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:
#2,425
Reviews:
633
Ratings:
1,253
Liked:
1,063
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
10.81%
Alströms:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
157
Trade:
2
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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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Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark pitch black without even the slightest trace of lighter edges and a two finger frothy dark coffee colored head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing.

Sweet malty aroma with hints of bitter sweet dark chocolate, roasted coffee, licorice, alcohol, toast, dark fruit, toffee, creamy lactic notes and a heavy dose of oatmeal. There is also some very subtle hops but the aroma of this beer is all about the sweet silky chocolate malts and roasty notes.

Surprisingly thin based on the appearance. Slightly watered down with very slight chewy roasted chocolate malt. Very roasted and dry with a lot of oatmeal, toffee and hazelnut with a very faint hints of coffee bean, toffee, subtle hops and bourbon(?). There is a nice hop bitterness that lasts throughout and compliments the roasty bitter dark chocolate notes nicely. ABV is unnoticeable and this is a pretty quaffable session beer. Very complex for a beer that can be sessioned. Bone dry finish. Decent but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of jt31914
2.03/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz Bottle:

A: Not much head and little appearance of carbonation - dark black color typical of the style.

S: Smells pretty good - prominent oatmeal with faint alcohol aroma.

T: Decent, weak finish but clear oatmeal on the palate.

M/D: Awful mouthfeel, way too bubbly on the palate, you can't hold it in your mouth at all.

This beer is pretty average, I was very disappointed.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +4.4%
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 -1.5%
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 -4.2%
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 +9.8%
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 +1.2%
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%
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%
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 +2.2%
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 +5.9%
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 +11.3%
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 +7.4%
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 +7.6%
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 +5.9%
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%
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 -18.9%
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 -9.8%
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 -5.9%
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 -16.5%
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 +3.7%
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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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 84.8% out of 100 with 1,253 ratings
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