Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 314   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerjoe777 (15) - - JAN 4, 2014
Seriously awesome brew, gives off a woody, bourbon, espresso touch. Picked it up in Aylmer at Bières du Monde

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Digital_Aura (227) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
355ml bottle. BEST Russian Imperial Stout I've ever tasted. Which says a lot since it's one of my favourite styles. Deep dark ink colour with orange head. Smells of dusty books. Tastes are dark chocolate and espresso. Not sweet in the least. Man this is good. How can we find more??

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pumpkinhead2 (299) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Bière noire comme a nuit, parfaite opacité, effervescence très difficile à observer, mais qui semble bonne, et surmontée d’un riche et large col presque aussi brun que la bouteille de laquelle il provient, dense, mousseux, crémeux, et qui se réduit tout tranquillement en laissant une riche dentelle sur les parois du verre. Arômes dominants de malt torréfié, abondant chocolat noir, touche de café, grains brûlé, mélasse, caramel. On note également de la levure (pâte, cuir, cheval…), du houblon plutôt herbacé, de l’alcool (du bourbon!), du boisé, de la fumée, et une pointe de vanille. Nez riche, intense et complexe, il est fort agréable! En bouche, la bière est à la fois mousseuse et incroyablement ronde, c’est moelleux, onctueux et soyeux au palais, un véritable plaisir! Au goût, riche chocolat noir, malt torréfié, café, grains brûlés, avec des pointes de mélasse et/ou caramel, sans pour autant que le breuvage ne soit particulièrement sucré. Présence de houblons floral et herbacé qui amènent une agréable amertume de légère à modérée aux accents de bourbon et de grains brûlé. D’ailleurs le bourbon enrobe à merveille les différentes saveurs contribuant à leur parfaite intégration, saveurs comprenant également de la vanille, du boisé, du malt fumé, de l’anis et du cuir. L’amateur de stout impériale en moi ne peut faire autrement que de considérer cette bière comme de la perfection en bouteille. À acheter sans ménagement, et à faire vieillir sans gêne!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cattaneopapa (146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
Aroma: Coffee&Tofee&Bourbon. Opaque dark brown in colour. Small light brown mousse head. In the beginning Bourbon is pronounced then the hoppy character can be tasted. And when you start to think that this highly rated Russian Stout will leave you with a bitter mouthfeel, then the coffee and chocolate will blow your mind with a smooth finish. I’m not a big fan of stouts but this Russian Imperial Stout has changed my perspective about stouts. Best stout I’ve had so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wolffish (164) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2014 Mise à jour (17 mai 2014); elle sent encore meilleur avec le temps. Du bonbon! Je ne sais pas si le vieillissement en fût lui est si bénéfique mais maudit que c’est bon!!! L’odeur est si complexe...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vadie (630) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
Noir sombre avec une petite mousse marron sombre. L’arôme est du chocolat, café, et malt rôti avec un peu d’alcool. Le goût est d’abord du malt rôti, bourbon et chocolat, puis du café avec une finale d’un amertume moyenne pour le style. Très bien équilibré. Plein de saveur mais la finition d’houblon efface un peu le goût du chocolat et bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alpha10 (312) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
2013/12/03 - Pours opaque black with a small, creamy, brown head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a ton of sticky lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla and bourbon. Taste...where do I begin with the flavours?! Bitter cocoa, roasted coffee, vanilla, bourbon and smoked wood. Mouthfeel is thick and oily with smooth carbonation and a bitter, slightly drying finish. Just the right amount of sweet and bitter. Fantastic job with the bourbon and smoked wood flavours. A top notch RIS. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Freaky_tiki (477) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours darker than (insert tired cliche here) with a beautiful deep brown one finger cap. Taste is complex. Not only are you getting an imperial stout with St Ambroise finger prints all over it, but the bourbon barrel aging adds a depth & distinction that makes it a unique brew. As someone who loves their Kentucky bourbon as much as their beer, I’d love to know who their barrel supplier is (ie whose bourbon it is that I’m tasting). All in all this is another high level brew from these guys.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neongolden (377) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
(2011 bottle, ~2 years old) Pours pitch black with a small quite dark brown active head that faded quickly away but left lots of lace. A big, rich aroma: dark bittersweet chocolate, roast coffee/malt, smoky/burnt wood, vanilla, a little bourbon, soy sauce, something creamy/coconut-like, definite malt sweetness underneath all those layers. Flavour initially black coffee, roasted barley, chocolate, vanilla sweet malt. Then the bourbon and wood components build up though the whiskey is never overpowering. Smoky and burnt from the mid-palate on, a bit of anise/hop character. Quite dry for most of the latter half of a sip, with a fairly substantial roast barley/hop//smoke bitterness to the finish. Palate is full but smooth with the alcohol pretty well-hidden, carb not heavy but slightly prickly. This is a really good RIS - it’s got lots of layers of aroma and flavour to discover, the wood-ageing is kept well in check and it’s neither a sugar or roast bomb and the dry/bitter nature is compelling. Wish I had more 2011 left than I do, and I should go get another 2013!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (986) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2013
341ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a large tan head, which lasts very well and leaves good lacing. Bittersweet dark chocolate, aniseed, hazelnut and latte make up the aroma. Mild herbal hops and strong liquorice up front segue into bitter cocoa and smooth latte in the mid-palate. Roasty malt, burnt caramel and hazelnut come in at the finish, with persistent cocoa bitterness lasting right through to the aftertaste. This is a very impressive imperial stout. It is strong, complex and highly enjoyable: all the things an imperial stout should be.

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