St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe - McAuslan Brewing

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 69
Gots: 76 | FT: 6
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: papat444 on 12-05-2009

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341 mL bottle-in-a-tube picked up at the LCBO. 2013 edition, listed at 9.2% and served at cellar temperature. This is one brewery that almost always manages to impress me, and I've probably heard more good stuff about this stout than any of their other offerings - so picking up this one was a quick decision.

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.

This is a delicious imperial stout, with the barrel ageing process bestowing upon it a number of interesting traits not typically found in this style. Toffee and molasses sweetness form much of the backbone, with big notes of bourbon, black coffee and charred wood to keep things interesting. Toward the finish, there is a brief but intense splash of licorice, with dark chocolate and roasted malts soon overtaking it. The aftertaste is quite bitter, with a smoky, char-like tannin astringency lingering on the palate for quite a while. The alcohol doesn't figure into the flavour strongly, but it's not exactly hidden, either. Full-bodied, with light carbonation that gently prickles the tongue, accenting the velvety-smooth mouthfeel nicely. A slow sipper if there ever was one; this is a brew to savour.

Final Grade: 4.45, an outstanding A grade. St. Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe is a fabulous barrel-aged stout that all fans of the style should actively seek out. While this fresh bottle is drinking rather nicely, this is the sort of beer that is just begging to be cellared for a year or two - frankly, my mouth is watering just thinking about a mellower, smoother version of this stout, a concept almost inconceivable to begin with. Hopefully I'll be able to procure another bottle before the stock runs out, although if history is any indicator this stuff will fly off the shelves (for good reason). Don't hesitate to grab a bottle of this if you spot it, because it's well worth a try and absolutely worth the 6-7 dollar price tag.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Having absolutely loved their Oatmeal Stout, I expected great things from this brew. Thankfully, from the get-go, McAuslan's RIS did not disappoint!

I let this one warm up a few degrees in the bottle before pouring into a snifter. Impenetrable dark mocha hue, with about an inch of thick, tan head. Lots of sticky and sheeted lacing to boot. Looks fantastic.

The nose is potent and sweet, but very enjoyable. Dark chocolate, bourbon and brandy, marshmallow, caramel and roasted malt.

Wow; this is truly great stuff. The oak does wonders for this brew, evening out the sweet caramel and chocolate and letting the hop bitterness provide a late kick. Similar flavours as in the nose. The alcohol is covered fairly well, but it is evident in the finish.

Mouthfeel is velvety and sticky, with the carbonation providing a good spritz on the back of the tongue.

A stellar RIS. Definitely going back for a couple others to let them age a bit. Man, I love this brewery...

Photo of Swedes21
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml served in a chilled glass

Apperance - WOW - this beer comes to life right from the pour. Beer pours a black colour and the head is gorgeously cascading in my glass. The head is a thick brown that is about 3 fingers high, really holds its volume. It is impossible to tell carbonation due to the colour of the beer.

Smell - You do not have to get your nose close to the glass to smell this one. Can pick up some serious dark, deep tones of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. One would almost say expresso like is the smell. You can also smell the alcohol a bit.

Taste - exactly what you smell is what you taste, a full bodied and well developed beer. What a punch this packs, the aftertaste lingers around for a good few minutes. The beer hits you hard with the dark undertones of chocolate, coffee and vanilla then lingers around in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - rich and thick is how i would describe the mouthfeel, the added carbonation brings more flavour and a richness to this beer.

Drinkability - This is a beer i am glad i tried and enjoyed it! What a full tasting bodied beer and brings everything u can imagine to the table. Not truly my style, but I can appreciate this beer for what it is!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a super black thats tick and oily. Slowly a very dark brown head forms and then slowly fades back down. Nose is light, a bit boozy, dark malts and some oaky bourbon notes.

Wow, the bourbon is strong in this! It's mice and sharp with a light burning taste. Very creamy, rich and malty with some woody/oaky flavors rounding it out very well. Great surprise to find this!

Photo of chickenm
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Thanks to Viggo for hooking me up with this. Pours jet black with a huge brown head that leaves lots of lacing. Really nice looking! Aroma of wood, bourbon, and light smoke. Tastes great, it has vanilla, bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. Rich, smooth mouthfeel; the alcohol in this is well integrated and not at all overpowering. Great drinkability, I really enjoyed this one!

Photo of nikolav1990
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look:Very dark brown color, almost no head about .5cm,
Smell: has a smell of coffee, wood and bourbon, a little bit off tobacco/cigar smell, some fruit like cherry.
Taste: very good taste of hops and coffee, chocolate, bourbon, old wood, vanilla. Taste comes on a little sweet with a bitter finish, very well balanced stout
Feel: very thick and creamy feel with a good alcohol throat feel. Very warming on a cold winter day.

Loved it!

Photo of BGDrock
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours sinfully dark, and thick; probably the darkest head I've seen, like a milk chocolate bar; fine suds but not full head
- just read an earlier review, motor oil is a spot on descriptor!

Aroma: pleasant chocolate, not overly bitter; even getting some rough wood which is remarkable

Taste & Mouthfeel: like an espresso shot, rich and creamy ending with just a mild bitterness (not the intense, acidic bitterness of a poorly pulled shot); there's something sweeter at the start, dates or maybe the vanilla - the bourbon ageing has an impact, but then the espresso flavour takes control again and lingers

Overall: could double as a coffee porter/stout, the flavour is so reminiscent of it; very well-managed, with none of the acidic bitterness that is common in similar dark beers; would absolutely drink this again, the bourbon wood ageing is a great addition

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, 2011 edition. The encasing cardboard tube has a little blurb displaying the Cyrillic, French, and English versions of 'cheers'. Awesome!

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with ever so slight cola-hued basal edges, and a teeming amount of dense, foamy, pillowy chocolate milk head, which sticks around like the nagging sniffles, before giving way to the clarity of some broad Joshua tree lace around the glass.

It smells of mildly caramelized malt, baker's chocolate, dark drupe fruit, an acrid vanilla woodiness, bitter citrus and leafy hops, and a boozy, nose-twitching twinge. The taste is bitter chocolate malt, a bit of weird saltiness, woody bourbon cask essences, softened west coast pine and citrus hops, and a skulking alcohol edginess.

The bubbles are as soft as you could really want them to be, the body a near-full weight, smooth, and almost unobstructed in its silky smoothness. It finishes mostly sweet, in a tempered manner, however, as the wood influence and hop bill continue to assert themselves in the sanity-keeping dance that is this beer.

Well, I would imagine that demanding ol' Kate would have appreciated this offering - lots and lots of stuff going on - sweet, bitter, salty, floral, tangy, fruity - you name it, it's here. The booze, at this point, makes things a little iffy as far as outright drinkability is concerned, but that's a minor piffle for the regal imbibers amongst us.

Photo of mintjellie
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as crude, with not a trace of a colourful highlight to be found. It's black depth is abyssal. Crowned by a thin layer of relatively well retained mocha head. Really nice lace. Aroma of black licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Also smells of vanilla, smoke, and wood. Palette of french roast coffee and dark fruit. A hint of smoke in the background. It's charred, roasty bitterness is intense and lingers long. You can taste the bourbon, but even as it warms it never becomes boozy and alcoholic. Very dry with almost no residual sweetness. Almost full bodied with low carbonation. Not quite chewy, but very smooth and silky feeling. You look forward to the next mouthful between each mouthful. Delicious.

2009 bottling

Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick black with lots of initial light brown head, that leaves lacing down the glass. A little smoke and expresso in the aroma. Above average and creamy mouthfeel, not the thickest of the style but very good. Bitter in a high proportion to sweet, this is a dangerously good drinker. Very very good, with expresso buffered by baker's chocolate.Bottle courtesy of Lubiere. Kudos to the brewery for pricing this properly for a limited edition ($6)

Photo of augustgarage
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy northyorksammy (thanks!). 2009 vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.

Opaque seal brown liquid topped by two fingers of dense creamy somewhat active fawn colored foam. Rich creamy layers of lacing with the appearance of mocha. Light glassy legs.

Roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, clove, cinnamon, and barrel aromas (vanilla, coconut, vague char) combine to good effect in the nose. Slightly plum-y as well from the alcohol esters.

The hops are notable upon first sip, contributing a spicy moderate bitterness, but they are quickly consumed by the rich malt character which is toasty, smokey, and offset by treacle and dark fruit. The finish suggests tobacco, spice, along with an earthy clay-like quality. Very well balanced and full of flavor.

Medium-heavy bodied, with a cakey velvety feel (rather than oily). Well carbonated. Warming but not hot.

The barrel aging adds a subtle complexity to a rich forward base - I imagine this will continue to age well if you have some cellared, but it is drinking well now.

Photo of blaje
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours really black with an oily look.
Treadmendous head forming immediatly. Creamy, thick, surprisingly dark moccha in colour. Terrific look! Head comes down leaving patchy lacing. Wow!
N: Coffee, Moccha, herbal notes of fresh tobacco. dark fruits and maybe animal touch like wet leather! Brown sugar faintly coming up
M: Bitter! Bitterness is up-front and fantastik. I realy enjoy this since I'm an IPA lover. Carbonnation is medium and suits very well this beer. Flavours of coffee, alcohol and smoke flavors comes up after rewarming a bit, just like with the nose. Very complex in flavour.
Aftertaste is neverending, tremendous!
Almost perfect for a RIS.
Will age very well...

2013 edition: still tremendous beer!

Photo of CanuckRover
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A 2011 bottle put aside for a couple years.

What a pour. Thick (in the best way) black liquid pours into a snifter and sends up a lively mocha head. Pretty much opaque. Glass covering lacings right to the finish. A 5 on appearance.

Dark red fruit on the nose with a hit of alcohol. Slightly smokey and roasty, but really it's all about big fruity malt flavours in the aroma.

Deep and dark. Loads going on with this. Bitterest chocolate. Vinous. Boozey wood. Ever-present dark red fruit. Even after a couple years I get significant hop bitterness.

Another 5 for mouthfeel. Incredibly satisfying imperial stout. Thick and chewy while being shockingly easy drinking.

Glad I laid this down for awhile. Well rounded and quite tasty. Great stuff.

Photo of nbree00
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 Bottling

A: Pours a deep dark black color, like crude motor oil. Has a nice 1 inch chocolate brown head that dissipates quickly.

S: Love the nose hear, notes of bourbon, oak, chocolate chip cookies, espresso and earth.

T: On the palate flavors of bitter chocolate, day old coffee, cream, and baking spices. I really dig the nose and mouthfeel but the taste isn't super well balanced. It's a little to bitter and roasty for me. Some may find this balances out the sweetness but I actually think it's to dry, and I'd like a little more richness.

O: Overall a solid beer, I'm curious if I would like a fresh one better.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Edition

Second time trying this. Poured into St-Ambroise glass.

A- Black. Absolutely no light coming through. No highlights whatsoever. Nice very dark brown head. Disappeared quick though. Thick bubbly ring around the glass. A bit of lacing.

S- Coffee, cocoa and alcohol are the main odors all mixed in with plenty of vanilla, molasses anise, as well as fruits such as prunes and blueberries. Warming up, a red wine smell gets more and more powerful.

T- Just like the smell. Wine tannins are very present. Taste like thick chocolaty red wine. Alcohol is definitely noticeable. Hops subtly adding both bitterness and flavor. Bitterness also similar to that of cocoa.

M- Surprising how thick this is. Tingly carbonation. Definitely a full mouthfeel. Make your lips sticky it's so concentrated.

D- Sipping material. Tastes good but a bit overwhelming. Wouldn't want to drink much more of this tonight.

One of the most satisfying 341ml bottles I've ever had.
A bit hot. Can't wait to taste an aged bottle. If I had to make a cheesy tagline for this: A taste of luxury.

2010 Edition:

9.2%

A- Brown head has the texture of packing foam with a colour very similar to froth on top of an espresso. Pitch black liquid. No highlights whatsoever like last year. Whipped, lacy (!) lacing.

S- Smells like wine and cork. Alcohol came out second with a bit of lightly seasoned raw steak... strange, but that's what I smell. Black olives.

T- Man, this is pretty intense. So roasty it's almost like a smoked beer yet very different. It does taste a little green but it's to be expected with a beer that's almost created to be aged.

M- Not very dry. It leaves a whole lot of residue in the back of the throat. Very sticky. Possibly the thickest Quebec beer I've tried. Mikkeller BGB Weasel is the only one I remember being thicker and it was on tap with some special gas mix.
I'm not completely sold on the carbonation as I find it a bit to tingly but I don't really know how it could've been executed better.

D- This is drinking better than 2009. Maybe thanks to an evolving palate. Slight green taste is the only thing holding this back.
It is very good. I want to drink lots more. I'm having a hard time reviewing this because I'm feeling kind of overwhelmed by the awesomeness.

They must be pretty proud of this one over at McAuslan's. Pretty sure I'll be buying more next year.

2010 ratings:
A-4.5
S-4.0
T-4.5
M-4.5
D-4.0

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pitch black, big tall deep brown head that retained endlessly, leaving all kinds of lacing
S - roasty, chocolately, light cola and some booziness
T - big burnt roasty flavour dominates up front, compliments of sweet cola and coffee, finishes with a smoky hint
M - big chewy body, a smoky and slightly chaulky feel, finishes big and bold with alcohol warmth
O - this is a super drinkable big stout, a stick-to-your-ribs kind of brew that keeps you warm and fuzzy

Photo of Ruds
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Papat444 for the trade on this one!

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a goblet to a rich black colour with a dirty brown speckled frothy head (which is a good thing!)

On the nose dark roasted and chocolate malts, wood, a faint dose of vanilla along with a pinch of bourbon, just the right amount, not overpowering.

In terms of taste I get the dark roasted malts immediately and also hints of coffee along with the chocolate flavour, the former which I didn't really get on the nose! Some woodiness in the taste and overall very well balanced with you knowing all about the bourbon but it not getting in the way! A bitter/roasty/dryish finish turning slightly sweet as you digest - which was excellent!

Full bodied on the mouth with a rich drinkable finish for a 9% beer and minimal carbonation.

Overall - an excellent imperial stout. I was worried initially about the bourbon aspect but they got this spot on!

Photo of eat
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oily black (literally), as dark as a stout can get with a beige-caramel coloured head. A thick three finger head settles down to a solid covering over the surface of the beer. Decent retention and nice lacing.

Smokey roasted malt, coffee, caramel, fresh chocolate chip cookies, subtle whiskey. A decent showing of hops appears as it warms. If the smell isn't jumping off the beer I don't ever rate it higher than 4. While this smells really nice, this isn't the case here.

I had already created a strong image in my mind of what this beer would taste like, which is, of course, a bad idea. So it's not what I was expecting. It's quite a lot subtler than I was thinking it would be (though not in a bad way at all) and is extremely well-balanced. Coffee blends seamlessly into a prominent hop profile, resulting in a lingering dry, bitter finish. Metallic and a touch astringent, with the high ABV blending into the whole, serving a purpose rather than just being strong. Everything is sitting on top of an awesome dark roasted malt. This is reminiscent of Peche Mortel although it's definitely a unique beer. It actually tastes something like a cross between Peche Mortel and Guinness Foreign Extra. This is an incredibly well-balanced stout, one of the best-balanced beers I can remember trying. Everything is right in proportion.

The feel is really great. I'm almost always left wanting more body, even in the best of stouts, but this one is just about up to my liking. Perfect light carbonation.

I was at first surprised by this one. I guess I expected it to be a little more similar to their oatmeal stout but it really isn't at all. This is a whole other beer. I'm always super impressed when a brewery can release two beers of similar style tasting nothing alike. So well-balanced, tasty and drinkable. The only bad thing about this beer is that it could be a one-off.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- I'm immediately impressed, as a liquid of motor oil consistency pours out of the bottle, and as black as well used oil would be as well. The head comes to fruition, very dense, and thick too, reminding me of something out of a nitro tap! It is caramel in color, retains very well, and leaves behind one of the best examples of lacing that I've seen from a bottled brew! Simply delightful to look upon!

S- There is a variety of rich and dark aromas happening here....dark chocolate, overripe fruit (think banana/plum/fig), vanilla bean, and some lingering smokey wood. There is also some muted smells of mocha/espresso coffee, but these are noticeable after a few whiffs. Booze is noticed, but I guess it should be, containing a heavier alcohol content.

T- This gives me a real kick in general! After the first sip, the booze factor becomes mellower, but it is definitely there on the palate! I taste much more strong coffee notes, along side blackstrap molasses, unsweetened cocoa, vanilla, and even some rich toffee. Notes of charred wood and dark fruit are noted. The finish, and subsequent aftertaste linger with highly roasted malt and some hop bitterness!

M- This is most definitely full bodied, with fine carbonation throughout as well as robust flavor during the entire tasting! Even though this is a little more boozy than I am used to, I feel that the fullness of the beer keeps it in check.

O- I think this is a marvelous beer, but with that said, the drinkability factor is short for me, as this is so rich....I couldn't handle more than a bottle in one sitting. Anyone who likes stouts will enjoy this one, like myself, and I think this could pair well with a beef stew, or as an after dinner drink shared with friends!

Photo of Stocean1
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black impenetrable body with a two finger dark chocolate head, lots of patchy lacing, slowly going down to a nice thick collar of foam.

Lots going on in the scent, licorice, smoke, tobacco, coffee, goldings hops, leather, really something.

Taste is tobacco, coffee, lots of floral hops, dark fruit (raisin), leathery, with only a slight bit of ethanol lingering in the finish. Really well balanced and not overly boozy and rich which can sometimes be a turn off for the style.

This is a full bodied smooth nicely bitter brew with plenty of carbonation. It is nearly chewy and has a pleasant lingering bitter finish.

This is definitely the best St. Ambroise brew I have had and likely the best RIS I have had to date. It is beautiful, complex, smooth, and oh so drinakable.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a large, creamy dark tan head.
Nose shows liqourice, alcohol, sweet coffee liqueur, heavy roast, bready malt and coconut.
Decadent flavour. Soft roasted malt, cocoa, sweet malt, coconut and oak with a little bourbon and booze as well.
Nice creamy carbonation and slick body.

Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle, 12 oz. twist off, Quebec sticker on the bottle.

Pours like motor oil into a tulip glass, black with brownish edges. A good amount of creamy mocha foam on the surface, that fades to a swirling skim after a few minutes in the glass, with spotty lace around the edges.

Aromas of chocolate and light soy at first, autolysed yeast. Flavors of creamy smooth chocolate, hints of vanilla and barrel in the aftertaste. Full bodied with a light sweetness at first, segueing into dry roast and light bitterness in the middle. Overall it's drinkable and remarkably smooth. Thanks for sharing Chris!

Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks wordemupg for getting this big want to me! 2011

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a finger of thick brown head that doesn't hang out for long.

Smell. Chocolaty roasty malts, a little vanilla, cherry and some dark fruitiness, a bit of coffee and smoky wood and sweet booze.

Taste. Huge roasty dark malts, dark coffee and dark, bitter chocolate. A little vanilla, booze and wood is there. The flavours are all in really nice proportions.

Mouthfeel. Full body, but not over the top and low+ carbonation.

Overall. A really well done barrel aged big ris. Easy drinking and has everything you like in the style. Nothing really stands out to make this especially unique, but that's part of the beauty. Just a really well put together beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: poured a pitch-black color stout with a super large deep brown foamy head with great retention and some great lacing. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla with some deep roasted malt notes. Taste is a nice and well balanced mix between some black chocolate with light coffee notes with lots of vanilla form the bourbon and a finish that is dominated by dry roasted malt notes (maybe a tad too dry even). Body is full with some creamy notes and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well done with great balance between the different flavor thought maybe a tad too dry.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Duvel tulip

A - Dark black, inky with two fingers of thick, bubbly coffee-coloured head.

S - Dark chocolate with some coffee and licorice in the background. Traces of sweet vanilla. Very complex.

T - Initially the alcohol has a slight bite up front, but that disappears after a few sips. Roasted malts, bourbon, coffee and chocolate. There is sweet caramel and vanilla in the aftertaste with a touch of bitterness from the hops. Also some licorice and oak. VERY complex palate. The bourbon becomes more and more noticeable as I continue to drink this beer and it is in a great proportion.

M - Not quite as silky and thick as I expected, especially after the pour. Still a nice medium body with a somewhat silky finish. Slightly too much carbonation for my liking but not enough that it bothers me or hinders the taste at all.

D - An excellent RIS. Looking forward to aging this one.

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St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe from McAuslan Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.