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:
1,245
Reviews:
632
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
155
For Trade:
2
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of TheHammer
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Everything you want in a stout, a body as black as night, a finger and a half of creamy head that left behind a great deal of lace and retained admirably.

Smell: A rich roasted malt and coffee scent to a backing of a slight oatmeal smell. Notes of chocolate and figs can also be noted. Warming helped the beer out, but not by leaps and bounds.

Taste: The entire beer has that smooth oat undertone that you can only find in oatmeal stout as expected rich smoky, charred malt turns at an excellent pace to a rich bitter coffee taste that turns to back to a light caramel malt at the end.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with a smoothness that could use a bit more aggression in the carbonation but is solid none the less. The aftertaste is a mixture of malt and coffee that clings for just a little bit too long.

Drinkabilty: That went down very fast for a stout, it's on the lower end of heavy for me but easy to drink none the less and sedate in my belly. It's also not trying to overwhelm you on any front which makes it very enjoyable.

Final Thoughts: An excellent stout and is a very worthy flagship brew for McAuslan. Like most stouts, I don't know if I'd want to drink this all night, but 4 or 5 would certainly make me a happy camper. Highly recommend.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of minterro
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

4pack from spartan spirits for $10.49 plus tax

A&S: great looking head when poured, even when poured unassertively you get about 2 fingers of deep tan head. Jet black colored. The smell is great: you get a lot of the roastyness of the taste however there is much more of the dark chocolate tones.

T&M: Very ROASTY, huge roasty tones but not especially bitter. I believe that bitterness is put to bay by a slight sweetness from the oat addition. Not as smooth as I was expecting but at the same time not awful.

overall: I liked it but wasnt worth the price tag

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Photo of Shatter
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SerialHiker
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice black color…two finger thick, mocha colored head formed, settling down to a more conventional layer…very inviting…(4.25/5)

Smell: Tons of oatmeal aroma upfront…chocolate, dark fruit (fig, raisin) sweetness, toffee, caramel, alcohol, roasted malts, light cream, light coffee…while it’s not pungent, it smells fantastic, with a classic oatmeal stout smell…as it warms, the chocolate alcohol and caramel come out more, supporting all that oatmeal…(4/5)

Taste: Starts out in traditional fashion, creamy oatmeal, toasted malts and coffee flavors but then takes a dramatic turn with tons of citrus bitterness…it’s almost sour towards the after taste, not in a bad way though, but in a flavorful, somewhat unique way…definitely different from any stout I’ve had in a long time…the roasted malts give way leaving a lemony citrus freshness on my palate that fades into a dry bitterness…it feels like coffee bean induced bitterness…think dry bitterness that comes with an espresso shot…it’s different that’s for sure, not the flavor I wasn’t expecting…(3.79/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation…wet, light, coffee bitterness on the palate…dry bitterness in the after taste…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a good brew…it comes from Canada so I suspect this is a more European style stout with its bitter-to-almost-sour flavor…it’s malty beginning is rich and flavorful, the bitter finish is watery and sour…is it good, yeah, but I don’t think I’d see this out again…I would try it on tap if I ever saw it, but I don’t think I’ll ever scoop up another bottle…it’s worth trying, but not the stout flavor I’m accustomed to or one that I’m gonna add to my lexicon…(3.5/5)

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Photo of VALIS666
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BeerClubNiagara
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Peyton5410
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Luk13
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Very dark black and quiet opaque. Some very dark reddish brown hints when really pressed against light. Nice one finger head that retains itself very well and leaves some good looking lacing up the side of the glass.

S: Roasted malts, very dark coffee and some milk chocolate almost. Maybe a little bit of butter in the smell as odd as that sounds too.

T: Quite bold tasting. Rich lush tasting roasted malts that give off some delicious coffee flavors. Dark chocolate is also present. Bitterness is not overpowering and the beer balances well.

M: Good carbonation. Thick bodied and rather filling (Perhaps because of the oats). Hits the tongue sweet and finishes bitter and dry leaving you lusting for another sip.

Overall: Very good beer. First time I tried it was with oysters and it paired very well. I have bought this beer since and it will probably hold a space in my fridge from now on. Pretty cheap in my neck of the woods (I live close to montreal). In fact cheaper than some hyped up macros like Stella and Newcastle. This beer helped me get into stout and it made me stay. Highly recommend it.

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Photo of Azteceinstein
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of iKrystin
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JG_brew
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 341ml bottle. Probably served colder than it should have been.

Very nice appearance. Medium brown head. Great head retention.
Average aroma. Roasted malt.
Good taste. Fairly well balanced, more towards bitterness than i would have expected (could come from oat)
Awesome mouthfeel. Very smooth, robust.

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Photo of Scrylol
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick creamy one finger mocha colored head that sticks around. Some nice lacing on the glass. Pitch black body. Looks very nice.

Sweet caramel and roasted malty notes on the nose. Some hints of milk chocolate and coffee.

Big roasted caramel notes on the tongue, with some nice malty, grainy backing it. Bit of coffee flavor to it. Low hop bitterness. Very slight milk chocolate notes. Leaves a dry, coffee-like aftertaste.

Feels pretty creamy, and a bit thick - enough to feel appropriate for this style. Bit too much carbonation though.

A great oatmeal stout from McAuslan.

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Photo of Zkman87
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My father-in-law picked this up for me in Ontario not realizing this brand is available virtually everywhere in the US. Ah well, it's the thought that counts, and at least it's a good beer! Served in a Half Acre pint glass. Best before October 31st, 2014.

A - Big creamy mocha foam that features good retention. It eventually settles out to a chunky cap, leaving behind splotches of lacing. Opaque dark brown body with some visible bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass.

S - Big chocolate and biscuit aroma. There's a touch of buttery diacetyl, but it's not totally out of place in an English-style beer and sort of comes off as buttercream or toffee. Toasted grains and caramel round things out.

T - Taste is more roast and charry, with some bitter coffee early before giving way to sweet caramel and chocolate. Not quite enough sweetness here to balance the more ashy flavors, and there's a mild astringency in the finish.

M - Overly high carbonation mars what is otherwise a nice creamy oatmeal body. Medium body that is a tad watery both otherwise quite solid for a 5% beer. Fairly crisp and dry otherwise.

D - I remember liking this a lot more about five years ago, and I'm wondering if the recipe has been watered down or if exposure to the worlds best beers has re-calibrated my palate. It's not bad, and will do in a pinch if you have to go to The Beer Store, but it's merely a decent oatmeal stout. Better on nitro if you can find it. I easily put down the 355ml bottle but I probably won't a sixer with so many better options available locally.

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Photo of drewkennedy
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,245 ratings.
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