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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2009
The initial growing, uniform tight foam is nothing short of spectacular. After a few minutes, an honest cover remains, as well as traces on the glass. Underneath, there is only blackness. While the bourbon is not necessarily exagerated, it’s still the first thing I pick up from this otherwise coffee laden aroma with a certain green touch from a liberal hop dosage. Bittersweet chocolate, mint and plain burnt toast follow. Its intensely roasty that one, drying out and becoming borderline metallic as the hops bitterness join in the roast already considerable one. Opens up a lot as it warms, growing slices of complexity, but focusing enough on roast that I cannot capt any distinct fruitiness. The bourbon woodsy, vanilla undertones remain in the show all along, reaching their pinnacle in the finish where the remnants are mostly roast and bourbon. A good sipper, but not as polished as I expected and not so imposing in terms of mouthfeel. Its carbonation is not all that smooth, showing biting peaks and the flavours would not mind a heavier bulk.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4625) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2009
#3000. Black with thin brown head. Smokey aroma. Hints of chocolate and coffee improve as you sniff. Starts out oily. At first seems thick but not so much as you drink. Winey charcoal with some coffee and hints of chocolate. Almost a hint of cherries in the aftertaste. Overall I much prefer the regular Oatmeal Stout. This seems to need some work; a bit tinny and charcoaly.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3015) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle - 341ml. Opaque black body with low carbonation and a thick brown creamy head. Well balanced, complex malty/hoppy aroma with chocolate, vanille, roasted coffee, and woody hints. Alcohol is very well hidden. Its sharp, robust hoppy taste is fantastic. It carries fruity, woody, and coffeeish notes, and ends with a long, strong bittersweet/roasty finish. I had that awesome Imperial Stout as my 1,500th rating.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2009
Very thick pitch black with a huge cappuccino head. Great retention and nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, smoke and a slight touch of alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, wood and a bitter finish with some alcohol. Full body with a creamy/oily mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MJGG (950) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2010 Bouteille de 341 ml. Arômes de chocolat noir, de réglisse, de malt foncé. On remarque une touche d’alcool fort. Robe noire et opaque, effervescence moyenne et légère mousse moka. Bien maltée et ronde en bouche, le chocolat noir est accompagné par une touche discrète de chêne et de bourbon. Présente certaines caractéristiques de la St-Ambroise Oatmeal stout, dont une touche de réglisse et une finale sèche et bien amère de houblon. Une stout très agréable et bien équilibrée.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (3107) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Fred ! Jet black pour, beautiful mocha head. The barrel ageing is evident, lots of oak, vanilla and a touch of boozey goodness. Flavor is intensly roasty, with loads of chocolate, and coffee. The barrel ageing is there in thd finish also, some great wood and vanilla, with a big roasty finish. I loved their regular oatmeal stout, and this seems like a ramped up version of it with some barrell ageing added. Outstanding beer!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3158) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
Bouteille de 341ml, bière noire comme de l’encre, belle mousse, nez relevé de chocolat, moka avec le parfum classique de bière vieillie avec du bois de chêne. En bouche elle est agressive, puissante, longue, relevé. bonne bière mais je m’attendais à mieux, à reboire.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerandweed (2) - USA - DEC 12, 2009 does not count
I was very excited to try this beer, and was not disappointed. Jet black, pours similar to their oatmeal stout. The aroma was good, but I felt as though their could’ve been more of it. (And yes I did use the right glass) The taste was outstanding. Coffee, cocoa, vanilla and the bourbon were very upfront. The bourbon I found added a sort of sweetness to this brew, and usually I don’t like sweet beer, but this time it fit just right. Extremely malty and full bodied, heavy, very warming. They said they used cascade, goldings and willamette, the cascade was the aroma, the goldings was for flavor, but took the back seat, and the willamette was the dominant hop. Overall an outstanding brew, too bad their wont be anymore. I’ll age the other 5 bottles I have and right another review in a year.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2925) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2009
Aroma:Chocolate,light rosted malt... Appearance:Dark ,good brown head.. Flavor:rosted malt,light chocolate flavor... Nice....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (3041) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2009 Pitch black with brown lasting head and nice lacing. Strong aroma of bourbon, roasted coffee, vanilla and oak. The roasted malts bring out all the cocoa flavors, very intense. Subtle old coffee. Nice mouthfeel, full and creamy.


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