St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
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
Ratings:
1,239
Reviews:
628
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
154
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,239 |  Reviews: 628
Photo of red94tt
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Powers30
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Foxybrau
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too hoppy for me. Good color and nose, but too harsh on the palate. You don't get the creamy, smooth draw that I love about an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Mousel
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Very dark. Smooth, minor carbonation. Dark malts, coffee, and chocolate taste. Slightly bitter.

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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 MJSFS
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 needMIbeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BadgerBob
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Carscadden11
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fortyfield
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of smithj4
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 kkazemi
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TBonez477
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,239 ratings.
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