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 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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Photo of AJacob81
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint can into a nonic. Jet black w three fingers of tan foam head that slowly recedes and leaves extensive lacing. The nose is dark roast coffee, dark fruit, and earthy hops. Taste closely follows, w an added turn from rye bread, bitter cocoa, and rich caramel. Lingering finish adds a hint of maple syrup to the overall roastiness and dark bread flavor. Cascade and Willamette make a welcome appearance as well. Medium body w heavy carbonation, very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of Jonathan33373
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a good dark beer and I would definitley recommend it to any of my friends. It is smooth going down and there is a nice taste and aftertaste. This beer lasts and thats the key to a good beer. I wouldn't say its my favorite beer but it does the job and does it well. Even from the can it taste's good so you won't here me complaining any time soon. It's got a nice alcohol percentage so your not choking on the liquor and the best part of this beer is the flavor. This has been my first encounter sith St.ambroise and it it wont be my last. I find the bro's score a little high but I would have to definitly say this beer is in the high 80's. Good job you french bastards.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich: molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted and toasted malt. Awesome.
The taste is pure darkness: black licorice, bitter chocolate, black coffee and a little salty smoke to finish.
The texture has a fair amount of fizz.
It's pretty great.

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Photo of Mlkluther
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Living in Canada I can always find this beer and I keep a stock of it in my fridge. One of the best darker beers you can find. Great richness and depth.

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Photo of SFNC
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A deep brown, verging on black pour. The head was short lived with very little lacing as the level decreased. No strong scent, outside of a mild roast malt and caramel. Very smooth, especailly after enjoys some strong RIP's during he week. Well rounded with not much bitterness, except at the finish, Some dark chocolate undertones, but mostly a lightly roasted malt. Not as chewy as I had anticipated, but still quite enjoyable. A good mid-week stout, very tasty but not too strong.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

A: A nice light brown with some transparency to it, a nice one finger head at the top that leaves some lacing around the glass.

S: Nose on this one has a lot of caramel and roasty espresso notes that comes along with some malts and raisins on the tail end.

T: Almost follows the nose to a tee, lots of caramel and roasted malts, some raisins come through on the tail end as well.

M: Full bodied with a nice smoothness to it, slight carbonation as well.

D: One of the better oatmeal stouts that I have had recently, crisp and refreshing and a nice finish to go along with all that, not a bad beer at all, I think having it in Epcot-Disney made it tens times better.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.80 for a 473ml can. Enjoyed at 7deg C in a tulip

A- Very good. Very dark. A head popped up and was gone but the carbonation look was the opposite way it should have been.... ??

S- Pretty good and malty.

T- Very light but it's all there baby. The recipe is a watery Founder's Breakfast Stoutie

M- Here is where the light alcohol percentage and lightness on the recipe ingredients hurts this beer. More more more. Come on. The 70's song Andrea True sang!

O- Very good. With work this would be a killer money maker

Food Pairing

This wonderful beginning of a good beer went well with...... Tacos!!


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Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch brown head that doesn't retain well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a tiny center patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Dark roasted malt brings some chocolate, char and vanilla notes.

T- Flavor follows suit with less sweetness than expected and there are some smoky tones as well. Moderately bitter with a charry aftertaste.

M- Quite thick with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- This stout is more roast-forward with the chocolaty sweetness being an afterthought. Nothing incredible but I could see myself enjoying this one again.

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Photo of kevofficiel
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Today I had the chance to pick up St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout because it was on special. Here in Montreal Canada the pack of 6 was for 8,99$ instead of 11,99$
So the look of the beer is really dark. Even if you put the glasse on the light.
The smell of it is fabulous. One of my first beer that have some much flavour. You have that strong espresso and chocolate flavour. A note of coffee also.
The taste on the beginning is wonderful. You don't taste the alcohol at all. You have that taste of chocolate, espresso, coffee mocka, that roasted wheat. On the beginning the taste is a 5/5 and the same goes for the smell no doubt about it. Now, I do have a problem with the finish. Right after u drink it you have that strong kicking finish. I think all the flavour is coming at the same time and it's not really pleasant. But it last just for 5 seconds when your saliva is taking over but after 10 or 15 seconds of drinking it, you have that smooth taste of chocolate and coffee. It's really pleasant. If the finish was not too hard on the kick I will give it a perfect 5/5.
So overall would I recommend it ? What you expect Absolutely YES. Go for it and crab a pack of 6 or 12 if you find it. It's an amazing beer. Much better than a Rickard's dark or even a Guinness Original. (If you hate the taste of coffee, don't take this beer), but overall damn what a beer !

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Photo of Nightwing
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from 341 mL bottle. Incredible aroma of chocolate and coffee. Pours black with brown head. Definitely bitter in taste. Full bodied, slick texture, average carbonation, with a bitter dry finish. Overall a great bitter stout.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from 11.5 oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass. Moderate hand. Production date 131313. Hmmm, that seems unlucky.

A: 4.5 Opaque, rich black body with 2+ fingers of mocha-colored head. Good retention. Impressive, intricate lacing.

S: 4.25 Tangy, toasted malt. Chocolate and lesser coffee notes. A certain "coffee and cream" scent happening here. Pleasantly nutty. Almonds. Toffee. Black bread. Light smoke. Black licorice.

T: 4.0 Nutty, tangy malt initially. A dark chocolate-y, hop bitterness develops to close things out rather dryly. Lingering tang and almond bitterness on the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: 4.0 Moderate carbonation with a moderate body for the style. Could be a bit richer on the palate, but nice and smooth.

O: 4.25 Nice, rather drinkable, stout with some great roasted malt notes. I'm good for a few of these, for sure.


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Photo of ThomasT
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievably good beer.
Color is an extremely dark brown with moderately brown, thick foam.
Smell is good, although nothing totally spectacular. Notes of chocolate, oatmeal, and malt.
Taste is outstanding. Medium roasted malt, moderately strong oatmeal, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is very full bodied.
Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at accords bistro in montreal

a: truly pitch black with one finger of tan, nitro-y head. none of that "ruby on the edges" stuff. leaves some excellent web-like lacing

s: deep roasty notes, coffee, caramel, slight chocolate. hints of oats and vanilla which is what i admire most about this beer

t: follows the nose. huge and deep roasted malt flavour, bitter espresso/black coffee, bitter dark chocolate, caramel, hints of prunes and raisins. flashes of oat and vanilla flavours. very dry finish, but the flavours linger for a while. i'd even go so far as to say that the malt character mirrors some kind of graham cracker flavour. just excellent

m: light-to-medium body, mild-to-moderate carbonation

o: so so good. this beer always amazes me with how flavourful it is at such a low abv. one of my all-time favourites. it's shocking how the roast character in this beer is deeper than a lot of high-abv stouts. a bit better from the bottle. please try this beer

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,236 ratings.
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