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

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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 +4.2%
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 +9.1%
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 +4.9%
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 -1.2%
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 +5.4%
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 +4.2%
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 +2.7%
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 -10.5%
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 +6.6%
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%
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 -2%
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 +8.1%
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 -2%
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 +3.7%
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 -17.6%
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 +2.9%
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 -23.3%
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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Photo of SingleCell
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle (best before: 31 Oct 2010) into a pint glass after warming from the fridge for 15 mins.

A: Pours a very dark black with a 2 inch dark tan head which dies down very slowly to a thin wisp of lacing which clings the the walls of my glass. I was kind of hoping for the head to stick around a while longer...

S: Mmmm chocolate and coffee are the first scents. The smell is incredible! Behind the chocolate and cappuccino coffee like scent is the rich smell of freshly made steel cut oats.

T: Dark chocolate and slightly burn malts with some hops that balance out the flavour. Little bit of alcohal in there too along with the taste of those freshly made steel cut oats. Quite delicious.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The viscosity compliments the taste. Slight alcohol burn as the beer warms up. Also leaves a bitter aftertaste which I enjoyed.

D: Loved this one, and at 5% ABV I could have a couple of these. In fact, I've got one warming right now as I finish my first.

Overall a great stout, full of flavour and has the body to complement it. This will be my new go-to oatmeal stout. This is my first beer from McAuslan and I look forward to trying a few more after having tried this one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a frothy, light tan head.

Smell: Roasty, oat-encrusted aroma with notes of unsweetened chocolate and coffee, along with a small whiff of black licorice.

Taste: Pleasing mixture of cold, black coffee, creamy steel cut oats, and chocolate. Medium-low amount of sweetness. Lesser tastes of licorice and vanilla. Faint fruitiness. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Further taste of roasted barley and a light pinch of good, clean soot on the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Decidedly creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Recommended. As an oatmeal stout charged with plenty of flavor and yet still manages to maintain a reasonable ABV%, I'd say it's got a damned high degree of drinkability.

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Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nearly opaque black with dark tan head. It smelled like roasted oats and barley with sweet milk chocolate and fresh coffee. It tasted like bitter coffee and burnt oats with milk chocolate and some oak. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this smelled fantastic and tasted very good. It had nice body, and was quite easy to drink. Definitely a well constructed and balanced beer, but perhaps lacking a bit of depth in the taste to make it truly world class.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.65/5  rDev -35%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DrDogbeer for this one in Black Booty 09.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass a pitch black color with a huge three finger sized head that in very tan, very creamy, and very beautiful.

Aroma, however, was another story. Really sweet and syrupy. Fruity like raspberries and sugar covered raisins. I am not enjoying the smell of this one.

Flavor was more sweetness with a touch of coffee bitterness. Very figgy. Dry on the finish and thin on the mouth for an oatmeal stout. Soy sauce and sort of a beef jerky flavor that is quite of-putting. Maybe a little more bitterness than initially suggested, but it is sort of chalky. Slightly peaty/smoky.

Perhaps it is just me, but this beer and the Hitachino Espress Stout both tasted very odd and sweet and overly figgy and fruity. Not much of a roasty character at all in the flavor or aroma. Disappointed in this one; hopefully, the rest of Black Booty will not disappoint.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Chocolate brown with tints of black. Produced a solid 2 fingers width of tan head.

S- Whoa! Strong scent of vanilla, oats, and chocolate malts. I couldn't get over how overpowering the aroma was. Quite wonderful.

T- There seemed to be two separate flavors at play in this one. The obvious flavor was the subtle sweet flavor of malts, oats and vanilla. Underneath was a slight bitterness of roasted coffee beans and hops.

M- Medium bodied with some carbonation. Left a semi-dry mouthfeel.

D- Highly drinkable. Honestly one of the better stouts I have had yet.

Overall, this is one tasty brew. Simple, yet plenty to offer. Done perfectly.

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Photo of EsoxLucius
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic Oatmeal Stout! it's the wife's favorite beer and is definately in my top 5.

1. Dark-Chocolate Brown, definately not black, hold it up to light and you'll see. Staring at the glass, very little light gets through here, pretty characteristic of the class. Pours a fluffy, light brown head that sticks around for a bit, lacing is great and holds up throughout the entire drink. it's sitting infront of me right now, put a fork in the center of it and you cannot see it. very good appearance.

2. has a distinct roasted smell of mocha-oat mixed with faint blackstrap molasses coming in as well. very pleasing smell, not sweet, not bitter, just pretty much bang on!

3. absoulutely fantastic. i really do appreciate the craftsmenship in this product. the Mocha-Oatmeal flavors hit straight away, it's not bitter nor is it over powering with the chocolate flavors. like the smell, it's bang on, except better! you can let this one sit for a while and experiance a wonderful roasted taste as well. it is a bit dry at first, but that went away after a few sips. malt aftertaste is definately present.

4. for some reason i was expecting more. it's relatively thin, but there is still definately a body there, just not as much compared to some other oat-stouts i've tried. good regardless though. smooth though, with a tad bit of dry-tarty feel.

5. superb, i can enjoy this brew anytime and anywhere. it's overall very smooth and full of flavor that i find just amazing.

this is another fine product that i'd recommend to anyone to try out that enjoys this genre of beers.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for this gift.

Pours an inky black color with 1 finger of foamy burnt tan head. OK retention but really nice lacing. Smells of coffee, burnt caramel, chocolate, and oats. Tastes of roasted oats, coffee, chocolate, and burnt sugar much like the sugar coating on creme brulee. Finishes with some sourness of lactose and a gentle pop of earthy hops. Medium in body with low carbonation. Smooth and creamy, burnt and roasty with a touch of sour as well as sweetness for a unique feel and good balance. When I want a stout that is a little bit different from the rest but still has it all, this would be among my top selections, satisfying, very easy to drink, and low in alcohol so it leaves more room for another (or something totally different).

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,252 ratings.
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