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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

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Ratings: 1,017
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 73
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of allergictomacros
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark. real dark, with a huge creamy head that sticks everywhere. My pint glass was liberally coated with a tan foam.

S - Slightly metallic with roasty flavours - coffee and some raisons maybe.

T - Toasted bitterness with notes of coffee and fruit.

M - Mild carbonation. Very thick and creamy.

D - Very easy to drink. Sticks to your ribs a bit though.

allergictomacros, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Selection of the Beer-of-the-Month Club.
Poured a very deep brown, virually black color with very prominate tannish puffy head, which lasted throughout the entire glass, finallly depositing itself on the bottom. Beautiful lacing covered the glass. Smell is rich, chocolate, coffee, figs, prunes, dates, roasted malt. Extremely pleasureable. Taste is as goog as the smell, with bitter chocolate, coffee, more dark fruits, a nice roastiness blended with a sharp bitterness. Finish starts malty, and ends dry and bitter. Ver drinkable, and with the modest alcohol content, more than one can easily be enjoyed at a sitting. Another nice beer from this brewery.

tgbljb, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is charred malt, coffee, chooclate, perfumey notes I assocaite with Baltic Porters and dark fruits. Lots of different aroma here, but not super intense. Body is deep black with a creamy, two finger thick, tan head. Fore is lightly smoky with ample coffee notes, but not a lot of chocolate flavor. Middle is nicely smoothed out (oatmeal influence I assume) and the finish is dark bitter roasted esspresso flavors. I’m a little underwhelmed. I didn’t pick up a huge flavor range though the coffee bitterness is fairly intense and the feel of the beer is quite nice.

Jredner, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of edskirk3
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12oz twist-off, with no freshness date or code. This bottle was given to me by the captain of my bowling team (who's in a Beer of the Month Club) as reward for an above average night. I chilled it in the fridge overnight.

Poured into a pint glass: REALLY black, pours like crude oil or ink. Coffee-colored head that doesn't last long. Looks pretty carbonated for a stout.

A few long whiffs yield notes of (iced) coffee and roasted goodness. I'm still getting over how good it looks...

Palate is strong coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate and a burnt, toasted sensation that stays with you more and more as the glass is emptied. Oily in the aftertaste.

Like I already said, it was very carbonated for a stout at first but it went flat soon enough and smoothed out.

This was my first taste of oatmeal stout, but I'm not so sure this is the best example. There wasn't as much sweetness as I expected. It isn't bad, though, and I wouldn't turn down another one if it was offered to me.

edskirk3, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark coffee colour and a tan head that was about two fingers high. The head was frothy with good retention that left minimal lacing on my pint glass.

I detected a well-balanced roasted barley aroma with hints of what I thought might be licorice. Similarly, the taste was strong on roasty malt up front. It finished with a coffee-like bitterness that left me wondering where the sweetness from the oats had gone.

Not a bad beer, and I'd have it again. I just don't think it completely fit the "oatmeal" label.

vanrassel, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of shamus
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a favourite of mine from when I used to live in Montreal. Fortunately it is widely available inthe Ottawa area as well.

This beer forms a lovely coffee coloured head and leaves a nice lace as you drink it. While it does have a slight vinegar smell it is well made up for with the coffee and caramel scents. It looks thick and is as dark as night. Holding it up too a bright light I can see ruby highlights. Visually it is an expectionally attractive beer. The taste is rich with a well roasted, almost burnt coffee flavour. It is smooth and the taste rests with you bringing out all sorts of subtle flavour changes afterwards.

This is a favourite of mine during the cold long months of winter here in Canada. In the Ottawa area it can be found on tap and in the Beer Store and LCBO. In Quebec it can be found in almost any depanneur (corner store).

shamus, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Orrshow
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Orrshow, Jan 27, 2006
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

headlessparrot, Jan 14, 2006
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

froggyfrog, Nov 29, 2005
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4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

tavernjef, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of OldSock
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

OldSock, Nov 04, 2005
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4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

crwills, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of EMV
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

EMV, Sep 18, 2005
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.


Beersignal, Sep 13, 2005
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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a creamy, tan head.

S: Roasty-sweet.

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.

Derek, Sep 12, 2005
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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jayc333, Aug 30, 2005
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4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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).

fisherman34, Aug 26, 2005
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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 I’ve 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.

GreenWBush, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of Naerhu
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Naerhu, Jun 18, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

dragonofblood, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

waughbrew, May 31, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Barraclou, Apr 26, 2005
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3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Tim2000, Apr 25, 2005
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Garin, Apr 21, 2005
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cwrw, Apr 18, 2005
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 1,017 ratings.