St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout | McAuslan Brewing

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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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Ratings: 1,278 |  Reviews: 641
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
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 +0.7%
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 +6.1%
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 -8.4%
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 +1.5%
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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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle w twist-off cap. batch code starts with "226/B2..." but the rest is undecipherable and impossible to read. tasted in mid-may 2009.

almost opaque black, slight red tint under direct light. no sediment in bottle. 1.5-finger brown head, fades to wispy thin layer and ring. decent, delicate webby lacing.

aroma: vanilla, with moderate phenols and alcohol whiff, into gentle roast malts and coffee hint. touch of earthy hop. weak cherry note.

taste: significant mash acidity, somewhat dominating the other characters. roasted malts, coffee (esp in finish), with boldly bitter roast and hops (which are earthy and leafy). these only slightly match with the acidity, but generally are overwhelmed by it.

viscous and smooth at first, then acidic and astringent, which the moderate carbonation can aggravate, but also helps with a creamy character to compensate.


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Photo of glid02
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap from Leon's in Atlanta.

Pours one shade lighter than black with a cascading two-finger light brown head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of a combination of milk and dark chocolate with a good bit of roasted malts lingering in the background. All smells are muted.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild roasted malt flavors up front are joined by dark chocolate flavors midway through the sip that cary on through a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a smooth thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer thought I'm not sure that it benefitted a whole lot from the nitro-pour. Still, it's worth a shot, nitro or not.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black, 2 fingers of tan head with good retention.

Smell - Plenty of coffee-like roasted malt, with some hops detectable.

Taste - Typical level of roasted malt for a 5% ABV stout, and only a little of the usual oatmeal stout taste that I dislike. More hoppy than your average oatmeal stout, which is unsurprising since it is brewed in Canada.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, low carbonation, slightly less smooth than expected.

Drinkability - Average for the style.

Overall - This is probably the best Oatmeal Stout I have tried.

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Photo of cpmau11
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +1.5%
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 +3.7%
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 -1.2%
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 -5.4%
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 -9.1%
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 -2.9%
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 +2%
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 -9.1%
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 -3.7%
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 +14.7%
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 -1.7%
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 -3.4%
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 +9.3%
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 -30.5%
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 -1.7%
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 -0.2%
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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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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