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

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RATINGS: 377   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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4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredthecat (325) - - DEC 18, 2011
pours a completely opaque, impenetrable black with a fair head that fades away to a steady brown lace. smell is alcohol, lots of woody whiskey smell, a bit of roasted coffee. palate is really hot but smooth and quite creamy. taste is also very hot, alcoholically overwhelming, some dark roasted coffee, fair amount of bitterness which seems to come around at the end. this is a high level experience beer, but damn i wish i had let it cellar for at least two months and it would turn into something great.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bierdimpfe (612) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2017
2015 Edition, a year old bottle : Opaque black color, very dense. Creamy and foamy brown 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes. Strong lacing, thick legs, a swirl slightly reconstructs the head. Flavors of wood, leather, oysters, dark malts, raisins, plums, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, herbal spices. Thick rich fruity sweetness, while heavily bitter, spicy, and earthy. Creamy and milky medium body with soft prickly carbonation. Highly strong dry finish, deeply earthy, thick herbal and chalky espresso feel on the tongue, fruity esters and burnt malt sugars, lots of dark chocolate and vanilla at the end, hints of liquorice and peppercorn, with a nice bourbon barrel aged feel that lingers a for while. Not very fresh, but not alcoholic, yet incredibly warming and filling. Good intensity, not excessive, still enjoyable. Complex flavors, very tasty and incredibly rich, all well balanced and easily distinguishable. The perfect winter beer after a cold day outside. Feels like a cross between a barley wine, sweet stout, and wee heavy. Overall superb quality craft.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2017
Appearance: Pours a body as black as motor oil with a surprisingly dark brown (like an Aero chocolate bar) bordering almost on a light black head. Huge and thick that lasts a long time. Very impressive. Smell: An aroma of bourbon, vanilla, espresso & chocolate. A nice medley of aromas. Taste: At first i thought it was discreet but definitely opens up. Bitter-sweet chocolate (like baking chocolate), espresso beans, with a very good supporting role by the hops. Was actually pleasantly surprised by the nice hop presence. Can definitely taste the oak as it seems drenched in liquor, bourbon and maybe a little whiskey. Very good & flavorful. Mouthfeel: Weak point of the beer IMO. Low carbonation with a very smooth body but i found it a little lacking and maybe a bit thin & watery. Not much really but not as robust as an RIS should be. It’s still good but not RIS good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CRock (224) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2017
Cellared since 2013. Pitch black with grey head. I get coffee, chocolate, vanilla. It’s also a little boozy. But it’s also extremely smooth and creamy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1743) - 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 (115) - 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 (1332) - 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 (655) - 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 (7310) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Adamsville (291) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2017 Apparence : Noire opaque, léger col brun très foncé sans grande rétention laissant une légère dentelle. Carbonatation semble plutôt douce.
Nez : Torréfaction, chocolat vanillé, notes du bourbon. Intensité tout de même élevée.
Goût : Malt torréfié avec un côté cendré en entrée, vanille et léger chocolat noir qui s’y mêlent par la suite, finale marquée par une amertume brûlée, boisée. En se réchauffant, le café et le chocolat prennent plus de place aux dépens de la torréfaction.
Sensation : Soyeuse, assez dense, longue finale en amertume moyenne, mais bien 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 excellentes Imperial Stouts.


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