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
Reviews:
626
Ratings:
1,233
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
151
For Trade:
2
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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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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint as a solid black color with slight ruby nuances in the light. Head is dense and quite dark, almost coffee brown. Nose is coffee too, along with sweet malt and a bit of the earthy, grainy notes expected from an oatmeal stout. Taste is dead-on with big time coffee, chocolate, grains, and sweet malt characteristics. This reminds me a bit of a cream or milk stout. This stout is dry and silky. Meduim-bodied at best. This is good stuff. I can see why it's received some serious accolades. Try it if you can get it!

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark. real dark, with a huge creamy head that sticks everywhere. My pint glass was liberally coated with a tan foam.

S - Slightly metallic with roasty flavours - coffee and some raisons maybe.

T - Toasted bitterness with notes of coffee and fruit.

M - Mild carbonation. Very thick and creamy.

D - Very easy to drink. Sticks to your ribs a bit though.

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

Selection of the Beer-of-the-Month Club.
Poured a very deep brown, virually black color with very prominate tannish puffy head, which lasted throughout the entire glass, finallly depositing itself on the bottom. Beautiful lacing covered the glass. Smell is rich, chocolate, coffee, figs, prunes, dates, roasted malt. Extremely pleasureable. Taste is as goog as the smell, with bitter chocolate, coffee, more dark fruits, a nice roastiness blended with a sharp bitterness. Finish starts malty, and ends dry and bitter. Ver drinkable, and with the modest alcohol content, more than one can easily be enjoyed at a sitting. Another nice beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is charred malt, coffee, chooclate, perfumey notes I assocaite with Baltic Porters and dark fruits. Lots of different aroma here, but not super intense. Body is deep black with a creamy, two finger thick, tan head. Fore is lightly smoky with ample coffee notes, but not a lot of chocolate flavor. Middle is nicely smoothed out (oatmeal influence I assume) and the finish is dark bitter roasted esspresso flavors. I’m a little underwhelmed. I didn’t pick up a huge flavor range though the coffee bitterness is fairly intense and the feel of the beer is quite nice.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12oz twist-off, with no freshness date or code. This bottle was given to me by the captain of my bowling team (who's in a Beer of the Month Club) as reward for an above average night. I chilled it in the fridge overnight.

Poured into a pint glass: REALLY black, pours like crude oil or ink. Coffee-colored head that doesn't last long. Looks pretty carbonated for a stout.

A few long whiffs yield notes of (iced) coffee and roasted goodness. I'm still getting over how good it looks...

Palate is strong coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate and a burnt, toasted sensation that stays with you more and more as the glass is emptied. Oily in the aftertaste.

Like I already said, it was very carbonated for a stout at first but it went flat soon enough and smoothed out.

This was my first taste of oatmeal stout, but I'm not so sure this is the best example. There wasn't as much sweetness as I expected. It isn't bad, though, and I wouldn't turn down another one if it was offered to me.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark coffee colour and a tan head that was about two fingers high. The head was frothy with good retention that left minimal lacing on my pint glass.

I detected a well-balanced roasted barley aroma with hints of what I thought might be licorice. Similarly, the taste was strong on roasty malt up front. It finished with a coffee-like bitterness that left me wondering where the sweetness from the oats had gone.

Not a bad beer, and I'd have it again. I just don't think it completely fit the "oatmeal" label.

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Photo of shamus
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a favourite of mine from when I used to live in Montreal. Fortunately it is widely available inthe Ottawa area as well.

This beer forms a lovely coffee coloured head and leaves a nice lace as you drink it. While it does have a slight vinegar smell it is well made up for with the coffee and caramel scents. It looks thick and is as dark as night. Holding it up too a bright light I can see ruby highlights. Visually it is an expectionally attractive beer. The taste is rich with a well roasted, almost burnt coffee flavour. It is smooth and the taste rests with you bringing out all sorts of subtle flavour changes afterwards.

This is a favourite of mine during the cold long months of winter here in Canada. In the Ottawa area it can be found on tap and in the Beer Store and LCBO. In Quebec it can be found in almost any depanneur (corner store).

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Photo of Orrshow
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Opaque is the first word that comes to mind. This beer is as black as night topped with about 1.5 cm of slightly frothy dark tan head. Being a stout/porter lover I find this one to look delicious.

Smell – The scent is sweet and heavy of coffee. Smells slightly roasted and of chocolate as well making it very appealing.

Taste – Taste is even better. Coffee hits you right away followed by a slight bitterness from the hops. Somewhere in there a chocolaty molasses flavor appears as well. Once swallowed the taste left in your mouth is again strong of sweet coffee.

Mouthfeel –This beer had a slightly high carbonation for my taste but had a great consistency. Body was just right.

Drinkability - I could drink this one all night. Goes down oh so smooth and tastes great.

This distinguished stout is among the top of my favorite beers. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of headlessparrot
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I was quite eager to try this McAuslin's St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, both for its reputation and the fact that I've never had an oatmeal stout before. All I can say is "wow." This is an absolutely amazing brew.

The beer poured from the bottle (with freshness dating marks both on the label of each individual bottle and on the exterior of the six pack I purchased) into my pint glass, a quite dark - almost opaque - brew with just some hints of ruby around the edges. The head is initially a significant light brown-ish mass with good retention; it dwindles to about a finger relatively quickly, but stays at that level and leaves an exceptional amount of lacing. A beautiful looking beer in a glass, no doubt.

The smell... Well, the smell is absolutely heavenly. The dominant scent is a very sweet espresso-like flavour, with hints of regular coffee, milk chocolate, toffee and molasses. There's some toasted oat present, smokiness and malts, and soft hops. Absolutely breathtaking. I could sit here and just smell this brew for an hour and still not pick apart all the wonderful scents emanating from it.

The taste is initially exceptionally smooth (thanks to the oatmeal) and sweet, revealing tastes evocative of the brew's smells - smokey with espresso and milk chocolate at the forefront, some malts and hops noticeable more in the background. After a few seconds, the hops become more distinct and well-defined and the beverage takes on some bitterness as it finishes; it leaves a certain bitterness in the mouth that's a little dissapointing, but also traces of the chocolate and espresso that make you pine for another sip (which is great, until you reach that last sip and desperately want another).

The mouthfeel is downright exceptional; the level of carbonation is just about perfect and the oatmeal contributes to a silky smooth body that is an absolute treat to drink. Drinkability is good - perhaps the bitter finish might slow down less experienced beer lovers, but it's otherwise hard to find anything wrong with this beer. It is an outstanding brew that has encouraged me to seek out more oatmeal stouts in the future - a can't miss.

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Photo of froggyfrog
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle received in a trade with Goldorak. Served in a heavy glass mug.

Color was nice and opaque, black with hints of red and plum and a dark tan head.

Didn't like the smell of this one. It seemed vinegary. Also toasted grain and a slightly syrupy aspect to the nose.

The taste was a pleasant surprise. It tastes wonderful. There is a strong charcoal component to the taste chased around the tongue by a complex mixture of dark roasted grain, iced cappuccino, earthy hop flowers, mocha, milk chocolate, rolled oats, fudge, coffee bean, toffee, and molasses. Round all that out at the end with a solid but not overpowering hop bitterness and you've got one hell of an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel was full and creamy and smooth but never too heavy or unpleasant.

Very drinkable. Alcohol not apparent in the taste. A very quaffable brew.

Thank you to Goldorak for supplying this one.

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

Color is bowling ball black yet does carry a deep brown hue in some light. Milk chocolate brown topping of medium heft with lots of creamy bubbles that sits for length before fading to a thick skim always staying present. Lacing is etched strongly into the glass with a thin foamy sheeting.

Aroma is broad, bitterly sweet, dark, and deeply chocolatey with a nice iced coffee, fudgesicle scent and a balancing toasted oat backing.

Bring on the taste machine...wow, very nice structure with creamy dark chocolate, roasted bitterness that ensues to the finish. Lightly sweet with toasted oats and slivers of milk chocolate. Dryness is spectacularly displayed in the finish with a big cocoa powdering, coating the entire back end with late surge of spent coffee.

Feel is very well rounded and quite full from front to back. Smooth, creamy, densely ending with a proud showcase of drying stout characteristics that run the gambit of chocolate roasted bitterness and coffee.

Exceptional drinkability! Gone in no time flat. So delicious and full. A perfect stout! The dryness is dead on for any stout fans palate.

Thanks to NYsammy for the Canadian samples!

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

Appearance – 11.5 oz bottle, stamped on the back is a best before date of July 31st 06, purchased from The Beer Store in Niagara. Pours pitch black with dark brown edges, on top is a two finger creamy mocha head that has great retention. Lacing is spotty.

Smell – Smooth roasted smell, mostly coffee and chocolate. Along with the rich roast are hints of charcoal in the back along with some breakfast oatmeal.

Taste – In the back it is rather dry from some bitter roasted grains, while in the front it is smooth and slightly sweet. Coffee is the predominant flavor, but it is not overpowering as in some stouts. Not much hop flavor is evident, just a small amount of earthiness.

Mouthfeel –Classic oatmeal silky body with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – The burnt bitter flavor makes me drink this at a slowish pace, but it is still an enjoyable beer. I personally prefer my oatmeal stouts more to the sweet side, this is like a combination of an oatmeal and a dry stout. Still, it is a tasty beer and once again proof that Canada has some terrific offerings.

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Photo of crwills
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A classic, and probably my all time favourite to date. I love this beer!

Pours a dark, dark red (almost black), with a gorgeous chocolate milkshake head that fades very slowly as I drink the beer. Swirling it leaves residue on the glass, which for me is always a sign of good things to come.

Smell is cocoa and coffee, strong grains, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is simply amazing -- sweet chocolate and coffee, yeast and caramel, with a very low carbonation. Mouthfeel is buttery and extremely pleasant, and the aftertaste is dark chocolate with just the right amount of bitter and sweet.

Very glad this beer is easy to come by in my area, and I recommend it to any stout lovers out there.

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

This is an Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan in Quebec, and although not quite as good as some of the Unibroue offerings, it's still a fine dark beer. It pours a lovely midnight black, with an ample head of whipped chocolate. The aroma is probably the brew's best feature, with a roasted chocolatey flavor mixed in with malts and fruits. It's a delight on the nose, and had the mouth watering before even taking a sip.

The taste is strong. Real strong. It's surprising that it's only 5% alcohol, because it really tastes like more. There is definitely a sweetness to the beer that really gives way to the hoppy bitterness. It's smooth as cream with the addition of the oats, and thick... this one really does drink like a meal, and I can't say that I could sit down and drink a few of them. Rather, this is one to be slowly enjoyed, with good company and something sweet to nibble on. Solid stout.

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Photo of Beersignal
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of McAuslan's first offerings and a stellar horse in its stable this stout is one worth revisiting often for all types of occasions.

It pours a tarlike and deep black with no real highlights emanating from my Duvel Tulip. A rich and generous head of chocolate milk coloured foam garnishes the liquid, not wanting to leave too suddenly. It sticks around for a good spell.

The aromas are truly a five... in this bottle anyways. Complexity and harmony in perfect balance from front to back! Firm notes of smoky chocolate malt mingle with aromas of coffee and a tangy fruitiness reminescent of field berries. A softness of hops rounds out the aromas. As the brew warms it unleashes more of its complexity, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg creeping up through the fruit and malt.

Flavours are very bold without being overdone, lending a richness and roundedness seldom experienced in stouts. The malt expresses itself right from the start through the charred flavours of the roasted grains and gives the beer a mild sweetness that pairs well with the chocolate notes in mid-taste. Hints of earthy peat follow and complement well the bracing bitterness and well defined hop notes. The entire package is well supported by a rich and slick mouthfeel imparted by the oats. The aftertaste is a harmonious reminder of all that preceeded and begs for another mouthful.

This is easily drinkable and I could surely see myself putting back three or four of these in one sitting, but I much prefer sipping this while slowly savouring chunks of dark 70% chocolate.

Santé

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

A: Dark black with a creamy, tan head.

S: Roasty-sweet.

T: Bittersweet. The sweetness is well balanced with the dark malty bitterness. Finishes with a roasty bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good. You just want to keep adding sweetness to the bitter taste in your mouth!

This beer is much better on tap, with the frothy dispensor.

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Photo of jayc333
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with a 3 finger "chocolate milk" coloured head. Reminds me a lot of Royal Extra Stout. The head disipates slowly, and leaves great lacing.

Smells of chocolate, caramel, and coffee. The smell is not only sweet, but very inviting.

The coffee comes into play with the taste, but it's a sweet coffee. Maybe french vanilla? The chocolate and caramel are there too, and balance well.

Like most oatmeal stouts, mouthfeel was incredibly smooth. Very little carbonation was found.

I found this beer to be world class, and recommend it to all my fellow BA's. Since this can be found at my local beer and liquor stores, I will most definatly buy this again.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,233 ratings.
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