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


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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NBird (470) - 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 (438) - 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 (677) - 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 (1429) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pumpkinhead2 (510) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2014
[Brassin 2012, bouteille vieillie près de 18 mois] Bière brune orangée, bien voilée de multiple particules, bonne effervescence, et surmontée d’une belle mousse riche, dense, épaisse et persistante. Arôme de pâtisserie, avec beaucoup de bonbon et de sucre d’orge, du caramel, de la crème brûlée, de l’alcool et de la levure à pain. On peut noter également au nez des notes plus fumées et rôties, pain grillé, voire légère torréfaction. Certains effluves rappelant les petits fruits sont également discernables. Le nez est surtout sucré, il est agréable, fort complexe, et bien intense. En bouche, on a un léger pétillement sur la langue, et le breuvage est rond et mousseux, onctuosité au palais très intéressante. Au goût, le sucre d’orge, le bonbon aux fruits et l’alcool dominent, avec des notes de caramel, crème brûlée, pain grillé et malt fumé. Un certain houblon floral se pointe en fin de bouche apportant avec lui une amertume de faible à modérée. Excellente bière, très intense, un peu moins complexe en bouche qu’au nez, belle intégration des saveurs entre elles.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1164) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
2011 Bottle to pint glass Grape, lemon, light resin, and alcohol. Cloudy amber, thin off white head, lots of small to medium particulates. Taste is wheat, grape, caramel, alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2014
2009 vintage. Pours a murky brownish red with a small off white head. Lots of syrupy sweet dark fruits (plums, cherries) on the nose, faded piney hops, some very ripe citrus fruits, and molasses. Lots of cherry on the taste, very subtle piney note, ripe pineapple and banana, caramel, and maybe a subtle oaky note. Amazing how well this beer has held up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (725) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, 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 (563) - 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.

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