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


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RATINGS: 327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NBird (411) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2014
Looks. Black, sml tan head. Smells. Choc and dark choc malts, roasted coffee, some dark fruits. Tastes. Pretty fruity .. Boozy stone fruit, loads of dark choc and coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2377) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
Black pour with a dark brown head and thick oily lacing ...... aroma of smoked wood, peated malts, roasted and chocolate malts with some coffee and bitterness ..... taste is bitter and dry with a smokey wood, definitely like a camp fire, smokey peated malts, chocolate and roasted malts, coffee and just bitter and very dry in the finish with a lingering bitter bite .... has a very distinct and detailed bitter smoke to it ...... well done abv hidden well

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4960) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Black with a dark khaki head. Nose is rich chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and espresso. Great palate, heavy coffee, roasted malts, light vanilla, hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonnyguns (1078) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a deep black pour with a thick tanned head. Nose is dominated by cocoa powder and dry dark chocolate. Chocolate fudge is the first thing that comes to mind. Roasted coffee also can be found in there too. Taste has that upfront coffee bitterness that I crave in my imperial stouts, has me back and back for more! More dry cocoa powder and chocolate fudge round it off. Not overly sweet too which adds to its balance. Damn tasty brew and over exceeded expectations!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (5103) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle (Vintage 2013) from my Secret Santa, many thanks Robin. Almost black colored beer with thick beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate. Taste, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, very light licorice, wood. Very smooth not sweet, tasty imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jksipa (418) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO (2013 vintage). Pours a deep brown with a one finger deep khaki head. Nose is coffee and vanilla with dark fruits and a grassy background. Start is sweet toffee and vanilla which leads to a nice level of coffee and chocolate bitterness that produces a relatively dry finish. Bourbon comes out as it warms. Creamy full body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
YanIpa (144) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
Couleur intensement noir. Col brun superbe. Nez très riche et complexes de céréales grillés, café et de bourbon. Saveur similaire a l odeur, mais aténué par une saveur grillée. Très bonne après 2 ans de veillissement !!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MunBro (541) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours a darker black than a dark star... Engine oil has nothing on this brew. Aroma of chocolates, espresso, also some vanilla and citrus notes. Tastes immediately of bourbon, oak, espresso, chocolates, roasted malts, burnt toffee and caramel. Thick, foam tan head that left some nice lacing. Robust and complex!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cinctus (176) - - JAN 25, 2014
Pours impossibly black with thin brown head. Tastes like strong bitter black coffee, some bitter dark chocolate, yeast, hops, and malt. Powerfully flavoured, but not entirely enjoyable.

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