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

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RATINGS: 326   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.


dcschiller's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2012
12oz bottle from Savvy1982. Beautiful black, viscous pour with a dark, chocolate head that leaves some sticky lacing. Aroma has coffee, smoke, dark chocolate, dark berry. Taste is sweet with some roast and hop bitterness. Full bodied and oily. Finish is a bit harsh with fusel alcohol. I suspect this is one that would age wonderfully.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
exeter (356) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
Pour’s black with brown microhead, low carbonation. Taste of molasses, dark coffee, oak, and brown sugar. Overall a great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2334) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle, Saint-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout 2013 An inky black pour with a rusty head that has lots of staying power. The nose is licorice, sweet bourbon & dark chocolate. Surprisingly thin bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Very bitter dark chocolate, roasty, some maple & bourbon. Not as nice as expected but still solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (1898) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
33 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada via Coop. Jet black, thick intense head. Inky molasses and pine aroma. Sweet, smooth, prune and raisin flavour. Mellow, with a long subdued finish. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
codfishh (111) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle from 2010 pours jet black thin tan head. Ashy roast with some vanilla and light caramel. Taste is super smooth vanilla, licorice, some caramel roast has really mellowed. Booze is well hidden. Beautiful beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (995) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle for some douchebag in canada. Black, small tan head. A bit oily, roasty, bit of bourbon.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stoned99 (114) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle thanks to Tristan. Aged from 2011. Aroma: chocolate, toffee. App: dark brown, brown head, some lacing,. Taste and palate: full body, light to medium sweetness. Overall: really great beer. Well aged.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
twistedtxb (16) - - NOV 12, 2014
Bouteille de 341ml. Arôme d’alcool perceptible. Alcool également très perceptible au goût. Encore trop jeune. A faire vieillir un an.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (879) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 9, 2014
This is a fabulous-looking stout, oily black with a brown, burnt diesel head. Nice aroma of chocolate and hazelnuts, with a touch of vanilla and red fruits. Great slick palate, full bodied, all fine, but it is on the flavour that it does not impress me. The hazelnut sweeteness is just too overwhelming in that liquorice character. Almost anise/fennel-like sweetness. Too nutty, in my opinion, even overwhelming the interesting bitterness that it carries. A bit of a disappointment.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
remice2 (137) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
Imperial Stout de St Ambroise.Nez intense de bourbon,expresso,café,cuire,noisette teintées de vanille.En Bouche c’est super onctueux,très riche,complexe,crémeuse même.Belle chaleur en fin de bouche,légère amertume envelopper de bourbon qui flirt avec une vanille boisé subtile et sucré.Final sèche agrémenter de bourbon qui dure longtemps. Débile...classique

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4255) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
341 ml. bottle shared by Kraddel during the (Ice) Cider/Perry tasting @ Barely Legal Tasting Room. Thank you! 2011 Vintage. Black, tiny mocha head. Nose is chocolate chip cookies, mocha, light roast & faint soy sauce. Taste of chocolate chip cookies, roast, bitter coffee grounds, tad soy sauce, coffee, bitter finish. Lingering grainy. Lighter, tad grainy body. A different kind of RIS, very nice.


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