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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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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -46.5%

12-20-2012 02:33:03 | More by cfalovo97
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Fairly expensive bottle at around 7 bucks a 12 oz with the cardboard sleeve. This one was courtesy of Beersignal, who got it straight from the brewery after getting a bad bottle and called to notify them.

Appearance: Tiny columns of bubbles rising slowly through a sherry-like red ale. The head died off almost instantly and barely left any lace at all, even after considersble swirling.

Smell: Boozy nose, but with a strange atringency that reminded me of those first batches of homebrew kits I made. The vapors were some kind of weird fusel alcohol, not unlike acetonitrile.

Taste: Felt a little too tingly on my tongue, it had a bit of peated malt flavor but felt mostly oxidized. Yet another bad bottle? The two other previous times I've sampled this were worse than this, but still the alcoholic vapors would just hand around my throat and simply would not go down well.

This really sucks, because I'm usually a big fan of this brewery, and the old version of this Beer was probably the best example of the style I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 16:16:26 | More by Goldorak
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Crosling

Colorado

2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Dark bronze color. Filmy, layered head of foam. Aroma shows a touch of maple, peat, caramel and toast, with a touch of oxidation. Flavor shows a lot of oxidation. Some toast, sweet malts, maple, sherry and cardboard. I don't care for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 18:27:58 | More by Crosling
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle- vintage- not sure, likely 2007. Appearance- dark chestnut with reasonable clarity. Not much head, think ring of lacing. Nose- musty toasty malts, mineral like. Taste- initial flavour is booze, then dark fruit, vanilla, butter.Tthin bodied with a maple sugar like finish. Drinkability is ok.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 22:41:00 | More by oakbluff
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dipso123

California

3/5  rDev -19.8%

04-17-2014 01:43:43 | More by dipso123
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A lightweight compared to other beers of the same style.

Pours a decent head the disappears pretty much immediately. No head, no film, no ring, no lace. Chestnut coloured brew, not as dark as a cola. Aroma is primarily malt and a whiff of smoke.

Drinks fairly sweet, surprisingly little smoke and the high alcohol is generally well hidden. Thin bodied, rather high carbonation. Doesn't have the earthiness you'd expect. Alcohol raises its head in the finish.

Nothing really special about this, subdued character, just a faceless macro brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 14:52:25 | More by TerryW
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MrKennedy

Australia

3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Warners at the Bay, poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Has a dark colour with ruby tinged around the edges that are exacerbated when held up to light. Cool looking, yellow-orange-tan coloured foam that sits atop. Turns to film pretty soon.

Smells of vanilla, toffee, caramel. Quite good,

Tastes of dark fruit, booze and little else. Could be nice, but the booze damages it.

A bit boozy, some heat. Otherwise smooth, consistent and drinkable.

The booze hurts this, otherwise an ok scotch ale with a nice smooth and consistent fruitiness.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 11:27:51 | More by MrKennedy
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, still not a big fan of Scotch Ale's but have been wanting to try this one for a while.

A- Dark brown with amber highlights. Decent sized kaki head.

S- A little something reminds me of those pickled beets in a Shawarma (but I'm probably way off). Sweetness underneath Bit of hot alcohol. Cardboard in the back. Warming up brought a mix of marshmallow, root beer and cream soda.

T- Quite burnt right up front. Woody. A little sour. Still a bit of cardboard I think. I think it's probably significantly less malty than the style.

M- Medium body. Medium carbonation. Quite crisp but not dry.

O- This is not the Scotch Ale which will get me to understand(love?) them.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 20:04:42 | More by Yoonisaykul
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Totally forgot this in my notes from a few months ago. Bottle from Turg. Pours liquid rust, with a thin and still coating beige foam. Aromas are woody, caramel, spicy. Tastes pretty one sided with mostly caramalized sugars and a touch of smoke/wood. Finishes slightly watery. Glad I got to try it, but the price is prohibitive at around $7.99 a bottle. Thanks Frcncois!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 04:21:56 | More by mrmanning
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of pushkinwow. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Dark amber. One finger of bubbly light brown head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - Very weak nose. Some bready malts with very light dark caramel and toffee notes.

T - Smoke up front, giving way to toffee, whiskey and light maple syrup flavours. Bready malts are present too but not dominant as they were in the nose.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:11:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before D057.

A: Copper-brown, tan head, very little retention,initial hint of leg/lace.

S: Bubble-gum fruity esters, earthy minerals, dark fruit, dark caramel & alcohol.

T: Quite fruity (tropical & dark fruit); assertive alcohol; good bitterness, vanilla, caramel and light mineral flavours.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated, but dry for the style.

D: Alcohol is a little harsh.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 01:18:27 | More by Derek
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-27-2013 01:40:53 | More by ThinkAgain
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

10-06-2013 12:42:19 | More by CurtisD
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kabritz

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

09-03-2013 13:46:39 | More by kabritz
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-15-2012 13:09:48 | More by oldp0rt
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

03-09-2013 04:42:38 | More by yancot
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

05-24-2013 22:08:22 | More by hotsudge
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Sir John A in Ottawa. From notes.

A - Poured a very dark brown. Half finger of light brown head faded fast to a film. No visible carbonation. Spotty lace and a tiny island of retention.

S - Light. Raisins with dark malt. Very tame.

T - Lot's of raisins, dark fruit, some booze, rich malts, and a nice spirit note.

M - Nice gentle carbonation, medium to full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Flavourful and warming. A nice drinkable Scotch ale that, while not being overly complex, is tasty and worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 14:03:47 | More by tbeckett
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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark red/brown color. small head that fades quickly.

smell was decent... fruit/berries and could pick up on some alcohol.

taste initially pretty smokey, then some malts, and molasses. good carbonation, okay drinkability.

love scotch ales but this take on the style wasn't that enjoyable for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 02:32:06 | More by fostachild
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear brown colour with a fair size fizzy light brown head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and there isn't a whole lot of carbonation. The head didn't last for long before it was gone.

Smell - Molasses, nuts, toffee, butterscotch

Taste & Mouth - There is quite a bit of carbonation on the tongue, and the beer feels slightly watery. The flavours include butterscotch and nuts mixed with malts and brown sugar. It finishes with a toffee and molasses aftertaste.

Drink - I don't think that scotch ales are my thing, but it might be a good beer for fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 14:32:20 | More by spinrsx
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great looking beer with a cola coloured body and a large off-white head which left copious amounts of lace. This is a pretty classical scotch appearance, as you would hope for from a brewery named McAuslan. The aroma is also very solid, if a little simplistic. It gives off pleasing notes of sweet caramel, with a subtle smokiness lurking in the background.

I'm initially hit with strong butterscotch and toffee flavours with some elements of dark fruit and smoke faintly detectable. After a while this seems to degenerate into a more generic malty sweetness, which is a bit of a letdown. Even for a scotch ale, its lacking hop character, which could perhaps have rescued it from blandness. The flavour, then, is just average, but this is a huge letdown when you know what this brewery is capable of. Fairly thick, chewy body and moderate carbonation. Drying and warming at the same time.

This is a decent beer, but too boring to have again, and especially not at $4.95 a pop. There's very little complexity to it even though it has the core components of the style present. Kinda ho-hum.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 19:54:20 | More by bobsy
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2006 edition Sampled 07/06/07

Needs aging is my recommendation on this one...decent enough nut needs aging to remove some sharp corners from demerara and alcohol.

Decent look to it...deep brown with amber highlights....aroma is there with the caramel but missing the smoke we expect in a wee heavy...aroma is dominated with adjunct sugars and fusil alcohol.

Taste is decent enough but the alcohol is poorley hiddem...nice hop bite but this is not in the wee heavy tradtion....I'm sure this will mellow into a drnkable wee heavy in a few years but as it is now it is too thin on malys and too high in sugars to interest me further...not the best scotch wee heavy out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 00:53:07 | More by pootz
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JanM

Sweden

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of MacAuslan in a Swedish-Canadian beer trade. Can't say I was impressed when it poured in a hazy Coke brown. There was thin but dense layer of foam. The smell was alright with notes of caramel, fruit and some spices. It actually tasted a bit like Coke too, but even sweeter and more syrupy. There was a slight sourness as well. I guess it was OK for a Scottish ale but too much alcohol for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 18:17:47 | More by JanM
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danieelol

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours black brown with good head and lacing.

Smell is whiteboard marker crazy. Insane amounts of banana and phenols. Banana ice cream. Bit of smoked malt. Cherry cordial.

Taste is smoky malt. Quite light but flavourful. Hides alcohol well. Bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is thinnish with medium carb, enhancing drinkability.

Overall an enjoyable beer initially which loses drinkability and head as time goes on.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 12:25:18 | More by danieelol
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was pleased to find this at the local bottle shop...

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, finger and a half of big bubbled tan head with decent retention and no lacing.

S - Mild but boozy, touch of smokey peat and caramel, but a little disappointing.

T - Tasty scotch ale with a touch of ABV heat off the top, smokey peat, vanilla and caramel come through along with a touch of ginger on the finish.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes wet, with a touch of ABV heat.

O - Overall a tasty scotch ale with some classic flavours familiar with the style. Glad I had a chance to try it, though I`m not certain I would go out and grab another.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 21:34:59 | More by andrenaline
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St-Ambroise Scotch Ale from McAuslan Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.