St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout | McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
84.8%
Liked This Beer
4.07 w/ 1,253 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,415
Reviews:
633
Ratings:
1,253
Liked:
1,063
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
10.81%
Alströms:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
158
Trade:
2
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Photo of aepb1
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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 -0.2%
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 -2.7%
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 it...it'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 -4.7%
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 -6.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -23.6%
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 -7.1%
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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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out a dark, velvety brown with several fingers of brown white head with lacing that lingers all down the length of the glass. The smell is of chocolate, roasted malt, slight bread/grain notes. The taste is cocoa, roast barley, and a silky smooth finish from the oats. The mouthfeel on this beer is pretty awesome, with a slight coffee/chocolate bitter taste on the front and a ridiculously smooth finish. This is a very drinkable beer; I can only imagine it's smoother on tap than it is out of the bottle.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - A big bubbled mocha head sits on top of a black body. Specs of lacing left behind.

S - Rich chocolate mousse, intense vanilla. Very sweet aromas.

T - Bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, much more roasty than the aroma. Slightly metallic, dry roasted oats, butter, with a touch of sour.
The hops don't seem to blend well with the rest of the flavors. Finishes dry.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation.

Wow the nose is awesome for an oat stout! The taste doesn't quite deliver like the aroma. Something seemed to be off in the flavor which brings down drinkability.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown almost black colour with a large frothy light brown head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the darkness of the beer. There is some very nice lacing all the way down the glass that leaves lines in stages as I drink the beer. The head stuck around for a long time.. it was there until I finished the beer.. very nice.

Smell - coffee, malts, chocolate, vanila

Taste & Mouth - The beer has the perfect amount of carbonation leaving the beer feeling light yet creamy. The most noticeable flavours are roasted/toasted malts mixed in with hints of coffee and chocolate. There is also some hop taste and some vanilla notes. It finishes with a roasted coffee aftertaste.

Drink - An excellent tasting beer that has an amazing appearance as well.

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Photo of ToddT
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark brown almost black topped with a light brown head. Head fall slowly and leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Big roasted malt, vanilla, candied cherries and smoke, might be some boozy bourbon notes in there too.

T- Sweet malt at first, candied cherries, and raisins then comes a backbone of caramel and molasses. This is cut short by a heavy roasted almost wood char flavor that finished dry, bitter and with some smoke.

M-More than medium in body but not quite full bodied,, with low carbonation. The body and flavor profile don't seem to match, if this was a little more silky or cream it might score higher here for me.

D- At 5.0% ABV some might want to make this a session beer, but I'm having a little trouble getting this one down.

It might be the heavy roasted flavor at the finish or the less that creamy body that make this one fall flat for me, I'm not sure, it just doesn't hit the right notes with me.

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Photo of Phillie
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Shaker Pint glass... served slightly cooler than cellar temperature:

Definitely has the appearance of oil, however, the texture is thin and flows elegantly into the glass. As the bottle empties, a tan frothy head billows and erupts towards the top of the glass.

The smell is certainly of espresso beans and bitter dark chocolate. The malts seem to add to a subtle sweetness on the nose.

The taste of this oatmeal stout is right on. I can taste the thickness the oats provide among the delicate chocolate and coffee tones.

This stout reminds me of drinking a delicious ice cream float. The feeling is that of melted ice cream (espresso/chocolate flavour) that is refreshing and at first feels silky on the tongue. However, as the stout works its way around the mouth there is an aftertaste that imparts a feeling of fullness in the mouth... It tastes like more!

This is a very easy going, yet to me, complex stout that anyone could pick up and enjoy. At 5% you could have a few of these and be just right.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired via trade with jchow79. Never heard of this brewery before. Pour will be into my Yuengling shaker pint glass.

A: Motor Oil. Pours a deep black, and forms a small brown thin head on the top that dissipates quickly. Bottle cap didn't come off with a lot of *pop*, but I was pleased to see the presence of carbonation on the pour.

S: Dark roasted malts. A little coffee and a hint of chocolate sweetness.

T: Thick roasted malts are the first sensation. This has a mild coffee presence that I like. Some stouts/porters overdo it on the Java/coffee flavor. This has a pleasant amount, it appears in the middle, and it fades away as to not inhibit the finish. A mild chocolatey finish also shows up. Semi-sweet. This guy has a lot going on, and I'm enjoying it a great deal on this late-morning early-afternoon Saturday. As it warms, the roasted flavors are just getting more-and-more pronounced. At 5% ABV I wouldn't anticipate any alcohol burn, and that is the case with this guy.

M: Initially remarkably light and tingly in the mouth for such a thick dark beer, but finishes thick on the back on the tongue.

D: Over two-thirds of the way through this bottle, and I'm not tired of it. Not in the least. I try not to rate drinkability until I finish the bottle, but I think it's safe to call this one a little early. This is very drinkable. I would go so far as to say that at 5% ABV this would be "sessionable".

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to pint glass.

A - Dark black with 2 fingers of thick, bubbly light brown head.

S - Sweet dark roasted malts, some chocolate and a barely noticeable hop profile. Some dark caramel and vanilla are here as well.

T - Dark roasted malts with a nice sweetness from the oatmeal. Chocolate, dark caramel, and faint vanilla flavours.

M - Medium body, slight chew, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Comes out jet black, pours out like a thick ink almost. When held up to the light there is an attempt at some light brown edges, but not really. It was a little tough to find a better description than light brown to the head of this beer. I read Buckeyenation's review which had the perfect adjective of "caramel-neuget" is exactly it. There is a little bit better than average lacing, but the head sticks around a long time. This is a great looking beer, I'd say perfect with some slightly better lacing, I like where this is going.

The smell is pretty epic, big and bold. Smell is both bitter and sweet all at the same time. The malts are a bit complicated, but smell great. Dark bitter chocolate, coffee and even some hints of vanilla and caramel. What's this, some hops as well at the end as it fades.

Taste is equally excellent. The caramelized and roasted malts blend together and produce an excellent flavor. There is some dark coffee flavors, almost esspresso like flavors that go on with flavors of bitter chocolate. The vanilla and caramel are not quite as strong as in the aroma but are still there waiving at you, and yes well hopped. The taste is big and bold, it has a lot of flavor to it. Taste is excellent, probably in the top 2 of oatmeal stouts I've ever tasted.

The Mouthfeel is good but believe it or not the texture isn't quite as full as I expected, especially given the amount of flavor. I'm not saying it's bad, I just expected it to be a little more full. Still excellent drinkability. Could be one of the more drinkable oatmeal stouts I've ever had.

All in all I can't believe the amount of boldness in this beer. The most amazing thing about this beer in addition to the boldness is how it maintains throughout yet this beer has only a %5 ABV.

Up there with Ipswitch as one of my top oatmeal stouts, I want more!

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Photo of markaberrant
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -jet black, though some light flashes around the edges, tight tan head does not hold up, quickly recedes to a thin cap with a few big bubbles, leaves a bit of lacing

S - rich, deep roast/chocolate, sweet cream, slightly burnt toffee, smells damn good

T - lots of burnt/roast flavour, espresso with a splash of cream, some light malt sweetness in the background, not hugely bitter, but definitely on the dry side, long roasty aftertaste

M - very creamy and oily, silky smooth, mild carbonation, dry finish, but no astringency despite the highly roasted character

D - there is a $h!tload of flavour crammed into this beer

This beer always hold a special place in my heart. About 5-6 years ago, I had started to venture out in my choices of beer, but I still stuck with fairly bland offerings. Back then, I loved guzzling ice cold Guinness by the truckload, but when I went to stock up one weekend, all the liquor stores in town were out. But then I saw this other stout on the shelf, so I gave it a whirl. I got home and chilled them down to near freezin... and just about gagged, it was so harsh. So I let it sit there for awhile, wondering how I was going to force down the rest of this bottle, let alone the rest of the 6-pack. When I finally went back to take another sip, it had warmed up a little, and I thought, "hey, this isn't bad." By the time I got to the end of the glass, I was converted and had had an ephiphany - flavourful beer tastes good when it isn't ice cold!

However, since that time, I have gone buck wild trying all sorts of different beers, and if I recall correctly, I have only had 1 bottle of St Ambroise stout since those first couple 6-packs so many years ago.

On a whim, I grabbed a 6-pack today, so this is a bit of a homecoming of sorts. Boy, oh boy, it is even better than I remembered! Just an excellent stout - no screwing around, no gimmicks, no coffee, no chocolate, no fruit, just a friggin excellent stout. Nothing more to say, other than I am somewhat upset with myself for neglecting this fine beer for so many years.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black and poured with a finger high tan head that slowly died down to thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderately strong aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with some faint hints of chocolate and coffee.
T: The overall flavor is very balanced and has flavors of roasted malts and notes of chocolate. There is a mild amount of bitterness, which particularly stands out and becomes much more intense in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and is both smooth and very rich on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, especially since it isn't full-bodied and filling.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid burnt creme head, dark brown body

S: Oatmeal cookies, caramelized sugars, molasses and cocoa

T: Smoke, bitter chocolate, roasted barley and accompanying sweetness round out the beer. Great char taste.

M: Thinner body and no taste of alcohol.

D: This is an approachable beer, friendly with flavor and a solid example of the style.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Winking Judge in Hamilton. Poured into a branded St. Ambroise nonic.

Deep brown, near-black, with a half-inch off-white head. Nice and creamy, superb retention and great sheets of lacing until the finish.

Nose is roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toasted oatmeal, caramel.

A terrific stout for a cold November evening. Rich in dark coffee flavor, but with a slightly sour oatmeal bitterness to counteract it. As the brew warmed a little, the caramel and cream flavors were given some presence, and the whole thing just came together. A great evening sipper.

Medium/light-bodied, light carbonation, very creamy - right on the mark for the style.

Great work by McAuslan. Although I've had this in bottles many times, the draught edition was excellent stuff. Another superb brew from Montreal - among Canada's best.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Into a snifter as an extra from...damn these infernal notes. Upon going under the hood, replay shows this bottle arrived courtesy of steepH2O. Thanks, Chris!

Deep brown highlights on a dark body with a nice sticky head that leaves a pretty lace.

Smell is coffee, roast and baker's chocolate.

The coffee portrays itself a bit stale, but the bitter oats and dark chocolate smack down much of the depth of the coffee. Aftertaste is a bit shallow and watery, but the bitterness sticks around with a little who's your father.

Hard to knock this at 5%, because a low alcohol stout with some depth is exactly what I wanted yet hard to come by. If there's any knock, it that it's quite thin but flavorful none-the-less.

Drinkability is high and it's a pleasure to have an low alcohol oatmeal stout that's so easy to drink. I know I said this after my recent Terrapin experience, but damn I need to stop neglecting oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of brown head. This beer is dark brown/black in color. The aroma is dark fruit and roasted malt. The taste is not that great. I get some stale roasted malt that almost tastes bunt. The mouthfeel is medium. I would prefer it be more viscous. I like stouts but this one probably will not be sampled again by this guy.

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Photo of medic25
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Guinness pint glass. Thick, dark black appearance, with a foamy brown head. Great aroma; burnt, coffee like. Taste is rich, smoky, with a little bitterness, a little bit of chocolate. Goes down quite nicely; one of the tastier stouts I've had in quite a while.

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Photo of mrnobody
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

341ml bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours opaque black with 3 fingers of root beer style head. Good retention with loads of sticky lacing.

S: Smells of coffee, molasses and vanilla.

T: Tastes of sweet coffee and roasted grain.

M: The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. The carbonation is less aggressive than other St. Ambroise products I've tried.

D: The drinkability of this is outstanding! Amazing to find such great flavours in a 5% ABV stout.

McAuslan has been around for more than 20 years now and they only make a handful of beers. Yet they all seem to be extraordinarily well made. There are a lot of breweries that could benefit from their approach.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

341ml bottle poured into a Guinness Imperial Pint glass.

A: Pours a deep impenetrable black with a huge foamy brown head. Head retention is excellent, and a decent amount of lacing is left clinging to the glass.

S: Huge smell of freshly roasted coffee beans. I don't think I've ever come across another beer that had such a pronounced coffee scent without actually being brewed with coffee. There is also a rich scent of dark chocolate, and a hint of starchy oatmeal if you search for it. Hell of a nose.

T: Slightly bitter dark chocolate gives way to strong coffee tastes. There is a bit of nuttiness to it as well. Starchy tastes come out more as it warms. Finishes dry with coffee and a deep roastiness. Tastes great, but doesn't quite live up to the nose.

M: Thick, but not too heavy. Fluffy even. Low amount of crisp carbonation. Sexy mouthfeel.

D: Very high. A delight to drink, and it sits lightly in the stomach. I don't care that it's 5% abv. When I think of a good session ale, this is what comes to mind.

Notes: Sacre Bleu! Thank you Quebec. Every aspect of this beer is nearly perfect. My favorite oatmeal stout. Even beats the venerable Sam Smith's in my book.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 84.8% out of 100 with 1,253 ratings
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