St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing
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4.47/5 rDev +9.3%
Appearance Opaque is the first word that comes to mind. This beer is as black as night topped with about 1.5 cm of slightly frothy dark tan head. Being a stout/porter lover I find this one to look delicious.
Smell The scent is sweet and heavy of coffee. Smells slightly roasted and of chocolate as well making it very appealing.
Taste Taste is even better. Coffee hits you right away followed by a slight bitterness from the hops. Somewhere in there a chocolaty molasses flavor appears as well. Once swallowed the taste left in your mouth is again strong of sweet coffee.
Mouthfeel This beer had a slightly high carbonation for my taste but had a great consistency. Body was just right.
Drinkability - I could drink this one all night. Goes down oh so smooth and tastes great.
This distinguished stout is among the top of my favorite beers. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone.
01-27-2006 02:15:51 | More by Orrshow
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
I was quite eager to try this McAuslin's St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, both for its reputation and the fact that I've never had an oatmeal stout before. All I can say is "wow." This is an absolutely amazing brew.
The beer poured from the bottle (with freshness dating marks both on the label of each individual bottle and on the exterior of the six pack I purchased) into my pint glass, a quite dark - almost opaque - brew with just some hints of ruby around the edges. The head is initially a significant light brown-ish mass with good retention; it dwindles to about a finger relatively quickly, but stays at that level and leaves an exceptional amount of lacing. A beautiful looking beer in a glass, no doubt.
The smell... Well, the smell is absolutely heavenly. The dominant scent is a very sweet espresso-like flavour, with hints of regular coffee, milk chocolate, toffee and molasses. There's some toasted oat present, smokiness and malts, and soft hops. Absolutely breathtaking. I could sit here and just smell this brew for an hour and still not pick apart all the wonderful scents emanating from it.
The taste is initially exceptionally smooth (thanks to the oatmeal) and sweet, revealing tastes evocative of the brew's smells - smokey with espresso and milk chocolate at the forefront, some malts and hops noticeable more in the background. After a few seconds, the hops become more distinct and well-defined and the beverage takes on some bitterness as it finishes; it leaves a certain bitterness in the mouth that's a little dissapointing, but also traces of the chocolate and espresso that make you pine for another sip (which is great, until you reach that last sip and desperately want another).
The mouthfeel is downright exceptional; the level of carbonation is just about perfect and the oatmeal contributes to a silky smooth body that is an absolute treat to drink. Drinkability is good - perhaps the bitter finish might slow down less experienced beer lovers, but it's otherwise hard to find anything wrong with this beer. It is an outstanding brew that has encouraged me to seek out more oatmeal stouts in the future - a can't miss.
01-14-2006 21:16:26 | More by headlessparrot
4/5 rDev -2.2%
12 oz. bottle received in a trade with Goldorak. Served in a heavy glass mug.
Color was nice and opaque, black with hints of red and plum and a dark tan head.
Didn't like the smell of this one. It seemed vinegary. Also toasted grain and a slightly syrupy aspect to the nose.
The taste was a pleasant surprise. It tastes wonderful. There is a strong charcoal component to the taste chased around the tongue by a complex mixture of dark roasted grain, iced cappuccino, earthy hop flowers, mocha, milk chocolate, rolled oats, fudge, coffee bean, toffee, and molasses. Round all that out at the end with a solid but not overpowering hop bitterness and you've got one hell of an oatmeal stout.
Mouthfeel was full and creamy and smooth but never too heavy or unpleasant.
Very drinkable. Alcohol not apparent in the taste. A very quaffable brew.
Thank you to Goldorak for supplying this one.
11-29-2005 06:35:09 | More by froggyfrog
4.68/5 rDev +14.4%
Color is bowling ball black yet does carry a deep brown hue in some light. Milk chocolate brown topping of medium heft with lots of creamy bubbles that sits for length before fading to a thick skim always staying present. Lacing is etched strongly into the glass with a thin foamy sheeting.
Aroma is broad, bitterly sweet, dark, and deeply chocolatey with a nice iced coffee, fudgesicle scent and a balancing toasted oat backing.
Bring on the taste machine...wow, very nice structure with creamy dark chocolate, roasted bitterness that ensues to the finish. Lightly sweet with toasted oats and slivers of milk chocolate. Dryness is spectacularly displayed in the finish with a big cocoa powdering, coating the entire back end with late surge of spent coffee.
Feel is very well rounded and quite full from front to back. Smooth, creamy, densely ending with a proud showcase of drying stout characteristics that run the gambit of chocolate roasted bitterness and coffee.
Exceptional drinkability! Gone in no time flat. So delicious and full. A perfect stout! The dryness is dead on for any stout fans palate.
Thanks to NYsammy for the Canadian samples!
11-15-2005 22:10:46 | More by tavernjef
District of Columbia
4.08/5 rDev -0.2%
Appearance 11.5 oz bottle, stamped on the back is a best before date of July 31st 06, purchased from The Beer Store in Niagara. Pours pitch black with dark brown edges, on top is a two finger creamy mocha head that has great retention. Lacing is spotty.
Smell Smooth roasted smell, mostly coffee and chocolate. Along with the rich roast are hints of charcoal in the back along with some breakfast oatmeal.
Taste In the back it is rather dry from some bitter roasted grains, while in the front it is smooth and slightly sweet. Coffee is the predominant flavor, but it is not overpowering as in some stouts. Not much hop flavor is evident, just a small amount of earthiness.
Mouthfeel Classic oatmeal silky body with minimal carbonation.
Drinkability & Notes The burnt bitter flavor makes me drink this at a slowish pace, but it is still an enjoyable beer. I personally prefer my oatmeal stouts more to the sweet side, this is like a combination of an oatmeal and a dry stout. Still, it is a tasty beer and once again proof that Canada has some terrific offerings.
11-04-2005 20:57:36 | More by OldSock
4.7/5 rDev +14.9%
A classic, and probably my all time favourite to date. I love this beer!
Pours a dark, dark red (almost black), with a gorgeous chocolate milkshake head that fades very slowly as I drink the beer. Swirling it leaves residue on the glass, which for me is always a sign of good things to come.
Smell is cocoa and coffee, strong grains, and a bit of alcohol.
Taste is simply amazing -- sweet chocolate and coffee, yeast and caramel, with a very low carbonation. Mouthfeel is buttery and extremely pleasant, and the aftertaste is dark chocolate with just the right amount of bitter and sweet.
Very glad this beer is easy to come by in my area, and I recommend it to any stout lovers out there.
10-26-2005 01:00:45 | More by crwills
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
This is an Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan in Quebec, and although not quite as good as some of the Unibroue offerings, it's still a fine dark beer. It pours a lovely midnight black, with an ample head of whipped chocolate. The aroma is probably the brew's best feature, with a roasted chocolatey flavor mixed in with malts and fruits. It's a delight on the nose, and had the mouth watering before even taking a sip.
The taste is strong. Real strong. It's surprising that it's only 5% alcohol, because it really tastes like more. There is definitely a sweetness to the beer that really gives way to the hoppy bitterness. It's smooth as cream with the addition of the oats, and thick... this one really does drink like a meal, and I can't say that I could sit down and drink a few of them. Rather, this is one to be slowly enjoyed, with good company and something sweet to nibble on. Solid stout.
09-18-2005 00:55:24 | More by EMV
4.47/5 rDev +9.3%
One of McAuslan's first offerings and a stellar horse in its stable this stout is one worth revisiting often for all types of occasions.
It pours a tarlike and deep black with no real highlights emanating from my Duvel Tulip. A rich and generous head of chocolate milk coloured foam garnishes the liquid, not wanting to leave too suddenly. It sticks around for a good spell.
The aromas are truly a five... in this bottle anyways. Complexity and harmony in perfect balance from front to back! Firm notes of smoky chocolate malt mingle with aromas of coffee and a tangy fruitiness reminescent of field berries. A softness of hops rounds out the aromas. As the brew warms it unleashes more of its complexity, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg creeping up through the fruit and malt.
Flavours are very bold without being overdone, lending a richness and roundedness seldom experienced in stouts. The malt expresses itself right from the start through the charred flavours of the roasted grains and gives the beer a mild sweetness that pairs well with the chocolate notes in mid-taste. Hints of earthy peat follow and complement well the bracing bitterness and well defined hop notes. The entire package is well supported by a rich and slick mouthfeel imparted by the oats. The aftertaste is a harmonious reminder of all that preceeded and begs for another mouthful.
This is easily drinkable and I could surely see myself putting back three or four of these in one sitting, but I much prefer sipping this while slowly savouring chunks of dark 70% chocolate.
09-13-2005 00:28:27 | More by Beersignal
British Columbia (Canada)
4.08/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Dark black with a creamy, tan head.
T: Bittersweet. The sweetness is well balanced with the dark malty bitterness. Finishes with a roasty bitterness.
M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation.
D: Quite good. You just want to keep adding sweetness to the bitter taste in your mouth!
This beer is much better on tap, with the frothy dispensor.
09-12-2005 02:15:30 | More by Derek
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured a deep black with a 3 finger "chocolate milk" coloured head. Reminds me a lot of Royal Extra Stout. The head disipates slowly, and leaves great lacing.
Smells of chocolate, caramel, and coffee. The smell is not only sweet, but very inviting.
The coffee comes into play with the taste, but it's a sweet coffee. Maybe french vanilla? The chocolate and caramel are there too, and balance well.
Like most oatmeal stouts, mouthfeel was incredibly smooth. Very little carbonation was found.
I found this beer to be world class, and recommend it to all my fellow BA's. Since this can be found at my local beer and liquor stores, I will most definatly buy this again.
08-30-2005 04:29:03 | More by jayc333
4.78/5 rDev +16.9%
Jet black in colour with a beige head. Powerful aromas of roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, and espresso. The aromatic qualities are replicated to perfection in the mouth, with some subtle additions of hops (a slightly leafy bitterness which is different than the roasty bitterness of the malt) and a slightly sweet oaty note. The mouthfeel is huge and very smooth. I used to drink this stuff all the time in my early university years, but the MLCC no longer carries it. I was surprised and overjoyed to find that the LCBO in Kenora carries it, so at least I can still get it in the summer when I go to the lake (and stock up for the winter).
08-26-2005 16:38:47 | More by fisherman34
3.93/5 rDev -3.9%
Sturdy opaque black direct sunlight could barely pass. Chocolate rings of lace progress with each sip. A prune and raisin filled nose with slight suggestions of tree nuts. Creamy, creamy, creamy in both mouthfeel and flavor this is possibly the first stout Ive ever experienced with slight butteriness. Yet the whole package remained amazingly tasty and drinkable even with off tones of diactyl. Lingering pre-finish is gorgeously chocolately and coffee-filled. Tasty stout.
07-01-2005 18:37:10 | More by GreenWBush
4.55/5 rDev +11.2%
A - Dark, dark head, black body. Stubborn lacing.
S - Really nice chocolate and coffee aroma which surprising doesnt show up in the taste.
T - An explosion of vanilla. Did they ferment vanilla beans in the mash? Imperial stout like deep roasted maltiness.
MF - The creamyness usually found in oatmeal stouts is less present than I expected. Still smooth and yummy.
D - This is a great little stout. Not as sweet as some of the oatmeal stouts, but amazingly balanced. Delicious!
I would like to thank TimE for giving me this beer. TimE will be importing this beer into Japan from about August 2005. Lets give him our support.
06-18-2005 07:40:17 | More by Naerhu
4.75/5 rDev +16.1%
My first review.
Appearance: Had this beer on a nitro-tap at the local pub. Poured out blacker than night, quite a beautiful sight to see. Had about a finger of head that was a beige colour, very appealing. It's been said before, but this is one of the darkest beers I have ever seen.
Smell: Had a nose of roasted coffee and chocolate. Not too powerful, very subtle.
Taste: The best part. Instantly hits you in the mouth with a big taste of roasted coffee, subtle chocolate sweetness, just the right amount of bitterness and the ever so slightest hint of oatmeal.
Mouthfeel: Nice and thick, but still remains smooth and creamy and easy to get down.
Drinkability: It's hard drinking a lot of these, not because of the flavour, but because they fill you up like a meal, but I always find myself coming back to it. One of the best stouts I've ever had.
06-01-2005 18:19:29 | More by dragonofblood
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
There is a place for date notching on the label, but alas, no date hath been notched.
Pitch black body with a big frothy brown head on top, rising to perfectly fill my large 22oz. white wine glass. A thing to behold. Strong mocha aroma has just enough English hoppage poking through. Blends superbly. This beer is melted mocha ice cream. Sweet cocoa and milk chocolate but with espresso and coffee inklings. It is thick and oily but complex enough to pull it off. A bit of acidity in the finish keeps things rather interesting, but never crosses the line to annoying.
This strikes me as a younger brother to Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (although it has admittedly been a while since I have had one of those) with less alcohol and less bite, but most of the goodness still there. Great.
05-31-2005 01:05:07 | More by waughbrew
4.5/5 rDev +10%
Appearance: It pours a solid pitch black colour with a light brown lace. This is the darkest beer I ever saw.
Smell: A nice aroma of roasted grain.
Taste: A very complex taste of roasted malts, slightly burnt. The more you drink it, the more you find subtility in that oatmeal stout.
Mouthfeel: It is full bodied and very viscious to pour, but it is easy to drink. Good carbonation too.
Drinkability: An exceptionnal product. It is a very subtile and tasty beer. Each time it caresses your lips and your mouth, you discover new aspects. I will drink it again for sure.
04-26-2005 03:14:14 | More by Barraclou
3.65/5 rDev -10.8%
341 mL brown bottle, best before January 2006, 8 months from now.
Rich black colour, with hints of brown when held to the light. Thick, creamy tan head. Looks delicious.
Nose is coffee and sweet chocolate.
This is a subtle and delicate stout. Mocha comes through early on, then the roasted malts add their bitterness to fairly subdued hops. Finishes quite dry, with alcoholic notes. Mouthfeel is creamy but on the thin side, with moderate carbonation.
Very refreshing, but slightly watered down to my taste. It seems lacking in intensity.
04-25-2005 02:54:44 | More by Tim2000
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
It pours into my glass an oily black, with a dark brown thin dense head sitting on top. Roasty burned aromas waft up, fresh coffee and sweet malt.
Black and burned roasted flavours up front, with a husky but malty middle. Hints of vanilla in the finish, carried through by a soft oatmeal smoothness. This tastes exactly how I imagine stout should taste. Wow.
Finally! Good stout! This is going down so smooth and easy. I'm glad I have five more in the fridge.
04-21-2005 22:43:20 | More by Garin
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
Pouring from the familiar Mcauslan griffon-labelled bottle, the oatmeal stout is indeed very darkly black--I find almost no hint of red or brown(the bottle calls it "intensely dark"). The head can be quite large if you pour it that way; poured slowly and evenly I got 4 to 5 cm of brown-sugar coloured head, which, depending upon the glass, is quite consistent, but this time it went down to a thin layer. The dark foam is probably some of the darkest I have seen on a stout. The deep ebony of the liquid itself contributes to an extremely solid looking beer! Holding the glass to light or even to the computer screen shows only impenetrable black. Lacing is thick and viscous, even on my slightly damp glass. Even whilst pouring this masterpiece it exudes its rich aromas of milk chocolate and sweet raisins. Inhaling closer reveals burnt coffee, rye bread, sugared apples, cereal cream, spices and black licorice. The roasted character of the malt is absolutely exceptional, releasing toasted warm bread without being overly dry or pungent to the nose. Make certain to drink this beer at a comfortable room temperature to capture the full gamut of smells. Later I smell a good deal of fruitiness, even faint brown sugar or mollasses. The aroma never gets boring. Taste is quite dry all the way through the palate, but plays some sour, doughy flavours on the front of the tongue at first. In the middle is where most of the roasted malts and chocolate asserts itself. The first sip left a substantial finish of tobacco in my mouth, but subsequent quaffs left a more balanced, rather dry hoppy feel. Buttery bread, extremely sweetened coffee, raisins, grainy malt, spice, and baker's chocolate flavours. At first the body feels light in the mouth, but by the time it reaches the middle and back it is heavy and thick on the tongue. Creamy carbonation, but some definite astringency from the burnt malt and the alcohol, but the mouthfeel is still much above average. For me dry stouts such as this are not terribly drinkable in terms of amount--the parched feeling left in the mouth drys me out after 2. Still, this is a Stout I drink regularly, as it combines all the best elements of any stout I have tried, oatmeal or not. This deserves all the awards and praise it has garnered.
04-18-2005 04:57:14 | More by Cwrw
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
This beer pours as close to black as I've seen, with a finger of chocolate milk coloured head. The head slides down slowly to a thin cap, and leaves its mark on the glass. Looks delicious.
Smell is coffee, and lots of it, with a bit of boiled oats in there if you sniff deep enough. The more I smell this beer the more I want to drink it.
The taste of this stout has roasted coffee beans written all over it. Very strong flavour, no holding back here. The finish is very dry and slightly bitter and begs you to have another taste.
The beer has some weigth to it, with a medium body. The carbonation is what you'd expect in a stout, there isn't a lot, but there is enough to feel it.
The flavour can get a bit overpowering, taking away just a touch of drinkability, but on the other hand, I enjoy each swallow. An excellent beer, keeping some of this around is a no brainer.
03-24-2005 04:36:47 | More by elricorico
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
Standard industry 341 ml brown bottle, best before date of 09/05 clipped into label. Pours black as night, it looks like no light can possibly sneek through. Dense brown foam, creamy head, slowly moves to just a thin brown ring of foam. Lots of different smells, coffee, cocoa, pepper, and even some burnt chocolate aroma. Flavour is of roasted malt and burnt coffee. Mouthfeel is full, almost oily but in a good way, almost lighter than you expect based on color and smell. Best of this style I have had.
Picked up a single just to try because I hadn't seen it before out west. Now I am kicking myself for not buying more at the time. It has since become a regular occupant of the DBF.
Update Jan. 2011 - still a favorite. Works great in our Stout Cake recipe
Update June 2014 - I see this has now been released in 473 ml CANS - ISO!
02-26-2005 17:13:09 | More by BigBry
British Columbia (Canada)
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
My first and so far only experience with oatmeal stouts, but one I keep coming back too.
Pours almost black with a dark tan/brown head that sticks around for a while and leaves a sticky foam on the glass. Smells like roasted malts with a trace of chocolate.
Tastes great. Bitter, with a definite roasted malt taste and a hint of oatmeal, and chocolate. Not a gulping beer...a sipper for sure. A wee bit thick at first, but okay if you prefer stouts and porters. Easy to drink four of these.
I've considered other Canadian oatmeal stouts (as that is all that is available to me right now) but keep coming back to McAuslan's.
12-03-2004 08:29:01 | More by BDTyre
4/5 rDev -2.2%
Even better on-tap. Smoother. A nice chocolate color and taste. Thick consistency. Nice bittersweet chocolate/expresso aftertaste with a tad of sweetness. Less bitterness, medium mouthfeel, without the flaoties from the oatmeal. Just the right stout.
11-03-2004 13:18:58 | More by Sammy
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
Black with a brownish/ beige head that is creamy and leaves lots of lacing. Nice chocolate smell, chocolate taste too. Tastes of toasted malts with chocolate base. Nice, smooth mouthfeel with a little bite at the end. A pretty drinkable brew too even though a stout is not what comes to mind for me when choosing a session beer.
10-31-2004 03:41:08 | More by SaunaKing
British Columbia (Canada)
4.18/5 rDev +2.2%
What a great stout considering that it comes in six pack and is easily available in BC. Jet black with a very brown head this is full of those nice chocolate, roasted malts flavours. Balanced and big this beer is only 5 % alcohol though it tastes like a stronger brew. One of Canada's best stouts next to Crannog.
10-28-2004 01:37:40 | More by canucklehead
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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