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

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RATINGS: 495   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
Bottle RBESG. Vintage 01. Rich, chocolate, malty aroma. Full, herby, sweet, hoppy flavor. Feels thick and soft in the mouth. Sticky finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
I know I scored high, but I am disapointed. bought this bottle in 2001, kept for a special ocasion, forgot about it for years, found it last month and shared with wife last night. It’s amasing, well aged mild/barley wine hybrid, but I was hopeing for somthing more based on the standard st-ambois pale ale, with domonant bitter american variations of hop, loveing nothing in this world more than extremly bitter beer. So while I was expecting somthing diffent, this was still amasing. Pored fairly clear amberish yellow, High major sediment in the bottle, was probably much cloudier before it settled. Aroma is complex. Oak barel, strong malt, vinila, grass clipping, dry barley and a slight roseyness, and tropical air. Flavour is strong malt, oak tones, vinila, strong earthnotes, dried apricot, brown rice, rich caromel and tea dipped biscut. Aftertaste is where I can finaly taste the hops, bitter aftertaste with notes of mellon, moist fruitcake, grape skins and a final chewy finish. Not my choice, could be called an "Imperial Mild" but it’s great, just great. Maby my next long age barley wine will be as bitter as I’m hopeing for. Cheers

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JUL 24, 2005
2001:I’m so grateful to my Secret Santa for sending me this. I saved it for a worthy occasion and was glad to share with Mike and Ann. Everything I love about a barlywine, with hints of oak and vanilla in the aroma. The flavor was strong caramel and biscuity, with a bit of dried apricot.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
Cloudy caramel body with a ring of white lace. Excellent aroma and flavor of malt, caramel, candy and alcohol. Medium body, vinous and syrupy texture, soft carbonation. This old favorite is still pretty solid.
Earlier Rating: 5/5/2004 Total Score: 4.5
This is one of my favorite beers and after five years it is still pretty amazing ! Absolutely no head at all, very nice amber color. Huge and delightfull aroma of malt and alcohol. Amazing flavors of malt, alcohol and caramel. The good news is, I have 4 bottles of this great vintage left !

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Aroma: oak, carmel, some hay, some honey, mustiness, some air freshner, coconut
Appearance: golden yellow, small cream head, some lacing
Flavor: oak, mustiness, carmelized brown sugar, some hay, carmel, and red grape skins
Palate: smooth, musty carmel aftertaste
2001
Thanks to jzzbassman for sharing

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 2001. Thanks to jzzbassman for sharing this. Has a wonderfully beautiful nose, very well aged, smelling of oak, plums, with a musty hoppy bubble-gum scent. Nice and sour, not like I expected... smells similar to JW Lee’s but tastes completely different... some nice robust and dry oak, candy and sour sugars. A wonderful beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2005
2001 Vintage acquired in trade with beerhugger (thanks!). Poured a medium and cloudy brownish-amber color with a smaller sized off white head. A couple of large floaters. Aromas of caramel, fruits, and earth. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and very light alcohol. Medium sweet. Smooth body and very easy to drink. A very good barley wine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5574) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2005
2001... Poured a murky brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of port, caramel malts, chocolate and alcohol. Taste of sweet caramel, citrus fruits, very light hoppiness and a touch of alcohol in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9526) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 Well malted mellow barleywine, liked slightly better than 2001. Good malt and carbonation still there.
Earlier Rating: 1/30/2005 Total Score: 4.1
#6200, thanks to Doug Shoemaker. I think it has a mellowed barleywine taste, closing in on a UK aged style. Much malts, which cushioned the aftertaste. 2009 was about the same, didn’t care for aroma but decent mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Bottle: (#8871) Dark caramel, cloudy, medium off-white head, clingy lacing.   Bready aroma, dark pitted fruit, hot caramel sweetness.   Very bready on first sip, slight alcohol, dark fruit, caramel, apple/pear skin.   Big body, somewhat viscous mouthfeel.   Semi-sweet finish, very bready, soft fig/date, lingering pale fruit skin.   Slightly sour as well.   Wished it were a bit sweeter rather than sour.   Otherwise fairly tasty!   Thanks again Jeff!


Earlier Rating: 4/13/2004 Total Score: 4
Bottle pours dark caramel, medium frothy head, with sticky lacing.   Sweet toffee, burnt sugar, and graham crackers on the nose.   Butterscotch & toffee up front, with raisin, dark plums, and figs on the back end.   Slight hop bite as it finishes.   Quite smooth and VERY enjoyable.   Solid mouthfeel & palate, very warming.   Thanks goes out to Rastacouere for the trade!



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