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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

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Ratings: 1,049
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 78
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of JDV
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of miketd. Thanks!
Pours black with a nice creamy and fizzy tan head. Smell is light coffee, perhaps some milkiness and oatmeal. Taste is dark roastiness, and moderate strength flavorful coffee, with medium body and carbonation. Slight creamy milky underlying flavor to it, but still I'd like it to be a touch richer in body. Very good all around and quite drinkable.

Photo of tpd975
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Canadian gem sent by biegaman.

A: Pours dark as the darkest night. The head is big and foamy. It builds to two fingers and lingers for a bit. Once it dies down streaky lacing can be noted all the way down the chalice.

S: Very nice. The wonderful malty aromas really run the gambit with this one. First and foremost I smelled coffee, nice bold sugar sweetened coffee with a touch of cream. This this a coffee stout? There are aromas of chocolate as well, not too overpowering just perfect. There are hints of peat, smoke and charcoal beneath it all.

T: Very nice. The malt translates thru in the taste. Fresh coffee with a touch of sugar. Milk chocolate comes next with just a hint of dark fruit. A bit of spicy hops can be tasted in the finish. Complex and Lovely.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. This one grabs to the mouth and tongue allowing the flavor to linger.

D: This one is downright sessionable. I have had a few stouts that due to lighter body you could drink a few more of, but none of those tasted like this. A perfect combination of frangibility and taste.

Overall: A wonderful oatmeal stout, one of the best I have tasted in quite sometime. The bottle says if you like a stout you will love St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, I have to agree. I would love to try others from this brewer as if this one is any indicator they know what they are doing... at least when it comes to dark beer.

Thanks Jan.

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

One could say, the crown jewel in the McAuslan crown. Pours a nurky black with some very dark brownhighlights only at the tippy top of the beer when held to the light. Middle way filmy foam and a light ring of foam. The aroma is a butterscotchy, roasted wheat bread bread with a little smokey peatiness to it. The first sip is an upfront buttery mlat mixed with roated almonds.The middle is more smokey and brings out a better defined roasted quality of the malt along with the balancing of the hops. Very velvety feel to this palate with a creamy backbone. Best not forget the caramel. Great beer!

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

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a oily pitch-black color with a fluffy and pillowy dark khaki head. It goes to about 1 finger thick and then recedes quickly leaving a lot of sticky brown lace behind.

S: Interesting nose of milk chocolate, roasted malt, and spicy char. Also noticed were lactose, brown sugar, raisins, and tart citrus hops.

T: Big flavors of roasted malt, bitter espresso, dark chocolate, tart lemon, lactose, berry, milk chocolate, burnt wood, cocoa, and spicy/tangy hops.

M: A fleeting hint of sweetness at first sip, and then a big bitter and tangy smackdown. Bitter, roasty, and spicy for the duration.

D: I had to keep checking the bottle to make sure it actually said "5.0% abv" because this feels like a much bigger beer. In my opinion, this stout could benefit greatly from the addition of a little sweetness and the subtraction of some of the bitter, roasted, smokiness.

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

Pours a deep dark brown, just about black, with a thick soapy tan head. Great retention and a healthy amount of light brown lace is left behind.

Big dark roast black iced coffee aroma with some char. Hints of vanilla and caramel are present as well. I think I am going to like this.

Loads of roasted bitterness that leads to iced coffee. Espresso and mocha throughout with some cocoa and caramel sweetness laying in the background. Bitterness comes from the roast, and hops are barely present in the flavor. A touch of fruit towards the end. Finishes dry with lots of lingering roasted coffee.

Medium bodied and silky smooth. Perfect on the tongue, not too thick but rich and creamy. Goes down easy and great flavor, all at 5% abv. Great stuff - a real nice session stout.

Photo of abankovich
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep, dark brown into my snifter with a very light brown head that had good retention for awhile and lots of tight bubbles. Lacing started immediately as the head started to lessen.

I caught whiffs of this one as I was pouring it out of the bottle a foot away from my nose, that's a good sign. Caramel and sweet aromas are noticeable. Some bitterness for sure and a little vanilla sweetness too.

The sweetness I noticed in the smell is only present at the beginning very briefly. Excellent roasted espresso and mocha flavors on this one throughout. Well balanced, subdued bitterness in the end.

The smoothness is excellent, as it should be. The mouthfeel is thick and rich and so easy to go down.

Drinkability on this one is great. Especially at only 5% ABV. I certainly wouldn't suggest going to something light after this, but having a few of these would be no problem.

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very thick oily jet black body hosting an inch and a half of rich tan head. It leaves an almost solid wall of lace as it fades. Woiw, is what I think of when all the aromas reach my nose. Like fresh baked sweet bread, carmalized malt, toffee, vanilla and esspresso. I could just smell this one all night. Enters the mouth a litttle thinner than I expected along with some scattered mediciney tones. A bit of soured bittered shrill asheyness is left on the tongue. This brew is no where near as tastey as the nose lead me to believe. It really lacks the creamy roasty richness that I would have loved to have had accompany the nose. It does show a little bit of aht carmalized malt on the mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable overall though.

Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 11.5 oz bottle purchased from Super Saver in Somerville for $2.00...
Never heard of this brewery before, so I decided to take a chance and give it a shot...
The appearance was probably the best thing about this beer... A deep, dark, ebony-hue with a massive foamy and frothy head which obliterated the serving glass, nearly pouring over...
Subtle, cocoa powder and chocolate aroma dominated by roasted malts and dark latte nuances...
Very rich, thick, semi-sweet taste, very creamy, with a powerful chcocolate essence going on...
Nice, creamy, rich, powerful mouthfeel with a great level of drinkability due to the modest ABV and non-cloying flavors and aroma...
Good stuff...

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time I came across this beer was at C'est What in Toronto, CA and needless to say I feel in love with the draft version there. That was about 4-5 years ago many stouts later and this time it's a bottle sample. Appearance is black it absorbs all visible light forms a dark tan thicket of head, with great retention. After dwindling slowly it forms a tight collar of lace on the rim of my Gulden Draak chalice, and with each sip fine speckled lacing is left behind. Aroma tartness with mild metallic notes, and dark powdered chocolate really dry and not much like I remember the draft softness of the oatmeal additions to come across in the nose. Definitely some cereal grains outside of patent black roasted malts the oatmeal is kicking just subdued by the dark roasts no real hop aromatics here. Somewhat tart and lactic with mild oxidation noted no date on the bottle here, but again not what I recall in my beer memory dark roasts with bitterness something practically burnt with these strange tart notes surfing around no real complex fruitiness just a mild funk brewing. Mild chocolate and coffee more so just dark baker's chocolate with a powdered cocoa finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied somewhat creamy textured carbonation is mellow and smooth no complaints in this department, finishes exuberantly dry. Drinkability is okay I'm a fan of the draft version I won't give up on the beauty of this beer that I recall on tap in Toronto, but the bottled version was pale in comparison.

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near mahogany color where no light can pass through. Beige head of two fingers to start. Slow settling into a rocky formation--spotty lace on the side of the glass.

Smells like chocolate pudding and ice cream. There's some mocha in the background. I like that this is not an in-your-face aroma that many stouts have.

A lot more coffee in the taste--nearly no chocolate. Very dry! The finish features the introduction of some hop bitterness, but the black patent malt really comes through long after the swallow. This is a full beer with a slightly higher than expected level of carbonation.

If very dry, coffee-ish beers are your preference than this will be a clear winner.

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

12oz. bottle. New arrival at my local.

Poured a deep, dark brown. Appeared clear. Ruby at the edges. Medium sized, light brown, creamy head. No legs, some lacing.

Aroma was chocolate and espresso. Some vanilla and caramel.

Taste showed off a large roast flavor, similar to strong coffee. Initially, more bitter than sweet, but moved towards a sweeter taste (caramel and dark fruits) as it warmed. Overall, remained well balanced, and stayed tilted towards bitter. Some herbal bitterness at the finish complements the roast notes quite well.

Medium in body, very smooth. Medium carbonation, could be lower and would probably improve mouthfeel. Fairly dry.

A very tasty stout, relatively mild. Nice balance of sweet and roast.

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

This beer is a nice extra via Phyl21ca. Thanks! Cheers!!

This beer pours a black with a nice medium-brown head! The smell is sweet and vague. If you search for it you will pick up chocolate and grain. The taste is sweet and creamy as well. I really like the consistency of this brew! It's just as good if not better as other oatmeal stouts I've had the joy of trying! The drinkability it high. I would love to have this as a fun stout thats not to demanding.

Overall, this is a good beer and not a challenge to drink. I would try this again if the means were there.


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

Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black in color. Smell is roasted coffee and some oatmeal. Very nice. Plenty of webby lacing on side of the glass. Taste is mostly the same as the nose, but much more astringent coffee in the taste. Pretty bitter in the mouthfeel. Overall a pretty good stout.

Photo of iceball585
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, half finger thick dark brown head that lowered to a thin cover

S- Dark chocolate, creamy, sweet, oats, dark malts, hints of vanilla

T- Roasted coffee beans, smokey, sweet chocolate, earthy, milky, caramel malts

M- Medium/heavy body, medium carbonation, smooth, slight dry smokey fizz then turns to a faint oily finish

D- Worth buying again (and again and again)

This is a nice full bodied oatmeal stout. Nice smokey feel w/ good flavors to compliment. This ranks near the top of my favorite stouts.

Photo of taez555
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle. From notes, tasted 1/27/08

This beer poured a pitch black body with a dirty motor oiled color with a thick off-white/dark tan head.

Nose is sweet milk chocolate and lush oatmeal. Fresh dark grain. Touches of that classic irish stout smell. Very creamy smelling with mild touches of coffee.

Taste is full bodied and creamy from start to finish. Fresh roasted coffee beans, fresh cracked espresso beans, lush milk chocolate. Small woodyness and touches of earth and twigs. Very light carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. It almost has a nitro type mouthfeel and taste. There's a strong burnt malt dark malt bitterness, but it's very well balanced and is just on the cusp of going to far. Rich oatmeal body.

Short of brewpups or samuel smith oatmeal stout, this is hands down the best oatmeal stout I've every had. Fresh grains, the perfect toasted burt coffee level. Just, a perfect session oatmeal stout. No wonder it's almost $12 a 4 pack.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the former Cmaruschak for this one.

A - Pours solid black with a 2 finger brown head full of tight little bubbles. Creamy spotty lacing left behind.

S - Baker's chocolate, black coffee, vanilla and a sweet milky oatmeal aroma.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar and molasses, black coffee, grainy oatmeal and vanilla.

M - Medium body and creamy with a bitter dry finish that balances the sweetness nicely.

D - I pick up characteristics of a sweet stout and dry stout that are belnded nicely. Very flavorful and tasty making it easy to drink at 5% abv.

Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with one of the thickest and darkest heads I have ever seen on a stout; plenty of lace lines the chalice as well

Smell: Coffee, leather, peat, molasses and tobacco

Taste: Opens with a black bread flavor and then it branches into a number of flavors some of which I have not encountered in other oatmeal stouts - unsweetened chocolate, leather, tobacco and peat; it left me wondering about the oatmeal until, at the very end, I got a bit of oatmeal cookie, followed by a coffee aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not the easiest beer to drink because it is surprisingly unusual and has some flavors that I don't particularly like in quantity; nevertheless, worth seeking out

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

Pours pitch black with some tan head. Nice roasted nose. Caramel sweetness is there as well. Flavor is very robust and thick. Minor smoked tone on the backside. Feel is thick on liquid and the carbonation is biting, but not heavily present. This is a very robust stout. Not my favorite of all time, but it's good.

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

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

I always wanted to try this one since it use to be in the top 100.

Pours a black color, nice carbonation, huge two-finger plus creamy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight roastyness, toffee, slight chocolate, and some caramel. The taste is malty, some roastyness going on, toffee/chocolate, and some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty Oatmeal Stout, way to to Canada, LOL

Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jastack.

Pours a well carbonated black. Oddly, though it was light and bubbly on the tongue, the head wasn't too massive, maybe an inch or so.

One of the very, very few stouts I've had that I found overly carbonated. It could have just been that the carbonation didn't blend well with the extreme bitterness. There's a roasted espresso bite that I just found a bit much. Could have used more malt, chocolate, or something to balance it out.


Photo of Damian
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 11.5 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a dark, inky, brown/black with a small, frothy, cocoa colored head that quickly faded to a lasting ring.

The aroma was smooth and sweet with an obvious oatmeal presence. Chocolatey and rich. Notes of sweet cream, raisins and dark fruits were noticeable as well.

The taste was deep, dark, roasty and smoky from the start with a subtle hint of bourbon poking through. The burnt coffee, roasty/smoky flavor dominated the palate. The finish was also incredibly dry and roasty with a hugely bitter, resonating aftertaste. Subtle notes of chocolate appeared as well.

Mouthfeel was lighter bodied with a fierce, almost stinging carbonation initially. As the beer sat, the carbonation died down to a more moderate level.

Overall, I was disappointed with this beer. Between the overwhelming roast presence, the intense bitterness and the less than appealing mouthfeel, this brew turned out to be a difficult one to put down.

Photo of Risser09
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz bottle poured into an American pint - 2007 bottling? - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours jet black with no light coming through. The head piles high to 3" and then settles around 2". It is light brown in color. Lace is prevalent on the glass. Thick, cakey head with a lot of craters for a stout.

Smell: Biscuit, black patent malt, espresso, coffee.

Taste: Peat is a huge flavor. Earthy malt flavor as well. Not much sugar. Bitter espresso and coffee. Chocolate covered biscotti. Baking chocolate. Pretty complex and not alot of sugar gets in the way. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bitter. Not sugary. Creamy carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. No alcohol present.

Drinkability: This is a good beer. I think it may need a touch of sugar and perhaps some more alcohol content to come to fruition. It is very good for what it is now, however. Definitely try it.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Inky black with faint umber accents at the edges. It's always impressive when a standard stout is this light-rejecting. The caramel nougat colored cap is a looker as well. It features a frothyfirm texture and is an excellent lace generator. Thick spider webs of foam are plastered all over the glass.

The nose easily keeps pace. Baker's chocolate leads the way, followed by sugared vanilla bean and splash of black coffee. There's nothing new or different about the aroma, it just works in a 'perfect for the style' kind of way.

Not sure that I've *ever* had a 5.0% stout with this much flavor. Or a beer of any style for that matter. There are American double stouts that don't hold a candle to this beauty. How is it that I have never heard of this brewery or this beer?

What a lovely combination of flavors and flavor sensations. First the latter. Sweetness leads things off thanks to the roasted malts. Bitterness takes over at the midway point and finishes in a rush, drying things out perfectly. Let's call it the best of both worlds in terms of sweet stout vs. dry stout.

The flavor profile is dominated by bittersweet chocolate. Also present are charred coffee beans, dark brown sugar, blackstrap molasses and vanilla, in roughly that order. Things don't change much with warming, but then they were pretty damn good to begin with.

The mouthfeel fits the flavor profile exceptionally well and is a marvel given the ABV. Bigger would almost certainly be better, but then that falls under the category of an unreasonable expectation. Besides, it might not even be an improvement.

St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is the most surprising beer that I've had in a long time. That's mostly due to the fact that I had no expectations when the cap was cracked. This is my new favorite version of the style, hands down. Highly recommended.

Photo of tayner
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured dark black, creamy tan head very little lacing but nice ring

smelled like roasted malt and a musty half rotting fruit. The nose was not strong, but not pleasant at all

The taste was of roasted malt, bitter coffee, and the same half rotted figs/musty peat taste.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

If you like the peat smell/taste you could drink this pretty easy as a session beer, but i couldnt get past the smell to drink more than one.. one was all i could do.

Photo of joepais
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kryptic for the Bottle

Poured into a pint glass jet black with a full finger of chocolate colored head that turns to a thick lace

Aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, Oatmeal, and some coffee

Medium mouth feel creamy and silky finish

Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, and coffee fill the mouth

A good oatmeal stout a great finish to the day wish it was a little thicker mouth feel though.

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 1,049 ratings.