St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
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McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #57
Ranked #7,417
4.07 | pDev: 11.06%
Aug 01, 2022
Sep 18, 2001
St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
Notes: Brewed from 40 percent dark malts and roasted barley, this intensely black ale carries strong hints of espresso and chocolate. Oatmeal contributes body and a long-lasting mocha-colored head to this well-hopped beer.
• Dense mocha-coloured head
• Chocolate/espresso flavour, medium sweet with a distinct floral aroma
• Ideal accompaniment to chocolate desserts
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Rated by A_dogg000

2.03/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2
Beer looked aesthetically pleasing, however it tasted “off”. Surprisingly hoppy with sour notes as well. Somewhat disappointing
Aug 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured pitch black with a mocha colored head that left copious amounts of lacing.
Nose was cocoa, coffee and molasses, with a hint of smokyness. Wonderful aroma!
Taste rather followed; the oatmeal may contribute but it's certainly lost in the sharp coffee and dry cocoa flavors. Some spicy flavor plays around on the edges and smoke keeps coming and going. Tasty.
The feel is somewhat thinner than I expected for an oatmeal stout, but I'm not going to complain. It's very tasty and that trumps the feel.
Liked having this, and would bee quite happy to drink it again - provided I can find it again.
Feb 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I bought a can at the LCBO in Ontario Canada 473ml at 5%.
Poured into the glass beautiful 2finger creamy head smell is nice
Smooth and creamy tasty
Dark chocolate and coffee yeah probably espresso coffee flavors.
Enjoyable to drink this beer leaving a lace all around the glass. With a low to medium bitterness level
Very smooth
Nice looking stout beer .
Overall an easy drinking oatmeal stout
Dec 24, 2021
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Reviewed by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is as black as pitch, the way a stout ought to be. It's thick, supports a dense, coffee and cream colored head. Head shows good retention, being in no rush to go anywhere.

The first thing I notice is how St. Ambroise smells like an oatmeal stout which is to say it has that rich, luxurious depth that can only come from having oats in the grist. Roasted grains, caramel, and a sort of toasted nuttiness add to the aroma's overall depth. Earthiness and ripe dates round out the profile before moving into a finish that is European in its hoppiness. Hop finish is at once leafy and peppery in nature.

On the tongue, St. Ambroise is thick, rich, roasted, and promising. Again, the oatmeal comes through nicely, adding something slick, rich, and full to the mouthfeel. Flavors of roasted coffee lead, making room for rich, dark caramel and roasted nuts. The finish gives more pleasant roasted grain, offering a dry, lasting finish.

St. Ambroise tastes like a really well executed, well balanced oatmeal stout. I know, “Duh, as it should,” but how many times have we all had a beer advertising itself as a certain style of beer only to have it not taste like that kind of beer. St. Ambroise does it so well that I would say if you want to know what an oatmeal stout should taste like, St. Ambroise is one of the brands you should try.
May 30, 2021
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Reviewed by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This beer is my go to for oatmeal stout. It looks great and head retention is okay. The smell is of dark roasted malt and a kind of bready malt. The taste follows and is very good. Dark roasted malt and this beer is not bitter by my taste and also not too sweet. It isn't terribly complex but definitely an outstanding beer. The feel is great with nice carbonation and it's super drinkable. I love this one and will buy it regularly.
Jan 11, 2021
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Reviewed by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Look: Black with a 2 finger beige frothy head. After 5 minutes the head is holding on around the edge and turning to lace in the middle of the glass.
Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits and a slight alcohol smell.
Taste: Bitter dark coffee and smoke.
Feel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.
Follow the serving temperature recomendations on this beer. If drank straight from the fridge it's smoke flavours get lost in mineral water sharpness, but when the beer warms up the smoky character shines through. This beer earns a B+
Nov 02, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC)

Sep 20, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by HopBelT from Belgium

Jun 28, 2020
Rated: 4.73 by Jon421 from Canada (ON)

Jun 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Blasterson from Canada (ON)

4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: Black. Head was borderline whipped-cream in thickness, and a pleasant tan. So thick I could write in it with the last few drops from the can.

Smell: Nothing special, which didn't give me high expectations. I could smell the toasted malts obviously, and a hint of smoke.

Taste: here is where this beer shines, which is obviously the most important quality. I mostly drink dark lagers and am not a huge fan of ales in general, but this one was excellent. For a dark beer it had a dry, smoky, coffee flavour devoid of the sometimes overly sweet caramel notes you usually get with toasted malts. Very rich and almost savory. A meal in a can.

Feel: thick and creamy. How I like my beers.

Overall, a superior dark beer.
Jun 21, 2020
Rated: 4.22 by Teion from Canada (AB)

Jun 11, 2020
Rated: 3.69 by hockeypuck from Maine

Feb 19, 2020
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Reviewed by altstadt from Canada (BC)

2.94/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Opaque dark brown. Almost no head, just a tan fringe around the edge of the glass. No lacing. Can't see any bubbles rising.

Sweet smell with a bit of malt. Swirling the glass kicked up some barnyard and a little more malt.

Main flavor is dark roasted malt, but not very much of it. This has a darker roast flavor profile than Guinness stout. Turns to a bit of bitters in the mid and aftertaste.

Relatively mild carbonation leads to very little foaming. Heavy body.

Basic flavor profile for a North American stout. Not as clean or "light beer" as Guinness. Thankfully the barnyard smell didn't show up in the taste.
Oct 27, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Black liquid; a touch of light passes 'round the edges.

Nice dark khaki head; strong lacing.

Oats & nuts in the nose; very bold nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Great flavor; tons of nuttiness, tons of roasted oats.

Thin mouthfeel makes it a rare oatmeal stout that's super easy to drink, yet full of flavor.

These tend to be my least favorite stouts, but this is a home run.
Oct 09, 2019
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Reviewed by JoebRogers from Canada (QC)

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Pours out into a very dark and silky body, with a medium sized, surprisingly chocolate coloured head which doesn't retain especially well.
S: Very strong fragrance of espresso, slight undertones of chocolate. Unfortunately, light hints of an almost chemical smelling flavour too.
T: Very rich, dark flavours come through immediately, with the oats coming in at the aftertaste. I'd describe it as a very rounded, "full" flavour. Mostly tones of coffee, slight hints of chocolate every now and then.
F: Lighter and thinner than expected, but still creamy. Mild carbonation.
O: A very decent stout offering, perhaps not the best I've had, but a step above the rest from other styles I've tried from this brewery so far. I'd buy again for sure.
Sep 29, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 06, 2019
Rated: 3.45 by matt_hill from Canada (ON)

Aug 22, 2019
Rated: 3.25 by Amoeba from California

Jul 20, 2019
Rated: 3.63 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jul 12, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by brandoneast from Texas

Jun 18, 2019
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Wow can't believe I haven't reviewed this one, when did I first try it, back in the late 90s? Pours a black color with 2/5" brown head. The aroma is all roasted malt. Adjuncts were not invited to this old school party.

Taste is really something any self professed stout lover must experience first methinks. Its just the perfect packed to the gills with roasted malt yet not massive alcohol strength or sludge factory experience. Sure, you can pick apart the chocolate malt notes, and they're definitely complimentary. This is a great beer to check out if you like some of those non adjunct non barrel aged sensible strength stouts that Three Floyd's makes. Or if you like Sierra Nevada Stout (which is kind of hard to find lately).

The mouthfeel is rich and coating, carbonation is ample, man this is a better beer than Guinness in every way, but even since college, that beer got all the kudos instead. It comes off like a hybrid of an Irish Dry Stout and English Oatmeal Stout. Good stuff, would recommend.
Apr 04, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Apr 04, 2019
Rated: 4 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Mar 24, 2019
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Rated by ben741 from Canada (ON)

4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I love this beer. Hops, dry malts, coffee, not sweet.
Mar 17, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by madhungarian90 from Canada (ON)

Feb 27, 2019
Rated: 4.78 by Andany from Canada (ON)

Jan 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Jaystar from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
My Favorite! Smooth and rich. Sweet but not too sweet; roasted flavor without bitterness. I don't taste any coffee or chocolate, but do taste roasted malts, some dry hops but not too much, and oatmeal creaminess. Wicked!
Dec 26, 2018
Rated: 3.77 by jwohio from Ohio

Dec 17, 2018
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Reviewed by drinkabrew from Canada (ON)

4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I latched onto this brew when our local WalMart's started selling beer here, in Ontario. The can's Emblem(red and white donut with a black and white Griffin in the center) reminded me of Griffintown, Montreal - where I had lived in my childhood. So, I read the label and liked the fact that it was a dark stout. I've always been partial to warm, dark ales - must be because of all those Coronation St episodes that I used to watch.'s a good beer. Poured from the 473mL can into a proper beer glass(which I use) it pours out dark and true to its advertising; the Mocha-colored head does present wonderfully and it also is an auditory delight as the fizz tickles the ear hairs. The stout tastes and feels great going down - as I would expect ; and I usually pick up one or two cans when I'm in the Wally and keep them at home - in reserve. Drinkabrew!
Dec 12, 2018
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Reviewed by AwesomeAndrea from Canada (NB)

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This drinks like a meal - a lovely kick-ass meal. It starts as a swirl of dark heaven with deeply coloured bubbles rushing to the top. The head is solid, proud and firm - almost a toasted nut colouring. It’s more of a foam with tiny bubbles, a succulent mattresses to immerse your lips into.

Like a good cheddar, this drinks very well if left out if the fridge a bit - the sharpness of the cold hides the flavours that mellow with temperature. You’ll find that belgian chocolate taste, the espresso edge... it’s best paired with warm socks and a winter evening. It’s to be experienced properly.
Dec 11, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina

Dec 02, 2018
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Reviewed by rapayn01 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a standard 473 ml Canadian tall boy pint can. It's flavorful. In fact, I actually picked up the oatmeal flavor, which rarely happens. This stout has a nice roasty bitterness, which was neither coffee nor chocolate, which is good. I believe this was my first Quebec beer.
Nov 20, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by hoponit from New York

Oct 01, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by wolverine0712 from Missouri

Sep 27, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by dsippel from Illinois

Sep 27, 2018
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Reviewed by le00metalero from Canada (QC)

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had this on its draft beer version. It was very similar to a Guiness but with a lighter feel and a better smell (not as perfumed). I highly recomend this beer from Quebec.
Sep 25, 2018
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Rated by LocalBeerGuy from Canada (SK)

4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
a very good dark stout that is easy simple to enjoy.
Aug 02, 2018
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Reviewed by Larryfunnell from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Overall, a very nice beer. Quite dark, I was a bit disappointed in the smell, but since I was having it outside, I may have been experiencing interference from flowers. The colour is quite dark worthy of a stout, and it retains the head for quite a while.
Jun 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Sculptor from Canada (ON)

4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Excellent stout! A teeny, tiny shot of peated scotch finishes it off amazing well. ...for my humble taste buds.
I’d like to see it aged in peated scotch barrels.
A great summer drink because the flavours come out as it warms...the antithesis of lager!
Jun 07, 2018
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