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St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout by McAuslan Brewing
Oatmeal Stout
5.00 % ABV

Review by everetends on 06/22/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2010
Old Review
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.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-03-2009 04:43:53

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 0
12oz Bottle
$8.99 4-Pack
Sam's Wine, Marcey

St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout actually has a bit of gurgle from the bottle which is unusual for a 5% beer. The body is black as night and won't let a sliver of light shine through. A dense sticky two finger tan head formed on the pour and eventually, slowly fell to a thick cap leaving thick sheet lacing down the glass. I can't imagine an oatmeal stout looking any better then this one.

I met right off the bat by a solid roastiness that quickly combines with a soft hazelnut presence that leads the way through this beer. Coffee grounds and a mild dark chocolate bring up the rear. There seems to be a heavy creaminess that flows like waves through the smell of this beer, rising and falling throughout. This is an impressive smelling stout and for only weighing in at 5% the aromas really pop.

Roastiness bounces off every tastebud as this beer rolls over the tongue. Mild cream and sugar mix with the dark chocolate shavings and coffee grounds. The coffee grounds hit their stride on the swallow and leave a nice roasty bitterness behind. This is an oatmeal stout that is absolutely packed with flavor. I can't recall having a beer with this amount of alcohol have so much robust flavor. This is one high quality brew.

The mouthfeel can't be improved on very much either. There is an incredible silky smoothness that washes over my entire mouth from the oats involved in the brewing process. The carbonation is on the low side of the spectrum and allows the body to work its way through at its own pace.

The robust flavors, insanely smooth mouthfeel, and sessionable abv keep this beer flowing for the entire night. This beer needs to be sold in bigger quantities then just 4-packs.

This is my last bottle from a recent 4-pack purchase. This is a beer to buy by the case. I still can't figure out how they got this amount of flavor into a stout of such modest abv. I won't hesitate to pick this up in the future and I'm glad it's a fairly new addition to the IL market.

Reviewed: 7/17/08

Price: $8.99 Served In: Stange

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 10 15 3 7 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 11-30-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Thanks to franksnbeans for this extra! Best before date of: 31 MAI 09

Since this one was in my beer fridge I let it warm up a bit before I opened it.
Pours dark with lots of foam, about two fingers worth, and takes quite some time to settle down. Some soapy, thick, lacing on the side of the glass.

Aromas of roasted malts, roasted barley, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, malted milk, oats, and some notes of vanilla.

Roasted and toasted malt profile upfront followed by espresso, and hints of anise (at least that’s what came to my mind in the aftertaste). Coffee grounds, not fresh but used, and a bit of bitter chocolate. I get a bit of ash in the aroma as well as the taste.

I felt that the mouthfeel was a bit thin, especially with this being an oatmeal stout.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tjthresh on 07/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 12 16 5 9 2008
Poured into an English pint. Pours very a very silky and seductive opaque black with a long lasting brown head and nice lace. Aromas of cafe mocha, and, Whoppers malted candies. Well blended roasted and chocolate flavors take center stage, with a subtle hop character. I bit of sourness that doesn’t exactly offend, but can certainly be done with out. Velvet across the tongue. Very worthy of its position, yet under rated. Thanks a million to Saarlander for the hookup.

Served In: Pint Glass

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