St-Ambroise Scotch Ale | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Scotch AleSt-Ambroise Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
mcauslan.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as McAuslan Scotch Ale

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of MrKennedy
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Warners at the Bay, poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Has a dark colour with ruby tinged around the edges that are exacerbated when held up to light. Cool looking, yellow-orange-tan coloured foam that sits atop. Turns to film pretty soon.

Smells of vanilla, toffee, caramel. Quite good,

Tastes of dark fruit, booze and little else. Could be nice, but the booze damages it.

A bit boozy, some heat. Otherwise smooth, consistent and drinkable.

The booze hurts this, otherwise an ok scotch ale with a nice smooth and consistent fruitiness.

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Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a medium copper brown with a thin, bubbly off-white head. Bubbles are present.

Smell- Vanilla, butterscotch, dark fruits, sweet malts, buttered rum.

Taste- Predominant flavours are the fruits and vanilla. Hint of butterscotch comes through. Sweetness remains as you drink this with no bitterness coming through in the aftertaste. Very, very minimal hops flavour.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation and good smoothness.

Overall- Good representation of the style by St Ambroise. There are some unique sweet flavours that I quite enjoy. Worth a try for those looking to get into the style.

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Photo of jrempel
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of bylerteck
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Sir John A in Ottawa. From notes.

A - Poured a very dark brown. Half finger of light brown head faded fast to a film. No visible carbonation. Spotty lace and a tiny island of retention.

S - Light. Raisins with dark malt. Very tame.

T - Lot's of raisins, dark fruit, some booze, rich malts, and a nice spirit note.

M - Nice gentle carbonation, medium to full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Flavourful and warming. A nice drinkable Scotch ale that, while not being overly complex, is tasty and worth a shot.

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Photo of maxraymond
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small off-white head. not much carbonation.

Smells of cinnamon, rum, cherries, dark fruit,caramel malts and various spices.

Tastes similar, not very complex, a lot on the sweet side, not too much hop action going on here. A lot of dark fruits and spices, not a very strong body or complex beer.

Thin mouthfeel, overall a decent beer, but nothing wonderful, certainly not their best beer ever.

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Photo of SebD
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber color to it with nice ruby hues coming through. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramely malts, molasses, nuts, cherries and dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet caramely/maple syrup character to it, molasses and toffee, nice earthy bitterness, with cherries and dark fruit. Delicious

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice sweet balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Another great from Mcauslan.

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Photo of benbou17
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of peelstreet
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of danieelol
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours black brown with good head and lacing.

Smell is whiteboard marker crazy. Insane amounts of banana and phenols. Banana ice cream. Bit of smoked malt. Cherry cordial.

Taste is smoky malt. Quite light but flavourful. Hides alcohol well. Bit sweet.

Mouthfeel is thinnish with medium carb, enhancing drinkability.

Overall an enjoyable beer initially which loses drinkability and head as time goes on.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

look - very dark brown, almost black in color. Head is a little disappointing, it doesn't come up as high as I would like on this style (maybe one finger on a hard pour). It is off white and falls rather quickly to a cap that lasts a while without any real lacing. It's pretty high abv, so I guess that's forgivable. Clarity is very good when held to the light.

smell - definitely a lot of malt on the nose and almost no hop, as one would expect from this style. Malt is strongly caramel. A little hint of darker malts or kettle carmelization comes in, just a bit of roasted and chocolate in there. This give a character more like molasses than caramel. A very light note of fruitiness (esters?) and alcohol, but was minimal. No hops.

taste - similar to aroma. definitely dominated by malts with the same molasses-like blend of caramel malt, dark malts, and kettle carmelization. A tiny bit of smokiness (though no real peat) and a bit of nut round out he finishes. I get the esters of prunes on the finish as well. No hops, no alcohol.

feel - medium-full body and medium carbonation. Definitely really sweet (a tad port-like) and a tad cloying, but the higher carbonation cuts through that okay. No real alcohol in there.

I'm not too experienced with scotch ales (I think I've had like five different types). I appreciated the darker notes in it, that I though added complexity and depth. Maybe a stand-alone desert. Drinkability was low: more of a sipper.

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Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of papat444
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled Mar. 1, 2011.

Appearance: A nice dark red body with a good-sized light tan head. Too bad it shrinks rather rapidly.

Smell: Traces of vanilla, peat, light smoke and BBQ.

Taste: Caramel and vanilla at first but then a taste reminiscent of BBQ sauce. Meaty and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Creamy in the palate with a carbonation a tad high but not overly. Quite full though loses some as it warms.

Overall: Better than expected though don't let it warm up too much as it falls a bit apart by then.

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Photo of kwjd
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/copper colour with a finger of off-white head. Some lingering lacing lasts around the glass. Smells of caramel, vanilla, some fruit and earthy hops. Flavour has a nice sweet malt to it, alcohol does come through a bit. Fairly large carbonation level. A nice scotch ale.

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Photo of dgilks
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear mahogany colour with a smooth, tan head. Decent head retention.

Sweet, slightly nutty, toffee-like malt. Nice and malty.

A dark, brooding, toffee malt flavour with some nice earthiness. Good ester profile.

Medium to medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A rich and fruity malt-focussed ale. Good balance and a delicious ale.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new bottled beer from McAuslan Brewing... it can only be good. :)

Ruby red color... very dark. Nice head on top of it. Aroma of fruits. Some cherry with light notes of caramel. Nice and inviting aroma... lets drink some! On the taste, it is sugary with some cherry notes and a nice bitterness. Delicious. Back on the sugary notes, it is light... not dominant. Very delicious. I like this one a lot. Medium body. Some carbonation in the mouth. Warms in the mouth. Easy to drink for a 7.5% abv beer.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/8" mocha coloured head that dissipated quickly and left a slight lacing over extremely dark mahogany liquid.

S: Caramel malt, vanilla and butterscotch are most prominent with a faint smell of alcohol similar to scotch whiskey.

T: Slightly bitter up front which transitions into caramel malt, raisin, apple, and vanilla. The aftertaste reminds me of a somewhat peaty scotch whiskey.

M: Medium to thick viscosity with a medium level of carbonation. The mouthfeel of alcohol is present on the tongue at the finish.

O: I quite enjoyed this Scotch Ale and found it quite drinkable; as it wasn't as acidic as others nor as sweet as others in the style. I do enjoy the taste of malt and scotch whiskey, so this was in line with my palate; which likely explains why I am rating it higher than most other reviewers.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a large, lasting head.
Very expressive aromas, lots of dark fruit, smoky and earth peat, golden syrup, caramel and cognac.
Similarly rich flavours, very malty, with more peat as well. The alcohol is a bit full on, and feels a bit harsh amongst the dry finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle. Made with 'peated malt' - huh.

This beer pours a clear, dark cherry red brick hue, with two fingers of thinly foamy pale beige head, which leaves a droopy wash of lace around the glass as it seeps away. It smells of dark, soused fruit, molasses and maple (sounds like a good name for a '60s Canadian folk rock duo), a bit of burnt bog, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is strong caramel/toffee malt, treacle, some mild peaty notes, a significant unmasked booze uppercut, and drying dusty hops. The carbonation is present, but understated, the body medium-heavy in weight, sticky and clingy, not letting you go from first contact. It finishes still with a finger on the edgy malt button, the alcohol receding to a backup role, a somewhat metallic edge keeping the crazy Scot influence honest.

A pretty decent rendition of the strong Scotch ales that I've come across. Intense, with proclivity towards towering maltiness - UK mountains, not NA mountains, to be clear. And once strapped in, this is indeed rather tasty.

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Photo of ADZA
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark copper hue which leaves a creamy two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is fruity xmas cake,herbal hops,butterscotch and whiskey,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and has tastes of raisins,xmas pudding,fruit cake,herbal spicy hops,butterscotch and finished with a hint of whiskey and overall im not the biggest fan of this style but i love this drop its tasty,warming and comforting all at the same time and for me i think its a good transition to the SAWH's and thoroughly recommend cheers.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a deep cedar red-brown, two finger os tan head retained well and left some intermittent lacing
S - a blend of molasses, maple, peat, vanilla, and spices, very interesting
T - very sweet with toffee, vanilla, and cherry syrup, the peaty smoky character is basically drowned out which takes away from the scotch ale character
M - sticky and heavy, it definitely coats the mouth from start to finish
O - it is a big beer all around and is a tasty treat, but the dominance of the sweet flavours tends to overshadow the true scotch ale essence for me, still well worth a purchase through

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Photo of fostachild
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark red/brown color. small head that fades quickly.

smell was decent... fruit/berries and could pick up on some alcohol.

taste initially pretty smokey, then some malts, and molasses. good carbonation, okay drinkability.

love scotch ales but this take on the style wasn't that enjoyable for me.

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St-Ambroise Scotch Ale from McAuslan Brewing
3.71 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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