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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7421) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Mes, Sim and Justin shared at Merton Summer Beer Festival 17-07-10 Pours shark eye black with a tan head. The aroma is burnt woody, coffee and with a generous amount of chocolate there also. Taste is more of the same but in the mouth this is quite substantial its oily and thick, chewy and bitter. Great stuff but difficult to rate fairly as had to keep taking snatches of this between serving people. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 4.0

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2010
A Sim rate (bottle thanks to DougShoemaker): Incredible aroma of whisky, wood, bitter roastiness & sweet cream. I really don’t want to stop smelling it....particularly as I know the beer will soon be gone when I embark on flavour. Amazing alcoholic woody hit at the very start that warns of the vast array of flavours to follow. The wood, roastiness and coffee notes just take you on a journey into blissful daydream. Sweet and bitter at the same time. It’s so luscious I just don’t want it to end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2010
Aroma is roast coffee, dark chocolate, fine liquorice and malt, jet black, firm finger of cappuccino head and loads of lace. Flavour is strong roasted coffee, cocoa, liquorice and great malt. Full bodied, perfectly balanced, beautfully bitter, alcohol is subtle. Wonderful!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (4993) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Bottle, RBWG 2010. Inky black pour with a small frothy brown head. Intense nose, very roasty with lots of coffee, fudge cake, and bakers chocolate with a light hint of alcohol. The flavor is a little overly burnt tasting and roasty with a good bit of noticeable alcohol. Rather intense flavor as well, but a little harsh at the same time. Oily and thick mouthfeel with light fizzy carbonation. Pretty decent, but not a beer I’d seek out again.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2010
Bouteille 341ml. De couleur brune foncée/ noire et opaque. Nez de malt rôti aux notes brûlées, de chocolat noir, moyen de vanille et de café, léger de houblon herbeux avec des notes boisées (fût de chêne), de mélasse, de fumée de bois et de fruits (prunes). Ronde-moyenne en bouche avec un pétillement bas et une texture riche et légèrement crémeuse. Goût de crême brûlée (faibles notes lactiques) accompagné d’un léger goût de vanille avec des notes de malt fumé (fumée de bois) et des traces de fruits (prunes, traces de dates) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût de malt assez rôti avec un goût de chocolat noir, un léger goût de mélasse avec des notes de caramel toffee et de pain grillé. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un léger goût d’alcool réchauffant jusqu’en finale. Un goût de café s’installe progressivement jusqu’en finale avec une moyenne amertume de houblon herbeux et des notes boisées (fût de chêne). Post-goût long, moyennement amer de rôti, moyen de houblon herbeux et de chocolat noir, léger de café avec des notes d’alcool et des traces boisées.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2010
341ml.bottle.The color is a dark brown with a thin dark beige head.The aroma is smoky. The taste is a mix of barley malt, roasted hops with added sweetness of fuits.The alcohol is present but over powering.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 8, 2010
Bottle 341 ml LCBO
Aroma : smoky frontal with dark malts , hit of dark very ripe fruit , finishing with hickory. 7+
Appearance: dark brown into lack , very dark creamy tanned head. Fine lace noted. 5-
Flavour and Palate: dark frontal character , low chewy murky feel. Smoke , cask with bitter sharpness at late edges. Mid full bodied , uncompromising darkness. Smoky evil stout of beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (3437) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Bottle thanks dany, @ post EBF tasting. Black luscious pour with some tan head. Dark malt, roasty coffee, chocolate, and some vanilla notes. Abv a non issue, flavor and aftertaste are very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sean9689 (278) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2010
12oz bottle from my homie Alex aka Masterski. Poured into tasting glass. 2009 vintage. A - Pours black with a very nice mocha-colored head. Lots of nice lacing along the sides of the glass and a thick cap that remains long after the initial pour. A very nice-looking beer, no doubt. S - Chocolate, both milk and dark, some roasted/smoke characteristics, slight dark fruit, some coffee, caramel. Lots of things going on here, very nice. T - Bitter dark chocolate up front, some dark fruit sweetness, coffee, some hoppy notes. This one is bitter throughout between dark chocolate and hops. M - Medium bodied, soft frothy carbonation, semi-dry finish. D - I really liked this one. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. I would say this one is up there with some of the better RIS I’ve had. Recommend.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spab (2401) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
341 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a deep, ultra dark brown/black with moderate-sized, lasting brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, toffee, roast, wood and alcohol. Taste is big and bitter with definite roastiness, dark chocolate and woodiness. Nice herbal hops in finish. Very good.


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