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 #3,356
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 10.73%
Reviews:
650
Ratings:
1,303
From:
McAuslan Brewing
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  171
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was way off my radar, I had never even heard of it until the other day.

I can't say much about the look or aroma because I drank them all out of the can. The flavor was great though. I find a lot of oatmeal stouts lack that distinct oatmeal stout flavor, not this one. Lots of distinct oatmeal flavor. Reminded me of a less intense version (a good thing) of Barney Flats. Plus it's only 5% ABV, a great driving beer.

This is definitely the best thing to ever come out of Montreal. Habs suck!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A medium bodied Stout with some smokey, meaty undertones.

The beer opens with a Stout-enough looking pour: a deeply browned color releases only tanned highlights around the edges. Carbonation reinforces a 1" foamstance that settles into a velvety lace ontop the beer. Completely opaque and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

Aromas of heavy toast, maybe burnt breads laced with deep toffee sweetness, light medium smoke scents and malty, yeasty breadiness. No real fruitiness or hops to mention.

Flavors of heavy caramels, toffees, and honey-baked breads provide the malt and sweet base for the beer. Mild coffee and bittersweet cocoa gives a deep complexity to the malts. Again, little on fruits or hops.

The beers texture is velvety, rich, and smooth due to the oats that seem to coat the mouth with a creamy layer of softness right before the Stout-like grains provide their attack. Semi-sweet, and semi-dry because of the arid and somewhat chalky grains- but this fine for Oatmeal Stouts.

The silky texutures I expect, but that smoke (maybe phenolic) flavor was not. I'm not sure if this is an added complexity to the beer or an unwarrented distraction. Regardless, this doesn't kill the beer nor propell it into greatness either. Probably an average Oatmeal Stout but with that odd smokey character.

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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 BeerAdvocate
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Silky, Roasted, Sweet, Inviting

Such a beautiful looking brew, lacing alone is hard to beat. Aromas and flavors lean towards suggestions of chocolate & mild coffee with a mild silky sweetness from the oats. Very easy drinking even when the aftertaste holds onto the roasty character longer than the palate anticipates. This one may as well be a cult classic within veteran beer geek circles.

STYLE: Oatmeal Stout | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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Photo of alexgash
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, screw top.

Pours a very thick and dark brown to black. Solid inch of dense, soft, peanut brown head. Great lacing. This is one beautiful looking beer. Nose of toffee malts, milk chocolate, chocolate mousse, tobacco, toasted marshmallows, and a whiff of roasted coffee.

Starts off creamy and smooth with light roasted coffee bitterness. Becomes more chocolatey and toffeeish. Slight cardboard flavor, but just barely. Substantial licorice flavor throughout. Dark chocolate bittersweetness closes out the palate. Suggestions of dark fruit linger. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Very nice oatmeal stout!

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter a rich and deep dark brown but a very thin, tan head. Nothing spectacular.
S: All kinds of maltiness and dark chocolate up front. Buried underneath is some peaty, smokienss. Smells delicious.
T: Much the same as the smell. The bitter chocolate and roasted malts balance well together. Toward the back, the smokiness and alcohol burn comes through. It's not harsh though.
M: Medium to high carbonation, but very smooth.
D: Extremely quaffable. For a stout of this ilk, it's not filling at all. The great taste and high drinkability make this extremely enjoyable!

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep, dark brown with a thin head and no lacing. It's aroma is of dark toast, coffee, and a hint of smoke. The flavor has notes of dark chocolate, oatmeal, milk, and mild coffee at the end. There is a welcome warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. McAuslan St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is a good beer, smooth, and perfect during an early October snowstorm. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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 Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle - Opaque black brew with a medium head that dissapate too quickly. Excellent Chocolate and coffee aroma with a sweet taste. Good roastiness and good body. I would be curious to try this one on tap... Probably the best product from the Mcauslan Brewery

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge frothy, mocha-coloured head head that sticks around for a while. Tons of lacing. Jet black in colour.

Coffee, smokey roasted malt, chocolate, dark caramel...this smells like everything I like to smell in a stout. 0.5 off for smelling a bit acidic.

Huge flavour, especially for a 5% beer. The majority of the taste is a nice balance between espresso and dark chocolate. Behind that there's a perfect amount of smoke imparted by the roasted malt, a sweet caramel taste and a touch of hops. Pretty much, it tastes like a liquid version of the smell. There's an appropriate bitterness on the finish, enticing you to take the next sip.

While this is pretty full bodied, it's a little thinner than I like a stout to be; I think this would be better if it was a little more creamy. Light carbonation, smooth and medium-full bodied.

Very drinkable. This beer packs the taste of an imperial stout into a beer of standard ABV, making it extremely drinkable. I usually can't session a stout but would love to session this one. This is one of the top few stouts I know and easily the best 5% stout I've ever tried.

(EDIT: This beer on nitro-tap is unbelievable.)

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of katan
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A - If I looked up black in the dictionary, this would be it. Thick and dark looking like motor oil. Head formation was slow, but eventually showed a light mocha colored head. A film on the head was all that remained.

S - A sweet combination of chocolate and toffee notes. Some roasted malty background as well.

T - Starts with some light roasted malt notes. Mid-stream is more bittersweet chocolate and an odd sour flavor. Finished with a biting edgy acidic note. Very odd. Aftertaste starts to reveal some of those chocolate sweetness. Overall, there is an odd sourish note in here that is not very appealing.

M - Lacking in body. Seems watery and light. Not to my liking in the style. Feels almost hallow. Carbonation is highly present, leaving some fizzy bite on the palette.

D - Not filling, nor overpowering on the taste buds. Moderate abv is manageable. The one thing that gets to me is the carbonation fizz.

Worth trying - probably won't buy again.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to biegaman for this beauty.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic (thankfully).

Pours an opaque oily black with a huge three finger light brown colored head that takes a while to die down to a frothy layer. Stickiness is insanely good, just how I lke it. Smell is a heavy sweet milk chocolate with flakey oats mxed in with espresso. Very powerful scent, lovin' it. Taste, even better than I had expected. Taste starts off with a toasted nutty malt character which is followed by the molasses and sweet oat flavors. This one finishes with sweet espresso notes that last forever, great aftertaste. Mouthfeel is suprsingly light for this style with mild carbonation. Drinkablity is amazing because it's such a good brew. This by far meets and exceeds the hype. All breweries should strive to reach the near perfection of this brew when it comes to Oatmeal Stouts. So glad I have five more :)

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This was black and thick like engine oil with a giant head that showed great retention. The foam was like lumpy shaving cream and covered the inside of my glass as it went down. Awesome!

Smell – Wow, this is a stouty Stout. The aroma here is huge. The dark, roasted malts almost cover the oatmeal notes, but I can still pick them out. The cocoa is subtle as are the light fruits. However, as ECB said, there is a medicinal quality to the nose that rubbed me the wrong way.

Taste – This one is bitter and very dark. The oats come out much better at the taste, and the overpowering malt from the nose is back where it belongs. There’s a touch of sweetness at the finish, but not much. Not enough to offset the burnt toast, anyway.

Mouthfeel – This was thinner than I had hoped, not even medium-bodied, but I liked the bitter feeling in the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is more of a “sipping stout” than a party animal. It is very nice and made a terrific aperitif.

Comments – A big BA thumbs up to Rastacouere for sending me this Canadian East Coast gem. Makes me want to stand up and speak French.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grynder33
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate,coffee,creamy oatmeal,smells like it sat in a cask,black as can be, taste is choclate oatmeal and malt,drier than I expected, body seemed highly charged, but still had that oatmeal slick mouthfeel , excellent in its class, I just like them a touch sweeter

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1303 ratings