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


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RATINGS: 510   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 58   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
piscator34 (2312) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
Dark ruby red in colour with medium carbonation. The aroma betrays a touch of oxidization (a bit of sherry) along with some strong caramel notes, alcohol, and a bit of floral hops. The flavors are amazing for a beer this old: strong floral goldings hops, christmas pudding, orange, peach, apricot, caramel, and even the slightest hint of chocolate. Great body too, as one would expect. A nice way for me to mark the first -30 degree day of winter here in Winnipeg this season. Merci Turg!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (4115) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2005
2001 - Luminescent, murky red-amber color in the snifter, with only a whisp of off white bubbles for a head. The aroma has all the dark complexity that you would expect from an aged beer, with dark musty fruit and burnt caramel. Almost smokey flavor, with very ripe pit fruit, and dark caramel and malt extract sweetness. There are still a lot of hops in this bottle. Nice, complex barley wine.
Earlier Rating: 1/25/2004 Total Score: 3.9
Clear red amber with a quickly dissappearing cream colored head. Lots of alcohol and candy sugar in the nose. Almost smokey burnt sugars in this. I can taste the port/liquor sensation. Medium body with lots of burnt carmel, candy sugar, sherry, and bready malts. Seems much more refined than a lot of the other barley wines I've been drinking. Thanks to my secret Santa for this nice beer that I just got around to drinking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2005
bottle. pours a ruby-brown body with a medium-sized, creamy tan head. aroma is really something else - it’s very interesting and complex. there are strong fruit notes like cherry, apricot, and sweet berries. there is also faint alcohol and yeast. the flavour is very rich yet not as sweet as I expected it to be. the alcohol is apparent up front though it isn’t distracting at all. flavour is dominated by fruit, caramel, and chocolate with a soft malty spine. silky smooth. excellent!
Earlier Rating: 9/2/2005 Total Score: 4.1
bottle. thanks DougShoemaker for #6162! Pours a shiny copper-red body with a medium off-white head that quickly fades to a small ring. beautiful complex aroma of yeast funk, berry fruit, and a fairy faint warm alcohol. I wish I could capture this essence. This is quite the sipper - alcohol is in full force right from the beginning and follows right through the long bitter finish. yeast flavour with dark fruits and sweet malt. Awesome.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2005
slightly tawny port on the nose with light hops. Rich mouthfeel, good and dry with lingering finish. Slightly sweet but well balanced , aging great could go alot longer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5569) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2005
The last in the big box of brew received from beerbuzzmontreal. Deep copper/rudy liquid with a small but stable taupe head. Full rich, fruity aromas. Prunes, plums, raisins, butterscotch, light anise, caramel, and cookie dough are among the scents. Full malt flavors abound. Lightly earthy with a touch of peat. This has aged well and the depths of malt are long and lasting. RIch chocolate and heavy caramel are embraced by the lightly oaken malt. Plenty of white pepper spice to liven the sweetness. The body seems to have thinned out and the carbonation distracts slightly. A long and lasting caramel flan linger. A brew at its prime. Again, many thanks to beerbuzzmontreal.
Earlier Rating: 9/21/2004 Total Score: 3.8
2001via Rastacouere, the last from his awesome delivery earlier this year. Dark amber color with a few small bubbles creating a beige cover. The aromas warm up nicely on this one. Starts with as a floral brown sugar and ends with a dark caramel and brandied fruit. Smooth and mellow feel. Sweet malt start leading to darker fruits with vanilla and spice. The finish pulls this one down as a harsh wood and spice emaciates the malt and fruit body. So close, but yet so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Vintage 2001. Huge sweet and sticky aroma, notes of plums, overripe pears, sweet cookie dough, a very pleasant hint of alcohol. Murky dark red to brownish body, with a nice creamy light tan head. Lots of sweetness in the flavor, like caramellized fruits, figs, dades, some cane sugar, a bit oaky in the end. Just the right amount of alcohol, it gives a wonderful warming sensation in the throat and stomach. Very smooth and full bodied palate. Although it has been leaking a bit from the cap under its journey, its not noticeable in the beer. Thanks a bunch to radiomgb for sending this gem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Many thanks to friend and beer trader Rastacouere for sending me this extraordinary beer sometime last year!

Rating # 825
Vintage 2001
Pours an almost muddy brown body with edges of amber and gold. I can note a hint of oxidation in the aroma and flavor… but I can tell it is going to work to the beers advantage. Lightly sour submissions from the yeast. Hints of apple and pear, rather yeasty and doughy at times. The flavors from the malt bill are terrific… a tasty and exceptional blending of brown sugar, caramel and toffee, green raisins and ripened fig. The hops are earthy and have hints of spruce tips and oak cask in the finish… even some lighter natural tobacco wrappings! What a wonderful palate… very creamy and sinuous… a very enjoyable beer and a terrific way to kick off a well deserved weekend!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pah57 (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2005
Bottle# 10386. Cloudy, red/amber body; caramel, malty aroma. Very tasty. barley wine; one to savour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2005
RBESG05: Strong caramel and raisin aroma. Dark amber with a dark beige head. Sweet caramel, dark fruits. A little cloying in some parts, but nice and warming. A real winter sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle. Vintage 2001. Brown colour with a baige head. Hoppy, malty fruity aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a light alcoholic finish.

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