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St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe - McAuslan Brewing

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 64
Gots: 70 | FT: 7
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

schnarr84, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Foudebiere
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Foudebiere, Jun 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Reagan1984, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of ChrisCage
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

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!

ChrisCage, May 02, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

Rutager, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

traumaqueen, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Mattgruv, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a thick Black oily colour with a dark tanned head that sits very nicely without reducing all that much.

S - Bourbon, malt, slight smokeyness and brown sugar.

T - Up front some nice vanilla notes followed by some nice smokey meat flavours. The finish is licorice follwed by more vanilla. The bourbon is nicely present in the background.

M - Full body with an oily mouthfeel. The carbonation is low.

O - Outstanding stout and will keep for a few years with cellaring.

eric5bellies, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to Alex for sharing this one! Definitely had no idea what this was, but it was a treat.

Pours a tan beige head. Color is black.

Aroma: Almonds, chocolate syrup, cocoa, caramel, and roasted malts. Very malty and very sweet. Some oak shows. Not very much barrel flavors in the nose.

Taste: Almonds, toffee, molasses, syrup, chocolate, and cocoa. Roasted malts. Some dark fruits. A little more oak and bourbon show here with a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and roasty. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, this was a great beer, but a little too much roast and I was hoping for a touch more barrel aged flavors. Very solid though. Something I would like to drink more of.

mothman, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Ruds
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

Ruds, Mar 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

pixieskid, Mar 20, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

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

joemcgrath27, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

sholland119, Mar 16, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -20.8%

Not the beer's fault but I am bourbon barrelled out but just on how much I love their oatmeal stout I had to try this. I am not sure if it is the harshness of the dark malts in this or the bourbon barrels but I am just not grooving on this.

Apologises to all that loved this it just not my thing and the beer was decent just not their oatmeal stout.

hoser, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Ultraman9000, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of DanK4
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Got this bottle as a gift from family in Montreal, not knowing anything about the brewery previous to drinking this insanely black RIS I was very surprised and look forward to trying more from McAuslan.

A: Pours thick and black as black can be. Seriously, this RIS looks like hot tar pouring into the glass with a coffee colored 1.5 finger head. The head hangs around for a bit then dissipates slowly. I cant see any carbonation going on, but then again you cant see anything through this black hole of a brew.

S: Rich dark roasted coffee is the first thing that hits the nose, followed by chocolate and a bit of a boozy sting. Hearty bouquet of grains and coffee that just smell like this beer is going to be heavy.

T: Yup, it's definitely tastes as black as it looks. Huge roasted grain and coffee notes with the chocolate lingering more in the nose than on the palate. Boozy ting at the end leaving a semi-dry roasted coffee finish. It's like they took a bomber of this brew and reduced it down to pure RIS concentrate to make this hellishly delicious but heavy and black as listening to Darkthrone in a blackout.

M: Roasted notes linger around on the palate, but this beer drinks like a rich, boozy, coffee and chocolate milkshake. Heavy stuff, but not too thick.

O: I would love to have this beer again, definitely a RIS to remember. Appearance makes this brew look like a total beast, while the smell, taste, and mouthfeel live up to the fierce appearance.

DanK4, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

jimctin, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

bottlerocket24, Feb 12, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

From notes... The first of a couple bottles I bought of this particular release.

A - Pours pitch black, solid finger of dark mocha head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Rich chocolate, sweet maraschino cherries, slightly musty with an earthy leafy hop note, black licorice and leather.

T - Flull flavoured, with the dark cocoa notes dominating alongside a nice leafy hop presence, the black licorice comes through with some espresso and molasses. ABV heat is noticeable but not offensive.

M - Medium bodied but comes across thicker and chewy, goes down smooth and finishes with a subtle sticky heat.

O - I'm excited to age this stuff a bit, though not to be interpreted as not being ready to drink now. A full flavoured RIS that will surely satisfy your craving on a cold winters night.

andrenaline, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Groulxsome, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

jrempel, Jan 31, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours the darkest black hue which leaves a chocolate laced two finger creamy head that stays and nice lacing,the smell is oak followed by the slightest tinge of bourbon but not much with also a touch of herbal hops and an inviting booziness,the mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with tastes of dark chocolate,cocoa powder,a touch of milky coffee,an ever present hoppy bitterness to keep all that sweet perfectly balanced and finished with a slight warminess from the high ABV and overall i like it as it does hit most of the levels what make a nice RIS while still coming across that you could drink more than one of cheers will buy again.

ADZA, Jan 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

bryehn, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of leaddog
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

2011 edition.

Appearance - Pours a dark ebony with a dense and creamy mocha/cocoa coloured head (about two finger width). No chance of seeing light through this one.

Smell - Chocolate, aged bourbon, cocoa powder, vanilla.

Taste - The flavours of the chocolate and bourbon are definitely the most predominant. Smokiness comes through at the end and in the aftertaste. Almost has a milkiness/creaminess to it in flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a lovely creaminess.

Overall - An enjoyable RIS from St-Ambroise. The ABV is well disguised in this brew. The creamy texture is very pleasant and the sweet & smokey flavours are delicious. Will definitely buy some more to see how it ages. Absolutely worth a try.

leaddog, Jan 23, 2012
St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe from McAuslan Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.