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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout | McAuslan Brewing

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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
Ranking:
#2,526
Reviews:
635
Ratings:
1,262
pDev:
10.81%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
159
Trade:
2
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Photo of derdtheterd
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SeaChant
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PCPhil
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spokenwheels
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Willmacc
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is simply my favourite beer. The oatmeal gives it body and substance. The colour is virtually black with a large beige head. The taste is exceptionally balanced. I get more espresso than chocolate and it's hoppy enough to beautifully balance the sweetness. It is filling and should be considered a sipping beer. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of dbauer
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GingerFan
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark colored stout with an off-white head. Hints of the oatmeal in the smell. Very nice taste and incredibly smooth going down. Overall an excellent beer

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Photo of Narga
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of porters4life
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jtee
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 473ml can served at 16 degrees Celsius into a snifter. I arrogantly disregarded the suggested glass and serving temperature.

Look: The beer pours an opaque black with 5cm of rocky, quite dense mocha head that fades into a partial film in 3-ish minutes. I was expecting longer retention. The lacing is good.

Smell: Moderate strength and sharp (maybe it comes across more balanced when it's colder). Prominent dark malts with not only a roasted but burnt/charred character. Coffee and chocolate with hints of dark fruit.

Taste: Moderate strength with decent balance. Roasted to burnt/charred malts with coffee and chocolate. Faint dark fruit with a strong mineral character. Low to no hops or yeast. The finish falls in the medium range for length and intensity with the balance being towards bitter.

Feel: Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Creamy and smooth with no alcohol warmth. Thinner than I expected from an oatmeal stout.

Overall: An all-around solid stout that is worth a try, but I don't think it stands out from the crowd. I'll happily revisit it on a later date to see if anything has changed for me.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of darktronica
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryften
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JRed
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Darkest brown in body with fluffy khaki head. Aroma of soft cocoa notes, hazelnut, some medicinal, and earth. Tastes of cocoa, medicinal notes, grass, mint, earth, oatmeal, and rather large bitterness. Heavy body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging and a thick, cocoa powder colored, two-finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a fair ring around the edge of the glass. Solid lacing, mostly consisting of broken webbing and a few small spots.

Smell - Chocolatey with a hint of cream, fair smokiness, earth and roast. Faint dark fruitiness.

Taste - Follows the nose, though the flavor is more balanced. Chocolate cream upfront, but it's quickly enveloped by the smoke and roast character. Hints of dark fruit (plum and raisin) peek through mid-taste and hang to the finish, sitting just beneath the earthy, roasty, toffee sweet and smokey finish. Aftertaste lingers with hints of fruit tang, earth and espresso bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation. Silky, creamy texture before a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Certainly one of the more uniquely flavored oatmeal stouts I've had in my time, even if the overall experience is a bit too 'English' for my taste buds to thoroughly appreciate. I would definitely recommend, if only for the unique experience it brings.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with a brown foam head. Malt,coffee,almost candy like aroma. This is a beer that definetly needs to warm up to really appreciate all it's flavors. As it warmed up the characteristics of an oatmeal stout became more evident. The mild hop taste came out which was a bit bitter but added a good contrast to the rest of the elements of this beer. I'm partial th oatmeal stouts but trying to be objective this was a really enjoyable beer

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Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying I'm a huge stout lover (it's my favorite style) and I've tried oatmeal stouts from around the world. However, I highly disagree with the reviews of this one which I had on draught at Montreal airport.

Look: Perfect creamy, white head. Jet black body. Reminds me of a good Guinness in terms of the pour.

Smell: Far too malty and alcoholic without the usual balance of a good stout.

Taste: Just like on the nose, lacks depth in flavor with overpowering malt and an alcoholic bite. I don't get much of the coffee or chocolate that others seem to get. I do get a bit of ash.

Feel: Relatively smooth and drinkable.

Overall: I'm just not impressed given the number of better oatmeal stouts I've tried. I think the alcohol is not properly masked behind complexities on the nose or tongue. Maybe I just got a bad batch? Although it was on nitro draught so I find it hard to believe it was not indicative of the beer.

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Photo of colbywatts
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antc2382
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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