Monday, 10 September 2012
St.-Ambroise Special Reserve
Special Reserve pours a totally opaque onyx colour. It is topped with a thick reddish brown head. A rich aroma contains notes of chocolate and a dark roast coffee. The flavour has the molasses sweetness typical of a stout, but it's balanced against a substantial wall of hops. Notes of chocolate and a bit of tobacco are present, as is an undeniably formidable blast of boozy warmth.
This is definitely not an everyday beer. It's more of a special occasion sipper. If you plan on drinking more than one in a single go, you'd best clear your schedule. It's not what I would call an accessible beer--non-stout drinkers aren't apt to love this one. Still, with its great blend of sweet and bitter, this is a glorious pint.
I thought about letting this beer age in an effort to heighten its flavour, but after a couple of months, I got impatient. Lets face it--aging beer isn't really in my wheelhouse.