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

Poured in goblet.

Deep midnight black color. No opacity. Nice two finger creamy caramel colored head. Retention is decent lasting several minutes.

Rich roasted coffee smell.

Taste is initially sweet leading into deep coffee, char, cocoa nib flavors. Carbonation hits very nicely leading into a nice smoky complex aroma. Unpleasant metallic aftertaste possibly due to underwashed glass it was served in.

Mouthful is lightly viscous. Reminiscent of better stouts I've had but not as thick.

Overall a very delicious beer. Would definitely buy again

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of kennyo. Pours black with very little light making it through. Rich, creamy tan head shows good retention and decent lacing.

Nose is quite nice, one of the bolder oaty stouts I have smelled. Lots of roast, fair amount of sweetness and some burnt chocolate.

Wow, this is impressive. Maintains the perfect balance between sweetness and roasty char. Oats really just smooth everything out here without contributing much flavor. Touch of dark fruit and a bit of bread from the yeast adds to the depth. Earthy hop flavor as it warms. Mouthfeel is decent but not as velvety and viscous as the best of the style exhibit. This one probably cracks my top five oatmeal stouts, very well done.

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Photo of jf7756
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is still my reference in the stout style. This very dark beer is black like oil and good like heaven. The better with that beer is that you can find a six pack for less than 10 dollars and almost everwhere in the province of Québec.

Look: Black and creamy. Wonderfull show!
Smell: Chocolate, roasted coffee
Taste: burn grain, chocolate, coffee

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

Reviewed from notes had on draft at Al's of Hampden.

appearance: Black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee,

taste: roasted malts, mocha

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: a very drinkable stout with full body characteristics. Enjoyed this so much better then guinness draught.

the cpj

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Photo of ffejherb
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Al's of Hampden on 4/14/11.

A - The coal black liquid cascaded to reveal a creamy beige cap on top that reduced to thick swatches of lacing reminiscent of craggy twigs and branches.

S - Milky lactic notes, rolled oats and bitter chocolate comprise the initial aroma. As the liquid warmed up a bit, light roast and coffee notes also emerged.

T - Milky and nutty with lots of oatmeal character and some semi-sweet chocolate for a bit of contrast. There is a coffee and cream presence in the backend that provides a hint of astringency. Finishes with a good bit of leafy, earthy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a silky, smooth texture and mild astringency. Finishes bittersweet on the palate.

D - I found this to be a solid oatmeal stout that is smooth and flavorful with a pleasant hop kick.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black as night, no head.

Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate.

Taste is of burnt malts, burnt toffee, coffee. Very strong flavors, but not working for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat lifeless in the mouth.

Overall, an OK beer but there are better.

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

A: Snifter pour: deep dark onyx with a lively brown cap. Retention is excellent.

S: Molasses, toffee, caramel, dark fruits like fig. Light sweetness is apparent as well

T: Oh boy, real mellow. Light cocoa, slight lactose, dark berries and raisin. Molasses and toffee follow chocolate and coffee. Real big, nice an simple

MF/O: Super viscous, super smooth, creamy, and velvety. The best feel to a beer that I've ever experienced. By far.

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Photo of SgtStout
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a very persistent light brown/khaki coloured head, about two fingers thick. The beer itself is nearly black but just shy of being completely opaque.

The smell is delightful, and as one would expect, expresses strong coffee, chocolate and roasty malt aromas. Also present: hints of hazelnut, woodsmoke and rye bread.

Again, the taste is predictably dominated by coffee, chocolate and roasted malt, but is exceptionally well balanced. Also the espresso taste is not too astringent as I've found can sometimes happen when brewers go a little overboard (especially when they brew with actual ground espresso beans - that almost always ends badly). There are also notes of nuts, caramel, and vanilla.

Overall this is a very satisfying beer and one of my personal all-time favorites!

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Photo of nopucophop
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured dark as night from a bottle. Had a nice thick tan head that soon dissipated to a thin line. The smell is dark malt and sweet with a hint of chocolate. There is something in the taste that does not sit well with me. I really can't put my finger on it. I even went to the breweries site to see if there was some strange intention of the brewer. It has a dry finish to it with light carbonation. I would not seek this out again. Glad to have a chance to try it but did not do much for me.

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

best before date dec 31 2012. i think the world is supposed to end before that day so i better drink this now.
pours black and thick. small dark head.

barrel aging comes through in nose immediately. woody alcohol buttery sweetness.
chocolate notes. sweet nose.

carbonations is sharper then i expected. and it finishes with a smoky bacony bite. very tart sharp beer but finishes so nicely. gonna let it warm up .

roasty chewy and draws you in for more and more.

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

Appearance. Deep dark brown, almost black. Almost three fingers of thick creamy, chocolate brown head leaving some thick, pretty lacing.

Smell. Bitter chocolate, roasty light coffee and a little burnt wood.

Taste. Roasty, toasty dark malt. Bitter chocolate and a little booze. Bitter, dry finish with a little smokey wood. One of the best of it's style.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light bodies. Good bubbly medium carbonation.

Drinkability. For the style, it's a really good drinker. Sessioned this one a few times before ...and will do again.

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Photo of KingHefey
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a sausage finger of creamy tan head.

A fantastic creamy smell, dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Slightly bitter.

Like an iced coffee with chocolate. Creamy and malty. The mouthfeel is great, very smooth, little carbonation.

Going back for more.

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

Holy crap this beer is dark, it looks like molasses. The head is a nice one and a half finger in width, and it is probably the darkest head I have ever seen, it looks like super dark chocolate milk. Body is pitch black. On the nose you get all the characteristics of a regular stout, chocolate, heavy malt notes and not much hop, but you also get a sweet maybe even piny smell, it's a very weird smell. Im going to be honest the sweet piny smell doesn't smell too appetizing, but it also doesn't smell too dominant. Man, that is a smooth stout, it flows perfectly from front to middle to end. It isn't as thick as I like my stouts, but I'm coming to realize that's normal for eastern beers. I mean on one hand it's just so smooth, but on the other hand there isn't a whole lot of flavor going on, yeah you get the malt and the chocolate but it is very small overall. In the end you get that sweet, sour taste I was picking up on in the smell, but it is very very small and not unpleasant or anything. The taste is ok overall. As for drinkability, that is very very high because it is so smooth, mouthfeel I have to downgrade because like I said I like my stouts thicker than this. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of goalie33
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into 16oz pint glass. No bottled-on or best-by date.
A) Pours like motor oil. Pitch black with no light coming through. Half a finger of light brown head. Upon scrutinizing the body, some carbonation can be seen.
S) Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts and oatmeal sweetness. Very pleasant aroma.
T) Roasted malt beginning gives way to a chocolaty middle. The finish is oatmeal sweetness. Leaves a nice lingering roasted coffee bitterness. Very rich flavor.
M/D) Full, very smooth body. Very drinkable beer. Smooth, goes down easy, not too rich and not too high in alcohol.

Overall this a very solid beer. It's up there with Samuel Smith as one of my favorite Oatmeal Stouts. Rich flavor, but not too rich, full body, and just a really good beer.

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Photo of orangesol
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours deep black with a thick, creamy, one finger light tan head, dissipating down to a light creamy film, leaving thick rings of lacing down the entire glass.

S - Nice balance of dark roasted graham cracker malts and rich coffee. A touch of hops come thru as it warms up a bit. Nothing over the top here, just a solid oatmeal stout.

T - Lots of dark roasted malt up front giving way slowly to a mix of dark roasted coffee and some faint bittersweet chocolate. Finish has a good amount of dark roasted malt, but the watery feel that develops once it warms up doesn't help this one much. I still liked it tho, solid stuff.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A bit watery toward the end of the glass. Finish has some dark roast that lingers for a short period of time.

D - Pretty high. I liked this one on the brand new nitro faucet as it poured much better than the old one. Pretty good balance but the watery feel toward the end brought this one down a notch or two. Good stuff none the less.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is opaque black; zero light passed through when I held it to my lamp, even at the bottom where the glass is thinnest. Three fingers of dense, deeply tanned head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a billowy lacing, ring around the edge, and trails of foam along the glass.

Smell: Very enticing. Roasted chocolate, a little coffee, a touch of sweet caramel, toffee, and oatmeal to bring it all together and smooth it out. As it warms, I noticed a tiny hint of black licorice. It makes my mouth water.

Taste: Bitter in the heavenly roasted way. It pretty much mirrors the smell, but it is much more burnt and smoky. Roasted chocolate, coffee, sweet caramel, toffee, and oatmeal. The mouthfeel is very thick and creamy.

Drinkability: This is one of the definitive versions of oatmeal stout. It is a little on the roasted side, but it is one damn good brew.

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Photo of stakem
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 1/31/11. On the nitro tap at Al's of Hampden. (Yes, finally a full nitro delivery not just beer gas blend.)

Served in a nonic, this brew appears black in color with a cascade of bubbles that rises through the body formulating a silky cream finger of tan head. The lace clings in an entire wall all about the glassware. The retention of the cap is perfect right down to the last sip.

The aroma of this brew is a little tangy and has sour indications overtop of a light grainy scent. The grain imparts a light roasted quality with some chocolate and fruity alcohol tang.

The taste is also tangy which suggests at least some portion of sour mashing going on in this brew. It has a musty grain flavor with a mild roasty bitterness. Some chocolate malt and citrus hops are evident but light.

This is a medium to light bodied offering. Silky smooth in the feel care of the nitro delivery. Quite easy drinking with little to no outstading alcohol character. The ratio of sour character to roasted bitterness is a bit uneven for an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of aepb1
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body with a large foamy brown head

S- Roasted/burnt coffee

T- Roasty chocolate and coffee malts as should be based on style. The roasted coffee sticks around for quite a while

M- Full-bodied, creamy and smooth with a good level of carbonation

D- Great mouthfeel and very solid beer. VERY easy to drink especially only being 5%

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

I have really enjoyed the pale ale and extra pale ale from McAuslan, now for their stout.

It's gorgeous. Pours black as night with a lovely nutty brown head that leaves two tones of lace and hangs around as a nice collar.

I get a deep, roasted malt aroma with some strong smoke tones and dark bitterness like coffee or chocolate. Nothing out of the ordinary, but damn near perfect in my opinion.

The roasted barley and malt really come through in the flavour, along with dark chocolate and coffee. There is a surprisingly strong bitterness to be found and I find it very balanced on my palate.

The mouthfeel is very rich and creamy with a nice pop of carbonation on the tongue. More strong roasted notes in the aftertaste, which makes me anticipate the next sip.

I find that this one may be a bit thin, but its creamy properties help make up for it. I find this a very drinkable beer that just might become a fast favourite.

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Photo of thain709
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A very deep, dark brown which appears black...the head is two fingers tall and is tight and creamy with a tan tint to's there for the entire beer...sheets of lacing

S - There are some roasted notes coming through with some sweet caramel and a touch of coffee...not too big because of the dense head

T - The roasted flavors are the highlight of the beer...they are present up front with subtle notes of chocolate and coffee...the oats add a smoothness to the middle of the beer and the flavors mend together...the finish comes as roasted again with chocolate flavors leading the way

M - Medium bodied...this one borders on full but it comes up just a little light...smooth and creamy...the roastiness coats the palate

D - This was a nice beer to come from a nitrogen faucet...the pour was beautiful and left a nice feel...the nose wasn't big but the flavors did come together nicely...I'd have two before needing to switch to something else

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this on Nitro tap at Al's of Hamdpen -served chilled in a Nonic.

The color is opaque black like ebony with peanut butter cream cap which is smooth and shiny with high cascade from the nitro-pour. The bead is ultra fine and lace sticks well. The smell is strong with toasted graham cracker-like malt notes and a mild sweet yeasty aroma. There is light roasted odors with subtle fruit elements in the yeast ester. A smooth and semi-dry feel w/ hints of roast and creaminess from the nitrogen, moderate bitterness which is good for the style and sweet tinges throughout.

The flavor is pretty smooth with slight roasted flavor and mild spice with subtle smoke and sweet grainy flavor w/ gentle pepper from the hops and light fruit from the yeast adding contrast to some mild acidity and tinges of woody flavor w/ plummy quality as it finishes. This is a very drinkable stout -the nitro is detracting from some of the fullness of the malt for me it seems slightly stripped, but it is pretty good fro the style. I wood probably prefer a bottle, I think it is a quality brew overall.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black, creamy tan head, great slow retention, leaves creamy rings of lace.

S- Roasted malts, cocoa and coffee, earthy notes.

T- cocoa and coffee notes, vanilla and buttery notes. Toffee and earthy notes. Bitter finish.

M- Creamy and thick

D- Easy sipping drink. Nice roasted malt flavors. Nothing extraordinary, but well done and well balanced.

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Photo of peabody
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out really dark / no light escaping or penetrating. Very few suds here but some lacing.
Smell is sweet oatmeal chocolate cookies with a yeast that burns the nose a bit. No alcohol detected.
Taste is mellow bitterness with a toasted malt at the front. Sugar and mellow coffee cream quickly follow.
This one finishes with a slight bitterness in the mouth that quickly goes away. Really a neat mouthfeel on this one.
Drinkability is good. With the low abv this one can be sessioned all night long!

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Has a darker head that lasts for a while leaving lacing. The body is black.

S: The beer has a roasty aroma and smells slightly sweet, like a molasses aroma. Also a bit buttery.

T: The flavor is very creamy with roasted flavors and a buttery taste. The buttery taste really makes helps with making the creamy feel. The chocolate and coffee I was expecting were not really present.

M: The beer had a medium body with a slightly creamy feel and an okay level of carbonation.

D: The astringency kills drinkability, as does the buttery flavor.

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Photo of LazyL
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seen it but never picked it up mostly because of the boring 6 pack case. Found it though this holiday season in a mixed 10 pack and am all the better for finally trying it.

The appearance is awesome. Almost black with a thick toffee coloured head and nice lace. Looks like a rootbeer float.
This one smells like a nice strong espresso.
Mocha and molasses flavours come through strong as does the coffee flavours you would expect. It is slightly bitter on the finish, but this again is not unwelcome.
The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation level is good.
At 5% this is a real easy sipper and a great breakfast beer. Worth picking up.

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