St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
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Style:
English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #24
ABV:
5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,284
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 10.73%
Reviews:
650
Ratings:
1,302
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McAuslan Brewing
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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Photo of altstadt
2.94/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of JoebRogers
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Jaystar
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of drinkabrew
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
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. Anyways...it'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!

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Photo of AwesomeAndrea
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of le00metalero
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Larryfunnell
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Sculptor
4.88/5  rDev +19%
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!

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Photo of Nass
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste very much like a Classic Guinness Extra Stout. No disrespect to Guinness but that style of beer is sort of old new & already done. Try to be more creative & innovative with your stout. If you have had the Guinness Extra Stout then you have had this beer as well. Cheers! B

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Photo of ConfusedCat
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I didn't like this beer the first time I tried it, but it has really grown on me. Tastes very heavily of roasted malt and oatmeal, with hints of dark chocolate and espresso. Overall very drinkable but not lacking in flavor, for a cheapish low ABV craft beer this is as good as it gets. Props to McAuslan for bringing quality craft beer to the masses, you can find this stuff at every corner store in Quebec.

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Photo of CanadianCoder
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been hesitant to give this beer a perfect score in any ratings I've done (what makes a beer perfect anyway?) but if it's not perfect it's in the ballpark. It doesn't give you much to complain about; perhaps it's only flaw is that it's complexity and richness is off-putting for novices (and is that really a flaw?)

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Photo of Beerbuds
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cola colour with beautiful thick tan caramel head. Smells of coffee with cocoa hints and piney hop notes come through. Taste of dark roasted coffee with that balanced bitterness. Nice strong malts and bitter finish.

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Photo of Willmacc
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is simply my favourite beer. The oatmeal gives it body and substance. The colour is virtually black with a large beige head. The taste is exceptionally balanced. I get more espresso than chocolate and it's hoppy enough to beautifully balance the sweetness. It is filling and should be considered a sipping beer. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of GingerFan
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark colored stout with an off-white head. Hints of the oatmeal in the smell. Very nice taste and incredibly smooth going down. Overall an excellent beer

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Photo of Jtee
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 473ml can served at 16 degrees Celsius into a snifter. I arrogantly disregarded the suggested glass and serving temperature.

Look: The beer pours an opaque black with 5cm of rocky, quite dense mocha head that fades into a partial film in 3-ish minutes. I was expecting longer retention. The lacing is good.

Smell: Moderate strength and sharp (maybe it comes across more balanced when it's colder). Prominent dark malts with not only a roasted but burnt/charred character. Coffee and chocolate with hints of dark fruit.

Taste: Moderate strength with decent balance. Roasted to burnt/charred malts with coffee and chocolate. Faint dark fruit with a strong mineral character. Low to no hops or yeast. The finish falls in the medium range for length and intensity with the balance being towards bitter.

Feel: Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Creamy and smooth with no alcohol warmth. Thinner than I expected from an oatmeal stout.

Overall: An all-around solid stout that is worth a try, but I don't think it stands out from the crowd. I'll happily revisit it on a later date to see if anything has changed for me.

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Photo of JRed
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Darkest brown in body with fluffy khaki head. Aroma of soft cocoa notes, hazelnut, some medicinal, and earth. Tastes of cocoa, medicinal notes, grass, mint, earth, oatmeal, and rather large bitterness. Heavy body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging and a thick, cocoa powder colored, two-finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a fair ring around the edge of the glass. Solid lacing, mostly consisting of broken webbing and a few small spots.

Smell - Chocolatey with a hint of cream, fair smokiness, earth and roast. Faint dark fruitiness.

Taste - Follows the nose, though the flavor is more balanced. Chocolate cream upfront, but it's quickly enveloped by the smoke and roast character. Hints of dark fruit (plum and raisin) peek through mid-taste and hang to the finish, sitting just beneath the earthy, roasty, toffee sweet and smokey finish. Aftertaste lingers with hints of fruit tang, earth and espresso bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation. Silky, creamy texture before a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Certainly one of the more uniquely flavored oatmeal stouts I've had in my time, even if the overall experience is a bit too 'English' for my taste buds to thoroughly appreciate. I would definitely recommend, if only for the unique experience it brings.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with a brown foam head. Malt,coffee,almost candy like aroma. This is a beer that definetly needs to warm up to really appreciate all it's flavors. As it warmed up the characteristics of an oatmeal stout became more evident. The mild hop taste came out which was a bit bitter but added a good contrast to the rest of the elements of this beer. I'm partial th oatmeal stouts but trying to be objective this was a really enjoyable beer

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Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying I'm a huge stout lover (it's my favorite style) and I've tried oatmeal stouts from around the world. However, I highly disagree with the reviews of this one which I had on draught at Montreal airport.

Look: Perfect creamy, white head. Jet black body. Reminds me of a good Guinness in terms of the pour.

Smell: Far too malty and alcoholic without the usual balance of a good stout.

Taste: Just like on the nose, lacks depth in flavor with overpowering malt and an alcoholic bite. I don't get much of the coffee or chocolate that others seem to get. I do get a bit of ash.

Feel: Relatively smooth and drinkable.

Overall: I'm just not impressed given the number of better oatmeal stouts I've tried. I think the alcohol is not properly masked behind complexities on the nose or tongue. Maybe I just got a bad batch? Although it was on nitro draught so I find it hard to believe it was not indicative of the beer.

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Photo of -steve-
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark, opaque beer with a generous brown foamy head that subsides slowly leaving copious lacing on side of glass (tulip glass).
Smell: Very pleasant mocha coffee smells. Some molasses too.
Taste: Chocolate, coffee, dry. Thinner flavours than I would have expected from the smell.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and balanced flavours across the tongue.
Overall: Pretty proud to call this a staple Canadian brew. Always a pleasure to find it on tap somewhere (I'm thinking The Winking Judge in Hamilton, Ontario). Consistently good.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nabbed a pint-sized can of this for $4.25 at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY.

"Oatmeal stout" hopped with "Cascade, Willamette, Golding." 45 IBU. 5% ABV.

CAN: Pull-tab. Classy black and red label.

Brief impressions below:

APPEARANCE: Lively khaki-tan head with plenty of creaminess and froth. Smooth even consistency.

Body is, of course, an opaque black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Looks true to the style, and boasts an impressive ~7cm worth of head. Leaves light lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

AROMA: Not your typical oatmeal stout aroma, hitting on luxurious notes of dark fruit (muted plum, faint date) and espresso in addition to the more typical notes of dark malts/schwarz malts, chocolate malts, oats, and roast.

This is shaping up to be a surprisingly good oatmeal stout. Aromatic intensity is average. There's more nuance to this aroma than I usually find in expressions of the oatmeal stout style.

TASTE: Matches the aroma, but ends flatly on some semibitter roast, an odd end to the chocolate-coated dark fruit flavour that precedes. Hits on stale coffee, starchy oats, muted chocolate malts, robust dark malt sweetness, some charred sugars/burnt malt, withered dates, depleted plum, raisin, and roast.

None of the hops utilized contribute anything to its flavour inasmuch as I can discern. True to style, there are no overt yeasty notes. Not boozy, nor ailing from off-flavour.

The battle between bitterness and sweetness never fully resolves itself, keeping the drinker guessing.

Cohesive yet scattered, throwing out complexity but not bothering to arrange it into a gestalt whole of a beer. Disharmonious but intricate, letting roasty coffee-like bitterness and chocolatey sweetness tangle without a clear victor...this makes me want to keep drinking it to find out.

TEXTURE: Full-bodied. Has a nice tug of war between slightly scratchy coarseness and sleek smoothness, lacking the glossy slickness of many oatmeal stouts. Dry like an Irish stout as well, but not creamy or soft by any stretch. Well-carbonated. Has apt weight on the palate given its above average depth of flavour. Some may find it a bit too scratchy or coarse, but I think it works (style conventions be damned).

OVERALL: A borderline unique take on the oatmeal stout, eschewing oat's textural effect of porter-like smoothness in favour of the dry starchiness oats can provide, and emphasizing the roast of an Irish dry stout instead of the chocolate of an American stout as well as the dark fruits one might find in a robust porter instead of the rich coffee one would find in a coffee stout. The result is a timeless expression of the oatmeal stout style that's up there with paragons of the style like Samuel Smith's in my book.

At over $4 a can it'll be tough to pull the trigger on again while in the U.S., but I could see myself hitting this stuff hard when in Canada and I can't wait to try more beers from the brewery. I'd sooner stick to Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout, but this is a real treat for those who can tolerate classic roasty flavours and concomitant dryness in their stouts - very much an Irish stout fan's oatmeal stout. Terrific, highly drinkable, and complex work from a brewery that has seized my interest.

B (3.68) / GOOD

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Photo of Yoann
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a mug
A - Black with some reddish reflections hard to see and a thin brown head
S - Strong roasty caramel malts!
T - Still this sweet caramel, not too bitter on the tongue
M - Flat but not exaggerated
O - A really good oatmeal stout for people who like having their mouth full!

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1302 ratings