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


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RATINGS: 507   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 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 (5312) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2005
Bottled. RBESG -05. Amber colour. Gognac-like nose, with dried fruits. Flavour is clearly alcoholic and has notes of dried fruits and cognac. Body got lighter I suppose?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (25140) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Bottle, tahnks to MPA for sharing. Hazy golden coloured with a small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits. Flavour of malts, caramel, dried fruits and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 16, 2005
(on bottle at RBESG 2005, vintage 2001)Even though is has had some 4 years to mature, this beer is still very alcoholdominated. Nose of alcohol and peat-honey. dark amber colured and with a small, lasting, white head. Not complex in taste either; burnt figs and alcoholwarmth is overwhelming. Too much for me.

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