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

bottled
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RATINGS: 352   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.


DenisLD's rating

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, - 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!


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JefVerstraete (2153) - Ghent, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks! Black colour, dark brown foam. Soft carbonation. Very bitter aroma of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Subtle bourbon aftertaste with some hints of vanilla. Bitter with light sweet hints. Great!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (7956) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2015
341 cl bottle. Thanks Timo A!
Pours pitch black color with a small beige head. Aroma has distinct bourbon in it, dark chocolate, even some dark ripe fruits, cocoa and caramel. Flavor is chocolaty, bourbon is present, vanilla sweetness, maybe some coffee too. Quite bitter palate, still very smooth. Excellent.
4326

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7492) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2015
341 ml bottle. Thanks a lot Timo A. Pours a pitch black colour with thick beige head. Aroma of rich sweet bourbon notes, smoked meat, dark chocolate and wood. Flavour of rich sweet roastiness, harsh licorice notes, dark chocolate, espresso, smoked meat and even peat notes. Strong wooden notes. Full bodied. Very thick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Wow, so good balance.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lello4ever (269) - ITALY - JUL 29, 2015
Colore marrone scuro quasi nero, schiuma sottile di un marroncino legno. Aroma dolce di malto, si apprezza subito al palato le note di caffè e malto tostato ben equilibrate. Consistenza piena, alcol in evidenza, bassa carbonazione, beverina. Una eccellente Stout con belle note date dell’invecchiamento in botte.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1302) - 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 (958) - 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 (755) - 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 (1409) - 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 (1599) - 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 (2856) - 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.


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