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%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2014
2009 bottle courtesy of chuckaduck, thanks again! Dark copper/amber pour. Aroma is sweet toffee and dark fruits. Flavor is a wonderful combination of vanilla, caramel, and candied fruits. Abv is completely hidden as well. Just delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (852) - CANADA - SEP 29, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a fat finger of fluffy beige head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, moderate lacing. Nose is toffee and caramel, candi sugar, dark fruit and spice, with a boozy edge. Taste starts burned sugar sweet and gives way to building bitter as the sweet fades. Heavy body, slick buttery texture, low carbonation, and a sticky bitter boozy finish. Lots going on here - burned sugar, dark fruit, big booze... This isn’t a beer that does subtle. That’s not entirely a good thing, mind you, since that does apply to the bitter finish, which comes on strong and lingers, with some harshness. Could perhaps use some cellaring time to smooth the rough edges.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2370) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
Pours a lovely dark honey color. Aromas are honey, dried fruit and grapes. Vinous flavors. Sweet dried fruit. Very smooth. A lot of great stuff going on here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (7196) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"Deep red and caramel colored. Boozy aroma of dried fruits, caramel, brown sugar, quite malty. You can tell the abv is high but it’s an excellent sipper. Very sherry like in aroma and flavor as well. Smooth. Not a lot of hop presence (slight bitterijg in the afteraste) but its not needed. Expensive, but I’d get again as a special treat."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (2807) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
Thanks Tommy. 2011 bottle. Orange-toned brown body with creamy off-white head and nice lacing. A bit of a citrus and dried fruit aroma, caramel. Loads of flavour of grapes, dried fruit, roasted malts, cocoa, a touch of coffee, prunes, bubblegum. Tastes awesome. Overall a fantastic barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wolffish (361) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2014 Millésime de 2013, très boisée et moins sucrée que les versions précédentes que j’ai pu déguster. C’est tout simplement excellent!! Update: Millésime 2012, dégustée le 30-10-2014... 8/3/7/3/14=3.5/5 Au nez, le malt, les prunes et l’alcool se distinguent. Même dans de bonnes conditions d’entreposage, ce produit n’a pas bien vieilli; un arrière-goût plus fort et amère s’est développé, en plus de la présence accrue de l’alcool en bouche.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 341ml bottle from the vintage ales 3 pack 2011,2012,1013 This is the rating for the 2011 Wow the aroma is amazing alcohol dried fruits and heavy malt yummy pours a cloudy sediment laden dark orange copper lovely strong fruity malt taste I do not get the hop bitterness at all but that is ok it is a great beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aumax1 (288) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
Arôme intense de caramel. Bouteille de 341 ml de 2012. Puissant au goût on a des notes d?alcool une amertume puissante une petite acidité et des notes de caramel . Bonne mais pas pour les débutants

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stephane_Houle (219) - - JUL 24, 2014
Apparence: D?une couleur ambré opaque, elle est coiffée d?une bonne mousse d?une couleur caramel d?une bonne durée. Effervescence difficile à évaluer, mais semble quasi inexistante.Arômes: Au nez, ce sont des notes de malt caramélisé. Saveurs: En bouche, c?est un corps amble. Au goût, c?est des saveurs d?alcool ainsi que de malt caramélisé. De longueur moyenne, il n?y a aucune effervescence, ni amertume.Fiche technique Style: Barley WineFormat: 341 mlTaux d?alcool : 10%Température: 13°C - 15°CMalts: Munich

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maley1 (899) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
Clear dark orange pour with small cream colored head. Aroma of malts, caramel, hops and slight fruit. Taste of chewy malts, caramel, molasses, orange rind and hops. Full bodied, medium carbonation, a little cloying.

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