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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 296   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
C2H5OH (64) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2012 2010 edition. Pours jet black with a one finger, off-white head. On the nose are rich roasted malts, dark fruit, black cherries, coffee, chocolate, rich smoke, cured meats, burnt toast, vanilla, oak and a bit of phenol. Mouth feel is thick and oily with perfect carbonation. Taste-wise, a blast of smoke, charred wood, ash and charcoal bombard the palate riding atop a sour wave of rich dark fruit, black licorice, vanilla, and bourbon. Chocolate and espresso follow, reaching a bitter conclusion of burnt, hoppy flavours. The finish is long and extremely bitter leaving burnt toast, 90% dark chocolate, coffee and oak. The smoke and char is like a punch in the face with this brew, and the sweet tartness from the dark fruit is no slouch either. The best bourbon barrel-aged stout I’ve had so far by a huge margin. **Edit [07/28/2012]: Since trying this beer, I’ve had the 2011 edition when it was still very fresh. It wasn’t as good as the 2010. I recently had another 2011 that’s been sitting in my cellar for about a year now, and it was much improved, if not better than the 2010. Very, very smokey. The 2010 in the original review was about a year old as well, so this one really benefits from some aging.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2011
Bottle… Pours tar black with a mid-sized, creamy, lightly tanned head that never cries “uncle.” The nose is chock-full-of molasses, licorice, anise, rooty herbs and bourbon. Medium-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and ditzy carbonation. The flavor is burnt and fairly bitter, but otherwise thin and uncharacteristically bland. Singed, bitter, licorice finish. Bottle courtesy of Glougouburp!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2011
12oz bottle from Aaron, 2010 vintage. Pours pitch black underneath a thick mocha head that doesn’t stick around long and leaves only a small collar. Aroma is really rich with lots of bakers chocolate, espresso, hints of smoke and tar. Hints of bourbon and oak, maybe some vanilla as well. Taste is seriously roasty and brings the black malts to the forefront with some oak and bourbon complimenting. I’s really bittersweet if that makes sense, tons of roasty bitterness but with some vanilla and licorice to balance it out, semi-sweet chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation with an astringent bitterness after each sip. This is a really hefty impy stout, especially clocking in under 10%. Massive roast character with barrel character to even things out. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10097) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, coffee and earthy aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet dark chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a good beer and my expectations where exceeded.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2131) - JAPAN - MAY 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 May 2010 bottle. Holds it’s bobbly brown head for a fair time. Little carbonation once it dies down. Nose has a strong bourbon presence, with dark fruits and espresso mingling. Decent body. Very roasty on the sip with a hit of bourbon and heat. A little cocoa and chocolate too. Reminds me of old rasputin. Whether the bourbon is to the advantage or hinderence of the beer is open to debate. Not overly complex and ever so slightly bland for the style, but a decent Impy all the same.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BLAP (73) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2011
Deep black beer with a good head. Strong empyreumatic aroma. Taste of sugar and torrefied coffee, maybe a litle too torrefied.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2011
not sure if im rating the right one as we had a bourbon aged version. this was an awesome stout. roast chocolate, coffee, vanilla with a bourbon flavour. great sipper. thanks to Chris for this one!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (7127) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle thanks to Arch. Pours oily black with brown head. Good lacing. Nose/taste of smoked chocolate malt, peat, light ash, roast coffee beans, vanilla and mocha. Medium body for an imperial. Roasty - slightly bitter and dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1709) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Bottle from Glougouburp. These are the kind of extras this guy sends. Thanks Dany. Pours thick and mostly black with a good sized head on top. Thin wisps of lacing slide along the sides of the glass but do not stick. The aroma shows a lot of milk chocolate, mocha, and marshmellow at first with wood and some traces of dried dark fruit following. This is a medium to full-bodied Imperial Stout. The palate is very creamy and roasty but not really all that bitter. Lots of burnt ashy notes here though. Chocolate seems to be the biggest flavor. I notice more dark fruit flavor than in the aroma with dates, raisins, and figs. Even some black licorice. Bourbon and wood notes add depth. I actually didn’t pick up any bourbon in the aroma but it’s here. The bourbon, wood, chocolate, and dark fruit all combine well for a solid finished product, although the burnt ashy flavor is a tad strong for my liking. Perhaps not the most exciting or complex Bourbon Imperial Stout but still a very good one.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
d07c0m (89) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
Pours thick and viscous like oil. Appearance is of oily chocolate syrup with a thin head of dark brown bubbles. Goes down velvety smooth. Almost like drinking chocolate cake. Bourbon/vanilla is very nicely balanced with the chocolate, coffee, and flavorful hop profile. Alcohol is warming at 9.2% Delicious brew.


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