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

Added by kbub6f on 09-18-2001

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful engine-oil black colour with a milk chocolate head. Smells smokey and roasty. Almost camp-firey. Tastes delicious. The smokiness comes across smoothly and there is a definite oatmeal type flavour as well. Quite bitter but it leaves an amazing burnt aftertaste. Carbonation is a little high for this beer. A little less would be nice. I'm pretty sure anyone could down a 6-pack of these on a St. Patrick's day for sure. Low-ish ABV and great flavour means this is an incredible beer.

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Photo of markgugs
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a glass mug (thanks to my buddy unitmonster from Montreal for the beer)

A: pours a silky-looking, near jet black with an ample, frothy cream/tan head, beer leaves massive lacing all the way through. You know it's going to be a good beer when you want to dive right in and take a bath in it!

S: Smells like fresh-baked oatmeal cookies and roasted maple syrup.

T/M: Whew! Just what I was hoping for from this beer...loads of ultra roasted bitterness that lingers forever and a day. Good baker's chocolate flavorings mixed with dark cocoa and burnt coffee. Delicious. Classic oatmeal stout mouthfeel, good carbonation and a slick, oily finish.

D: Provided you enjoy the ample bitterness, this is a beer that should always be on hand in one's beer fridge. Great beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From old, old notes… Seeing this on the top 100 forced me to get out the old notebook and play some catch up. Thanks owed to Autumnal Dave for giving me this. Oil like appearance, black and thick. Large creamy light brown head dissipates to pretty lace. Very clingy. Smells like coffee made twangy by apricot or some other light fruit and cocoa with that well know oatmeal bitterness. Quite an ominous feel and heaviness. Very dark and very bitter. Lots of raosted malt followed by oily hops in the finish. Oatmeal bitterness lingers. This is for sipping not downing despite the low abv. Very good.

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Photo of MMansfield
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Bishop's Cellar in Halifax.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a giant moka coloured, froathy head that stays and stays and stays.

Aroma: Strong roasted malt, heavy coffee beans and rich soil, a pinch of chocolate.

Taste: Lots of malt and coffee. Same as the nose mostly but the oats come in here. Very pleasant and rich flavours with a nice bitterness to follow. Appropriately balanced.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, as it should be. Drinkability is nice.

Final Statement: Lack of excitement here is based on the fact I've drank many of these and am finally reviewing it. It is quite an amazing stout, one of the best. Every beer enthusiast has heard of this one, and rightfully so, it's a mainstay.

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Photo of brucepepper
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown, almost black, with dirty tan coloured head. Looks very earthy.

S - Rich chocolate aroma with a subtle oil/tar scent that I actually like.

T - Rich chocolate flavour with a hint of the subtle oil/tar flavour that was in the aroma.

M - It reminds me of St. A. Pale Ale, but with less carbonation. Nice and smooth.

D - A very drinkable beer

This is one of my all time favourites. It tastes great and I can usually find it in stores in my area.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black coffee mocha color with a dense and rich head of deep tan / brown foam. Lots of lacing. Medium low carbonation. Nice.

S: Wonderful aroma of rich chocolatey malts, dark grains, toffee, wood, earth and smoke. Sweet notes of cocoa spring up and add to the amazing complexity.

T: Rich flavors of unsweet dark chocolate, coffee and grains dominate. Notes of roasted earth and mild hops deepen the experience. Very nice.

M: Dense, rich, but not choking. Smooth going down with a small level of carbonation that adds to the enjoyment of this brew.

D: Good. Wish I had a couple more. Up there with the some of the best. I'd like to see this brewery's take on a milk stout...

Notes: Special thanks to biegaman for the sample.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle, received in an in-person trade with Aprilluvsbeer

Smell is just what I expected, very cream centered nose, heavy malt/chocolate aroma

Taste follows right along, very deep sweetness hits me first, followed by a great twang from the oats, very thick and malty mouth feel, this is really a heavy brew. But that lends to good deep flavors of oats and light bitterness. I just love a heavy Oatmeal Stout; this one deserves its kudos.

I don't know how I'm going to get more of these, but I hear Canada is nice in the summer.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the fifth beer of the six-beer sampler at the brewery, and it was my favorite, hands-down. A thing of beauty, it patiently waited while I drank its sibling brews with little (if any) loss of its thick coffee-colored head. It smelled of hazelnut coffee, and I could detect the oats back there too. It made me hungry, and I thought it tasted as good as it smelled. Pleasant hop bitterness offset the creamy coffee flavors.

Like the the other St. Ambroise offerings, I really liked the way it dried out my mouth like a tannic wine. Beautiful black body felt as good going down as it looked. Probably the best oatmeal stout I ever had -- that pour was definitely better than bottled Sammy Smith, which I love. I brought a six-pack back to the States, and, though I didn't love it from the bottle quite as much as I did that day at the brewery, it's damn good. Next and last, the St. Ambroise a l'Abricot...

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Photo of Nipitato
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Arrow & Loon in Ottawa, Canada.

A: Deep chocolate brown. Opaque. Nice deep tan 1/2 inch thick head.

S: Mild roasted grain aroma but nothing too prominent.

T: Strong malty coffee taste. Also quite hoppy. Nice chocolate bitter finish. Almost an earthy, peaty flavor.

MF: Medium with nice carbonation. Creamy but not oily. A nice filling stout.

D: Smooth and enjoyable. A great beer to be drinking in Ottawa on a cold December day.

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Photo of tempest
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a red wine glass. This has to be one of the more enticing aromas I've experienced in a beer. The oats really come through in a creamy scent that makes my mouth water. However, my high expectations were a little let down after such a good aroma. Still tasted good with smooth oats and very dry, sharp roasted bitterness. Very drinkable, if only this were available in the US.

Thanks to northyorksammy for the trade.

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Photo of shivtim
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The name reminds me of the catholic church I used to go to when I was growing up. If they would have served this stuff instead of communion wine, maybe I'd still be going to mass! It pours a lovely opaque black with deep brown hints and a nice tan head. The nose is astounding; warm smoky malts mingle with sweet buttered gingerbread and cafe au lait. It's really complex and wonderful. It sounds odd, but you could really just sniff this beer all night. If I could give it a 5.5 on smell, I would. The taste is pleasant smoky malts with some almond sweetness, strong but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is great- very creamy and full. This is a very drinkable beer! I can't say enough good stuff about it.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i think this beer reinstalled my faith in oatmeal stouts. i dont know why i've been so suspicious of them for so long. maybe because i brewed one and it tasted like armpits? could be. this one poured super black with a rushing, torrent of a brown head. Smelled roasty, nutty, malty and had some caramel notes in there too. taste was super duper good. smokey malt, very smooth burnt chocolate taste. almost creamy, approaching milkshake-ness. just all around good. a total winner.

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Photo of mrmanning
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at REBEL’s ROCK IRISH PUB in Hamilton, Ontario. Poured a black body, withg a trhick and frothy caramel coloured head. Sweet aromas of mild malt, coffee, and chocolate. Tastes like coffee, and dark chocolate, dry malts. Full bodied though for the most part. Heavy lacing on the glass as well. This could have been a 5.0 had it not been for the somewhat watery finish. A great Canadian product in any event.

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Photo of bdjacoby
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Completely opaque black. Had a 3½ finger tan head and left gorgeous lace and dissipated into a ½ inch head that stayed consistent throughout the pint.

S - Coffee and chocolate.

T - Almost like dark-chocolate-covered coffee beans, with a bitter aftertaste that lingers on the back of the tongue.

M - Light and smooth, with mild carbonation. A bit chewy.

D - Very light compared to other stouts I've had. A really great stout and I will definately finish off the 6-pack I bought.

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Photo of sponberg
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't see through it, and what's on top is a light brown foam that just won't leave. Love the smell - roasted barley, dark-ass malts, faint whiffs of burnt toasted toffee... niiiice.

Starts with a "Dragonslayer Junior" flavor - many of the same deep roasty black coffee and cocoa notes, but scaled back. A dark fruity (black cherries?) maltiness comes in mid sip that gives it a solid roundness. Dries out a bit in the finish, but that delectable roastiness with a very slight tang stays throughout. Wish there was a bit more of an oatmeal flavor/oiliness in this one, but it's almost nitpicking given the flavors that are there. medium chewy mouthfeel.

Absolutely caseworthy drinkability. An all day long stout, one of the best ones around IMO.

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Photo of orfeu
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a sixer of this at LCBO near the Toronto airport last month for CAN$10 (on sale, cheaper than the Pale Ale!). A slightly vigorous pour into my nonic yields a great pillowy and creamy light mocha head with a brief cascading effect on top of a deeply black chocolate body with slight mahogany highlights near the bottom of the glass. Tremendous lacing as well. The superb nose reveals scents of creamed coffee, darkly roasted grains, vanilla, and a slight milk-chocolate aroma. Probably the best-smelling Oatmeal Stout I've yet come across. The taste begins with a vanilla creaminess (but far from overtly vanilla-flavored) and moves on to a black-roasted malt grainy flavor. From there it rounds out into a dark coffee ground earthiness, with roasted grain flavors weaving back in for a spell, then finishes with a dry, slightly acidic mineral flavor. Dark-roasted coffee lingers in the aftertaste. Thinnish body, silky oat-inflected mouthfeel -- nothing less than spot on, stylistically speaking. Drinkability? Nary a day goes by without me trying to find a good excuse for heading across the river to see if the Beer Store in Ft. Erie has this. Easily one of the best Oatmeal Stouts in North America, if not the world.

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Photo of madking666
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm simply addicted to this beer.

appearance: Dark..

smell: Toffee, dark chocolate.

taste: Just enough bitterness and roasted coffee but it's stop before it's becomming tart.

mouthfeel: Really creamy taste even in bottle. But still prefer the Tap version.

Drinkability: I still drink least a six pack a week.

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Photo of gbarron
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at C'est What in Toronto. So hopefully this one is nice and fresh.

A - pitch black in color, opaque. Head is tannish and small with lots of puffy bubbles. Retreats somewhat, leaving nice lacing. Retention is good.

S - sweet malt, roast, coffee, bitter chocolate. Very little hop aroma, maybe some grassiness.

T - nice mixture of sweet and bitter. Sweet, full malt flavor balanced out by grainy bitterness, roasted astringency, dark coffee, bitter chocolate. Hop flavor present, but dominated by malt. Hops are grassy and floral.

M - sweet, silky and smooth. Almost a little oily, like a dark coffee. Fairly sweet finish. Carbonation is average to low. Body is somewhat thick but not overwhelming.

D - very, very tasty beer and one I wouldn't mind drinking regularly. Slightly filling beer, but lower alcohol could make this one easy to drink.

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Photo of Viggo
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very opaque black, some red in the edges, thick tan head forms, lots of lace, great retention. Smell is sweet, some cherries, roast, coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet up front, roasty chocolate middle, roasted bitter finish with lots of coffee, and a little anise. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Satisfying oatmeal stout, by far the best in Canada and one of the best in the world.

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Photo of dherling
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark looking stout from our friends to the north. This looks, and pours like a real nice stout. The nose is somewhat strong, almosty scotch like with it's tar, smoke, and leather. The taste continues on this theme, but is accompanied by some malty sweetness. Overall, it is fairly balanced, although the smokiness plays the bitter role with a total lack of hops to balance the malt.

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Photo of JOaikido
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Something I buy for myself as a treat when I get tired of stocking my fridge with ordinary (safe) beers for my less enlightened friends and relatives.

A- Pitch black with tan head. Highlights of brown and red as I pour into a mug. But absolutely opaque inthe mug.

S- Gorgeous odour of coffee and chocolate with molasses and caramel mixed in.

T- Bitter taste of coffee and chocolate (mocha) leeding to a slightly hoppy aftertaste that holds on to the back of the tongue. Smoky.

MF- Smoky and smooth. Not heavy nor pasty.

D- Surprisingly light and easy to drink, as long as you like bitterness and strong flavour.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours absolutely pitch black, with not so much as a glimmer of light around the edges. The head is a deep tan, and builds to about two fingers before settling in and lasting, fluffy and thick, for as long as there's still beer in my glass, leaving thick sheets of lacing the whole way down. Smell is roasted coffee, rich and pungent, with an underlying sweetness coming together with a mild earthy note to promise a rich and complex brew. Taste is big and bold, with more of the coffee coming to the fore and a touch of hops accompanying the chocolate hints in the finish. Sweet fruits make an appearance as well, cherry and plum notes lingering on the palate for ages. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and drinkability is superb. Truly stellar, the best oatmeal stout I've ever had.

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Photo of horndecker
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice surprise. The deepest brown-black color, a head that foams up brownish-grey, a little purple at the edges. Smells of espresso, raisins, toasty malt, a little earthy. Taste starts bitter, piney hop slant, quickly fades to decent roasted malt, a little cocoa, to a lasting bitter finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel for a medium bodied brew. Very tasty, not timid, and not bad in multiples....

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a creamy nitro head. Dry malt/dry sorghum nose with day-long coffee.

Tastes are quick: espresso, black patent malt, very bitter, dark European chocolate, sorghum/molasses/sugar cane. Very dry, only sweetness present is a mild lactic sugar. A bit vinous at times.

Smooth mouthfeel, creamy, velvety, slightly heavy but not weighing. Easily reaches into Imperial stout territory without the alcohol. Reminds me very much of a Great Divide Yeti with half the ABV and half the heat. Wow, I could session this one.

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Photo of tfinn
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours opaque black with a thick tan head, and low fine-bubbled carbonation.

smell is sweet estery chococlate oily malt. brownies. a little motor-oil / asphalt.

flavor is primarily sharp and roasted, coffee predominates. there is a fair amount of hop bitterness with some mineral character, as appropriate for the style. as the beer warms, cocoa flavors come to the front.

mouthfeel is astringent; mostly roasted barley, but has some characteristic oaty slickness.

this makes a nice sipper as there is significant depth to the dark character.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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