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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changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Bottle from Glougouburp. These are the kind of extras this guy sends. Thanks Dany. Pours thick and mostly black with a good sized head on top. Thin wisps of lacing slide along the sides of the glass but do not stick. The aroma shows a lot of milk chocolate, mocha, and marshmellow at first with wood and some traces of dried dark fruit following. This is a medium to full-bodied Imperial Stout. The palate is very creamy and roasty but not really all that bitter. Lots of burnt ashy notes here though. Chocolate seems to be the biggest flavor. I notice more dark fruit flavor than in the aroma with dates, raisins, and figs. Even some black licorice. Bourbon and wood notes add depth. I actually didn’t pick up any bourbon in the aroma but it’s here. The bourbon, wood, chocolate, and dark fruit all combine well for a solid finished product, although the burnt ashy flavor is a tad strong for my liking. Perhaps not the most exciting or complex Bourbon Imperial Stout but still a very good one.

jonno (2761) - JAPAN - MAY 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 May 2010 bottle. Holds it’s bobbly brown head for a fair time. Little carbonation once it dies down. Nose has a strong bourbon presence, with dark fruits and espresso mingling. Decent body. Very roasty on the sip with a hit of bourbon and heat. A little cocoa and chocolate too. Reminds me of old rasputin. Whether the bourbon is to the advantage or hinderence of the beer is open to debate. Not overly complex and ever so slightly bland for the style, but a decent Impy all the same.

hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2011
Bottle… Pours tar black with a mid-sized, creamy, lightly tanned head that never cries “uncle.” The nose is chock-full-of molasses, licorice, anise, rooty herbs and bourbon. Medium-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and ditzy carbonation. The flavor is burnt and fairly bitter, but otherwise thin and uncharacteristically bland. Singed, bitter, licorice finish. Bottle courtesy of Glougouburp!

50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - APR 20, 2011
Bottle thanks to hopscotch. Dark brown/ black pour with a light brown head. Aromas of dark roasted malt. Expresso, dark roasted malt, and chocolate flavors...

JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2011
Pour dark black a tonne of coffee brown head good lace. Aroma strong booziness, chocolate, espresso, coffee, very roasty, burnt, bourbon, vanilla. Taste quite intense, coffee, espresso roast, burnt, toffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla also quite bitter. MF full body but oily/creamy quite strange with fine carb. Quite good a very intense brew lots of coffee/espresso.

fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 14, 2011

Bottle 341ml.

[ Trade by asheft ]. Clear dark black brown color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, espresso, peat, vanilla, light soya sauce. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, burnt roasted, chocolate, light soya sauce. Body is medium, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20110410]

mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2011
[3675-20110409] 341mL bottle. Rich date-like roasted malt aroma is heavy with darkly roasted fruit skins. Black body with a medium-lasting thick and foamy dark brown head. Initial roasted nut shells and figgy dates flavour follows up with intensely burnt toast grains and a long sweet aftertaste. Thick full body. Interesting to sample, fair balance but for the burnt notes; would try again. (6/4/7/4/13) 3.4~
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cgarvieuk (24456) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2011
bottle at jans ... dark deep black ... thin tan lacing ... soft chocolate bourbon roast malt nose ... big bourbon front ... dark solid roast malts ... little coconut ... little soya ... little charcoal in linger ... to much bourbon

jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2011
2011-04-09. Black body with a large foamy brown head. Aroma of modest alcohol, rich dark malt and mild roast character, kiss of bourbon and vanilla. 7+ Boozy first sip, rich dark malt, barrel accents are blended well with the beer, hints of coffee like roast adds a dryness to it. Mild alcohol in the finish. Modest bitterness from both the hops and roast throughout balances the beer nicely. 7+ Smooth medium to full bodied palate. The time in the bottle may have helped but this is a great example of how to barrel age a beer without going over the top. Quite nice. 2009 Vintage Bottle

chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
UPDATED: APR 10, 2011 341ml bottle into my Rodenbach tulip. Huge thanks to Freud for this rare bad boy...Black pour with a super thick and frothy tan head. Looks like a nitro poured tap, great retention and lacing...An awesomely complex and alluring aroma, sweet yet bitter with a tin hint of smoke. Malty to start, tons of sweet chocolate, very creamy, vanilla, and a really smooth bourbon. Smoke bite in the middle and hops on the finish, make it even better...As great as the aroma was, if it translated equally sweet on the taste it would be too much, thankfully it doesn’t. The taste is a great roasted coffee that is so easy to drink. The mouthfeel is tannic, full, viscous. The finish is pretty hoppy bitterness that breaks up the coffee in the right amount. As the beer warms too much bourbon starts to creep on the finish, not terrible just distracting. McAuslan nails another one. This is a must try if you can get it.

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