St-Ambroise Scotch Ale
McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Scotch AleSt-Ambroise Scotch Ale
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McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #135
Ranked #22,928
3.75 | pDev: 12.53%
Dec 26, 2021
Oct 25, 2002
Very Good
St-Ambroise Scotch AleSt-Ambroise Scotch Ale
Notes: Formerly known as McAuslan Scotch Ale
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Reviewed by kevofficiel from Canada (QC)

3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Sainte Ambroise Scotch Ale got it in a 12 mix packs for 16,99$

Look: Deep red colour almost brownish. Brown lace around the glass

Smell: Malt. Roast caramel. Molasses

Taste: roasted malt, caramel, molasses. Taste like a scotch drink to me

Feel: Full body. Light to medium carbonation. A bit of a alcohol burn that for a 7,5 ABV but nothing too bad.

So overall would I recommend it ? Hmmm yes sure just nothing special.

Would I buy it again ? No for me it was not a easy drinking beer.
Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
In the glass, St. Ambroise is a deep red color with leathery highlghts. The head is thick, dense, cream colored, and shows decent retention.
The nose is definitely thick and malty. My first impression is of a sort of caramel sweetness coupled with what smells like dates, raisins, and brown sugar. Hints of leather and damp earth provide depth. After leather and earth make their appearance the overall aroma seems to revert to its slightly alcoholic rum and raisin aroma.
On the tongue, St. Ambroise is rich, full bodied, and strangely dry in its overall mouthfeel. Flavors start off with rum and raisin, moving into a dryish nutty flavor. Then, the flavors revert to a slightly cloying, raisin tinted sweetness before moving into an oddly lasting, dry finish.
This Scotch ale was a little disappointing. The flavors and aromas were kind of mismatched and out of balance. The malt flavors were a cloying rum and raisin sort of sweetness. Lacking were the rich, leathery, quality caramel flavors of malt I usually look for in this type of beer. Too bad.
Apr 23, 2021
Rated: 3.71 by Teion from Canada (AB)

Feb 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Deep drown with reddish hue color. Almost no head. Very malty taste for sure with caramel flavours to go along with it. Maybe a hint of coffee. Aroma more on the vanilla (extract) and caramel side. Feels and looks like a cola; that is it has carbonation on the level of a cola. Bitterness kept to a minimum. Good beer if you like this style.
Apr 10, 2019
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The beer is a dark red color with a finger of off-white to light tan head. A little light for the style.

S: Light malt aroma but not much going on. Not bad but nothing special.

T: Classic scotch ale taste. Heavy on the malt - caramel, boozy, earthy character.

This was just an OK beer.
Mar 01, 2019
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Rated by LocalBeerGuy from Canada (SK)

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
a little boozy good smooth wee heavy with some IBU's good looking beer to enjoy when cold.
Aug 02, 2018
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
McAuslan Brewing 'St.Ambroise Scotch Ale' @ 7.5% , served from a couple of 341 ml bottle's purchased for $1.85 each
A-pour is amber from the bottle to a dark amber in the glass with a small thin tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
T-sweet & malty , with hints of butterscotch & vanilla
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-ok beer & scotch ale
prost LampertLand
Apr 20, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB)

Mar 09, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by kvadiat from Canada (AB)

Feb 20, 2016
Rated: 3.49 by al_al1357 from Canada (ON)

Nov 27, 2015
Rated: 4 by theDuck from Canada (QC)

Nov 25, 2015
Rated: 4.18 by therubicon from Delaware

Oct 29, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by Jeremy7 from Canada (BC)

Aug 03, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by beerboy21 from New Hampshire

Jul 04, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by schopenhauerale from Arizona

May 25, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by rugene from Canada (QC)

May 22, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by Borbly from Canada ()

Apr 26, 2015
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Coppery brown color with a brief foam in the snifter. Some alcohol fumes and whiff of burnt sugar. Medium body with average spritz.

Slightly sweet, but the malt is the main event. Perfumey caramel taste and maybe a little smoke. Bitter edge but no real hop flavor. Starts out mellow and ends with a back of the throat resiny sensation for the finish.

After a few sips I find I ma feeling kind of queasy. I"d never touch a Scotch Ale if they all had this fruity leaf mold dirtiness. From the 341 ml bottle purchased at the BC Liquor Store in Ladner, near Vancouver.
Apr 04, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by SputnikMonroe from Canada (QC)

Mar 11, 2015
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Reviewed by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A- Pours a very nice clear ruby red/brown color with a caramel colored head that contains large bubbles and starts off about a half finger thick, before settling into a thick patchwork of foam. Lacing is very good, as there is large swaths of foam sticking to the side of my glass!

S- Beautiful rich caramel and blackstrap molasses aromas right up front. Heavily roasted malt sweetness and hints of smoke permeate my nostrils! Also, minor aromas of dark chocolate, sweet rum, and burnt toast. Simply awesome smells happening!

T- Full flavors of very toasty caramels, molasses and chocolate, tinges of smoke and char, burnt toast.....even woody and liqueur like to a point. I'm thinking there is a portion of black malt used to create this flavor profile! Right before the finish, there is an Earthy Sarsaparilla hint that lingers just slightly! Again....awesome!

M/O- Definitely full bodied and worthy of the 'wee-heavy' monkier! The carbonation is made up of 'wee' tight bubbles that greatly help with carrying the flavors all over the palate and this would be a great brew to enjoy with a stew & dumpling meal on a cold winters eve! I am greatly enjoying this one on its own however and think this is a great example of the style and highly recommend!
Feb 10, 2015
Rated: 3.71 by Burgz from Canada (AB)

Jan 28, 2015
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Reviewed by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I am a big fan of this style and I particularly appreciate this brewery. I've had a few runs at this particular beer and I keep wondering what I'm missing. There is a bit of head that disappears completely. There is almost no carbonation or beer-like appearance - perhaps I got a below average batch? The smell is pleasant enough - vanilla and some spice, plus the faintest hint of peat. This is not a bad beer, but there are plenty of better choices out there.
Jan 27, 2015
Rated: 4.43 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB)

Jan 25, 2015
Rated: 3.42 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

Jan 06, 2015
Rated: 3.46 by imfinished from Canada (BC)

Dec 22, 2014
Rated: 3.78 by Canada_Dan from Colorado

Nov 21, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC)

Sep 25, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Mack from Canada (QC)

Sep 07, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by slowfade from Canada (QC)

Aug 13, 2014
Rated: 5 by Jean-Philippe from Canada (QC)

Jul 26, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Ericbeech_87 from Canada (BC)

Jul 17, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by YamagamiTravis from Canada (BC)

Jul 04, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by lgmol from Canada (NS)

May 30, 2014
Rated: 3 by dipso123 from Oregon

Apr 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by Niceroad77 from Canada (BC)

Mar 22, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by lesdemonsamaporte from Massachusetts

Feb 03, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by edugasmtl from Canada (QC)

Jan 26, 2014
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Reviewed by CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I particularly love rich, sweet scotch ales and therefore came into this one with high expectations (doubly so in fact, considering that this brewery's oatmeal stout is excellent). Poured into an English pub glass, a dark reddish brown with two inches or so of light brown foam. Smells of sweet caramelized malts, brown bread, dark raisins, a cola-like brown spice, and a faint whiff of peaty smoke. However, the latter element is downplayed on the palate as compared to some other takes on the style, with toffee, dark dried fruit, and light molasses flavors taking center stage. Minimal to no hop flavor, as per the style. Moderately thick mouth-coating body and low level of carbonation, again hitting style targets. One can detect some booze on the palate but this is not overwhelming. Does have a subdued but detectable sourish campfire smoky "tang". Tasty and comes across like some uber-technical brewer had Ray Daniel's "Designing Great Beers" open to the scotch ales chapter in an endeavor to brew a Platonic ideal of the "wee heavy". Recommended.
Jan 24, 2014
Rated: 4 by RevCraig from Canada (ON)

Jan 21, 2014
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Reviewed by biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
St-Ambroise Scotch Ale may not be tartan, but this dense and dark candied cherry coloured beer looks hearty enough to withstand rain and windstorms and whatever else cool climate throws its way (it even manages some unlikely highlights). Its head, appropriately, stretches like a big grey cloud over the surface.

I like scotch in general, but I *love* Islay scotch specifically. Likewise, I like scotch ales, but my favourite examples of the style are those that capture the sea brine and peat notes that distinguish Islay single malts. This bouquet has just an inkling of those flavours but it's enough to add some additional depth (and make me that much happier).

The palate, however, is much closer to a Highlands scotch in its makeup. Peated malts fall by the wayside and in their place there's plenty of dark honey, dried fruits, butterscotch, vanilla, toffee, and roasted nut flavours. It's not a bad little ensemble, especially when you factor in the gritty earthiness contributed by the hops. Very well put together.

The mouthfeel is a tricky thing - syrupy on some sips, rich and malty on others with just the right amount of sweetness and campfire smoke. I don't know where I stand on it. One thing's for sure: 7.5% is a hard fact to believe. The beer is far heartier and more satiating than your average ale but is far from the heaviest hitter in the 'wee heavy' category.

It's hard to go wrong with anything that has 'St-Ambroise' on the label. While not all their brands live up to the world-class Oatmeal Stout, they are all solid, serviceable, and widely agreeable beers in their own right. Most of them - this Scotch Ale perhaps chief among them - are also great examples of their respective styles.
Jan 21, 2014
St-Ambroise Scotch Ale from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 144 ratings