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


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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
Pours a pitch black with a lovely brown head which reduces to a foam ring in short order. Absolutely splendid demerara aroma - yum! I suddenly crave a butter tart! Sweet dark sugar taste - more vanilla & sweet than roasty, but with enough alcohol and hop bitterness to balance. Light carb, moderate body. This is easily the most quaffable imperial stout I have ever tasted, and I could easily drink several pints of it, at which point I’d probably die (but happily).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010

Name: Imperial Rusa
Date: March 12, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, fine tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, light roasted, hint of dark fruits
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, lots of roasted, touch of milky sweetness, bitter dark chocolate, long roasted finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - MAR 27, 2010
Bottle aquired via trade with glouglouburp -- thanks!! Pours roasted black with a trim beige head. Smells and tatses predominantly of burnt coffee, dark cocoa, and tobacco. Oily, with further notes of vanilla and oak in the flavor. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
(12oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, light roastiness, vanilla, subtle lactose, smoke,and maple syrup. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2218) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2010
330 mL bottle. Deep, dark brown, with a small but persistent brown head. You get smoke and vanilla from the bourbon barrel in the aroma, along with some ripe fruit and espresso. The flavour carries on in much the same way, with the wood leading the way, but not overwhelming the other flavours. This beer does show its youth, with some alcohol making its presence felt from the tongue on down. I expect it will smooth out with some time in the cellar. Roast bitterness in the finish. Full bodied and perfectly carbonated. An excellent addition to the Canadian beer market. I hope that this isn’t the last we see of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1664) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2010
341 ml bottle from trade - couldn’t trust LCBO to put this on local shelves. Much hype surrounding this one. Poured a black opaque elixir in the glass, cap was modest but lasts. Big roast-mocha-cocoa in the nose, figs and citrus-pine - excellent! Rich oily mouth feel, big roastiness and impy complexity, nice bit of drying and bittering in the finish. Certainly lived up to the hype but still over priced at $6.00 for 341ml.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3282) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Bottle opened on the bus ride from Dunedin Brewing Co. to Cigar City Brewing. Pours black with light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts and sour cherries. Flavors of burnt malts, chocolate and coffee. Full body with soft carbonation. Thanks to whoever opened this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2985) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Bottle generously shared by nbutler11...THANKS NICK!!! Near black pour produced a 1/8 inch latte head that left a spattering of lacing. Aroma is cocoa, burnt caramel, and Starbucks. Flavor is similar with coffee and chocolate pushing forward. The bourbon, oak, vanilla, and malty sweetness barely make a showing, instead taking a backseat to the more aggressive flavors (surprising the bourbon is so subtle here). Creamy mouthfeel. Glad I had a chance to try. Thanks again Nick!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2010
bottle pours black with a tall dark tan head. Aroma is strong cocoa nib and burnt sugar. Nice thick chocolate and light coffee with a very thick viscous mouthfeel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseM (1155) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2010
341mL from the tube. Lickboe. 700th rating. Got this on a brief trip into Toronto. Pours an opaque black with a huge brown head. The aroma is powerful. Kind of reminds me of their Oatmeal stout, slightly metallic and grainy. Huge anise, soy sauce, bourbon and booze. Flavour is much the same but with some siginificant smokiness that shows up mid-palate and rides through the finish. Abundance of roasted malts and some minor sweetness, coffee roast. Feels super think with a bit of hotness. Bourbon barrel aspects are subtle which is the way I feel that they should always be. This one is all about the roast and thick mouth-feel. Still somehow goes down way too easy. Really just the most impressive Canadian rendition of an Imperial Stout that I’ve had.

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