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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SCP (53) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2011
Bourbon, smoke, chocolate, malt. Creamy texture. Bourbon is taking a lot of space here but the creamy texture and the chocolate makes it a dessert. I’m going to take their advice and age it for a while.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Bottle (2010): picked this up while in QC about a year ago, pours dark black with a thick tan head, aroma is malty, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and a bit of the bourbon, taste is malty, coffee, not a lot of bourbon flavor, it is more subtle, finishes bitter with a warming feeling. Very nice.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2824) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2012 Beaucoup de classe dès le premier contact, noir total avec une tête vivement onctueuse et perlé. Beaucoup de boisé, vanille et torréfaction en arôme, très rond. En bouche, c’est le confort total alors que le bourbon pave la voie aux notes plus rôti. On croirait boire un RIS déjà vieilli 2 ans tellement l’alcool est bien enfoui. Magnifique à tous les points de vues.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jvezp (86) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2011
I love how the toasted notes come balancing the vanilla flavor that comes from the barrel aged. Like every beer from Mr, Peter McAuslan, it’s pretty good but being a major micro in Québec, they never go all the way with their ideas, could’ve been great. It’s balanced, nice mouth feel it’s worth a try!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lanchester (187) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
This beer almost seemed to pour in slow-motion, very thick appearance. Jet black with a dense mocha colored head, gradually receding to yield nice layered lacing around the glass. Rich and complex aroma, very earthy notes; black soil, charred wood, coffee, and a familiar blend of vanilla and maple tones that come with bourbon barrel aging. There’s a lot happening all at once flavor-wise here, solid roasted and burnt malts vie for attention against a sharp and bitter hop profile. Finish is long with prominent woodiness and light astringency with traces of whiskey aromatics. Nice and full on the palate, really coats the tongue. Carbonation is low although lends a creaminess which helps tie all the flavors together. This is a fine and curious substance indeed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2012 Bottle thanks to chris, this one was aged for about a year. The taste was very nice it had lots of vanilia, lots of chocolate, and lots of bourbon, also coffee in there is well. Very enjoyable stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JRock72 (605) - - SEP 18, 2011
2009 Bottle thanks to Chris. Poured thick dark black with little head that retained. Very nice bourbon aromas and flavours mixed with roasty malts with hint of chocolate. Strong, alcoholic finish. Very interesting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2011
not sure if im rating the right one as we had a bourbon aged version. this was an awesome stout. roast chocolate, coffee, vanilla with a bourbon flavour. great sipper. thanks to Chris for this one!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
C2H5OH (64) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2012 2010 edition. Pours jet black with a one finger, off-white head. On the nose are rich roasted malts, dark fruit, black cherries, coffee, chocolate, rich smoke, cured meats, burnt toast, vanilla, oak and a bit of phenol. Mouth feel is thick and oily with perfect carbonation. Taste-wise, a blast of smoke, charred wood, ash and charcoal bombard the palate riding atop a sour wave of rich dark fruit, black licorice, vanilla, and bourbon. Chocolate and espresso follow, reaching a bitter conclusion of burnt, hoppy flavours. The finish is long and extremely bitter leaving burnt toast, 90% dark chocolate, coffee and oak. The smoke and char is like a punch in the face with this brew, and the sweet tartness from the dark fruit is no slouch either. The best bourbon barrel-aged stout I’ve had so far by a huge margin. **Edit [07/28/2012]: Since trying this beer, I’ve had the 2011 edition when it was still very fresh. It wasn’t as good as the 2010. I recently had another 2011 that’s been sitting in my cellar for about a year now, and it was much improved, if not better than the 2010. Very, very smokey. The 2010 in the original review was about a year old as well, so this one really benefits from some aging.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
d07c0m (91) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
Pours thick and viscous like oil. Appearance is of oily chocolate syrup with a thin head of dark brown bubbles. Goes down velvety smooth. Almost like drinking chocolate cake. Bourbon/vanilla is very nicely balanced with the chocolate, coffee, and flavorful hop profile. Alcohol is warming at 9.2% Delicious brew.


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