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

Added by kbub6f on 09-18-2001

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Photo of jt31914
2.03/5  rDev -50.4%
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 Thorpe429
2.39/5  rDev -41.6%
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 -41.3%
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 oberon
2.51/5  rDev -38.6%
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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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.65/5  rDev -35.2%
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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Photo of tayner
2.77/5  rDev -32.3%
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 -30.8%
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 -29.8%
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 -29.1%
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 -27.4%
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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Photo of tuvok
3/5  rDev -26.7%
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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Photo of reallyhoppie
3.01/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good looking stout that ended up being kind of a let down. Dark brown with a strong tan head that lasted throughout the beer. This beer has not much of an aroma, maybe coffee and caramel. A strong bitterness fades into the familiar chocolate and oats flavor for the style with a slight sweetness throughout. This stout has one of the thinnest bodies of any stout I've ever had, which I would consider the biggest problem with this beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time I came across this beer was at C'est What in Toronto, CA and needless to say I feel in love with the draft version there. That was about 4-5 years ago many stouts later and this time it's a bottle sample. Appearance is black it absorbs all visible light forms a dark tan thicket of head, with great retention. After dwindling slowly it forms a tight collar of lace on the rim of my Gulden Draak chalice, and with each sip fine speckled lacing is left behind. Aroma tartness with mild metallic notes, and dark powdered chocolate really dry and not much like I remember the draft softness of the oatmeal additions to come across in the nose. Definitely some cereal grains outside of patent black roasted malts the oatmeal is kicking just subdued by the dark roasts no real hop aromatics here. Somewhat tart and lactic with mild oxidation noted no date on the bottle here, but again not what I recall in my beer memory dark roasts with bitterness something practically burnt with these strange tart notes surfing around no real complex fruitiness just a mild funk brewing. Mild chocolate and coffee more so just dark baker's chocolate with a powdered cocoa finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied somewhat creamy textured carbonation is mellow and smooth no complaints in this department, finishes exuberantly dry. Drinkability is okay I'm a fan of the draft version I won't give up on the beauty of this beer that I recall on tap in Toronto, but the bottled version was pale in comparison.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-poured with a very nice head that did thin, but enough remained to keep me satisfied.
-smells earthy, with, what I think are chocolate, oats, and a little coffee.
-I haven't had any other oatmeal stouts yet, but as far as stouts go in general I was pleased with the taste of this home grown beer. This is one that could eventually help me aquire a taste for stouts.
**My 5th review--Thanks**

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Photo of mattcrill
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, a bit of dry cocoa, a hint of sourness that reminds me of Guinness (not inappropriate but just not anticipated), and wet grains.

Appearance: Jet black with a tan head. Head collapses to a nice collar around the snifter.

Flavor: Sharp roasted grainy note, more wet grains, slightly burnt notes, and just a hint of diacetyl in the background. Finish is burnt and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. A little slippery which I think is more diacetyl.

Overall impression: A roasty, flavorful, oatmeal stout. The diacetyl definitely detracts but it's a background note. Not sure if I could drink much more than a pint. Worth a try I suppose.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a nonic.

a - pours an opaque dark brown, not quite black. gave me only a thin film of light brown head but leaves a few legs of lacing in the glass.

s - wet paper, faint roast, faint cola, faint dark fruits.

t - weaker roasted malt that reminds me of day old restaurant coffee. faint chocolate and dark fruity notes. has an odd tanginess in the finish that i can't place.

m - full bodied with lighter carbonation. kinda sticky. not nearly as smooth as it should be.

o - not bad, just meh. maybe i got a bad bottle? might have to give this one more chance before signing off completely. will update if anything changes.

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Photo of pwoods
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think I got this in my Black Booty box from Mikesgroove, though I may be wrong.... It has been in the back of my fridge for a bit. Whoever sent this, thanks a bunch ^^;;

12oz. brown bottle, poured into a tulip. 3/19/09

A: Pours completely opaque black, no lighting. 1 1/2 fingers of tight mocha head forms and holds well. Some decent lacing throughout.

S: The typical light stout burnt malts, a sweet cola sense, light molasses and chocolate. The oats and grains add a nice breakfast style touch to things.

T/M: Much drier and chalkier than I expected. More of the stout tastes as mentioned in the nose but the dry and chalkiness of everything is getting in the way. It actually lingers and intensifies after the swallow. The oats add a very nice creaminess to the body but is overtaken again.

D: Not a bad brew but feels unbalanced to me. I love me some Oatmeal stouts but I don't think this is the one for me. 5% is nice.

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Photo of scott
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Dark, dense and full head over complete dark liquid. Bitter aroma of burnt roasted coffee that transfers to the tongue. Full-bodied and creamy, this has a slightly unpleasant acidic finish. This doesn't win high favor with me as it shows no real distinction with other breakfast stouts that can claim "stateliness/nobility" in this category, and doesn't amplify any great complexities. With that said, this is nice to drink. Light dark fruit nuances mingle with charred malt, and is quite sessionable.

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Photo of ebby82
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black with a massive head into a pint glass.

Aromas of dark malts, and chocolate.

Initially, the taste is good, dark malt, chocolate, a bit of bitter hops, slightly sweet. However, there is a chalky, unpleasant aftertaste.

As mentioned previously, the chalky, dry aftertaste makes the mouthfeel somewhat unpleasant.

If not for the strange aftertaste effects, this would be a solid beer, but this bottle at least, is nothing particularly special.

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Photo of ascrivens
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark. Darker than imaginable. No light seems able to escape its truly a visual experience to try to pick out color and light. The head is decent and well coloured, but fades quickly.

Smell: Smells quite good initially but i pick up some alcohol that i wouldnt expect in a stout (more imperial stout alcohol smell). Smells rich, im hoping for a lot in flavour.

Taste: Taste is a dissapointment. Perhaps this bottle is off somehow, but i feel as though i am missing something important in the flavour. My Favorite oatmeal is sam smith's and this particular bottle seems to be no comparison.

But for posterity - Initial sweetness is decent but is soon overcome with bitterness. Pretty good roasted hops flavour. The coffee nature is not as expected, but still apparent. It leaves a lingering bitterness that does truly remind me of an espresso or dark dark chocolate. It is somehow good and bad.

Mouthfeel: This bottle seems highly carbonated with excessive bubbling. It actually takes away from the taste and seems to impart an unfortunate metallic ting to the flavour that is unwelcome. This is the major flaw in my tasting.

Drinkability: Overall a drinkable stout. Not much else to say.

I know this particular beer is very well recieved, so i am tentative to feel so poorly about it, but i am quite confident in this review. Its unfortunate, but this oatmeal stout does not live up to others i have tried.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Has a darker head that lasts for a while leaving lacing. The body is black.

S: The beer has a roasty aroma and smells slightly sweet, like a molasses aroma. Also a bit buttery.

T: The flavor is very creamy with roasted flavors and a buttery taste. The buttery taste really makes helps with making the creamy feel. The chocolate and coffee I was expecting were not really present.

M: The beer had a medium body with a slightly creamy feel and an okay level of carbonation.

D: The astringency kills drinkability, as does the buttery flavor.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle jet black with a finger-thick khaki coloured head that stayed in place for some time. Smell is dark fruits and some dark roasted malts. Almost reminds me of a Baltic Porter. Taste was rather average and quite honestly, a bit light. There are some dark malt flavours present and a bit of smoke toward the end. Finish was moderately bitter. Not a very complex stout at all. Mouthfeel was too thin, IMO; especially considering the style. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but I feel this brewery could do better. I'm crazy about their Apricot Wheat Ale. This, not so much. Still glad I tried it.

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Photo of xpatriate
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into pint as oil with one finger of head that faded fast.roasted smell.mouthfell feel and taste were the weakest.both seemed to be a bit on the watery side.have wanted to try this for a while.i always see it when i go for was finally the day i bought a 6pk.drinkability is okay.i could have a few seeing as it is only five percent.i am sure it would be better on tap.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

$10ish split 4 pack from New Beer in September(apricot... not bad). No best by or born-on date, no notch.

Gentle side pour into my standard pint glass. The color of a black t-shirt gone through one too many spin cycles. A sandy semi-transparent patch of tan head lingers, leaving soapy lace.

Lighter roast then I would of expected, & right behind it, a mineral water/earthy sort of smell. Light malted milk ball character & a soft amount of baker's chocolate, followed with metal filings & coffee trailing on the end.

Taste is at first slightly zesty coffee & sweet cream, then slightly aggressive iron-y/citric hops melding with char & lingering burnt toast.

Silky body & adequate carbonation lend to its best aspect, the feel. Slightly greasy upfront, but with a dusting of chalk on the finish.

I've learned to tolerate coffee flavors, but not the scorching & carbonizing of everything else in the vicinity. There are better uses for napalm then incinerating malt. Like terrorists.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black as night, no head.

Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate.

Taste is of burnt malts, burnt toffee, coffee. Very strong flavors, but not working for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat lifeless in the mouth.

Overall, an OK beer but there are better.

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