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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
a_sully (306) - - MAY 18, 2014
Bitter but sweet with hints if citrus this beer has a clean taste with an almost smoky after taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrSilverworm (8709) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2014
11.5oz bottle, which came in a cool coin-bank cardboard tube. 2009 vintage (20th anniversary). Labeled 9.8%. Mostly hazy dark amber color, with lots of dark yeast particles suspended in the body. Thin minimal ring of off-white head, leaves a couple bits of lace. Big dark fruit, raisin, caramel malt aroma. Hints of fig and chocolate. Plums and prunes. Light hint of spice. Not much else to the aroma aside from that, besides some papery flavor that I associate with oxidization.. Taste is moderate bitter, light to moderate sweet, with a big weird spicy bigger heat at the end that makes it hard to take more than small sips. Bigger body, kind of slick. Very light carbonation. Not a very enjoyable nor easy to drink experience. Should have been drank much sooner, probably.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (1891) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
2013 edition. This bottle is a screw-top!? Whacky to put a barley wine in that methinks. Clear dark gold body with very modest thin head on top. Heavy hoppiness and alcohol on the nose, fruitiness to thanks to that good ol’ ten percent. Flavour is a lot of caramel and chewy sweetness with some fruity fusel in there. Meaty mouthfeel. A little too overbearing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1484) - Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2014
From bottle. 2009 vintage. Deep amber golden with a bit of sediment. Aroma is oxidized caramel, prune, and sweet citrus. Taste is plum, tart citrus, caramel, and metallic aging. Bittersweet hops and caramel citrus aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NBird (513) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2014
Looks. Darker red/amber, sml-med head Smells. Toffee malts, caramel dark fruit, alcohol. Tastes. Fruit and spices, liquorice, lots of caramel and toffee and some heat from the alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Listigovers (531) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
Rich heavy scent, sweet candy fruity scent. Very strong smell with slight alcohol. This is 2013 vintage, and it could be older to smooth it out. Winey in the mouth with some burning, lots of flavours, slight bitterness not as sweet as it smells. Full bodied. Tastes like rich malty beer, good to share.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ametras (813) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
[2012] 341ml bottle. Hazy golden orange with a frothy off-white head. Flavors are sweet malts, dried fruits, salted caramel and brown sugar with grassy notes. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, syrupy texture. Warm and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2014
’09 bottle. Murky, lightly glowing light brown/orange color with a smidge of tan foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is bright raisin with dates, clean toffee and vanilla, and a nice pine/hop presence in the back. Taste is raisin and plum with oxidized malt and some hop bitterness. Relatively mouthfeel. Very unique and enjoyable - obviously presents as a barley wine but it has a relatively dry and precise presentation that is refreshing for the style . . . and it has held up quite well for its age. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pumpkinhead2 (591) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2015 Bière orangée tirant vers le brun, moyennement voilée avec particules visibles, bonne effervescence, et surmontée d’un col couleur crème pas tellement large mais mousseux, riche, dense, et persistant. Arôme particulièrement maltée, pâtisserie et levure à pain, beaucoup de bonbon aux fruits rouges (ou pâte de fruits rouges) et de sucre d’orge, avec caramel et crème brûlée, et alcool bien perceptible mais fort agréable. Beaucoup de petits fruits dans ce nez, raisin rouge, baies, bleuet, cerise rouge, mûre…! On peut noter également quelques effluves plus fumées et rôties, malt fumé (tourbe, boisé, subtile charcuterie) et pain grillé, grain rôti. Ce nez est fort agréable, très complexe et très intense. En bouche, pétillement faible sur la langue, mais onctuosité parfaite au palais, c’est incroyablement rond, c’est velouté et liquoreux. Au goût, le sucre d’orge, le bonbon aux fruits rouges et l’alcool dominent, avec des notes de caramel, crème brûlée, petits fruits, pain grillé et subtil malt fumé (tourbe et boisé). Un certain houblon floral se pointe en fin de bouche menant à une finale à l’amertume de faible à modérée. Bière à l’intensité très élevée en bouche, mais un peu moins complexe qu’au nez, et à l’alcool un peu trop présent à mon goût, mais néanmoins très bonne intégration des différentes saveurs entre elles. Excellente bière! /// Cette bière millésimée est vendue pour être vieillie! J’ai bu le millésime 2012 vieillie environ 32 mois, aspect plus foncé et boueux, remplie de particules pouvant être assez grosses, alcool beaucoup mieux intégré, atténuation évidente de l’amertume, douceur incroyable en bouche, explosion des saveurs maltées. Vieillissement véritablement bénéfique!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
YanIpa (144) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
2012, Couleur cuivre foncé. Arome assez Maltè, raisin sec et prune trés mure. Manque de mordant coté houblon. Pour ma part, j ai vraiment pas aimé.

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