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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to goblet.

A: Thick, pitch black color, dark creamy head that fades semi quickly

N: Some porter nose, chocolate malt, little coffee, a little alcohol, roasted malts, slight oat

T: Taste starts with bitter dark chocolate but not overbearing, a slight coffee, some rich malts and oats, a sweet molasses blends in the middle, some dark fruits like raisin and plum in the center, a little creaminess fills it out with some burnt brown sugar, pretty rich and complex

M: Semi thick with average carbonation but gets sticky towards the end

F: Finishes a little sweet and with some bitter dark chocolate, its hard to tell if the bitter comes from hops or earthy charred malts, but doesn't stick around for too long as it leaves you ready for more

Final thoughts: Pretty good for an oatmeal stout. Doesn't try to be overbearing, but has enough complexity. It would be a great go-to for the oatmeal stout style. Good oats, sweetness, chocolate and roasted malts, little creamy. If you haven't had it before I would recommend. Great for a darker session beer surprisingly.

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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 Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Pours black with at least 3 fingers of foamy dark tan head with some great looking fall. I'm glad I decided to go into the Nonic with this bad boy, as that head was absolutely huge! Once it settles down, it maintains a great creamy looking retention that leaves huge, sticky lacing behind. The aroma is roasted oats, a big dose of coffee, chocolate sweetness, and a fairly prominent profile of hops and citrus in the back.

The taste is roasted bitterness, more coffee, and then chocolate sweetness. There is also that mix of hop bitterness and a splash of tangy citrus in the fin that pulls that middle act of sweetness back some. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a really nice smooth and creamy feel to it.

I really liked the interplay of the roasted and sweet notes of this and with only a 5% ABV, this is one hugely tasty and sessionable Stout. After I finished this, I immediately wanted another one. Good stuff!

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Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

undated 11.5 oz bottle served in a Highland Brewing pint glass.

Very dark mahogany coming out of the bottle. In the glass it is essentially black and opaque; no light coming thru even whenbacklit. The relatively dark tan head has good duration and leaves fine lacing.

Both dark roasted malts and some spicy hops appear in the aroma. Hints of coffee
Some alcohol esters appear with warming.

T - Excellent flavor balance. A rich roasted malt flavor with some mild hop spiciness. Hints of coffee, especially in the finish.

M: near perfect in terms of body, carbonation and other tactile qualities.

O - Bought as a single bottle on a whim with no particular expectations, I lucked out and stumbled upon one of the very best, if not the best, oatmeal stout I've ever encountered. Almost beyond criticism, this stout lacks only a bit of depth and complexity, although it certainly has a good bit of both. Highly recommended!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from biegaman, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a medium brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, creamy chocolate, honey and roasted oats.

T: The taste begins with sweet with flavors of coffee, honey, dark chocolate and roasted malts. However, the sweetness and maltiness quickly fade. There’s a mild hops presence, but not enough to carry the lack of substance in the malt character. The after-taste is dry and bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, the finish is very dry but very sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, not the best representation of style, it seems to be more of a honey porter than an oatmeal stout, but either way I wasn’t very impressed. There are many other stouts or porters that I would choose over this beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, near-black brew with beige foam and lots of lacing in the Troubadour tulip. Very attractive stuff with a decent sudsy mouthfeel.

Roasted malt with a tang and just enough warm malt. On the grainy side with a dry finish. Watery and refreshing body. Faint hoppy finish. Some charred notes.

A pleasant dark beer that is worth a gulp. My pick of the McAuslan litter. From the 341 ml screw-cap bottle purchased at the BC Liquor Store in the mixed 12-pack.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a frothy, light tan head.

Smell: Roasty, oat-encrusted aroma with notes of unsweetened chocolate and coffee, along with a small whiff of black licorice.

Taste: Pleasing mixture of cold, black coffee, creamy steel cut oats, and chocolate. Medium-low amount of sweetness. Lesser tastes of licorice and vanilla. Faint fruitiness. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Further taste of roasted barley and a light pinch of good, clean soot on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Decidedly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Recommended. As an oatmeal stout charged with plenty of flavor and yet still manages to maintain a reasonable ABV%, I'd say it's got a damned high degree of drinkability.

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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 dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light amounts of gentle carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a three finger tall foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thin layer (about a quarter of a finger tall) covering the entire of surface of the beer evenly. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with light hints of chocolate.

T: Moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of dark chocolate. Light amounts of bitterness that fades fairly quickly. A nice amount of complexity to the flavors.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth yet still rich.

O: Extremely easy to drink with the well balanced flavors and the lighter body for a stout. Very enjoyable and pretty close to sessionable (just a little bigger tasting than I normally have for a session beer).

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this on Nitro tap at Al's of Hamdpen -served chilled in a Nonic.

The color is opaque black like ebony with peanut butter cream cap which is smooth and shiny with high cascade from the nitro-pour. The bead is ultra fine and lace sticks well. The smell is strong with toasted graham cracker-like malt notes and a mild sweet yeasty aroma. There is light roasted odors with subtle fruit elements in the yeast ester. A smooth and semi-dry feel w/ hints of roast and creaminess from the nitrogen, moderate bitterness which is good for the style and sweet tinges throughout.

The flavor is pretty smooth with slight roasted flavor and mild spice with subtle smoke and sweet grainy flavor w/ gentle pepper from the hops and light fruit from the yeast adding contrast to some mild acidity and tinges of woody flavor w/ plummy quality as it finishes. This is a very drinkable stout -the nitro is detracting from some of the fullness of the malt for me it seems slightly stripped, but it is pretty good fro the style. I wood probably prefer a bottle, I think it is a quality brew overall.

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Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this pours like a stout!

Pours a coke/mahogany color with 3 fingers of whippy mocha head, with tons of bubble hugging my pint glass. very good head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa powder, iron & roasted malt

T: Cocoa, charred malt, coffee up front. Licorice & plum notes compliment the roasted malt as this warms. Finishes a bit dry with baler's chocolate & herbal hops

MF: Soft carbonation, smooth, medium bodied, damn near sets the bar for this style IMO

Drinks great, remember enjoying this in the early 90s, still great!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color with an off-white head. Roasted malt with a touch of cocoa and some coffee, maybe a little bit of smoke, too. The flavor is somewhat smokey as well with quite a bit of roasted malt and coffee. Just a little bit of cocoa/chocolate sweetness.

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