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

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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 84   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.

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (3352) - Edmonton, Alberta, - JAN 7, 2012
341ml brown bottle from a tube. 2011 version which is 9.2% abv according to the label. . Black pour, opaque. Dense brown head with a creamy bead. Thick messy lacing clings to the glass. Nose has some warm bourbon alcohol notes, lots of dark chocolate malts, sweetish but not overpowering. Taste has deep roasty malts, dark coffee, cocoa/chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, charred wood, sweet warming alcohol. Finish has bourbon and hops, long roasty and hoppy end, late wood barrel notes. Full body, mellow carbonation, very smooth feel in the mouth. Overall I found this came together super well as a fresh imperial stout and would have no problem drinking these fresh on the spot .I’m usually not one to lay down imperial stouts, but I would have no problem socking away a few of these to have 2 or 3 years down the line. A very well put together wood aged stout at a very nice price.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1586) - CANADA - NOV 27, 2016
Appearance: opaque unrelieved black with two fingers of creamy dark brown head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: toasty malt, boozy dark fruit, chocolate, marshmallow, leather and tobacco, oak, bourbon, vanilla. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (8/10) Full viscous body, moderate-soft carbonation, lingering bitter and warming finish verging on astringent. (4/5) Considering I’ve now collected four different vintages of this one, I figured it was time to try it new, just to establish a baseline. I’m glad I did: I’m not disappointed by it, as such, but I feel like there’s room for improvement, and I suspect ageing might accomplish some of that improvement. As it stands now, as a young RIS, it’s definitely hot, with some edges that I think (hope?) ageing might smooth. In particular, it feels to me like both the alcohol heat and the slight astringent thinning in the finish could stand to mellow. Very good, but I have high hopes that it will exceed that some day. I’d recommend buying at least two, with the intention of ageing one, but you won’t be disappointed by trying it fresh, either. (16/20)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sudz4Dayz (63) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2016
12oz bottle shared with Julien. 2013 version. Pours jet black with a light foamy mocha head. Smells of dark fruits, berries, a bit of cocoa and roasted coffee and malts. Roasty flavor, slight vanilla and cocoa, some boozy and way too much fruits. Good mouthfeel, seems promising but the flavor just doesn’t pull through. Disappointed in this one but still enjoyed it. The 2015 is MUCH better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tielord (71) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2016
2013 vintage. Chocolate and marshmallow aromas, sweet chocolate and smoky tastes. Medium to high-bodied beer. Really nice beer made by an underrated canadian brewery. Rating #70

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerplace (1004) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2016
341ml bottle from Viti Liquor Store DT. Vintage 2013. Pours an opaque dark brown with a dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate, leather, caramel, marshmallow. Taste is slightly sweet, loads of chocolate, burnt malt bitterness, slightly boozy bourbon notes. Slightly sour, burnt malt aftertaste. Amazing beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
electrotype (654) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2016
Les notes sont très axées sur le chêne, autrement elles sont assez classiques au style. C’est très rond et agréable en bouche comme liquide. Une bière forte, qui a du punch, mais qui manque légèrement de folie, à mon avis. Au bout du compte, c’est plutôt bien, particulièrement pour quelque chose qui se trouve relativement facilement!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (7134) - Utah, USA - AUG 15, 2016
Bottle (2014) thanks to robinhood
Pours thick black with a small dark tan head, some lacing. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, leather and bourbon. Flavors of dark malts, leather, caramel, chocolate and woody
Very tasty

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Adamsville (239) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2016
Apparence : Noire opaque, léger col brun très foncé sans grande rétention laissant une légère dentelle. Carbonatation semble moyenne, mais elle très difficile à observer.
Nez : Chocolat vanillé, boisé, alcool, torréfaction, fruits rouges.
Goût : Malt torréfié avec un côté cendré, chocolat noir, boisé, léger alcool, léger café. Notes de vanille et de fruits rouges.
Sensation : Soyeuse, pleine et crémeuse, finale en amertume moyenne, mais bien présente, avec un côté piquant sur la langue. Sensation bien plus pleine que le 6,2 Plato qu’elle présente. Effervescence plutôt faible. Chaleur moyenne en gorge.
Bref : Excellente bière, ni trop sucrée, ni trop amère, rien d’excessif; tout est dans l’équilibre, mais aussi dans l’intensité. La sensation en bouche se démarque vraiment. À noter qu’elle s’exprime réellement lorsqu’elle se réchauffe. Plus froide, elle est quelconque. À la température du cellier, elle dévoile son caractère lui permettant de se classer parmi les grandes Imperial Stouts à mon avis.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (5027) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2016
(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. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Samact (37) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2016
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HippyHop (609) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2016
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.


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