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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:
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(Beer added by: papat444 on 12-05-2009)
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Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to 'eat' for this one... I think I owe you a beer!

A: Black with a tan head, thin ring of retention, slight leg.

S: Espresso, treacle, licorice, bakers chocolate, tobacco and alcohol.

T: Espresso, licorice, java, bakers chocolate, woodsy, pleasant underlying smoky whiskey, dark caramel is overcome with plenty of bitterness, warming alcohol, but its got the weighty malt to back it up.

M: Really thick body has some roasted acidity and a drying alcohol finish

D: A great drinker, despite its strength.

I've loved their oatmeal stout for many years, so I was afraid this might be a disappointment... not at all... this is definitely one of best Imperials in Canada.

Derek, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of bobsy
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprise bottle sent this way by papat - cheers Patrick! I drank this 12ozer immediately after Brasseurs Illimites' take on the style, while watching the opening ceremonies in Vancouver.

This is a wonderfully packaged beer, and the pour continues that. A pitch black body sits under a resplendent foamy mocha head that leaves streaks and globs of lace on the glass. Retention is fairly decent, and my last sip still has a patchy film on it. Nice combo of espresso and tobacco in the aroma, with slight hints of wood and vanilla. Bourbon notes come through as it warms, but are not as strong as expected, but better balanced for it.

Flavour is pretty good. The coffee leads off, and melts into dark chocolate, with an underlying smokiness. The bourbon character is mild but present throughout and adds a nice complexity. Some spiciness and a nice sweetness. Something is missing that fails to push this to the next level, but its still enjoyable for what it is. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, with a nicely alleviating carbonation. Alcohol is AWOL and this is extremely easy to drink.

A very good imperial stout, but I'd still say this is middle of the pack. Thanks again Pat!

bobsy, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of kjyost
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice where it was black (my non-beer drinking wife likened it to tar) with a rich dark mocha head which has left substantial lacing on the glass throughout the session. The nose had chocolate, caramel and berries on top of the alcohol. Many layers of flavour that slowly unpack themselves over the session with tastes of the things on the nose along with an alcoholic sweetness that reminded me of a fruity wine. Deep roasted malt covers your palate and the beer lingers longly with a bit of bitterness. Low carbonation causes a fluffy and luxurious mouthfeel. A good sippable drink on a cold Winnipeg night.

kjyost, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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)

Sammy, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of ZorPrime
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, insane... People, count me in, were going nuts to get one. Bought 3 bottles, gave one as a gift and the other two are for me. One is cellared for tasting next year if I can manage to not drink it before.

Simply the best Russian Imperial Stout I ever had so far. This is so good. Worth dying for!

Very dark black color with a nice thick foam head. The head is brown and looks like chocolate milk. The head sticks well to the glass. Perfect looking beer. This is what a stout should look like.

The aroma is chocolate, espresso with some hints of bourbon. Some vanilla notes in there too. The taste is pretty awesome. Bourbon, wow, and then it follows with some chocolate notes and a bitter finish. Light carbonation in the mouth. Lingers long. So good, so awesome. A perfect beer.

2010 bottle: Now at 9.2% ABV and brewed with wood having aged with bourbon, instead of aging the beer in bourbon barrel. Still an awesome beer, maybe less creamy than 2009 version. Still creamy 'tho. On the taste it feels more hot chocolate than the 2009 version. Can't wait for the 2011 and future version.

ZorPrime, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Tim2000
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341 mL brown bottle, 2009 vintage.

Pours an oily black with a thick coffee-coloured head that clings to the glass.

Aroma is of molasses and brandy-soaked fruitcake.

Burnt sugar, molasses and toffee make up a strong roasted malt backbone. Black cherry and chocolate notes pick up towards the middle. Slightly earthy towards the finish with an increasing grassy, slightly astringent bitterness. Alcohol is present and gives the beer some heat. Thick and syrupy with fairly low carbonation.

Fantastic and complex beer. I imagine that it will only mellow and improve with age.

Tim2000, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of eat
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

eat, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of papat444
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this last night while watching the centennial game of the Habs as they laid a hurting on the Bruins.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle and shared a little with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a body as black as motor oil with a surprisingly dark brown (like an Aero chocolate bar) bordering almost on a light black head. Huge and thick that lasts a long time. Very impressive.

Smell: An aroma of bourbon, vanilla, espresso & chocolate. A nice medley of aromas.

Taste: At first i thought it was discreet but definitely opens up. Bitter-sweet chocolate (like baking chocolate), espresso beans, with a very good supporting role by the hops. Was actually pleasantly surprised by the nice hop presence. Can definitely taste the oak as it seems drenched in liquor, bourbon and maybe a little whiskey. Very good & flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Weak point of the beer IMO. Low carbonation with a very smooth body but i found it a little lacking and maybe a bit thin & watery. Not much really but not as robust as an RIS should be. It's still good but not RIS good.

Drinkability: Slight alcohol heat but other than that it drinks very well. Not just a sipper, dangerously drinkable.

Overall: I would have pegged it at an A- but i really feel good about the individual scores and an A is how it came out. You can't really miss with this. It's not a bold, in-your-face RIS but it delivers on what it promises, an RIS with bourbon & oak. I really like it and hope McAuslan does this one again.

papat444, Dec 05, 2009
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St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe from McAuslan Brewing
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