Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 493   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 29, 2004
2001 vintage; Pours a rich orange brown colour with a thick off white head, great lacing. The aromas are complex and I can only name a few, big thick sweet maltiness, caramel, raisins, mild floral hops and some alcohol. A great tasting beer definately a "sipper" tastes of sweet massive maltiness, caramel, cinnamon, some mild sourness and a good hoppy finish.Quite enjoyable. Remnants of a trade with Rasta. Thanks !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2004
2001 vintage: Ruddy orange. Tight and puffy pearl foam. Wonderful aroma of raw, broken down malts dripping with caramel and milk chocolate. Slightly vinous with touches of vanilla, woody malt, and vibrant hop accents. Densely creamy carbonation. Begins with a lush caramel and chocolate envelopment. Gooey and refined Maris Otter-like malt character brilliantly overshadows the alcohol. Restrained tannic tingle and airiness continually back the soothing malts amid notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, and fig leaves in the background. Loses some body as it breathes, but the malt thickness remains. Tolerable rubbery alcohol astringency accompanies the plump dried plum flavor. Finishes bitterly hoppy and leafy-edged along with touches of pencil eraser, caramel, vanilla, and highly dextrinous malt. This is even more delicious than its older sibling.
Earlier Rating: 8/26/2003 Total Score: 4.3
Clear russet. Crawling rocky, custard-like froth. Lively aroma, bursting with underripe dates, sweet plums, sherry, and toffeeish Munich malts. Zesty and tangy. Captivating biscuity pale malt interplay with dabs of medicine, coconut, and maraschino cherry. Lightly vinous. Elegantly soft and silky. The creaminess compensates for the medium body. Lightly numbing and resinous palate. Ravishing flavors of medicine, black cherry, and luscious bready malts. Late hints of sherry and earthy hops. Finishes harmoniously chewy, vinous, dry, and leathery, with a delectable glazed malt backing and traces of dried plum, straw, rubber, and lemon rind. The hop bitterness gracefully stifles the titanic malt onslaught. This is a remarkably balanced, luxurious malt-laden, bottle-conditioned beauty, still somehow managing to execute some effective, shining hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2004
2001 Edition: Utterly delicious. Thanks to Muzzlehatch for sharing this delight with me! Massive malt body with tons of sweetness and delightful caramelized fruit notes. Light on the hops, and medium brown in color. The 9.6% abv was very well hidden, and this was a strong ale for the ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
manuchampions (1241) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
My poor dwindling supply of this beauty! I had my second to last yesterday as a birthday treat. It really is a complex and wonderfully eclectic mixture of flavours. Like a fine scotch it has distinctly different notes from first taste to lingering taste to aftertaste...all of them wonderful. I tend not to use flowery prose to describe beers but this one deserves reverance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2624) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Cloudy dark amber, medium head fades fast, light carbonation. Classic old ale fruitiness. Persimmon, raisins, dates. Well balanced to avoid cloying in its heavy maltiness. Long finish, heady alcoholic malts, near floral bitterness. Rich and vibrant, strong and drinkable, ready to age for many more years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Amber or mahogany with a tannish head, and some spotty lacing. Aromas of caramel hit the nose first. Followed by some vinous qualities. Figs or grapes. Cinnamon and brown sugar. Some bittering hops and alcohol. Flavors contain some caramel and roasted malts. More fruit. Some more alcohol. Bitter hops and hints of that ol cinnamon. Alcohol warms the body on the way down. Thick and chewy with a bitter finish. Thanks to Rastacouere!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Brown bark in a crimson sunset with tan sticky head & good lacing. Aroma is sweet with all kinds of malts & fig, raisin, very full bodied with some acidity & alcohol notes. The flavor is smooth, mellowed but bright & clean, lots of umami malt body. Finishes very balanced with almost no alcohol notes. Creamy and tasty! Thanks Sham!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1031) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 2001 vintage. Pours red/brown and for a 3 year beer it is still very lively in carbonation. Burnt butter medium sized head. Trace of oil between the body of the beer and the head. Brown sugar and molases sweet. Alcohol burn is medium. Chocolate and vanilla. Loads of sweet burnt malts and whipped cream. Mineral oil. Very tastey. Great barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2004
2001Deep copper with a quickly dissapating tan head. The aroma is quite strong, caramel, musty, toffee, and some butterscotch. A huge and complex aroma. The flavor is also massive, caramel and butterscotch dominate, with some alcohol coming in towards the end. The palate is exsquisite, full and bitter (even after 4 years). Damn fine brew. Thanks a unch to radiomgb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eructoblaster (3336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2004
2001 bottle. Dark orange-copper hazy body topped with a beautiful, thick and lasting off-white head. Vineous and complex nose that carries chocolate, butterscotch and alcohol aromas. There are also some tiny notes of roasted coffee. Taste is incredibly rich. It is made of varions flavors of chocolate malt, caramel and brown sugar. Lovely smokey hints and warming effect. Finish is long, warming and moderately bitter. That amazing beer clearly deserves to stand among Ratebeer’s top 50. Could not find better for number 200!!!

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