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


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RATINGS: 468   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2003
This cloudy orange pour is malty flavored and quite tasty. Thanks to mr_kimchee for this one
Earlier Rating: 11/10/2003 Total Score: 3.3
this was a cloudy golden color with a slightly sweet flavor. very enjoyable. thx mr_kimchee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
cloudy and brownish orange..big bubbled head..malty, agey aroma..creamy mouthfeel...flavors of alcohol, rhubarb, hops, pine needles, and grass..
Earlier Rating: 3/19/2003 Total Score: 3.8
A drunken sunset of brilliant oranges and reds hides opaquely behind the clouds..a living nose of red licorice, dried banana chips, cherry pie filling, sugar-dusted dried figs, and orange fused whipped-cream...the top was covered in a dirty cream...a creamy mouthfeel comforts a bitter backing while red licorice rides the creamy waves of the smokey ocean..subtle whispers of orange zest and bourbon contributing nicely to a chewy experience..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4475) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a medium, yellow head and a sediment filled, orange body. Nose of smooth brandy and hints of raisins, port and brown sugar. Great texture of syrup. Delicious flavours of campfire, toffee, plum and oak. Many thanks to Rastacouere for making this available to me...
Earlier Rating: 3/23/2003 Total Score: 3.2
(Bottle) Pours a beautiful, brown-amber body and a medium, creamy head. Sweet floral nose with slight malt. Complex flavours of prunes and banana but didn't provide a pleasurable finish. Bourbon burn was rather harsh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 2001 Vintage. Orange-copper colour w/ wispy head. Brandyish nose w/ hints of orange, brown sugar, raisins & alcohol. Thick, chewy feel. Smooth, complex flavour of brown sugar, caramel, cherries, plums, burnt toast, wood, & spice.

2000 Vintage. Lovely reddish copper colour w/ slight head. Brandyish nose w/ hints of cherries, mint & alcohol. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Flavour: nice melange of brown sugar, caramel, cherries, plums, burnt toast. Also slightly woody & meaty. Salty, spicy finish.

Aroma 8; Appearance 4; Flavour 8; Palate 3; Overall 15; Total Score 3.8.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4652) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Darker amber in colour than the 1999 vinage, with a larger white head. Stronger pit fruit taste with more malt character. Very full-bodied; Sharp alcoholic taste with some pit fruit tastes. Stronger flavour than the '99, but a very nice potent barley wine. Stronger than the '99 and the alcohol is definately more noticeable. Extra thanks to Joe for supplying this rare beer! I sampled this beer at Joey_Capps' on 13-September-2003 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Earlier Rating: 9/20/2003 Total Score: 3.6
Copper colour with orange highlights and a thin white head. Smells of pit fruit, sugar, must and strong malt. Full-bodied; Strong maltiness, subtle hops and a decently strong pit fruit tate. Raisins detectable in the aftertaste as well as the alcohol. Overall, a great beer and a nice barley wine. Extra thanks to Joe for supplying this rare beer! I sampled this beer at Joey_Capps' on 13-September-2003 in Hamilton, Ontario.

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