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

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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2010
thanks after4ever! Strong nose, little boozy with lavender, gunpowder, and a little wet topsoil. All of this is in a good way, the aroma is intriguing. Jet black, thin sticky sexy tan head. Body seems salty and unrestrained, light and free. There’s some molasses and dark caramel, graphite finish. Great journey.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Vanilla, brown sugar, dark roast, char, light smoke. Wonderful balanced nose. Black pour with a creamy tan head. Roast, char, light soy sauce, vanilla, wood, earthy bitterness. Nice inky bitterness. Creamy body with nice balance. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1141) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2010
341ml capped bottle, thanks Tom. Ashy, light coffee and chocolate, licorice, over toasted hazelnut, caramel soaked leather. Tight light, yet up front carb with a medium heavy feel. Licorice, smoke, light ash, prune, chocolate, bitter and dry with some earthy faint floral notes to finish up. Really nice and coming off of an over rated beer that is named after a fast racing surface, this kicks ass!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (5934) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2010
12 oz. thanks, dany! pours black with a dense, creamy, burnt tan head. rich roasty dark chocolatey nose, some dark ash showing as well. creamy medium body. roast, ash, and tons of chocolate on the mid palate. long ashy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2010
bottle from nbutler11 on 2/7/2010. blackish pour with a small tan head... more of a ring, actually. savory aroma... smoky, ashy, roast, chocolate, spiciness, herbal hops and a touch of mellow vanilla. predominant flavor of burnt coffee is followed by ash, soft sweet smoke, chocolate, toasted nuts, vanilla and peppery herbal hops which dry the palate off almost completely. the medium body is creamy yet tart from ashy roast. incredibly easy to drink. 8/4/8/4/15/3.9

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2111) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2010
341 ml bottle from a trade with a local BA. pours thick black with a dense brown head that coats the glass. this might be the best looking imppy ive ever seen. the aroma is of salty bourbon wood, it a little hot too. the flavour is mostly bourbon and wood with some of the underlying roasted malt structure showing. the hops at the end are beautiful. this would be considerably better without the bourbon and show signs of aging gracefully. good now, probably better later.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (2815) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2011 (Vintage 2009 et 2010) Le liquide a une robe plutôt noire. Le col mousseux est brun. Des parfums de café, de malts foncés, de chocolat, de bois, de bourbon, de fruits et de fumée complètent le profil olfactif de la bête. Des saveurs rôties, de chocolat amer, de vanille, de bourbon et de fruits complètent le profil gustatif de la bête. La bouche est moyennement ronde avec un pétillement bas et une texture franchement huileuse. La finale est torréfiée et légèrement chaude. (Vintage 2011) Le liquide a une robe profondément noire. La tête mousseuse très foncée reste solidement plantée. Une dentelle décore le verre. Au nez, les notes torréfiées sont expressives. Le café perce les narines, le bourbon est délicat avec de la vanille et des fruits. Des belles notes chocolatées se développent avec rigueur. En bouche, le liquide est savoureux, très près des arômes avec de bons grains torréfiés et chocolatés. Le bourbon est aussi réservé, il n’empiette pas sur les autres saveurs. Les houblons jouent certainement un rôle effacé derrière la splendeur des malts noirs. L’impression en bouche est très belle: le liquide est rond, le pétillement plutôt modéré et la texture crémeuse. la finale est longue, chaude, pleine de torréfaction, bien satisfaisante. La version 2011, fraîchement embouteillée me semble plus intéressante que les brassins précédents. Vivement quelques bouteilles dans le cellier. Mais la question demeure, peut-on longuement y résister?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
Sampled at RBWG 2010. Nice black pour with a wonderful dark brown head. The aroma is lots of roasted malts, coffee, char, smoke, and dark fruits, but there’s plenty of alcohol in the nose too. The flavor is quite complex with dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, sweet, and more, with a significant burn as well.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
humulonimbus (10) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2010
i must be the only one here who didn’t like this. i didn’t want to finish my glass but i laboured through it. a friend and i shared a bottle and a dislike for it. maybe i got a bad one but it was very harsh and too thick. looked good but aroma failed to impress. salt and licorice and a sour metallic finish ruined the underlying vanilla and roasty sweetness. mellowed towards the end of the glass and some pleasing flavours emerged but too little too late imo. will benefit from aging i’m sure. would love to try it in 6 mo. but at $6 a bottle is it really worth it?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2010
341mL bottle from LCBO. Pours pure thick black with dark tan head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, and smoke. Thick creamy body with espresso, oak, and bourbon flavours. Finish is bitter, with a bit of alcohol coming through. Nice beer, would benefit from a bit of additional aging, let’s hope I have the patience to wait!


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