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

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RATINGS: 339   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ILduce (216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle (2103 vintage). A velvety black pour under a firm mocha head. Intense espresso, chocolate, and black licorice aromas. The taste is similar, but backed up by a bold malt backbone with bourbon and some decent hop content. Smooth, robust, and complex, the beer stays true to the greatness of the imperial style. Remarkable.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beardbeerman (211) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
341ml bottle (2012 vintage) poured into its snifter around 12 degrees. Pours a deep black robe with no highlights topped by a finger of moderatly retaining hazel head. The nose is insane with roasted coffee beans, cask wood, leather, vanilla and nuts. The taste is complex and robust with all preceeding elements blending into an harmonic bittersweet charred mouthful. Lots of corpus and a good lingering liquorish finish puts this beer in my top 5. Excellent aging potential if you can resist drinking it. Cheers!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (1441) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
341 ml bottle, 2013 vintage. Deepest darkest hueless brown, fading dark mocha head. Pungent dark roast, charred barrel aged aroma. Taste is bitter dark roast, bitter bakers chocolate, coffee bean, burnt bourbon barrel vanilla yet hardly any sweetness. Softer carbonation, full bodied, lightly hopped. Dry roasty end. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
exeter (438) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
Pour’s black with brown microhead, low carbonation. Taste of molasses, dark coffee, oak, and brown sugar. Overall a great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2661) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle, Saint-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout 2013 An inky black pour with a rusty head that has lots of staying power. The nose is licorice, sweet bourbon & dark chocolate. Surprisingly thin bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Very bitter dark chocolate, roasty, some maple & bourbon. Not as nice as expected but still solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (1957) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
33 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada via Coop. Jet black, thick intense head. Inky molasses and pine aroma. Sweet, smooth, prune and raisin flavour. Mellow, with a long subdued finish. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
codfishh (121) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle from 2010 pours jet black thin tan head. Ashy roast with some vanilla and light caramel. Taste is super smooth vanilla, licorice, some caramel roast has really mellowed. Booze is well hidden. Beautiful beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (1020) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle for some douchebag in canada. Black, small tan head. A bit oily, roasty, bit of bourbon.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (314) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle thanks to Tristan. Aged from 2011. Aroma: chocolate, toffee. App: dark brown, brown head, some lacing,. Taste and palate: full body, light to medium sweetness. Overall: really great beer. Well aged.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
twistedtxb (53) - - NOV 12, 2014
Bouteille de 341ml. Arôme d’alcool perceptible. Alcool également très perceptible au goût. Encore trop jeune. A faire vieillir un an.


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