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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

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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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.

CookstLiquor, Jun 13, 2012
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 NightINgale
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle

A - Pours a very nice ruby red/medium brown body, with a nice caramel-coloured head. Very good head retention and decent lacing. Looks just like the great Scottish examples of the style.

S - Not a particularly strong aroma, but it is aromatic enough nonetheless (caramel, vanilla, chocolate and some peat).

T - Tastes very malty, with strong notes of caramel, butterscotch and vanilla. Also hints of peat and raisins. The finish is quite bitter and a little bit dry. After this beer warms up, the finish becomes more complex and even more enjoyable; I started tasting cherries and dark chocolate.

M - Medium body and carbonation. A little bit boozy, with some noticeable heat. There is also a slight sourness to it. Nevertheless, it goes down quite smoothly.

O - Another interesting beer from McAuslan I'm glad I've finally tried. Not the best wee heavy out there, but this is definitely a solid example of the style. Could also be a good beer to get into the style with.

NightINgale, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

oldp0rt, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of MrKennedy
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

MrKennedy, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of leaddog
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a medium copper brown with a thin, bubbly off-white head. Bubbles are present.

Smell- Vanilla, butterscotch, dark fruits, sweet malts, buttered rum.

Taste- Predominant flavours are the fruits and vanilla. Hint of butterscotch comes through. Sweetness remains as you drink this with no bitterness coming through in the aftertaste. Very, very minimal hops flavour.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation and good smoothness.

Overall- Good representation of the style by St Ambroise. There are some unique sweet flavours that I quite enjoy. Worth a try for those looking to get into the style.

leaddog, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of jrempel
5/5  rDev +33.3%

jrempel, Jan 31, 2012
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 maxraymond
4.5/5  rDev +20%

maxraymond, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small off-white head. not much carbonation.

Smells of cinnamon, rum, cherries, dark fruit,caramel malts and various spices.

Tastes similar, not very complex, a lot on the sweet side, not too much hop action going on here. A lot of dark fruits and spices, not a very strong body or complex beer.

Thin mouthfeel, overall a decent beer, but nothing wonderful, certainly not their best beer ever.

GodOfBeer, Dec 28, 2011
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.

SebD, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of benbou17
4/5  rDev +6.7%

benbou17, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +6.7%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of peelstreet
5/5  rDev +33.3%

peelstreet, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +33.3%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of danieelol
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

danieelol, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

look - very dark brown, almost black in color. Head is a little disappointing, it doesn't come up as high as I would like on this style (maybe one finger on a hard pour). It is off white and falls rather quickly to a cap that lasts a while without any real lacing. It's pretty high abv, so I guess that's forgivable. Clarity is very good when held to the light.

smell - definitely a lot of malt on the nose and almost no hop, as one would expect from this style. Malt is strongly caramel. A little hint of darker malts or kettle carmelization comes in, just a bit of roasted and chocolate in there. This give a character more like molasses than caramel. A very light note of fruitiness (esters?) and alcohol, but was minimal. No hops.

taste - similar to aroma. definitely dominated by malts with the same molasses-like blend of caramel malt, dark malts, and kettle carmelization. A tiny bit of smokiness (though no real peat) and a bit of nut round out he finishes. I get the esters of prunes on the finish as well. No hops, no alcohol.

feel - medium-full body and medium carbonation. Definitely really sweet (a tad port-like) and a tad cloying, but the higher carbonation cuts through that okay. No real alcohol in there.

I'm not too experienced with scotch ales (I think I've had like five different types). I appreciated the darker notes in it, that I though added complexity and depth. Maybe a stand-alone desert. Drinkability was low: more of a sipper.

Rijtjeshuis, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev 0%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of papat444
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled Mar. 1, 2011.

Appearance: A nice dark red body with a good-sized light tan head. Too bad it shrinks rather rapidly.

Smell: Traces of vanilla, peat, light smoke and BBQ.

Taste: Caramel and vanilla at first but then a taste reminiscent of BBQ sauce. Meaty and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Creamy in the palate with a carbonation a tad high but not overly. Quite full though loses some as it warms.

Overall: Better than expected though don't let it warm up too much as it falls a bit apart by then.

papat444, Oct 18, 2011
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 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 ZorPrime
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new bottled beer from McAuslan Brewing... it can only be good. :)

Ruby red color... very dark. Nice head on top of it. Aroma of fruits. Some cherry with light notes of caramel. Nice and inviting aroma... lets drink some! On the taste, it is sugary with some cherry notes and a nice bitterness. Delicious. Back on the sugary notes, it is light... not dominant. Very delicious. I like this one a lot. Medium body. Some carbonation in the mouth. Warms in the mouth. Easy to drink for a 7.5% abv beer.

ZorPrime, Sep 22, 2011
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.

DaftCaskBC, Sep 16, 2011
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
St-Ambroise Scotch Ale from McAuslan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.