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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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959 Ratings

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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 66
Gots: 52 | 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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3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

I am sampling a chilled brew in a pint glass. THe beer pours an impressive brown black color with no light escaping. A rich creamy tan head foams up easily with some cascade action. The latticework that exists as I drink is very tight and the head sticks around throughout the sampling.
Aroma is surprisingly mild with light roasted malt and espresso scents a hit of grassy hops mixed in too. Beer exhibits a silky texture but not huge body that I expect. Very gentle rolling carbonation and mild flavor too. Some roasted malt and some cheerios flavor mixes with a bit of chocolate and some grassy hops. A very drinkable brew that is tasty and smooth but not as robust as expected.

09-19-2004 14:31:19 | More by sulldaddy
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Completely black color, big tan chunky head, the head is almost chocolate colored. Incredible aroma, ultra complex chocolate malts, cocoa powder and an amazing floral and bitterness hop blend. The taste is of dark chocolate, hops and actual coffee. Slightly astringent notes of roasted barley are there as well but very rounded. Chocolate bitterness and hop Bitterness blends flawlessly. smooth this viscous mouthfeel with soft carbonation. This beer is consumately drinkable, which is especially remarkable considering how thick and rich it is.

One of my top 3 favorite stouts, it makes Guinness draft taste truly inferior.

09-07-2004 02:53:58 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Having this the day after having the nitro-tap version. Obviously, this is waaay better on tap. The head is less impressive, much more carbonated and much less creamy. Little lacing, and the head didn't stick around as with the draught.

After pouring this for myself, I could see just how dark and opaque this stout is. It's amazing.

However, that's about all that was disappointing. The nose, the taste and everything there was just as great.

Bought 4 of these at the LCBO for a steal of a deal, 1.40 each singles.

I felt perhaps this bottle version had more coffee notes than the draught. Also, there was a slight metallic taste due to the cap, but that's to be expected.

07-18-2004 19:47:59 | More by baiser
Photo of DrJay


4.58/5  rDev +12%

Black as night with faint red highlights topped with an extremely dense, creamy light brown head. The head retention was excellent and a thick lace was left down the sides of the glass. An absolutely gorgeous beer to have in a pint glass.

It smelled strongly of roasted barley, with coffee and caramel aromas coming through. Very light grain aromas and maltiness were also present. The flavour was a combination of fresh roasted coffee and dark, bittersweet chocolate. Well balanced with a medium bitterness hiding behind the roasted flavours. Grain dryness at the finish is accompanied by some bitterness and caramel maltiness.

Possibly the strongest point for this beer is the robust body and silky smoothness. An excellent beer all around.

07-07-2004 02:12:48 | More by DrJay
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Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10%

What a beer! This is my first Oatmeal stout and I am now very interested in the style. I would have to say this is the best beer I have tasted in my few years as a beer advocate. The colour is ink-black. The mouthfeel is creamy. The beer tastes of roasted coffee beans and malt. I would recommend this beer to anyone who appreciates a good stout. It may not be the best Stout in the world, but in the land of government regulated liquor stores, this is a gift from the gods.

05-12-2004 22:30:23 | More by manchester81
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Appearance – This was black and thick like engine oil with a giant head that showed great retention. The foam was like lumpy shaving cream and covered the inside of my glass as it went down. Awesome!

Smell – Wow, this is a stouty Stout. The aroma here is huge. The dark, roasted malts almost cover the oatmeal notes, but I can still pick them out. The cocoa is subtle as are the light fruits. However, as ECB said, there is a medicinal quality to the nose that rubbed me the wrong way.

Taste – This one is bitter and very dark. The oats come out much better at the taste, and the overpowering malt from the nose is back where it belongs. There’s a touch of sweetness at the finish, but not much. Not enough to offset the burnt toast, anyway.

Mouthfeel – This was thinner than I had hoped, not even medium-bodied, but I liked the bitter feeling in the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is more of a “sipping stout” than a party animal. It is very nice and made a terrific aperitif.

Comments – A big BA thumbs up to Rastacouere for sending me this Canadian East Coast gem. Makes me want to stand up and speak French.

05-09-2004 00:36:36 | More by RoyalT
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Ontario (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +18.6%

Hot damn, this beer is even better than I thought. Pours a jet black colour with a tanned, light head. About a finger worth. Lace sticks to the glass like lingerie. Beautiful. Aromas of coffee, oats, chocolate, barley and hops. WOW!!! What a taste!!! Sweet barley and chocolate mingle with the coffee and hops, while the oats give a unique, mild flavour. Tastes great, hell, better than great. It's not heavy, not light, slightly complex but simple enough to simply enjoy. Exceptional mouthfeel. Medium bodied and smoooth. With a mouthfeel and taste this great, drinkability is high.

04-30-2004 11:39:10 | More by slitherySOB
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick frothy tan head. The aroma is great. It has a creamy chocolate scent that is very pleasant to the nose. The taste is good. It has a rich and creamy dark malt flavor with a dry oatmeal finish. It goes down easy with a chocolatey aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks well. It is a fine stout with awesome aroma and good stout flavor.

04-29-2004 01:37:42 | More by WesWes
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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

and so we attempte to define the sublime as a spiriitual experience, something of the highest moral or ethical expression. could we say the highest quality perhaps? without a question, in my limited experience, this is truly the best of its type that i have ever had. a wondeful mystical experience made even more speical and memorable by the place, time, and company. Wonderful, creamy head, color pumpernickel black with a beige, silky smooth foam. chocoalate, oatmeal, with hints of licorice and peat mixed in. A cherished dessert in a glass. Sweet scent and sweet tast make this a beer to savor and drink again, and again to fight off cold winter chill. Magnificent!

04-17-2004 04:11:02 | More by sublimesipping
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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

So I finally get to sample the St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, I knew the day would one day arrive. I am caught up with the griffon logo on the label, which looks to me like a bad computer print job of some clip art off of the internet. But never judge a beer by it's bottle (or label), I've heard too many good things about McAuslan.

Pours out of its 341 brown bottle the colour of pitch, as black as black can possibly get, it looks like no light can possibly escape it. Held up to direct sunlight I cannot get any to pass through, and only the faintest of a mahogany nimbus along the extremities of the glass. Impressive! Creamy dense tan head sitting atop this black mass, lasts for awhile before giving way to a thick ring and thin traces of lacing.

The nose contains intense espresso, cocoa, pepper, a hint of licorice root, and a slight boozy raisin scent, which reverts to a sharp burnt coffee grounds aroma.

Flavour is straight up roasted malt and coffee grounds, with a trace of hops that gets beaten back by a very dry roasted coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is dry, and a lot lighter than the appearance lets on. Would be very easy to make this a session stout, but I feel the dry coffee profile would leave me more parched than quenched after a few of these.

A fine specimen of the style, I'm not much of a coffee fan myself, but that characteristic certainly does lend itself to this stout and enhances it. Many thanks to northyorksammy for sending this one my way.

04-02-2004 00:26:31 | More by IronDjinn
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a beautiful crude oil looking syrup with a massive 3 finger tan head sitting atop. This brew actually has a creamy oat aroma along with a nice roasted malt and light hops to boot. The taste is a repeat with a slightly tangy astringent end to each swallow. This is a medium bodied beer that finishes faintly sweet.

Notes: One of the better oatmeal stouts available. If you like this style, you have to try this one! Thanks to kbub6f for the opportunity! Cheers!

03-28-2004 06:15:03 | More by BeerAngel
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

A fine Canadian stout...probably the best available widely in bottles. I want to try this one on tap...it's delicious!

Comes in the now standard brown Canuck long-neck twist off crown bottle (not a very fitting presentation for this fine stout). Had a "best before code" logged at 6 months from productions date and there was nothing on the label to indicate it was preservative free with this lengthy shelf life although the web site says that they are "naturally brewed".

Poured a black opaque color that defies light to pass through the glass....a puffy mocha head stays a while then reduced to a brown lace half way through the drink.

Smells of cooking coffee, spice and carmel.

Starts fairly thick, rich and malty then builds to a well balanced, complex, full creamy body with accents of coffee, burnt toast and hoppy bitterness mingled with slight hints of oak that vanish as the hop bitters take over in the finish...has a dry finish that leaves a lingering metallic taste with virtually no sweetness that is surprisingly not unpleasant.

All in all a great bottled Canadian stout.

02-26-2004 21:24:19 | More by pootz
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Yummy! The complexity of this beer is a blast! The color reminds me of rich mohogany and the smell is no indicator of the range of flavors that you'll soon experience. The first sensation is a light carbonation with gentle sweetness. The next fleeting taste is almost that of green olives, but only for a second. Finally your mouth is filled with a deep chocolate/coffee flavor that almost leaves you expecting a coffee buzz afterward! Overall, I find it creamy, satisfying yet hungry for more. If Guinness and Chocolate Stout had a child, St. Ambroise would be a first-born to make any papa proud.

12-14-2003 06:02:27 | More by Guinness4me
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1%

Bottle - Opaque black brew with a medium head that dissapate too quickly. Excellent Chocolate and coffee aroma with a sweet taste. Good roastiness and good body. I would be curious to try this one on tap... Probably the best product from the Mcauslan Brewery

12-08-2003 14:07:31 | More by Phyl21ca
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Quebec (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

Simply black coloured, beautiful. It smells like a good espresso. The taste is indeed sweet, burnt caramel and chocolate in harmony. Nice Bitterness to balance it all. Round texture, creamy, one of the only stouts I could drink more than 3 in a row of

12-07-2003 17:18:51 | More by Rastacouere
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Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

Pours nicely, with a chocolate-tinged head. The foam is denseli packed tiny pearls that linger. Looks fantastic in a glass--a dark, reddish-black. Has a very faint smell, just barely there, but you can taste that smell once you take a sip. Tastes of coffee, a little sweet (but not candy sweet, just enough of a sweet to balance the coffee). All in all, one of my favourite things in the whole world.

And to top it all off, it reminds you of drinking a coffee by leaving the same nasty aftertaste. But, a small price to pay for a fantastic stout that could almost convince me that stouts are the best. Almost.

12-07-2003 03:39:45 | More by JustinBathurst
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout: From the bottle. Pours a very thick, deep black. It takes quite a while to get all of the beer out of the bottle, as the last half inch combines with the head inside the bottle to create a whipped cream. The head is initially tan, but as the liquid makes it through the bubbles, it turns a pale tan. It is actually very thick and rocky. The beer itself is deep, oily black, and even a strong light cannot penetrate.

The aroma is fairly strong, with deep dark chocolate/coffee aromas.

The taste is fairly strong, deep chocolate flavors, and coffee. The taste is somewhat richer than with most oatmeal stouts that I’ve had before, and the mouthfeel is not as creamy smooth as one would expect. If I knew better, I’d almost say this is an imperial stout without the alcohol kick.

Nice, it’d make a nice dessert.

11-24-2003 03:20:35 | More by jackndan
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4.68/5  rDev +14.4%

Now this is a stout!! By far my favorite nitro stout and 2nd only to Samuel Smith's in the stout category in my book. Where to begin... this beer explodes with flavor but keeps the sweetness in check. Pours a dark charcoal/black color with an excellent body and head. Notes of roasted malt, chocolate and espresso are evident but not overbearing. Perfectly balanced. I wish we could get this stuff in the states!

09-25-2003 16:06:40 | More by ChrisBowers
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Midnight black color. Medium head. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. A medium bodied sweet stout. Deeply roasted malts. Big dark malt flavors, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a touch of wood. Extremely smooth. Creamy and slightly sweet. Very easy to drink, nice sipping beer. Complex yet subtle, Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. VERY Nice beer

09-24-2003 03:28:59 | More by beerguy101
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New York

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

Like Francisweizen, I also had this on tap at C'est What? in Toronto. This is oh so good! A velevety, creamy tan head that lasts and lasts. The aromas were very complex - bursting with sweet roasted malt and some nice hops as well. Tasting this was so much different than say, a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal - it just was so much smoother and creamier...less bitter, also. I have not had this in the bottle, but it cannot be as good as this nitro tap serving! Simply put, an incredibly full bodied, well balanced oatmeal stout. Cheers!!

09-02-2003 14:26:44 | More by steelreign
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

This is not my style, this I believe to be an aquired taste. This I could learn to love in a big hurry.
Wow, very slight hoppy start, followed by a bitter sweet chocolate taste that lingers.
Poured a deep dark brown with a thick crown of large tan bubbles and limited carbonation.
Very smooth.
I will definetly meet this brew again.

08-15-2003 03:22:16 | More by Shiloh
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New York

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/11/03, stored cool dark, 2600 miles in my trunk.

McAuslan is one of my favorite breweries in the world, and the Noire is the highlight (for me) of their incredible lineup of great beers. That they don't export is one of the biggest crimes in brewdom.</soapbox>.

The references to "stout" on the label and the standard bottle are circumstantial evidence that you're pouring beer and not 5w30. The huge, brown, doughy head makes you wait to get at that black gold. A rubber spatula comes in handy to scrape the huge clumps of lacing off the sides of the bowl and fold them back in. Sweet, roasty toffee, milky sweetness and a touch of smoke come off in the nose. Burnt toffee in the front gives way to a sweetish, full middle, where hints of fruit give it a tangy zing (or possibly a zingy tang). Some bitter chocolate too. The finish is bitter and dry, with charcoal notes. This is still one of my all-time favorite beers. It's really quite dry, with a very bitter finish. I wouldn't change a single thing about this (except maybe the bottle size). Makes me want to get back in my car and go get some more.

07-04-2003 06:39:37 | More by kbub6f
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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

Originally sampled on 14 September 2002. Beautiful chocolate & oatmeal nose; black w/ a large tan head, this is an incredibly dry finishing beer. Very nice. In my opinion, this beer is the classic example of what an oatmeal stout should be. Seek it out.

05-24-2003 17:20:14 | More by jcalabre
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

This beer was presented to me on tap at C'est What? in Toronto, ON. It was a very opaque, dark, black colour with a nice light brown head. The aromas were a little subdued (nitro?) but they were very nice. The aromas were of coffee, roasted malts, hops and earth. The taste was more of the same. This was a very tasty, full bodied stout. The mouthfeel was very velvety and oh-so-smooth and the drinkability was great as well.
An excellent oatmeal stout from McAuslan!

04-29-2003 13:10:20 | More by francisweizen
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours black with a brown rocky head that quickly shrinks to one quarter of its original size but sticks around until the last few sips are gulped down. An appetizing smoky bouquet is followed by complex flavors from roast malt and oatmeal and finished with a crisp dryness. This stout has a soft mouth feel and would go well with shellfish. A fine example of oatmeal stout, it’s a shame that St Ambroise does not appear to be available in the United States.

02-12-2003 16:56:11 | More by Bcant
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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