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


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RATINGS: 474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (413) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2014
(341mL 2010 vintage, ~3+ years old) Pours a deep brownish orange with just a little bit of sediment, small whitish head faded rapidly with no lace. Aroma of fruit, especially tree fruits (apricot, peach, pale plum), some toffee, a bit of bready Munich malt. Flavour is malty and fruity too, similar fruits but with a candied character, bit of apple as well, some warm bread in the middle, caramel, vaguely toasty/nutty. Dries out a bit on the finish, some slightly spicy noble hop character, candied fruit persisting, just a little bit of alcohol heat. Long lingering fruit and malt finish. Mouthfeel is slick and medium-bodied, not a huge barley wine, carbonation extremely soft. This was drinking really nicely with the age on it, rich flavours, mellow, probably in its prime. Nice old-world feel, reminded me of a tawny port but less nutty in character and not quite as sweet. I can see this being cloying when fresh, so worth leaving for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTheRick (375) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
** Bouteille 2012 ** - Cuivrée aux reflets rougeâtres, une épaisse mousse couleur crème persiste au-dessus d’une robe semi-voilée. Une odeur de sucre d’orge est tout d’abord en vedette, une pointe de houblons épicés étant aussi de la partie. En bouche, tout est une question d’équilibre ... Tout d’abord, le sucré (caramel, figues) attaque la langue et ensuite, le houblon amène une douce amertume en fin de gorgée. Ce n’est pas un vin d’orge explosif comme j’en ai bu d’autres, mais le succès de cette bière repose dans le dosage adéquat de ses composantes. Superbe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4166) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Caramel, booze and a pleasant malty sweetness. Clear dark copper with a decent beige head. Lots of caramel, some light vinous notes and apricot. Very nice, a bit thin for a barley wine but still very nice. I think with a bit of age would be great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
manisthebeer (240) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
so rich and malty and so smooth could session this beer goes down so easy beautiful orange color with off white head aroma is wonderful barly and malts but a tad bit sweet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2358) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
2007, maybe a little past it’s prime. Pours a dark dirty brown with a small white ring. Aroma is toffee malts, raisins and plums. Taste is still, raisin, plum and fig. Toffee sweetness and slight citrus. Hops have all but disappeared. Going to have to crack a newer one to see the difference.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chuckstout (247) - 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 (1780) - 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 (709) - 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.

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