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

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RATINGS: 493   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1477) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NBird (492) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Listigovers (482) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ametras (736) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1431) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pumpkinhead2 (533) - 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!!

2
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1183) - 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.

4.1
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (742) - 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.


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