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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

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1,066 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,066
Reviews: 599
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 80
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
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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 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.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Pitch black with a thick one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Strong lacing is left behind and the beer descends down the glass.

Deep roasty grain with a little bit of chocolate.

The roastiness is repeated from the aroma. The chocolate is repeated as well, in the form of bitter dark chocolate, along with a bit of coffee flavor. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is the lingering grains.

A pretty good oatmeal stout. Lightly complex and also slight refreshing, even for the style. Recommended.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown or black with a nice thin tan head. Lots of caramel, chocolate and roasted coffee in the aroma. Taste is bittersweet and chocolate with a dash of unsweetened coffee. And very smooth, probably the best part of oatmeal stouts. Little hop bitterness at the end; velvety smooth with a dash of bitter and roasted coffee at the end.

A great brew, a worthy challenger to Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, the flag bearer for this style.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasted on June 16, 2009.

A: Very dark beer with a nice beige head. The head stick to the glass.
S: Roasted malts with some hint of chocolate
T: Roasted malts mainly. I don't get anything from chocolate. However, the aftertaste is smoky! I like it a lot!
M: Very creamy and rich beer
D: Wow, for a rich stout this is very drinkable.

One of the best stout I had. I drank it at room temperature. It was awesome. I had it cold, I prefer at room temperature.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, faint traces of chocolate hit the nose and a tan white head retains well. Nice lacing effects. Tastes smooth, the oatmeal is a nice partner to the dark malts, the chocolate hints remain more of a background presence than anything. Goes down smooth, a pleasure to drink.

Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pitch black color wtih a nice tan head that possesses excellent lacing and retention qualitie. The aroma is dark and roasty with a buttery richness. There is also a lot of chocolate and coffee flavors. The taste is smooth and creamy with dark roasted malts and a dry roasted bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel benefits from the oatmeal, with a very nice smooth body. Overall, St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is a very nice beer that is highly recommended.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

My first sampling from this brewery.

It pours as close to a pitch black without actually being pitch black. There's definitely some brown in there. Nice 1 finger head of tan foam and some nice sticky lacing. Great head retention so this really has it all going on in appearance.

The smell has notes of roasted and caramel malt, coffee and chocolate. Nice indeed.

The taste is big! Lots of roasted coffee, roasted malt, a touch of caramel that fades quickly, some dark and sweet chocolate and the medium to just below thickish body compliments the flavours very well. Wow. I just checked the abv and I'm pretty amazed!

My second and last pour(I'm using an 8oz glass) and I shudder to think that the brew will soon be gone but what a fine drinking experience this Oatmeal Stout gave me. Kudos to McAuslan for making such a tasty brew and making it so sessionable! I'd drink this again easily and it makes me want to try some of their other brews.

Thanks again, Joe. This is one fun beer to drink!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice head that leaves some scattered lacing. The head sticks around as a thin cap. Smells dry and earthy with some light roastiness and some aromas of dry forest leaves. Beautifully balanced flavors. Earthy, dry, lightly roasty, creamy, powdery chocolate. Silky from the oatmeal, and very moderate alcohol. This is very easy to drink, and very satisfying.

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

A: Very dark body with a nice thick dark mocha head. The head fell very unevenly leaving behind a pitted head with some big holes. Very nice look.

S: Sweet caramel, coffee, and a touch of rich chocolate. Very full aroma especially for such a sessionable beer.

T: Very full flavored and definitely one of the best oatmeal stouts I've had. It has a great caramel sweetness up front with a nice roasty backing. Damn good.

M: Nice and thick although not as creamy as some other oatmeal stouts are. That would be my only complaint if I was forced to make one.

D: Given that this is readily available now in my area and particularly given it's low ABV, this could become a standard in my house.

Photo of vtfan77
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Very dark brown, almost black, with about a half inch of tan head.

S- Mmm, that's nice! Coffee and chocolate aromas predominate, with some dark fruits in the background. There's also something else I can't put my finger on, but it's like a buttery richness almost. Whatever it is, it's great.

T- Burnt malt and bitter coffee are the main flavors at play. The the nondescript richness I noticed in the smell is also here, but is not as strong. Very dry flavor with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish; whether the bitterness is a result of hops or or roasted malt, I cannot tell.

M- A bit thin, but incredibly smooth and well-carbonated.

D- Very high. At 5% ABV, this could easily be a session beer for me. I'd drink this stuff all day.

This is simply a fantastic oatmeal stout. If you like stouts in any capacity, you definitely need to try this. It's a bit pricey, as I paid 2.89 for the single, 11.5 oz bottle; otherwise I could make it an everyday drinker. Regardless, it's a great stout, and one of the best Canadian beers I've had. Highly recommended.

Photo of cokes
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Impenetrable black topped with a inch or so of mocha fluff.
Oily chocolate-syruped espresso nose, splashed with cream. Deeper in, there are traces of anise, sassafras, cigars, and of course, oatmeal. The aroma is absolutely gorgeous and complex, but on the mild side, overall.
It rolls through the mouth with a parade of dark chocolate flakes, liquorice, cigar (and cigar ash), chewed coffee beans, heavy cream, oats, dried tobacco, plums, blueberries, and dirt. The coup de grâce here is that everything presents in equal portions so that each sip seems to feature something new. Nothing overpowers or bullies, yet the flavor is still immense.
Its medium body and silken texture is occasionally interrupted by the insistence of it carbonation. Otherwise, it's hard to issue a realistic gripe with this....almost as hard as it is to keep the glass away from one's lips.
This is a paramount example of the style.

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

Bottle. This beer poured almost jet black with a small tan head that did not last too long. Aroma is of dark roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is of roasted coffee that is balanced by the oatmeal sweetness. Very robust. Mouthfeel is excellent. Drinkability is good. Tastes a lot like by homebrewed oatmeal stout.

Photo of alexgash
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, screw top.

Pours a very thick and dark brown to black. Solid inch of dense, soft, peanut brown head. Great lacing. This is one beautiful looking beer. Nose of toffee malts, milk chocolate, chocolate mousse, tobacco, toasted marshmallows, and a whiff of roasted coffee.

Starts off creamy and smooth with light roasted coffee bitterness. Becomes more chocolatey and toffeeish. Slight cardboard flavor, but just barely. Substantial licorice flavor throughout. Dark chocolate bittersweetness closes out the palate. Suggestions of dark fruit linger. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Very nice oatmeal stout!

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

Appearance: depp black with a 1" milk chocolate colored head. Some mile lace spots show up during the session.

Smell: roasted malts, coffee, and raisins are easy to detect and very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, oats, coffee, mild bitter dark chocolates, and raisin sweetness is wrapped in a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth and a bit creamy at the finish. Very long aftertaste as the flavors seem to stick to the tongue forever. Nice medium bodied stout that does not overwhelm.

Drinkability: I remember enjoying this beer years ago, and I am glad I got my hands on it again. Great oatmeal stout.

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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