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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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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

Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with BeerTruth. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head lasts and lasts, with dwelling, coating lace. Aroma is sweet roasted dark malts. Taste is like the nose, dominated by sweet dark grain, with some coffee bitterness mainly noticed at the close. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is superb. Gotta love an easy drinking chewy dark brew, especially one with an abv that would allow a session (if I had more than one, of course).

Photo of scott
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Dark, dense and full head over complete dark liquid. Bitter aroma of burnt roasted coffee that transfers to the tongue. Full-bodied and creamy, this has a slightly unpleasant acidic finish. This doesn't win high favor with me as it shows no real distinction with other breakfast stouts that can claim "stateliness/nobility" in this category, and doesn't amplify any great complexities. With that said, this is nice to drink. Light dark fruit nuances mingle with charred malt, and is quite sessionable.

Photo of Absumaster
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was my favorite beer when I was in Canada, I did not know that this beer was so good, I picked it from a menu somewhere on a patio. Now I got this beer from northyorksammy and now I am reviewing the bottle version.

Appearance is black as night, no light gets through. A thin beige head sitting on top.

Smell is mildly burned/roasted, a great black malt aroma. The oatmeal gives a great smell of grain and a soothing oiliness that makes the smell really interesting and a real sniffer.

Taste is roasted and burned in a mild way and at the right level. This gives the beer a coffee and melasses taste. As the smell promised the oatmeal adds so much taste of grain, cereal and a nice deep oiliness. This beer is all about balance.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TheManiacalOne for this bottle. Best by date is 31 March 09.

a - pours very dark almost pitch black, big two-finger dense mocha head on an easy pour, great retention and lacing, beautiful

s - very strong espresso aroma, some bittersweet chocolate and a slight hint of alcohol

t - very intense taste, begins with a slightly sweetened espresso flavor that develops into a nice deeply roasted malt and more sweetness in the midpalate, the finish is a bit disappointing however as the flavors sort of disappear

m - medium-to-full-bodied, mildly carbonated, fairly dry on the finish

d - pretty drinkable, alcohol really isn't an issue, finish is dry but not overly so

Very nice beer. The biggest detraction I have is the lack of a finish in the taste...it's very good and interesting and then just falls off. Nonetheless, a very good beer that's worth seeking out.

Photo of letsgopens
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with some thing ruby highlights. The frothy dark beige head holds well and leaves a solid ring of lace around the glass.

Sweet robust roastiness and some chocolate coffee notes. Decadent and dessert-like. Really pleasurable with just a hint of a smoky burnt aroma. Definitely heightens the anticipation for that first sip.

Dark, slightly sweet, and bitter. Heavily roasted malt, coffee, and Dutch cocoa. Lots of heavy bread-like character and mellow charred flavor. Like a toasted marshmallow that was left to set on fire. Flavorful and robust.

Full bodied and thick with a just a bit of a syrupy texture. The moderate carbonation lightens the brew up a bit but there’s still a slightly smoky/acidic, heaviness that lingers on the palate. Really distinctive; I can’t think of a beer to compare it to and that is certainly a good thing in my book. Unquestionably one of the top beers of the style

Photo of seaoflament
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to franksnbeans for this extra! Best before date of: 31 MAI 09

Since this one was in my beer fridge I let it warm up a bit before I opened it.
Pours dark with lots of foam, about two fingers worth, and takes quite some time to settle down. Some soapy, thick, lacing on the side of the glass.

Aromas of roasted malts, roasted barley, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, malted milk, oats, and some notes of vanilla.

Roasted and toasted malt profile upfront followed by espresso, and hints of anise (at least that’s what came to my mind in the aftertaste). Coffee grounds, not fresh but used, and a bit of bitter chocolate. I get a bit of ash in the aroma as well as the taste.

I felt that the mouthfeel was a bit thin, especially with this being an oatmeal stout.

Photo of jackorain
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black color, no light gets through this beer at all. Nitro head stays around for what seems like ever. Left a fantastic lace when drinking

S-Choclate, coffee, roasted grains.

T-Chocolate, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, iced coffee, kinda like iced mocha coffee. Roasted grains. This seems a little contrived to me, like these flavors were put here instead of developed.

M-Oddly, this beer seemed a litte thin and watery for the style and defintiely for the appearance. The oatmeal does not seem to be doing its job of adding body.

D-Drinkability is quite good. I could certainly down a few pints of this. The mocahjavaness would be the reason for the switch.

Overall-I am glad I stumbled upon this on this trip to Toronto. I hadn't heard of it before and now I see it is on the cusp of the top 100. So now my unbiased opinion is that it is little overated. It is good but not great.

Photo of sstackho
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto for around $2. Pours black with a rich brown head. Strong aroma of malt and chocolate. First taste is rich and thick and slides down the throat. Decent lacing. Taste is full yet smooth. Yum. This is enjoyable stuff.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass the beer pours black with a 2 inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, oats/oatmeal, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a nice bitter hoppy finish. After a few drinks, the sweet oatmeal really comes out in the taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is very good too, it's nice and smooth, and at only 5% ABV it's very sessionable too. Overall I think this is a good oatmeal stout. It was a nice surprise to find a 4 pack of this at the store tonight. Recommended.

Photo of blakesell
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance- A finger high head of foam which is impressive for a taster size pour. Head is tan and decent lacing. Beer is black as my sister's baby daddy.

Smell- Sweet maltiness, roasty columbian supremo coffee, oats and cream for the coffee.

Taste- Cream, cola, milk, oats, coffee, and lactose sugars.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and light, low carbonation for something that had such an impressive head.

Drinkability- Nice drinkability, unlike higher gravity oatmeal stouts this one could be enjoyed in a session. I will likely seek this out and drink it again.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out jet black with a huge dark mocha head that dies very slow. Tons of lacing going on. Smell is big on roast, coffee, cocoa an minor hop. Taste is oatmeal, bakers chocolate, coffee grinds and a bitter hop finish. Silky smooth and a little thin in the mouth. Insane drinkability, packed with awesome stout flavor but still light in the stomach. Seek this one out.

Photo of Sushi
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a brown head. Nice ring of foam which stays all the way down, sticking to the side of the glass as you work your way through the beer. Smells strongly of oatmeal (big surprise!). Rather creamy taste, with coffee and roasted notes, finishing with a subtle hops flavour, along with a bit too much sweetness for my liking. Feels very thick feel to it.

Definitely a must have for any stout drinker.

Photo of jmalex
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this hard-to-find beer.

APPEARANCE: Pours pitch black into a nonic pint glass. The creamy brown head starts at about one finger and falls to a very thick collar and large foamy patch. Lacing comes in a few web-like curtains.

SMELL: Huge aromas of coffee, chocolate, and licorice. One of the most roasty stouts I've had in a while. A alcohol hotness comes out slightly but doesn't really detract from the aroma.

TASTE: The flavors here are much less intense than in the nose. It's still fairly roasty with a large chocolate element to it. It gets a bit dry as it crosses the palate. The finish is filled with licorice and a bit of fruit, as well as a slight hop flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is incredibly smooth despite its fullness. Carbonation level is spot on for the style.

DRINKABILITY: For a stout, this goes really quick. It's one of those beers that one you've swallowed a sip, you need to go for another. An excellent drinker.

A very solid beer. I hope I have an opportunity to try another one of these. It's definitely worth it.

EDIT 4-19-08: With what I'm presuming is a much fresher bottle, the signs of age are much lower. The fruitiness and licorice of my last bottle partially give way to bitter scorched grains. I need to lower my Mouthfeel score as the age seemed to have helped by previous one with my current bottle not being as smooth.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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