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Monday, March 29, 2010

St Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout Review

I feel like I should write something long and meaningful about this particular beer as it is something special, but the problem is that I cannot think of anything on the spot and I really want to try this. I usually write these posts as I am drinking the beer so once I have consumed a particular beer, a review never makes it to the blog...I forget easily. Well, this is a new brew and costs $5.95 CAD for just a single 341 mL bottle in a nice cylindrical container.

Don't expect to find this in every store and don't expect it to stay on the shelves for a long time. I am still debating on whether or not I should get a few extra bottles to age.

Well, once taken out of the container, the bottle is the standard St. Ambroise bottle with a seal.

The label is quite subtle and I like it. Now lets stop looking a the bottle and try the beer.

As expected the beer is black and pours with a short, almost non-existent, medium to dark tan head. The aroma is extremely intense and smoky and carries plenty of different notes - oak, dried fruits, coffee, chocolate and a touch of a bourbonesque scent. So far, excellent. The taste is just as intense with a lot more of the coffee flavour making its way on top. The dark chocolate taste is very rich in the end, which gives way to a very satisfying, dry, bitter and warm finish. The beer is very bitter throughout, comparable to eating dark chocolate or drinking bold black coffee. The aging gives the beer a stronger, more alcoholic character similar to that of spirits. A bourbon-like taste and feel can be noticed and is particularly strong at the end of each sip after a few. The 9.1% ABV can be felt at times, especially if you take large gulps of the stuff. If you just sip on it, the higher alcohol content will show up, but it will not be very noticeable. Overall, this is a unique beer that people will either love or hate, there will no one in between. I would suggest you buy one if you wish to try something rich.

Cost - $5.95 CAD for a 341 mL bottle
Taste - 8.8/10

Overall - 8.8/10...a very rich and unique experience. Strongly recommended

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