St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada | website

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 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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Photo of grynder33
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate,coffee,creamy oatmeal,smells like it sat in a cask,black as can be, taste is choclate oatmeal and malt,drier than I expected, body seemed highly charged, but still had that oatmeal slick mouthfeel , excellent in its class, I just like them a touch sweeter

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Photo of weeare138
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a pitch black with a small tan head that never goes away. Lots of scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of nuttiness, toasted rolled oats, lactose, cooked crimini mushrooms, and cocoa...very complex.
Taste is of creamy sweet chocolate with hints of black grapes.
Drinkability is silky smooth, creamy, silky creamy treat that is suitable for dessert.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a thick black inky body that is to dense to see through and a dark brown cream head sits on top. The head last and last and starts to push big bubbles up to the surface making it rocky.

S- I can smell this beer even during the pour but the aroma is even more complex on closer inspection. The smell of dark black earthy malt has a slight sour note to it with some soft green bitter hops in the finish. As it warms there is a dark molasses and faint tar note to the malt.

T- The dark black roasted malt and grain have a very faint sweetness to them but the taste is mostly neutral. The malt has a nice earthiness that is a bit sour with a faint tar note to give it more depth. The finish has a nice coffee roasted quality with a very faint hop bitterness. The bitterness of the malt hangs on the tongue and balances the slight sweetness at the beginning.

M- This beer has a medium-full body with a creamy texture and a slight slippery quality in the finish.

D-I have had many oatmeal stouts and not very many are good. This one is great. There is good complexity to the malt flavors and the bitterness of the malt at the finish balances with the slight sweetness of the malt at the beginning. The oatmeal qualities really compliment the beer without dominating the beer making it too funky.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent pour with a huge dark brown headcap that finally leaves a painted interior in the glass topping off a dark buh-lack hued pour.

Scents of some floral almost perfume and dairy aspect with a cocoa edge.

First swigs: Deep full on flavors of toasted almost burnt malts. A twinge of metallic flavors such as copper penny. Rich toffee aspects that meet up with some coffee 'n cream.

Feel is thick and fullest of full bodied. Briskly carbonated and seems stronger than 5%. A bit

Last swigs: Oatmeal stouts never cease to amaze! They can take on a myriad of flavors an this one is no exception. Thanks to fellow BA Jredner for the bottle.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet Chocolate-like goodness. Black as night with a puffy tan head, with wonderful aromas of coffee and chocolate. Roasted malts make their way down with a bold coffee mocha aroma, finishing with almost no aftertaste.

This is so exceptionally smooth and easy-going. And very easy to drink. The lower than average ABV I think contributes to that.

A delicious meal in a glass. Absolutely wonderful.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's obvious from the first drop leaving the bottle that this is going to be a really dark beer. It's jet black with a very very dark brown head. This head is huge and rocky. Large carbonation bubbles pop leaving craters. The rocky mass has loads of retention. It also leaves a very thick coating down the glass.

Pretty much all black coffee in the nose. Not much else there.

This is a heavily roasted tasting brew. This one is a delight for the tastebuds. Dark malts explode on the tongue leaving a sharp dry coffee taste. Nice creamy feel that is easy to take.

This is a great beer. Thanks to Jredner for this tasty one.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a second review of the Oatmeal stout, first time I reviewed this beer I must say that I thought the beer was impaired dued to the rep's truck.

A very dark opaque beer, with a good head that is beige and foamy. The head sticks to the glass.

Smell is of hops at first followed by a bitterness smell, molasse followed by some oatmeal flavours and shy notes of malt.

Taste is of roasted coffee at first followed by a shy note of hops that come and play with oatmeals notes and maltish caramel flavours. Very pronounce notes of roasted and burnt.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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