St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe | McAuslan Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
mcauslan.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by papat444 on 12-05-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
307
Reviews:
133
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.26%
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
83
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 307 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of cfalovo97
1/5  rDev -76.2%

Photo of TheHammer
2.8/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured with a solid finger of head that produced solid lacing but didn't stick around vey long. The body is a think opaque black that reveals nothing.

Smell: The heavy smell of slightly burnt malt with touches of hazelnuts permiate the beer. Warmning is certainly required for it to come out.

Taste: Starts with a mild thick molassses malt taste that quickly ends up tasting like burnt toast followed by a surprising smoke and hop presence that gives it a hit of IPA bitterness.

Mouthfeel: That bitter smokieness clings like a bad cigar. The carbonation is good, as it does help accentuate the entire beer, for good or ill. The beer doesn't seems to shift to that bitterness far too quickly.

Drinkability: The body is really think and heavy, as you would expect from a stout. It also leaves an odd bizarre dryness in the throat. Can't really say I would want to drink this on a regular basis.

Final Thoughts: This has been the first St. Ambroise beer I've been disappointed with, and given the cost of this offering, really left me with a bad taste it my mouth. Stick to the Oatmeal Stout if you want a better view of what this brewery is capable of.

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Photo of AaronDrinks
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of smakawhat
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Special reserve bourbon wood aged 2013 poured into a tumbler.

Good looking and forming head. Creamy dark coffee tan and three fingers deep. Huge lacing while drinking on a classic dark walnut brown to black body. Very nice looking.

Bouquet is a lot of husky grain, and that classic tobacco like smoke I remember from their oatmeal stout. Some bitterness is coming off of this with a bit of red fruit. Not much oak or whiskey sensing hints here.

First sip while somewhat drinkable is shocking. Mid palate brings some red fruit angles which quickly disappear. To replace with lots of bitterness. Some dry tannic wood and huge tobacco mix with a somewhat cherry bitterness and slick but wet oils. The aftertaste is horribly bitter. Unbalanced. A hopped pine sort of earth indistinct quaity that really clashes with everything. Classic barrel aging notes arent even here. Oak round character isnt even present.

Where is the coffee, chocolate, slight roast sweetness and mellow oak feeling? This beer is just a bitter mess of clashing fruit and hop bitterness with a horrid tobacco smoke that doesnt go away. I certainly hope Canada does better examples of barrel aging than this.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.16/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Fred. Pours a thick black with a large mocha head. Nose is very roasted malt forward with some unsweetened chocolate and vanilla. Almost charred. Mouth is heavily, distractingly carbonated. Fairly dry up front, which I enjoy, segueing into a massively roasty, bitter finish. Some nice earthy tones, but way too messy on the finish and the body is way too carbonated.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of hoser
3.39/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of alpineclimber
3.46/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage bottle pulled from the cellar, the bottle was placed in the cellar October 2010.

Bottle poured into a beer chalice. A two finger mocha head forms on a black brew.

This beer smells of sweet dark malt, cola and dark fruits.

Taste is fairly bitter and the dark fruit is prevalent which leads me to believe this bottle has been a victim of oxidation. The bitterness is cloying in the aftertaste. Not many of the typical flavours of an RIS.
Perfect mouthfeel and carbonation.

I should have drank this one as soon as I got it. I wonder if the twist off cap has something to do with the oxidation. I hope I get a few more of these in the future and I will drink them fresh.

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Photo of nbree00
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 Bottling

A: Pours a deep dark black color, like crude motor oil. Has a nice 1 inch chocolate brown head that dissipates quickly.

S: Love the nose hear, notes of bourbon, oak, chocolate chip cookies, espresso and earth.

T: On the palate flavors of bitter chocolate, day old coffee, cream, and baking spices. I really dig the nose and mouthfeel but the taste isn't super well balanced. It's a little to bitter and roasty for me. Some may find this balances out the sweetness but I actually think it's to dry, and I'd like a little more richness.

O: Overall a solid beer, I'm curious if I would like a fresh one better.

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Photo of 1424IpA
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of slowfade
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of fostachild
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane or sharing this one. 12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears black with a brown head. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades. Some lighter brown coloring is seen around the edges when held to the light.

The aroma is roasty with coffee and bitter black chocolate upfront. A spicy oak inclusion like cinnamon or cedar reminescent of incense is present along with some earthy tones. Not bad smelling, just a bit different.

The flavor includes some herbal hops. Roast and bitter chocolate and coffee come out from the level of char to the grain. A hint of fruity hops and alcohol blend into leather and earth. The finish is a bit drying.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is interesting and enjoyable but the barrel character has an awkward spiciness about it instead of a blended smoothness. Still worth a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of strangemusic
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark walnut brew under a big head that coats the glass on the way down. Pretty impressive look.

Nose is dominated by unusual sweet dark fruit - prunes, currants and a whiff of alcohol - that all works together quite nicely. Appetizing.

Sweet, fruity to taste. Charcoal and coffee. Noticeable dry alcohol finish. You'll figure out in short order that it's 9%. Tasty, but strong and won't be to all tastes. Mouthfeel just a little too full and sugary for me.

Worth a drink, not my favorite style, but well made.

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Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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 MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of LarryAppleton
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Shadman
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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