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St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe - McAuslan Brewing

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 67
Gots: 69 | FT: 8
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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 mintjellie
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in the spiffy carton, picked up a few of these at the LCBO with the intention of aging some.

Pours a viscous jet black with a couple fingers of rick chocolate cake brown head which sticks around and leaves some prodigious lacing. Darkest looking head, perhaps ever, rich looking - impressive.

Nose is a nice milk chocolate, bit of whiskey and oak, molasses, roasty malt.

Taste is a little more abrasive, alcohol comes out to play a little bit and the finish is slightly abrasive. Mixed with baker's chocolate, coffee, molasses, light sweetness, wood and whiskey, vanilla. Tastes pretty good, just a tad rough, thinking this is a prime candidate for aging.

Perhaps one the best RIS to come out of Canada, though it could use a few tweaks to make it truly elite. Still, pretty damn happy I have more of these!

Photo of wordemupg
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

341ml bottle poured into chalice april 23 2010

A black as black can be even before it hit the glass you could see how dark this one was, thick dark mocha head has great retention and leaves loads of lace right down the glass. this beer looks pretty sexy

S dark roasted coffee with some dark bakers chocolate a little vanilla, earthy wood, and even some mild hops. I do detect some booze but it's pretty well hidden

T now I can taste a little bourbon I was looking for on the nose and some molasses to go along with everything I smell, a great tasting beer if you like utter darkness. the booze I could barely smell is there but still quite well concealed.

M not as thick as one would guess but still quite nice with and initial silky feel and it ends up creamy from the bubbles

D a damn fine beer this is, solid all around and if there was a 4.75 option it would have got that once or twice. this beer could be a little dangerous at 9.1% it's just that easy to down

I like the presentation of this bottle in its tube with the Kremlin looking rooftops. but all gimmicks aside this is a world beater a truly great beer that everyone should try and well deserving of its place in the Canadian top 25. A big thank you to ritzkiss for sending a bunch of these my way.

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to papat444 for sending a bottle of this my way. Served in a FoBAB '08 taster pint glass. The 2009, and so far only, vintage.

A - Pours with a voluminous mocha foam that dissipates slowly and leaves glass-coating lacework. Eventually settles to a thick cap. The body is black, with no color to be found, even at the fringes.

S - Lots of wood, some peaty smokiness, light whiskey, chocolate fudge, vanilla, coffee & cream. Reminds me of barrel-aged Speedway, but "pops" a bit more. There's some light hop character when it warms up - you can tell this is still fairly fresh.

T - The taste is a step down, with more astringent bitterness and less sweetness to keep things in balance. The most obvious flavors are wood, smoke, and bitter espresso, with more of the dark fruits and chocolate happening in the background. It's good, but could be better. Other than the whiskey notes it's not particularly boozy. Aftertaste is also quite bitter.

M - Sticky, chewy, medium body. Sufficiently hefty for 9.1%. Lower carbonation, goes down pretty smoothly. Not much heat.

D - As with most barrel-aged stouts, it's a sipper and not something I'd be looking to slam. That being said, I'm glad I have a few bottles waiting for me in Canada, as sharing this 341ml bottle with Sean left me with tragically little.

Glad to see a Canadian brewery other than DDC running with the big boys. I liked this more than Black OPS.

Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from my homie Alex aka Masterski. Poured into tasting glass. 2009 vintage.

A - Pours black with a very nice mocha-colored head. Lots of nice lacing along the sides of the glass and a thick cap that remains long after the initial pour. A very nice-looking beer, no doubt.

S - Chocolate, both milk and dark, some roasted/smoke characteristics, slight dark fruit, some coffee, caramel. Lots of things going on here, very nice.

T - Bitter dark chocolate up front, some dark fruit sweetness, coffee, some hoppy notes. This one is bitter throughout between dark chocolate and hops.

M - Medium bodied, soft frothy carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - I really liked this one. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. I would say this one is up there with some of the better RIS I've had. Recommend.

Photo of cratez
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle from the Lawrence & Avenue LCBO in Toronto. Beautiful, intricate packaging, though I could do without the tube if it reduced the price of the beer. Opaque black in colour with one finger of super dark and frothy mocha head and threads of lacing on the snifter. Smell and taste are oak barrel, damp wood, fruity, floral, and resinous hops, vanilla, smoky roasted malts, Damask plums, grape skin, sulphur, and a gentle hop bitterness with more woodiness to end. Prune and barley wine aromas remind me of Bell's Expedition Stout. Mouthfeel is velvety, chocolaty, syrupy, astringently bitter, ultra dry and chalky finish. The woody oak barrel flavour cannot be understated, as it is very apparent throughout. This Canadian RIS has a strong burnt grain maltiness that sets it apart from American renditions of the style, but that does not make it better than those versions. Nevertheless, Impériale Russe is a glorious example of the genre. À votre santé McAuslan!

Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woo Hoo first review! Couldn't have picked a better beer for it.

12oz bottle poured into my best goblet. Pours black like engine oil, not an ounce of light coming through. Rich dark tan head mounted on top like a crown, excellent lacing.

Smell of cherries, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and alcohol.

Silky on the palate, the carbonation and alcohol bites a little on the tip of your tongue.

The chocolate and coffee are obvious taste points, bit of molasses and vanilla. The alcohol just peaks through to warm everything up.

Quite smooth for 9.1% definitely a sipper can't wait for the one I have waiting until next year!

Photo of grub
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

papat444 sent me one of these recently, and Viggo picked me up a couple more when it hit the LCBO shelves. thanks pat and eric!

12oz bottle packaged in a matching cardboard tube. sampled april 4/2010.

pours opaque and inky black with no light getting through even at the thinnest part of the glass. a small layer of dense brown head forms, dropping slowly to a wide ring around the glass that seems to stick around forever. spotty lace.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate. caramel and toffee. anise. bit of espresso. toasted whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. hint of smoke. bit of alcohol.

taste is good. strong roast. dark toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit. bit of cracker. espresso. dark and milk chocolate. some bittersweet chocolate too. caramel and toffee. bit of orange and tangerine. medium bitterness level. a bit woody and earthy. lightly warming alcohol.

mouthfeel is nice. nice big body. silky medium carbonation level. slightly astringent from the roast.

drinkability is good. pretty well balanced. nice depth. the roast is a little rough and the alcohol gets a bit warm, but i think both would improve with a little time in the cellar. looking forward to revisiting this one.

Photo of Viggo
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to papat44 for sending us a couple!

Pours a very deep and opaque black, no light gets through this one, very thick and creamy looking dark brown head forms and settles to a very thick ring around the glass, nice layer, good lacing on the glass, certainly looks like a RIS.

Smell is nice, very rich and sweet, some brandy, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some oak, coffee roast, brown sugar and toffee, a bit of raisin, a little booze but well covered, more chocolate, really nice and roasty.

Taste is nice, some chocolate roast, lightly smokey, bourbon and brown sugar, lots of caramel, raisin, some alcohol, vanilla, nicely oaky, very toasty, lots of roast and bitterness in the finish, a little astringent.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, a bit of warmth going down. A pretty nice RIS, thanks Pat!

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 WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark black with a decent amount of caramal brown foam forming at the top of the glass. The taste is a little on the sweet side with hints of oak and dark chocolate coming through. The flavour didn't blow me away, but it is a good stout none the less. Very easy to drink, no hint of the 9.1% anywhere in this. Still got 10 bottles left in my case of 12. So I got time for my opinion to change on this. I probably have to stop setting my expectations so high for new beers I am looking forward to.

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

Pours a dark brown, pretty much black with a milk chocolate brown thin head. Very nice looking.

Deep, complex aroma of bourbon, oak, coffee, caramel, chocolate and strawberries. Pretty sweet smelling.

Just delicious! Can definitely taste some bourbon, oak, coffee and chocolate like a typical RIS. Some medicinal and fruity sweetness finishes it off. Not as bitter or hoppy as I would of hoped, but still wonderful.

Nice thick, velvety smooth mouthfeel that goes down wonderfully. Covers the alcohol very well. This is like their Oatmeal Stout on steroids, 'nuff said.

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

Poured into my Duvel workhorse of a glass.

A: Motor oil black, black as death itself. Beautiful light brown mocha head (reminds me of Dieu Du Ceil's imperial - Quebecois know how to make this beer with the beautiful head) that dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a nice thin brown ring.

S: Dark chocolate is this first thing that hits. Also I get some licorice, blackberries, and maybe some oak, but that may be because I know it's spent some time in bourbon casks.

T: This is where the oak comes in.(Sidenote: Isn't it amazing what oak can do for beers that it doesn't do for wines) The first tastes seem to be oak, bourbon, and 85% cacao chocolate, followed by vanilla, with a lingering bitterness, but from what? Roast or hops? They say they're using English and U.S. hops in this beer, and you get them at the end, but with the oak, vanilla, chocolate, and espresso, they sure have their work cut out for them. Still between the hops and the smoky roasty malts. The bitterness lingers forever. As I come to the end of the beer though, I wonder if the oakiness isn't distracting.

No. It isn't. It's fucking delicious.

M: Perfectly carbonated and thick-as-molasses texture.

D: Who knows? Drinkable? Not so much? You won't likely "reasonably" want more than one in one night but all I can think of is this:

Want. More. Now. I bought 3 bottles and will drink one a night and then get more.

I think I'll hopefully get a few bottles for aging too.

Is this the best IS in this country? I dunno, and I'm not even that really fit to judge. I almost think this beer is too complex for me and is likely laughing at me in my glass. If it isn't I think it's down to two beers, both from Montreal.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours thick and really really dark, blocks all light. Head is light brown, quite small but it lasts a long long time, and is really creamy. Lacing is quite impressive as it warms up.

S: Well, the bourbon notes are the easiest to spot, very present. Tons of vanilla, semi sweet chocolate and coffee. Oak and smoke are also present (I guess from the barrels). Liquorice and molasses also there. Some raspberries.

T: Big coffee flavors up front, with dark chocolate also very present. Molasses and liquorice are also very big in the taste. The bourbon characteristics are present: vanilla and oak. The smoke blends perfectly with the roasted malts to give a nice finish, along with the slight herbal/earthy hops present. Raspberries are still there, but less than in the smell. Overall a very big and complex tasting RIS, with every taste being strong and easy to pick.

M: Big, sticky, heavy, syrupy, what I want. Exactly what I want from a RIS. Mid to low carbonation to keep it alive.

D: EDIT, the 2010 version is EXTREMELY drinkable, very dangerously too.

Very much looking forward next year edition, I've only bought one but I'll buy more next year and age 1 for 1 year and another for 2 years.

Photo of strangemusic
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Black black black with a ring of chocolatey brown head that's gone too soon.

The smell is big, hot, alcoholic, polished dark wood, cocoa, stewed fruit, toast. You know right away what you're going to be diving into.

Taste initially shows off enormous sweet malt and alcohol, dark fruit compote, leading to a whiff of smoke and lots of woody bitterness with roasty coffee notes and a very long, dry, earthy finish. Aftertaste is long and bitter as well, I can't say I enjoy that at ALL. Would be fantastic but I can't handle the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is really creamy, sticky and heavy. It's quite possibly the most enjoyable part of this beer, really luxurious.

Drinkability? I'm all for big beers but this is a monster. It's almost too big, overwhelming for my tastes, and needs a long while to be enjoyed properly.

Photo of bartle
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours an opaque black with a thick tan head. Looks beautiful. It looks thick and inviting. The lacing is quite something.

The aroma is full of cocoa, vanilla, some espresso, licorice, oak, some alcohol,and a little earthy quality as well. Stewed raspberries and strawberries are lingering in with the molasses sweetness coming from the malts.

This brings a mellow licorice, molasses, and vanilla tone and is quickly followed by deep bitter cocoa, plums, strawberries, cherries, rich caramelized sugars, hot bourbon, oak, and a little smokey after bite. This finishes fairly hot and boozy, but leaves a nice coffee bean bitterness on the palate. As it warms the hot alcohol, ripe fruits, and bourbon keep getting more pronounced with lingering cocoa and vanilla on the backing.

The mouthfeel is thick, frothy, a little like engine oil. Fairly high carbonation. A little hot, but not astringent. Nothing fusel, just a little brash.

I have a feeling this will age into something very special. It is a little hot and zippy out of the gate, but really drinks with a lot of ease. It's a creamy desert in my favourite glass.

This is one of the best feeling RIS I've had in Canada. The body and mouthfeel does a lot for me.

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 kwjd
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black with tick brown head. Lacing all the way down the glass. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla and some chocolate. The taste has the same elements, but I think I'm getting some sweet toffee too. Quite smooth and very drinkable. I didn't think they could improve on their wonderful Oatmeal Stout, but I absolutely love this beer!

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

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. Comes in a cardboard cylinder like their Vintage offering, 341 ml brown bottle, 2009 edition.

Pours absolutely pitch black in appearance, tall thick spongy deep beige head, large loose bubbles. Good retention, thin patches of lacing.

Aroma of molasses, licorice, roasted malt, slight char, dark dried fruits.

Intense roasted malt up front in the flavour, molasses sweetness, dark dried fruits, dry cocoa appears near the finish, the whole flavour profile is remarkably smooth. Faint notes in the aftertaste of light herbal hops, a hint of grapefruit pith from the Cascade, but predominantly English characteristics.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy velvety smooth, slight alcohol warmth on finish and aftertaste.

Wow, this is one helluva RIS, refined and full of character, it seamlessly carries things in all the right places. Go out of your way to get your hands on a bottle of this, it is well worth the effort. McAuslen pretty much nailed it with this one.

Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of bobsy
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

Photo of kjyost
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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 ZorPrime
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe from McAuslan Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.