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 Andrewharemza
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a pitch black colour with a good tan head that laced the glass quite well. Aroma cocoa, caramel, chocolate, coffee. Taste like the aroma with a little cream added. Not bad my friends.

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Photo of FBarber
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thick frothy tan head that has incredible retention. At least one finger thick head stuck around until the beer was almost gone.

Smell was a simple but vibrant array of coffee, roasted malts, toasted oatmeal and chocolate.

Taste followed the nose with notes of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, toasted oatmeal, and roasted malts. Rich and decadent, one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had.

Feel was velvety and thick, Nice heaviness on the body from the oatmeal.

Overall an outstanding oatmeal stout. This is going in the regular rotation for the fall/winter months.

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Photo of Nerd_Diamond
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml, 5% ABV can picked up at the local grocery store in Montreal. No bottling, or “best before” date.

Appearance: Jet black with an incredibly active mocha colored head which slowly tapers away while leaving behind some nice spotted lacework all around.

Aroma: Not incredibly aromatic, which teases you to go in for a second, and third whiff. What you find is a treat, though: roasted malts, sweet caramel, burnt toffee, cacao, hints of baking spices, gingerbread, and oatmeal.

Taste: Iced cappuccino, and burnt chocolate, accompanied by a light buttery caramel malt sweetness. Hop content is well disguised. Finishes slightly bitter, and holds its character well between sips.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Effortless drinking, and can be easily gulped with abandon!

Overall: Really enjoyable stout. I’ve yet to taste any other oatmeal stouts so I can’t properly compare it to other contemporary beers in the same style. That said, based on it’s own merit it’s harmonious with all I’ve come to expect from a delicious stout. Personally, I find the aroma on this absolutely inviting, and a pleasure to nose. Well executed on every level.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting. Kind of shows Montreal's cultural mash in a brewery.
While clearly in the British brewing tradition, St-Ambroise names many of their beers in French.

While creamy with cocoa flavors, I personally would not have picked this beer to become a classic, but it is.
Listed in the "1001 Beers", but I will listen to arguments on this one.
MJ's 1999 edition awarded it 3 of 4 stars and described it as "creamy, remarkably smooth with a complexity and depth of bitter-chocolate flavours."
Maybe that's why it is a classic.

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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 hman43
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head. As the head dissipates, there is a fair amount of lacing on the sides.

Smell: It has aromas of roasted grain, coffee, a cream like quality, a slight butter quality, and mild oatmeal.

Taste: It has flavors of nuts and coffee, completed with roasted grain qualities, oats, and a malty sweetness balanced towards cream.

Feel: It is creamy with a mostly full body. It has medium carbonation and a moderately bitter finish.

Overall: This is a quality example of an oatmeal stout. It has complex roasted flavors with a wonderful creamy yet moderately bitter finish.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a dense coffee-colored head.

Smells of coffee and roasted malts with a sweetness that is almost like butterscotch. Great aroma.

Taste follows the nose to a T with the coffee and chocolate giving way to a caramel/butterscotch sweetness that is by no means overpowering. Hot damn this a good beer.

A little more carbonated than most stouts. Medium bodied. If it were a little heavier it might be a near perfect stout for me.

Overall- pleasantly surprised with this phenomenal stout. Get it.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical pour yields a perfect 1.5" head from the pint size can into my pint glass. Beer is very dark with nice rubying around the edges. Head receded fairly quicky, and left a little bit of lacing at the top, but not much throughout the session.

First thing that hits my nose is diacetly (butterscotch). I haven't had an English style in a while, so while this isn't a bad thing, it wasn't exactly expected. Some roasted malts and a hint of chocolate and toffee round out the nose.

The flavor is an extraordinary balance of butterscotch, roasted malts, toffee and milk chocolate. Complex but delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-full bodied.

This is an extraordinary interpretation of an oatmeal stout. It's unfortunate to read the reviews of people who have had their palates obliterated by over bittered and over hopped American interpretations of the style. This ain't Velver Merkin, but that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with it. Will drink much more of this.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, no date

jet black, thick off-white head, decent head retention. mild coffee/dark chocolate notes. same with the taste - well balanced, not sweet or dry. medium bodied, easy drinking.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; very dark brown- almost black; 1 finger dark tan head that receded to a very thin collar; OK lacing;

S: coffee with cream;

T: roasted grain up front; coffee with a bit of cream from the middle through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation - prickly;

O: for me, body is too light and the bitterness is too low;

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Photo of 303beer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color with a massive mocha colored head about 3 inches thick it is rocky and bubbly. The nose is sweet and roasted with hints of chocolate and coffee. The taste is light roasted malt with a very smooth texture. I like it a lot.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours bright black under a 1” persistent tan foam column. S: Dark malt, light alcohol, some chocolate, some grain. T: Grainy malt, chocolate, nothing harsh or burnt, light roast, hints of coffee, some oats. F: Velvety, creamy smooth, medium full body, medium carbonation, very soft. O: A very well balanced and well made oatmeal stout.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Silky, Roasted, Sweet, Inviting

Such a beautiful looking brew, lacing alone is hard to beat. Aromas and flavors lean towards suggestions of chocolate & mild coffee with a mild silky sweetness from the oats. Very easy drinking even when the aftertaste holds onto the roasty character longer than the palate anticipates. This one may as well be a cult classic within veteran beer geek circles.

STYLE: Oatmeal Stout | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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Photo of MTLDOG
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this stout. Definite coffee taste and toasted oatmeal. Some dark chocolate in the mix that adds just enough sweetness. Really really well balanced stout. Medium to thick creamy mouthfeel. Great beer.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black with no visible activity. Creamy light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of sweet biscuity chocolatey roasted walnuts, really nice. Flavors of coffee, cocoa, roasted nuts and almond, toffee, sweet grains, honey, herbal spices. Well balanced sweet taste coupled with a pleasant roasted bitter feel.

Smooth creamy medium body with perfect carbonation. Medium strength finish and nice intensity, ending with a sweet buttery caramel feel and a dash of lingering bitter spices.

Overall an excellent craft having delicious complex and pronounced flavors, very fresh, perfectly spiced and nicely balanced. One of my favorite sweet stout.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a four-pack at a local liquor store--my first time trying this brew. I was more than a little frustrated to find, when I got home, that the bottled on code shows this one is over six months old. I swear, that liquor store just began stocking this stuff (they must've gotten a good price on it). Poured the 11.5 oz bottle right from the fridge into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a deep coffee black with about two inches of billowy, dense khaki head that sticks around for some time and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: There's roasted and caramel malts in the nose, as well as--what I feared from the age of the bottle--some definite diacetyl notes, lending this bouquet a decidedly butterscotch-like quality. There's also a slight metallic note, as well.

T: A bit better than the nose. Those roasted malts appear at the front, along with a bit of caramel malt sweetness. There's a bit of earthiness that appears in the middle, along with a slight bit of coffee. Smooth malt flavors carry through the middle, where there's also an emergence of a bit of those buttery diacetyl notes. The back end has a bit of hop bitterness to accompany the roasted malts, but there's an off-putting metallic note coming through, as well. Did I mention that I'm upset I got an old pack?

F: Medium-bodied and predominantly smooth. There's just a bit of a grainy sensation at the front and middle. I would say this is a bit more watery than I was expecting.

O: I hesitate to even post this review, knowing the date of the bottle. It's beautiful to look at, has a very nice malt profile, but disappoints a little with the somewhat watery feel. I will certainly update when I get my hands on a fresher bottle.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my absolute favorites. From pour to nose to taste to finish, this beer hits the mark all the way around. It is robust, full of coffee and dark chocolate sensations. Definitely a "go to" for me.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Pitch black color, impossible to see through, with a rocky tan head. Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Medium-full bodied, smooth, and silky. A rich ale but without being heavy. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of akdo
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Because I grew up in Montreal, Quebec, I felt compelled to try the St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout.This beer shares a few similarities with the Guinness Irish Stout in some respects. In terms of visual identity, the head stays on top of the beer for a while once the beer is poured in a pint glass.

This is where the similarities end. While Guinness tries to combine the taste of a dark roast coffee you would find at Tim Horton's, which is not a bad thing, St-Ambroise goes further. Speaking of colour, the St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is pitch black. It evidently tastes like an espresso coffee. Moreover, the hint of a dark chocolate with a volume of cacao of between 70% and 80% makes the bitterness very smooth.

This goes without saying that the bitterness of the beer does not stick to your tongue.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was way off my radar, I had never even heard of it until the other day.

I can't say much about the look or aroma because I drank them all out of the can. The flavor was great though. I find a lot of oatmeal stouts lack that distinct oatmeal stout flavor, not this one. Lots of distinct oatmeal flavor. Reminded me of a less intense version (a good thing) of Barney Flats. Plus it's only 5% ABV, a great driving beer.

This is definitely the best thing to ever come out of Montreal. Habs suck!

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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 ThisWangsChung
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high and mocha in shade. Retention isn't particularly impressive, though plenty of lacing sticks to the glass. (4)

Smell: I get a good combination of chocolate and vanilla here - maybe even a bit of caramel, too. The roast is very subtle, as are the hops (at 45 IBU, I expected a bit more Cascade presence). Combined with the slight sherry oxidation, I have to wonder if this isn't terribly fresh. Ah well, it still smells rich and drinkable. (3.5)

Taste: Here, the roasted coffee and hop flavors pop more thoroughly. This opens up with plenty of flowery Cascade notes, gradually transitioning into something resembling black coffee. The back end is laden with chocolate and even oat. Everything here is nicely balanced - even better, the flavors are each distinct instead of being muddled. Just a great-tasting stout, period. (4)

Mouthfeel: A little syrupy-feeling, as expected from an oatmeal stout. Still, the hoppiness cleanses the palate quite well. Since it's also fairly light in body, it's a very drinkable product. Carbonation is pretty evident, but hey, it's contributing to the easy drinking nature. (4)

Overall: Yep, this works. It has a great mix of hoppiness and dark malt richness - as far as I'm concerned, this is up there with Left Hand Milk Stout as far as 'smaller' stouts go. (4)

3.88/5: Who needs an imperial stout when you have this?

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the first craft beers I used to drink before I knew what craft was. 12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours one shade darker than cola with a frothy, quarter inch, mocha-colored head. Head eventually settles into a soapy slick that coalesces around the shoulders. A few thin swaths of lacing are present during the tasting. Nose is roasty with cocoa notes and a hint of vanilla extract. Taste consistent with nose but a little ashy and there's a feint metallic quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a prickly, slightly gassy carbonation. Overall, not a bad oatmeal stout, but a little thin and perhaps a bit past it's prime.

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Photo of Derek69
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark colour, roughly three fingers of mocha coloured head, little lacing. Aroma is quite nice and inviting, mostly mocha and coffee. Nice mouthfeel, not overly heavy or overwhelming. The aftertaste is inoffensive. Probably not as heavy as you would expect for an oatmeal stout. Not overly bitter on the tongue, something you could definitely have more than one of, especially at a reasonable 5% ABV. Something I would recommend to pretty much anyone in the depths of a long winter.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purple black and viscous, with a creamy, clingy lavender-tan stout head. 4
Malted chocolate shake nose with some port, fig, and sweet coffee - deep and tasty. 4.5
Coffee ice cream up front with a roasty bite, some dates, and a touch of ash. 4.25
Bittersweet chocolate chip ending and drying tannic linger.
Almost medium and plenty creamy. 4

-- Intriguing nose but not as full and smooth as I’d expect for an oatmeal stout. For that, though, there’s piles of nuance - a bit of smoke, black fruit, cola… Almost like it’s halfway between an English Stout and an RIS in flavor profile. Possibly the most interesting oatmeal stout I’ve had. 4.25

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,229 ratings.
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