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

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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (2016) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Refrigerated bottle set out on the counter for a while. Pours coal black with finger and half of substantial light brown head. Little lacing, medium body, and roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, some bourbon, hint of oak, hint of vanilla and finishes nice bitter slight dry hops. This is similar to KBS, a little harder to drink, and not quite as good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thb (740) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2012
Pours, well, black. Dark brown head. Lovely. Aromas of roasted malts, oak, something smoky. Very enjoyable. I did feel the oak was a little overpowering though - went beyond complementing the beer to being the feature presentation...

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
Pours jet black with a thick brown head. The aroma is rich and malty. Strong notes of chocolate and wood. The flavour is amazingI get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, the flavour of the barrel comes is strong and oaky with a hint of bourbon. The hops are all in the late palate and linger long after tasting the beer. It is rich thick and creamy on the mouth. I have no complaints about this stout. Its Perfect.!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
341ml bottle. Pours dark black/brown with a frothy caramel brown head with good lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel, and vanilla. subtle roastiness, smooth with minimal bitterness for the style. Palate is thick and sticky. fantastic!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (7467) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2012
Bottle. Gorgeous oily black pour, with a head that takes its time to form, and once established, sits like a brown mattress. Aroma is robust, promising a dense brew: chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, coffee, hints of barrel, nuances of broth. Face-punching flavour density, milk chocolate in the front, bitter baker’s chocolate in the finish, with elements of molasses, stewed cherries, creme brulee, french roast coffee, soy sauce, brown bread, and hints of barrel traits. Finish is very bitter and dry. This was a beautifully nuanced imperial stout, with subtle use of barrel aging. I’ve had quite a few impys over the past 6 months, and this one surprised me in a good way. Maybe it was my mood, but this seemed to stand out for some reason. I’ll be buying more of this if I can get it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4867) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Smells of rich roasted malts and a lick of alcohol, a bit of sweetness. Tastes of bitter chocolate, espresso and I even not a little bit of raison or blackberry lurking around. Strong body, dark mocha head. Had a 330ml bottle of this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thorongil2 (1491) - , 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 (91) - - 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 (1530) - 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 (920) - - 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!


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