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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

995 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 72
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-18-2001)
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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
Photo of klewis
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.
Best before 2/28/09

A: Pours nearly black with a big foamy head that sustains at nearly an inch. Lots of lacing.

S: The smell hit me as soon as it left the bottle. Aromas of chocolate and strangely, currants.

T: Very big flavor for a 5% ABV. Lots of roasted barley taste with a strong coffee character. Slightly astringent in the end.

M: Light-medium in body. Thick and creamy at first, but finishes a bit thin. Perhaps the driest beer I've ever had.

D: I'm not crazy about the texture, but otherwise this is an outstanding oatmeal stout.

klewis, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a motor oil black with a wispy choco-coloured, mocha head that settled quickly into a thin lacy partial film, lots to coat the side of the glass. I thought I detected a subtle understated carbonation. The aroma was similarly understated with hints of dark chocolate and hicory. Taste was superb, very full in the mouth with generous, nutty espresso overtones. A drawn-out lingering finsh with ample bitter edge and just a hint of nut continuing. A perfect world would include a lot of this offering - high marks from this reviewer.

ThatWineGuy, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a medium brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, creamy chocolate, honey and roasted oats.

T: The taste begins with sweet with flavors of coffee, honey, dark chocolate and roasted malts. However, the sweetness and maltiness quickly fade. There’s a mild hops presence, but not enough to carry the lack of substance in the malt character. The after-taste is dry and bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, the finish is very dry but very sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, not the best representation of style, it seems to be more of a honey porter than an oatmeal stout, but either way I wasn’t very impressed. There are many other stouts or porters that I would choose over this beer.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of leftmindedrighty. Thanks again!

Pours a deep, dark, flat black color with a nice tall tan head.

Aromas are nice, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and a touch of sweet oatmeal.

Taste is slightly dry. Some bitter chocolate flavors, oats, and a slightly bitter hop finish. There is an underlying sweet and creamy malt quality. The flavor is good, full flavored, yet still light enough to make this very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for my tastes. But still decent.

Drinkability is great. This is an excellent stout. This would be a staple in my fridge if it was available here. Very tasty, and session worthy.

flexabull, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Impressive. I tried this masterpiece..er beer...on July 27, 2007 at the 'Beer Bistro' in Toronto. It came to me in a glass (on draught) and appeared to be chocolate milk with a thick head. The beer was dark brown, with a medium brown head that lasted throughout the beer. The aroma was a combination of malt, chocolate, and fruits. The mouthfeel was full bodied, and not as thick as I was expecting. Nor was there a whole lot of carbonation. The flavour was full of malt, chocolate, and plums. Overall, this was a truly great experience, and completely surprised me that a stout could provide this.

cyrenaica, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to biegaman for this beauty.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic (thankfully).

Pours an opaque oily black with a huge three finger light brown colored head that takes a while to die down to a frothy layer. Stickiness is insanely good, just how I lke it. Smell is a heavy sweet milk chocolate with flakey oats mxed in with espresso. Very powerful scent, lovin' it. Taste, even better than I had expected. Taste starts off with a toasted nutty malt character which is followed by the molasses and sweet oat flavors. This one finishes with sweet espresso notes that last forever, great aftertaste. Mouthfeel is suprsingly light for this style with mild carbonation. Drinkablity is amazing because it's such a good brew. This by far meets and exceeds the hype. All breweries should strive to reach the near perfection of this brew when it comes to Oatmeal Stouts. So glad I have five more :)

BeerTruth, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear deep ruby in color when held to a strong light, otherwise opaque, with a small tan head, which soon collapses to scattered islands of foam, and a thin collar.

Aroma: Rich, roasted aroma, with prominent bitter chocolate and cocoa notes.

Taste: Opens with a robust coffee note, with an undercurrent of bitter cocoa, which carries throughout. Late in the taste, a slight herbal hop presence appears, as well as a hint of nutty character. The finish is rather dry.

Mouth feel: Full, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, competently-crafted example of the style, does not disappoint.

Pegasus, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of toddsschneider
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First class, in the league with their Oatmeal Stout. Easily one of my all-time favorites, never boring. Well balanced: appealing bitter, fruity up front, lingering but not overpowering hoppiness. Satisfyingly aromatic. Coppery color, dense off-white head, fine lacing.

toddsschneider, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite offering from McAuslan. Just about as dark as you can get. Brown head with good retention and great lacing. Smells of robust coffee and roasted malt. This beer not your average oatmeal stout. The bitterness lasts awhile, along with the roasted malt character. Extremely drinkable and a real treat all year round.

irishkyle21, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aquired this beer in a trade with plucier. Served slightly chilled in an oversized snifter, from a 341mL brown bottle. Beer looked a deep brown out of the bottle, but instantly transformed into an oily black in the glass. About two fingers of mocha brown head formed, and quickly settled into a thick glob in the middle of the glass. Left a reasonable amount lace behind. A nice smooth brown sugar aroma rose from the glass, followed by toffee, a slight hop presence, and a touch of cocoa. Also a little bit of a smokey, burnt coffee aroma was noticed. Wasn't as impressed with the taste as I was with the smell. Bitter burnt coffee, an almost bitter chocolate flavor, some smokey notes. Didn't really notice any hops like I did in the nose. Moderately carbonated. Had a thin, somewhat chalky feeling in the mouth, that lackeed a lot of body. Drinkability was decent. I would probably drink this beer again.

jaxon53, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of xgrafcorex
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wasn't expecting the twist off cap. i poured it a little slow i guess..but there was a small head that mostly went away after a minute or so. smells like coffee, roasted malt, maybe even a hint of chocolate. could be a little oatmeal in there too hah...it does have that oatmeal stout smell..sounds fairly obvious though. taste is largely a smoky/roasted malt flavor, a bit of coffee too. tastes pretty much just like it smells, which is fine with me cause it smells great! medium to heavy body. its a shame they don't sell this stuff down here. lacing is pretty minimal, tiny layer of head seems to be in for the long haul. has a little bitterness too it as well..maybe a some of the hops kicking in there to balance out the rest of it, but not too much of a hop flavor really.

xgrafcorex, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of kenito799
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Fou Bar, Quebec City.

Lovely black beer with full creamy brown head. Fully creamy on the palate, soft and very very drinkable. Aroma of mildly roasted malt. Taste is delicious, balanced, roasted coffee notes and smooth finish, a real pleasure.

kenito799, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle acquired via an in person trade with either viggo or grub at Dark Lord day '07. I can't remember which of you gave this to me, but thanks again. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears an opaque dark brown color with about two fingers of rich, tan head. Significant lacing is left on the glass. Smells of oats, roasted grains, caramel, and chocolate. Tastes of bittersweet cocoa, leading to dark chocolate and a mild coffee flavor followed by a nice hop bitterness and a light alcohol burn in the throat. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. A great take on the style. Well done. I'd love to get my mitts on some more.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured really well. Good looking dark brown/black/ruby body and a 2 1/2 finger brown head that retained well and served as a nice compliment to the body.
Smelled of smoked jerky, some roasted malt, toast and a hint of sweetness...molasses maybe.
Taste followed the smell a bit. Jerky up front, but didn't stand up against the roast, which is good. Coffee and chocolate weren't very powerful, the sweetness and oats took over, but again, powerful isn't appropriate. Drank rather well, felt a bit weak and thin. Overall, a solid brew.

Mebuzzard, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of BBM
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at St Pat's in Quebec City. And wow, what a stout. Pours a dark, thick, luscious black into the pint glass with about two fingers of creamy brown head. Aroma was sweet, chocolaty, but not overbearing.

I was surprised by how throughly enjoyable, complex, and well-crafted this beer is. A thick semi-sweet chocolate taste, followed by dark fruits, coffee beans, and of course oatmeal to add substance and flavor. A wonderfully full and silky smooth mouth feel had me gaga over this one. I could have it all night. Beautifully done, this was my favorite beer in Canada.

BBM, May 27, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice big (about 2-3") dark tan mocha head on a black body.
S- Big oatmeal in the nose, some coffee and roasted malts lay in back. Some grass hops come through a bit too.
T- Very tasty! Nice big oatmeal flavor and I don't think anything over powers that. There is a good helping of grass and light citrus hops in there to help balance it out and leave a medium bitterness on tongue. Some roasted and burnt malt flavors in there. Hints of cream too.Aftertaste is left with a bit of a grass hop flavor, oatmeal, hints of cream, and light roasted grain.
M- A little bit higher carbonation than I wanted. I wish it was a bit more creamy. Full body with medium carbonation and light creamy feel to it.
D- I think this is an excellent oatmeal stout. I wish it wasn't so hard to get or I would be getting a lot more of this.

BlindPig, May 27, 2007
Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

pours pours nearly opaque black with a small dense brown head. head drops somewhat slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. light roast. bit of lactic sourness. milk chocolate. bit of caramel.

taste is good. bittersweet chocolate. bit of coffee. light roast. hint of sourness. nice bready malt. medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. med-low bitterness. nice chewy body.

drinkability is great. well balanced and very enjoyable.

grub, May 19, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma is coffee and roasted malts.

Colour is black. It has a tan head. Roughly 2 fingers worth of head with ok retention. Some, but not much lace.

Flavours of coffee and dark chocolate are present. Some astringency from roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, full bodied like an Oatmeal Stout is meant to be... Chewy.

Overall, I like it very much. A great winter brew.

BrewSomerville, May 17, 2007
Photo of Shadman
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Probably a bit too cool( str8 out of the fridge.Bad Shad!..commence the flogging!) but still managed a tan colored, 3 fingered head. Lacing sticking to the sides of the glass as the head slowly receeds..this is one black stout..could pass for used oil out of a diesel engine.

Could pick up the aroma from this beer as it sat 2 FEET away from me...nice! I detected coffee and carmel.

Taste is mostly dark roasted coffee..which for me is not a problem( it's my preferred roast level), there is a hop bite there..but you really have to look for it. Great coffee/expresso aftertaste..again..i love black coffee.

Smooth and thick...carbonation was just a tad too much..but that's nit-picking.

certainly not as session stout like Guiness..but then this has a much fuller flavor profile and isn't as watery. The other 5 in the pack are going to have a short life-span in my house.

good on the 8th St. Liquor store here in Med. Hat for getting this in.

Shadman, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of Hornet2003
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful engine-oil black colour with a milk chocolate head. Smells smokey and roasty. Almost camp-firey. Tastes delicious. The smokiness comes across smoothly and there is a definite oatmeal type flavour as well. Quite bitter but it leaves an amazing burnt aftertaste. Carbonation is a little high for this beer. A little less would be nice. I'm pretty sure anyone could down a 6-pack of these on a St. Patrick's day for sure. Low-ish ABV and great flavour means this is an incredible beer.

Hornet2003, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of markgugs
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a glass mug (thanks to my buddy unitmonster from Montreal for the beer)

A: pours a silky-looking, near jet black with an ample, frothy cream/tan head, beer leaves massive lacing all the way through. You know it's going to be a good beer when you want to dive right in and take a bath in it!

S: Smells like fresh-baked oatmeal cookies and roasted maple syrup.

T/M: Whew! Just what I was hoping for from this beer...loads of ultra roasted bitterness that lingers forever and a day. Good baker's chocolate flavorings mixed with dark cocoa and burnt coffee. Delicious. Classic oatmeal stout mouthfeel, good carbonation and a slick, oily finish.

D: Provided you enjoy the ample bitterness, this is a beer that should always be on hand in one's beer fridge. Great beer.

markgugs, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From old, old notes… Seeing this on the top 100 forced me to get out the old notebook and play some catch up. Thanks owed to Autumnal Dave for giving me this. Oil like appearance, black and thick. Large creamy light brown head dissipates to pretty lace. Very clingy. Smells like coffee made twangy by apricot or some other light fruit and cocoa with that well know oatmeal bitterness. Quite an ominous feel and heaviness. Very dark and very bitter. Lots of raosted malt followed by oily hops in the finish. Oatmeal bitterness lingers. This is for sipping not downing despite the low abv. Very good.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Bishop's Cellar in Halifax.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a giant moka coloured, froathy head that stays and stays and stays.

Aroma: Strong roasted malt, heavy coffee beans and rich soil, a pinch of chocolate.

Taste: Lots of malt and coffee. Same as the nose mostly but the oats come in here. Very pleasant and rich flavours with a nice bitterness to follow. Appropriately balanced.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, as it should be. Drinkability is nice.

Final Statement: Lack of excitement here is based on the fact I've drank many of these and am finally reviewing it. It is quite an amazing stout, one of the best. Every beer enthusiast has heard of this one, and rightfully so, it's a mainstay.

MMansfield, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of brucepepper
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown, almost black, with dirty tan coloured head. Looks very earthy.

S - Rich chocolate aroma with a subtle oil/tar scent that I actually like.

T - Rich chocolate flavour with a hint of the subtle oil/tar flavour that was in the aroma.

M - It reminds me of St. A. Pale Ale, but with less carbonation. Nice and smooth.

D - A very drinkable beer

This is one of my all time favourites. It tastes great and I can usually find it in stores in my area.

brucepepper, Feb 28, 2007
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.