DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, - DEC 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 release 341ml bottle. Poured into a large baloon snifter glass...
Appearance - Wow, this looks rather unique. Very very dark brown body, so dark you will not be able to see any light through it. The head is surprisingly dark as well, of an almost brown colour. Great head retention and some very impressive lacing on the glass. Really, this is a perfect-looking RIS!
Smell - Just from the first whiff I could tell this beer is well-hopped. It’s got a floral aroma to it, but that’s not what this RIS is all about, since the malts still dominate the nose! Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of wood is what makes up the intense aroma this beer gives out.
Taste - Balance. This beer is all about balance. It’s well-hopped, giving you some nice floral notes and lingering bitterness. It’s super malty, but not to the point of being thick and chewy. Tastes very chocolatey and rather sweet, with a nice vanilla undertone from the oak, and some roasted coffee bean notes. A little bit of a tobacco-like undertone. The bitterness comes from both the hops and the roasted malts, yet it is not overwhelming and fades away gradually. The after-taste is bitter and chocolatey, with a hint of woodiness.
Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is exceptional, at least for an Imperial stout. Medium-to-full body to it, just enough to be felt and not enough to be hefty or too thick. Low carbonation level. Coats the palate nicely and feels almost creamy. NOT boozy, which is amazing and very pleasing. Moreover, it does not get very boozy even after warming up. Somewhat dry but not to the point of drying the mouth out.
Drinkability - This is a sipper, no doubt about that... BUT you could drink it in gulps, and it would still be as pleasant and drinkable. That would be a bit of a waste, though, since this is a special and uncheap beer.
Overall, McAuslan really impressed me with this beer. I did not expect it to be quite as good as it did. It is super smooth, complex and BALANCED! One of the finest Russian Imperial stouts I’ve tried to date! It is almost mind-blowing!
UXO (1653) - CANADA - NOV 27, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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)
Sudz4Dayz (89) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
tielord (71) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate and marshmallow aromas, sweet chocolate and smoky tastes. Medium to high-bodied beer.
Really nice beer made by an underrated canadian brewery.
beerplace (1155) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
electrotype (654) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
Sledutah (7206) - Utah, USA - AUG 15, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
Adamsville (260) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Douberd (5177) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(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.
Samact (37) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
HippyHop (609) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.