St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
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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 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

Photo of -steve-
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark, opaque beer with a generous brown foamy head that subsides slowly leaving copious lacing on side of glass (tulip glass).
Smell: Very pleasant mocha coffee smells. Some molasses too.
Taste: Chocolate, coffee, dry. Thinner flavours than I would have expected from the smell.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and balanced flavours across the tongue.
Overall: Pretty proud to call this a staple Canadian brew. Always a pleasure to find it on tap somewhere (I'm thinking The Winking Judge in Hamilton, Ontario). Consistently good.

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Photo of ewpass
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with good head. Bitter chocolate + coffee nose with chewy malt body and silky oatmeal feel. Some burnt chocolate and hoppiness on finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nabbed a pint-sized can of this for $4.25 at New Beer Distributors in Manhattan, NY.

"Oatmeal stout" hopped with "Cascade, Willamette, Golding." 45 IBU. 5% ABV.

CAN: Pull-tab. Classy black and red label.

Brief impressions below:

APPEARANCE: Lively khaki-tan head with plenty of creaminess and froth. Smooth even consistency.

Body is, of course, an opaque black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Looks true to the style, and boasts an impressive ~7cm worth of head. Leaves light lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

AROMA: Not your typical oatmeal stout aroma, hitting on luxurious notes of dark fruit (muted plum, faint date) and espresso in addition to the more typical notes of dark malts/schwarz malts, chocolate malts, oats, and roast.

This is shaping up to be a surprisingly good oatmeal stout. Aromatic intensity is average. There's more nuance to this aroma than I usually find in expressions of the oatmeal stout style.

TASTE: Matches the aroma, but ends flatly on some semibitter roast, an odd end to the chocolate-coated dark fruit flavour that precedes. Hits on stale coffee, starchy oats, muted chocolate malts, robust dark malt sweetness, some charred sugars/burnt malt, withered dates, depleted plum, raisin, and roast.

None of the hops utilized contribute anything to its flavour inasmuch as I can discern. True to style, there are no overt yeasty notes. Not boozy, nor ailing from off-flavour.

The battle between bitterness and sweetness never fully resolves itself, keeping the drinker guessing.

Cohesive yet scattered, throwing out complexity but not bothering to arrange it into a gestalt whole of a beer. Disharmonious but intricate, letting roasty coffee-like bitterness and chocolatey sweetness tangle without a clear victor...this makes me want to keep drinking it to find out.

TEXTURE: Full-bodied. Has a nice tug of war between slightly scratchy coarseness and sleek smoothness, lacking the glossy slickness of many oatmeal stouts. Dry like an Irish stout as well, but not creamy or soft by any stretch. Well-carbonated. Has apt weight on the palate given its above average depth of flavour. Some may find it a bit too scratchy or coarse, but I think it works (style conventions be damned).

OVERALL: A borderline unique take on the oatmeal stout, eschewing oat's textural effect of porter-like smoothness in favour of the dry starchiness oats can provide, and emphasizing the roast of an Irish dry stout instead of the chocolate of an American stout as well as the dark fruits one might find in a robust porter instead of the rich coffee one would find in a coffee stout. The result is a timeless expression of the oatmeal stout style that's up there with paragons of the style like Samuel Smith's in my book.

At over $4 a can it'll be tough to pull the trigger on again while in the U.S., but I could see myself hitting this stuff hard when in Canada and I can't wait to try more beers from the brewery. I'd sooner stick to Trader Joe's Stockyard Oatmeal Stout, but this is a real treat for those who can tolerate classic roasty flavours and concomitant dryness in their stouts - very much an Irish stout fan's oatmeal stout. Terrific, highly drinkable, and complex work from a brewery that has seized my interest.

B (3.68) / GOOD

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

Photo of eberesford
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Superb! Rich but not too heavy, beautifully balanced!

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Photo of WynnO
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BcCraft710
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,278 ratings