DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, - DEC 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
Douberd (4528) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(St. Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe)Vintage 2013. Bottle 341 ml at home, received from bursprak, thanks Erik! Served into a snifter, ABV 9.2%
Thick pour, jet black coloured body, with a good sized and thick dark brown head, with very good retention.
Aroma of liquorice, roasted malts, faint smokey character, vanilla, alcohol after a deep sniff.
Taste also of liquorice, roasted malts, coal, dark chocolate on the finish, vanilla, hints of hops, olive pit, alcohol.
Medium thick body with good carbonation, sticky palate.
Samact (25) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Robe noire complètement opaque avec une belle mousse moka. Saveurs de bourbon, de bois brulé, de mélasse, de vanille et de chocolat noir. Corps moyen. Excellente.
HippyHop (591) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hot diggity damn this stuff is good. Tried the 2013 version last night, 2014 tonight. Both are phenomenally good, and both have aged very well. Jet black motor oil pour with a small, dark brown cap. The 2013 version seemed a touch smokier/toastier, heavier on the licorice. 2014 seems more chocolaty, but both are pretty much the same. Burnt toast, licorice, chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla/bourbon, dark caramel, this stuff hits all the right IS notes - this stuff is smoother than a barbershop shave. Sweet syrupy malt, velvety, creamy texture, lingering burnt grain bitterness on the finish. Did I say this stuff was smooth? Because good god it’s smooth. There’s a bit of warmth from the booze but otherwise it’s dangerously well hidden. I have another couple bottles aging but like a horny teenager seeing his first pair of boobs on prom night, I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep my hands off them. Good god what is with the similes lately. I’m sorry Mr. Chandler.
Mariobiron (22) - St-Mathias-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellente ! J’adore le style et c’est une digne représentante qui n’a pas à rougir devant ses pairs.
Stew41 (1903) - Phuket, THAILAND - APR 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite the real deal. Pours an impenetrable and soupy dark dark brown and no head. Dark bitter chocolate and roast on the nose and very similar in the mouth. Good length and low fizz lets the flavours cut through easily. Looking very good at 5 years of age and should go another 2 to 3 without too much trouble.
Bule (1717) - California, USA - MAR 28, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle pours a thick black color with dark brown head. Rich flavors of roasted malt, hops and bourbon. Some burnt brown sugar flavors.
JFF (106) - - MAR 28, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Acheté par mon frère en 2012, bu en 2016. Au nez, sublimes arômes de réglisses et vanille. Robe noire opaque avec mousse brune collant sur le verre. Très rond en bouche, alcool pas du tout présent. Goût de café torréfiée et vanille. Finish sec.
Listigovers (820) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle. Black pour with thin brown head, leaves a good lace on the glass. Exceptionally smooth, rich malty flavour, smoked meat smell, long roasted finish. Easy to drink somehow, awesome!
cmacklin (708) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml bottle. Pours an opaque black with a small, short lived, dark brown head that leaves spotty lacing. Sweet aroma of roasted malt, chocolate malt, bourbon, oak, peat and a hint of vanilla. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, soya sauce, peat, oak and a hint of vanilla with a dry, bitter, bourbon finish. Full body with a creamy, smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Excellent, probably the best beer they make.
Stephane_Houle (229) - - JAN 11, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Apparence: D?une couleur noir opaque, elle est coiffée d?une bonne mousse d?une bonne durée. Effervescence difficile à évaluer, mais semble quasi inexistante.
Arômes: Au nez, ce sont des arômes de malt torréfié et de légères notes de chocolat et de café.
Saveurs: En bouche, c’est un corps ample. Au goût, ce sont des flaveurs de malt torréfié, d’alcool et de café. Longue finale, avec une légère effervescence et idem pour l’amertume.
Excellente Impériale stout année après année. Bonne complexité.
Style: Imperial Stout
Format: 341 ml
Taux d?alcool : 9.2%
Température: 13 - 15°C
Houblons: Cascade, Golding et Willamette