Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: Pours a deep, deep brown with a nice dark tan head. A decent amount of lacing remains off of a two finger or so head.
S: Quite a bit of roast atop chocolate and hints of coffee.
T: Similar to the nose, with the roasted malt again taking the forefront. Hints of smoke along with chocolate and espresso.
M: Medium body. A bit too dry.
D: Pretty good all around. Glad I was able to try this, as the smoke character added a certain uniqueness to it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-05-2010 unibrouefan (200) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2010
I drank heavy stout in the past that I rated high, Kuhnhenn American Imperial Stout (12.5%) and Dogfish Head World Wide Stout (18%), but I don’t feel this one. Don’t get me wrong, this beer is fine, but I was expecting more. At least their Oatmeal Stout is great. UM02 (381) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2010
I had high expectations for this given I paid $5.99 for a 314 ml bottle and given the write up on the carton about how it was made. I left it as the last of the 4 Imperial Stouts of the evening and it was either going to make a big impression or be a big disappointment. Fortunately it is the former. I am not a big fan of the appearance rating and often give 3 as a standard and otherwise use it to correct too high or low ratings. Nevertheless, I have seldom remarked on how black a beer was when I was pouring it not when it was already in the glass. Impressive but still doesn’t effect the taste. The taste is very complex, balanced and drinkable but with a palate of flavours coming through, wood, chocolate, coffee, molasses and some things undefined. Though I personally have to admit an affinity to the smoky taste of Islay scotches, this is the equivalent of the complex highland scotches with a variety of flavours that many connaiseurs prefer. I even had to compare this with the oatmeal stout from the same brewery, my highest rated beer to date and my favourite Canadian beer (my other favourites I prefer to rate when I am in the country and have the fresh original not imported version). I have to say that this is even slightly better than their oatmeal stout. With two bottles costing more than a six pack of their oatmeal stout I will probably drink the oatmeal more often but this will be a beer for a special occasion. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Oily black pour with a thick tan head. Aroma was wonderful brandy, chocolate, roasted malt. Dark chocolate and coffee were throughout. Flavor was similar, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Unfortunately it was a bit on the harsh side. Bitter and a bit mouth pulling. From the aroma of this one I was hoping it would be smoother. Not bad though. 12many (277) - Alaska, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle. Black, small head, roasted coffee and vanilla aroma. Good bitterness that lingers behind the sweet flavor. Nice average imperial.
mcberko (19871) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2010
341mL bottle sent from Dany / Glouglouburp (Thanks!). Pours deep black with a dark brown / coffee-like head - beautiful. Rich aroma of bourbon upfront, with secondary hints of smoke, wood, and a little alcohol. Flavour is certainly unique - rich wood-like roasted malt, bourbon and smoke, with burnt espresso on the finish - not a hint of sweetness to be found. Delectable - glad I was able to try this. sseb69 (1980) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2014 Bouteille 341 ml. 9.2%. Pour mon 300 ième rating, je sirote une stout impériale russe cuvée 2010 de McAuslan. Couleur noire comme la nuit, mousse brune persistante. Consistance très épaisse. Arôme de malt grillé, vanille espresso, chocolat noir, bourbon (whiskey). En bouche, très ronde et intense, notes de houblon très prononcés. Notes d’alcool fort (bourbon), chocolat et espresso. Arrière goût très amère et persistant. Bue 1 ans plus tard...plus ronde, moins d’amertume tranchante. Excellente.
Cuvée 2011. Mousse brune. Moins d’amertume en finale, complexe, chocolat, espresso. Wow. Excellente
Mise à jour 2014: Fraîche, plus amère, moins balancée mais tellement bonne et soyeuse... JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle from Boutip - thanks, Phil! Nice packaging as per usual with this series from St. A. Fairly viscous pour, and even though carbonation was fairly minimal it doesn’t appear flat or over the hill. Strong nose with a lot going on, a bit of maple and char, some dark berries, chocolate and wood. Body is fairly nice, a bit of a lactic character to it, and the flavors are deep and lasting, with some sweetness blending well with the dark roasts and burn. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle from the LCBO- Deep opaque jet black with a deep creamy mocha froth that lasts and laces well. Nose is full on dark chocolate and black coffee with dark fruit, vanilla, roasted malts, and some alcohol. Tastes great. Loads of dark chocolate and dark fruit with oaky vanilla, espresso, roasted malts, and again, some alcohol. Creamy, big bold bitter finish, with an oily body. Great effort! Atheist_Peace (1042) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2010
341ml bottle. Pours dark, dark brown with a milk chocolate coloured minimal head that leaves a tiny lace. Dominant chocolate on the nose with hints of coffee, alcohol and a little underlying hops. Heavy coffee on the palate with a long dark chocolate finish with that same hint of hops underneath and a little booziness. A little thin on the palate.