St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe
McAuslan Brewing

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McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #187
Ranked #2,861
4.21 | pDev: 9.03%
Apr 10, 2021
Dec 05, 2009
St-Ambroise Stout Impériale RusseSt-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe
Notes: St-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout is our tribute to the brawny ink-black beers crafted for the Russian Imperial House in the 18th century. Made from a blend of barley malts infused with Cascade, Goldings and Willamette hops, it’s aged in bourbon oak, giving it seductive vanilla, espresso and chocolate notes.
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Reviewed by DanfromVan from Canada (BC)

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Picked up a bottle from West Coast Liquor Company for approx 5.89. Nice presentation in a rolled cardboard tube. 2020 Vintage. Served in a snifter, Poured deep and black, with an instant 2 colour head which lingered to the last.
Coffee aroma, with molasses hints, great mouthfeel, a thicker drink. Tasty and slightly sweet, leaves a very mild bitter aftertaste. Would go again on this. Perfect Cigar beer if you are into that.
Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2020 release. Looks black with nice asymmetrical brown head. Smells like roasted malt, a little coffee, and nice booze. Taste is where this beer shines. Espresso, vanilla, roasted malt, oak barrel, bourbon. The mouthfeel is nice and full bodied.
Overall, for $7 this beer is amazing. My new go to imperial stout. I think this one is slightly underrated.
Feb 14, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio

Jun 11, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by quadmad from Canada (ON)

Feb 27, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Nov 22, 2018
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2014 edition - so 4 years + on it. Not recall if I had tried fresh.
Pours a deep dark brown to black colour with scant creamy light brown head. Aroma is amazing roasts chocolate, vanilla, some caramel with espresso notes - perceive the sweetness on the nose.
Initial sip gives the vanilla caramel malt, bourbon, chocolate sweetness, but very quickly moves to a roasts espresso bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium - not viscous or syrupy at all x know the booze is there but not boozy per se. Bitterness lingers. Had as a late night sipper, but may be more appropriate with hearty meal than as a dessert beer.
Nov 03, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by Samact from Vermont

Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Mar 22, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Dark brown with an amber tinge when held to the light. Topped with a finger and a half of deep beige, almost grey tinged head.

Smells of tar, chocolate, tobacco, a slight smokiness, Kailua, hints of coffee and black liquorice.

Tastes of deep roasted maltiness, umami, Dutch salty liquorice, tobacco, coffee, and dark chocolate. The oak is merely a background note.

Medium, slightly oily body with moderate, foamy carbonation.

Got in Toronto, drinking in Muskoka Feb 17th, 2018. This is one I've been looking for for a long time, and saving to enjoy. Its fine, leans more towards the dry tobacco and black liquorice, tar flavours as opposed to sweeter chocolate notes.
Feb 18, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON)

Feb 10, 2018
Rated: 4.26 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Dec 25, 2017
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Reviewed by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is a great beer, especially for the price.

The oak is so present, but really compliments the malt and the heat of the ABV.

Almost like sucking on an oak cube soaked in Stout.
Oct 01, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina

Mar 09, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by Jerk_Store from Canada (QC)

Feb 24, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by talbotjf99 from Canada (QC)

Feb 17, 2017
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Reviewed by dabeerbuddha from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On draft. Chilled.
Dark as expected. Mince tan head that reduced to to classic ring around the glass. Aroma is sweet molasses. Flavours include but not limited to roasted malts, black strap molasses, Bakers dark chocolate and black licorice. Quite bitter. Slightly thin mouth feel. Overall - Very enjoyable.
Jan 19, 2017
Rated: 4.78 by jcubz from Canada (SK)

Jan 09, 2017
Rated: 4.37 by ZachT from Canada (BC)

Nov 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Borbly from Canada ()

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a viscous, deep black body, with very little brown head at the top. The aroma brings up coffee, some vanilla and oak, dark fruit, and a little bourbon hint. The taste kicks off with a wild espresso-like bitterness, with dark fruits and oak branching into more bitterness at the back of the palate. It is still smooth for all of the alcohol, and the velvety viscosity really aids that. Overall a good beer, though one to savour on occasion for myself.
Nov 18, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by CurtisD from Canada (NB)

Nov 07, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by SmithyAlan from Canada (QC)

Sep 26, 2016
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Reviewed by PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2015 Edition. Attempted to turn this bottle into a "long-term" cellar beer but apparently less than a year is the best I could do...

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle presented in a cardboard tube (like a bottle of scotch)

A- Pours a thick, jet black topped by a creamy 1/2 finger tan head. Although not a great head, it does last indefinitely. Scattered patches of fizzy lacing.

S- Dark Roast coffee, sweet chocolate, and a sweet, caramel bourbon note. Sweet!

T- High Cacao Chocolate (80%), bourbon (caramel/vanilla), and a nice lingering coffee bitterness.

M- Thick, Heavy mouthfeel and low carbonation as anticipated

O- I don't often drink Russian Imperial Stouts but it turns out to be a real treat a majority of the time; this beer is no exception. Big burly body, intense flavours of dark chocolate, coffee, and the extra caramel/vanilla kick thanks to the beer being aged in bourbon. Can't wait to get my hands on the 2016 version (maybe I'll be able to cellar that a bit longer)!
Aug 17, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by DutchcdnTEXAN from Texas

Jul 07, 2016
Rated: 3.65 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jun 21, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

Jun 02, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by Powers30 from Canada (NB)

May 09, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

Apr 25, 2016
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Reviewed by DaveBar from Canada (ON)

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Got on trade. Served at 10deg C in a tulip.

A- Open well and pours a huge 2" high creamy brown head that lasts and lasts. Super dark black colour.

S- Chocolate and malt. Sweet. Slight bourbon

T- Light bourbon. Coco chocolate. Bitter Not the most complex flavor but it is nice and rich. Has a balance to it that is nice

M- Creamy and thick

O- Nice and rich. Overall it's missing the bourbon barrel aging I was hoping on but it was there a bit. Hope they make a more bourbon forward one soon

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with....... Chocolate cake with chocolate icing all over

Apr 13, 2016
Rated: 4.17 by mademers from Canada (QC)

Mar 03, 2016
Rated: 4.2 by Spreetaper from New York

Mar 03, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by Asianadian from Canada (NB)

Feb 14, 2016
Rated: 4.3 by Ducpaien from Canada (QC)

Jan 17, 2016
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Reviewed by headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2015 edition (which comes in at 9.2% ABV); sure, I could have cellared this, but what fun is cellaring a beer when you can drink it instead.

Pours a pure, dark, inky black (so black my camera can't even auto-focus on it) capped with dense, dark, tightly-bubbled cappuccino head that leaves lots of lacing (impressive for such high ABV). Decently persistent, too.

Smell is rich and thick--bitter chocolate, Caramilk bars, coffee, toffee, vanilla, slight corny-ness, perhaps a faint hint of bourbon sweetness. Bit of a grassy, English herbal hoppiness.

Taste is initially thick and sweet, turning dry and bitter in the mouth. Dark chocolate, herbal hops, light creamy vanilla, hints of bourbon, bitter coffee. Roasted malt. A slight almost sourness on the finish. The alcohol is noticeable. The body is lightly carbonated and syrupy.

I like this beer; but every year I try it and--while I like it--I'm struck by the fact that, if given the choice, I'd actually take St-Ambroise's standard Oatmeal Stout over this any day of the week. So there's that.
Jan 13, 2016
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2014 Special Reserve, a 341ml bottle in a classy cardboard tube. Thanks, Jesse! Served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

Pours a deep abysmal black with, perhaps, a furtive burgundy highlight or two, a vast mocha head, excellent retention, and thick wads of sticky, foamy lace which last all the way to the bottom of the glass.

The ghost of bourbon past, with raisins, dark chocolate and orange rind.

Vanilla-caramel and tobacco, dark chocolate, fruitcake and campfire smoke. Bittersweet chocolate and sour cherry linger on the palate with a mellow, smoky booziness in the sinuses.

Creamy, very lightly carbonated, silky-smooth and warming. Mouth-coating slickness but with a tannin or chalky character which retains and accentuates the lingering mildly boozy, roasted bitterness.

More bitter than sweet and creamy rather than syrupy. After a year of aging, it's a well-mannered, smooth-drinking but surprisingly bitter RIS which highlights the bourbon-oak character of the barrel aging without in any way being overwhelmed by it.
Dec 15, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by fthegiants from California

Dec 14, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by RandyFlameThrower from Canada (AB)

Dec 10, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by byronic from Canada (ON)

Dec 04, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by sherpahigh from Canada (AB)

Dec 02, 2015
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Reviewed by VbolieuV from Canada (QC)

4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2015 Edition. (9.2% this year.)

Pitch black with a really small creamy head. Nice dark chocolate and espresso smell, with bourbon and vanilla undertones. Really intense dark chocolate taste, like 90% cacao! Nice espresso notes too, with a bourbon and alcohol finish. There's some carbonation in the beginning but it stops quite fast then it gets pretty creamy which is nice. Really really good, it's not the first time I taste this beer, I had it a few years ago (the 2011 and 2012 I believe) and I don't remember them much, but this one is really spectacular.
Nov 29, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by theDuck from Canada (QC)

Nov 25, 2015
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