Brewed by McAuslan Brewing (Brasseurs RJ)
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 510   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 58   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (7635) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (5957) - 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

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
milara (88) - 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!)

   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 (1442) - 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 (2629) - 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 (9922) - 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 (3214) - 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 (532) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2016 Millésime de 2015, vraiment boisée et tannique... Belle texture en bouche, avec un peu de zeste d’orange et du miel. Dégustée le 08-02-2016... 7/3/8/4/14=3.5/5 Je garde l’autre bouteille pour plus tard. 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.

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