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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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Ratings: 994
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 71
Gots: 59 | 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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Photo of younger35
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade with BeerTruth. Definitely my first brew from St. Ambroise and am glad it’s this one. Drank from my Big Horn Mai Bock pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a ridiculously dark brown with amber highlights. Nice one finger creamy dark tan head that doesn’t seem to ever recede. Leaves fairly good lacing that spirals down the glass.
Smell- Lightly smoky with a nice solid roasted caramel malt profile. Plenty of roasted coffee and sweet baker’s chocolate to go around. Really nice solid nose.
Taste- Starts with a slightly burnt malt that slowly gives way to a gently sweet caramel undertone. Lightly chocolaty with a very bittersweet kick. The usual French roast bitterness is present but in a much more subtle way than most. A bit of dark fruit shows towards the end. Finishes with a bit of sweetness that borders on being cloying.
Mouthfeel- Silky smooth, full bodied and really chewy with aggressive carbonation. Awesome!
Drinkability- This is a fantastic porter that I really enjoyed. Really robust and enjoyable with a fantastic mouthfeel. The only down side to this brew is a bit of lasting sweetness that tends to linger. Definitely a good beer otherwise that I’m glad to have enjoyed. Big thanks to BeerTruth.

younger35, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for this one.

A-Pours a dark as night black with a coffee coloured two fingered head. Lacing is incredible. The cap lasts the whole way down as well.

S-Sweet caramely roasted malt dominates. hints of coffee and chocolate but the caramel roast dominates.

T-Roasted with just the slightest hint of burnt. The sweetness is not as dominant as the smell and that burnt carbon quality balances things out well. Unlike most stouts it does not cause a coffee or chocolate taste to dominate but they are there. The unique malt quality here is very nice. A good leafy hop note lingers somewhere in the background. There is a hint of acidity as well which adds to the whole experience and gives great depth.

M-For an oatmeal stout it lacks something. That velvety quality is somewhat missing. For a normal stout it would be fine but for an oatmeal, there is something just not there.

D-I have to say this is delicious and unique. I really enjoy how none of the usual stout tastes stand out and there is a fantastic balance. If only the mouthfeel was a bit richer, this would be truly worldclass

sleazo, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with BeerTruth. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head lasts and lasts, with dwelling, coating lace. Aroma is sweet roasted dark malts. Taste is like the nose, dominated by sweet dark grain, with some coffee bitterness mainly noticed at the close. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is superb. Gotta love an easy drinking chewy dark brew, especially one with an abv that would allow a session (if I had more than one, of course).

ppoitras, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of scott
3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Dark, dense and full head over complete dark liquid. Bitter aroma of burnt roasted coffee that transfers to the tongue. Full-bodied and creamy, this has a slightly unpleasant acidic finish. This doesn't win high favor with me as it shows no real distinction with other breakfast stouts that can claim "stateliness/nobility" in this category, and doesn't amplify any great complexities. With that said, this is nice to drink. Light dark fruit nuances mingle with charred malt, and is quite sessionable.

scott, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was my favorite beer when I was in Canada, I did not know that this beer was so good, I picked it from a menu somewhere on a patio. Now I got this beer from northyorksammy and now I am reviewing the bottle version.

Appearance is black as night, no light gets through. A thin beige head sitting on top.

Smell is mildly burned/roasted, a great black malt aroma. The oatmeal gives a great smell of grain and a soothing oiliness that makes the smell really interesting and a real sniffer.

Taste is roasted and burned in a mild way and at the right level. This gives the beer a coffee and melasses taste. As the smell promised the oatmeal adds so much taste of grain, cereal and a nice deep oiliness. This beer is all about balance.

Absumaster, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TheManiacalOne for this bottle. Best by date is 31 March 09.

a - pours very dark almost pitch black, big two-finger dense mocha head on an easy pour, great retention and lacing, beautiful

s - very strong espresso aroma, some bittersweet chocolate and a slight hint of alcohol

t - very intense taste, begins with a slightly sweetened espresso flavor that develops into a nice deeply roasted malt and more sweetness in the midpalate, the finish is a bit disappointing however as the flavors sort of disappear

m - medium-to-full-bodied, mildly carbonated, fairly dry on the finish

d - pretty drinkable, alcohol really isn't an issue, finish is dry but not overly so

Very nice beer. The biggest detraction I have is the lack of a finish in the taste...it's very good and interesting and then just falls off. Nonetheless, a very good beer that's worth seeking out.

WeisGuy, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with some thing ruby highlights. The frothy dark beige head holds well and leaves a solid ring of lace around the glass.

Sweet robust roastiness and some chocolate coffee notes. Decadent and dessert-like. Really pleasurable with just a hint of a smoky burnt aroma. Definitely heightens the anticipation for that first sip.

Dark, slightly sweet, and bitter. Heavily roasted malt, coffee, and Dutch cocoa. Lots of heavy bread-like character and mellow charred flavor. Like a toasted marshmallow that was left to set on fire. Flavorful and robust.

Full bodied and thick with a just a bit of a syrupy texture. The moderate carbonation lightens the brew up a bit but there’s still a slightly smoky/acidic, heaviness that lingers on the palate. Really distinctive; I can’t think of a beer to compare it to and that is certainly a good thing in my book. Unquestionably one of the top beers of the style

letsgopens, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to franksnbeans for this extra! Best before date of: 31 MAI 09

Since this one was in my beer fridge I let it warm up a bit before I opened it.
Pours dark with lots of foam, about two fingers worth, and takes quite some time to settle down. Some soapy, thick, lacing on the side of the glass.

Aromas of roasted malts, roasted barley, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, malted milk, oats, and some notes of vanilla.

Roasted and toasted malt profile upfront followed by espresso, and hints of anise (at least that’s what came to my mind in the aftertaste). Coffee grounds, not fresh but used, and a bit of bitter chocolate. I get a bit of ash in the aroma as well as the taste.

I felt that the mouthfeel was a bit thin, especially with this being an oatmeal stout.

seaoflament, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black color, no light gets through this beer at all. Nitro head stays around for what seems like ever. Left a fantastic lace when drinking

S-Choclate, coffee, roasted grains.

T-Chocolate, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, iced coffee, kinda like iced mocha coffee. Roasted grains. This seems a little contrived to me, like these flavors were put here instead of developed.

M-Oddly, this beer seemed a litte thin and watery for the style and defintiely for the appearance. The oatmeal does not seem to be doing its job of adding body.

D-Drinkability is quite good. I could certainly down a few pints of this. The mocahjavaness would be the reason for the switch.

Overall-I am glad I stumbled upon this on this trip to Toronto. I hadn't heard of it before and now I see it is on the cusp of the top 100. So now my unbiased opinion is that it is little overated. It is good but not great.

jackorain, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of sstackho
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto for around $2. Pours black with a rich brown head. Strong aroma of malt and chocolate. First taste is rich and thick and slides down the throat. Decent lacing. Taste is full yet smooth. Yum. This is enjoyable stuff.

sstackho, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass the beer pours black with a 2 inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, oats/oatmeal, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a nice bitter hoppy finish. After a few drinks, the sweet oatmeal really comes out in the taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is very good too, it's nice and smooth, and at only 5% ABV it's very sessionable too. Overall I think this is a good oatmeal stout. It was a nice surprise to find a 4 pack of this at the store tonight. Recommended.

bluejacket74, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of blakesell
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance- A finger high head of foam which is impressive for a taster size pour. Head is tan and decent lacing. Beer is black as my sister's baby daddy.

Smell- Sweet maltiness, roasty columbian supremo coffee, oats and cream for the coffee.

Taste- Cream, cola, milk, oats, coffee, and lactose sugars.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and light, low carbonation for something that had such an impressive head.

Drinkability- Nice drinkability, unlike higher gravity oatmeal stouts this one could be enjoyed in a session. I will likely seek this out and drink it again.

blakesell, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out jet black with a huge dark mocha head that dies very slow. Tons of lacing going on. Smell is big on roast, coffee, cocoa an minor hop. Taste is oatmeal, bakers chocolate, coffee grinds and a bitter hop finish. Silky smooth and a little thin in the mouth. Insane drinkability, packed with awesome stout flavor but still light in the stomach. Seek this one out.

franksnbeans, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Sushi
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a brown head. Nice ring of foam which stays all the way down, sticking to the side of the glass as you work your way through the beer. Smells strongly of oatmeal (big surprise!). Rather creamy taste, with coffee and roasted notes, finishing with a subtle hops flavour, along with a bit too much sweetness for my liking. Feels very thick feel to it.

Definitely a must have for any stout drinker.

Sushi, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of jmalex
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this hard-to-find beer.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black into a nonic pint glass. The creamy brown head starts at about one finger and falls to a very thick collar and large foamy patch. Lacing comes in a few web-like curtains.

SMELL: Huge aromas of coffee, chocolate, and licorice. One of the most roasty stouts I've had in a while. A alcohol hotness comes out slightly but doesn't really detract from the aroma.

TASTE: The flavors here are much less intense than in the nose. It's still fairly roasty with a large chocolate element to it. It gets a bit dry as it crosses the palate. The finish is filled with licorice and a bit of fruit, as well as a slight hop flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is incredibly smooth despite its fullness. Carbonation level is spot on for the style.

DRINKABILITY: For a stout, this goes really quick. It's one of those beers that one you've swallowed a sip, you need to go for another. An excellent drinker.

A very solid beer. I hope I have an opportunity to try another one of these. It's definitely worth it.

EDIT 4-19-08: With what I'm presuming is a much fresher bottle, the signs of age are much lower. The fruitiness and licorice of my last bottle partially give way to bitter scorched grains. I need to lower my Mouthfeel score as the age seemed to have helped by previous one with my current bottle not being as smooth.

jmalex, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from papat444...much thanks!

Beautiful pour. Basically pitch black with a creamy tan head that just rests and barely settles during consumption. Great lacing and just all around excellent to the eye.

Smell is big and roasted. Some light coffee and a touch of chocolate seem to be most prominent.

Taste has a little more to it than the nose. While chocolate and coffee are again present, the oatmeal essence does come through here. In fact, a little more than in the Samuel Smith's version. Pretty packed with flavor for such a low alcohol brew.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy but in the finish becomes a little more dry with a crisp bitterness.

Drinkability with this one is up there. Fairly simple and sophisticated and at a lower ABV I could easily have a few of these in one sitting.

ncvbc, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of ablaze
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure black with no light whatsoever. Mocha brown head with healthy lacing.

Strong roasted notes, coffee, and sugary chocolate with a hint of smoke.

Nice full body, smooth and drying, with good carbonation. Smoky overtones with lots of sweet malt and roasted character. Coffee bean, beef broth, and hint of blackberries. Crisp bitter hops that go nicely.

A brilliant, satisfying stout that sets the standard. Terrific all around, has been a favourite for a couple years now. Becoming more affordable every day, and at 5% it's suitable for any occasion.

ablaze, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice creamy dark head that clings very well to the glass.

Smell is of licorice, roasted malts and espresso. slight mint comes out as well.

Taste is of licorice and roasted chocolate malts. Flavor of mint comes out as well. Oatmeal seems more of an after thought than a predominant flavor. As the beer warms more flavor comes out and the beer becomes more cohesive. Malts seem to be burnt which makes for some dry tannins that lead into a nice, balancing hop bitterness wth relatively low alcohol.

Let this beer wamr. Initially there is no creaminess on the palate and an odd carbonation. As the beer warms, it only gets slightly better. There is a slight creaminess, but the beer is a little overcarbonated.

This is a decent stout. I could have a few of these.

jasonjlewis, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of axedesign
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favourite Stout so far. There's just something about that thick, lush, soft caramel taste -- ever so slightly burnt -- the syrupy consistency, the fine yet balanced carbonation... It looks almost like an Espresso, with a fine mist of "crema" on top. Almost completely opaque, and even the taste is vaguely reminiscent of coffee. Not strong or unpleasant in any way, the alcohol is barely detectable. Just an all-around wonderful beer.

axedesign, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Antilochus
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in a six-pack from the Beer Store in Kingston, Ontario.
Poured into a snifter. I've had it a few times before this review and this one poured with very little carbonation. Since I know this, I'm going to boost the appearance score a bit but it is a little worrisome.

Poured opaque brownish black, syrupy like molasses with a little bit of brownish off-white head. Smell is toasted marshmallow, alcohol, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Taste is coffee bitter, with a smooth mouthfeel and a bit of burn at the end. Acidic, almost medicinal aftertaste, but all in all one of my favourite stouts.

Antilochus, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of jneiswender
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer several times while traveling to Montreal. I really wish they would distribute to the states.

Got this beer out of a McAuslan Brewery mix pack at a Montreal beer store. Poured it into a pint glass that the brewery sells especially for the stout.

The beer pours like black gravy. Dark as night. A nice, thick 1/2 inch head surfaces. Its a mocha froth color to it.

The smell is everything I want in a stout. Toasty, caramel, chocolaty.

The taste is so dense. Caramel at first, then toasted marshmallow, then chocolate. Some hops bitterness though. But just enough to not make it cloyingly sweet.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Just feels thick without being oily.

I have yet to find a stout that compares to this.

Ein prosit der Gemütlichkeit

jneiswender, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours almost black with a quarter of an inch of tan head that leaves a ring during the entire drink.

Aromas of buttery chocolate, some coffee, and vanilla.

Flavor is roasted malt, currants, light cherry, espresso coffee, and smooth dark chocolate. A little bitterness comes through from the hops and possibly burnt malt. No, definitely burnt malt...the bitterness underlies the taste from beginning to end. Pleasantly.

A little alcohol warmth follows the swallow and the mouth is left dry with just a hint of the burnt malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Let this one continue to warm for more exciting discoveries in both aroma and taste.

IntriqKen, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If memory serves me correctly, I got this one from Aprilluvsbeer. Thanks April!

This beer pours a dark black with a little raisin creeping in around the edges with a sustained film of head that seems more at home on a mocha.

Smells amazing! I’m getting maple syrup, red wine and red licorice.

The flavor starts with a soft and gentle coffee with a light and creamy milk chocolate paired with it. It then picks up a bit of a dryness and dark fruits that sadly brings out a medicinal quality.

Feels very light, thin and clean with an aggressive but soft carbonation.

This is one of those beers that you may spend more time smelling than sipping.

DarkerTheBetter, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an incredibly frothy brown head that sits atop a deep black beer that has hints of dark brown to it. Ah, the aroma is quite nice; it is a mix of espresso, French roast, dark malt, hints of chocolate. The really nice thing about the aroma is that despite the incredible roasty, burnt nose there is no astringent burnt grain huskiness to the nose. Ok, the aroma is quite heavenly, I never would have guessed how well integrated this roasted malt nose would be; the mix of dark chocolate and coffee is quite heavenly.

Does the taste live up to the heavenly nose? It is on the light side of things, as the alcohol percentage suggests this is a fairly light beer on the tongue, it does not have the thick maltiness that one would find in an Imperial Stout that would have a nose like this beer does. Having said that the heft of this beer perfectly lives up to the 5% alcohol. This beer is an expressive mix of roasted barley, dark roast coffee, even espresso and a hint of dark chocolate. This beer has just a bit of oatmeal character to it that adds a touch of oily rich body to the palate. The beauty of this beer is that it combines the rich roast malt character of a beer far beyond this alcohol content yet still retains a balance that does not allow this ample roast character to overwhelm the this relatively low alcohol beer.

Gueuzedude, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341 mL bottle, dated: "Best Before 31 JUIL 09", into a standard pint glass. From a six-pack we bought while vacationing in Victoria, BC.

A: Deep & dark, virtually black. Pours a cola-like brown and thickens to an impenetrable ebony. About 1/2 finger of creamy, light tan foam, with a fine, light lace sticking on the glass.

S: Grainy malty and heavily toasted. Faint sweetness rises from the glass. If there's such a thing as smelling "dry" this is the one: it seems to pull the oxygen out of the nose it's so dry.

T: A definitively dry cocoa powder flavor. Deeply roasted coffee and full nuttiness. Rich grain flavors with some tannic woodiness and slight souring lactose. Incredibly tasty.

M: Medium carbonation, with a light-medium body and a creamy consistency. A fairly clean finish with only a burnt/roasted bittering lingering towards the back of the tongue.

D: At just 5%, this one is the quintessentially drinkable oatmeal stout. Thick rich flavors yet low ABV; I'm thankful there are more of these in the cellar. Definitely worth seeking out and certainly one I'll be looking forward to having again.

msubulldog25, Sep 08, 2007
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.