fingers of puffy, lace-enhancing tan head that lingers for quite some time. The aroma is a bit unique. Certainly I note the oatmeal and chocolate malts but there is something baked and raisin-like in there as well. The mouthfeel is bold. The taste is full of oatmeal and bread with a vague hoppy sensation and a dryer ending. This is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 03:26:55 | More by puboflyons
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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had one of these for a few years and picked one up in a mixed six.

Pours black with a roasted malty yet sweet aroma. Awesome head and lacing lasts for several minutes, looks great.

Has an almost smokey taste that lingers, very tasty and drinkable. I could definitely have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 01:49:15 | More by mirish72
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Prince Edward Island (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks great... so dark with dark brown head, lots of lacing

smells better than average... sweet and doughy... almost smokey

tastes great... a little sharp on the tongue after, but a great
burnt caramel flavour... a bit of ginger flavour?

earthy feel through the nose and roof of the mouth... nice

mouthfeel is a-ok, but a bit sharp

drinkability is good... light enough to have a few!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 20:45:14 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Winking Lizard.

Black with a tan, creamy head. 2 finger head, looks a lot like Guinness.

Smell is roasted malt, chocolate, and a nice chicory and cream.

Taste is good - very nice roast, creamy body, great chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, of course I like the "thicker" stouts, but this is good. A tad watery but creamy and satisfying.

Overall, this went down way too easy. Enjoyable stout for sure.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-23-2010 14:17:02 | More by jampics2
Photo of CHADMC3


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

Gorgeous black body with only faint ruby hues sitting beneath a massive creamy, tan head that gradually dissipates leaving behind a thick, sticky lacing.

Rich roasted malt aroma with oats and milk chocolate almost resembling a milkshake.

Great roasted malt flavor that both starts and ends this beer with the sweet vanilla or milk chocolate mid palate as well as an espresso like quality towards the finish.

Medium to light in body, a bit creamy, with medium carbonation and very smooth all the way through.

This is just a delicious oatmeal stout with plenty to offer the senses and very easy to enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 03:42:22 | More by CHADMC3
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3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good looking stout that ended up being kind of a let down. Dark brown with a strong tan head that lasted throughout the beer. This beer has not much of an aroma, maybe coffee and caramel. A strong bitterness fades into the familiar chocolate and oats flavor for the style with a slight sweetness throughout. This stout has one of the thinnest bodies of any stout I've ever had, which I would consider the biggest problem with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 03:39:30 | More by reallyhoppie
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 341 ml bottle, bought at the LCBO
Poured a very dark color, with about a 3/4" head.
I really enjoyed this one. It had a smokey, espresso like taste to it.
It also had a bitter taste to it, but went down smooth.
One of the more enjoyable beers I've had.
I usually like buying them in singles at first just to try them. This one was only available in 6 packs. I'm glad I got the 6

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 11:47:53 | More by fartkowski
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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oct 28, 2009

12oz. bottle. Had this one stored for about 1.5 years. Pours nearly black with a nice brown head. Sticky lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, bitter coffee, and chocolate.

Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, with a bit of an acidic/lactic kick. A touch of smoke as well.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but incredibly smooth with low carbonation.

I just love how smooth oatmeal stouts are and this is a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 04:38:36 | More by elgiacomo
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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a thick, foamy, 2 finger head...the color of light milk chocolate. The foam quickly dissipated down to ½ finger and then slowed down leaving a nice lace behind. I do not think you can get a darker body...it is like a black hole...absent of all light. I've seen 10W40 lighter then this!

The first aroma I could detect is a milky sweet smell...like a malted milkshake. Chocolate, roasted malts and toffee are all present. Very rich...

The flavors are not as sweet as the nose would suggest. Coffee (with creamer) up front. Gets a little sweeter in the middle with chocolate and sweet malts. Finishes with roasted malts and molasses. There is a smoky aftertaste I could not pick up in the nose, but balances the palate nicely.

Medium mouth feel...a tad bit oily, but very creamy with thin, appropriate carbonation.

Very drinkable and a great example of the style! Would not hesitate to get more of these and keep handy.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 03:40:36 | More by mgbickel
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3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Deep Ellum, Alston MA.

Been wanting to try this for awhile but couldn't stomach $13 for a 4-pack of a 5% abv beer, from a relatively large brewery 6 hours away.

Black with a tan nitro-head and a nitro-retention that leaves a literal wall of lace. Smells of dark roast coffee and sharp char. Taste is bold roast malt and a heavy char in back--almost smokey. Smooth but somewhat light body. Seems bigger than 5%.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-24-2009 19:10:39 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

I got this brew from scottg for winning SNF Squares - Week 13, Thanks Scott!

11.5oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Black with a good sized tan head that left a nice coat of lacing.
The aroma is roasted coffee and vanilla extract.
Taste is bold and roasty, coffee and chocolate with some espresso like bitterness on the finish.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a slick feel.
Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 01:30:53 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sent by ben4321 on RateBeer in a trade. Thanks, Ben, this was a good one.

Pours black in color with a one-finger beige head that leaves a little film on the beer after awhile.

Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee. Pretty typical for an oatmeal stout.

Flavor is very interesting. Starts out as a pretty standard but well-balanced stout with chocolate and espresso notes. Then the roast really hits you. Really gets intense in the finish. There's also a nice oatmeal/milk character in there.

Palate is smooth but fairly light. This is not a terrible thing, as it adds to the drinkability. Leaves a little char in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 18:48:51 | More by nickd717
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4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, not even showing highlights when backlit. Huge chocolaty head, decent retention and spotty lacing.

SMELL Yum! Rich blend of booze, roast, and something (a spice?) vaguely sour. Smells way bigger than 5%.

TASTE is very roasty, a little bit dry, some coffee like notes in the roast, and almost sort of licorice, but not quite. Malty sweetness balances and barely steps out of the shadows of the roast. Just a wee little nip of booze. Super smooth and delicious.

FEEL silky smooth, creamy, slightly slick, with thin/medium body and clean finish.

OVERALL a great beer! Amazing amount of flavor and aroma for such a small beer. Truly impressive, and dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 06:47:53 | More by sprucetip
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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