St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout – McAuslan Brewing (Montreal, QC, Canada)

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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout – McAuslan Brewing Inc., 5% ABV, 341ml., (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

(-chugging along, the 4th brew of 5 in the variety pack. The 5th and final one is a repeat Scotch Ale which I already reviewed but updated here [3.2/B-])

on the back label:

“St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout consistently beats out international stouts in blind tastings and competitions. This intensely black ale carries strong hints of espresso and chocolate. The oatmeal contributes body and ensures a long-lasting mocha-coloured head. If you like stout, you will love St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, roasted barley, toasted wheat, flaked oats, flaked corn, hops.

  • Style: (oatmeal) Stout
  • Taste: Balanced roasted malt coffee chocolate burnt bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20 – 10x341ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pretty decent

Visual: Pours pitch black with a small head, ringed retention, a few micro bubbles here and there.

Nose: roasted coffee beans, barley malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-half slick-creamy

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) full roasted malt -> light-med sour tangy bite

Finish: roasted coffee exhale, light burnt bitter, chocolate finish.

Summary: One of my favourite styles – a smooth and easy-drinking roasty malty coffee chocolate stout. A touch of sourness rounds it out, though I wished for a bit more creaminess and a layer of vanilla.