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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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Ratings: 1,079 | Reviews: 599
Photo of ncvbc
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from papat444...much thanks!

Beautiful pour. Basically pitch black with a creamy tan head that just rests and barely settles during consumption. Great lacing and just all around excellent to the eye.

Smell is big and roasted. Some light coffee and a touch of chocolate seem to be most prominent.

Taste has a little more to it than the nose. While chocolate and coffee are again present, the oatmeal essence does come through here. In fact, a little more than in the Samuel Smith's version. Pretty packed with flavor for such a low alcohol brew.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy but in the finish becomes a little more dry with a crisp bitterness.

Drinkability with this one is up there. Fairly simple and sophisticated and at a lower ABV I could easily have a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of ablaze
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure black with no light whatsoever. Mocha brown head with healthy lacing.

Strong roasted notes, coffee, and sugary chocolate with a hint of smoke.

Nice full body, smooth and drying, with good carbonation. Smoky overtones with lots of sweet malt and roasted character. Coffee bean, beef broth, and hint of blackberries. Crisp bitter hops that go nicely.

A brilliant, satisfying stout that sets the standard. Terrific all around, has been a favourite for a couple years now. Becoming more affordable every day, and at 5% it's suitable for any occasion.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice creamy dark head that clings very well to the glass.

Smell is of licorice, roasted malts and espresso. slight mint comes out as well.

Taste is of licorice and roasted chocolate malts. Flavor of mint comes out as well. Oatmeal seems more of an after thought than a predominant flavor. As the beer warms more flavor comes out and the beer becomes more cohesive. Malts seem to be burnt which makes for some dry tannins that lead into a nice, balancing hop bitterness wth relatively low alcohol.

Let this beer wamr. Initially there is no creaminess on the palate and an odd carbonation. As the beer warms, it only gets slightly better. There is a slight creaminess, but the beer is a little overcarbonated.

This is a decent stout. I could have a few of these.

Photo of axedesign
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favourite Stout so far. There's just something about that thick, lush, soft caramel taste -- ever so slightly burnt -- the syrupy consistency, the fine yet balanced carbonation... It looks almost like an Espresso, with a fine mist of "crema" on top. Almost completely opaque, and even the taste is vaguely reminiscent of coffee. Not strong or unpleasant in any way, the alcohol is barely detectable. Just an all-around wonderful beer.

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

Got this beer in a six-pack from the Beer Store in Kingston, Ontario.
Poured into a snifter. I've had it a few times before this review and this one poured with very little carbonation. Since I know this, I'm going to boost the appearance score a bit but it is a little worrisome.

Poured opaque brownish black, syrupy like molasses with a little bit of brownish off-white head. Smell is toasted marshmallow, alcohol, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Taste is coffee bitter, with a smooth mouthfeel and a bit of burn at the end. Acidic, almost medicinal aftertaste, but all in all one of my favourite stouts.

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

I have had this beer several times while traveling to Montreal. I really wish they would distribute to the states.

Got this beer out of a McAuslan Brewery mix pack at a Montreal beer store. Poured it into a pint glass that the brewery sells especially for the stout.

The beer pours like black gravy. Dark as night. A nice, thick 1/2 inch head surfaces. Its a mocha froth color to it.

The smell is everything I want in a stout. Toasty, caramel, chocolaty.

The taste is so dense. Caramel at first, then toasted marshmallow, then chocolate. Some hops bitterness though. But just enough to not make it cloyingly sweet.

Wonderful mouthfeel. Just feels thick without being oily.

I have yet to find a stout that compares to this.

Ein prosit der Gemütlichkeit

Photo of IntriqKen
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours almost black with a quarter of an inch of tan head that leaves a ring during the entire drink.

Aromas of buttery chocolate, some coffee, and vanilla.

Flavor is roasted malt, currants, light cherry, espresso coffee, and smooth dark chocolate. A little bitterness comes through from the hops and possibly burnt malt. No, definitely burnt malt...the bitterness underlies the taste from beginning to end. Pleasantly.

A little alcohol warmth follows the swallow and the mouth is left dry with just a hint of the burnt malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Let this one continue to warm for more exciting discoveries in both aroma and taste.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If memory serves me correctly, I got this one from Aprilluvsbeer. Thanks April!

This beer pours a dark black with a little raisin creeping in around the edges with a sustained film of head that seems more at home on a mocha.

Smells amazing! I’m getting maple syrup, red wine and red licorice.

The flavor starts with a soft and gentle coffee with a light and creamy milk chocolate paired with it. It then picks up a bit of a dryness and dark fruits that sadly brings out a medicinal quality.

Feels very light, thin and clean with an aggressive but soft carbonation.

This is one of those beers that you may spend more time smelling than sipping.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an incredibly frothy brown head that sits atop a deep black beer that has hints of dark brown to it. Ah, the aroma is quite nice; it is a mix of espresso, French roast, dark malt, hints of chocolate. The really nice thing about the aroma is that despite the incredible roasty, burnt nose there is no astringent burnt grain huskiness to the nose. Ok, the aroma is quite heavenly, I never would have guessed how well integrated this roasted malt nose would be; the mix of dark chocolate and coffee is quite heavenly.

Does the taste live up to the heavenly nose? It is on the light side of things, as the alcohol percentage suggests this is a fairly light beer on the tongue, it does not have the thick maltiness that one would find in an Imperial Stout that would have a nose like this beer does. Having said that the heft of this beer perfectly lives up to the 5% alcohol. This beer is an expressive mix of roasted barley, dark roast coffee, even espresso and a hint of dark chocolate. This beer has just a bit of oatmeal character to it that adds a touch of oily rich body to the palate. The beauty of this beer is that it combines the rich roast malt character of a beer far beyond this alcohol content yet still retains a balance that does not allow this ample roast character to overwhelm the this relatively low alcohol beer.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341 mL bottle, dated: "Best Before 31 JUIL 09", into a standard pint glass. From a six-pack we bought while vacationing in Victoria, BC.

A: Deep & dark, virtually black. Pours a cola-like brown and thickens to an impenetrable ebony. About 1/2 finger of creamy, light tan foam, with a fine, light lace sticking on the glass.

S: Grainy malty and heavily toasted. Faint sweetness rises from the glass. If there's such a thing as smelling "dry" this is the one: it seems to pull the oxygen out of the nose it's so dry.

T: A definitively dry cocoa powder flavor. Deeply roasted coffee and full nuttiness. Rich grain flavors with some tannic woodiness and slight souring lactose. Incredibly tasty.

M: Medium carbonation, with a light-medium body and a creamy consistency. A fairly clean finish with only a burnt/roasted bittering lingering towards the back of the tongue.

D: At just 5%, this one is the quintessentially drinkable oatmeal stout. Thick rich flavors yet low ABV; I'm thankful there are more of these in the cellar. Definitely worth seeking out and certainly one I'll be looking forward to having again.

Photo of klewis
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.
Best before 2/28/09

A: Pours nearly black with a big foamy head that sustains at nearly an inch. Lots of lacing.

S: The smell hit me as soon as it left the bottle. Aromas of chocolate and strangely, currants.

T: Very big flavor for a 5% ABV. Lots of roasted barley taste with a strong coffee character. Slightly astringent in the end.

M: Light-medium in body. Thick and creamy at first, but finishes a bit thin. Perhaps the driest beer I've ever had.

D: I'm not crazy about the texture, but otherwise this is an outstanding oatmeal stout.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a motor oil black with a wispy choco-coloured, mocha head that settled quickly into a thin lacy partial film, lots to coat the side of the glass. I thought I detected a subtle understated carbonation. The aroma was similarly understated with hints of dark chocolate and hicory. Taste was superb, very full in the mouth with generous, nutty espresso overtones. A drawn-out lingering finsh with ample bitter edge and just a hint of nut continuing. A perfect world would include a lot of this offering - high marks from this reviewer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a medium brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, creamy chocolate, honey and roasted oats.

T: The taste begins with sweet with flavors of coffee, honey, dark chocolate and roasted malts. However, the sweetness and maltiness quickly fade. There’s a mild hops presence, but not enough to carry the lack of substance in the malt character. The after-taste is dry and bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, the finish is very dry but very sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, not the best representation of style, it seems to be more of a honey porter than an oatmeal stout, but either way I wasn’t very impressed. There are many other stouts or porters that I would choose over this beer.

Photo of flexabull
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of leftmindedrighty. Thanks again!

Pours a deep, dark, flat black color with a nice tall tan head.

Aromas are nice, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and a touch of sweet oatmeal.

Taste is slightly dry. Some bitter chocolate flavors, oats, and a slightly bitter hop finish. There is an underlying sweet and creamy malt quality. The flavor is good, full flavored, yet still light enough to make this very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for my tastes. But still decent.

Drinkability is great. This is an excellent stout. This would be a staple in my fridge if it was available here. Very tasty, and session worthy.

Photo of cyrenaica
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Impressive. I tried this masterpiece..er beer...on July 27, 2007 at the 'Beer Bistro' in Toronto. It came to me in a glass (on draught) and appeared to be chocolate milk with a thick head. The beer was dark brown, with a medium brown head that lasted throughout the beer. The aroma was a combination of malt, chocolate, and fruits. The mouthfeel was full bodied, and not as thick as I was expecting. Nor was there a whole lot of carbonation. The flavour was full of malt, chocolate, and plums. Overall, this was a truly great experience, and completely surprised me that a stout could provide this.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to biegaman for this beauty.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic (thankfully).

Pours an opaque oily black with a huge three finger light brown colored head that takes a while to die down to a frothy layer. Stickiness is insanely good, just how I lke it. Smell is a heavy sweet milk chocolate with flakey oats mxed in with espresso. Very powerful scent, lovin' it. Taste, even better than I had expected. Taste starts off with a toasted nutty malt character which is followed by the molasses and sweet oat flavors. This one finishes with sweet espresso notes that last forever, great aftertaste. Mouthfeel is suprsingly light for this style with mild carbonation. Drinkablity is amazing because it's such a good brew. This by far meets and exceeds the hype. All breweries should strive to reach the near perfection of this brew when it comes to Oatmeal Stouts. So glad I have five more :)

Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear deep ruby in color when held to a strong light, otherwise opaque, with a small tan head, which soon collapses to scattered islands of foam, and a thin collar.

Aroma: Rich, roasted aroma, with prominent bitter chocolate and cocoa notes.

Taste: Opens with a robust coffee note, with an undercurrent of bitter cocoa, which carries throughout. Late in the taste, a slight herbal hop presence appears, as well as a hint of nutty character. The finish is rather dry.

Mouth feel: Full, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, competently-crafted example of the style, does not disappoint.

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

First class, in the league with their Oatmeal Stout. Easily one of my all-time favorites, never boring. Well balanced: appealing bitter, fruity up front, lingering but not overpowering hoppiness. Satisfyingly aromatic. Coppery color, dense off-white head, fine lacing.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite offering from McAuslan. Just about as dark as you can get. Brown head with good retention and great lacing. Smells of robust coffee and roasted malt. This beer not your average oatmeal stout. The bitterness lasts awhile, along with the roasted malt character. Extremely drinkable and a real treat all year round.

Photo of jaxon53
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aquired this beer in a trade with plucier. Served slightly chilled in an oversized snifter, from a 341mL brown bottle. Beer looked a deep brown out of the bottle, but instantly transformed into an oily black in the glass. About two fingers of mocha brown head formed, and quickly settled into a thick glob in the middle of the glass. Left a reasonable amount lace behind. A nice smooth brown sugar aroma rose from the glass, followed by toffee, a slight hop presence, and a touch of cocoa. Also a little bit of a smokey, burnt coffee aroma was noticed. Wasn't as impressed with the taste as I was with the smell. Bitter burnt coffee, an almost bitter chocolate flavor, some smokey notes. Didn't really notice any hops like I did in the nose. Moderately carbonated. Had a thin, somewhat chalky feeling in the mouth, that lackeed a lot of body. Drinkability was decent. I would probably drink this beer again.

Photo of xgrafcorex
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wasn't expecting the twist off cap. i poured it a little slow i guess..but there was a small head that mostly went away after a minute or so. smells like coffee, roasted malt, maybe even a hint of chocolate. could be a little oatmeal in there too hah...it does have that oatmeal stout smell..sounds fairly obvious though. taste is largely a smoky/roasted malt flavor, a bit of coffee too. tastes pretty much just like it smells, which is fine with me cause it smells great! medium to heavy body. its a shame they don't sell this stuff down here. lacing is pretty minimal, tiny layer of head seems to be in for the long haul. has a little bitterness too it as well..maybe a some of the hops kicking in there to balance out the rest of it, but not too much of a hop flavor really.

Photo of kenito799
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Fou Bar, Quebec City.

Lovely black beer with full creamy brown head. Fully creamy on the palate, soft and very very drinkable. Aroma of mildly roasted malt. Taste is delicious, balanced, roasted coffee notes and smooth finish, a real pleasure.

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

341ml bottle acquired via an in person trade with either viggo or grub at Dark Lord day '07. I can't remember which of you gave this to me, but thanks again. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears an opaque dark brown color with about two fingers of rich, tan head. Significant lacing is left on the glass. Smells of oats, roasted grains, caramel, and chocolate. Tastes of bittersweet cocoa, leading to dark chocolate and a mild coffee flavor followed by a nice hop bitterness and a light alcohol burn in the throat. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. A great take on the style. Well done. I'd love to get my mitts on some more.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured really well. Good looking dark brown/black/ruby body and a 2 1/2 finger brown head that retained well and served as a nice compliment to the body.
Smelled of smoked jerky, some roasted malt, toast and a hint of sweetness...molasses maybe.
Taste followed the smell a bit. Jerky up front, but didn't stand up against the roast, which is good. Coffee and chocolate weren't very powerful, the sweetness and oats took over, but again, powerful isn't appropriate. Drank rather well, felt a bit weak and thin. Overall, a solid brew.

Photo of BBM
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at St Pat's in Quebec City. And wow, what a stout. Pours a dark, thick, luscious black into the pint glass with about two fingers of creamy brown head. Aroma was sweet, chocolaty, but not overbearing.

I was surprised by how throughly enjoyable, complex, and well-crafted this beer is. A thick semi-sweet chocolate taste, followed by dark fruits, coffee beans, and of course oatmeal to add substance and flavor. A wonderfully full and silky smooth mouth feel had me gaga over this one. I could have it all night. Beautifully done, this was my favorite beer in Canada.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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