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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Also known as St.Ambroise Millésimée.

In honour of our tenth anniversary, McAuslan Vintage Ale has been brewed to continue the centuries-old tradition of strong ales and barley wines. Vintage Ale is rich and malty, with a surprisingly well balanced and clean hop finish provided by classic Goldings hops. The ale is unfiltered and derives its orange hue from wheat malt blended with pale and Munich malts. The malts also provide a hints of caramelized fruit reminiscent of a Christmas pudding.
McAuslan Brewing will celebrate each new year by brewing Vintage Ale on our anniversary. As a vintage product, we estimate this ale will remain in good condition for a number of years.
The 2006 edition is down from 9.4% to 9.2%. In 2007 this went to 8%. In 2009 this went to 9.8%, and in 2011 it went to 10%.

All vintages of this barley wine (1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011) are to be rated on this page.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (3306) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle 2013 vintage @ THT November. Pours a clear dark amber beer with a small white head on top. Aroma of sweet yeasty esters, red dried fruits, slight vineous and port. Nice balance in the flavor, some sweet and fruity, sligthly boozy and very malty. Lots of rich dark sugars in there. Very warming stuff. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (7158) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Mrhangover. Pours clear amber with an off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruits, caramel, toffee and dough. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Over medium bodied with soft carbobation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (6729) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2014 sample at THT Movember Clear amber pour. Nice beer. A very nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (10618) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ THT November. Slightly unclear orange color, small off-white head. Smell and taste lightly malts, sweet, a hint of nuts, lightly overripe fruits, slightly bitter in the finish. Decent body and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
Poured medium amber with an off white head. Aroma of sweet berries, caramel malt. Full body, flavour is medium sweet, lightly bitter.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
remice2 (151) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
Barley Wine de St Ambroise. Draft de caramel, vanille, bois aussi légère impression de guimauves de camping..Accent de porto,feeling de fruits rouges timides. Mais que c’est soyeux!, débile , très velouté comme barley wine! ,belle vanille qui ce fond en malt dirigé par un goût de pâte à biscuits .Petite amertume sucré , final chaude. Criss de beaux barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (5544) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
THANKS to tom10101! 341 ml. bottle shared with Kraddel during the (Ice) Cider/Perry tasting @ Barely Legal Tasting Room. 2011 Vintage. Dark amber, very little head. Oxidized nose, herbal, biscuit, brown sugar sweet. Taste is odd herbal, tad plant-like mixed with sweet biscuit, brown sugar, oxidation, caramel, herbal bitter finish; Body shows some signs of age. I would have probably enjoyed it more had I not sampled 6 ice ciders + 1 ice perry prior to this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (4592) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2014
thnx to Tom10101 ! Pours rather clear amber . Ok white head . Smell is sweet , dusty . Taste is bit bitter, sweet, grains , bit buttery . A bit week . Ok

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
canuck_j (80) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
Pours a lovely dark amber colour with a thinner tan head has notes in the nose of caramel, some dried leaves and no discernable hops. Flavours of, caramel, nuts, herbs, toast, leather, alcohol, licorice, raisin and vanilla. Very tasty and lovely in it complexity. Mouth feel is a big bold thickness with a lower level of carbonation. Finishes with big vanilla notes and a slight alcohol warming. A perfect "by the fire on a cool fall evening" beer

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
milara (74) - Ste-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2015 J’ouvre la milléssime 2013 au mois d’août 2014 pour célébrer ma première journée de vacance. Comme l’emballage, le liquide est très élégant et son allure de Grand Marnier laisse déjà présager une texture intéressante. Au nez, c’est l’impression de porto et des notes de caramel épicé et de grains grillés, un peu comme une guillauve bien doré. En bouche, c’est juste trop bon. La texture huileuse est bien agrémenté du côté épicé. C’est un riche goût de caramel un peu boisé, subtile note de fruit rouge et une finale chaleureuse en alcool. Merci St-Ambroise. **** Dégustation à l’aveugle de la milléssime 2013 en mars 2015 avec d’autre excellent vin d’orge! Elle en ressort grande gagnante à l’unanimité. Voici mes notes: Sirop d’érable. Épinette/pin. Sucre d’orge. Arôme agréable. Frais!! (pourtant vieille!)


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