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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
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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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Ratings: 1,079 | Reviews: 599
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured super thick and black for the style. Decent head retention. Some lacing.

S: Roasted barley. Bitterness. Hints of coffee beans. Oatmeal.

T: Starts of with a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Fairly well balanced. Too many stouts have too much roast in them. The sweetness pulls this one back. Finishes fairly crisp for a stout.

M: Medium body but I found the carbonation to be a little too much.

D: Not bad. Tons of flavor. Mentally I am getting out of a stout mode with the weather warming. Good beer though.

Photo of Avryle
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Big, black and thick (yes, I am talking about the beer.) Smallish tan head.

S- Chocolate-y coffee with the sweetness of the oats coming through. Slight hop presence. Very nice.

T- Bitter coffee up front. Finishes with coffee and chocolate. Dry and a little overly bitter finish.

M- Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

D- This is a pretty good oatmeal stout. Would definitely consider getting again.

Photo of Proteus93
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Totally opaque... it don't get much blacker than this. The head on it really stands out. A start, midnight body with something of a shimmering tan head. Nice lace latticing the glass on the way down. Absolutely gorgeous.

S: Smoky, dark roasted malts, some nice espresso notes.

T: A slightly burnt coffee flavour, with a touch of hops making their presence known. A somewhat dry (but short of powdery) chocolate flavour in there.

M + D: Rich bodied, a little bit of a surprising bitterness finishes. Just enough coating of the mouth to hold onto the flavours for a while. A nice oatmeal stout... not quite like a few of the others I've had in recent memory, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Good enough to leave me feeling proud that it comes from Canada. Nicely done.

Photo of MrBen
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is among my favorite oatmeal stouts. It pours extremely dark and kicks up a rocky, chunky head. Taste is remarkably intense and interesting, with big, dark malt flavors up front. Mouthfeel is silky with the slightest dry finish. Very, very mild hop notes in the aftertaste. It simply is quite hard to do better than this for a pure oatmeal stout!!!

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a dark brown black with a very nice bubbly head of one inch with a lot of lacing left on the glass. The aroma contains some dark coffees, hints of oatmeal, a bit of a burnt, roasted malt to it. The coffee is a little more palatable, the carbonation lifting some sting off of the slightly charred roasted malt, molasses and then a more soft espresso. Honestly, I was expecting a bit more refined, subtle beer, but this is delightfully ballsy.

Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours dark, dark brown with ruby hints around the edges when held up to the light. Head is one finger tan and retention and lacing are very good.

S: Smell is fairly sweet with chocolate, vanilla and (surprise) oatmeal.

T: Initial taste carries the sweetness indicated in the smell with oatmeal, chocolate, and vanilla. However, the taste has a much more roasted coffee and malt presence than the smell. The finish is fairly crisp with a slight hop kick at the end.

M: Mouthfell is medium and crisp with the slightest hint of smoke in the background.

D: This is an excellent example of an oatmeal stout and extremely drinkable as stouts go.

Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black colored beer with a tall and thick brown head, perfect looks.

Smell is malty unsweetened chocolate with a hint of Kahlúa in it. Heavy roasted malt is quite strong in the scent.

The taste starts out mild roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate, smoky aftertaste. Gets fairly bitter after a while and this never becomes very sweet.

Mouthfeel is Good.

Don't really like this for some reason, it is something about the separate parts just not mixing well together. Not a favorite.

Photo of GClarkage
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

05/09/08- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness information. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deep brown in color with auburn highlights around the edges. Pours with a generous one inch head that shrinks to nothing within seconds. It leaves very light spotty lace.

Smell- Deep roasted and smokey malt with a noticable chocolate malt backing. Light hoppy whiff as well.

Taste- Very deep roasted malt with notes of peat, cigarette ashes and smoke. Mild hoppy background and little chocolate as reminded by the scent.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin and a bit too carbonated, but nothing way out of line.

Drinkability- Has good flavor for an oatmeal stout. This one is really deep and malty.

Photo of champ103
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a blackish/brown color with somewhat of a cascading effect.. A large tan head forms and leaves tons of sticky lace.
S: Oats, chocolate, coffee, and toffee that makes for a wonderful smelling beer.
T: Follows the nose. Malt, chocolate, toffee. Also some buttery and nutty flavors..oh ya, did I say this has oats. A nice hop bitterness as well.
M/D: This is a bit thin and watery in the mouth, but a good sessionable stout.

A very good stout here. I wish I bought more than a single. This is something I will revisit.

Photo of goochpunch
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out nearly black with a chocolate milk head that leaves some fantastic lacing. Nose is kind of typical with the whole chocolate, coffee and dried fruit thing. There's kind of a gym sock smell to it (kind of reminds me of some of my least favorite Sam Adams beers). Lots of molasses as well. Flavor doesn't suffer from the sock. Molasses comes out a lot more than the chocolate and roast. Raisins come out more in the finish. Has an odd, flat yeastiness in the finish which seems to be a recurring trend with this brewery's beers. Mouthfeel has a really nice, full body from the oats. The carbonation could be a little calmer. Solid drinkability.

Photo of pwoods
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think I got this in my Black Booty box from Mikesgroove, though I may be wrong.... It has been in the back of my fridge for a bit. Whoever sent this, thanks a bunch ^^;;

12oz. brown bottle, poured into a tulip. 3/19/09

A: Pours completely opaque black, no lighting. 1 1/2 fingers of tight mocha head forms and holds well. Some decent lacing throughout.

S: The typical light stout burnt malts, a sweet cola sense, light molasses and chocolate. The oats and grains add a nice breakfast style touch to things.

T/M: Much drier and chalkier than I expected. More of the stout tastes as mentioned in the nose but the dry and chalkiness of everything is getting in the way. It actually lingers and intensifies after the swallow. The oats add a very nice creaminess to the body but is overtaken again.

D: Not a bad brew but feels unbalanced to me. I love me some Oatmeal stouts but I don't think this is the one for me. 5% is nice.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown that approaches near blackness. The russet colored head that was once thick settles to a thin cap.

Smells of chocolate and roasted coffee. Fairly simple and straightforward, but pleasant scent.

Tastes of roasted and approaching burnt coffee with bitter chocolate. As it warms the hops start to settle in with the rest of the beer. At a cooler temperature the hops seemed out of step. Good balance between sweet and roasted characteristics. Packs quite the punch for its 5%abv. Finishes with a drying roasted and hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Very easy drinker, but there is a lot of flavor to sit and ponder. I imagine this would be a good drink at the end of brunch.

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