St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing Incorporated in Montreal, Quebec is opaque and jet black, with a frothy tan coloured head that settles as a thick and rocky cap and leaves large splotches of lace on your glass. The simple yet sturdy smell of this stout carries aromas of chocolate malt and syrup, black cherry juice, oatmeal and ground coffee.
The taste of St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is full-flavoured and very well-balanced. There is a very strong chocolate character that gets accented by an earthy, grainy bitterness clocking in at 45 IBU. The oatmeal brings a bit of sourness, notes of plum and raisin mingle in the slightly woody finish and the aftertaste is assertively dry. This ale has a thick and grainy body, mild to moderate carbonation and a pleasant creaminess smooths everything out.
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout comes in simple black packaging that features the brewery’s iconic circular “Griffon” logo printed in red, white and black. There is no description of the beer, but there is partial technical information printed on the side of the can or six pack sleeve. Coded freshness dating is stamped on the bottom of the can or bottle shoulder.
A textbook example of the style, St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is a very satisfying and surprisingly filling ale. Its roasted characteristics and chocolate flavour are top notch, making it a great choice for pairing with fresh Italian or French bread, creamy cheeses like brie, ice cream or a roast beef dinner.
In Ontario, St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is available in bottles at The Beer Store and in cans at roughly 100 LCBO stores. Of course, McAuslan products are widely available in Quebec as well.
Type: Oatmeal Stout
Region: Québec, Montréal
Brewery: McAuslan Brewing Incorporated
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%