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St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe - McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Stout Impériale RusseSt-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%


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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CookstLiquor

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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml bottle. Pours a ridiculously blackened brown with an iodine-like head and lacing. This is a dense, hearty brew. The nose is a delightful blend of baking spcies, citrus and pine. Taste reveals spicy fruitcake, chocolate, molasses and smoke. Incredibly complex. Truly a unique tasting Russian imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 03:30:48 | More by CookstLiquor
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Ink. Oily black with a big, creamy tan head. Good head retention.

Wonderful aroma. Rounded. Liquorice. Roast and bitter chocolate. Some alcohol. Nothing over the top but really well composed and well integrated.

Rich. Not too sweet but clearly big with lots of roast and chocolate. The liquorice is not over the top and works well. Mild alcohol. Very nice.

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This was a 2011 vintage that I am reviewing picked up while in Quebec City this summer.

Pours a very thick, almost syrup-like liquid with a dark mocha head with tight bubbles of a two finger head that sticks around and leaves some impressive lacing on the glass.

The smell is luxurious... espresso, dark chocolate, black licorice, molasses, vanilla, and oak with a smoky note there as well. Smells wonderful!!

The taste is phenomenal... thick, velvety and very rich! Tastes of espresso,bitter chocolate, and licorice mix with the smoky wood and oak... also a little sweetness and even a litter bitter hop taste which is impressive for a beer over 2 years aged. Not very boozy as i am sure it has mellowed and transformed over time.. but the alcohol is definitely there, but to me... very smooth. I love every sip of this and how it transformed as it warmed... i got more of the vanilla bourbon as it warmed as well as the bitterness increased in a good way.

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St-Ambroise always impresses... try if you can find this!!

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Pours thick, black and totally opaque like old engine oil, topped with just under two fingers' worth of dense, creamy, dark tan-coloured head. Its recession is a gradual process lasting more than a few minutes, eventually culminating in a modest cap with a sheet of lacing around the edge of the glass. An impressive-looking stout, and the aroma ain't half bad either - bourbon and oak are noticeable contributors, in addition to roasted malts, molasses, vanilla extract, ethanol and smoke. Not bad, but I could use a bit more coffee/chocolate to entice me into a sip.

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St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe from McAuslan Brewing
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