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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2938) - Edmonton, Alberta, - JAN 7, 2012
341ml brown bottle from a tube. 2011 version which is 9.2% abv according to the label. . Black pour, opaque. Dense brown head with a creamy bead. Thick messy lacing clings to the glass. Nose has some warm bourbon alcohol notes, lots of dark chocolate malts, sweetish but not overpowering. Taste has deep roasty malts, dark coffee, cocoa/chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, charred wood, sweet warming alcohol. Finish has bourbon and hops, long roasty and hoppy end, late wood barrel notes. Full body, mellow carbonation, very smooth feel in the mouth. Overall I found this came together super well as a fresh imperial stout and would have no problem drinking these fresh on the spot .I’m usually not one to lay down imperial stouts, but I would have no problem socking away a few of these to have 2 or 3 years down the line. A very well put together wood aged stout at a very nice price.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1234) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle to stout glass Coffee, bourbon, oak, cherry wood, smoke, and vanilla. Dark, opaque brown with a thin creamy, light brown head. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, wood, Worcestershire sauce, chocolate malt and a nice hoppiness at the end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (910) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle in blind tasting. Pours a transparent black with a nut brown, dense head. Aroma is malty sweet, but also has coffee, berries, chocolate and slight lavender. Taste is mild, malty and coffee bitter. Salmiak, old hops. Low carb, smooth but bitter body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (702) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle @ Burspraks Blindtasting. Pours pitch black with a medium thick dark head. Aromas of sweet chocolate, fudge, light booze, dark fruits, vanilla, christmas hard candies. Taste is sweet dark fruits, booze, fudge, sweet licorice, dates.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (1323) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2015
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottle Share (pure imperial stout version). Pitch black with a dark tan head. Nose is sweet, fruity and light roast. Taste has sweet candy, chocolate, licorice, syrupy and some coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1550) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle thanks to Bursprak @ imperial stout blind taste. Aroma of sweets (flagermuse go bolcher - den er god nok), chocolate, Roasted malts and chocolate. The taste has some liquorice, chocolate and then the same kind of candy from the aroma. Dry end weak boozy end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2744) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle from SlovakSniper. Poured into a tulip. Large brown head on top of a pitch black beer. Nose is roasted, coffee, dark chocolate, just reeks of a real stout! As the head slowly drops, there is a light brown lacing on the glass. Taste is slightly smoky with a tobacco note. Some underlying woodiness to it as well. I guess I should read the description on these beers first, as I was thinking the wood and smoke was out of character. Coffee comes through more as it warms. Damn this is good stuff! Overall, a very delicately balanced and well made beer. I wish I had known they advertised the smoke and wood before I drank the beer, as I wasn’t quite sure about it at first. It is a welcome compliment to a great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaseurboreal (15) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
Très bonne bière. Découverte en 2012, j’ai acheté 4 bouteilles par année en 2012, 2013 et 2014 afin de les faire vieillir. La différence avec l’âge est assez impressionnante.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmahut (1476) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours in deep dark body, soft carbonation creates a really nice tan to brown creamy head. Aroma has a lot of caramel, wood, whiskey, Taste has coffee sweetness, touch of vanila in the after taste, oak, medium woody bitterness, complex after taste of vanila and coffee with some dark fruits, really nice. Body is full, medium soft carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (5297) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2015
Bottle: Thanks Steve: Vintage 2011: Served in a Chouffe glass at roomtemperature. I’ve cellared this one for a while, today it’s the perfect time to open it. Pitch black with a small brown head. Looks good! Aroma has lots of liquorice tones (think bay leaf and laurel) with a faint whiskey note. Also some hints of wood, roast, dust, earth, chalk, some serious dark chocolate, light mocha tint and some dry coffee tints. Flavour is earthy. Earthy when all lights go out! Very dark tones of liquorice, roast, coffee and wood burn, nut (roast), dry, light whiskey, light herbal roast, some dark chocolate, hint of mocha, hint of tar... Very dark, dark roast/burn with a light earthy edge and a dry jacket. Interesting! Aftertaste is bitter and dry with many different roast/burn tones like wood, malts and some coffee. Also a hint of chocolate. Low carbo, thick close to silky mouthfeel, full bodied. Interesting beer!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jinroh (724) - ESTONIA - MAR 7, 2015
Pours dark black, brown foam, leaving some beautiful lacings. Cherries, coffee, chocolate and cocoa, sweet bourbon aroma. Taste is really well balanced, toasted, chocolate, cherry liquer, thick bourbin flavour. Roast bitterness lingers for longer. Vanilla. Chocolate. Amazing.


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