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


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RATINGS: 345   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (2613) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
Thanks Tommy for this one. 2012 bottle: Dark black body with brown cocoa head and nice lacing. Aroma of bourbon and roasted malts. Taste is rich, kind of sharp even, very bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. Really nice RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (1939) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle from Canada courtesy of Ellen & Malcolm. Inky black with a good tan head. Lots of rich bitter coffee and chocolate flavour, the coffee coming through really strongly in the finish. Very little initial sweetness, and it could do with some more to be really top class. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. A little spiciness too. tasty, but not the best imp I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maximet (137) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
Black with a foamy light coffee top. Vanilla, woods, bourbon, black chocolate, great aroma! Nice bitterness in the taste. Well rounded, slick and not too carbonated. A great brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davey101 (744) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2014
341ml (lol) bottle into a snifter on Canada Day. 2011 vintage. Pours a pitch black body with a dark khaki head. Nose is roasted malts, bakers chocolate, light anise and espresso with a lovely vanilla sweetness. Taste is big roasty malts and chocolate malts with a little vanilla sweetness and some dry oak on the finish, The barrel isn’t very noticeable but this is a damn tasty beer. Thick and coating mouth feel. This can really run with some of the best American RIS’s, probably even beat most of them too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (6866) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle shared at the DTE tasting thanks to Sic1314. Pours near black with a ring beige head. Aroma of licorice, roast, dark chocolate, smoke. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (9931) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
UPDATED: APR 8, 2015 Bottle @ DTE tasting thanks to sic1314. Opaque black color, average sized off-white head. Smell and taste malts, bitter, some roast. Hmm ok but not as good as expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
At DTE tasting. Poured a murky medium brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roast, smokey malt, dark chocolate, coffee. Full body, flavour as the aroma, light liquorice, a little wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (6511) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
33cl bottle. Thin tan head. Clear black pour. Bourbon notes. Very smooth. Well brewed

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (5716) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle at the DTE tasting, Den Haag. Poured a murky dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is resin hop with a little band aid. The flavour is veggie light sour, moderate bitter with a big dry hop mineral bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTheRick (602) - 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!

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