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

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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerWeg (1548) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 BIG. Pours a loud plop of thick blackish-brown with a heavy thick taupe head. Gorgeous. Smells of espresso, vanilla bean and sweet dark malts. Tastes full frontal oak showing coconut and vanilla and woody tannins. Cocoa and red wine. Bourbon. Great full feel, malts taste sweet and roasty but in balance. The hops are grassy and stand up to the oak. Definitely astringent and will need time to integrate - might end up a bit on the dry sour side at that point, hard to say. This is both really regal and an all-out palate assault. Hardly perfect but one hell of a start. ** re-rate ** actually better from the fridge, +.1 taste and +.1 palate -- I am still critical of the brash and crass abuse of oak that is typically American, but this French-Canadian interpretation imparts some softness and languor to the formula. And I’m trying to resist homer rating this but it’s great & could become even stunning, so there’s a case in my cellar.... will update in a year or two.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle shared by nbutler. Dark black pour with a creamy tan head. Near burnt malt aroma with lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Roasty and slightly sweet flavor. Creamy smooth palate. Very nice. Thanks Nick!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Bottle shared by nbutler - thanks Nicky! Pours crude oil black with a thin tan head. The nose is vanilla, cocoa and tobacco. The taste is wood, tobacco, burnt malt and coffee. Medium creamy body. Nice stuff. Thanks again Nick!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle shared by Dany, thanks you funky Canadian, we let you win at home in hockey can’t piss off our northern brothers too much. Pours a black body with a coffee tan head. Dry roast y coffee tones, coco with a dry roasted warming. Light chocoalte and a mild espresso and vanilla sweetness. Very very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle at Ryan’s Midtown Hotel room tasting post EBF 2010: 2009 Version. Opaque oil pour with a thick brown head. Tarry roasted aroma with notes of anise, rubbery phenols and fennel. Silky body with a pretty sharp and charred flavor. Mild quick boozy fore with a spicy/peppery black malt presence- notes of licorice and fennel. Lots of peppery spiciness. Quite bitter on the back. Not bad- has a late minerally bitterness that’s slightly off.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle at Ryan’s hotel room tasting after session one of EBF in Boston. Pours a viscous oily black with a thin tan head. Roast, chocolate. More roast and chocolate, very roasty, char. Long char and roast bitter finish. Surprisingly good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4723) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2010
(Bottle) Courtesy of PWheatley. Boozy, iodine, burnt sugar and coffee aroma. Bitter chocolate, coffee grounds and vanilla flavour. Very smooth and smokey with a tad of salt. Good stuff. Shared with Beershine and Oakes.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3242) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2010
341 ml bottle in a fancy tube from Marche Jovi (Omni), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a large mocha head. Aroma: Really fruity – some dark dried fruits and other brighter fruits and berries, grapes, playful chocolate and vanilla, lots of molasses and a touch of licorice, there’s a smokey/savoury note – deeply smoked pork sausage, some black coffee, some wood, there’s a lot going on here. Palate: Medium body and very sparse/soft effervescence. Flav.: The savoury smoke note starts things off and dominates the fruits, molasses, chocolate and coffee big time, some resinous hops comes through, vanilla and coffee after a while, some alcohol, maybe too much; later sips bring better fruitiness and very dark-roasted malt notes; lightly sweet with plenty of bitterness, a fair alcohol sting and a kinda lack-luster finish.

The mouth can’t quite live up to the nose’s promise, which is disappointing. Not quite up to the Gold standards.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle shared by CapFlu. Pours tar black and thick. Strong vanilla and bourbon more upfront in the aroma than the roast. Rich dark fruit and tars here too. Has a nice thick mouthfeel that is soft. It’s sweeter than expected, then rounds out with lingering hops in the finish. Has an aromatic, woody character throughout like cedar. Can really taste the bourbon. Seems oatmealy as well, as the malt has a gluten-like sweetness. Is straightforward, well-made and delicious even if not a standout.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
Bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours black with a large creamy tan head -- looks great. Lovely aroma of roasted malt, light bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a good amount of herbal hops. Flavour: Whoa, that’s boozy! Still tasty though, with roasted malt, lightly burnt coffee, bourbon, chocolate and lots of alcohol. Medium bodied. Very good, I’d love to age some of these!


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