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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 6
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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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Nice head w/soap bubbles..not much aroma bleachy..alcholicy and Dark color. Well carbonated, Full mouthfeel Enoz salts. Marginally harsh.
Fruity esthers. Slight chocoloate malt and peatiness. Good ideas that just didn't work out. Thanks Dr. Jay and Pierro.

Sammy, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a big head with limited retention. Aroma with hints of smoke and sweet malt. Taste is lighter then expected with some sweet malt and a light bitter finish. Body is defiantly too thin for the style and IMHO carbonation is too high for the style. Quite deceiving and not even close to my recollection of the original beer that was brewed years ago.

Phyl21ca, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. Made with 'peated malt' - huh.

This beer pours a clear, dark cherry red brick hue, with two fingers of thinly foamy pale beige head, which leaves a droopy wash of lace around the glass as it seeps away. It smells of dark, soused fruit, molasses and maple (sounds like a good name for a '60s Canadian folk rock duo), a bit of burnt bog, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is strong caramel/toffee malt, treacle, some mild peaty notes, a significant unmasked booze uppercut, and drying dusty hops. The carbonation is present, but understated, the body medium-heavy in weight, sticky and clingy, not letting you go from first contact. It finishes still with a finger on the edgy malt button, the alcohol receding to a backup role, a somewhat metallic edge keeping the crazy Scot influence honest.

A pretty decent rendition of the strong Scotch ales that I've come across. Intense, with proclivity towards towering maltiness - UK mountains, not NA mountains, to be clear. And once strapped in, this is indeed rather tasty.

biboergosum, Aug 16, 2011
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 03, 2003
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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a transparent mahogany with a mild white head that quickly fades. No lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, caramel, peat, hints of vanilla, and mild traces of fruit.
Taste is of toffee, and light caramel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation and a caramel sweetness lingering.

weeare138, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

St-Ambroise Scotch Ale may not be tartan, but this dense and dark candied cherry coloured beer looks hearty enough to withstand rain and windstorms and whatever else cool climate throws its way (it even manages some unlikely highlights). Its head, appropriately, stretches like a big grey cloud over the surface.

I like scotch in general, but I *love* Islay scotch specifically. Likewise, I like scotch ales, but my favourite examples of the style are those that capture the sea brine and peat notes that distinguish Islay single malts. This bouquet has just an inkling of those flavours but it's enough to add some additional depth (and make me that much happier).

The palate, however, is much closer to a Highlands scotch in its makeup. Peated malts fall by the wayside and in their place there's plenty of dark honey, dried fruits, butterscotch, vanilla, toffee, and roasted nut flavours. It's not a bad little ensemble, especially when you factor in the gritty earthiness contributed by the hops. Very well put together.

The mouthfeel is a tricky thing - syrupy on some sips, rich and malty on others with just the right amount of sweetness and campfire smoke. I don't know where I stand on it. One thing's for sure: 7.5% is a hard fact to believe. The beer is far heartier and more satiating than your average ale but is far from the heaviest hitter in the 'wee heavy' category.

It's hard to go wrong with anything that has 'St-Ambroise' on the label. While not all their brands live up to the world-class Oatmeal Stout, they are all solid, serviceable, and widely agreeable beers in their own right. Most of them - this Scotch Ale perhaps chief among them - are also great examples of their respective styles.

biegaman, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber, some orange, small soapy head, very fine bubbles, nice retention and some spotty lace. Smell is nice and malty, some peat, caramel, molasses, alcohol. Taste is lots of toffee, some honey/molasses, little bit of peat and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation, warming. Thought carbonation was too high but a neat treat nonetheless, thanks DrJay!

Viggo, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, reddish brown beer topped by a dense tan head. Good retention and some spotty lacing throughout. Malty aroma with plenty of caramel, but there are some fruity esters in there along with some green, grassy hops. Mild bitterness with a bit of hop flavour and a decent malt backbone. Some fruit here as well, but it finished fairly clean with only a bit of lingering toffee. Medium to full body. The carbonation is a little on the high side, but it was well-integrated and contributed to a fairly creamy texture. A decent scotch ale from McAuslan.

DrJay, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Derek, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, May 20, 2012
Photo of dgilks
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear mahogany colour with a smooth, tan head. Decent head retention.

Sweet, slightly nutty, toffee-like malt. Nice and malty.

A dark, brooding, toffee malt flavour with some nice earthiness. Good ester profile.

Medium to medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A rich and fruity malt-focussed ale. Good balance and a delicious ale.

dgilks, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

spinrsx, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

tbeckett, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a large, lasting head.
Very expressive aromas, lots of dark fruit, smoky and earth peat, golden syrup, caramel and cognac.
Similarly rich flavours, very malty, with more peat as well. The alcohol is a bit full on, and feels a bit harsh amongst the dry finish.

CrazyDavros, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came with a mixed 12 pack. Solid Scottish wee heavy that has a fresh malty bite. Lots of complexity yet very drinkable. Kind of tasted like a Xmas ale at times which is no bad thing . Would be great if this was available in six packs
as it is often hard to find a good Scottish ale in BC

canucklehead, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark copper hue which leaves a creamy two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is fruity xmas cake,herbal hops,butterscotch and whiskey,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and has tastes of raisins,xmas pudding,fruit cake,herbal spicy hops,butterscotch and finished with a hint of whiskey and overall im not the biggest fan of this style but i love this drop its tasty,warming and comforting all at the same time and for me i think its a good transition to the SAWH's and thoroughly recommend cheers.

ADZA, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.45/5  rDev -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.

andrenaline, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of bobsy
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

bobsy, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of kwjd
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/copper colour with a finger of off-white head. Some lingering lacing lasts around the glass. Smells of caramel, vanilla, some fruit and earthy hops. Flavour has a nice sweet malt to it, alcohol does come through a bit. Fairly large carbonation level. A nice scotch ale.

kwjd, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Crosling
2.63/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Crosling, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Molson2000, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev 0%

DaPan, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

peensteen, Nov 12, 2013
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St-Ambroise Scotch Ale from McAuslan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.