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


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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
unibrouefan (200) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2010
I drank heavy stout in the past that I rated high, Kuhnhenn American Imperial Stout (12.5%) and Dogfish Head World Wide Stout (18%), but I don’t feel this one. Don’t get me wrong, this beer is fine, but I was expecting more. At least their Oatmeal Stout is great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UM02 (326) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2010
I had high expectations for this given I paid $5.99 for a 314 ml bottle and given the write up on the carton about how it was made. I left it as the last of the 4 Imperial Stouts of the evening and it was either going to make a big impression or be a big disappointment. Fortunately it is the former. I am not a big fan of the appearance rating and often give 3 as a standard and otherwise use it to correct too high or low ratings. Nevertheless, I have seldom remarked on how black a beer was when I was pouring it not when it was already in the glass. Impressive but still doesn’t effect the taste. The taste is very complex, balanced and drinkable but with a palate of flavours coming through, wood, chocolate, coffee, molasses and some things undefined. Though I personally have to admit an affinity to the smoky taste of Islay scotches, this is the equivalent of the complex highland scotches with a variety of flavours that many connaiseurs prefer. I even had to compare this with the oatmeal stout from the same brewery, my highest rated beer to date and my favourite Canadian beer (my other favourites I prefer to rate when I am in the country and have the fresh original not imported version). I have to say that this is even slightly better than their oatmeal stout. With two bottles costing more than a six pack of their oatmeal stout I will probably drink the oatmeal more often but this will be a beer for a special occasion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Oily black pour with a thick tan head. Aroma was wonderful brandy, chocolate, roasted malt. Dark chocolate and coffee were throughout. Flavor was similar, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Unfortunately it was a bit on the harsh side. Bitter and a bit mouth pulling. From the aroma of this one I was hoping it would be smoother. Not bad though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle. Black, small head, roasted coffee and vanilla aroma. Good bitterness that lingers behind the sweet flavor. Nice average imperial.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (7831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2010
341mL bottle sent from Dany / Glouglouburp (Thanks!). Pours deep black with a dark brown / coffee-like head - beautiful. Rich aroma of bourbon upfront, with secondary hints of smoke, wood, and a little alcohol. Flavour is certainly unique - rich wood-like roasted malt, bourbon and smoke, with burnt espresso on the finish - not a hint of sweetness to be found. Delectable - glad I was able to try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sseb69 (1590) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2014 Bouteille 341 ml. 9.2%. Pour mon 300 ième rating, je sirote une stout impériale russe cuvée 2010 de McAuslan. Couleur noire comme la nuit, mousse brune persistante. Consistance très épaisse. Arôme de malt grillé, vanille espresso, chocolat noir, bourbon (whiskey). En bouche, très ronde et intense, notes de houblon très prononcés. Notes d’alcool fort (bourbon), chocolat et espresso. Arrière goût très amère et persistant. Bue 1 ans plus tard...plus ronde, moins d’amertume tranchante. Excellente. Cuvée 2011. Mousse brune. Moins d’amertume en finale, complexe, chocolat, espresso. Wow. Excellente Mise à jour 2014: Fraîche, plus amère, moins balancée mais tellement bonne et soyeuse...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle from Boutip - thanks, Phil! Nice packaging as per usual with this series from St. A. Fairly viscous pour, and even though carbonation was fairly minimal it doesn’t appear flat or over the hill. Strong nose with a lot going on, a bit of maple and char, some dark berries, chocolate and wood. Body is fairly nice, a bit of a lactic character to it, and the flavors are deep and lasting, with some sweetness blending well with the dark roasts and burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle from the LCBO- Deep opaque jet black with a deep creamy mocha froth that lasts and laces well. Nose is full on dark chocolate and black coffee with dark fruit, vanilla, roasted malts, and some alcohol. Tastes great. Loads of dark chocolate and dark fruit with oaky vanilla, espresso, roasted malts, and again, some alcohol. Creamy, big bold bitter finish, with an oily body. Great effort!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2010
341ml bottle. Pours dark, dark brown with a milk chocolate coloured minimal head that leaves a tiny lace. Dominant chocolate on the nose with hints of coffee, alcohol and a little underlying hops. Heavy coffee on the palate with a long dark chocolate finish with that same hint of hops underneath and a little booziness. A little thin on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8125) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2010
Velvety black, with a rusty shine, and a dark-beige , fine & thick head, slightly irregular. Pours viscously, emitting a very rich chocolate/chocolate wafer nose with moccha, burnt notes and roasted Brasil nuts. After some time, the aromas converge to a rich mix of roast, rum & finally, but unmistakably, Bourbon. Impressive. Bitterish-sweet with a little, ever-burning edge; roasted, overdone toffee, moccha, roasted crusts, very long-lasting and very gradually fading. Bourbon again very present, the more as it warms up. Bitter & sweet come together better by then. Rich, velvety, viscous & burning MF, alcoholwarming. Good IRS, Bourbon infused, but just this makes it a tad to the sweet side. Grand merci à Fred & co!

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