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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

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947 Ratings

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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 578
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 67
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-18-2001)
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 14:07:31 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 17:18:51 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 03:39:45 | More by JustinBathurst
Photo of jackndan


3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 03:20:35 | More by jackndan
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4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-25-2003 16:06:40 | More by ChrisBowers
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2003 03:28:59 | More by beerguy101
Photo of steelreign

New York

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!!

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-02-2003 14:26:44 | More by steelreign
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2003 03:22:16 | More by Shiloh
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2003 06:39:37 | More by kbub6f
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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2003 17:20:14 | More by jcalabre
Photo of francisweizen


4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-29-2003 13:10:20 | More by francisweizen
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 16:56:11 | More by Bcant
Photo of aracauna


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly opaque black with a head like a chocolate milkshake. The aroma is big and bold with a slight lactic quality and a suggestion of tartness. The flavor is nicely roasty but balanced by the softer dark malts. Comes across like chocolate charcoal. Despite a slight harshness, the overall effect is a very soft beer. Oily on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 22:26:14 | More by aracauna
Photo of canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-poured with a very nice head that did thin, but enough remained to keep me satisfied.
-smells earthy, with, what I think are chocolate, oats, and a little coffee.
-I haven't had any other oatmeal stouts yet, but as far as stouts go in general I was pleased with the taste of this home grown beer. This is one that could eventually help me aquire a taste for stouts.
**My 5th review--Thanks**

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 13:13:44 | More by canadianbarman
Photo of Gusler


4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a mouth watering site it is to see a “World Class” Stout sitting in its “Chalice”, the head all chocolate brown and creamy, majestically perched on that ebony fluid of life, “Mine Anyway”, with the prospect of fine sheets of lace to come as the head slowly ebbs away. The aroma of toasted oats, sweet chocolate, coffee, oh yes I’m “Drooling” at the thought of the first taste. The start ambrosial, “Liquid Pleasure”, the top creamy rich and, voluptuous and the finish perfect in its carbonation, angelically hopped, bittersweet chocolate dry. What a treat, “Eye Candy” for sure, and a great treat for the rest of your sense also.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 07:27:16 | More by Gusler
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a wonderfully dark, almost black pour with a generous bronze head. Exceptionally smooth going down with great hints of roasted oates, dark chocolate and even a touch of coffee. this beer easily ranks as one of the world's top oatmeal stouts. it's my personal favorite!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 08:47:42 | More by Popsinc
Photo of Jason


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.5 oz brown twist, no description and no freshness date.

Appearance: Ink black with a healthy light brown lace.

Smell: Dark roasted black iced coffee with a slight burnt twang.

Taste: Crisp carbonation and mouth feel with a mild steely biting roasted bitterness that softens into an iced espresso flavour. Hops hide behind the roasted character, a meek silky oily sweetness from the oatmeal give a little to the taste buds. The roasted coffee like taste lingers on and on.

Notes: Quite robust and a little boisterous to the palate. Hmmm …. tastes like an oatmeal stout from the peek of the Micro-Brewery Revolution or at least a kick ass homebrew. Got to love this stuff … not many people have the balls to brew like this these days. Great stuff guys!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2002 05:35:22 | More by Jason
Photo of the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

for a non-nitro (I think) beer, this has a heck of a nice creamy head. Came with the perfect amount of it too. The taste is excellent: smooth, a little bitter, some roasted flavours. This went down very well, I'll certainly be back to that bar for more of this!

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2002 09:36:45 | More by the42ndtourist
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a trade with a Canadian beer lover for this one! Outstanding Stout, although I still like Sam Smith's a little more. My only negative comment about this one is that the alcohol flavor was not hidden as well as it could have been (or do we call that "bitterness"?). Roasted aroma and nice coffee flavoring. Almost black with great lacing. I am going to try to hunt this one down again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2002 11:41:10 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow! It was like drinking soy sauce!No roasted coffee hints,none!Good color no head at all,it was sour pungent just horrible.Age obviosly got to this beer Iam not sure how it found its way down here in NC but Iam sure it had been siting there for awhile,I will retry at some point and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2002 12:18:37 | More by oberon
Photo of John

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque and black in color with good tan head. Medium-full body with smooth textured mouthfeel. Dark roasted malt, coffee and semi-sweet chocolate flavors. A nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2002 13:42:17 | More by John
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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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