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


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RATINGS: 461   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiereLuc (765) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
Bière cuivrée brunâtre avec une faible mousse que le style justifie. Nez de sucre cuit, d’alcool et d’épices. En bouche, c’est du gros bonbon avec une présence houblonnée marquée. Une belle rondeur vient donner un deuxième souffle et ajouter de la complexité à cette bière qui, d’entrée de jeu, saisit surtout par la puissance de ses saveurs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lesifflebiere (1026) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2013
D’une couleur ambrée, dévoilant au nez et en bouche une amertume importante, elle est pétillante et épicée au nez. Les notes piquantes d’épices et sa forte teneur en houblon nous fait oublier un temps qu’on a à faire à un vin d’orge, jusqu’à ce que le sucré et la rondeur nous rattrapent. Au final, c’est une bière complexe qui se révèle, avec de franches et tranchantes notes houblonnées, un sucre imposant mais bien équilibré, et des pointes épicées. Version 2012 (5 mois)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dandeman (451) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 Since we have to rate all vintages of this beer, I will be rating the 2011 version which I tasted in Nov. 2011 and the 2012 (aged 4 months) together. Aroma: Caramel and toffee at first nose and after turning it I spotted some crystallized fruits and butter biscuits. Aromas are mainly from malt sugars, although in the 2011 version I spotted some orange and banana notes. Power and complexity of aroma is very interesting. Appearance: Definitely copper and very clear for an unfiltered beer. Developing a thick and creamy off-white head that last for a long time. The 2011 version left a wonderful lacing on the glass. Didn’t get that with the 2012. Taste was pretty much the same for the 2 versions with a full caramel attack, well dosed hops and alcohol as finish. Caramel and toffee are expressing themselves generously, providing a marvelous rich and creamy mouth feel combined with a thick and syrupy texture. Finish is perfectly hoppy with herbs and grass notes. A perfectly balanced beer. An excellent barley wine, basic and traditional, with caramel flavors combined with a slightly bitter finish. Very round mouth feel. Un délice pour le palais. Millesime 2013: A slight lack of power for aroma. Lost 2 points. Everything else is pretty much the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thorongil2 (1078) - , Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2013
(bottle) 2012 edition - clear medium amber colour with a small off white head; aromas of honey, bit of cider and banana; rich flavour with a long medium bitter finish; somewhat creamy palate, tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (266) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
2013/03/23 - Pours a translucent amber color with a creamy off white head that faded quickly. Aroma is toffee, roasted malts, dark fruit and light hops. Taste is sweet up front with a slightly bitter, boozy finish. Creamy thick mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (392) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
Pours a a hazey red. Smells sweet with hint of hops. Starts of sweet, followed by some bitterness and than a big boozy wallop at the end. Very tasty stuff would love to see a bbl version

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6176) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle at home. Thanks TheJester for the trade. Pours mostly clear amber with a dense creamy white head. The aroma is classical British barley wine style. Loads of malt, marmelade, toasted caramel and ripe fruit. The flavour is highly malty and has a toasted feel with notes of dark fruit and some alcohol. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Very good attempt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (385) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2013
Dark red brown beauty with a milky white head. Aroma is malty hops and caramel. Smells super tasty. Flavour has lots going on. Complex, but smooth. As it warms, nice caramel sweetness comes into play. Constant mild bitterness throughout rising off the hops. Maybe some fruit in their also. The finish is a nice bitter sweetness. Good times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schmaranoia (10) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
2011 Vintage. Lovely colour and pours beautifully. Good head retention. Very light carbonation, but with lovely threads. Plenty of nose, hints of fruit and burnt sugar. Tastewise, it’s not complex. Alcohol and sugar, with quite a long bitter finish. Looks and smells excellent, but the taste doesn’t live up to the promise. Maybe needs a few years?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bunget (439) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
2012. 341ml bottle. Pours a hazy amber body, good cappuccino head, good retention. Aroma of sweet caramel, dried apples, floral hops, roasted nuts, whisky. It hits your taste buds with an incredible amount of bitter herbal hops, sweet caramel and malt, dried fruits. Unbalanced. Was expecting much more after tasting the 2010 edition.

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