St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
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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

Added by kbub6f on 09-18-2001

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

looks great... so dark with dark brown head, lots of lacing

smells better than average... sweet and doughy... almost smokey

tastes great... a little sharp on the tongue after, but a great
burnt caramel flavour... a bit of ginger flavour?

earthy feel through the nose and roof of the mouth... nice

mouthfeel is a-ok, but a bit sharp

drinkability is good... light enough to have a few!

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Photo of jampics2
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Winking Lizard.

Black with a tan, creamy head. 2 finger head, looks a lot like Guinness.

Smell is roasted malt, chocolate, and a nice chicory and cream.

Taste is good - very nice roast, creamy body, great chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, of course I like the "thicker" stouts, but this is good. A tad watery but creamy and satisfying.

Overall, this went down way too easy. Enjoyable stout for sure.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous black body with only faint ruby hues sitting beneath a massive creamy, tan head that gradually dissipates leaving behind a thick, sticky lacing.

Rich roasted malt aroma with oats and milk chocolate almost resembling a milkshake.

Great roasted malt flavor that both starts and ends this beer with the sweet vanilla or milk chocolate mid palate as well as an espresso like quality towards the finish.

Medium to light in body, a bit creamy, with medium carbonation and very smooth all the way through.

This is just a delicious oatmeal stout with plenty to offer the senses and very easy to enjoy!

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Photo of reallyhoppie
3.01/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good looking stout that ended up being kind of a let down. Dark brown with a strong tan head that lasted throughout the beer. This beer has not much of an aroma, maybe coffee and caramel. A strong bitterness fades into the familiar chocolate and oats flavor for the style with a slight sweetness throughout. This stout has one of the thinnest bodies of any stout I've ever had, which I would consider the biggest problem with this beer.

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Photo of fartkowski
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 341 ml bottle, bought at the LCBO
Poured a very dark color, with about a 3/4" head.
I really enjoyed this one. It had a smokey, espresso like taste to it.
It also had a bitter taste to it, but went down smooth.
One of the more enjoyable beers I've had.
I usually like buying them in singles at first just to try them. This one was only available in 6 packs. I'm glad I got the 6

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oct 28, 2009

12oz. bottle. Had this one stored for about 1.5 years. Pours nearly black with a nice brown head. Sticky lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, bitter coffee, and chocolate.

Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, with a bit of an acidic/lactic kick. A touch of smoke as well.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but incredibly smooth with low carbonation.

I just love how smooth oatmeal stouts are and this is a great example of the style.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a thick, foamy, 2 finger head...the color of light milk chocolate. The foam quickly dissipated down to ½ finger and then slowed down leaving a nice lace behind. I do not think you can get a darker is like a black hole...absent of all light. I've seen 10W40 lighter then this!

The first aroma I could detect is a milky sweet a malted milkshake. Chocolate, roasted malts and toffee are all present. Very rich...

The flavors are not as sweet as the nose would suggest. Coffee (with creamer) up front. Gets a little sweeter in the middle with chocolate and sweet malts. Finishes with roasted malts and molasses. There is a smoky aftertaste I could not pick up in the nose, but balances the palate nicely.

Medium mouth feel...a tad bit oily, but very creamy with thin, appropriate carbonation.

Very drinkable and a great example of the style! Would not hesitate to get more of these and keep handy.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Deep Ellum, Alston MA.

Been wanting to try this for awhile but couldn't stomach $13 for a 4-pack of a 5% abv beer, from a relatively large brewery 6 hours away.

Black with a tan nitro-head and a nitro-retention that leaves a literal wall of lace. Smells of dark roast coffee and sharp char. Taste is bold roast malt and a heavy char in back--almost smokey. Smooth but somewhat light body. Seems bigger than 5%.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew from scottg for winning SNF Squares - Week 13, Thanks Scott!

11.5oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Black with a good sized tan head that left a nice coat of lacing.
The aroma is roasted coffee and vanilla extract.
Taste is bold and roasty, coffee and chocolate with some espresso like bitterness on the finish.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a slick feel.
Very drinkable.

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Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sent by ben4321 on RateBeer in a trade. Thanks, Ben, this was a good one.

Pours black in color with a one-finger beige head that leaves a little film on the beer after awhile.

Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee. Pretty typical for an oatmeal stout.

Flavor is very interesting. Starts out as a pretty standard but well-balanced stout with chocolate and espresso notes. Then the roast really hits you. Really gets intense in the finish. There's also a nice oatmeal/milk character in there.

Palate is smooth but fairly light. This is not a terrible thing, as it adds to the drinkability. Leaves a little char in your mouth.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, not even showing highlights when backlit. Huge chocolaty head, decent retention and spotty lacing.

SMELL Yum! Rich blend of booze, roast, and something (a spice?) vaguely sour. Smells way bigger than 5%.

TASTE is very roasty, a little bit dry, some coffee like notes in the roast, and almost sort of licorice, but not quite. Malty sweetness balances and barely steps out of the shadows of the roast. Just a wee little nip of booze. Super smooth and delicious.

FEEL silky smooth, creamy, slightly slick, with thin/medium body and clean finish.

OVERALL a great beer! Amazing amount of flavor and aroma for such a small beer. Truly impressive, and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rigerous pour unvails an opaque darkness with lots of big bubbles around the edges. The head is practically jumping up and down with it's light shade of brown. dissipates pretty fast but leaves a little ring in it's wake.

This one gives off the aroma of highly carbonated black berry soda and rootbeer. Dry chocolate, fudge brownies with musty wet-earth. Unique.

a very zippy but hearty stout, big bittr chocolate, slight vanilla extract and a dry hoppy balance, slightly chalky feel, medium bodied, maybe too carbonated though. There's a slick effect that quickly becomes dry and slighlty bitter in the finish.

A bit unbalanced but a very enjoyable stout from our Northern Neighbors.

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Photo of Travlr
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark opaque brown with a thick creamy beige head and solid lacing.
S: Aroma of cocoa powder and burnt coffee beans.
T: Tastes of bitter chocolate and caramel, not much of a finish, which was the only thing preventing a 4.5 taste rating.
M: Positively chewy, excellent body.
D: classic example of the style, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of CheckMate
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz brown bottle obtained at Mckinnons in Salem, NH. pours a dark opaque brown liquid with a heavy inch of creamy tan head that leaves a bit of lacing when it dissipated. scents of espresso, slight nuttiness, tinge of diacetyl. flavors of roasty espresso, oatmeal, and the slightest tinge of diacetyl (you have to really look for it IMO). medium bodied with carbonation. nice roasty drink to fill one up IMO.


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

Pours a nice black color with a big creamy light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, oatmeal, and molasses. Quite sweet smelling, but doesn't taste as sweet as it smells. Big roasted malt flavor with espresso and some dark chocolate. A fairly bitter finish. Medium bodied, good mouthfeel. An excellent beer.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint. This is a deep brown/almost black beer with glowing mahogany edges. There is a thick frothy coffee colored head that leaves behind ample lacing. As the head fades it loses a bit of its color as well.

The smell is roasted coffee and bitter chocolate, with maybe some hints of a sweeter milk chocolate as it warms as well. This is not an overwhelming smell, but very good.

The taste is exactly like the smell, the bitter coffee and dark chocolate never get too bitter before they are balanced out nicely by some light hints of milk chocolate and oat sweetness.

The beer is well carbonated, medium-light bodied and very drinkable. This is one I could drink multiple bottles of no problem, a very sessionable stout indeed.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Montreal craft brewer has done this right, a tan head covers a deep dark chocolate looking impenetrable beer. Sweet malt nose with a lack of hops to balance, but for this style it's fine.

Astringence, caramel malts, hops are there to balance the taste and finish. A heavy silky oatmeal stout, very drinkable given the modest abv, a session beer for stout lovers, this is a great achievement for the folks looking for tasty session beers. Keep these around for a cold day.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Some brews from this brewery started popping up at my local store, gave it a whirl. Pours a nice deep dark brown, tan head to it. Smell is nice and roasty. This beer is just damn creamy, nice mouthfeel and very smooth. Loaded with flavor and one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had. Only thing I would change is to up the ABV so it has a bit more of a bite to it but it's pretty damn good how it is.

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

Trying St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout was one of my earliest beer epiphanies. I had never seen a head so wickedly dark before; its rusted, dingy blend of ebony and red oxide was a sight of astonishment. Its sooty, opaque blackness wholly engulfed the afternoon's bright summer sun. I had never seen a beer so wicked, nor so seductively tempting.

The smell had me equally dumbfounded - it was now clear that my palate was about to be awaken and initiated into the divine, transcendent world of artisan brewing. My nose would be the first anointed: the most decadent of chocolate cakes as well as tiramisu, paired alongside marzipan and fresh-pulled shots of espresso, instantly sprung to mind.

I anticipated my first sip with a child-like giddiness. Finally, the liquid touched my lips. It was so thick, so robust, so bold, so undauntedly flavourful - it was like no beer I had ever tried before. It was a liquid dessert that contained all the chocolate fudge, chocolate brownies, chocolate ice cream, chocolate coffee, chocolate everything I could ever crave!

Yet it wasn't chocolate, it was unmistakably beer. It was a hearty yet refreshing beverage, not so much a sinfully rich, decadent dessert as it was a tender, coddling, nurturing companion. And it wasn't so straightforward as chocolate either, it had a certain indefinable quality, one unique to this beer and this beer only, that still sticks with it to this day.

Not to mention its smoky, roasty, bitter - yet underlying lactose sweet - mouthfeel, one capable of impressing the most satiating sensation right into the wall of the cheeks. How gratifying. Sip after sip I went back, like a lost vagabond finding water in the middle of the dessert. I couldn't understand what made it so great, but I had to learn.

And years later - after sampling, reviewing, even brewing many, many, beers just like it - I still have yet to figure it out. "MmmMmmm" is still the best description I can give. It is still, and likely always will be, a mainstay in my beer fridge and play initiator to many of those newly converted to the dark side. Simply put: it is a role model for dark beers everywhere!

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce bottle, twist off top. W/o Freshness/bottling info. Pours darkest shades of brown, near black, with light shining through the edge. Fluffy mocha head, leads to a tiny bubble film, medium collar and ample bit os lace and light sheeting on the glass. The nose here is roasted malts and some light coffee. More coffee on the tongue, along with darker grains. On the thin side body wise and quite dry on the lips. Hopped up, quite drinkable, ample coffee, dark grains. As a big fan of the style, I'd say this is well worth a try. $9.99 for a 4 (boo) pack at DeCiccio's in adsley, NY

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

Consumed 11/11/2009- from notes.

Brown 11.5oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pitch black, not even any light sneaking around the edges when held up to the light. Topped off with a burly three finger khaki head that took a LONG time to settle to about a quarter inch for the remainder of the glass. I actually set the cap on the head and it only sank a little and then stopped. Good lacing as well.

S- A little roasty coffee/chocolate, oatmeal and a sweetness that I cant nail down.

T- Almost identical to the smell except the chocolate seems more like a bitter dark chocolate. A little bit sweeter over all as well.

M- Medium bodied to my suprise. Thought it would be alot heavier. Pretty smooth and creamy.

D- Super easy drinker. Could have a few of these in a row, no problem. Definitely will pick this up again!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov10 2009

A nice and dark with three fingers of mocha head that slowly falls leaving lace around the glass. the foam ends up as a 1/4 film that still leaves a couple of rings of lace near the bottom of my glass

S heavy on the smokey espresso with mild dark chocolate

T as it smells but a little sweeter, this is a great stout one of the better ones I've had in recent memory

M smooth and silky not that thick but no major problems

D I could drink this all day long without any complaints whatsoever

I think this one will work its way into my winter rotation its a must try beer for any beer lover

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

Pours a deep dark nearly opaque black... thin kahki head, disapears quickly, leaves litle lacing. Smell is of rich dark chocolate and sweet cream. Faint hints of smoke and sark fruit. Taste is more omplex with bitter dark chocolate, sweet cream, hints of dark fruit and definite hop presence. Medium bodied, slightly oily yet not coating. A pleasure to drink, fantastically rich yet quite simple and pure.

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

(From Notes)

Excellent beer. Solid proof that the Canadian brewing industry has a LOT to offer.

The appearance is a beautiful, clean black and fills the room with a wonderfully roast chocolate and oat smell. Round and crisp. Very much full bodied in smokiness, maltiness and flavor, there is not an overtly viscous taste in the mouth. The incredible thing about this beer is that it possesses so many flavors yet remains so well-balanced. Oats, roasted almonds, black mole, scotch, grapefruit, and smoked meats. Very lightly carbonated, but wonderfully drinkable and not particularly dry. Round and smooth. Really excellent.

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Photo of tuvok
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I read quite a bit about this beer from various sources and after finding it and waiting for a cold to go away, I was very excited to try this highly-rated beverage.

Appearance: Poured it into a tulip glass where it threw up a 1.5 cm brownish head on top of an opaque black liquid. Very nice to look at. The dark beverages always seem to be masking some kind of mystery waiting to be discovered. While the head receded fairly quickly the beverage did leave some lacing on the glass.

Smell: I found it hard to pinpoint any particular smell, it seemed to offer several scents including coffee, fruit cake, dark chocolate, and caramel/toffee. The smell reminded me of a chocolate milkshake when the glass was swirled. Overall, a very pleasant set of odors.

Taste: This is where it became challenging for me. This one tasted very bitter to me, like unsweetened dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Finished dry and left a persistent aftertaste. It did seem slightly less bitter as it warmed but it was still a bit overwhelming for me.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick/full bodied as I was expecting but not too thin either. Mouthfeel became more pleasant as the beer got warmer.

Drinkability: I think the smell got me through to the end of the beer as there was enough to experience to keep things interesting. This one was a bit too bitter for my tastes (also not a fan of the dark chocolate taste) so it is unlikely I would try it on a regular basis. I can see why it is rated as highly as it is, right now though, its just not the right beer for me.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,275 ratings