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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
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#2,526
Reviews:
635
Ratings:
1,262
pDev:
10.81%
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4.12
 
 
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Photo of heebes
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -5.4%
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 +0.7%
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 +10.6%
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 -24.3%
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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout…..in 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 -1.7%
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 +6.1%
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 +4.4%
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 -20.1%
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 -10.3%
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 +4.7%
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 -0.2%
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 +3.9%
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 -1.7%
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 -6.1%
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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Photo of indesertum
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +5.7%
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 +6.4%
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 +6.9%
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.

Cheers,
the cpj

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Photo of ffejherb
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -22.6%
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 +8.6%
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 +8.8%
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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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,262 ratings
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