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

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Photo of Doshkin
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - very dark. minimal light mocha head that dissipates rather quickly. virtually no lacing.

s - very sweet, slightly roasted notes. the smell is very inviting in its sweetness.

t - the smell and the taste combined make this beer really interesting. drawn in by the sweet smell, you get blindsided by the initial bitterness of the brew. i'm not trying to say the bitterness is overpowering, just unexpected at the moment. the finish is very sweet, and then another wave of bitter is left as an aftertaste.

m - carbonation and fullness are perfect, but it is just a touch dry. i guess it does complement the sweetness of the smell and taste.

o - this is a very good brew. the tastes and smells alone aren't very unique, but i really liked how the beer bounces back and forth between sweet and bitter.

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Photo of enfield249
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, dark with only a hint of ruby under some very intense light. Very slight tan foam.

S - Spicy malt sweetness. Lots of molasses and brown sugar.

T - I don't get much of the molasses or brown sugar flavor in the taste. I do get lots of the roast coffee, almost burnt. Has kind of a meaty flavor to it, like a blackened meat of some kind.

M - Full, with a surprising amount of CO2, and only a little bit of that oatmeal slickness one would expect.

O - Very good oatmeal stout, but not as slick as I like it.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black colour with a very tall mocha coloured foam head. Good retention down to a blanket that lingers awhile, and good lacing down the glass.

S: Citrus notes of orange and grapefruit, milk chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and caramel. Great to be able to pick out those citrus-like hop aromas in a stout.

T: Loads of dark chocolate and espresso, subdued bitter citrus, faint dark fruits (cherries, figs), and a solid caramel-like malt backbone. Fantastic flavours coming across in this which leads to a well balanced and pleasingly dry stout.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a decent oily texture and a medium caronbation.

O: One of the best stouts I've drank in awhile. Quite complex for a stout and one I will be definitely drinking again.

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

Beer bottle (341 ml.) purchased from "Bières & Chopes" Nantes, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head (w lacing).
Smell : coffee, chocolate and roasted malts aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : a very generous bitterness of hops and roasted malts. Round and creamy on the palate.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of soju6
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a virtual black color with a creamy tan head that fades very slowly to nice fine lacing.

S: Aroma is a mixture of chocolate, coffee and a dash of spice.

T: Has a good bittersweet flavor up front with a subtle bitterness though toa nice dry finish.

F: Medium body, creamy smooth with and excellent balance. Has a distinct character that makes it stand out without overpowering.

O: Outstanding stout, spot-on. Perfect was to end the day.

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Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

undated 11.5 oz bottle served in a Highland Brewing pint glass.

Very dark mahogany coming out of the bottle. In the glass it is essentially black and opaque; no light coming thru even whenbacklit. The relatively dark tan head has good duration and leaves fine lacing.

Both dark roasted malts and some spicy hops appear in the aroma. Hints of coffee
Some alcohol esters appear with warming.

T - Excellent flavor balance. A rich roasted malt flavor with some mild hop spiciness. Hints of coffee, especially in the finish.

M: near perfect in terms of body, carbonation and other tactile qualities.

O - Bought as a single bottle on a whim with no particular expectations, I lucked out and stumbled upon one of the very best, if not the best, oatmeal stout I've ever encountered. Almost beyond criticism, this stout lacks only a bit of depth and complexity, although it certainly has a good bit of both. Highly recommended!

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

Appearance: It has a nice black colour to it. It has a nice creamy brown head that dies down slowly and has very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of chocolate, coffee and milk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice roasty coffee like character to it with roasty malts, hints of chocolate and a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

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

Here is one well balanced stout. Not too creamy, but just creamy enough. It has a nice hoppy taste with just the right amount of malt taste,

I didn't even think of it as an alcoholic beverage at first, since it isn't in any way boozy. It tastes the same as it smells and after tastes the same - just a nice stout. One could drink several (many) of these.

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Photo of heebes
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle.
End of summer heat wave, really hoping for fall like weather, hopefully this beer will help.

Pours into a snifter a dark black with a large foamy medium tan head, provides nice lacing all round. Nose is plentiful roasted malt, toasted grain, theres dark choloclate and coffee auromas with some oat in the background. A bit of heat which is odd for a 5%. Taste provides a cool, thirst quenching relief of much of the same as the smell; decent amount of dark roasted notes, cocoa, mild mid palate coffee grinds ending bitter and dry. No hint of any alcohol presence as the heat in the nose might have suggested. Medium bodied but perhaps a bit light towards the end.
Overall, a pretty impressive Oatmeal Stout. Especially considering this is always readily available at my local Beer Store which offers only largely macro cases. A nice abv weigh in and certainly one of the only credible stouts in the barren beer wasteland that is ONT.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep and dark in body. Sizable tan/reddish head.

S - Coffee, molasses, chocolate milk.

T - Coffee is prominent. Bitter chocolate, raisins and nuts. Not too sweet, well balanced.

M - Nice and creamy, carbonation is more noticeable than in other oatmeal stouts Ive tried.

O - Solid stout. Perhaps just a touch too much expresso for me but ticks all the boxes.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nicely dark bodied beer with a coffee / dark chocolate taste. The only problem with it is an odd aftertaste when finished drinking. Oatmeal stout is a relatively new taste for me, so I'm not sure if it is supposed to be sweeter or not. This was not sweet but also not hoppy/bitter. Another beer I will try again.

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

With aromas of toasted barley, chocolate malt, coffee, and caramel, topped by just a hint of tobacco, this oatmeal stout announces from the get-go that it's not out to play tiddlywinks.

On the tongue, the brew delivers an onslaught of black goodness, with huge and silky flavors sliding into every nook and cranny. Extremely well-balanced between sugary and near-burnt flavors, chocolate malts (and perhaps black malts) mix with caramelized brown sugars and molasses, hints of dark maple syrup, milk chocolate, coffee and tobacco. Hops are medium-light, but still noticeable in the background as a slight bitter fuzz. The oatmeal provides the brew with a silkiness that nicely plays off of the heavy mouthfeel. The aftertaste is mostly comprised of chocolate malts, and lasts for quite some time.

Overall, this is an excellent oatmeal stout, and has obviously been made lovingly and lavishly. One note: while excellent in a bottle, this is even better on tap, especially when purchased in Quebec, where it's pretty much guaranteed to be fresh from the brewer.

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Photo of ebby82
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black with a massive head into a pint glass.

Aromas of dark malts, and chocolate.

Initially, the taste is good, dark malt, chocolate, a bit of bitter hops, slightly sweet. However, there is a chalky, unpleasant aftertaste.

As mentioned previously, the chalky, dry aftertaste makes the mouthfeel somewhat unpleasant.

If not for the strange aftertaste effects, this would be a solid beer, but this bottle at least, is nothing particularly special.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout… a bottle at Brasserie T! in Montreal.

Appearance-came in a normal pint glass, light brown with a decent sized head on top. Medium level carbonation dies down and the head sits nicely on top.

Smell-cereal milk with a touch of roasted hazelnut coffee. Light hops in the background, some malt and slight alcohol burn

Taste/Mouthfeel-light to medium mouthfeel, coffee is there mixed with a chocolate flavors. Exceptionally smooth, ends with a more milky finish of layered sweetness, chocolate again. Malt and hop character are thin. Ok balance throughout the palate.

Overall- a dependable stout that is pleasant but not stellar, try it if it’s there, don’t seek it out.

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

A: Black, kind of purple, thick and syrupy with a thin, brown head.

S: Oatmeal cookies, nuts, chocolate and just a bit of booziness, unlikely from something with only 5% ABV.

T/M: Strong with coffee and nut flavors, strangely finishes clean.

Not quite as full flavored as one might hope, but it’s still quite tasty. Right up there as one of my favorite Canadian beers.

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

A: Pours a solid motor oil black with a half finger foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly to a fine lacing on the top of the brew.

S: Coffee is present with a bit of milk as well. Dark roasted malts and a little bit of brown sugar as well. A light amount of licorice is detectable as well.

T: A nice robust coffee flavor is immediately present followed by the dark roasted malts and a little bit of hoppy bitterness. Next is a little bit of lactose and a light amount of oatmeal.

M: Medium-high amount of carbonation which doesn't take away from the creaminess or medium-full body of the beer itself.

O: Overall, this is a solid beer and definitely a good example of the style. I would definitely buy again.

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

11.5-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - beautiful; pitch black body under thick brown head; moderate lace

S - sweet coffee; hint of milk

T - pretty good balance of sweetness and bitterness; sweeter at first, but the bitterness wins in the end with a dry and bitter finish; roasted coffee, hints of smoke and chocolate

M - medium-full body with medium-high carbonation; quite smooth

O - It's a bit bitter for the style, but a solid oatmeal stout nonetheless.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a black color, with a nice size creamy tan head. There is a bit of a sweet, roasted oat aroma. The taste was creamy, and had an all around nice complextion. Was nicely carbonation, and maybe a bit much so. Overall I found this an excelent oatmeal stout.

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Photo of ikats
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Almost black in color with nice brown head (dissipates to a nicely packed cover). Nice lacing. Aroma is very inviting. Coffee dryness with some chocolate sweetness. Very pleasant. Chocolate sweetness remains in the taste, but coffee seems a bit burned. Just a bit too harsh for me. Moderate carbonation. Burned notes make the mouthfeel not as smooth as I would've preferred.

This beer was a gift from a friend in Montreal. Enjoyable as a single bottle, but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of steven9000
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance- Its a black body with a frothy 3 finger mocha colored head.

smell- Coffee,dark roasted malts, lickerish,slight coffee notes and a slight alcohol smell. Smells pretty decent.

taste-i get alot of that roasted malt up front with some coffee flavors. then on the back end i get some chocolate like bitterness. Smell was for complex then the taste.

mouthfeel- light to medium carbonation. I do get a gritty feel in the mouth since its a oatmeal stout.

Overall- This was a pretty average stout for me. It was pretty good but i have had alot better. I couldn't drink more then 2 of these beers

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Photo of Stocean1
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the golden kiwi in cambridge - have enjoyed from a bottle in the past and this is even better (could be the silky smoothness of the nitro tap) - served in a st ambroise pint glass - jet black with a one finger head the color of a rootbeer float - beautiful sweet malt smell - taste is slightly bitter chocolate lots of malty goodness - nicely balanced malt/hops profile - mouthfeel is what made this an experience to remember - medium bodied but almost chewy - extremely smooth - I swooshed it in my mouth on each gulp - I could not get enough of the mouthfeel - overall - A tremendous stout and very sessionable at 5% (sweet but not so sweet that you only want one) - although I can grab 6 bottles for 12$ I think the experience from having it on tap will make it difficult to drink from a bottle.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a persistent light tan head. Surprisingly neutral aroma. Much more robust with more assertive flavors than I recall. Strong cocoa flavors combined with espresso and burnt grains. Coffee with cream flavors emerge as the beer warms up. Even a bit of toasted marshmallow. Very smooth and full-bodied but with a dry finish. Hops are kept in the background, but plenty of complexity among the malts to keep it more than interesting.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date of Feb 28, 2013.

Pours an inky black color with a finger of head. Head starts off a chocolate color, but lightens slightly after the pour. Decent amounts of lacing down the glass.

Chocolatey sweetness to the nose. Some roast malt and mild coffee notes.

Mix of coffee and chocolate. Sweetness up front. Roasted malt/coffee is prevalent in throughout and lingers after the swallow. Just a hint of bitterness.

Very smooth and definitely enjoyable. Good desert beer.

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

I had this one from a bottle at a local gastropub.

A - excellent tan head on this one, dark body

S - Coffee smell throughout, one of my favorite smelling stouts

T - The coffee smell definitely brings out the coffee taste. Not as bitter as some other stouts I've had

Overall - Great full bodied stout, one of my new favorites. The smell and taste compliment each other beautifully. I may have a new standard in my lineup

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Photo of bylerteck
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a black body with good carbonation coming up. Opaque. Good mocha head of 2 fingers that looks nice and creamy. Proper.

S - Roasted malts and some coffee notes. Chocolate too. Maybe some vanilla. Mild-ish.

T - Coffee and chocolate with roasted malt. Done well. Nothing different in terms of stout flavours but the balance is there and it's done well. Bitter cocoa and semi sweet chocolate.

M - Properly carbonated with nothing over the top but not weak. Good body for 5% with a medium or medium-full body. Very smooth. Velvetty..

O/D - A well crafted stout.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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