Wednesday, November 16, 2011

McAuslan Brewery - St-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout 2011

9.2% ABV

"Bourbon Wood-aged Imperial stout. St-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout is Quebec’s tribute to the late 1700’s English Imperial Stouts, brewed for the Russian courts of Catherine the Great. Made from a blend of barley malts, St-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout is infused with Cascade, Goldings and Willamette hops, resulting in an outstanding hop-character with a smooth finish. Bourbon woodaged, this full-bodied ale has a rich, smoky aroma with hints of vanilla, espresso and chocolate.Serve St-Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout between 13 °C and 15 °C, preferably in a port glass or a brandy snifter. This stout will improve with age for a number of years. Store in a cool, dark place."


This Stout pours midnight black and completely opaque. There is a three finger reddish mocha colour head that dissipates quickly with aggressive lacing.


The aroma smells of burnt roasted malts, yeast and some hints of black licorice.


The taste is very intense with roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate with a bit of a leather aftertaste. It is also very full bodied and has a very nice mouth feel.


My overall impression of this beer is "fantastic"! Everything from the colour to the mouth feel is nicely done. As my favourite type of beer I have tried many imperial stouts and this one holds its own with the best. I will be cellaring more of these to see what the future holds for this stout. I would rate this stout a 9.5 out of 10.


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