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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

Added by kbub6f on 09-18-2001

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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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Photo of marshmarsh
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip glass

(Side note: The production date on the bottle says it was made over 4 years ago)

a - Black body with dark orange tint. Two finger fluffy head. Head color is caramel. Head deflates slowly in the center and then later on the edges to form a half finger, dark latté colored head.

s - Creamy and smokey-cigar smell. Bourbon notes.

t - cream and oats start. Middle is nutty/coffee bean. Finish is milk, coffee, and toffee.

m - Full and smooth. Linger feels like milk or cream lines the mouth

o - Head wasn't as rich and full as I usually like in a stout. The flavor was simple, but tasty. Mouthfeel of the body was very nice, and the best part of this beer.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Inky black with a huge mocha coloured head. Looks very smooth and creamy.

Smell: Aromas of dark roast coffee, and some oat notes. Very toasty, comforting smells.

Taste: Delicious. Lots of roasty notes, flavours of cold/iced coffee or espresso. A mild hoppy bitterness hides behind a round, roasted sweetness that comes up front. A touch of chocolate, and some nice earthiness. These flavours don't linger long on the tongue, and dissipate to a coffee bitterness that hangs around in the mouth for a few moments.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, rich, creamy, but not too creamy. Perfect smoothness, very drinkable.

Overall: This really is a great beer, exceptional mouthfeel and lots of warm comforting flavours. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love oatmeal stout. Fact. However it's not easy coming across them in Australia (which is typically more of a hot climate Lager country). So when I do come across one, like this fine looking St-Ambroise, I throw wads of cash at the bottleshop attendant and shout at them "TAKE MY MONEY!"... not really but you get the idea. Why are Oatmeal Stouts so good? You ask rhetorically. I'll tell you (to hell with rhetorical question rules dammit): the oats in Oatmeal Stouts impart a full and silky smooth body to the Stout, which is a beer style that greatly benefits from being as smooth as Barry White's vocals, awwww yeah.

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: This brew presents well with a cloudy (top tip: how can I tell? Shine a flash-light through it) cola body and a russet brown 1cm head that retains well. Looks very tasty!

S: Aroma is rich with caramel malt, espresso and dark chocolate but not much else. Do you need anything more? No, then shut up.

T: Roasted, almost burnt, coffee hits straight away, the caramel malt combines with hops to give an earthy taste, and there is some lingering smoke in the finish. There is a hint of chocolate however this is definitely a more coffee flavoured affair... and the richness of the body, damn! I couldn't wait for the "M" to describe it, I'm breaking all the rules today!

M: Full bodied and rich, rich as Nazis (guess that reference) with tight packed carbonation giving this a Teddy Pendergrass out of Marvin Gaye smoothness rating [that's my Trademarked smoothness rating system].

D: I'm well impressed by this Oatmeal Stout, it plants a flag on your taste-buds and claims your tongue for mother St-Ambroise. If there is one small chink in the armour of this mighty brew it may be a teensy tiny bit lacking in complexity, but the mouthfeel hits it out of the ball-park. It will be hard for me to find another Oatmeal Stout lest one as smooth as this. I have officially been seduced by this brew.

Food match: Immediately pastries such as croissants, chocolatine and brioche springs to mind, this is after all like drinking a thick rich cup of coffee... I wonder if I can get away with drinking this beer for breakfast? Aside from this it would pair with Æbleflæsk or any pumpernickel (rugbrød) based dish... if you hate pumpernickel too bad.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a deep dark black, with a foamy, smooth 1.5 inch head that lasts throughout the whole session. Sheets of lacing down the glass as I drink this, looks great.

Smells like dark, almost burnt malt, chocolate, and a little bit of oats.

The taste is the same. This is an interesting beer, because as an oatmeal stout, it's a bit disappointing to me, but if it was classified as an Irish stout, it wouldn't be disappointing to me. It has a lot of the same characteristics to me as an Irish stout- slightly watery, roasty char flavor, used coffee grounds. Slightly smokey.

Medium bodied, a tiny bit thin. Creamy silky mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

A slight miss here, still quite tasty, but expected a bit more.

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Photo of BVukelich
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Awesome pitch black color with a creamy head. I picked up on a sour, burnt aroma. Almost like charcoal, BBQ scent. The more I sipped, the more the smoke flavor came through. Low IBU. It was fairly thin viscosity, very low carbonation...almost flat. I see the 92 rating but I'm just not feeling this beer. I have to admit that I'm not a fan of any of the smoke-style beers, and wasn't expecting this oatmeal stout to be so smoke forward.

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Photo of Act25
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This may be the best 5% ABV Stout in the world, I write, after my 3rd time.

Came back to this "ballsy" brew. Love it a 2nd time, how to get more of it? Made a great black& ipa on top of Lagunitas Sucks. This stout is a smokehouse packed favorite at 5% ABV.

Want to rate this one higher for being so original, but I think my first bottle was slightly skunked. Not so MUCH, but always that appropriate touch of sour in the 2nd and 3rd bottle that I have enjoyed since then. Will continue to come back to it. It's very smokey, with a bit of stink, as Alstrom wrote: "takes balls to brew like this". Tasted vs the safe but reliable Magic Hat Heart of Darkness 3.85.

Appearance: Perfect pour with perfect lace. A sticky stunner: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a frothy, light tan head and massive lace.

Smell: SMOKE. Roasty, burnt oatmeal aroma with notes of yes! unsweetened bakers chocolate and coffee, along with fall leaves, earth, wharf, tar.

Taste: Wintry mix of peat fire, with cold, black coffee, roasted, almost burnt oats, bakers chocolate, and bitter, almost balsamic vinegar like tones. Just low amount of sweetness, faint spice and vanilla. Not much fruitiness. Earthy, roasty, charred bitterness. With as one reviewer wrote" soot on the dry finish." Agree. Extremely complex and original. Let it warm, was good through fish, pasta, tomatoes, cheese, and chocolates w walnuts,... more of an after-dinner stout. More flavor than some double stouts!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Decidedly creamy alternating with chalky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Recommended. Let it warm. Maybe pour it a few more times from glass to glass, and it gets more interesting. Bold. Must try.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours dark translucent brown into black in the glass with a darkish brown head. It. Is. Dark.

S: Smells of creamy milk chocolate, dark chocolate, malt, roasted malt, oatmeal, dark candied fruits, plums, figs, licorice and raisins.

T: Some dark fruits and candied fruits up front, followed by creamy roasty goodness and coffee, with delicious dark chocolate in the finish.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Looking at the bottle, I didn't expect such a great beer, but this is probably my favorite Canadian beer.

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

Appearance- Pours a dark brown/black with two fingers of creamy mocha head.

Smell- roasted barley, cocoa, hint of coffee bean, toasted wheat, and hint of vanilla.

Taste- Roasted barley and cocoa are predominate with a nice woody characteristic to the brew. The hint of coffee bean, toasted wheat and vanilla play a supporting role to this oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall- An oatmeal stout that showcases all the elements relevant to the style. The woody characteristic was a unique element to this brew. Another winner from a stellar brewery!

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,216 ratings.
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