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


on tap

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RATINGS: 365   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours viscous black, thick dark tan head, nice and persistent. Lacing is above average as well. Nose is roasty, fishy, spicy, and rather smoky. Some real soy sauce notes here too... Flavours are intensely roasty, lots of smoke and soy here too. Fruit and bourbon let their presence be known as the beer warms, very generous and complex. A pleasant way to spend the evening. Also, Val Kilmer makes a surprisingly convincing Doc Holliday. I wonder why he doesn’t get work any more?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeanF (2223) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 13, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2011 Comes in a scotch-box cardboard thing, but the bottle itself is the same as any other you’d get. A shame, really, but then perhaps it has something to do with Quebec’s weird bottle deposit laws that would banish such things to endless frustration for consumers? I am not one to speculate; though I just did. But anyways, this pours jet black with a dark chocolate mousse head, the likes of which I don’t think I’ve seen before. Aroma is chocolate syrup, coffee, dirty motor oil. The flavour is deep and rich with chocolate and barley, burnt oak, coffee flavours, all that stouty goodness, and then a nice dry finish to boot. But after awhile it gets too bitter and too thick; it needs a little more balance, a little more drinkability. Right now it’s very good but just too difficult to down.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
drougkolya (276) - Otterburn Park, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
Bière stout impériale de 9.1% d’alcool, houblonnée à merveille, crémeuse, mousseuse...collet brun cocolat..saveur de café torréfié...BRAVO!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Pours black with a beautiful thick brown pour. Aroma holds definite barrel notes, with vanilla, smoke character, peat, caramel, butterscotch, toffee, and molasses. Also touches of both creamy milk and bitter baker’s chocolate. Flavor holds much more roasty bitterness, though the caramel and molasses sweetness becomes more prevalent closer to the finish. Also some definite notes of whiskey and brandy, with a touch of hotness near the end of the sip. Palate is fairly thick and has decent carbonation. Certainly not world class, but a really solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Massive black pour with a vivacious tan head. The aroma is huge bourbon vanilla, peat, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, and creamy chocolate. The flavor is loaded with roasty cocoa nib, bakers chocolate, burnt malts, and slight booze notes. Thick creamy palate with low carbonation and a dry roasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (6989) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12oz bottle pours an oily, opaque black with a thin, tan head. Nose is malty, nutty, woody, lightly boozy. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, grapey, coffee, light bread. Some nice, mellow barrel in the flavor. Full bodied, sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11899) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Tampa Weekly Gathering @BT Wesley Chapel-I got in trade with Fred82-12oz bottle-pours tight brown head and black color. Aroma is bourbon/wood, medium/dark malt. Taste is bourbon/wood, rich medium/dark malt, some hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3999) - 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 (7957) - 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 (8789) - 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.

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