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
Ratings:
1,248
Reviews:
632
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
96
Gots:
155
For Trade:
2
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Photo of LittleCreature
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am entering in a review that was deleted. I don't have any tasting notes, but can remember the scores. Tasting notes will be added when I try the beer again.

Appearance - 4.5

Smell - 4.0

Taste - 4.0

Mouthfeel - 4.5

Drinkability - 4.5

OVERALL 4.2
A lovely Oatmeal Stout, would make a brilliant winter session beer.

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Photo of Nick3
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into my London Pride pint glass. It easily forms a 3 inch, light brown head. Plenty of lacing and froth hug the glass as the head recedes. Smell is oatmeal naturally along with maple syrup and chocolate, really enticing. Taste does not disappoint, a roasted bitterness carries itself nicely through the entire drink. The beer never turns sweet as I've seen with many others in this style. Bittersweet chocolate also lingers on the palate through the finish. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. The beer is quite easy to drink as I've almost finished it over the course of the past 5 minutes. Highly recommend it as an easy drinking stout and for anybody looking to branch out beyond Guinness and Murphy's, presuming they enjoy oatmeal like flavors of course.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours opaque with a 2 finger light chocalate colored head that decipated rather quick. Nice lacing all around the glass as head settled.

S - Some coffee notes, roasted malts, and chocolate. Smells sweeter than most stouts I've had, perhaps from the oats???

T - Definitely a sweeter taste. Chocolate and roasted malts up front, coffee in the finish.

M - Very smooth, medium body, low carbonation. Taste lingers in the mouth.

D - Very high. Lots of flavor considering the abv. Good session beer.

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Photo of kegger22
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, dark brown with a modest head that quickly reduced to a collar. The aroma was like a bitter chocolate. The taste was not as much bitter, as sour. I probably served this too cold and that may account for the sour flavor, it went away and bitter replaced it as the beer warmed. There was some chocolate as well. The feel was medium bodied, smooth with little carbonation. Drinkability was very good. OK, but I'm not a big fan.

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Photo of Long813
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Pint

A: Black-opaque body, dark tan coloured head which dissipated into a thin film. Not much lacing around the glass.

S: Mild coffee beans with floury oats, maybe a hint of raisin.

T: Mild coffee which doesn't deliver to much bitterness.

M: Medium body, the oats create a creamy texture. medium-low carbonation.

D: It is very good, the bitterness is on a low end so drinking more than one isn't a problem. It's a nice full stout without the high alcohol concentration.

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Photo of Bung
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. Somewhat thin appearing almost black pour, some cream colored head. Laces the glass okay, but not much retention. Quite a roasty aroma, malt and coffee and some oats and light lactic chocolate. A little light bodied, but still thick enough. A definete dryness throughout. Roasted malt, light coffee, rolled oat and light milk chocolate flavors. Finish is a little bitter, then a bit bland. Extreamly easy drinking, did not find this as filling as others. Could be a good session stout if available to you.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours virtually opaque, with deep, chocolate malt colored head. Thick and creamy with very good retention, coating, and bubbly lacing.

Light coffee notes, with a little bitter chocolate. Sweet and bready with some roasted malts.

Stout. The faint oatmeal comes in afterwards. Theres a little bittersweet taste as well. Mild, roasted coffee. Tasty, but falls a little short of my more favorite stouts.

Very nice and chewy. Thick, and very satisfying to drink.

It's rather mild in terms of alcohol, so you could pound em back with not much conciquence. Its rather heavy and easy to fill up on so you might not want to over do it on these.

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Photo of berley31
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, tan head that retained as such throughout drinking. Body is jet-black and completely opaque.

S: Nice aroma of roasted coffee beans... and some oats in there as well?

T: Lots of roasted coffee, with a long duration - this beer stays with you when you're done drinking it. Finish is slightly bitter and dry.

M: Light-bodied with a creamy texture... not near as heavy as I was expecting. Carbonation is soft.

D: Not something I could pound back all night, but is a beer like this really meant for that type of consumption? A great oatmeal stout that is best-enjoyed sipping slowly, as all the great beers are.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Near solid black with a lasting frothy tan head. I'm amazed that this is only 5% alcohol; the amount of flavor and body almost put it in the imperial range. Big, rich caramel sweetness, chocolatey and roasted malt flavors. Finishes dry, with a firm, yet smooth roasty bitterness. Full and silky body. Smells of rich chocolate mousse. Everything just works.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One for the pot, 3 for me. Long time stand-by beer, first time review.

That's about the ratio I like. 12oz pours a deep, dark brown with just hints of ruby around the edges, a finger of relatively sticky mocha head with good retention, leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

Nose is light, some light toasted oats, coffee, roasted malts.

As most people have pointed out, for the style (not an RIS) and for the ABV (5%) this stout packs a serious punch. Nice roasty malts, bitter baking chocolate, coffee grounds all mix with a stronger than I remember toasted oats flavor, throw in a hint of brown sugar and a light sweetness. Yeah, it has a thinner body but at 5% it's hard not too when compared to a 9% RIS. Makes this one pretty damn drinkable, though I would dial down the carbonation a notch.

Pretty classic Canadian beer here. Paired well with the Irish Lamb Stew I made, tossed a bottle in, tasted good in there too. Versatile beer with loads of (relative) flavor. Solid all around.

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

This is another excellent beer from McAuslan, a characterful, well-crafted, balanced, and well-integrated stout.

Black with the faintest red-brown light hints at the bottom, it seems thick and oily, has a medium-large, rich brown head, steadily srhinking to a permanent, creamy thin top and leaving some nice lace starting with a good, even ring.

The aroma is rich, with chocolate, molasses/ginger cake, some mocha, hints of earth and prune.

The taste is nice, clean, fairly light yet full-bodied and well-rounded with complexity and depth. It has a lot of rich, toasty grain, some definite light oatmeal qualiy,, earhty, with stewed prunes, hint of chocolate, light leafy-woody spicey bitterness to balance the light sweetness, and a dry, slightly peppery finish. A light smokey quality comes into play just before the finish and lingers lightly with earthyness and hint of molasses in a nice, lng aftertaste. The elements are not overly strong, but fim and consistent, in addition to being integrated and balanced beautifully.

The feel is wonderful, a great balance between oily and dry, light, and lively. It has a definite oiliness but this is light, and far lighter than it first seemed when pouring. It is blended well with a light body and lively feel.

It's exceptionally drinkable, maintaining great interest throughout yet being light enough to drink a lot of easily.

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Photo of will4240
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another Cabin beer for me. Busted this one out with my dearest friend Keith in the northwoods... I have one word for it- smoooth.

All around a pretty typical oatmeal stout with accentuated features. Fantastic flavor and a perfect amount of body for the style. This is truly a world class oatmeal stout! In my opinion only comparable to the Black Water from the Town Hall... I will definitely be picking up another four pack.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at K&L in Redwood City. Bryan is doing an awesome job bringing these beers here...

A: Pours a dark brown (pitch black in the glass) with ruby edges against the light. Develops a light tan head that falls slowly in sections, eventually receding into a light film on top of the brew with a few streaks of lacing down the sides. Nice.

S: Sweet chocolate, with an earthy and smoky charred-ness to it. Vanilla, sugar, and coffee as well. It required some agitation for me to bring all of this out.

T: Starts off sweet, with a brown sugary / chocolatey / roasted malt blend setting the tone. It becomes more bitter and dry mid-taste as coffee, vanilla, and smoke make their move. Finishes semi-dry. Very impressive.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation may actually be a tad high, but it's not detracting from any of the flavors, obviously -- the beer still has a complex profile and is very enjoyable throughout.

D: This is an incredibly flavorful stout for 5%. It is something I definitely plan to pick up again.

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Photo of Brad007
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch-black color with a two-finger head that fades down, leaving lacing in the fluted glass.

Aroma is creamy with a good hint of roasted coffee, chocolate and cream in the nose.

Taste is light and creamy with a nice hint of chocolate and muted coffee upfront. Texture is very nice. Chocolate shows through well as a dominant flavor from the malt.

Mouthfeel is still quite creamy and smooth as velvet. Carbonation is dialed up a bit high but doesn't affect the flavor too much. Muted coffee, cream and chocolate flavors remain.

Very nice example of this style. Easy to drink and simply well-done. Marvelous.

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Photo of ADZA
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very nice looking with a one finger cappicino laced head,a dark cola colour and heaps of lacing very nice,it has a beautiful aroma of mocha coated hops,it has an above average creamy mouthfeel with tastes of oats,mocha and a nice bittersweet finish,a very nice oatmeal stout and will buy again.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Must have had a different beer than most here. Poured to a dark brown with medium thick tan head that lasted to mid glass with little lacing. Nose was a faint but pleasant mix of chocolate, coffee and a hint of meal. Mouthfeel was thin and watery, which may have kept me from finding more flavors in the taste. Finish was short, and again, dominated by watery with little remnants of flavor.

Not impressed with this one

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice dark one with thick espresso head, sinking unevenly and has left a pleasant ring of beige lace around the glass, all quite uneven, which is nice. Slight tinge of brownish-red up to the light, nothing else that I can really make out.

Nose is incredibly sweet, with a thick chocolatey aroma, but also a sour edge, with a big smokey and meaty hit, a large bacon aroma with tart hints of fig, chlorine (?) and tomato around it as well. Ultimately, very chocolatey, and slightly disconcerting from that meatiness, but an interesting and very pleasant nose.

Taste is ultimately dark, with a great burnt, ashy bitterness underlying it. Overlain on the top are, even more prominent than on the nose, some meaty, smokey flavours, a lot of pork, dark wood, even an oniony kind of spice, I have to tell you it's decidedly odd. Front though is sweet, with that cocoa flavour, but it doesn't last long. Slight hint of alcohol on the back, while mouthfeel is not very full and leaves with a distinct, arid dryness. None of which is particularly bad.

Not bad at all, but the particular flavours are a bit off-putting because of their strength. I couldn't and wouldn't drink this all the time.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deliciously empty black void, with a good creamy thick head of cream-coloured brown. Lacing is sublime, and it looks very pleasantly and densely opaque. A truly excellent looking beer.

Lots of lovely roasted notes on the nose. Hints of oak, milk chocolate, coconut, raisins and toffee. Very full and sweet, with just a lingering crisp burnt note which crackles around the edges of the aroma. It doesn't sock me in the nose with its strength, but it is undeniably very good.

Smooth entry, punctuated be a wry, wholesome burnt bitterness that tapers off to a silky finish of vanilla paste. Texture is lovely in the mouth, quite full and chewy, but not too heavy or thick. Again, it has a subtlety to it - it doesn't pound the senses into submission, rather it just opens its doors slowly and gently, giving you a light but pleasant melange of dark roasted characters.

Not a huge beer, and certainly not a huge stout, but it has much to enjoy, and its subtlety comes with the benefit of increasing its drinkability. Very smooth, creamily dark and good for a couple.

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch thick head, dark brown

Smell: sweet toasted malt, molasses, and expresso

Taste: burnt malt, coffee, some light cream

Mouthfeel: medium body, dry, semi-sweet, smooth, with low carbonation

Drinkability: Compared to other oatmeal stouts I have tried this one is pretty average. It is inoffensive on the way down, but the aftertaste just did not agree with me. This one was a disappointment.

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Photo of u2carew
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
A) Pours with a brown, creamy and sticky head. Opaque.
S) Bready. Earthy spice. Coffee. Toffee sweetness.
T) Cocoa. Coffee. Smoky. Toffee malt sweetness. Rich flavor - a good balance of all the elements.
M) Chewy. Fizzy. Full bodied. Fairly smooth.
D) A well brewed stout. Very delicious.

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Photo of JTWILDOATS
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably one of my favorite genres of beer--so I'm always willing to give a new one a try. I prepared this brew by a pour into a pint glass with an egg, tomato, and cheddar omelet. Awesome.

The initial pour was spectacular. Tar black with a thick, burnt coffee head--of which quickly squandered but remained somewhat throughout.

To be perfectly frank, I was slightly turned away by the overpowering coffee essence--almost to the point of smelling oily and chemically. This makes me curious about the quality of ingredients used. Otherwise, the chocolate and coffee notes were enjoyable.

Tasted like a typical coffee/oatmeal stout. Bitter coffee notes were the most prominent--the bitterness was in balance however, and it was delicious.

This is practically a meal in of itself. Flavors and thickness were a mark of a pleasant stout. However, after enjoying such masterpieces as with Founders KBS or Breakfast Stout, this particular aftertaste seemed fairly meek. The initial smack was there, but I got no resonating spice--simply a mild, hearty burn.

I'd still recommend giving this a try however.

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

Poured from bottle to goblet.

A: Thick, pitch black color, dark creamy head that fades semi quickly

N: Some porter nose, chocolate malt, little coffee, a little alcohol, roasted malts, slight oat

T: Taste starts with bitter dark chocolate but not overbearing, a slight coffee, some rich malts and oats, a sweet molasses blends in the middle, some dark fruits like raisin and plum in the center, a little creaminess fills it out with some burnt brown sugar, pretty rich and complex

M: Semi thick with average carbonation but gets sticky towards the end

F: Finishes a little sweet and with some bitter dark chocolate, its hard to tell if the bitter comes from hops or earthy charred malts, but doesn't stick around for too long as it leaves you ready for more

Final thoughts: Pretty good for an oatmeal stout. Doesn't try to be overbearing, but has enough complexity. It would be a great go-to for the oatmeal stout style. Good oats, sweetness, chocolate and roasted malts, little creamy. If you haven't had it before I would recommend. Great for a darker session beer surprisingly.

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

Found this one in the loose basket down at the LCBO. It's nice to try one before you commit to a 6 pack.

Pours jet black with a finger and a half of mocha brown head. Decent retention and nice patchy lacing. Reminded me a lot of Royal's Extra Stout.

Strong smell of rich chocolate, coffee, toffee and a hint of raisons. Very sweet but very inviting.

Rich dark chocolate up front followed by a dry coffee like finish with a touth of raisons. Hops are very well hidden making only a quick and subtle appearance at the end. Nothing overpowering which is for me what divides the good stouts and the bad.

Mouthfeel silky smooth. Bit of an oily texture which transitions well to a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability is excellent but don't think i'd be sessioning this one any time soon.

Overall, a great stout. Doesn't lack in flavor and complexity but doesn't try to over-do anything. I would be happy to order this at a bar any day over guinness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A medium bodied Stout with some smokey, meaty undertones.

The beer opens with a Stout-enough looking pour: a deeply browned color releases only tanned highlights around the edges. Carbonation reinforces a 1" foamstance that settles into a velvety lace ontop the beer. Completely opaque and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

Aromas of heavy toast, maybe burnt breads laced with deep toffee sweetness, light medium smoke scents and malty, yeasty breadiness. No real fruitiness or hops to mention.

Flavors of heavy caramels, toffees, and honey-baked breads provide the malt and sweet base for the beer. Mild coffee and bittersweet cocoa gives a deep complexity to the malts. Again, little on fruits or hops.

The beers texture is velvety, rich, and smooth due to the oats that seem to coat the mouth with a creamy layer of softness right before the Stout-like grains provide their attack. Semi-sweet, and semi-dry because of the arid and somewhat chalky grains- but this fine for Oatmeal Stouts.

The silky texutures I expect, but that smoke (maybe phenolic) flavor was not. I'm not sure if this is an added complexity to the beer or an unwarrented distraction. Regardless, this doesn't kill the beer nor propell it into greatness either. Probably an average Oatmeal Stout but with that odd smokey character.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque pitch black color with about a half finger dark tan head that holds up fairly well and leaves behind a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma starts off strongly with roasted malt and then reveals a bit of a coffee undertone. A hint of hops also detected in the background.

Taste reveals notes of roasted chocolate with some coffee and nuts and a nice balance from the light hop finish.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. A good oatmeal stout and I could have easily had a few of these without getting too tired of it. Definitely worth checking out.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,248 ratings.
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