Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 463   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2004
Syrupy malt drips over caramel coated raisins in this rich ruby brown nectar - and it's going to get better as Father Time spends a few years keeping it company. As it is it finishes dry and warm - the alcohol knocks incessantly but never breaks the door down. A singles ad for this one would definitely list it aas big bold and beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Vintage 2007. Orange-copper in colour, large and lingering fluffy off-white coloured head, excellent lacing. The alcohol is gone from the nose, toasty and grainy, very light hops. The flavour is malty, toasty, some caramel malts, moderate orange citrus. Bitter but a bit thin in the mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes medium length, light hoppy bitterness. Lacking the syrupy body that this used to have, the alcohol doesn’t seem to warm you up anymore. This years vintage is a distant shadow of its former self. No longer a beer to age. Rating for the 2007:7/4/6/3/14 Total: 3.4

Vintage 2006. Orange-brown in colour, lasting creamy off-white coloured head, great lacing. The aroma is a little hot still, lots of fresh hops, pine and a caramel sweetness. The flavour is sort of overwhelmed with the alcohol, quite sweet with lots of caramel malts, green hops. Warming mouthfeel, medium-thin body, high carbonation. FInishes quite warm and very long. Still needs some more time but seems to be lacking from the other years releases. Rating for the 2006:7/4/7/3/15 Total: 3.6

Vintage 2001. Reddish brown in colour. Aroma of malt, hops, with some caramel sweetness. Flavour was hoppy, dry, caramel, some alcohol, syrupy, nice toffee sweetness. Huge body. Finished with an alcohol warmth. I can’t wait to try the 1999 Vintage that I have.

Vintage 2000. Real dark red-amber in colour. Alcohol in aroma and in taste but neither was to powerful, just really warming. Warms you from the inside out. This would have been real nice to have on a cold winters night. Would be nice to try again in a couple of years.
Earlier Rating: 7/13/2002 Total Score: 4.3

Vintage 1999. Beautiful deep amber in colour, thin off-white coloured head, some light and patchy lacing. The aroma has really mellowed quite a bit, lots of toffee sweetness, hops are starting to fade, raisins and some light alcohol. The flavour is starting to oxidize, quite a bit of alcohol heat which surprised me, lots of caramel sweetness. Sweet alocholic mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, quite warming. This is starting to mellow out a but, It might be past its prime but its tasting really good right now. Many thanks to <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>joey_capps for trating this beer to me back in September 2003. Opened November 25, 2007. Rating for the 1999:9/4/8/4/16 Total: 4.1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
The McAuslan Vintage 2001 has a lot in common with Sophia Loren: a sexy Ruby red beer. There is a lot of malt and caramel tastes in this marvel. Each mouthful brings it's load of pleasure resulting in a syrupy dense and rich aftertaste. Definitely the kind of treat that you want to keep for a shaggy moment with your loved one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lalubeer (57) - CANADA - FEB 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 Very very good tasting experience. Rich beer. The beautiful red amber colour gives it a luxurious apparence. I can taste caramel malts and sugar. The McAuslan Brewing did a great work for this one. (2000 edition) Another very good tasting experience. Nice brown-ruby colour with a nice head. Some caramel flavour again but the final is more bitter than the 2000 edition. Also tasted grapefruit. (2006 edition)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5053) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Thanks to Rastacouere for another awesome beer! Vintage 2001. My bottle states 9.6% ABV. Pours reddish brown with a tall fluffy tan head. Nose is hops, malt, syrup, and caramel. The taste is more of the same but is mellowed. The hop base has plateaued out and the beer has attained a much smoother and sweeter flavor. Very syrupy mouthfeel but still wonderful. Nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Bottled. Mellow copper-red, little head, thick. Earthy, butterscotchy, intense aroma, very fruity (bing cherry/pear) in the mouth. Huge smooth aromatic raisin-inflected herbal-accented finish. Totally wonderful, probably just the right age.
Earlier Rating: 4/16/2003 Total Score: 4.2
Small fine head tops an opaque cloudy fiery thick liquid; wonderful aroma of chocolate-covered cherry liqueur, vanilla, caramel and a bit of orange. Flavor of alcohol, butterscotch, chocolate, pepper, seems just a tad salty as well. Very thick, very warming ending; not quite cloying; very sweet, low-to medium hoppiness. Wonderful barley wine; glad VT weather co-operated and it's 30 degrees outside!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Glowing orange. Think and meaty. Maltiness rises in waves from the aroma, alternating sweet and sticky and english leather and dark fruit. Still hoppy? No way! Incredible salty character, I think from the yeast (Baggywrinkle-like) - hmmmm, way interesting and better than the 2000, or my tastes have changed. Thanks to Bill from the Winking Judge for the gift.
Earlier Rating: 9/7/2002 Total Score: 3.6
The aroma is an all out monster; high hop, super deep malt and burning alcohol, vanilla, creamy. And the taste is a liquid burn, but a creamy one. Yes, a bit rough around the edges as others have said, but so what. Very nice. Thanks Kimchee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2003
2001 Vintage. Very nice dark amber colour. Gorgeous off-white head, large, foamy. Malty aroma of dried fruits, nuts, faint hint of alcohol. Very well balanced flavour, strong hops, very malty. Flavours of caramel, vanilla, and scotch. Some warming spiciness. Chewy palate, very little carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2003
A solid caramel color to this with a thick white head. Just a has some big ass malts and stuff in it makin a strong bw without the really traditional bw flavor.
Earlier Rating: 11/10/2003 Total Score: 3.4
an orange and cloudy look with an aroma of sour metal, has a blandish fruit juicee feel to it, actually if they made raison juice this is what is would taste like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 This brew pours with a cloudy amber body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a strong hop accent and a slight graininess as well as a pronounced alcohol note. The flavor is slighlty sweet yet slightly sour and hoppy with a good malt balance and a slight alcoholness. Medium bodied, smooth and slightly dry.

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