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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

993 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 993
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 71
Gots: 59 | 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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Photo of Cwrw
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Photo of elricorico
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

elricorico, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of BigBry
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

BigBry, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of BDTyre
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BDTyre, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of SaunaKing
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SaunaKing, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of canucklehead
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

canucklehead, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of tatterdash
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right from the pour I knew I was in for something good, dark brown/black with a medium/dark brown head that laced well and never completely went away. Smell was an invited roasted maltiness with a hint of dark chocolate. Taste was very very nice and good, burnt toast, grains, rich creamy mouthfeel that isn't overpowering, and a nice dry finish. Makes a good breakfast/bunch beer, which sets me up for a long day of drinking...

tatterdash, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of LaSalle
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a Guinness glass from a 330ml bottle discovered on a trip to Kenora Ontario. Pours dark heavy black with beige-ish head. The nose is very chocolaty and creamy with notes of sweet roasted cereals. Good head retention. Taste of a warm chewy oatmeal cookie with, chocolate covered espresso beans to round out and balance the flavours. A reasonably light mouthfeel, looks were deceiving. Towards the aftertaste, a roasted maltiness arrives late in the party but makes it’s presence felt. A malt–hops tug of war ensues slowly negotiating towards eventual equilibrium leaving lingering, faint impressions of cereals and roasted malt. A warm versatile brew that would be equally at home out on a Friday night at the pub or curling up beside a December fire. Heavy on taste, light on feel, a very nice brew.

LaSalle, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

sulldaddy, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of baiser
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

baiser, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of DrJay
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DrJay, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of manchester81
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

manchester81, May 12, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

RoyalT, May 09, 2004
Photo of slitherySOB
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

slitherySOB, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WesWes, Apr 29, 2004
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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

sublimesipping, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

IronDjinn, Apr 02, 2004
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

BeerAngel, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of pootz
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

pootz, Feb 26, 2004
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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.

Guinness4me, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of Phyl21ca
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

Phyl21ca, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of Rastacouere
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

Rastacouere, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of JustinBathurst
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.

JustinBathurst, Dec 07, 2003
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 993 ratings.