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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (1075) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1736) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4595) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopRedHead (352) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3095) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stef73 (213) - - AUG 8, 2013
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5421) - Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2013
bottle to snifter (2011 vintage, shared with the Mrs.; thanks DuffMan). Looks good; a cloudy amberish brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells sweet and malty with notes of toffee and caramel. Tastes like it smells with some dark fruit notes. Good on the palate. Good beer!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8613) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle at the Croydonia Tasting, thanks to our host Mr P Scopey, 13/07/13. Hazed golden amber with a thin off white head that clears to the edge and a film. Nose is toffee, caramel fudge, dark fruits, boozey notes. Taste is pretty booze forward, caramel, sugars, dates, dark fruits. Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish. Ok BW but the booze was a little on the harsh side and could have been better integrated. A touch 1D but a drinkable sipper none the less.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle from Kensington Wine Market Calgary, shared Croydonia tasting. It pours deep golden amber with a small beige head. The nose is orange sponge cake, peach, nectarine, earthy, toffee and dark fruit. The taste is earthy, wood, dried apricot, peach, caramel, prunes, dates, orange liqueur, light spice and alcohol warmth. Medium-full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Tasty and well balanced. Good all-round barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10954) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle shared at the Croydonia July 2013 Tasting - East Croydon. Thanks to Paul for this one. Vintage 2011. Pours mostly clear gold with a creamy white cap. Nose of rich, ripe semi-dark fruits, bread, toffee. Medium to big sweet flavor with caramel, alcohol bread, dates. Full bodied with average, massaging carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with further semi-dark, ripe fruits, caramel, light leafy bitterness, sweet bread. Really solid barley wine. Quite tasty.


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