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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

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2002

Formerly known as McAuslan Scotch Ale
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Photo of TheHammer
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Saem
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Melomanemusher
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of wookievath
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of NightINgale
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of jrempel
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of tbeckett
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of maxraymond
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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.

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 benbou17
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of peelstreet
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of danieelol
3.44/5  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.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev 0%

St-Ambroise Scotch Ale from McAuslan Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.