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

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RATINGS: 327   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thorongil2 (1390) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2012
(bottle) very dark brown with small brown head; aromas of lychees, bublegum, jam; intense flavour, oily palate, very good

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ncube (78) - - JAN 23, 2012
Pours dark and velvety with thin but fine bubbled head. Aroma has nuts, vanilla, chocolate, wood. Taste moves from malty sweetness, to chocolate, to coffee, to vanilla, smoky woodiness. There’s a red fruit theme throughout as well. The bourbon really shows itself at the end with especially when the alcohol heat kicks in, but it doesn’t taste like 9.2%. Starting to get bitter about halfway through and gets increasingly bitter till the end, leaving a strong lasting vaguely citrus bitterness. This is the only time I really perceive any hops. It’s great, but would definitely benefit from a rounding off of bitterness that a year or more in the bottle should provide.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1449) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2012
Pours black with a large creamy tan head -- looks great. Lovely aroma of roasted malt, light bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a good amount of herbal hops. Flavour: Whoa, that’s boozy! Still tasty though, with roasted malt, lightly burnt coffee, bourbon, chocolate and lots of alcohol. Medium bodied. Very good

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnsense (854) - - JAN 20, 2012
Black pour, 2 fingers of head that hung around for awhile. Lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma of wood, dark chocolate, coffee, light note of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts. Roasted malt, slight hint of bourbon, wood, dark chocolate, fresh coffee beans, some alcohol, vanilla, fairly bitter. Full bodied and lower carbonation. Give it an hour to warm up - delicious. Cellaring 6 and can;t wait to revisit this one over the next 6 years!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EastCoaster (122) - USA - JAN 20, 2012
Very nice aromatics, a touch of strength for warmth added complexity from the wood and you have a great snowy day beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patricks110 (1760) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2012
By the Power of Greyskull, is this a good Bourbon cask Imperial Stout. The pour is an intensely opaque black in the body. A thick and foamy tan head leaves nice spotted lacing and subsides to a thin creamy cap. The nose is sweet and roasted heavily with a robust malt and noticable alcohol nose. A prominent bourbon and woody cask aroma is also present with a subtle whiff of smoke. I’m incredibly excited for my first sip. The middle is sweet with a beautiful roast and I notice notes of vanilla bean, dark chocolate and a hint of dark roasted coffee. The finish has a nice drying bitterness and a prolonged woody, lightly smoked bourbon cask taste. Smooth tasting brew overall with a nice creamy mouthfeel and thick body. Overall, this is a fantastic brew. Almost comparable to the Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast bourbon (in my mind, it doesn’t even come close though)

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
341 ml bottle, 2011 edition. Pours a deep black with a dark beige, nearly brown creamy head. Smells of strong chocolate, old oak. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla cream, sweet moka. Nice, light hop, alcohol and oak finish. Leaves a lingering oak taste, along with a chocolatey bitterness. Body is thick, creamy. Weak carbonation, which is just perfect. A masterpiece, next one I have will be aged a bit longer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gethinbeer (2204) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
Thick liquorice pour. Off white white head and lace. Great looking stout. Malt, chocolate, vanilla aroma. Vanilla whiskey, roasted malt and chocolate flavour. Thick milkshake texture. Full bodied. Absolutely gorgeous beer. Similar to the Oatmeal with a finish that kicks you in the balls. Very tasty indeed. Excellent Imperial Russian.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Disgraziato (4) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2012 does not count
I was looking forward to trying this, as St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is one of my favorite stouts. It came in a nice case, with a $5.95 price tag for a 341 ml bottle. It pours a deep black - even the bubbles are dark brown, with a nose of coffee. Upon my first sip, I noticed it was quite thick with a strong taste of espresso, and nicely carbonated. The after taste was bitter and slightly sweet, tasting perhaps of cherries. I enjoyed this beer. However, due to it having a high alcohol content and being a bit pricey ,I would probably only get this as a one-off, and stick to St Amrboise’s Oatmeal Stout. Final word: A great stout, if you don’t mind paying a little extra for it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3028) - 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.


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