St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe | McAuslan Brewing

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Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing
Quebec, Canada
mcauslan.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by papat444 on 12-05-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,453
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
312
pDev:
9.03%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Samact
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
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.

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Photo of Bf_89
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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

Enjoy

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

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

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St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 312 ratings