St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 BeerManDan
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While in Quebec's Old City I had a chance to try the Stout. This is the BEST Oatmeal Stout that I've every drank... The color was black and black can be in a stout. The smell of roasted malts and a combination of all the components has an over powering flavor.

The best was to explain this, is by what the bottle label say's. "This intensely black ale carries strong hints of expresso and chocolate. The oatmeal contributes body and ensures a long-lasting moca-colored head. If you like stout, you will love St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout."

Ingredidients: Water, malted balrely, toasted barley, toasted wheat, flacked oats, flaked corn, hops.

Like I said, I explain the complexity of this stout. You have to drink to understand a great, great Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of cyrenaica
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Impressive. I tried this beer...on July 27, 2007 at the 'Beer Bistro' in Toronto. It came to me in a glass (on draught) and appeared to be chocolate milk with a thick head. The beer was dark brown, with a medium brown head that lasted throughout the beer. The aroma was a combination of malt, chocolate, and fruits. The mouthfeel was full bodied, and not as thick as I was expecting. Nor was there a whole lot of carbonation. The flavour was full of malt, chocolate, and plums. Overall, this was a truly great experience, and completely surprised me that a stout could provide this.

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Photo of Greggy
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a pitch black color with a nice 2 finger fluffy dark cocoa colored head. As I drink this beer, I get nice rings of lacing distinguishing each sip.

S- Woah.. Huge sweet german chocolate cake notes, loads of cream, some subtle dark fruit, chocolate graham crackers, some caramel.

T- Starts out with a huge silky smooth chocolate, with hints of caramel, chocolate graham crackers, cream. The finish is very dry bakers chocolate, with some subtle sweetness here and there and dry hops, some roastiness, and hints of smoke.

M- Silky smooth. The finish just sticks around for days!

D- Woah... just wow. A beer with this much delicious character at 5%?! Damn.. Will drink again!

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Photo of MrBen
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is among my favorite oatmeal stouts. It pours extremely dark and kicks up a rocky, chunky head. Taste is remarkably intense and interesting, with big, dark malt flavors up front. Mouthfeel is silky with the slightest dry finish. Very, very mild hop notes in the aftertaste. It simply is quite hard to do better than this for a pure oatmeal stout!!!

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Photo of SingleCell
4.94/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle (best before: 31 Oct 2010) into a pint glass after warming from the fridge for 15 mins.

A: Pours a very dark black with a 2 inch dark tan head which dies down very slowly to a thin wisp of lacing which clings the the walls of my glass. I was kind of hoping for the head to stick around a while longer...

S: Mmmm chocolate and coffee are the first scents. The smell is incredible! Behind the chocolate and cappuccino coffee like scent is the rich smell of freshly made steel cut oats.

T: Dark chocolate and slightly burn malts with some hops that balance out the flavour. Little bit of alcohal in there too along with the taste of those freshly made steel cut oats. Quite delicious.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The viscosity compliments the taste. Slight alcohol burn as the beer warms up. Also leaves a bitter aftertaste which I enjoyed.

D: Loved this one, and at 5% ABV I could have a couple of these. In fact, I've got one warming right now as I finish my first.

Overall a great stout, full of flavour and has the body to complement it. This will be my new go-to oatmeal stout. This is my first beer from McAuslan and I look forward to trying a few more after having tried this one.

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Photo of spycow
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this beer at a local pub in Chicago. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark black color that poured smoothly into the pint glass leaving a nice head with minimal carbonation.

S: Unbelievable smell of a good dark chocolate, dark coffee, and tobacco with a hint of something sweet. One of the best of any oatmeal stouts I've ever had.

T: From the first sip throughout this was the best oatmeal stout I've ever tried. Immediately could taste the chocolate and oatmeal notes. The balance seemed perfect for an oatmeal stout, not too sweet or bitter. The coffee flavor, toasted oat and slight taste of candy came out the more I drank. What bitterness was there became unnoticeable throughout leaving that perfect balance. The aftertaste was amazing that kept getting better and better the more you drank.

M&D: Coated the mouth really well knowing you just took a sip of a great stout. Barely any feeling of carbonation which is what is to be expected. Chewy and easy to drink. It did not fill you up but made you wanting more and more.

One of the best examples of an oatmeal stout that I've ever had. Based on it being top 3 rated by reviewers I have to agree. It rivals Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout being my favorite version of this style. Especially for $2.50 a bottle/$9.99 a 4-pack what a deal. Will be buying this in my local liquor store and become a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/11/03, stored cool dark, 2600 miles in my trunk.

McAuslan is one of my favorite breweries in the world, and the Noire is the highlight (for me) of their incredible lineup of great beers. That they don't export is one of the biggest crimes in brewdom.</soapbox>.

The references to "stout" on the label and the standard bottle are circumstantial evidence that you're pouring beer and not 5w30. The huge, brown, doughy head makes you wait to get at that black gold. A rubber spatula comes in handy to scrape the huge clumps of lacing off the sides of the bowl and fold them back in. Sweet, roasty toffee, milky sweetness and a touch of smoke come off in the nose. Burnt toffee in the front gives way to a sweetish, full middle, where hints of fruit give it a tangy zing (or possibly a zingy tang). Some bitter chocolate too. The finish is bitter and dry, with charcoal notes. This is still one of my all-time favorite beers. It's really quite dry, with a very bitter finish. I wouldn't change a single thing about this (except maybe the bottle size). Makes me want to get back in my car and go get some more.

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Photo of akdo
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Because I grew up in Montreal, Quebec, I felt compelled to try the St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout.This beer shares a few similarities with the Guinness Irish Stout in some respects. In terms of visual identity, the head stays on top of the beer for a while once the beer is poured in a pint glass.

This is where the similarities end. While Guinness tries to combine the taste of a dark roast coffee you would find at Tim Horton's, which is not a bad thing, St-Ambroise goes further. Speaking of colour, the St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is pitch black. It evidently tastes like an espresso coffee. Moreover, the hint of a dark chocolate with a volume of cacao of between 70% and 80% makes the bitterness very smooth.

This goes without saying that the bitterness of the beer does not stick to your tongue.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Spot on for the style. Every bit the look of a tastey stout. Licorice black with a gentle half inch tan head that crawls up the glass. Heavy amount of lacing only adds to the eye candy.

Smell - Toasted and burnt with a smooth sweet chocolatey smell. Smells all come together and make your mouth drool in anticipation of the first sip.

Taste & Mouthfeel - WOW! The taste is perfect in every way! So smooth and medium bodied in the mouth, that it's harder than hell to not pound it back. The vanilla chocolate malt is just perfectly sewn into this one. Subtle coffee bitterness comes in with the right touch to polish the tounge. Like velvet down the throat, coating it with a smooth sweetness. So damn gentle that it's indescribable.

Drinkability - I'd drink it with breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, brunch, sitting around doing nothing, etc. This is a true black hole of a brew. Try to escape it's greatness, try to hate it. You can't! There is no better oatmeal stout out there! Don't even bother looking.

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Photo of ThomasT
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievably good beer.
Color is an extremely dark brown with moderately brown, thick foam.
Smell is good, although nothing totally spectacular. Notes of chocolate, oatmeal, and malt.
Taste is outstanding. Medium roasted malt, moderately strong oatmeal, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is very full bodied.
Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of orfeu
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer of this at LCBO near the Toronto airport last month for CAN$10 (on sale, cheaper than the Pale Ale!). A slightly vigorous pour into my nonic yields a great pillowy and creamy light mocha head with a brief cascading effect on top of a deeply black chocolate body with slight mahogany highlights near the bottom of the glass. Tremendous lacing as well. The superb nose reveals scents of creamed coffee, darkly roasted grains, vanilla, and a slight milk-chocolate aroma. Probably the best-smelling Oatmeal Stout I've yet come across. The taste begins with a vanilla creaminess (but far from overtly vanilla-flavored) and moves on to a black-roasted malt grainy flavor. From there it rounds out into a dark coffee ground earthiness, with roasted grain flavors weaving back in for a spell, then finishes with a dry, slightly acidic mineral flavor. Dark-roasted coffee lingers in the aftertaste. Thinnish body, silky oat-inflected mouthfeel -- nothing less than spot on, stylistically speaking. Drinkability? Nary a day goes by without me trying to find a good excuse for heading across the river to see if the Beer Store in Ft. Erie has this. Easily one of the best Oatmeal Stouts in North America, if not the world.

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Photo of JOaikido
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Something I buy for myself as a treat when I get tired of stocking my fridge with ordinary (safe) beers for my less enlightened friends and relatives.

A- Pitch black with tan head. Highlights of brown and red as I pour into a mug. But absolutely opaque inthe mug.

S- Gorgeous odour of coffee and chocolate with molasses and caramel mixed in.

T- Bitter taste of coffee and chocolate (mocha) leeding to a slightly hoppy aftertaste that holds on to the back of the tongue. Smoky.

MF- Smoky and smooth. Not heavy nor pasty.

D- Surprisingly light and easy to drink, as long as you like bitterness and strong flavour.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hot damn, this beer is even better than I thought. Pours a jet black colour with a tanned, light head. About a finger worth. Lace sticks to the glass like lingerie. Beautiful. Aromas of coffee, oats, chocolate, barley and hops. WOW!!! What a taste!!! Sweet barley and chocolate mingle with the coffee and hops, while the oats give a unique, mild flavour. Tastes great, hell, better than great. It's not heavy, not light, slightly complex but simple enough to simply enjoy. Exceptional mouthfeel. Medium bodied and smoooth. With a mouthfeel and taste this great, drinkability is high.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Inky black with faint umber accents at the edges. It's always impressive when a standard stout is this light-rejecting. The caramel nougat colored cap is a looker as well. It features a frothyfirm texture and is an excellent lace generator. Thick spider webs of foam are plastered all over the glass.

The nose easily keeps pace. Baker's chocolate leads the way, followed by sugared vanilla bean and splash of black coffee. There's nothing new or different about the aroma, it just works in a 'perfect for the style' kind of way.

Not sure that I've *ever* had a 5.0% stout with this much flavor. Or a beer of any style for that matter. There are American double stouts that don't hold a candle to this beauty. How is it that I have never heard of this brewery or this beer?

What a lovely combination of flavors and flavor sensations. First the latter. Sweetness leads things off thanks to the roasted malts. Bitterness takes over at the midway point and finishes in a rush, drying things out perfectly. Let's call it the best of both worlds in terms of sweet stout vs. dry stout.

The flavor profile is dominated by bittersweet chocolate. Also present are charred coffee beans, dark brown sugar, blackstrap molasses and vanilla, in roughly that order. Things don't change much with warming, but then they were pretty damn good to begin with.

The mouthfeel fits the flavor profile exceptionally well and is a marvel given the ABV. Bigger would almost certainly be better, but then that falls under the category of an unreasonable expectation. Besides, it might not even be an improvement.

St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is the most surprising beer that I've had in a long time. That's mostly due to the fact that I had no expectations when the cap was cracked. This is my new favorite version of the style, hands down. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Richter35
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Light brown head; not as thick as the package suggests but then again it could be the glass. Considerable amount of lacing.

Smells like barley, good quality coffee and burnt brown sugar. Very sweet, inviting smell.

Various tastes include coffee, malted and roasted barley [mmm...], perhaps a bit of chocolate. The taste of really nice hops comes through, which I find can be uncommon in darker/full bodied beers. As close to perfection as it gets.

Mouthfeel is a thick and syrupy. Just enough carbonation to wash it all down. An excellent feel for such a bold beer.

Considering it is a stout, the drinkability is very nice. It's the perfect balance of taste between the malt and hops. It would seem as though countless hours have gone into creating this masterpiece and the result is nothing short of spectacular. I guarantee you will like this beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout has a rather thin, tan head and a very dark brown (black, really) appearance, with a good amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is just wonderful- rich, sweet, bready, candy-like malts are all there. Taste is of quite bitter, dark-roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark coffee, and some sourness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and somewhat watery, and St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout finishes dry, refreshing (if you can believe it), and drinkable. This is a fabulous beer, and a must-try beer!


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Photo of BBM
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at St Pat's in Quebec City. And wow, what a stout. Pours a dark, thick, luscious black into the pint glass with about two fingers of creamy brown head. Aroma was sweet, chocolaty, but not overbearing.

I was surprised by how throughly enjoyable, complex, and well-crafted this beer is. A thick semi-sweet chocolate taste, followed by dark fruits, coffee beans, and of course oatmeal to add substance and flavor. A wonderfully full and silky smooth mouth feel had me gaga over this one. I could have it all night. Beautifully done, this was my favorite beer in Canada.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this beer as a part of the beer of the month club. I am not a stout drinker, but I have had enough of them to know the basics of what I am looking for.

This beer is an extremely dark brown (almost black). The head is very thick and frothy. It is light brown in color.

The aroma is beyond complex. The coffee smell dominates, but there are heavily roasted malts, a hint of chocolate, and black licorice.

The initial taste is a bit sweet, but turns bitter pretty quickly.

The initial flavors disappear rapidly, and you are left with the roasted coffee taste with some sweetness and the licorice that was present in the aroma.

The beer has a very smokey coffee finish, and the hoppy bitterness returns as well.

I was not expecting to like this beer, and I will still take an ale over a stout any day, but this is one good beer. My normal complaint about stouts is the mouthfeel, but this beer is not overly thick and the aromas and taste combinations are really impressive.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
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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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out a dark, velvety brown with several fingers of brown white head with lacing that lingers all down the length of the glass. The smell is of chocolate, roasted malt, slight bread/grain notes. The taste is cocoa, roast barley, and a silky smooth finish from the oats. The mouthfeel on this beer is pretty awesome, with a slight coffee/chocolate bitter taste on the front and a ridiculously smooth finish. This is a very drinkable beer; I can only imagine it's smoother on tap than it is out of the bottle.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black in colour with a beige head. Powerful aromas of roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, and espresso. The aromatic qualities are replicated to perfection in the mouth, with some subtle additions of hops (a slightly leafy bitterness which is different than the roasty bitterness of the malt) and a slightly sweet oaty note. The mouthfeel is huge and very smooth. I used to drink this stuff all the time in my early university years, but the MLCC no longer carries it. I was surprised and overjoyed to find that the LCBO in Kenora carries it, so at least I can still get it in the summer when I go to the lake (and stock up for the winter).

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Completely black color, big tan chunky head, the head is almost chocolate colored. Incredible aroma, ultra complex chocolate malts, cocoa powder and an amazing floral and bitterness hop blend. The taste is of dark chocolate, hops and actual coffee. Slightly astringent notes of roasted barley are there as well but very rounded. Chocolate bitterness and hop Bitterness blends flawlessly. smooth this viscous mouthfeel with soft carbonation. This beer is consumately drinkable, which is especially remarkable considering how thick and rich it is.

One of my top 3 favorite stouts, it makes Guinness draft taste truly inferior.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark black, fairly thick looking pour. The 1/4 inch tan foam rests nicely atop, leaving a film that never fully goes away. The aroma is different than what I expected, but interesting. I am getting a buttered toffee aroma which is predominant. I don't smell any alcohol, and any roastiness from the black malt is faint.

The taste is quite amazing with multiple layers of flavor. Vanilla, toffee, light espresso, followed by a dry roasted, powdery finish. A hint of unsweetened chcolate comes through toward the end also, and left behind is a very pleasing degree of bitterness. The body has a moderate thickness, lightly silky, but avoids being too watery as some Oatmeal Stouts do. The carbonation is lively but not too foamy which is nice.

I can see why this is a top rated beer. The toasty finish perfectly complements the sweeter flavors at the onset. It's great complexity and great balance at the same time. If this brewer can pack this much goodness into a 5% stout, it makes me wonder why other places aren't doing enough of the same. This is hands down the best Oatmeal Stout I have ever tasted...

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Photo of iceball585
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, half finger thick dark brown head that lowered to a thin cover

S- Dark chocolate, creamy, sweet, oats, dark malts, hints of vanilla

T- Roasted coffee beans, smokey, sweet chocolate, earthy, milky, caramel malts

M- Medium/heavy body, medium carbonation, smooth, slight dry smokey fizz then turns to a faint oily finish

D- Worth buying again (and again and again)

This is a nice full bodied oatmeal stout. Nice smokey feel w/ good flavors to compliment. This ranks near the top of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

341ml bottle poured into a Guinness Imperial Pint glass.

A: Pours a deep impenetrable black with a huge foamy brown head. Head retention is excellent, and a decent amount of lacing is left clinging to the glass.

S: Huge smell of freshly roasted coffee beans. I don't think I've ever come across another beer that had such a pronounced coffee scent without actually being brewed with coffee. There is also a rich scent of dark chocolate, and a hint of starchy oatmeal if you search for it. Hell of a nose.

T: Slightly bitter dark chocolate gives way to strong coffee tastes. There is a bit of nuttiness to it as well. Starchy tastes come out more as it warms. Finishes dry with coffee and a deep roastiness. Tastes great, but doesn't quite live up to the nose.

M: Thick, but not too heavy. Fluffy even. Low amount of crisp carbonation. Sexy mouthfeel.

D: Very high. A delight to drink, and it sits lightly in the stomach. I don't care that it's 5% abv. When I think of a good session ale, this is what comes to mind.

Notes: Sacre Bleu! Thank you Quebec. Every aspect of this beer is nearly perfect. My favorite oatmeal stout. Even beats the venerable Sam Smith's in my book.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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