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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 599
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 80
Gots: 88 | 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 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.

Photo of smcolw
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.

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
3.93/5  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.


Photo of FtownThrowDown
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.

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
4.3/5  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.


Photo of Damian
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
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
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
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
2.77/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Photo of xpatriate
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into pint glass.black as oil with one finger of head that faded fast.roasted smell.mouthfell feel and taste were the weakest.both seemed to be a bit on the watery side.have wanted to try this for a while.i always see it when i go for beer.today was finally the day i bought a 6pk.drinkability is okay.i could have a few seeing as it is only five percent.i am sure it would be better on tap.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Golden Kiwi in Cambridge.

A- is very black with a finger thick head of milk chocolate color mousse. Looks very tasty.

S- I s generally of roasted malts with strong hints of expresso and dark chocolate with some hops fairly noticeable.

T- As i pierce my top lip through the thick head of foam i am immediately greeted by some excellent flavors of roasted malts and dark chocolate which transfers into a very nice bittering hop character in the finish. Very tasty.

M- Is thick and oily, full bodied beer, great carbonation, slick on the tongue.

D- The heavy body of the beer could make it difficult to session I would assume, though i have yet to try more than one at a time.

Overall and excellent brew with Great character. Highly recommended.

Photo of demcorhip
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Going through my cupboards and found this one. Best before March of 2007. Dammit why do i keep doing this to myself? Will be interesting to see how it has handled the time.

Looks great, black, the slightest bit of light comes through the edges of my glass. Nice two finger, tight tan coloured head, with good retention. Leaves some sticky and somewhat intricate clumps of lacings when the glass is tilted. Very mild level of carbonation with small, fine bubbles.

Still has a good nose. Caramel and nutty malts, some oatmeal, and notes of espresso and milk chocolate. Some hints at dark fruit also present, and just the slightest touch of anise. Earthy, mild hop aromas of decaying leaf also hinted at.

This is just starting to signs of oxidized malt with its dark fruit and vinous qualities. Creamy oats, a touch of caramel and nuts, and a nice roasted quality, much like a good dark roast. Hints of milk chocolate also come through. Leafy, earthy hops with a mild bitterness show up in the finish to round out the flavour profile. It was much better just over a year ago when purchased.

A solid, medium bodied stout. Somewhat creamy, velvety feel has suffered with the age. Nice balance and interplay between the roasted and burnt malts as well as the hops. Somewhat acidic, perfect for the coffee lover who is into full bodied dark roasts with moderate to high acidity. Unfortunately oxidized malts (my fault) are beginning to make their presence felt and detract from what was an excellent oatmeal stout.

Still fairly drinkable, considering its medium body, age, and balanced complexity of this brew. Sessionable, although stout novices may have a harder time knocking a few of these roasty treats back. If fresh, highly recommended. If past its best by date shame on you (and me!).

Photo of BillyB
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark, jet-black with a thin tan head.

Aromas of cocoa, chocolate, coffee, caramel and dark roasted malt.

Tastes are pretty much the same as the aromas; dry cocoa, sweet caramel, rich chocolate and a slightly burnt coffee roasty maltiness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a slight graininess a sharp bitter crispness to the finish.

A great example of the style.

Photo of mattcrill
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, a bit of dry cocoa, a hint of sourness that reminds me of Guinness (not inappropriate but just not anticipated), and wet grains.

Appearance: Jet black with a tan head. Head collapses to a nice collar around the snifter.

Flavor: Sharp roasted grainy note, more wet grains, slightly burnt notes, and just a hint of diacetyl in the background. Finish is burnt and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. A little slippery which I think is more diacetyl.

Overall impression: A roasty, flavorful, oatmeal stout. The diacetyl definitely detracts but it's a background note. Not sure if I could drink much more than a pint. Worth a try I suppose.

Photo of younger35
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade with BeerTruth. Definitely my first brew from St. Ambroise and am glad it’s this one. Drank from my Big Horn Mai Bock pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a ridiculously dark brown with amber highlights. Nice one finger creamy dark tan head that doesn’t seem to ever recede. Leaves fairly good lacing that spirals down the glass.
Smell- Lightly smoky with a nice solid roasted caramel malt profile. Plenty of roasted coffee and sweet baker’s chocolate to go around. Really nice solid nose.
Taste- Starts with a slightly burnt malt that slowly gives way to a gently sweet caramel undertone. Lightly chocolaty with a very bittersweet kick. The usual French roast bitterness is present but in a much more subtle way than most. A bit of dark fruit shows towards the end. Finishes with a bit of sweetness that borders on being cloying.
Mouthfeel- Silky smooth, full bodied and really chewy with aggressive carbonation. Awesome!
Drinkability- This is a fantastic porter that I really enjoyed. Really robust and enjoyable with a fantastic mouthfeel. The only down side to this brew is a bit of lasting sweetness that tends to linger. Definitely a good beer otherwise that I’m glad to have enjoyed. Big thanks to BeerTruth.

Photo of sleazo
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for this one.

A-Pours a dark as night black with a coffee coloured two fingered head. Lacing is incredible. The cap lasts the whole way down as well.

S-Sweet caramely roasted malt dominates. hints of coffee and chocolate but the caramel roast dominates.

T-Roasted with just the slightest hint of burnt. The sweetness is not as dominant as the smell and that burnt carbon quality balances things out well. Unlike most stouts it does not cause a coffee or chocolate taste to dominate but they are there. The unique malt quality here is very nice. A good leafy hop note lingers somewhere in the background. There is a hint of acidity as well which adds to the whole experience and gives great depth.

M-For an oatmeal stout it lacks something. That velvety quality is somewhat missing. For a normal stout it would be fine but for an oatmeal, there is something just not there.

D-I have to say this is delicious and unique. I really enjoy how none of the usual stout tastes stand out and there is a fantastic balance. If only the mouthfeel was a bit richer, this would be truly worldclass

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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