St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe | McAuslan Brewing

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St-Ambroise Stout Impériale RusseSt-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by papat444 on 12-05-2009

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Photo of StormAles
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csmrx7
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.

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of talbotjf99
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dabeerbuddha
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.

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Photo of jcubz
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 Edition, a year old bottle : Opaque black color, very dense. Creamy and foamy brown 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes. Strong lacing, thick legs, a swirl slightly reconstructs the head. Flavors of wood, leather, oysters, dark malts, raisins, plums, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, herbal spices. Thick rich fruity sweetness, while heavily bitter, spicy, and earthy. Creamy and milky medium body with soft prickly carbonation. Highly strong dry finish, deeply earthy, thick herbal and chalky espresso feel on the tongue, fruity esters and burnt malt sugars, lots of dark chocolate and vanilla at the end, hints of liquorice and peppercorn, with a nice bourbon barrel aged feel that lingers a for while. Not very fresh, but not alcoholic, yet incredibly warming and filling. Good intensity, not excessive, still enjoyable. Complex flavors, very tasty and incredibly rich, all well balanced and easily distinguishable. The perfect winter beer after a cold day outside. Feels like a cross between a barley wine, sweet stout, and wee heavy. Overall superb quality craft.

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Photo of ZachT
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of D-HopSupreme
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.

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Photo of CurtisD
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmithyAlan
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PorterPro125
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)!

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Powers30
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mlkluther
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
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


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Photo of mademers
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spreetaper
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Asianadian
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ducpaien
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of headlessparrot
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.

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Photo of papposilenus
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.

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