St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe - McAuslan Brewing
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3.78/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a very, very black-reminiscent colour. Head is just stunning. Show-stoppingly thick, ochre in colour, with some impressive - if a little thin - lace left behind. Pretty close to amazing.
Smells sweet, and smokey, in equal measure. Weird bubblegum character with some banana and cherry notes, but also, on the other hand, smokey notes. It's completely separate in fact. Quite subtle, with wood smoke and a hint of bacon. The sweetness is a dominant thing though, which is unfortunate.
Taste is an interesting one. Lots of smoke and roast, with a touch of sweetness to it. Upfront there's cocoa, caramel and a hint of banana. Then gets roasty, smokey and burnt midway and to the back. Ends with a slight sweet note, boozey and vanilla, but it has a heaviness to the end. Quite dry on the back, but retaining lots of flavour.
Full body, a little bit sharp late, and yeah, dries up a lot.
Decent, doesn't quite reach the heights the flavours suggested. Not bad at all though.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2013 08:24:17 | More by laituegonflable
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