St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 78
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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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 will4240
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another Cabin beer for me. Busted this one out with my dearest friend Keith in the northwoods... I have one word for it- smoooth.

All around a pretty typical oatmeal stout with accentuated features. Fantastic flavor and a perfect amount of body for the style. This is truly a world class oatmeal stout! In my opinion only comparable to the Black Water from the Town Hall... I will definitely be picking up another four pack.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at K&L in Redwood City. Bryan is doing an awesome job bringing these beers here...

A: Pours a dark brown (pitch black in the glass) with ruby edges against the light. Develops a light tan head that falls slowly in sections, eventually receding into a light film on top of the brew with a few streaks of lacing down the sides. Nice.

S: Sweet chocolate, with an earthy and smoky charred-ness to it. Vanilla, sugar, and coffee as well. It required some agitation for me to bring all of this out.

T: Starts off sweet, with a brown sugary / chocolatey / roasted malt blend setting the tone. It becomes more bitter and dry mid-taste as coffee, vanilla, and smoke make their move. Finishes semi-dry. Very impressive.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation may actually be a tad high, but it's not detracting from any of the flavors, obviously -- the beer still has a complex profile and is very enjoyable throughout.

D: This is an incredibly flavorful stout for 5%. It is something I definitely plan to pick up again.

Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch-black color with a two-finger head that fades down, leaving lacing in the fluted glass.

Aroma is creamy with a good hint of roasted coffee, chocolate and cream in the nose.

Taste is light and creamy with a nice hint of chocolate and muted coffee upfront. Texture is very nice. Chocolate shows through well as a dominant flavor from the malt.

Mouthfeel is still quite creamy and smooth as velvet. Carbonation is dialed up a bit high but doesn't affect the flavor too much. Muted coffee, cream and chocolate flavors remain.

Very nice example of this style. Easy to drink and simply well-done. Marvelous.

Photo of ADZA
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very nice looking with a one finger cappicino laced head,a dark cola colour and heaps of lacing very nice,it has a beautiful aroma of mocha coated hops,it has an above average creamy mouthfeel with tastes of oats,mocha and a nice bittersweet finish,a very nice oatmeal stout and will buy again.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Must have had a different beer than most here. Poured to a dark brown with medium thick tan head that lasted to mid glass with little lacing. Nose was a faint but pleasant mix of chocolate, coffee and a hint of meal. Mouthfeel was thin and watery, which may have kept me from finding more flavors in the taste. Finish was short, and again, dominated by watery with little remnants of flavor.

Not impressed with this one

Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice dark one with thick espresso head, sinking unevenly and has left a pleasant ring of beige lace around the glass, all quite uneven, which is nice. Slight tinge of brownish-red up to the light, nothing else that I can really make out.

Nose is incredibly sweet, with a thick chocolatey aroma, but also a sour edge, with a big smokey and meaty hit, a large bacon aroma with tart hints of fig, chlorine (?) and tomato around it as well. Ultimately, very chocolatey, and slightly disconcerting from that meatiness, but an interesting and very pleasant nose.

Taste is ultimately dark, with a great burnt, ashy bitterness underlying it. Overlain on the top are, even more prominent than on the nose, some meaty, smokey flavours, a lot of pork, dark wood, even an oniony kind of spice, I have to tell you it's decidedly odd. Front though is sweet, with that cocoa flavour, but it doesn't last long. Slight hint of alcohol on the back, while mouthfeel is not very full and leaves with a distinct, arid dryness. None of which is particularly bad.

Not bad at all, but the particular flavours are a bit off-putting because of their strength. I couldn't and wouldn't drink this all the time.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deliciously empty black void, with a good creamy thick head of cream-coloured brown. Lacing is sublime, and it looks very pleasantly and densely opaque. A truly excellent looking beer.

Lots of lovely roasted notes on the nose. Hints of oak, milk chocolate, coconut, raisins and toffee. Very full and sweet, with just a lingering crisp burnt note which crackles around the edges of the aroma. It doesn't sock me in the nose with its strength, but it is undeniably very good.

Smooth entry, punctuated be a wry, wholesome burnt bitterness that tapers off to a silky finish of vanilla paste. Texture is lovely in the mouth, quite full and chewy, but not too heavy or thick. Again, it has a subtlety to it - it doesn't pound the senses into submission, rather it just opens its doors slowly and gently, giving you a light but pleasant melange of dark roasted characters.

Not a huge beer, and certainly not a huge stout, but it has much to enjoy, and its subtlety comes with the benefit of increasing its drinkability. Very smooth, creamily dark and good for a couple.

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch thick head, dark brown

Smell: sweet toasted malt, molasses, and expresso

Taste: burnt malt, coffee, some light cream

Mouthfeel: medium body, dry, semi-sweet, smooth, with low carbonation

Drinkability: Compared to other oatmeal stouts I have tried this one is pretty average. It is inoffensive on the way down, but the aftertaste just did not agree with me. This one was a disappointment.

Photo of u2carew
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
A) Pours with a brown, creamy and sticky head. Opaque.
S) Bready. Earthy spice. Coffee. Toffee sweetness.
T) Cocoa. Coffee. Smoky. Toffee malt sweetness. Rich flavor - a good balance of all the elements.
M) Chewy. Fizzy. Full bodied. Fairly smooth.
D) A well brewed stout. Very delicious.

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

Probably one of my favorite genres of beer--so I'm always willing to give a new one a try. I prepared this brew by a pour into a pint glass with an egg, tomato, and cheddar omelet. Awesome.

The initial pour was spectacular. Tar black with a thick, burnt coffee head--of which quickly squandered but remained somewhat throughout.

To be perfectly frank, I was slightly turned away by the overpowering coffee essence--almost to the point of smelling oily and chemically. This makes me curious about the quality of ingredients used. Otherwise, the chocolate and coffee notes were enjoyable.

Tasted like a typical coffee/oatmeal stout. Bitter coffee notes were the most prominent--the bitterness was in balance however, and it was delicious.

This is practically a meal in of itself. Flavors and thickness were a mark of a pleasant stout. However, after enjoying such masterpieces as with Founders KBS or Breakfast Stout, this particular aftertaste seemed fairly meek. The initial smack was there, but I got no resonating spice--simply a mild, hearty burn.

I'd still recommend giving this a try however.

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

Poured from bottle to goblet.

A: Thick, pitch black color, dark creamy head that fades semi quickly

N: Some porter nose, chocolate malt, little coffee, a little alcohol, roasted malts, slight oat

T: Taste starts with bitter dark chocolate but not overbearing, a slight coffee, some rich malts and oats, a sweet molasses blends in the middle, some dark fruits like raisin and plum in the center, a little creaminess fills it out with some burnt brown sugar, pretty rich and complex

M: Semi thick with average carbonation but gets sticky towards the end

F: Finishes a little sweet and with some bitter dark chocolate, its hard to tell if the bitter comes from hops or earthy charred malts, but doesn't stick around for too long as it leaves you ready for more

Final thoughts: Pretty good for an oatmeal stout. Doesn't try to be overbearing, but has enough complexity. It would be a great go-to for the oatmeal stout style. Good oats, sweetness, chocolate and roasted malts, little creamy. If you haven't had it before I would recommend. Great for a darker session beer surprisingly.

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

Found this one in the loose basket down at the LCBO. It's nice to try one before you commit to a 6 pack.

Pours jet black with a finger and a half of mocha brown head. Decent retention and nice patchy lacing. Reminded me a lot of Royal's Extra Stout.

Strong smell of rich chocolate, coffee, toffee and a hint of raisons. Very sweet but very inviting.

Rich dark chocolate up front followed by a dry coffee like finish with a touth of raisons. Hops are very well hidden making only a quick and subtle appearance at the end. Nothing overpowering which is for me what divides the good stouts and the bad.

Mouthfeel silky smooth. Bit of an oily texture which transitions well to a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability is excellent but don't think i'd be sessioning this one any time soon.

Overall, a great stout. Doesn't lack in flavor and complexity but doesn't try to over-do anything. I would be happy to order this at a bar any day over guinness.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A medium bodied Stout with some smokey, meaty undertones.

The beer opens with a Stout-enough looking pour: a deeply browned color releases only tanned highlights around the edges. Carbonation reinforces a 1" foamstance that settles into a velvety lace ontop the beer. Completely opaque and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

Aromas of heavy toast, maybe burnt breads laced with deep toffee sweetness, light medium smoke scents and malty, yeasty breadiness. No real fruitiness or hops to mention.

Flavors of heavy caramels, toffees, and honey-baked breads provide the malt and sweet base for the beer. Mild coffee and bittersweet cocoa gives a deep complexity to the malts. Again, little on fruits or hops.

The beers texture is velvety, rich, and smooth due to the oats that seem to coat the mouth with a creamy layer of softness right before the Stout-like grains provide their attack. Semi-sweet, and semi-dry because of the arid and somewhat chalky grains- but this fine for Oatmeal Stouts.

The silky texutures I expect, but that smoke (maybe phenolic) flavor was not. I'm not sure if this is an added complexity to the beer or an unwarrented distraction. Regardless, this doesn't kill the beer nor propell it into greatness either. Probably an average Oatmeal Stout but with that odd smokey character.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque pitch black color with about a half finger dark tan head that holds up fairly well and leaves behind a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma starts off strongly with roasted malt and then reveals a bit of a coffee undertone. A hint of hops also detected in the background.

Taste reveals notes of roasted chocolate with some coffee and nuts and a nice balance from the light hop finish.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. A good oatmeal stout and I could have easily had a few of these without getting too tired of it. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle w twist-off cap. batch code starts with "226/B2..." but the rest is undecipherable and impossible to read. tasted in mid-may 2009.

almost opaque black, slight red tint under direct light. no sediment in bottle. 1.5-finger brown head, fades to wispy thin layer and ring. decent, delicate webby lacing.

aroma: vanilla, with moderate phenols and alcohol whiff, into gentle roast malts and coffee hint. touch of earthy hop. weak cherry note.

taste: significant mash acidity, somewhat dominating the other characters. roasted malts, coffee (esp in finish), with boldly bitter roast and hops (which are earthy and leafy). these only slightly match with the acidity, but generally are overwhelmed by it.

viscous and smooth at first, then acidic and astringent, which the moderate carbonation can aggravate, but also helps with a creamy character to compensate.


Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap from Leon's in Atlanta.

Pours one shade lighter than black with a cascading two-finger light brown head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of milk and dark chocolate with a good bit of roasted malts lingering in the background. All smells are muted.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild roasted malt flavors up front are joined by dark chocolate flavors midway through the sip that cary on through a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a smooth thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer thought I'm not sure that it benefitted a whole lot from the nitro-pour. Still, it's worth a shot, nitro or not.

Photo of Cs1987
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black, 2 fingers of tan head with good retention.

Smell - Plenty of coffee-like roasted malt, with some hops detectable.

Taste - Typical level of roasted malt for a 5% ABV stout, and only a little of the usual oatmeal stout taste that I dislike. More hoppy than your average oatmeal stout, which is unsurprising since it is brewed in Canada.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, low carbonation, slightly less smooth than expected.

Drinkability - Average for the style.

Overall - This is probably the best Oatmeal Stout I have tried.

Photo of cpmau11
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
12 oz bottle

Served into a pint glass. Pours oil black, nice dark tan head, good lacing and retention. Aroma smells of chocolate and coffee. Taste has strong notes of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal flakes, and roasted malts. Also has very nice hop character to it, bitter but still smooth.Mouthfeel is great, reminds me a good porter. Drinkability is awesome since the ABV is only 5.0. A beer you can drink more than one.

Overall, this is a great oatmeal stout. What it lacks in alcohol it covers up in flavor. Will definitely buy this again.

Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour with a tight chestnut head. Very good head retention and some nice lacing. Very, very appealing.

The nose is roasty with a slight twang. Notes of coffee, caramel and liquorice.

A nice bitter coffee flavour is right up front. The bitterness lingers throughout. Slight hints of smoke and chocolate as well. Very good.

Slightly below average body with crisp carbonation. This is nice and in a good way refreshing for a stout. Quite drinkable offering lots of flavour without being cloying and has an alcohol level that means you can and want to have more than 1.

Photo of hike20
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Smells a little like like cappuccino. Wow! Nice flavor to match the aroma. Not so much overpowering smoke flavor I get in so many stouts. Feels good swirling around my mouth, with a nice level of carbonation. Overall very good and possibly a little too drinkable!

Photo of Traquairlover
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark brown on the edge of black, not much head but there is a little bit of medium brown foam over most of the surface.

S = Strong scents of licorice and dark chocolate, some sharp smells almost of chicory.

T = Very good balance a nice bitterness from tip of tongue to a long finish, but along the way we also have treacle, warm chestnuts and black walnuts.

M = Medium to medium-light body, carbonation stings just a bit too much, mouthcoating gets the job done but is maybe a little light.

D = Drinks very easily, lots of flavor, bitterness and the ensuing dryness in the mouth makes you want another drink immediately after each preceding drink.

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

A - black with foamy coffee colored head that sticks around

S - dark coffee, slightly sweet

T - smokey chocolate, a nice sweet/bitterness at play

M - very nice, chalky finish

D - a nice balance, light carbonation and not filling, good session beer

Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a viscose opaque nature with a frothy dark khaki colored head, 2 fingers hight that displayed great retention lasting 4 plus minutes before settling to a thin whispy layering. A nice thick splotchy web lacing, foamy in nature and texture covers the glass on the way down.

S: brought about hints of light charred wood along with a smoked malting and dark dried fruit. Roasted coffee is also well pronounced, but it is the lingering charred smokiness that takes center stage here. Some boozy rum raisin notes finish things up here.

T: The flavor delivers some smokey peat and fresh brewed black coffee hints upon first sipping. Ripe dark fruit (raisins, plums) and a lingering coffee and wet charred woodiness is also present. The flavor starts off strong but thins a bit in the finish, appearing thick and flavorful, but losing a bit flavor and substance wise towards the end. Though it seems a little watery on the finish it is not enough where it is a total letdown, it was however noticeable enough to mention. A earthy bitterness with some dry chocolate soon closes in leaving a smooth roasted bitterness lingering about on the tongue.

M: viscose, and full, with a creamy smooth texture. Little carbonation is detected as a nice coffee grind lacing graces the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Overall drinkability was pretty decent, starting off good, but perhaps thinning out towards the end, giving you an opportunity to put down a couple. A good drinking experience but honestly not one that will stick in my mind as one of the better examples the next time Im out looking for an oatmeal.

Photo of rtepiak
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a thick consistency low alcohol beer. with a chocolate and earth quality in the nose. i feel i got an older bottle as it didn't seem as bright as expected. palate of chocolate and a very mild acidic smokiness. not really fruity in the combination but still had a very nice body. a leathery finish that wasn't very dominating. the acid wasn't extreme... and the beer still had a nice creamy quality.

Photo of NewGeneric
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night during a poker game. Poured jet black with little head and no lacing. Smelled of caramel malt, toffee, and a small alcohol kick. Tasted of roasted malts. Very smooth, just slightly overcarbonated. Could easily drink a bunch of em.

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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