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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout | McAuslan Brewing

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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

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pDev:
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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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Photo of damienblack
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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 -3.7%
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 +4.4%
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 +9.3%
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 +5.2%
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%
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 +5.7%
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 +4.4%
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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Photo of ericj551
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St-Ambroise Oatmeal stout pours an inky black with a half inch of brown head that lingers. The aroma is roasted malt with hints of creamy chocolate and maybe some earthy hop bitterness. The flavor is sharp and fairly dry, with plenty of roasted character. Bitterness and astringency seem to come equally from the hops and malt. There is a light caramel sweetness but it is overpowered by the more intense dark flavors. Creamy and smooth, this is a great oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a small yet firm tan head, good lacing.

S: Sweet malt, coffee, dark fruit.

T: Quite sweet initially with notes of cherry and raisin, sugary oats. Bitterness comes in with a heavy roast and burnt character (too much at times), an eclectic mix of flavours.

M: Light/medium body, smooth, thin at times.

D: A unique beer, but not exactly what I was expecting from a brew previously in the top 100. As a stand alone stout, it's solid.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.75.

A: Black with Yoo-Hoo colored 1-2 finger head with decent retention and delicate lacing down the top half of the glass.

S: Typical oatmeal stout aromas with a little berry-cherry thrown in. Loads of toasted dark malt, sting of molasses, soft oatmeal, cherries, raspberries, and vanilla mingle with leafy hops.

T: The flavor is a real winner with loads of dark malt sugars giving initial sweetness bolstered by vanilla and cherry cordial notes. Then bitterness sets in with an unusual but welcome molasses snap and a strong leafy hops component which is most readily noted in the late finish and aftertaste. A unique and very full-flavored oatmeal stout to be sure.

M: Chewy like it needs to be with the smoothness you expect in the style.

D: A very drinkable and interesting oatmeal stout. I wish it was a little better value, but all in all, this is one of the best in the style.

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Photo of beerbuddah
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought this from the Beer Store after work, poured into a mug.

A - beautiful light brown head of about an inch an a half dissipates to a thin film above the liquid. a nice roasted brown color.

S - smells incredible. I get hints of raisins, dates, chocolaty sweetness. some malt.

T - about the same as the smell, yet very well balanced. I get a bit of maltiness at first, with some dark fruit flavors - raisins - a bit of chocolate and a hint of espresso. The finish is nicely bitter, but not overpowering.

M - good feel - medium to light body - strange, you think it's going to be really thick. not too much carbonation. stays on the tongue for a bit, especially the front, but otherwise the finish is actually clean.

D - high. a nice drink for after the sun goes down. Although dark, the beer is actually refreshing. Could be that I just finished work though.Anyway, for whatever reason, it is extremely drinkable.

Overall, a great Canadian offering, will be picking this up again.

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

a) Inky black/brown, heavy light brown head.
s) Roasted malt, charry, slight blood/rust, warms to smoked beef & kecap manis
f) Charry, slightly briney/oyster, some sweet malt coming through, lingering bitterness
m) Creamy, with slight astringency
d) Interesting offering, good to drink on its own, or with some good steak

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Photo of bobsy
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight black through which no light will pass. A frothy tan head refuses to die, and is till providing a decent cap as the last dregs are drained. Sheets of lace dress the side of the glass. You can't get any more classical in appearance for this style. Smells of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate and caramel, with hints of lactic sourness. Again, chocolate and coffee tones in the flavour, some cream, some bitterness, and a light milky sour note. Exceptional for the style and for a beer. Few other oatmeal stouts hold a candle to this. Creamy and smokey... a very smooth drink.

Its a hard call on whether this is better on tap or bottled. On tap its poured with nitro, to bulk up the body and provide further retention to the head. While most nitro beers prove to be disappointing, this is one of the few that work. The body becomes exceptionally thick and creamy (deserving of top marks), but this does come at the expense of a toned down aroma. In the bottle the aroma is bursting with richness, and the body is just dandy. However, there's always that lingering feeling that it may be better on tap. Regardless, reviewed within its style its hard to imagine a better oatmeal stout.

Highly recommended.

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

11.5 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark and Opaque with a beige colored head, about 2 fingers worth of head that lingers.

S: Strong coffee and cream here.... there is a hint of chocolate.... and some sweet oatmeal aromas too, and I'm catching a little smokeyness.

T: Taste is like the smell... More coffee than anything else, the oatmeal and chocolate flavors are light compared to the coffee. The aftertaste is a little sweet and bitter.

M: Medium bodied.... Creamy right up front then falls a little flat and watered down at the end. Carbonation is right on money.

D: I'm still a little new to the Oatmeal Stout, I think is right on for the type, not I'm not a big fan of this type, I'm hoping it grows on me. I can say that the low ABV would make drinking a few pretty easy.

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

The 11.5-ounce bottle yields a body wrought of inky blackness capped off with a finger's thickness of sticky brown sugar-colored melted ice cream-style foam. The creamy head deflates quite slowly and deposits loads of solid webby bands of lacing onto the inside of my seidel.

The aroma is darkly fruity with a hefty dose of bittersweet chocolate. A note of winey French roast coffee augmented with crushed cola nuts adds depth and gains greater purchase as the drink warms a bit.

The taste features a bitter blast of dark chocolate and cold coffee, and is augmented with more cola-flavor, reinforced by soft caramel note sprinkled with crushed toffee.

The brew is medium-bodied with superbly-matched carbonation, and at only 5% ABV is a truly excellent drinker. A surprisingly good beer I'll be sure to revisit soon.

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Photo of Beejay
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black, with a thick, creamy, tan head..

S: A little bit of hops and a sweet aroma of chocolate

T: Chocolate and malt flavors up front with some hops in the back. Slightly tart taste..

M: lots of carbonation.

D: Not something amazing, but alright. Don't think I would pick up a sixer, but still worth the taste

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Photo of rodenbach99
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Chez Edgard, 5,0% alcohol used to be 5,5%. This is a classic oatmeal stout.

A: dark black beer with a bown foamy head.
S: some mocha, roastiness, coffee
T: silky, roasted beans, some chocolate, very nice
M: good mouthfell
D: one round deserves another, very drinkable product,one of the best beer in Québec.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle jet black with a finger-thick khaki coloured head that stayed in place for some time. Smell is dark fruits and some dark roasted malts. Almost reminds me of a Baltic Porter. Taste was rather average and quite honestly, a bit light. There are some dark malt flavours present and a bit of smoke toward the end. Finish was moderately bitter. Not a very complex stout at all. Mouthfeel was too thin, IMO; especially considering the style. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but I feel this brewery could do better. I'm crazy about their Apricot Wheat Ale. This, not so much. Still glad I tried it.

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,259 ratings
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