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


on tap

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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (2926) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Perfect appearance for an imp stout with fluffy rich brown head on a pitch black pour. Aroma is smoked malts, chocolate, and spicyness. Taste is medium sweet and lightly bitter with interesting character due to the smokyness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (4866) - Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Roasty Malty flavors, some bourbon flavors. Takes a bit to open up, thanks to glouglouburp. 2009 vintage.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bunget (700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2012
341ml bottle. An incredible black oily body, machine oil like, big chocolate head with an incredible retention. Aroma is smoked molasses, coffee, dark vanilla chocolate, caramel, whiskey, hops and some woodiness. Wow quite a bouquet. Taste is astringent, molasses, strong woodiness, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, bourbon, topped with a very nice hop bitterness, oily mouth-feel. Not even a hint of alcohol at 9.2% ABV. WOW...all I can say, WOW

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1941) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2012
dark almost black pour, head is beige/brown. nose is sweet dark malts, alcohol, licorice .some booze flavor is great sweet malts, some coffee, the bourbon comes through slightly but is not overpowering. really nicely done beer!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garth_86 (225) - EDMONTON, Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2012
Thick dark black pour with a nice day brown head. On the nose its wood, vanilla bourbon, molasses. Taste I same wood hint of bourbon. Nic laceingon the glass. At 9.1% abv not much alcohol. Overall great beer. 355ml bottle $5.49

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7239) - Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Dany. Pours black with a large tan head. The aroma has dark roasted malts, molasses, dark fruits, wood and light bourbon. The flavor had dark roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla, wood and a hint of smoke. There was some bitterness to the back which switched things up a bit. Pretty smooth, this was enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
341ml bottle, 2011 edition. Aroma is roasted malts and caramel? Bourbon? Kind of an odd sweetness in there. Pour is black with a finger of milk chocolate head. Oil slick and lots of lacing left on the glass. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, bourbon and some earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety. Overall, not a beer for everyday, but nice as a yearly treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2012
Single bottle purchased from a Co-op Liqour Store in Calgary, AB on 03/14/2012. Colour: Black, low dark head. Nose: Caramel, black liquorice, dark cocoa, flavoured coffee, burnt BBQ sauce. Taste: Medium sweet, medium bitter, light sour. The high abv % is apparent but is accompanied by mendoza wine, cherry, touch of perfume, stale coffee. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tom10101 (4098) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle 341 ml [2011]. Appearance: Pours pitch black with a medium dark brown head. Aroma: Wood, roasted malt, vanilla and alcohol. Wood aroma is strong but doesn’t hire the overall complexity. Taste: Wood, roasted malt, vanilla, dark fruits, hops, espresso, bourbon, caramel.... wow! Palate is thick. Full-bodied. Overall: Very complex beer. Well balanced for a such complex beer. Strong taste, so it’s difficult to drink it alone even if it’s only a 341 ml bottle. In my opinion, it’s the best Imperial Stout in Quebec.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (2693) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2012
Bottle 341ml. Pours black with dark, tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is of caramel, smoke, oak. Taste is oak, roasted malts, sweetness, slightly bitter, coffee. Good carbonation, dry finish. Very good balance, nice oily mouthfeel. Robust as hell. Warming alchool. Oak very present, not easily drinkable.

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