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


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RATINGS: 502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (2974) - 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 (445) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 341ml bottle from the vintage ales 3 pack 2011,2012,1013 This is the rating for the 2011 Wow the aroma is amazing alcohol dried fruits and heavy malt yummy pours a cloudy sediment laden dark orange copper lovely strong fruity malt taste I do not get the hop bitterness at all but that is ok it is a great beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aumax1 (303) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
Arôme intense de caramel. Bouteille de 341 ml de 2012. Puissant au goût on a des notes d?alcool une amertume puissante une petite acidité et des notes de caramel . Bonne mais pas pour les débutants

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stephane_Houle (227) - - JUL 24, 2014
Apparence: D?une couleur ambré opaque, elle est coiffée d?une bonne mousse d?une couleur caramel d?une bonne durée. Effervescence difficile à évaluer, mais semble quasi inexistante.Arômes: Au nez, ce sont des notes de malt caramélisé. Saveurs: En bouche, c?est un corps amble. Au goût, c?est des saveurs d?alcool ainsi que de malt caramélisé. De longueur moyenne, il n?y a aucune effervescence, ni amertume.Fiche technique Style: Barley WineFormat: 341 mlTaux d?alcool : 10%Température: 13°C - 15°CMalts: Munich

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maley1 (962) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
Clear dark orange pour with small cream colored head. Aroma of malts, caramel, hops and slight fruit. Taste of chewy malts, caramel, molasses, orange rind and hops. Full bodied, medium carbonation, a little cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
a_sully (381) - - 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 (9517) - 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 (2056) - 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 (1483) - 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.

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