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

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RATINGS: 314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlainG (1180) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2011
Trés beau liquide noir opaque coiffé d’un généreux col brun, épais et très dense. Au nez, le chocolat noir, le houblon et le café espresso valsent avec les effluves de bourbon, sans que ce dernier ne vole la vedette. En bouche, le goût est plus qu’agréable en étant cependant pas tout à fait fidèle aux arômes. Les houblons sont très présents en bouche, ainsi que l’alcool, d’où son arrière-goût de whiskey du Kentucky, qui s’installe au travers cet élixir sirupeux, laissant un espèce de résidu sucré sur le coin des lèvres. (107-111111)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rejtable (1273) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 2013 update: fresh bottle. Similar all around to previous notes, although maybe add a hint of licorice that I hadn't noticed before. Outstanding beer no question. Incredible. Pours a jet black with an initial massive foamy tan head that disspiates to a longer lasting quarter inch or so. Initial hints of molasses, maybe coffee and vanilla. In the middle the bourbon comes through. Some dark fruit lurking in the background as well. Creamy in the mouth with low-ish carbonation. Quite simply an incredible brew.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cyrenaica (966) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
341ml bottle (in canister)
9.2% ABV (as written on canister)
2011 Vintage
I tried this beer on December 13, 2011 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a pitch black colour with a 1" dark brown head that stuck around. The aroma was roasted malt, vanilla, coffee and molasses. The mouthfeel was creamy and full-bodied with good carbonation. Flavour was coffee, molasses and a hint of smoke. Well worth it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
saindon (2) - - DEC 15, 2011 does not count
bought during Fall of 2011 & tasted in december Beautiful head foam against opaque black body. Texture is oily and thick. lots of concentration. the concentration will break with bottle aging and will taste more powerful with maturation. Long finish with excellent bitterness: an eternity of bitterness lingers in the mouth long after the beer is gone.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
manul255 (47) - Montmagny, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2011
Une bière qui demande à vieillir. Superbe apparence foncée et mousse généreuse brune pâle qui brille carrément. Elle est onctueuse et on perçoit le bourbon au travers. Dans quelques mois ou années, si je patiente jusque là, elle va être encore meilleure...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
I love the Chocolate Stout and while I am not a big proprietor of the Imperial style after this, I could easily become one. This beer has a nice smokey wood while still clean palate and a jet black pour with a beautiful tan head. The aroma of the beer is slighter than usual with a certain watery quality. The abv is well contained in the beer, so much so that before you know it, the beer has you curled up with a blanket or a roaring fire on a cold night -- nice and toasty!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
2011 version in an RBSG 2010 snifter. Pours as thick as motor oil with a tight sticky dark brown head. The aroma is loaded with rich dark chocolate and cocoa along with some heavy dark cocoa and a lot of roast as well. There is a lot of cocoa and a bit of vanilla and bitter chocolate. There is a pronounced chewy roasted malt character along with a ton of ethanol. Heavily hopped with some licorice and heavy woody/charry notes. Intense bitterness with pronounced bourbon character. A little bit boozy as it warms up. Thick and quite sticky, but enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maneliquor (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor (2010), cheers for the swap Geoff ! Pours sinister black with a thick, fudgey tan head which clings to the glass. Amazing lacing left about. Nose is all about the smoke and chocolate mix. A touch of tar and pepper as well. You can smell the bitterness this one is going to bring. Thick fudge is the first thing to come out in the taste. Creamy, dark chocolate mingle with a touch of tar and smoke. As it warms some vanilla comes out with a little ash. Slight warmth from the alcohol which is rather pleasing. Sweet vanilla slowly turns into a long bitterness reminiscent of St Ambroise’s regular stout. Thick as fudge mouth feel with light carbonation. Fantastic beer and fantastic to try this with my business partners

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5934) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2011
2009 edition. Bottle thanks to Dany, merci beaucoup! Pours a beautiful jet black color with a medium thick brown head. The aroma is dark fruits, molasses, oak, some smoke and bourbon. A sweet vanilla and subtle bourbon flavor with dry chalky roasted malts, cherries, oak, some bitter hops. A big beer but very mellow. Excellent. Quite dry and smooth. A very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2009 Bottle, thanks Glouglouburp! Pours black with a tan head that fades a bit leaving a solid ring of lace. Nose is quite metallic (some may call this heavy metal!), acrid, and smokey. Some more subtle notes of cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon are evident. Flavor is quite bitter and ashy as well, heavy notes of char, lighter vanilla. Full bodied, with a slightly boozy and and astringent finish.


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