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Beer #126 – May 8, 2010: St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

July 5, 2010

Beer: St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

Brewery: McAuslan Brewing, Montreal, Canada

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Serving Type: 11.5 oz bottle

Price: $10.99 / four-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass mug

Strength: 5.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: This one is a little light and thin compared with other oatmeal stouts, making it easier to drink and more palatable year-round, but gets more interesting and complex as it warms.  The smoky notes really set it apart.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours thick and dark like motor oil with a big, creamy and frothy tan head

Aroma: Sweet, roasted and mineral notes

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a fizzy, creamy carbonation

Taste: Starts with a sweet, mild roast, a little smoky, then building into a both creamy and bitter, tart, earthy finish with black tea tannins contrasting the sweet and tart notes.

Pairing: Stouts go great with steak, but the smoky notes in this one make it perfect for one right off the grill.

Trivia: The McAulsan Brewery in Montreal boasts an outdoor terrace serving up their brews on the banks of the Lachine Canal along a popular bike path.

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