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
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1,245
Reviews:
632
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
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Photo of cpmau11
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
12 oz bottle

Served into a pint glass. Pours oil black, nice dark tan head, good lacing and retention. Aroma smells of chocolate and coffee. Taste has strong notes of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal flakes, and roasted malts. Also has very nice hop character to it, bitter but still smooth.Mouthfeel is great, reminds me a good porter. Drinkability is awesome since the ABV is only 5.0. A beer you can drink more than one.

Overall, this is a great oatmeal stout. What it lacks in alcohol it covers up in flavor. Will definitely buy this again.

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

Pitch black pour with a tight chestnut head. Very good head retention and some nice lacing. Very, very appealing.

The nose is roasty with a slight twang. Notes of coffee, caramel and liquorice.

A nice bitter coffee flavour is right up front. The bitterness lingers throughout. Slight hints of smoke and chocolate as well. Very good.

Slightly below average body with crisp carbonation. This is nice and in a good way refreshing for a stout. Quite drinkable offering lots of flavour without being cloying and has an alcohol level that means you can and want to have more than 1.

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Photo of hike20
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Smells a little like like cappuccino. Wow! Nice flavor to match the aroma. Not so much overpowering smoke flavor I get in so many stouts. Feels good swirling around my mouth, with a nice level of carbonation. Overall very good and possibly a little too drinkable!

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark brown on the edge of black, not much head but there is a little bit of medium brown foam over most of the surface.

S = Strong scents of licorice and dark chocolate, some sharp smells almost of chicory.

T = Very good balance a nice bitterness from tip of tongue to a long finish, but along the way we also have treacle, warm chestnuts and black walnuts.

M = Medium to medium-light body, carbonation stings just a bit too much, mouthcoating gets the job done but is maybe a little light.

D = Drinks very easily, lots of flavor, bitterness and the ensuing dryness in the mouth makes you want another drink immediately after each preceding drink.

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Photo of Grunewald
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - black with foamy coffee colored head that sticks around

S - dark coffee, slightly sweet

T - smokey chocolate, a nice sweet/bitterness at play

M - very nice, chalky finish

D - a nice balance, light carbonation and not filling, good session beer

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a viscose opaque nature with a frothy dark khaki colored head, 2 fingers hight that displayed great retention lasting 4 plus minutes before settling to a thin whispy layering. A nice thick splotchy web lacing, foamy in nature and texture covers the glass on the way down.

S: brought about hints of light charred wood along with a smoked malting and dark dried fruit. Roasted coffee is also well pronounced, but it is the lingering charred smokiness that takes center stage here. Some boozy rum raisin notes finish things up here.

T: The flavor delivers some smokey peat and fresh brewed black coffee hints upon first sipping. Ripe dark fruit (raisins, plums) and a lingering coffee and wet charred woodiness is also present. The flavor starts off strong but thins a bit in the finish, appearing thick and flavorful, but losing a bit flavor and substance wise towards the end. Though it seems a little watery on the finish it is not enough where it is a total letdown, it was however noticeable enough to mention. A earthy bitterness with some dry chocolate soon closes in leaving a smooth roasted bitterness lingering about on the tongue.

M: viscose, and full, with a creamy smooth texture. Little carbonation is detected as a nice coffee grind lacing graces the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Overall drinkability was pretty decent, starting off good, but perhaps thinning out towards the end, giving you an opportunity to put down a couple. A good drinking experience but honestly not one that will stick in my mind as one of the better examples the next time Im out looking for an oatmeal.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a thick consistency low alcohol beer. with a chocolate and earth quality in the nose. i feel i got an older bottle as it didn't seem as bright as expected. palate of chocolate and a very mild acidic smokiness. not really fruity in the combination but still had a very nice body. a leathery finish that wasn't very dominating. the acid wasn't extreme... and the beer still had a nice creamy quality.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night during a poker game. Poured jet black with little head and no lacing. Smelled of caramel malt, toffee, and a small alcohol kick. Tasted of roasted malts. Very smooth, just slightly overcarbonated. Could easily drink a bunch of em.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost jet black in colour, with a thick brown head that leaves lovely lacing.
Glorious aroma of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, hazelnuts, light coffee and subtle hops (noble?).
Flavours are mostly roasted malt and rolled oats, with some chocolate in the background. Solid roasted bitterness.
Full body with creamy carbonation. Very smooth!

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Photo of brendan13
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass a very dark brown, borderline black. 2 centimetre dense beige head that slowly falls away and leaves a touch of lacing.
S - Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, some roastiness, a vauge peaty note. Also some dark fruit hints.
T - Sweetish chocolate notes, roasted character, a bit of oatmeal and again a light peaty and some dark fruit flavour.
M - Medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Slightly syrupy feel.
D - Quite a tasty stout at 5%. Would probably drink again.

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Photo of mikejmoe
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very Nice head, Pours slow and thick, Very black, and the bottling is just right for it. Great coverage as well.

S: A nice sort of candy smell, like Carmel or something. A little oatmeal smell as well, kind of gets you excited for the tasting of the beer. Every time I take a taste, I get

T: Very much a stout, maybe just a little too strong on the bitter side, but the heck, I'm an American, not a Canadian. Washes down the throat just as if were a light beer. Not very filling at all. Pretty good for a 4.5-5.5 alcohol beer. I really like the smoky flavor that comes along with it right in the middle.

M: It looks heavy, but it really isn't. Just a perfect medium stout. Nothing like an Irish stout or even a Guinness could beat this one out...

D: Great drinkability. Very easy to handle. Not overpowering, but certainly not soft. Its just right in the middle where a stout should be.

A great beer. Overall, very solid Canadian beer...makes me want to take a trip to Montreal for a weekend...

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Photo of everetends
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle sent to me by the great IBUnit63. I thought I once bought a mixed sixer of St. Ambroise Pale Ale and this beer, but when I got home, somehow I only had 6 of the Pale. Ah well, now I am here and its resting in my Terrapin pint glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice black in color for sure. Held to the light, it appears to absolutely be black and allowing no light penetration. The pour got me a two fingers of light brown head that fell to a very long lasting finger. Really nice retention on a nice and rocky head. The lace is nice and sticky, creating a lot of coverage all the way down the glass. Looks good.

S: There is a big time a very in your face butterscotch aroma coming out here. I mean, probably the most butterscotch I have ever gotten out of a brew. Then there is a pretty nice and husky grains presence. The oats are pretty rich and noticeable. But I'll be damned if that butterscotch aroma doesn't dominate everything in here. Its nice but it can be a bit much at times.

T: Taste does not have as huge a butterscotch presence, but it is there. Nice and sweet, mixing nicely with some caramel malts. Oatmeal is very hearty and present. Getting some more earthy grains type flavors approaching as well. There is a nice and light maple syrup flavor in here as well. Maybe a very light grassy hops presence, but I may be reaching here. Still very nice and works for an Oatmeal Stout for sure. Used to more of a chocolate presence but this works nicely as a change of pace.

M: Medium body with a bit of wateriness to it. May be a little thinner than some, but its nice and doesn't take anything away IMO. ABV is low and is nice, has a touch of warmth but no real heat. Carbonation is medium, keeping this one going easily and keeping a pretty sweet beer refreshing. Aftertaste is mostly caramel and butterscotch.

D: Very nice brew for sure. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting but it works for. There is a ton of butterscotch coming across in here but somehow it keeps from being too sweet, cloying or heavy. I could easily down 2 or three of these in an evening without it weighing on me. Another pretty solid brew from St. Ambroise for sure.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, deep black with a tan head comprised of seemingly random sized bubbles.

Smells nice and roasty, with hints of coffee and oak. I want so say it smells like an ashtray, but I would mean that in every possible way that that could be construed as a good thing. Has a slight metallic tinge to it that I don't love.

It tastes just as good as it smells with a smokey bitterness, with hints of bitter dark chocolate and strong espresso and the same metallic edge to it. The lighter ABV, I think, keeps this beer tasting full and satisfying without being cloying or heavy. I wouldn't mind a bit more sweetness or dried fruits to this though.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I would like and not as creamy or smooth. It's a bit watery.

Overall this is a fantastic beer but I wouldn't mind seeing a little tweak here or there to add some slickness to the mouthfeel and add some sweetness. But that's just nitpicking. Because this is a great beer.

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Photo of eat
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge frothy, mocha-coloured head head that sticks around for a while. Tons of lacing. Jet black in colour.

Coffee, smokey roasted malt, chocolate, dark caramel...this smells like everything I like to smell in a stout. 0.5 off for smelling a bit acidic.

Huge flavour, especially for a 5% beer. The majority of the taste is a nice balance between espresso and dark chocolate. Behind that there's a perfect amount of smoke imparted by the roasted malt, a sweet caramel taste and a touch of hops. Pretty much, it tastes like a liquid version of the smell. There's an appropriate bitterness on the finish, enticing you to take the next sip.

While this is pretty full bodied, it's a little thinner than I like a stout to be; I think this would be better if it was a little more creamy. Light carbonation, smooth and medium-full bodied.

Very drinkable. This beer packs the taste of an imperial stout into a beer of standard ABV, making it extremely drinkable. I usually can't session a stout but would love to session this one. This is one of the top few stouts I know and easily the best 5% stout I've ever tried.

(EDIT: This beer on nitro-tap is unbelievable.)

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.83/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A--Pours thick with pitch black color and a dark one finger head in my snifter. Spotty lacing left behind.

S--Dark fruit, oak, booze, vanilla, fudge. Reminiscent of some top tier imperial stouts, but not quite as bold.

T--Unfortunately the taste doesn't quite live up to the nose. Fairly watery tasting with roasted malts being the only real flavor present. No hops, no sweetness, nothing. Very bland and average.

M--The pour looked thick but it obviously was an illusion because this is watery and leaves a gross aftertaste

D--Hugely let down by this beer, might have to drain pour it because of the aftertaste.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick opaque black with a giant 3 finger foamy head that had great retention. Nice foamy rings of lacing were left behind on my glass. Nose is of dark, roasted malts with slightly muted oatmeal notes. This one is bitter and the oats come out much better at the taste. The dark, roasted malts from the nose is more in the backbone. There's a touch of sweetness, some caramel malts in the finish, but it is very light. This was thinner than I expected, on the lighter side of medium-bodied, decent carbonation for the style, slightly creamy going down. This beer goes down easily, not very filling which makes it a way more sessionable beer.

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Photo of BeerMark
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing pours dark in my glass with a 1 finger light brown head. The smell is of malt and chocolate. The taste really hits you over the head for such a low abv beer. It's taste of malts and earthly richness make my mouth water. An unexpected surprise to say the least. Will buy again.

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Photo of damienblack
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick dark brown, almost black. Seems very thick for what I at first considered to be a run-of-the-mill oatmeal stout. Nice whiff of coffee off the top, that and sweet malt dominate. Taste is fairly straightforward but pleasant. Sweet malt, a bit short on roastiness. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Straightforward, but it translates well. Excellent, full thick mouthfeel carries the day. Just the right level of carbonation, not too much to overwhelm, but not too little to make it flat. Not much hops here at all, even in the end. Very drinkable, and this seemingly straightforward oatmeal stout has more than meets the eye.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.5 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - When pouring the brew looks transparent and dark brown, however in the glass it is completely opaque. Huge 3 fingers of mocha colored head rise with moderate retention. Some spotty lacing.

S - Lots of interesting stuff going on, with a sourish porter-like smell. Caramel and toffee with a black cherry-like sourness. Butteriness is quite robust with mild roasty notes peeking out from the corners.

T - Sadly the sour fruit/porteresque aromas don't translate in the taste. Fleeting fruitiness leads in to moderate to high butterscotch flavors with a tame but firm roasted malt backbone. Mid palate the butterscotch peaks, and then the bitterness begins creeping in on the sides of the tongue. Background roastiness grows into stale coffee and dries out the minimal sweetness from early on. Finish is fairly bitter and similar to a dry stout, though thankfully without the acrid character. Burnt bread and lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Not bad, but I would've expected a touch more smoothness and silkiness from an oatmeal stout. Medium bodied but somewhat slicker than expected with a medium carbonation level as well. I'm thinking the carbonation might be responsible for the lack of fruity flavors detected in the nose.

D - Decent stuff, though the style in general isn't my cup of tea. A good balance between roasty bitterness and semi-sweet caramel/butterscotch/toffee flavors.

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

12 oz bottle into snifter.

Pours black with a bubbly brown sugar brown head. Pretty good retention.

Aroma is rich with espresso, dark chocolate, roast and a hint of vanilla custard.

Taste is exceptionally rich for 5%. Unsweetened baking chocolate, freshly brewed espresso, smokey roast. The roast dominates the finish along with substantial bitterness, but this does not detract substantially from the drinkability.

Medium mouthfeel with the perfect amount of prickly carbonation.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep black color with a large, stiff mocha colored head that sticks around for ever and deposits some thick lacing. The head pits intensely as it falls. Great appearance.

S: Rich, sweet, and inviting aroma. Chocolate, smooth vanilla aromas, coffee. Well done.

T&M: Wow. This is really well balanced and complex for a (relatively) sessionable stout. It starts sweet with chocolate flavors that segue into coffee, molasses, some vanilla. The finish is dry from the oats with a reprise of the chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. The body is medium with a nice creamy feel.

D: It's incredibly drinkable, even for an oatmeal stout. There's a lot of great flavor, but it's not a big beer by any measurement. This is truly a sessionable stout, which would work very well as a dessert after a big meal. A great find, I'm glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of seand
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a solid black, with a couple fingers of tan head. Solid retention and lacing.

S: Sweet, with coffee and mild chocolate tones.

T: The hints of coffee and chocolate come through in the taste, followed by a surprising bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. While a little unexpected, the bitterness works well and is quite pleasant.

M: Has a soda-like carbonation, with a medium to full bodied mouthfeel.

D: Easy to drink, looking forward to the second bottle, and a low ABV - a clear winner for drinkability.

Final verdict: it's good. I can foresee another six pack in my future.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at The Manx (Ottawa) in a traditional imperial Pint glass...

Pours like a classic nitro stout. Clean, velvety maple walnut-colored head. Dry, flat, opaque espresso brown body. Nice carbonation.

There is a grain component on the aroma that is slightly obscured by the nitro carbonation...and maybe a little phenol - very neutral scent otherwise.

In addition to being a solid sessionable stout there is a maple quotient to this along with the oats and patent malt. Very dry - a bit of grassy mellow hops as well.

This drinks very cleanly for its weight class. Maple exudes a certain sweetness on the finish and the nitro brings a velvety character to the game.

Drinks very nicely. I could session this up, and later on at the Ron Hawkins show at Zaphod's that evening I did. Brought a few home in bottles as well and it plays nice there too. This is solid stuff.

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Photo of Genry
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, with two fingers of malty head that slims a bit as the moments go by. Leaves a generous amount of lacing. Appearance is dark and steady, consistent.

Smells appealing. Chocolate coffee, sharp like an espresso.

Taste comes with more chocolate, bitter and thick, but well balanced and smooth with the coffee flavor. I think I enjoyed it on tap more, but that is often the case with beer. Nevertheless, the taste is unique, bold, and deep. Hard to find other beers quite like this.

Mouthfeel is thick and damp. A bit of a lingering backbite, or carbonation.

Recommended as very drinkable, especially if you are searching for something different. I will definitely be having this again, as it is probably my favorite stout - when its on tap.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Deep black in color with a moderate tan head. Totally opaque and fairly filmy.

S: sweet malt, dark berries. Bit of roasty grain. Nice surprise -- don't think I've had an oatmeal stout with raisin/fig/etc in the nose.

T: malts and dried fruits translate here. Crisp/sharp zing of the sweetness is more present. Missing the sense of complexity I got in the first whiff, but still quite interesting.

M: not as creamy as the better oatmeal stouts out there. Still above average for a dark beer, but expected more from the style.

D: hard to imagine a better bang for the ABV

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,245 ratings.
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