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


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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2897) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle from SlovakSniper. Poured into a tulip. Large brown head on top of a pitch black beer. Nose is roasted, coffee, dark chocolate, just reeks of a real stout! As the head slowly drops, there is a light brown lacing on the glass. Taste is slightly smoky with a tobacco note. Some underlying woodiness to it as well. I guess I should read the deScription on these beers first, as I was thinking the wood and smoke was out of character. Coffee comes through more as it warms. Damn this is good stuff! Overall, a very delicately balanced and well made beer. I wish I had known they advertised the smoke and wood before I drank the beer, as I wasn’t quite sure about it at first. It is a welcome compliment to a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaseurboreal (22) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
Très bonne bière. Découverte en 2012, j’ai acheté 4 bouteilles par année en 2012, 2013 et 2014 afin de les faire vieillir. La différence avec l’âge est assez impressionnante.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmahut (1586) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours in deep dark body, soft carbonation creates a really nice tan to brown creamy head. Aroma has a lot of caramel, wood, whiskey, Taste has coffee sweetness, touch of vanila in the after taste, oak, medium woody bitterness, complex after taste of vanila and coffee with some dark fruits, really nice. Body is full, medium soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (5503) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2015
Bottle: Thanks Steve: Vintage 2011: Served in a Chouffe glass at roomtemperature. I’ve cellared this one for a while, today it’s the perfect time to open it. Pitch black with a small brown head. Looks good! Aroma has lots of liquorice tones (think bay leaf and laurel) with a faint whiskey note. Also some hints of wood, roast, dust, earth, chalk, some serious dark chocolate, light mocha tint and some dry coffee tints. Flavour is earthy. Earthy when all lights go out! Very dark tones of liquorice, roast, coffee and wood burn, nut (roast), dry, light whiskey, light herbal roast, some dark chocolate, hint of mocha, hint of tar... Very dark, dark roast/burn with a light earthy edge and a dry jacket. Interesting! Aftertaste is bitter and dry with many different roast/burn tones like wood, malts and some coffee. Also a hint of chocolate. Low carbo, thick close to silky mouthfeel, full bodied. Interesting beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jinroh (803) - ESTONIA - MAR 7, 2015
Pours dark black, brown foam, leaving some beautiful lacings. Cherries, coffee, chocolate and cocoa, sweet bourbon aroma. Taste is really well balanced, toasted, chocolate, cherry liquer, thick bourbin flavour. Roast bitterness lingers for longer. Vanilla. Chocolate. Amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_sully (327) - - MAR 7, 2015
Deep rich brown, almost black. Brown head.aroma of banana. Taste is very bitter coffee and dark chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimE (4249) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2015
Pours a very dark brown head with darkness of a black hole underneath. Cherries, bourbon, oak in the nose. The mouth is totally fantastic with bourbon, dark chcolate oak, dark fruit, not too sweet like many barrel aged beers. The mouth is superbly well balanced. Big lingering bourbon and treacles in the finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jannick13 (142) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark black with small off white head. Cofee, chocolate, vanilla and banana on nose. Taste is more of the same. Very smooth and balanced. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Thanks Kbudd19. Black pour with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt and dark fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dry, black patent?. The beer clings to the glass. Lacing shown on each sip taken. Dry roasted malt aftertaste. Dry, a little bitter, but wonderful

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
simardsam (237) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
Édition 2014. Noire, avec une mousse de couleur café avec une touche orange brûlée. Nez boisé, chocolaté, de café, de cuir et de tabac. Goût de café, de chocolat amer (et ça rappelle aussi l’effet en texture), de fumé, et légèrement de vanille. Il s’agit d’une bière sublime aux aspects très masculins!

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