St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout | McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
1,254 Ratings
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

Added by kbub6f on 09-18-2001

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Ratings: 1,254 |  Reviews: 634
Photo of mcdevster
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

st ambroise is one of the best oatmeal stouts available in the united states.. via canada of course.
I bought the bottled version and poured it into a pint glass..
It pours like a stout, it looks thicker than most almost a syrup like texture.. the head develops normally for a stout - with careful pouring a two finger head will last for quite awhile as you enjoy the beer.
the smell is somewhat dry to me.. sweet tangy dark dates and raisins mixed with roasted chocolate and almonds.. very subtle and pleasant.. the taste is changes as it goes down it starts out smooth and rich then develops into a sharp malty fruity blast which fades on the finnish back to smooth chocolate with a hint of nuts and fruit lingering.. for the thickness of the beer it doesn't coat the mouth too much nor was it as dry as i anticipated.. it goes down easy for a stout and has a dull sweetness along with a pleasant tartness.. not quite as amazing a flavor profile as samuel smith's oatmeal stout.. but something closer to an irish dry stout.. and for me that isn't bad. it has a nice balance and it is light enough so it doesn't fatigue you.. mouthfeel and drinkability are just fine.. just what you want in a stout.

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

Dark black pour with a large yellowish head

Smells of sweet malt and hints of the oatmeal

Tastes fantastic. Malty stout taste with a sweet finish. The oatmeal sweetness is definitely present

I don't know what the bottle version is like but the nitro tap was very silky and smooth on the palate.

Very easier drinker as far as stouts are concerned

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a fairly hearty looking black, short but fluffy caramel coloured head.

Smell: immediate strong hints of expresso & chocolate, along with a nice roasty malt aroma.

Taste: as opposed to the smell, i found the roasty-nutty malt to be the dominant characteristic up front, with the coffee & chocolate a little more subtle on the finish. A classic stout but unique in its own right.

Mouthfeel: a little lighter feeling than the colour might suggest, with a bubbly aspect, but still the hearty oatmeal chewy feel on the finish you would expect.

Drinkability: in terms of a stout it is nicely drinkable, but i wouldn't want to have more than a few in a session. That said I am cracking #2 right now.

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Photo of DIM
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was an extremely dark brown color. It poured with a huge, uneven, thick frothy cap.

s: Big toasty malt aromas with hints of cocoa and dark fruits.

t: Gently roasty malt with some vanilla up front. Toffee flavors with a bit of cherry come before the dry, moderately bitter dark chocolate finish.

m: Robust, chewy, creamy, and incredibly smooth all at the same time.

d: Could very well be the benchmark oatmeal stout for me. Just fantastic.

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

Comes out of the tap a warm opaque sable with a fine-bubbled creamy tan head. The smoky, malty aroma has a hint of mocha and spices. Smoky flavor has malty and yeasty tones as well as hints of cloves and cinnamon. Creamy smooth texture is a little fizzy and leaves a nice tingle.

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Photo of samie85
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on nitro-tap at The Twisted Spoke on 5/21; reviewed from notes.

A-Pours black with a thick two finger, brown head. As it sits, the beer has that cascading nitro tap foam effect(a la Guinness) where the brown foam slowly rises to the top of the glass. Leaves very thick lacing behind.

S-Sweet milky notes(lactose?) with a very large note of chocolate and just a hint of roasted barley.

T-Mostly sweet chocolate with some roasted malt/coffee notes, very subdued taste, finishes with maybe the slightest bit of bitter chocolate.

M-Thick bodied with a velvety smoothness , while remaining pretty light on the palate.

D-Wow, this could be the easiest drinking oatmeal stout I've had. I've found that a lot of breweries tend to overdo it with the roasted barley in oatmeal stouts, but this is nicely balanced. I'll look out for this one again.

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

A - Pours a dark tar colour, almost impermeable to the light. Light fluffy thumb of dark head which slowly settles leaving the slightest amount of lacing.

S - Sweet chocolate and leather scent, which is not overpowering, but not subtle either.

T - Dark cocoa with a bit of a metallic finish. Almost the faintest minty flavour present as well. Dark roast coffee is also noticeable in the aftertaste.

M - Given it's opaque colour I was expecting something much thicker, but was delighted at how light and bubbly this was on the palette. Quite smooth.

D - If you're in the mood for a dark beer which isn't overpowering yet still packs a punch of flavour this is highly recommended. Perfect for one of those cool autumn evenings, though just as enjoyable on a summer afternoon.

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Beer is black and forms a thin brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is a mystery. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is malty with a lot of sweetness and slight hints of coffee.

Beer is pretty thick and has a nice flavor to it. I don't get any oatmeal but I get a lot of body and some roast in the back. Sweetness is up front and the whole thing is well balanced. Second, carbonation is nice, overall a really enjoyable beer.

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

Jet black with a tight, cocoa colored head. Big aroma-smells like just baked brownies to me. Dark grainy flavor-hints of vanilla and a mild espresso taste. Moderate roasted malt flavor with a mild hop presence. Very solid mouthfeel for the low abv. Used to have this constantly years ago when it first came out-very glad to see it back in my area. Top notch oatmeal stout.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, with a healthy beige head that clumps up rather quickly.

S: Roasted black malt, with as much sweetness in the nose as I have gotten from the last couple of milk stouts I have had. Not much in the way of oat smell.

T: Flavor is very heavy on the roasted malt and slightly bitter. Licorice and char are also apparent with a bitter chocolate/coffee ground finish that is dry and lengthy.

M: Thick and chewy, with ample carbonation.

I was long overdue to try this classic oatmeal stout. Very flavorful, although the intensity of roasted malt would limit how many of these I would put down.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MacAuslan St. Ambroise OatmealStout, or "Biere Noire A L'avoine"

Dense, inky apppearance, lush, rugged rocky brown head, slowly crumbling down froma proud crown. Looks great.

Nicely toasted nose, some hints of coffee, molasses, anise. Good and roasty. Liking it.

Mmmm. Smooth, silky, rich, flush with flavor, and a joy on the palate. Wow. I haven't had this in so long, I forgot how it really takes oatmeal stout to a new level. Some cocoa flavor shines through, too, and the taste never abates.
Many enthusiastic thumbs up.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter a rich and deep dark brown but a very thin, tan head. Nothing spectacular.
S: All kinds of maltiness and dark chocolate up front. Buried underneath is some peaty, smokienss. Smells delicious.
T: Much the same as the smell. The bitter chocolate and roasted malts balance well together. Toward the back, the smokiness and alcohol burn comes through. It's not harsh though.
M: Medium to high carbonation, but very smooth.
D: Extremely quaffable. For a stout of this ilk, it's not filling at all. The great taste and high drinkability make this extremely enjoyable!

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Photo of saccro
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - super jet black. No lace. Tan Foam. Good retention.

S - autolysis/oxidation. Spicy hop. Slight roast. Grapenut maltiness.

T - chocolate. coffee. harsh astringent bitterness. sweetened taste.

M - very smooth and creamy. soft carbonation.

D - not bad. Classic english style.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes

A- Jet black. Mocha khaki creamy head.

S- Sour malt and yogurt. Hops.

T- Hops. Real hoppy for a stout. Bitter roasted malt. I burped, and it tasted like a granola bar.

M- Thick and full, but not syrupy. The mouthfeel is thick, not the liquid.

D- High. Highly refreshing.

Second time tasting this on-tap and I now know I love it.

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Photo of Adamdc
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into nonic (still too cold, need to wait a bit)

A: My sloppy pour produced a very big tan head that is slowly settling. Body is opaque with very slight ruby edges and has quite a bit of carbonation.

S: Lots of dark fruit right off the bat---plums and dates. Also some roasted coffee

T: Lots of coffee, some dark chocolate and berries. Subdued dark fruit notes. Some malt bitterness in the middle and a very slight hop bite in the finish. There's also a very slight metallic flavor in there.

M: This seems a bit thin to me. It's definitely very smooth, almost slick but definitely thin.

D: It goes down very smoothly and with the 5.0% abv quite a few of these could disappear before you know it.

Overall not bad but nothing there to really grab me. I can't help but compare it to the only other Oatmeal Stout that I know well, Samuel Smith's, and this brew is behind Smith's in flavor and mouthfeel. It seems that the best way to enjoy this beer is on nitro. All the best reviews are by those who have had it that way. I'm going to seek it out!

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Photo of Lukecook
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 OZ bottle, St Ambroise glass

A- Black, nice fluffy head, moderate lacing

S- Dark malts, espresso and chocolate

T- Same as the smell, espresso and chocolate malts

M- Creamy, roasty, and thick, good carbonation

D- Great beer for after dinner or the end of the night

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Photo of camp0474
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Pours a heavy dark brown/black body. Dark tan head dies off quickly.

S: Sweet and heavy malt smell with strong sweet oats. Not surprising, but this beer really does smell like sweet oatmeal at breakfast.

T: Front end has sweet malt and oatmeal flavors. As these fade a roasted malt flavor comes through for a mildly bitter finish.

M: Thick and chewy body. Fine carbonation.

D: Decent drinkability. These beers are like a meal in themselves so I personally could not handle more than one in a sitting. But overall a very satisfying beer.

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Photo of kwjd
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best example of a beer on nitro-tap I've had. It is jet black with half an inch tan head that stays there all the way down. It smells of roasted malt with some coffee and chocolate in there. The taste is much of the same with a great sweetness, but still some bitterness. So smooth that I finish this before I realize.

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

On nitro tap at Deep Ellum, Allston. Served in a British style pint glass. Intense dark black color. Huge creamy tan head. Lacing on the glass was like pudding, so thick and it just slid down. Roasted coffee smell. Taste was a knockout. Coffee beans, chocolate, oats, all rolled into one luscious flavor profile. Mouthfeel, due to the nitro, was creamy and smooth. Loved it, glad to have it for the first time on nitro. Could have drank this all night.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle into a Tulip

A- Solid black with little to no light penitration. Fluffy light brown head, that left a fair amount of lacing.

S- Very sweet smelling Roasted malts and oats up front with a coffee backround.

T- Pretty complex but well blended. Really sweet malts and oats hit you up front but has a slight burt coffee finish with a little bit of almost raison or mallases. No alcohol flavor what so ever as it warms, the sweetness covers it up.

M- This was one of the most carbonated stouts that I have ever come across. It really hid the up front potential and hidden flavors. Had to let it sit for quite some time before I could really get anything out of it. Had a medium body that left a slightly dry finish but pretty average.

Overall it's a solid stout but not the best I've had.


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Photo of kjyost
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black, but with minimal head on a strong pour. Substantial lacing is left by the head though. The nose is beautiful. Molasses, coffee, oats and almost a berry-like aroma. Enticing. Quite a nice beer a thick and creamy mouthfeel and the roasty goodness of a rich stout finished with a crisp light bitterness. With every sip you take you can't help but catch the aroma, which enhances the taste beautifully. Seems appropriately carbonated and is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of herman77
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a nice thick khaki colored head. Has a nose of dark chocolate, molasses and hints of coffee or espresso. Has a rich malty and chocolate taste up front, then goes a little bitter and a hint of sweet at the end. Nice creamy mouthfeel, great for this type of stout. The head forms a collar around the glass as time goes on. Lots of sticky lacing. Great drinkability. Tasty indeed.

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Photo of ascrivens
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark. Darker than imaginable. No light seems able to escape its truly a visual experience to try to pick out color and light. The head is decent and well coloured, but fades quickly.

Smell: Smells quite good initially but i pick up some alcohol that i wouldnt expect in a stout (more imperial stout alcohol smell). Smells rich, im hoping for a lot in flavour.

Taste: Taste is a dissapointment. Perhaps this bottle is off somehow, but i feel as though i am missing something important in the flavour. My Favorite oatmeal is sam smith's and this particular bottle seems to be no comparison.

But for posterity - Initial sweetness is decent but is soon overcome with bitterness. Pretty good roasted hops flavour. The coffee nature is not as expected, but still apparent. It leaves a lingering bitterness that does truly remind me of an espresso or dark dark chocolate. It is somehow good and bad.

Mouthfeel: This bottle seems highly carbonated with excessive bubbling. It actually takes away from the taste and seems to impart an unfortunate metallic ting to the flavour that is unwelcome. This is the major flaw in my tasting.

Drinkability: Overall a drinkable stout. Not much else to say.

I know this particular beer is very well recieved, so i am tentative to feel so poorly about it, but i am quite confident in this review. Its unfortunate, but this oatmeal stout does not live up to others i have tried.

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Photo of Stimack
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured to a completely black color, no light sneaking through this one. Thick deep tan colored head hat fills the English pint glass. The froth has great legs, a part of it sticks around for the entire experience. The amount of lacing is extensive, huge amounts of clumps at the top and then sheets as this beer disappears. The aromas are complex, dark mallts give a deep roasted and slight burnt scent that is reminiscent of coffee and chocolate, some sweet aroma. Some fruit aromas come through and maybe a little vanilla. Excellent roasted flavor that highlight the chocolate and roasted coffee that was noted in the aroma. Oat flavor seems to be there and I think adds to some of the smoothness, as this brew has a very creamy feel. Slight fruit presence as well as maybe a slight vanilla taste. As I said earlier has a very creamy feel across the tongue and in the back of the mouth. Carbonation is not extensive which is perfect for this brew, and has a pretty dry finish. This brew is excellent, one of the nicest "stouts" I have had in a long time. I will have to pick up more of this brew, though at the price it might be somewhat of a treat.

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Photo of Richter35
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Light brown head; not as thick as the package suggests but then again it could be the glass. Considerable amount of lacing.

Smells like barley, good quality coffee and burnt brown sugar. Very sweet, inviting smell.

Various tastes include coffee, malted and roasted barley [mmm...], perhaps a bit of chocolate. The taste of really nice hops comes through, which I find can be uncommon in darker/full bodied beers. As close to perfection as it gets.

Mouthfeel is a thick and syrupy. Just enough carbonation to wash it all down. An excellent feel for such a bold beer.

Considering it is a stout, the drinkability is very nice. It's the perfect balance of taste between the malt and hops. It would seem as though countless hours have gone into creating this masterpiece and the result is nothing short of spectacular. I guarantee you will like this beer.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,254 ratings
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