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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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La stout impériale russe St-Ambroise est un hommage québécois aux stouts impériales anglaises de la fin du XVIieme siècle, qui étaient brassées pour la cour de l’impératrice russe Catherine II la Grande.

Faite d’un mélange de malts d’orge, la Stout impériale russe St-Ambroise est infusée aux houblons Cascade, Goldings et Willamette, ce qui lui donne un caractère houblonné remarquable avec une finale moelleuse. Brassée avec du bois vieilli dans le bourbon, cette ale corsée se distingue par son riche arôme fumé aux accents de vanille, d’expresso et de chocolat.

Servir la Stout impériale russe St-Ambroise entre 13°C et 15°C, de préférence dans un verre à porto ou un ballon à brandy. Comme cette bière se bonifie avec le temps, il est recommandé de la conserver dans un lieu frais et sombre durant quelques années.

St-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout is Quebec’s tribute to the late 1700’s English Imperial Stouts, brewed for the Russian courts of Catherine the Great.
Made from a blend of barley malts, St-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout is infused with Cascade, Goldings and Willamette hops, resulting in an outstanding hop-character with a smooth finish. Bourbon wood-aged, this full-bodied ale has a rich, smoky aroma with hints of vanilla, expresso and chocolate.

Serve St-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout between 13°C and 15°C, preferably in a port glass or a brandy snifter. This stout will improve with age for a number of years. Store in a cool, dark place.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2012 (Bottle) Pours black with a brown head. The aroma holds minerals, dark berries, dark chocolate, molasses, salt liquorice and mild tar-ish asphalt. The nose is light oxidized. Light wooden.The flavour is medium sweet, near medium bitter and light acidic. Heavy roast, light burned and earthy hops. Dark chocolate, salt liquorice and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is soft, creamy and round with a light to medium carbonation. Bitter hops linger alongside light sticky brown sugar. Medium to full bodied.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2646) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2012
341ml brown bottle from a tube. 2011 version which is 9.2% abv according to the label. . Black pour, opaque. Dense brown head with a creamy bead. Thick messy lacing clings to the glass. Nose has some warm bourbon alcohol notes, lots of dark chocolate malts, sweetish but not overpowering. Taste has deep roasty malts, dark coffee, cocoa/chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, charred wood, sweet warming alcohol. Finish has bourbon and hops, long roasty and hoppy end, late wood barrel notes. Full body, mellow carbonation, very smooth feel in the mouth. Overall I found this came together super well as a fresh imperial stout and would have no problem drinking these fresh on the spot .I’m usually not one to lay down imperial stouts, but I would have no problem socking away a few of these to have 2 or 3 years down the line. A very well put together wood aged stout at a very nice price.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4237) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2012
341ml bottle pours deep black color with 2 fingers of tan head which leaves some lovely lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate with some light wood and roasted malts and some alcohol. Taste is roasted malty bitterness with some bourbon and alcohol with a lingering hoppy bitterness. This is a really decent imperial stout and was quite enjoyable.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
canuck_j (75) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
AROMA: lemon pie, black currant, molasses cocoa and coffee and roasty malt. Wonderful complex nose!! APPEARANCE: Completely opaque and black even in the pour. Huge 1+" light brown fluffy head. Wowsers. Looks wonderfully inviting. TASTE: big roast malt with coffee, toffee black currant, plum, bourbon and bitter chocolate notes. heavy and an alcohol tinge in the hoppy finish. PALATE:full bodied and thick on the tongue, with good carbonation and a nice bitterness at the end OVERALL:A great big complex beer worthy of very high marks indeed. Barrel-aged perfection i would call it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle This is black. Coffee head of about 2 fingers. Frothy and beautiful. Aroma of molasses...kind of bready. Dark chocolate of course and coffee which is to be expected from these, but also vanilla, burnt toffee and yeah, that molassesy thing going on. Flavour is sweet with the vanilla that I mentioned and the booze is very well hidden here. Has a bitter bite in the finish. Creamy. Beautiful beer in my favourite style. Different too from the usual IMPs.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1092) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2012 Bottle from LCBO. Pours thick and black, with a dark brown head. Aroma is really nice; chocolate and roasted barley. Roasted coffee, and lots of cocoa in the flavour. Very bitter roasty finish, with some cinnamon. Thick mouthful. A good imperial stout. Update: tried a 3-year-old bottle and was not as impressed. Taste was leathery and bitter. Updated my score to average out the two tastings.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gilvanblight (780) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
Very black black brown pour with an almost oil like consistency and dirty oil like colour. Strong earthy hops and malt in the nose. Slight touch of bitter coffee. Dark brown head, actually one of the darkest heads I’ve seen. Warming pleasant mouth. Lots of flavour. Quite complex yet still balanced. Lots of hops and malts but a variety of tastes. Not just one hops taste but a mix, sweet, bitter and tart all in the same mouth. Chocolate at first, even slightly sweet and wet, then goes tart with a very clean finish. A very nice beer. Very rich. I don’t think I want two in a row. I think my next beer tonight will have to be a pils or lager to wash my pallet.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
It pours a jet black with brown fluffy head. The aroma consists of: blackberry, raisin, coffee, alcohol and a light orange. Pretty heavy body. Flavour of dates, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate. Overall, pretty boozy. Probably needs more time but pretty nice early going. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - DEC 26, 2011
#1048 bottle; Nose is decent syrup, oak, coffee, red apple, heavily roasted malt, feel is broad and decent creamy, carb is medium, taste follows nose with alcohol and complex red berries in the end

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chris__hartley (276) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
It pours a lovely viscous, jet-black; a gorgeous mocha brown, fluffy head. The aroma consists of: blackberry currant, rum, burnt espresso and a very faint lemon-sherbert (some hop characteristic). The taste is light-heavy sweetness, that finishes medium bitter and dry; the notes are: dates, burnt vanilla pod, rum, burnt espresso, and a very dark bitter chocolate. The palate is, smooth and creamy (slightly watery for an imperial), very littler carbonation. Overall, a great imperial; for an introduction to the style. Needs to be aged.


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