Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTheRick (512) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
** Bouteille 2011 ** Un superbe liquide d’un noir impénétrable surmonté d’une mousse moka épaisse mais qui s’amincit rapidement laisse échapper des effluves chocolatées et boisées. Jusqu’à présent rien d’extravagant n’est-ce pas? Eh bien l’amorce de la madérisation de la bière fait en sorte que des odeurs de cerises noires émanent du verre. Cette impression se répète en bouche et s’agence à merveille au chocolat et aux traces d’alcool fort. Une longue finale amère et chaude est fort agréable. Elle a encore beaucoup de corps malgré son âge!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1104) - New York, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Bottle, 2013 vintage, 06/03/2014. Pours thick black, dense tan head fades to a fine haze on the surface, small curtain of lacing left around the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate, cacao, sweet dark berries, ground espresso, woody bourbon. Taste is dark fruit, licorice, intense roast, char, espresso, noticeable hops, some vanilla, wood. Medium thick body, nearly creamy. Well done stout, fairly unique character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2025) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 2, 2014
Man this is good. One of the smoothest and easy drinking ris’s I’ve ever had. Thanks a bunch to Dominic the alehunter for this beauty. Pours black with gushing mocha head and sticky lacing. Beautiful aromas of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, coconut and a touch of umami. Flavors are smooth roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. This is a world class stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
myrda (70) - - MAY 28, 2014
Sombre et opaque, comme devrait l’être une stout russe. Pas de mousse, seulement de petites bulles moca. Offrir typique de cacao et de café torréfié. Ronde et pleine en bouche, légèrement acidulée. Les arômes plus flagrantes s’estompent pour laisser des subtilités herbacées et épicés rappelant le chocolat maya.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2014
21.05.2014, 0,34l bottle (2010 vintage) @ BBGTC tasting:
Nice brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sweet, dark malts, coffee, salty licorice, alcohol, grass, dark sugar, spices. Taste is kind of sour-ish harsh, sour coffee, oak, dark malts, old hops, minerals, harsh grass, grassy chili, cardboard. Longlasting bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. Fair enough, but not really my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (850) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle from 2010. Pitch black pour producing a creamy dark tanned head. Vinous aroma with roasted and black malts, vanilla, caramel and coffee. Taste is rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, bitter coffee and semi-sweet caramelized malts. Body is full with a creamy palate and semi-soft co2.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3606) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
0.341l bottle from 2010 shared with The Tasting Crew. Looks really good this. Deep and dark near black looking this and it has a really nice deep dark chocolate head. Lots and lot of roastiness here. Super dark 88 percent chocolate is detected, some vanilla, some dark berries. It’s quite nice. Lots of dry spicy Christmas flavors here! Imagine the darkest chocolate bar you’ve had. This tastes quite a bit like this. The Christmas spices reminds me of cinnamom and nutmeg. It has this slightly acidity as well. Could it be coffee acidity? The main thing I’m left with is a really good dark chocolate bar that I’ve eaten a bit to fast. Lots and lots of flavor. Yeah, what more to say it’s a really fine one. 21.05.2014

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4375) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a jet black body with a medium creamy beige head. Nose is licorice, roasted bread, vinous smooth alcohol tones, hints of grains, vanilla and coffee.Taste is coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, mild licorice and hints of cinnamon, port wine and mild raisins. Full.creamy body, medium to soft carbonation. Smoothly aged Canadian imperial stout? I like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnicolaescu (1031) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 18, 2014
BOTTLE 341ML from bugent. Thanks, Sergio! Look: pitch black with a big mocha-orange head. Aroma: clearly (but not overwhelmingly) bourbon barrel - vanilla and whisky, roasted, some alcohol, sweetness, dark fruit. Taste: start light sweet with some acid-roast, then goes a big wave of bitterness with phenolic/alcohilc overtones. Quite a bit of alcohol when it starts, which slowly evaporates by the time you finish the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
Pours black with a thin tan cap. The aroma is coffee, chocolate, anise, roasted malts, all subtle. The flavour is also subtle all the way along, reflecting the aroma with sea salt and chocolate trailing into the finish. I feel the elegance of this beer is wasted on me. I like my russian imperial stouts to have BIG flavour that drop kick my taste buds with awesomeness. Still, very solid.

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