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St-Ambroise Scotch Ale - McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Scotch AleSt-Ambroise Scotch Ale

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85
very good

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as McAuslan Scotch Ale

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2002)
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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of the42ndtourist
4.83/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour's a deep garnet - Brownish in the middle with ruby on the edges, about an inch of head off a good pour. Aroma is sweet and enticing. In the mouth, I get all the trademarks of the style: bubblegum chewiness, caramel malt flavours, a slight hoppy finish. And it's all put together so well... Mouthfeel is slightly prickly from the carbonation.
Another excellent brew from McAuslan.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy, deep-auburn body is topped by a short, creamy, ivory colored head that dissipates shortly but keeps a decent collar throughout the glass. The aroma is outstanding; richly malty with notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits (plum), and a mild cocoa. The firm body is enhanced by a creamy mouthfeel from a very fine, low level carbonation that leaves it supple and smooth on the tongue! The flavor is also enhanced by the gentle carbonation, accentuating the rich caramel & toffee, light chocolate, and soft, mild fruitiness of the malt. The hop bitterness plays only a supporting role and it finishes semi-dry with a lingering dark chocolate note, some fruitiness, and some swirling notes of alcohol that eventually fade but give rise to a soft note of vanilla and some mild nuttiness. Quite complex. Best mulled over at cellar temperature. Well worth seeking out.

Photo of oqnid
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that you must respect!!!
I've tried it in bottle and liked it but on draught...it's an entirely different experience. Although very sweet, this toffy-like beer is very enjoyable. Impressive look, a very dark ruby red finish, impressive head, foam stays with you until your done, overall well rounded beer with a presence you won't soon forget. The smell of alcohol numbs your nostrils.
Faithful to it's style, this brew has the potential to knock you off your feet (litterally) if you abuse. This should be on every Scottish-style lover's lists.
To be enjoyed a couple of pints at a time, even on draught, this is a high ABV beer and because of it's heavy, malty, aromatic, very intense flavor, after 2-3 you tend to "overload" your palate and only the alcohol taste and smell will accompany you 'til the bottom of your glass.
Hats off to McAuslan's for this one!

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/8" mocha coloured head that dissipated quickly and left a slight lacing over extremely dark mahogany liquid.

S: Caramel malt, vanilla and butterscotch are most prominent with a faint smell of alcohol similar to scotch whiskey.

T: Slightly bitter up front which transitions into caramel malt, raisin, apple, and vanilla. The aftertaste reminds me of a somewhat peaty scotch whiskey.

M: Medium to thick viscosity with a medium level of carbonation. The mouthfeel of alcohol is present on the tongue at the finish.

O: I quite enjoyed this Scotch Ale and found it quite drinkable; as it wasn't as acidic as others nor as sweet as others in the style. I do enjoy the taste of malt and scotch whiskey, so this was in line with my palate; which likely explains why I am rating it higher than most other reviewers.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful chestnut brown colour, with a nice beige head. Not a ton of aroma, but what's there--hints of vanilla, nuts, caramelly malt--is nice. The nose really doesn't prepare you for the amazing smoothness and flavour on the palate. The vanilla is definitely present, along with some sweet, cooked malt notes. The mouthfeel is amazingly creamy and round, and there's just the right amount of bitterness at the end to tie it all together. Very easy drinking wee heavy. Totally delicious.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of SebD
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber color to it with nice ruby hues coming through. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramely malts, molasses, nuts, cherries and dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet caramely/maple syrup character to it, molasses and toffee, nice earthy bitterness, with cherries and dark fruit. Delicious

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice sweet balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Another great from Mcauslan.

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on tap in a a weizen glass over 25 minutes.
The pour is a red cordovan with an ample tan head of which most falls quickly, but some residual head stays around a bit. Essentially no lacing.
It has a candy nose with cherry, some booze and brandy and a touch of orange. Toffee is prominent early, and folds into more muted earth and peat with warming.
Sweet and toasty in flavor, and not quite enough hop bitter to balance all the red fruit, but very drinkable. Butterscotch and vanilla are almost soothing before an astringent phase stops them short 2/3 through each gulp. This brightens up the end, but then leaves this otherwise savory brew lacking on length.
A few more bubbles would help the light-medium body and the flavor profile, both. It's fine in the mouth, but without more hop oils, it's thin. Based on what I'm reading, though, I think a draught pour is better in this regard than a bottle…especially one that has been on the shelf.
This is a nice twist on the style, but as noted, I'd expect more heft…especially with 7.5 percent booze. On the flip side, it's easy to quaff, so you can reach the level of full attitude adjustment in just a single happy hour. And, it's pretty good with the food of northern Europe and related cooler climes.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from Viggo courtesy of Birthday Club 2, 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 medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of vanilla, butterscotch, fruit, caramel, malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and very sweet with flavors of vanilla, apples, raisins, butterscotch caramel. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence and is enough to bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not as filling as most in the style, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

Photo of eat
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Rahman while in Montreal. Not sure how old it is; the bottle is dated best before M015, whatever that means. Pours an extremely dark brown, almost completely opaque with a fine mist of off-white head and ring around the glass. Some bits of cork-looking sediment are present at the end of the glass.

Smells of yeast, wheat, molasses, caramel, iron, vanilla, prunes, raisins and cherries. There's even a little dustiness; I'm unsure of this bottle's age but it smells like it could be aged a bit. I'm pretty into the nose actually, it reminds me of Unibroue 17.

Quite sweet, as are most wee heavies; though it's mostly balanced with some drying, earthy hoppiness. The malt body leave a little to be desired, I'm feeling that it's a touch too watery. I'd appreciate some fuller malt. Quite tasty, though, with lots of prune and cherry, some slightly-chocolaty dark malt, charred wood and hints of coffee and vanilla bean with some musty aged-taste showing up in the mouth as well. Only the faintest trace of alcohol, presenting itself as part of an apple-cider-like aftertaste.

The body could definitely be a little fuller for my taste. The very low carbonation hints again at some age.

I'm suspecting this bottle could be a year or two old, especially considering Rahman still had some Unibroue Edition 2004 kicking around. Whatever its age, it's holding it well. Not my favorite McCauslin brew but I'm glad I had a chance to check it out and would probably recommend it to any fan of Scotch ales.

Edit: 15/12/10

I found a new mix pack from St. Ambroise at IGA which includes the rare Scottish Ale. I thought I'd re-review out of curiosity from the only other bottle I've had being of undetermined age. Opaque and dark-mahogany with cola-coloured highlights. A thin, off-white head leaves traces of lacing.

There's fairly obvious alcohol in the nose, along with bready dark grain, molasses, light apple and stone fruit. Much less interesting than the last bottle I had.

The flavour is not as full as I'd like it to be and lacks in complexity as well. There's a dark malt character without showing much roast and a somewhat cloying cough-syrup-like sweetness. Some light earthy hops and slightly-harsh alcohol.

Too light bodied to accompany the flavour. Medium-light carbonation.

I wouldn't be keen on drinking this unaged again. The last bottle of this stuff I found was definitely quite old in comparison; I'd put it at well-over a year, possibly pushing two. I wouldn't have necessarily thought this beer would be a good candidate for aging but enjoyed the aged bottle way more than this fresh one. If you manage to get your hands on some of this, set some aside for a good year and check it again. Ratings remain as tasted with the first review.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 341ml bottle

A: Nice dark brown with red hues coming through when up against light. Pretty small, maybe half finger head with some lacing.

S: Candied dark fruits. Very sweet candy like smell.

T: The candied fruit in the aroma is not so present in the taste it is still there however. Caramel and sweet malts are the most present flavor in this. Some nice hops that help simmer down the sweetness of the malts. Nicely balance. Its malty but at the same time its not cloyingly sweet. Some of the alcohol is noticeable but that is not out of key for the style.

M: Smooth going down. Leaves a nice caramel after taste.

O: I could picture my self besides a fire sipping this after a cold winters day or paring it with a deeply marinated roast. It was enjoyable.

Photo of Mandrake
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with red highlights and big bubbles clinging to the sides of my glass. A little bit too coke-like, but the head is thick and lasting enough to belay those suspicions. Same colour though, but it leaves good lacing nonetheless. Smell is dark and smoky, with lots of peat and strong malts. Burnt caramel and raisins as well. Taste is a bit astringent and salty, but in the way that a Highland single malt is, and it's actually quite interesting. More fruitiness on the palate, and strong peat again. Mouthfeel has plenty of body, but loses its carbonation quickly and isn't as warming as I'd hoped for, and drinkability is solid but not exceptional. Nice example of the style, I quite like it.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 dollars for a 341 ml bottles is a little steep, even with the cool cardboard tube it comes in. I would never pass up a new McAuslan beer, but still.

It pours a deep cherry color with mahogany hints. The head is creamy and tan. It has modest retention but leaves plenty of lace webs behind. The aroma is malty and nutty with a nice rum cake feel. Masses of malt flavor bursts forth on the first gulp. Caramel drizzled dough is noticeable. Over ripe fruit - berries, melon and orange - are abundant. Some earthy hop flavor is discernable way in the background. The mouthfeel is heavy and lightly carbonated, with a whisp of cloyingness. The finish is sweet, and boozey, though the 7.2 isnt too prominent.

This is a sturdy Scotch Ale. Its definitely worth seeking out if you like malty beers. Im aging a bottle, I bet it will develop well.

Photo of djcreepshow
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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St-Ambroise Scotch Ale from McAuslan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.