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


on tap

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RATINGS: 469   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chuckstout (245) - Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2013
2009- Fruit, vanilla, oak, tannic, pours a candy orange with a creamy off white head. Smooth more of the same flavors as aroma with a nice warming in the finish

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
Rating #768 - Nov 14, 2013 - 341ml bottle from Sherbrooke. 2011 edition. Bought 2 bottles to cellar one. Golden pour with a bubbly tan head, decent retention. Aroma is powdered sugar, soft fruits peachy plum confectionery Low-medium carbonation, explosive alcohol warmth and depth. Palate is a whirlwind of malty sweet, and boozy alcoholic notes, mild noble hoppy bitterness. A phenomenal beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (1688) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
341 ml bottle. 2011 vintage. Pours a dark copper with medium foamy head and quite a bit of carbonation. Aromas of toast, sweet brown sugar, toffee, golden raisins, and alcohol. Smooth toffee and candied fruit flavors with a resin and grass finish. Excellent. Definitely ready to drink now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mutronics (21) - st-lazare, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
Aromes de scotch, vin aperitif, fruits mures, belle couleur brun orange fonce. Gout intense de fruits mures, amertume legere. Moyn a gazeuze eleve, tres douce en bouche, soyeuse. Bonne biere forte pour les amateurs du style barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vadie (636) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2013 Couleur orange métallique avec un peu de mousse. L’arôme des fruits comme du brandy ou dans un port, du caramel, vanille et agrumes. Le goût est très riche, comme l’arôme. Il y a d’abord des fruits (comme du brandy ou port), puis un peu du malt avec du alcool, ensuite une finale légèrement amer (mais un amertume douce) avec un après goût chauffant d’alcool.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1033) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
2012 bottle, 1 year old. Pours mostly clear ruby with a half-inch beige head. Aroma of cherry and dark fruits. Taste of raisins, dark fruit, light caramel, light booze, and a slightly bitter finish. Full body with nice carbonation. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1728) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2013
2009 vintage: travelling very well as a 4yr old. Lots of brandy fruit power and dark aniseed from the alcohol. Penetrating length and bitter finish. Good for another 3yrs and perhaps longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4379) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle @ The Croydonia Tasting. The pour’s light amber with a small head. The nose is earthy toffee. Some dark chocolate. Mild coffee. The taste is booze-spiked caramel and coffee dessert. Red berry. Burnt grain. Mild spiciness. Full body, fine carbonation. Overall. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopRedHead (341) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours golden brown with a short, fluffy khaki head. Smells like a strong ale, lots of caramel malt, touch of toffee and dark fruits. Flavours are upfront toffee, dried fruits (orange, apricot) and a hit of toastiness. Warm booze and a weird bitterness that didn’t suit the beer in my opinion. A light lingering spice tied it together for me at the end. Solid beer, nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3009) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2013
Another beer we opened at the staff party of which my memory isn’t all there. I remember thinking ’this is ok, it’s solid’ but that’s the extent of my memory

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