Wednesday, February 18, 2009

St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (742) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 30, 2010
Some beers are actually better in retrospect than in the moment. Others are great in the moment, but in retrospect you feel you romanticized it too much. However, in the case of St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, it’s a beer that was equally great in the moment as it is in memory. A beer that leaves that kind of impact on your brain MUST be good, eh?

POUR, COLOR AND AROMA

The beer poured smoothly and formed a thick layer of tan-colored, creamy head which lasted throughout the life of the drink and left some lacing on the glass. The body has all the makings of a classic stout with an opaque black body. No carbonation was noticeable, although the beer did appear to have a more viscous body just from the liquid and head alone. The aroma was light, sweet, and slightly malty.

TASTE

Most of my beer-drinking occurs after dinner, although many connoisseurs purposely drink with a meal to see how well it compliments. But, a beer like St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is so sweet and rich that it works much better when drunk on its own, especially as a dessert alternative.

This beer has a sweet, roasty taste with a distinct nutty finish. Chocolate, coffee and even a bit of vanilla flavors can be detected - which all combine for a savory palate. It’s balanced out with a maltiness to make for a spectrum of great taste.

FINISH

St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is one of the easiest brews I’ve ever consumed, likely due to its overall robust body and seemingly low carbonation. It has a very soft mouthfeel despite maintaining a strong hops presence. However, it does leave a slightly bitter aftertaste in the mouth.

BODY

Great beers like this just go to show just how “heavy” stouts aren’t. I’m not sure of the number of calories and carbs, but I was able to drink two bottles back-to-back after a big dinner without feeling full or overwhelmed. And at only 5% ABV, St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is the type of beer that could be consumed quickly, easily and in mass quantity (if only it came in six or 12-packs, rather than four-packs).

FINAL THOUGHTS

I have had sweeter and even tastier stouts, but it’s hard to find a quality stout that is this satisfying on so many levels. That’s what makes St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout such a great beer in my book.

Grade: 10/10