This was shipped along with St. Ambroise Pale Ale in my surprise last shipment from Beer of the Month Club in August. I tried this on a cool, rainy (tropical storm Hanna rolled in) late summer day and it hit the spot.
St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout poured black and cloudy. It looked like mud with a tan well laced head on top.
The aroma was smokey as in mesquite BBQ wood chip smokey. I could also smell a light sourness along with the smoked wood notes.
This even tasted like smoked wood or the liquid smoke used as a marinade. Oh, there were some deep unsweetened chocolate notes and a slight hoppy bitterness but the wood smoke was always on the pallate.
The body was as heavy as it looked and this was also well carbonated. The mouth feel was silky and fully of body.
It was nice to have a rich beer on a cool rainy day as this is a comfort beer. It has also been a while since I have had a beer with such a deep smokey flavor. The last one I had was Arcadia London Porter and it reminded me of tabacco where this reminded me of smoked wood.
The mesquite flavor was unique and like Dieu du Ciel - Route des Épices needs to be enjoyed with a steak.