Special Reserve St-Ambroise (Bourbon Wood-Aged) 2011, 9.2% ABV, (Montreal, Quebec)
On the tin:
“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 wood aged, this full-bodied ale has a rich, smoky aroma with hints of of vanilla, espresso and chocolate.
Notes: pours ink black, nice creamy head. Roasted coffee on the nose. Extremely creamy silky mouth feel, a burst of bittersweet coffee up front, milky chocolate, vanilla, burnt oak, smokiness, light alcohol. Medium-high complexity, high depth, great transitions, great carry, excellent drinkability.