St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout | McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
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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

Added by kbub6f on 09-18-2001

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Photo of Hrodebert
1.25/5  rDev -69.3%

Photo of ThrashMaster
1.7/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of smaddock
1.74/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Very raisiny and overly sweet. Unpleasant aftertaste

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2/5  rDev -50.9%

Photo of jt31914
2.03/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz Bottle:

A: Not much head and little appearance of carbonation - dark black color typical of the style.

S: Smells pretty good - prominent oatmeal with faint alcohol aroma.

T: Decent, weak finish but clear oatmeal on the palate.

M/D: Awful mouthfeel, way too bubbly on the palate, you can't hold it in your mouth at all.

This beer is pretty average, I was very disappointed.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.39/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to jrallen34 for this. Pours a near black with a tan head. Smell is initially a good amount of diacetyl. A little bit of hocolate and roasted malt in the background. Taste is quite similar wig some butterscotch. Tastes like a popcorn Jelly Belly. Not particularly good. Mouhfeel is medium. Drinkability is truly hampered by the off flavors.

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Photo of Tommo
2.4/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can bought in Banff canada. Pours a thin blackish beer with zero head retention. The flavor is gross, wildly astringent and does not go down smooth. Almost a metallic chemical taste. ZERO body for an oatmeal stout, thin as a lager. After seeing how popular this is maybe i got a bad can, but god this was awful. Drain pour

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Photo of Azteceinstein
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of oberon
2.51/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow! It was like drinking soy sauce!No roasted coffee hints,none!Good color no head at all,it was sour pungent just horrible.Age obviosly got to this beer Iam not sure how it found its way down here in NC but Iam sure it had been siting there for awhile,I will retry at some point and re-review.

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2.65/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DrDogbeer for this one in Black Booty 09.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass a pitch black color with a huge three finger sized head that in very tan, very creamy, and very beautiful.

Aroma, however, was another story. Really sweet and syrupy. Fruity like raspberries and sugar covered raisins. I am not enjoying the smell of this one.

Flavor was more sweetness with a touch of coffee bitterness. Very figgy. Dry on the finish and thin on the mouth for an oatmeal stout. Soy sauce and sort of a beef jerky flavor that is quite of-putting. Maybe a little more bitterness than initially suggested, but it is sort of chalky. Slightly peaty/smoky.

Perhaps it is just me, but this beer and the Hitachino Espress Stout both tasted very odd and sweet and overly figgy and fruity. Not much of a roasty character at all in the flavor or aroma. Disappointed in this one; hopefully, the rest of Black Booty will not disappoint.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of tayner
2.77/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured dark black, creamy tan head very little lacing but nice ring

smelled like roasted malt and a musty half rotting fruit. The nose was not strong, but not pleasant at all

The taste was of roasted malt, bitter coffee, and the same half rotted figs/musty peat taste.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

If you like the peat smell/taste you could drink this pretty easy as a session beer, but i couldnt get past the smell to drink more than one.. one was all i could do.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A--Pours thick with pitch black color and a dark one finger head in my snifter. Spotty lacing left behind.

S--Dark fruit, oak, booze, vanilla, fudge. Reminiscent of some top tier imperial stouts, but not quite as bold.

T--Unfortunately the taste doesn't quite live up to the nose. Fairly watery tasting with roasted malts being the only real flavor present. No hops, no sweetness, nothing. Very bland and average.

M--The pour looked thick but it obviously was an illusion because this is watery and leaves a gross aftertaste

D--Hugely let down by this beer, might have to drain pour it because of the aftertaste.

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Photo of far333
2.87/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Inky black and opaque with a light brown colored thick two inches of foam. A stiff hard cap sits on top with several large dimples.

No aroma?

Flavor is initially faint and light, but quickly morphs to burnt espresso, tangy raisin, licorice and coffee grounds. Burnt coffee lingers. Tastes like a pot of coffee that's been left on the burner all day.

Even mouthfeel, not overly carbed.

Am I missing something? Not following why this is so highly rated.

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Photo of Damian
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 11.5 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a dark, inky, brown/black with a small, frothy, cocoa colored head that quickly faded to a lasting ring.

The aroma was smooth and sweet with an obvious oatmeal presence. Chocolatey and rich. Notes of sweet cream, raisins and dark fruits were noticeable as well.

The taste was deep, dark, roasty and smoky from the start with a subtle hint of bourbon poking through. The burnt coffee, roasty/smoky flavor dominated the palate. The finish was also incredibly dry and roasty with a hugely bitter, resonating aftertaste. Subtle notes of chocolate appeared as well.

Mouthfeel was lighter bodied with a fierce, almost stinging carbonation initially. As the beer sat, the carbonation died down to a more moderate level.

Overall, I was disappointed with this beer. Between the overwhelming roast presence, the intense bitterness and the less than appealing mouthfeel, this brew turned out to be a difficult one to put down.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.97/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this strong beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was about as black as black can get. Like used motor oil. The beer had no head whats so ever save for a thin brown scum on top. The smell of the beer was sweet. The taste was strong and acrid to me me. Ilove oatmeal stouts but this one was way harsh I thought. I will not buy again.

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I read quite a bit about this beer from various sources and after finding it and waiting for a cold to go away, I was very excited to try this highly-rated beverage.

Appearance: Poured it into a tulip glass where it threw up a 1.5 cm brownish head on top of an opaque black liquid. Very nice to look at. The dark beverages always seem to be masking some kind of mystery waiting to be discovered. While the head receded fairly quickly the beverage did leave some lacing on the glass.

Smell: I found it hard to pinpoint any particular smell, it seemed to offer several scents including coffee, fruit cake, dark chocolate, and caramel/toffee. The smell reminded me of a chocolate milkshake when the glass was swirled. Overall, a very pleasant set of odors.

Taste: This is where it became challenging for me. This one tasted very bitter to me, like unsweetened dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Finished dry and left a persistent aftertaste. It did seem slightly less bitter as it warmed but it was still a bit overwhelming for me.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick/full bodied as I was expecting but not too thin either. Mouthfeel became more pleasant as the beer got warmer.

Drinkability: I think the smell got me through to the end of the beer as there was enough to experience to keep things interesting. This one was a bit too bitter for my tastes (also not a fan of the dark chocolate taste) so it is unlikely I would try it on a regular basis. I can see why it is rated as highly as it is, right now though, its just not the right beer for me.

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of hockeybarbie
3/5  rDev -26.3%

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