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St Ambroise – 2012 Russian Imperial Stout

Quick review of St-Ambroise Imperial Stout aged with bourbon.

Very dark beer, the head was a thick brown in color. The taste for me was very coffee, chocolate & mocha flavour with a nice smooth finish which I assume was the bourbon.

At 9.1%, it’s pretty hefty, I wouldn’t drink many in a sitting, but the packaging of a regular sized bottle at 6.99$ is a bit steep. However, for a seasonal, this is an interesting beer to sample with friends.

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.

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