Monday, May 30, 2011

McAuslan Brewery - St Ambrose Oatmeal Stout

5% ABV

"At the World Beer Championship in 1994, St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout received the second highest rating of the over 200 beers in the competition and it won one of only nine platinum medals awarded.
Brewed from 40 percent dark malts and roasted barley, this intensely black ale carries strong hints of espresso and chocolate. Oatmeal contributes body and a long-lasting mocha-colored head to this well-hopped beer."

The Pour

Poured on tap at Gambrinus Bistro and Cafe in London, ON. Cascading head. A very black stout with a mocha, creamed head. Minimal carbonation.


Some chocolate notes, biscuity maltiness. Hints of espresso. Slight bitterness.


Silky smooth, some espresso and dark chocolate notes. Slight bitterness. Dries out to the back of the throat. The oatmeal adds a nice coating mouth feel.

Overall Impression

I love a good stout and this is one of them. Not that I would expect less from McAuslan Brewery. Just a terrific velvety smooth stout. Nice and mellow with balanced chocolate and coffee notes. A stout to be drank not sipped. Not as full favoured and "huge" like a KBS but this isn't an imperial to be belaboured all night. Definitely an A.


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