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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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very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

CurtisD, Oct 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

kabritz, Sep 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

vielma, Sep 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

NDG07, Jul 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

VbolieuV, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

deonreds, May 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

hotsudge, May 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

pin, May 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

ThinkAgain, Mar 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

yancot, Mar 09, 2013
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.

Haydn-Juby, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

341 mL bottle from the LCBO, care of the brewery's winter sampler pack. Bottled Sept. 27 2012. I tend to love McAuslan's offerings, so I've got high hopes for this one - which happens to be the only brew in this pack I haven't tried previously. Served only slightly chilled.

Pours a beautiful deep translucent copper-ruby colour, topped with about one finger's worth of foamy, fizzy, light beige-coloured head. It fades away rather quickly, with only a thin film on the surface remaining a few minutes later. The aroma is pleasant and very malt-forward, with lots of toffee and molasses sweetness, as well as some raisins and black cherry. The peat becomes a bit more noticeable as the glass warms to room temperature.

The taste is alright, but not especially interesting. Sweet malt notes are in the forefront at first, with lots of butterscotch/toffee accompanied by vanilla, figs and raisins. These flavours are abruptly interrupted with a solid dose of bitter dryness - a little leafy, with hints of dark chocolate, molasses and rum. On the light side of medium-bodied... too thin for something that is supposed to be a winter sipper. The carbonation seems high at first, but settles as I sip my way through the glass. Not something I'd want to drink large quantities of, but this bottle is fine for a cold afternoon.

Final Grade: 3.56, a respectable B grade. St-Ambroise Scotch Ale isn't one of McAuslan's best beers, not by a longshot. That being said, it makes for a decent warmer during the cold winter months, reminding me of some of the heavier I&G offerings (e.g. the rum cask). I doubt I'd go out of my way to try this again (perhaps on-tap), but to be fair its presence is no reason to avoid the sampler, because the oatmeal stout and pale ale are both excellent.

[Updated Jan. 1 2014]

I grabbed another sampler pack for last night's festivities and never got around to opening this one, so I figured I'd give it another comment on a slow afternoon. This is still my least-favourite McAuslan brew, but that's not a huge criticism because I love most of their other beers - this one's just not for me. Something about the combination of thin body, fizziness, sweet flavour and booze rubs me wrong, but beyond those gripes it does taste pretty darn good. Not a bad beer, and worth a try if you're into sturdy Scottish-style ales.

thehyperduck, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

BigGruntyThirst, Feb 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

DaPan, Feb 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

4ster, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

djcreepshow, Jan 05, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.7%

cfalovo97, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of TerryW
3/5  rDev -20%
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.

TerryW, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of rappmann
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into St-Ambroise nonic pint glass after work. Reviewed from notes.

A - Deep brown almost burgundy in colour, reminiscent of caramel. Barely any noticeable mocha head that disappears instantly.

S - Dark fruits, figs, plums, raisons, and rum. Lots of sweetness.

T - Really sweet malt, a lot of the same dark fruits from the nose. A little too sweet but not a deal breaker.

M - Nice carbonation, and rather easy drinking for such a heavy beer.

O - A nice change to the regular all McAuslan lineup at my job. Glad I got to try it, but won't be missing it too much until next year.

rappmann, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of TheHammer
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is SPARTA!!!! This is review #300 for me! I was saving La Fin Du Monde for this one, but I figured it would be more appropriate to save it till December 21st and see if the Mayans were right.

Appearance: Produced a finger of head that did not lace and quickly evaporated. The body is a fine dark ruby with deep brown and bronze highlights with low carbonation.

Smell: A deep well roasted malt backed by vanilla and tea notes hides a complex note of peat and smoke. It didn't require a lot of warming to come out.

Taste: Start with a smoky dose of toffee malt with a backing of raisins that turns into a sweeter butterscotch, vanilla and rounds out with a slight hint of peat to a thick molasses and plum end.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation on this one falls flat quick and the complete lack of head is disappointing. However it gains ground by leaving a nice mixed aftertaste that doesn't cling at all, which is surprising given the molasses taste.

Drinkability: A little bit on the sweet side, but all in all entirely easy to get down and medium bodied. The low carbonation gives it a degree of smoothness and it certainly keeps you interested from start to finish, although doesn't quite have that wow factor.

Final Thoughts: All in all a solid offering, which I think would go very well with cabbage for some reason. I wouldn't say this is the cream of McAuslan's crop by any means, but I enjoyed it all the same.

TheHammer, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Saem, Oct 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Molson2000, Sep 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Melomanemusher, Aug 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

wookievath, Jun 18, 2012
St-Ambroise Scotch Ale from McAuslan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.