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

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RATINGS: 345   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4020) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (1325) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
HA! Comes in a twist off bottle cap. funny for such a high octane brew. motor oil black with an actual brown head and not tan coloured.. big carbonation and it laces up a storm. Huge brew, showing toffee, roast and has a caramilk bar like aroma. it is a huge brew, having a hoppy note hidden amongst the roast toasty goodness. tasty!

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 (821) - 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 (3061) - 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 (189) - 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!


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