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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing (Brasseurs RJ)
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle from Legacy Liquor Store, Vancouver
Pitch black color, pouring oily, initially almost without head, developing later a generous and persistent brown creamy head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate with vanilla pod, Bourbon oak, roasted nuts. Smooth mouthfeel, and good body size; the flavor is deep, chocolatey, but unfortunately also too roasty; it has some liquorice flavor, traces of vanilla, and mild final salty impression; coffeish finish.
Good, but too burnt, in my book.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6502) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle , from pushkinwow in trade, velvet brown pour with creamy espresso foam, aroma is bitter chocolate, raisin, cake, flavor is roast malt chcocoate, raisin bread, burnt ash finish

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoicLegault (7) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012 does not count
2010 and 2011 side by side. chocolate, coffee black with small brown head that goes away heavy and complex taste, the 2011 more bitter on finish not a lot of carbonation specially in the 2010 Worth waiting the 2010 was way better

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (3082) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
341 ml bottle. Pours black with huge dark tan head. Aromas of hickory smoke and dark roasted malts. Smooth and full bodied. Dark flavors of burnt wood, burnt malts, dark fruit, and dark chocolate

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred182 (305) - valleyfield, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2012
Bouteille de 341ml, robe noire au reflets rubis, arôme de houblon et de torréfaction, goût de moka vanillé et de houblonsl e tout bien balancé

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8076) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2012
23/11/12 - 341ml bottle @ home - 2011 vintage - BB: n/a (2012-1304) Thanks to Hafiz for the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black, thick substance, small beige to brown head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, pretty yeasty, pumpernickel bread, cocoa powder. MF: quite some carbon, medium to full body. Taste: pretty bitter overpowering a lot of the flavours, caramel, cocoa powder, bit sourish, incense, slightly sweet touch. Aftertaste: caramel, charcoal, coffee, little sour, some vanilla.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (6045) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Shared from a 11.5 oz bottle at home. Pours d black with a creamy tan head. Fermented raisin nose. Hints of dark fruits, coffee and chocolate. Bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
Pure decadance. Pours an opaque black with large, foamy brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, wood. Sweet coffee and fruit, licorice. Smooth finish with some alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel. Gonna through some of these in the cellar and wait a few years.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (3256) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
2011 vintage, poured into its own snifter. Pitch black with a milk chocolate head, quite sexy and luscious. Smell is bourbon, smoke, roasted malts and hops. Taste is more roasted malt, with a certain bitterness and some alcohol heat. Overall a very nice IS from McAuslan, one that I could substitute for the Hornbeer Black Magic Woman in my diet. In fact, let me just add that I am not a big stout guy and this one I actually really like.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dandeman (809) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 Millésime 2013 dégusté le 3 Nov. Nous retrouvons en olfactif le bourbon, la mélasse, le boisé, le chocolat, le café et les cerises. La même complexité des arômes. Elle nous offre toujours la même apparence également; mousse onctueuse, crémeuse et épaisse. La dentelle tient un peu moins que l’au passé. Le café est toutefois dominant dans ce brassin-ci, avec du bourbon et des notes de boisé. Les cerises et les notes de sucre sont moins présentes que par le passé, laissant place à une légère amertume en finale. Le café et le boisé ressortent plus cette année. réduction de la note de 2 points par rapport à l’an passé (4.6) I was pretty anxious to taste that 2012 vintage having made my 12 pack reservation many weeks ago. Aroma: A lot of molasses with black coffee, wood notes,black chocolate and cherry. Aromas are exploding up the nose in a remarkable complexity. This powerful and complex nose can easily serve as reference to all other stouts. Appearance: pitch black, marvelous creamy head with two colors: pale and chocolate brown. Head is sticking to glass for several minutes and developing a tremendous lacing. Taste: Attack and mouth feel is very round and unctuous, paired with a little sparkling all around the tongue. Perfectly roasted malt flavors are pushing up the perfectly balanced notes of molasses, caramel, cherry, chocolate and coffee. Sugars are very well balanced too. An exceptional beer. Body and texture are perfect. Every zip is a delight. Having tasted the last three vintages, I have to say that 2012 is a great if not the best batch.


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