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.
Trois Pistoles from Unibroue in Chambly, Quebec pours a mostly opaque black with steely and crimson tinges when held up to light. The light tan coloured head is of ample size and stays around as a collar while leaving spotty lace behind. Sharp, fermented apple and grape notes permeate the smell of this Belgian strong dark ale, accented by plum, spice, banana and chocolate. The aromas are smooth, complex and inviting.
Trois Pistoles tastes of dark, ripened fruits and has a nice sour character. Plum, apple and grape are joined by a peppery and cinnamon-like spiciness. The ale has a solid, but unassertive malt backbone with a slight chocolate note. It is full-bodied with a low carbonation, but has a yeasty, fizzy pop on the tongue. Trois Pistoles is smooth, thick and rich throughout the finish and the aftertaste is mostly dry with a slight sour fruit flavour.