St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
mcauslan.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,245
Reviews:
632
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
155
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even better on-tap. Smoother. A nice chocolate color and taste. Thick consistency. Nice bittersweet chocolate/expresso aftertaste with a tad of sweetness. Less bitterness, medium mouthfeel, without the flaoties from the oatmeal. Just the right stout.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toasted oats, cocoa, and cookie dough aromas. Taste is much the same with char, cocoa, and very slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great set of aromas but the flavors don't match up so well in my opinion.

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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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black and poured with a finger high tan head that slowly died down to thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderately strong aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with some faint hints of chocolate and coffee.
T: The overall flavor is very balanced and has flavors of roasted malts and notes of chocolate. There is a mild amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out and becomes much more intense in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and is both smooth and very rich on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, especially since it isn't full-bodied and filling.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Some brews from this brewery started popping up at my local store, gave it a whirl. Pours a nice deep dark brown, tan head to it. Smell is nice and roasty. This beer is just damn creamy, nice mouthfeel and very smooth. Loaded with flavor and one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had. Only thing I would change is to up the ABV so it has a bit more of a bite to it but it's pretty damn good how it is.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
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 biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle. This has been available in Alberta for a few years, now, I think, and I've always enjoyed it, and turned a number of people on to it, who swore by Guinness as the be-all, end-all of stout. No longer, heh.

This beer pours an absolutely opaque black, but with slight basal cola highlights, and two fingers of puffy, bulbous, foamy tan head, which sticks around for a while, eventually leaving lots of decently spooky, webbed lacing.

It smells of semi-sweet chocolate, a bit of sour roasted malt, and leafy, floral, earthy hops. The flavour is less endowed of the chocolate character, yet amps up the roasted coffee essence of the malt, as a light, weedy astringency indicates that hops are indeed present and accounted for.

The carbonation is above-average for a stout, which makes the mouthfeel not quite as smooth as one might expect, especially considering the oatmeal in the recipe. It finishes with a bit of renewed bittersweet chocolate, some lingering toasty malt, and prominent earthy, leafy hops.

A pretty hefty contender for best in class, maybe a few deducted points for sensory faults, but overall, a pretty stellar stout from La Belle Province.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with one of the thickest and darkest heads I have ever seen on a stout; plenty of lace lines the chalice as well

Smell: Coffee, leather, peat, molasses and tobacco

Taste: Opens with a black bread flavor and then it branches into a number of flavors some of which I have not encountered in other oatmeal stouts - unsweetened chocolate, leather, tobacco and peat; it left me wondering about the oatmeal until, at the very end, I got a bit of oatmeal cookie, followed by a coffee aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not the easiest beer to drink because it is surprisingly unusual and has some flavors that I don't particularly like in quantity; nevertheless, worth seeking out

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body, yet more of a mahogany tone while pouring. Three fingers of tan foam reduce down to a healthy cap with rings of lace. Surface has a creamy texture.

Sweet and roasty aroma. Some light woody char.

This one is all about the bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors. There is a roasty, herbal note in the aftertaste that suggests hops. Some softer caramel and malt flavors are in there also. Body is slightly thin, but the bitterness keeps it interesting.

Glad I tried this one, a solid Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of LXIXME
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a milk chocolate colored, fluffy, two-finger head. It left a little trace of lacing.

S - It smelled of oatmeal, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.

T - Very well balanced between the bitter oats, burnt toast maltiness and sweet chocolate flavors. Really outstanding taste.

M - It was soft, smooth and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good oatmeal stout. Great taste and great finish.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big cocoa, dark chocolate, molasses, raisin, dark bread, vanilla, toast, roasted malt, toffee, oats, floral, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and oat notes with moderate dark fruits; and good strength. Taste of cocoa, dark chocolate, dark bread, toast, vanilla, toffee, molasses, raisin, oats, light coffee, floral, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, light coffee, toast, molasses, vanilla, toffee, raisin, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent oatmeal stout! All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with oat and dark fruit notes; with great robustness and very smooth drinking. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 nickfl
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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