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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: 1,079
Reviews: 599
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 83
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 1,079 | Reviews: 599
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this pours like a stout!

Pours a coke/mahogany color with 3 fingers of whippy mocha head, with tons of bubble hugging my pint glass. very good head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa powder, iron & roasted malt

T: Cocoa, charred malt, coffee up front. Licorice & plum notes compliment the roasted malt as this warms. Finishes a bit dry with baler's chocolate & herbal hops

MF: Soft carbonation, smooth, medium bodied, damn near sets the bar for this style IMO

Drinks great, remember enjoying this in the early 90s, still great!

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

11.5 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Why 11.5? Didn't see that coming.

Appearance: Nearly opaque with little light coming through. Head is huge at first, big and mocha-colored, leaving nice lacing, which then really doesn't stick at all, which I found odd. It had the potential to be higher, but then ran out of gas.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with some berry-like cream aromas and minor hop citrus floating around, also with some dark fruit in different stages as it warms.

Taste: This seems more like a stout to me sans oatmeal, as I'm not really seeing where the smoothness and creaminess is extremely evident. Maybe the boldness of the dark fruit and malt flavors is overshadowing it, I'm not not sure. And maybe the bitterness is also combined with the heavy roasted malt flavors to add too much bitterness, not letting the sweetness and smoothness of the malt come out enough. I dig it, but I wouldn't have guessed it was an oatmeal stout really, as it's more bold and bigger than I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel: Big-bodied and fairly creamy, though it could use a bit more carbonation, as it seems a bit more watery than it should be.

Drinkability: Solid and something I'd buy again, but I expected to blown away considering the super high ratings. Regardless of that, however, I did enjoy this, and it's certainly a solid version of the style, a bigger bolder version even.

Photo of stumac
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

enjoyed this bad little bugger with Onslow

pours super dark brown with a great frothy brown head of hair. The nose is dark roasted malts, red fruits like dark cherries, a very sticky toffee smell, pralines, chocolate covered peanuts. The taste is metallic malts (giving it a lil lower score) dark fruits, very smoothe, very round finish, roasty malts. almost no carbo like a very smoothe scotch ale, full bodied, deelish!!!

Photo of Onslow
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought from LS ... been wanting this for quite a bit ... very roasty and smooth, like silk my friend ... for an oatmeal is quite meaty ... a sticky sweet brew... pours a black of the blackest brown ... head is in the clouds.... it lives up to its high score ..one of the nicest oatmeals out there!!

Photo of julian
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 of 2 bottles brought to Seattle, WA today by my mom visiting from Ottawa, Ontario.

A: the pour is of medium viscosity, and utterly dark. midnight black in color with a frothy mocha colored head from an aggressive pour.

S: aroma is dominated by lots of dark chocolate and a slightly roasty and burnt espresso smell.

T&M: lots of carbonation...I was expecting more of a subdued level of fizz. Nevertheless this still goes down smooth due to the use of oats. Flavor is a combination of dark chocolate, and burnt coffee flavors. There is an all around roastiness to this beer too. For the style this is very flavorful and intense.

D: Average ABV, great taste but the fact I can't get this locally at all will limit how much I can actually drink. Still, distribution should not be a factor in reviewing a beer's qualities.

Photo of prosper
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice, thick robust head of tan colored foam that sticks around for a while. Little bit of lace. Jet black brew.

Smells of dark roasted grains, chocolate and coffee. Mostly grain present, a bit of a hoppy blast in the background.

Moderate carbonation, very thick, full, creamy mouthfeel. Some astringency.

Tastes like it smells - tons of dark roasted flavours, a touch of wheat-y bitterness, oatmeal notes, and definitely an espresso-esque bitterness. Most of the bitterness seems to come from the grains and roast used, nicely complimented by a minty/pine-y hops note.

This is an INTENSE beer. BIG mouthfeel, BIG bellyfull, BIG flavours. Not an everyday brew, but DAMN it's good when you feel like indulging.

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had a coal black color and a thick texture. There was about a half inch of long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Strong aroma of coffee and oatmeal, along with malt and some sweets.

T: Coffee, oatmeal, chocolate, malt, chocolate and other sweets. Well balanced and tasty.

M: Lively amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: If you're into oatmeal stouts, this is a beer to try. It's never overbearing the way stouts can be, and it goes down easy. A very good brew.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the look of this beer, it pours a dark, dark brown, pretty much the color of molasses with a very thin tan head that dissipates very quickly.

The smell is actually pretty strong on the molasses side, with a bit of chocolate and some coffee in there as well, I believe. I think I also caught a waft of dark malt.

Again the taste begins with molasses, coffee, chocolate and maybe a little hint of caramel sweetness at the end. It's a well rounded flavor.

This is a thick beer! Not all that heavy on carbonation, which I like. I would probably say it's best summed up as chewy.

I really like this oatmeal stout. It's definitely at the top of my list as far as stouts go. Very drinkable, will pick up another one of these in the near future.

Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark, thick, black body with a somewhat tan head and some lace patches. A mild smell of roasted and chocolate malts. A smooth and creamy medium to full body that has tasty roasted and coffee malts for a good, dry backbite. This is a pretty good oatmeal stout and it is worth trying.

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S = Roasted coffee beans with hints of chocolate.

T = Semi-sweet chocolate and caramel flavors upfront. A very nice roasted coffee flavor is the backbone of this beer and it really holds everything together for a great finish. No harsh, burnt taste at all....just a quality mocha coffee finish.

MF = Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth and super creamy.

Overall, this is one quality oatmeal stout. The lower ABV makes this extremely sessionable. Highly recommend.

Photo of terryeckmeier
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Oatmeal Stout I have tried and let me tell you wow not what I was expecting. Comparing it to Beamish, Murphy's or Guiness this is a whole new ball game. I found that the scent alone jumped out at me and had this very pungent roast coffee and chocolate smell. At first I didn't enjoy the strength of the smell but it grew on me. Had a very dark colour to it and a interesting off white head. Very full felling when you drink it really neat texture and feel to it. Wouldn't buy more than one in a night but a nice beer to have after work or with a burger.

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

Got this in a trade from Beerbudda. Thanks man!
So it pours a very dark chocolate color. It has big head on the pour, more than I would expect. The aroma is malty and roasted caramel. I really don't know how else to describe the smell. My first sip and I can taste the fullness of this beer. The malt characteristics is minor at least less than I had expected. I don't really pick up any roasted character either. It is almost nothing really jumps out at me which is kind of disappointing. I don't really get any after taste on this either. It certainly isn't a bad beer but I've had much better.

Photo of illidurit
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pitch black color with a half inch of mocha head. The foam leaves some residue as it reduces to a nebulous cap. Sweet chocolate aroma with some vanilla extract and caramel. Flavor is very roasty with only a touch of chocolate sweetness. Bitter cold coffee and charred oats, some peanut skins. High carbonation, medium body. Oily and a bit sticky on the palate. Easy to drink.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Spot on for the style. Every bit the look of a tastey stout. Licorice black with a gentle half inch tan head that crawls up the glass. Heavy amount of lacing only adds to the eye candy.

Smell - Toasted and burnt with a smooth sweet chocolatey smell. Smells all come together and make your mouth drool in anticipation of the first sip.

Taste & Mouthfeel - WOW! The taste is perfect in every way! So smooth and medium bodied in the mouth, that it's harder than hell to not pound it back. The vanilla chocolate malt is just perfectly sewn into this one. Subtle coffee bitterness comes in with the right touch to polish the tounge. Like velvet down the throat, coating it with a smooth sweetness. So damn gentle that it's indescribable.

Drinkability - I'd drink it with breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, brunch, sitting around doing nothing, etc. This is a true black hole of a brew. Try to escape it's greatness, try to hate it. You can't! There is no better oatmeal stout out there! Don't even bother looking.

Photo of ShrLSU
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick black color with a good thick tan head. The head stays on the side of the glass as it settles.

S - Roasted barely and malt notes. Scents of coffee bitterness and bitter chocolate

T - Crisp, sweet in the beginning, and then bitter on the finish. Very nice coffee flavor. This is well balanced.

M - Creamy and medium bodied. Nice carbonation but rather nice and refreshing in the mouth.

D - Great stout. This is a perfect session beer for a stout lover.

Photo of RickSawyer
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Paulthebeerguru for this treat.

Pours a dark cocoa with a thin milky way head that falls to a thin film. Smell is sweet and dominates! Rum, raisins, molasses, whole wheat bread, raspberries, milk chocolate. Taste is just as sweet with a subtle oaty finish. Begins with sweet brown sugar on the tip of the tongue before transforming into a nice mixture of rum, figs, black berries, wheat bread, oatmeal, and a clean, grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is nice and soapy. Quite carbonated and finishes moderately creamy. A real 'O.G.' in the craft community. Thanks for the opportunity.

Photo of bennetj17
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark black, fairly thick looking pour. The 1/4 inch tan foam rests nicely atop, leaving a film that never fully goes away. The aroma is different than what I expected, but interesting. I am getting a buttered toffee aroma which is predominant. I don't smell any alcohol, and any roastiness from the black malt is faint.

The taste is quite amazing with multiple layers of flavor. Vanilla, toffee, light espresso, followed by a dry roasted, powdery finish. A hint of unsweetened chcolate comes through toward the end also, and left behind is a very pleasing degree of bitterness. The body has a moderate thickness, lightly silky, but avoids being too watery as some Oatmeal Stouts do. The carbonation is lively but not too foamy which is nice.

I can see why this is a top rated beer. The toasty finish perfectly complements the sweeter flavors at the onset. It's great complexity and great balance at the same time. If this brewer can pack this much goodness into a 5% stout, it makes me wonder why other places aren't doing enough of the same. This is hands down the best Oatmeal Stout I have ever tasted...

Photo of Deuane
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep black with a bit of ruby red highlights around the edges. Thick tan head forms and holds on for dear life! Copious amounts of hefty lace.

S-Mild roasted sweet malt with subtle hints of coffee and chocolate. Nothing extreme but it is there under that nitro head.

T-Sweet roasty dark malt with minor hints of chocolate,coffee and a bit of sourness.

M-Can a beer be rich but feel a bit thin at the same time? Medium to medium-light bodied with very smooth and creamy finish.

D-For an almost mass produced brew this is a rather satisfying oatmeal stout. For the price and availability I would chose this over those Irish dry stouts any day.

Photo of UA8
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque Jet black with a rich milk chocolate head which fades in to nice lacing and froth

S- Scents of morning oatmeal, subtle chocolate and roasted malts

T- Rich and bold tastes of coffee beans and roasted oatmeal and malts a touch a of semi sweet chocolate

M- Thick and coating nice moderate carbonation of fine bubbles

D- A very tasty stout I like the rich flavors and complexity of the palate as well as it refreshing character. I would recommend and session this beer.

Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown/black opaque with a thick frothy medium brown 3 finger head. The head dissipated, but left a nice layer and clung fairly well to the sides. The aroma was very slightly sweet, almost like a dark chocolate covered cherry, touches of brown sugar, and oatmeal wheat bread. Taste was slightly burnt stale bread, not unpleasant, but nothing outstanding. Felt slightly thin and watery in the mouth with a bit of acidic carbonation on the tip of the toungue. Pleasant to drink, went down extremely smooth.

Photo of sholland119
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep, opaque black with a thin tan head. Nice lacing.

S-Very roasty and appealing. Strong coffee and roasted malt notes with a hint of sweet oats.

T-Very rich roasted coffee flavor in the front with the sweetness of the oatmeal coming though in the finish along with some malt.

M-Nice mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D-An exceptionally tasty mild stout with a moderate ABV. Very sessionable.

A very strong presence of coffee in the nose and taste sets this apart from your typical 5% stout of any kind. I like that, but it may surprise you if you prefer your oatmeal stout to be sweeter.


Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body, yet more of a mahogany tone while pouring. Three fingers of tan foam reduce down to a healthy cap with rings of lace. Surface has a creamy texture.

Sweet and roasty aroma. Some light woody char.

This one is all about the bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors. There is a roasty, herbal note in the aftertaste that suggests hops. Some softer caramel and malt flavors are in there also. Body is slightly thin, but the bitterness keeps it interesting.

Glad I tried this one, a solid Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black into a chalice with a finger and a half of dark tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, toffee, molasses, and dark fruit.

Taste is of chocolate and coffee. Nice roasted malts here. A light fruity hoppiness is noticeable towards the finish. After taste is a little mocha-like. Mouthfeel is very smooth and this is a very easy drinker. This instantly became one of my favorite stouts. A very good beer.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Ron's in Farmington. Pours opaque black body with a half inch or so of tan head. Tastes roasty, like baker's chocolate with molasses notes and slight oatmeal taste toward the finish. Medium-bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Nothing wrong with this brew - just a solid tasty oatmeal stout.

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful thick black colour with a nice brown head.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, some caramel and roasted grains.

Absolutely wonderful taste, caramel and chocolate with a burnt, hoppy aftertaste, just amazing.

Pefectly carbonated and not too thick, suprisingly drinkable, I could have a few more of these for sure.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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