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.

St-Ambroise Pale Ale – McAuslan Brewing (Montreal, QC, Canada)

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

(-drinking on, the 3rd brew of 5 in the variety pack)

on the back label:

“St. Ambroise Pale Ale was the first specialty beer to be bottled and sold in Quebec. This classic, full-bodied, cold-filtered pale ale takes its name from St. Ambroise Street in Montreal, which runs along the historic Lachine Canal where the brewery is located.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, toasted wheat, hops.

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  • Style: (American-style) Pale Ale
  • Taste: Straightforward sweet toasted malt clean soft 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: too plain

Visual: Pours clear salamander orange with a dissipating small head, a thin layer of micro retention, a mix of fast and slow loose streams.

Nose: bright fruity orange, raspberry jam, sweet malts (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-watery, fizzy-tingly

Mid-palate: short duration, touch of sourness, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) toasted malt, bread-grainy

Finish: soft bitter hops, malty clean but short finish.

Summary: Easily drinkable but nothing much here. Very clean albeit basic malt profile with good texture. Lacks depth and character. Those nose was good, but the taste is just average.

St-Ambroise Double IPA – McAuslan Brewing (Montreal, QC, Canada)

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St-Ambroise Double IPA – McAuslan Brewing Inc., 8% ABV, 341ml., (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

(-continuing on, the 2nd flavour of 5 in the variety pack)

on the back label:

“Our master brewer uses the word ‘intense’ to describe St. Ambroise Double India Pale Ale. If you like hops and you like malt, you will love the ctirus aromas and the full-bodied taste of this unfiltered St.Ambroise Double India Pale Ale.”

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  • Style: (Double) Imperial IPA
  • Taste: Creamy full toffee barley malt citrus grapefruit peel bitter heavy flat finish
  • 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: unbalanced

Visual: Pours cloudy carrot orange with a smallish dissipating head, 1mm layer of retention, loose slow steady streams.

Nose: orange-tangerine hop oils, light malt background. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: creamy-fine CO2, incoming bitter hops

Mid-palate: fullness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) toffee barley malt, orange citrus, light-tangy, alcohol detection

Finish: soft compounding bitter grapefruit peel bitterhops, clean but flat finish.

Summary: Longer flavours and a more prevalent bitter hop profile than their regular IPA that I just tasted. The initial mouthfeel and body are good, but I feel the finish ends somewhat short.

St-Ambroise India Pale Ale – McAuslan Brewing (Montreal, QC, Canada)

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St-Ambroise India Pale Ale – McAuslan Brewing Inc., 6.2% ABV, 341ml., (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

(-My last St-Ambroise tasting was nearly 3 years ago. My does time fly…)

on the back label:

“St. Ambroise India Pale Ale is dry-hopped using traditional methods and is brewed with a selection of pale and specialty malts for a balance malty character.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Toasted barley malt soft lingering bitter hops
  • 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: not memorable

Visual: Pours translucent toffee brown without much head, a thin hazy layer of retention, sticky half-lacing, clusters of slow steady streams.

Nose: sweet toasted caramel malts with a hint of citrus. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming malty sweet

Mid-palate: creamy body, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel, toasted barley malt,
hint of citrus

Finish: soft subtle bitter hops, citrus overtones, clean lingering bitter hopped finish.

Summary: All-in-all very smooth and drinkable malty IPA. Not a whole lot of hop character but exceptionally drinkable.

St-Ambroise Scotch Ale – McAuslan (Quebec, Canada)

St-Ambroise Scotch Ale – McAuslan, 7.5% ABV – 341ml, (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

On the back label:

“St-Ambroise Scotch Ale is a dark ruby red with a tawny head-sweet and malty, with hints of vanilla and butterscotch, and a long hop finish. With it’s 7.5% alcohol, this beer evokes the classic “wee heavies” or the full-bodied 90-shilling strong winter ales of Scotland. Enjoy a glass of St-Ambroise Scotch Ale and celebrate over 400 years of Scottish heritage in Canada. Slainte Mhor!”

  • Style: Scotch Ale
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Dense caramel malts -> roast/fig/nutty/bittersweet chocolate -> malty lingering bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $20/10 variety pack, Summer 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark ruby red with minimal head, ringed retention, lots of active CO2 streams. Medium-thick caramel malts on the nose. Drinks with a full-bodied richness, dense caramel, malts, light roast, notes of figs, slightly nutty, chocolate, finishing malty with 7/10 sweetness, long medium bitter. Medium-high complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. A solid beer.

[2015/10/31 – Re-tasting]: Butterscotch nose, fizzy-burpy CO2, boozy caramel malts up front, cola, hints of vanilla, sweet malt finish. Still a B-.

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale – McAuslan Brewing (Montreal, Canada)

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale – McAuslan Brewing Inc., 5% ABV – 341ml,(Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

  • Style: (Flavoured) Wheat Ale
  • My Rating: C-
  • Taste Profile: Fruity apricot -> wheaty sweet malts/yeast/coriander -> bitter/funky/non-clean finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12/6pack, Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours clear golden orange with a small head, ringed retention, lots of active streams. Bright fruity apricot on the nose. Drinks with a bubbly tingly carbonated mouthfeel, tastes of apricot, 7/10-sweet wheaty malts, yeast, coriander, sourish bitter funk thin-watery, non-clean finish. Low-medium complexity, low-med depth, okay transitions, below average carry, below average drinkability.

St-Ambroise Citrouille – McAuslan (Montreal, Canada)

St-Ambroise Citrouille – McAuslan, 5% ABV – 341ml, (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

On the back label:

“Brewed just once a year, the Great St-Ambroise Pumpkin Ale returns this fall to bewitch beer lovers with a savory blend of pale and caramel malts, hops, pumpkin and spices. If you enjoy the out-of-the-ordinary, this seasonal offering will be sure to please you.

Ingredients: water, malt, wheat, hops, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin.”

  • Style: (season-Pumpkin) Spiced Ale
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: Brown sugar/cinnamon/nutmeg -> caramel malts/cola -> ginger/pumpkin/clean light-watery finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: 4/$10, Fall 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes way

Tasting notes: pours clear med-dark nut brown, small head, thin ringed retention, some slow CO2 streams. Brown sugar and malts on the nose. Drinks with a delicious 6/10-sweetness brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel malts, cola, traces of ginger and pumpkin, finishing clean, crisp, and just the right viscosity, however, finishing slightly watery. Medium complexity, medium depth, excellent transitions, good carry, great drinkability.

Retasted 11/17/2012: Can’t get past the wateriness, downgraded to B.