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


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RATINGS: 500   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2005
This is a great Barley Wine. Thanks Rastaouere. Caramel, earthy, and roasty flavors. Finishes rich, smooth, and chewy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
Hazy amber color; creamy head. Wonderful malty and hoppy aroma, some phenol, mature. Round barleywine, with a lot of malt, caramel and the correct (strong) hopping; some Madeirization in the final, shows its age. Thanks Per for sharing this bootle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
Huge and warmfelt thanks to DOUGSHOEMAKER for treating Jadoreblanche and I to a bottle of this nectar! Bottle # 6173- Pours a deep orange body, topped by a creay beige head that sits around, and locks that flavour in. Lots of carbonation here too. Aroma is of prunes/rasins, some alcohol, malts, yeast, and spices. Reminds me of a port. Complex! Taste is bittersweet, rasins, vinious, spicy. Tonnes of malt. Creamy mouthfeel, bitter aftertaste. Very warming. Great complexity of flavours and feelings. There’s really so muich going on here, it is hard for me to fathom. Complex in every aspect. My idea of what a barley wine should be! Way to go McAuslan! Thanks again Doug, I owe ya one for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
Huge thanks to Doug Shoemaker for this exquisite treat!!! Pours an orange/red body, with a medium creamy off white head. Tons of carbonation. Aroma is very complex. Strong raisin aroma sort of like raisin bread. An alcohol scent that slightly burns the nose. Sweet malts also present, very inviting. Taste is bitter sweet. Strong alcohol flavour, with raisins dominating. slight spice, and malts also in the tatse, and faint breadiness. Creamy on the pallate, with a nice lingering bitterness. Nice warming effect. Keeps you wanting more. Overall very complex but well balanced, was a pleasure to try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2001. Poured a hazy tawny color with a thin off white head. Sweet Malty aroma. Notes of dired fruits, caramel, and molasses. Flavor is very sweet. Tastes of plums and caramel. Full bodied and syrupy. The finish leaves you with a very long sweet coating on your tongue. Mild bitterness at the back of the tonuge as the sweetness finally fades. I’ll save my last one for another 4 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2005
2001 Bottle... Lightly hazy, dark orange ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. The nose is sweet and malty with notes of apple, pear, dried plum, maple syrup and toasted toffee. The flavor is bitter-sweet and malty; almost cloyingly so. Fuzzy fruits, grapefruit rind and maple syrup. Full-bodied and syrupy with lively carbonation. Lengthy, sweet, then bitter finish. Great stuff! Thanks to David for the bottle.
Earlier Rating: 2/8/2003 Total Score: 4.4
This beer rocks! If you like Victory's Old Horizontal, you'll love this bottle of beer. The aroma is of plums and maple syrup. Lesser, but still strong notes of English toffee, lightly floral hops and buttermilk. Wonderful and strong. The alcohol is very well disguised in the nose. The flavor is very rich and malty with blasts of buttermilk and caramel up front. Bitter and pungent hops balance out this masterpiece on the backside. Lovely flavor. Excellent ale. Warm alcohol is evident up front and on the backside. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Very long, pungent, alcoholic and dry finish with a hint of hickory smoke at the far end. I love this beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 2001 vintage, 9.4% abv. Dark amber colour with a thin off-white foam. Cherry, plum, raisin, and caramel aroma. Caramel and fruity flavours (cherry and raisin), still some alcohol showing. Full bodied, but not as thick and chewy as the 2000. Good, but I’m not sure if this one still needs more time or has passed its prime, as I slightly preferred the 2000. (8/4/8/4/16)

2000 Vintage, Bottle #1248, 10.2% abv. Hazy amber gold colour, thin off-white head. Caramel, fruity, raisin, plum, and toffee aroma. Caramel, raisin, slight grapefruit flavours, and a light alcohol finish. Overall very mellow. Full bodied, thick, almost sticky. (9/4/8/4/17)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Bottle from DougShoemaker. Thanks! Ruddy orange, very little head. Lots of rasins, alcohol, grapes in the nose. Flavor is slightly sour - I can’t think of the words to describe this. Tobacco, plum, alcohol, rasins, port. Finish is tobacco and grapes. I really wish that the body was a bit heavier. Still, a very nice beer. Thanks again Doug!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2005
2001 vintage. Deep murky orange-brown body, medium tan head that dissipates a bit. The aroma screams "English," with prune, raisins, fig, toast, and caramels. Delicious. Creamy body that starts with sweet caramels and candied fruits, including cherry, with strong prune and raisin notes following shortly thereafter. Earthy, chalky hops, a pinch of alcohol, and a whiff of cigar smoke round out the beer along with a light but sharp tanginess. Still has nice, tight carbonation for a 4 year old beer. The closest resembling beers I’ve tried are the Harveys Elizabethan Ale and Hair of the Dog Adam. Thanks Stephen (tiggmtl) for this delicious beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Deep tawny with a large and well developed light tan head. Aromatics begin with a deep caramel, fruit accented maltiness, hints of soy sauce, molasses, oranges and a touch of mint laden hops. Pretty unbelievably good quite honestly. The front palate shows hints of caramel and chocolate which continues onto the mid-palate, which also involves a variety of fruits, mainly plums. The longevity of the finish is pretty baffling, showing hints of pit fruits but mainly serving to balance the spicy, minty hop finish. Damn, I forgot how much I love beer. This one definately reminded me.

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