Brewed by McAuslan Brewing (Brasseurs RJ)
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
I love the Chocolate Stout and while I am not a big proprietor of the Imperial style after this, I could easily become one. This beer has a nice smokey wood while still clean palate and a jet black pour with a beautiful tan head. The aroma of the beer is slighter than usual with a certain watery quality. The abv is well contained in the beer, so much so that before you know it, the beer has you curled up with a blanket or a roaring fire on a cold night -- nice and toasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
UPDATED: APR 26, 2015 2011 version in an RBSG 2010 snifter. Pours as thick as motor oil with a tight sticky dark brown head. The aroma is loaded with rich dark chocolate and cocoa along with some heavy dark cocoa and a lot of roast as well. There is a lot of cocoa and a bit of vanilla and bitter chocolate. There is a pronounced chewy roasted malt character along with a ton of ethanol. Heavily hopped with some licorice and heavy woody/charry notes. Intense bitterness with pronounced bourbon character. A little bit boozy as it warms up. Thick and quite sticky, but enjoyable. 8 5 7 4 16 2010 bottle drunk in 2015. Pitch black and thick. There is a fairly rich licorice aroma with a nice rich sticky aroma. There is a lot of woody character and a very assertive roast and bitter aroma and flavour. Sticky palate and a very rich roasty flavour. The bourbon lends just a hint of complexity in the aroma with a very nicesoft sweetness. The palate is very thick and sticky with a bit of savoury soy-like character. It’s rich and fairly unctuous with a strong lingering bitterness. It’s held up amazingly well really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor (2010), cheers for the swap Geoff ! Pours sinister black with a thick, fudgey tan head which clings to the glass. Amazing lacing left about. Nose is all about the smoke and chocolate mix. A touch of tar and pepper as well. You can smell the bitterness this one is going to bring. Thick fudge is the first thing to come out in the taste. Creamy, dark chocolate mingle with a touch of tar and smoke. As it warms some vanilla comes out with a little ash. Slight warmth from the alcohol which is rather pleasing. Sweet vanilla slowly turns into a long bitterness reminiscent of St Ambroise’s regular stout. Thick as fudge mouth feel with light carbonation. Fantastic beer and fantastic to try this with my business partners

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8994) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2011
2009 edition. Bottle thanks to Dany, merci beaucoup! Pours a beautiful jet black color with a medium thick brown head. The aroma is dark fruits, molasses, oak, some smoke and bourbon. A sweet vanilla and subtle bourbon flavor with dry chalky roasted malts, cherries, oak, some bitter hops. A big beer but very mellow. Excellent. Quite dry and smooth. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4057) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2009 Bottle, thanks Glouglouburp! Pours black with a tan head that fades a bit leaving a solid ring of lace. Nose is quite metallic (some may call this heavy metal!), acrid, and smokey. Some more subtle notes of cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon are evident. Flavor is quite bitter and ashy as well, heavy notes of char, lighter vanilla. Full bodied, with a slightly boozy and and astringent finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (1514) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
HA! Comes in a twist off bottle cap. funny for such a high octane brew. motor oil black with an actual brown head and not tan coloured.. big carbonation and it laces up a storm. Huge brew, showing toffee, roast and has a caramilk bar like aroma. it is a huge brew, having a hoppy note hidden amongst the roast toasty goodness. tasty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SCP (53) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2011
Bourbon, smoke, chocolate, malt. Creamy texture. Bourbon is taking a lot of space here but the creamy texture and the chocolate makes it a dessert. I’m going to take their advice and age it for a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (915) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Bottle (2010): picked this up while in QC about a year ago, pours dark black with a thick tan head, aroma is malty, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and a bit of the bourbon, taste is malty, coffee, not a lot of bourbon flavor, it is more subtle, finishes bitter with a warming feeling. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (5705) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2016 Beaucoup de classe dès le premier contact, noir total avec une tête vivement onctueuse et perlé. Beaucoup de boisé, vanille et torréfaction en arôme, très rond. En bouche, c’est le confort total alors que le bourbon pave la voie aux notes plus rôti. On croirait boire un RIS déjà vieilli 2 ans tellement l’alcool est bien enfoui. Magnifique à tous les points de vues.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jvezp (86) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2011
I love how the toasted notes come balancing the vanilla flavor that comes from the barrel aged. Like every beer from Mr, Peter McAuslan, it’s pretty good but being a major micro in Québec, they never go all the way with their ideas, could’ve been great. It’s balanced, nice mouth feel it’s worth a try!

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