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

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RATINGS: 295   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
drougkolya (275) - Otterburn Park, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
Bière stout impériale de 9.1% d’alcool, houblonnée à merveille, crémeuse, mousseuse...collet brun cocolat..saveur de café torréfié...BRAVO!!!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle from K&G. Full marks. Aromas of rum, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is sweet and bitter, with long length. Palate is syrupy and full bodied. Black, with a frothy off-white head.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pumpkinhead2 (237) - 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!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bunget (441) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2012
341ml bottle. An incredible black oily body, machine oil like, big chocolate head with an incredible retention. Aroma is smoked molasses, coffee, dark vanilla chocolate, caramel, whiskey, hops and some woodiness. Wow quite a bouquet. Taste is astringent, molasses, strong woodiness, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, bourbon, topped with a very nice hop bitterness, oily mouth-feel. Not even a hint of alcohol at 9.2% ABV. WOW...all I can say, WOW

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
canuck_j (64) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
AROMA: lemon pie, black currant, molasses cocoa and coffee and roasty malt. Wonderful complex nose!! APPEARANCE: Completely opaque and black even in the pour. Huge 1+" light brown fluffy head. Wowsers. Looks wonderfully inviting. TASTE: big roast malt with coffee, toffee black currant, plum, bourbon and bitter chocolate notes. heavy and an alcohol tinge in the hoppy finish. PALATE:full bodied and thick on the tongue, with good carbonation and a nice bitterness at the end OVERALL:A great big complex beer worthy of very high marks indeed. Barrel-aged perfection i would call it.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
341 ml bottle, 2011 edition. Pours a deep black with a dark beige, nearly brown creamy head. Smells of strong chocolate, old oak. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla cream, sweet moka. Nice, light hop, alcohol and oak finish. Leaves a lingering oak taste, along with a chocolatey bitterness. Body is thick, creamy. Weak carbonation, which is just perfect. A masterpiece, next one I have will be aged a bit longer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EastCoaster (122) - USA - JAN 20, 2012
Very nice aromatics, a touch of strength for warmth added complexity from the wood and you have a great snowy day beer

4.7
   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

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
godofsky (264) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
bottle picked up at marché rahman, very expensive! poured into snifter. colour is a typical opaque black with a gorgeous moka coloured head that lasts throughout the beer. aroma is of dark chocolate and roasted malts, the alcohol makes its presence as well. nice carbonation, and silky smooth on the palate. the barrel ageing is very evident. hints of oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate. by far my favorite Mcauslan product. this is an incredible imperial stout, and makes me wonder why it is only in the 93rd percentile. i guess this being the 17th rating has something to do with it. i recommend this brew to any RIS lover. unfortunately, i read quantities are limited. such a shame this beer is not as available as their oatmeal stout.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
2010 release 341ml bottle. Poured into a large baloon snifter glass...

Appearance - Wow, this looks rather unique. Very very dark brown body, so dark you will not be able to see any light through it. The head is surprisingly dark as well, of an almost brown colour. Great head retention and some very impressive lacing on the glass. Really, this is a perfect-looking RIS!

Smell - Just from the first whiff I could tell this beer is well-hopped. It’s got a floral aroma to it, but that’s not what this RIS is all about, since the malts still dominate the nose! Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of wood is what makes up the intense aroma this beer gives out.

Taste - Balance. This beer is all about balance. It’s well-hopped, giving you some nice floral notes and lingering bitterness. It’s super malty, but not to the point of being thick and chewy. Tastes very chocolatey and rather sweet, with a nice vanilla undertone from the oak, and some roasted coffee bean notes. A little bit of a tobacco-like undertone. The bitterness comes from both the hops and the roasted malts, yet it is not overwhelming and fades away gradually. The after-taste is bitter and chocolatey, with a hint of woodiness.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is exceptional, at least for an Imperial stout. Medium-to-full body to it, just enough to be felt and not enough to be hefty or too thick. Low carbonation level. Coats the palate nicely and feels almost creamy. NOT boozy, which is amazing and very pleasing. Moreover, it does not get very boozy even after warming up. Somewhat dry but not to the point of drying the mouth out.

Drinkability - This is a sipper, no doubt about that... BUT you could drink it in gulps, and it would still be as pleasant and drinkable. That would be a bit of a waste, though, since this is a special and uncheap beer.

Overall, McAuslan really impressed me with this beer. I did not expect it to be quite as good as it did. It is super smooth, complex and BALANCED! One of the finest Russian Imperial stouts I’ve tried to date! It is almost mind-blowing!


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