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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
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. Color is pitch black, similar to an abyss. Rich tan head. great retention. phenomenal lacing.

S: sweet roasted malty aromas. some coffee, caramel, and some toffee.

T: very mellow flavors. roasted coffee flavors, with some hints of oatmeal. no bitterness at all.

M: very smooth oatmeal stout, perhaps the smoothest I have tasted. silky mouthfeel with a very mild carbonation level.

D: extremely smooth and a great example of what an oatmeal stout should be.

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

12 oz bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Pours black with at least 3 fingers of foamy dark tan head with some great looking fall. I'm glad I decided to go into the Nonic with this bad boy, as that head was absolutely huge! Once it settles down, it maintains a great creamy looking retention that leaves huge, sticky lacing behind. The aroma is roasted oats, a big dose of coffee, chocolate sweetness, and a fairly prominent profile of hops and citrus in the back.

The taste is roasted bitterness, more coffee, and then chocolate sweetness. There is also that mix of hop bitterness and a splash of tangy citrus in the fin that pulls that middle act of sweetness back some. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a really nice smooth and creamy feel to it.

I really liked the interplay of the roasted and sweet notes of this and with only a 5% ABV, this is one hugely tasty and sessionable Stout. After I finished this, I immediately wanted another one. Good stuff!

Photo of Walken
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

McAuslan Brewing Company: St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout (Tasted 04/03/08)
12 oz. Bottle: poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out pitch black with a large mocha head that leaves patches of lace as it recedes.
Odor: Molasses oats & dark roasted coffee up front with, smoky woodsy aromas & in the background.
Consistency: Rough & grainy, slightly syrupy full body. Moderate carbonation.
Taste: Chocolate & molasses are up first, then a strong kick of steely roasted malt bringing some big burnt coffee flavors in, some fruitiness from the yeast & flavors reminiscent of tobacco. Finishes pretty clean, mostly molasses & burnt coffee bean lingering on the palate.

This has to be one of the most flavorful session ales in existence. Big and aggressive without compromising drinkability.

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 341 mL bottle courtesy of biegaman.

A: The oatmeal stout pours with a thick, black viscous appearance. Nothing, no red highlights or hint of light, escapes the blackness of the ale. Atop the onyx body is a tan, coffee-n-cream colored head that neared three fingers on pour and has laced nicely.

S: The nose is a hybrid mix of lactic sweetness and deep stout darkness. Notes of caramel also waft out of the abyss.

T: The lactic sourness is in your face from the first sip. That bite mixes with a burnt (think charred) flavor, an interesting start to say the least. A touch of thinness follows the upfront kick in the teeth. That thinness is quickly replaced by the lactic oat sweetness. The sour flavors nicely cut through stout, creating an interesting taste.

M: Dark and chocolatey with a tart bite; oat sweetness and burnt wood. A study in opposites that works well.

D: A low abv stout with a robust flavor. What more does man need? This is now available in PA, so I'm gonna have to stock up.

Photo of jwc215
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick, creamy, light brown head that very slowly descends to a lasting cover, leaving beautiful rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, dark bread, light roasty notes.

The taste is of iced coffee, milk chocolate, earthy spicing and some steel-like metallc notes (that I didn't care much for).

Solidly medium-bodied and creamy. This goes down quite easily with a surprising smoothness despite steely notes.

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
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
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
4.16/5  rDev +2%
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
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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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.

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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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.


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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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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
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.


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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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