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:
75
Gots:
82
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 307 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of nikolav1990
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look:Very dark brown color, almost no head about .5cm,
Smell: has a smell of coffee, wood and bourbon, a little bit off tobacco/cigar smell, some fruit like cherry.
Taste: very good taste of hops and coffee, chocolate, bourbon, old wood, vanilla. Taste comes on a little sweet with a bitter finish, very well balanced stout
Feel: very thick and creamy feel with a good alcohol throat feel. Very warming on a cold winter day.

Loved it!

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Photo of WantonFaun
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beervana
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yasky
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

Service: Bottle
Bottled: 2014


A:
Pours an inpenetrable black that is not as thick as one might suspect, really nice brown head that settles to a hazy cap but never altogether disappears. Good retention; lots of swooping and speckled lacing. (4.25)

S:
Smoked Chocolate ice cream. Cinnamon, brown sugar, cocoa, oak, vanilla, smooth suggestion of alcohol. (4.25)

T:
Flatly roasty with lots of the bourbon character coming through. Roasty malts, coffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla, bitter chocolate. (4.25)

M:
Rich but not super thick, full body, some alcohol warmth, slow but unobtrusive finish. (4.25)

O:
This is a very nice Imperial Stout.
It is as rich and substantive as any other, but is not too filling, too syrupy, super boozy, etc. Well made, not over the top with the barrel aged flavors, no sharp alcohol.
It looks great, and smells really smooth and sweet. The flavor is a little more bourbony with a warming smoky flavor that is perfectly balanced in my opinion. All-in-all, the flavor is more on the bitter, roasty side. It is quite drinkable as well, without the heavy, tedious body you sometimes find in stouts.
Obviously always a beer to grab if you see it, I always do. (4.5)

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Photo of Exeter
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of Slongie
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Nox84
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Jugdish
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Shadman
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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

So I originally had this picked for number 3500 review, but it was decent not great, and another surprise beer blew us away so I switched. Still super limited beer, and thanks to grub for this one a couple years ago. Shared with rudzud. 2010 vintage

Light fizzy head, pitch black thick heavy beer.

Big dark malts, choc and cocoa, little fudgey and faint roasty, some caramel and chewy dark malts, dark fruits, fig paste, mild booze, some coffee, etc.

Taste big roast dark malts and fudgey choc, dark choc, cocoa, bitter roast and mild coffee, little creamy. Then bitterness, toasty dark malt charred roasty malt bitterness, lots of fudgey cocoa, and chewy like, mild dark fruits, a bit creamy too. Bitter earthy almost spicy hops, etc. Sticky finish, semi sweet cocoa fudgey, little creamy, thIck mouth coating, etc.

Mouth fuller bod, thick creamy, mild booze.

Overall pretty good, but doesn't really hit as well as many other RIS these days. Perhaps it's better fresh, maybe we'll find out next week when we visit the brewery. Still a nice beer that was enjoyable.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing, he said this is a super limited beer. 2010 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hire worth a thin head that faded to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of dark malts, strong dark fruit note, syrupy.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice Russian nose, good smoke, charred malts, sweeter dark fruits, chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, boozy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was a tad disappointing. Lots of dark fruits and char, good but not great.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of canadametal
4.8/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

2011 vintage. 2 years in bottle

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Tommy9898
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%

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 KrisDLSmith
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of GinsuDave
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev -5%

St-Ambroise Stout Impériale Russe from McAuslan Brewing
4.21 out of 5 based on 307 ratings.
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