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St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe - McAuslan Brewing

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 68
Gots: 68 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: papat444 on 12-05-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Erik-P, Nov 14, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -6.9%

Jugdish, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

Griffith, Nov 10, 2014
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LoveStout, Nov 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Shadman, Nov 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

acurtis, Nov 09, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So I originally had this picked for number 3500 review, but it was decent not great, and another surprise beer blew us away so I switched. Still super limited beer, and thanks to grub for this one a couple years ago. Shared with rudzud. 2010 vintage

Light fizzy head, pitch black thick heavy beer.

Big dark malts, choc and cocoa, little fudgey and faint roasty, some caramel and chewy dark malts, dark fruits, fig paste, mild booze, some coffee, etc.

Taste big roast dark malts and fudgey choc, dark choc, cocoa, bitter roast and mild coffee, little creamy. Then bitterness, toasty dark malt charred roasty malt bitterness, lots of fudgey cocoa, and chewy like, mild dark fruits, a bit creamy too. Bitter earthy almost spicy hops, etc. Sticky finish, semi sweet cocoa fudgey, little creamy, thIck mouth coating, etc.

Mouth fuller bod, thick creamy, mild booze.

Overall pretty good, but doesn't really hit as well as many other RIS these days. Perhaps it's better fresh, maybe we'll find out next week when we visit the brewery. Still a nice beer that was enjoyable.

jlindros, Nov 04, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing, he said this is a super limited beer. 2010 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hire worth a thin head that faded to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of dark malts, strong dark fruit note, syrupy.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice Russian nose, good smoke, charred malts, sweeter dark fruits, chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, boozy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was a tad disappointing. Lots of dark fruits and char, good but not great.

Serving Type: Bottle

rudzud, Nov 04, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +14%

canadametal, Oct 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

2011 vintage. 2 years in bottle

Franck, Oct 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

jzeilinger, Oct 21, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%

Tommy9898, Oct 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured with a solid finger of head that produced solid lacing but didn't stick around vey long. The body is a think opaque black that reveals nothing.

Smell: The heavy smell of slightly burnt malt with touches of hazelnuts permiate the beer. Warmning is certainly required for it to come out.

Taste: Starts with a mild thick molassses malt taste that quickly ends up tasting like burnt toast followed by a surprising smoke and hop presence that gives it a hit of IPA bitterness.

Mouthfeel: That bitter smokieness clings like a bad cigar. The carbonation is good, as it does help accentuate the entire beer, for good or ill. The beer doesn't seems to shift to that bitterness far too quickly.

Drinkability: The body is really think and heavy, as you would expect from a stout. It also leaves an odd bizarre dryness in the throat. Can't really say I would want to drink this on a regular basis.

Final Thoughts: This has been the first St. Ambroise beer I've been disappointed with, and given the cost of this offering, really left me with a bad taste it my mouth. Stick to the Oatmeal Stout if you want a better view of what this brewery is capable of.

TheHammer, Oct 12, 2014
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St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe from McAuslan Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.