Brewed by McAuslan Brewing (Brasseurs RJ)
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2010
black, thin tan head. Plum, earthy anise, bit of oat, nearly barrel like. Flavor is similar, lots of malt, licorice and wood. Good, balanced, soft hefty body playing well into the more dense profile, but a bit straightforward, particularly the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
Courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Pours deep darkness with nice looking dark mocha head. The aroma is modest in strength with chocolate malt balls, dark to burnt malts, some chocolate, vanilla and faint spicy oak. The taste is rich with dark roasted malts, burnt malts that get to the point of being a touch ashy to midway followed by fudge brownie coming to the surface every now and then. There’s a smokiness surrounding the flavor too as well as some spicy black licorice. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2010
Bouteille partagée avec Jcwattsrugger. Brune foncée, mousse est moka/chocolaté. Arôme est un merveilleux mélange de malt avec des notes d ’espresso, café, malt fumé donnant un cote de bacon, vanille et fine Au palais, la bière reprend un peu sur l’arôme. Le côté fumé est subtile et se mélange parfaitement avec l’espresso. On ressent un peu le bourbon et le rajout des copeaux de chêne donnent un fini légèrement épicé. En bouche, la bière est sèche, moyennement effervescente.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
341mL courtesy of CaptainCougar. Poured a near jet black with a beautiful red mocha head gently appearing and leaving very nice lace. Nose is sweet candies, tobacco, licorice. Taste brings on tobacco, ash, char, mint, spiciness, bitterness, roasted malt, and big unsweetened dark chocolate. Rich, bitter, thick on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (12498) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2010
341ml, thanks CaptainCougar. Medium brown head with brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, vinous, some roast. Taste is sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roast, some vinous. Sticky medium-full body, minimal carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
2010 release 341ml bottle. Poured into a large baloon snifter glass...

Appearance - Wow, this looks rather unique. Very very dark brown body, so dark you will not be able to see any light through it. The head is surprisingly dark as well, of an almost brown colour. Great head retention and some very impressive lacing on the glass. Really, this is a perfect-looking RIS!

Smell - Just from the first whiff I could tell this beer is well-hopped. It’s got a floral aroma to it, but that’s not what this RIS is all about, since the malts still dominate the nose! Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of wood is what makes up the intense aroma this beer gives out.

Taste - Balance. This beer is all about balance. It’s well-hopped, giving you some nice floral notes and lingering bitterness. It’s super malty, but not to the point of being thick and chewy. Tastes very chocolatey and rather sweet, with a nice vanilla undertone from the oak, and some roasted coffee bean notes. A little bit of a tobacco-like undertone. The bitterness comes from both the hops and the roasted malts, yet it is not overwhelming and fades away gradually. The after-taste is bitter and chocolatey, with a hint of woodiness.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is exceptional, at least for an Imperial stout. Medium-to-full body to it, just enough to be felt and not enough to be hefty or too thick. Low carbonation level. Coats the palate nicely and feels almost creamy. NOT boozy, which is amazing and very pleasing. Moreover, it does not get very boozy even after warming up. Somewhat dry but not to the point of drying the mouth out.

Drinkability - This is a sipper, no doubt about that... BUT you could drink it in gulps, and it would still be as pleasant and drinkable. That would be a bit of a waste, though, since this is a special and uncheap beer.

Overall, McAuslan really impressed me with this beer. I did not expect it to be quite as good as it did. It is super smooth, complex and BALANCED! One of the finest Russian Imperial stouts I’ve tried to date! It is almost mind-blowing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Novel notes of raw oak and licorice in the aroma with some light espresso. The taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with lots of lactose heavy milk chocolate, some stale coffee and dark fruit. After the aroma, the taste is hugely disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (17662) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle. Maroon color, nice brown head, scant lacing. Nice coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Taste is bitter coffee grounds, bitter finish. OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
12 oz. bottle in nifty case thingy; thanks Fred!! Dense black pour and huge dark tan head from a rigorous pour; so much so I had a mild foam over – newb!!! Lots of lacing from a slowly fading head; just a beautiful looking beer; rich oats, creamy roast, dark malts and fruits, sweet prunes; fairly big nose too; light, delicate flavor blend of coffee, milky roast, charred malt, bitter coffee and some nutty sweetness; has a rich lightness to it, but well crafted, sweet, smooth and delicate; ashy, chocolaty finish; spot on mix of flavors, richness, restrained bigness and remaining damn smooth and drinkable; everything an impy should be; damn good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
georgebrassin (176) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2010
Dark hazy with a large creamy and rocky brown head. Aroma is Bourbon, Coffee, chocolate, smoked and vanilla. Full body with low carbonation. In mouth is full of different flavors. Bourbon, smoke, coffee, dark fruits, a hint of chocolate. Finish is a bit bitter with expresso.

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