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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 461   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4350) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4486) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2003
A back to back tasting of this and the 2000 came up with similar results however the 1999 surpasses the 2000. The 2000 needs another year to compare with the 1999. Orangy in colour and cloudy compaired to the 2000. Malty spice aroma that is more predominate then the 2000. Strong malt flavour with a slight honey note through it. Which I found similar to the 2000 however this was slightly more robust.
Earlier Rating: 9/17/2003 Total Score: 3.8
A back to back tasting of this and the 1999 came up with similar results however the 1999 surpasses the 2000. Needs another year to compare. Orangy in colour and clearer then the 1999. Malty spice aroma that is more muted then the 1999. Strong malt flavour with a slight honey note through it. Which I found similar to the 1999.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7324) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 17, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2006 2006 Vintage Rated November 2006. Amber body is half as dark as the 2001. Small off white head and nice lacing (3+). Light hos over caramel in aroma. Lightly dry caramel malt flavour is fairly well balanced but I’d actually prefer a touch more malt and sweetness. Perhaps as it ages it will be less hot and the malt will mature. Not as much depth as I recall from previous years. 6/3+/7/3/14 - 3.4<P> 2001 Vintage Rated Nov 2006. Dark brown body, creamy small tan head (3+). Sweet raisiny aroma, light caramel. Flavous is not as nice as the aroma, touch of cardboard blends with strong raisins and malt, light metallic notes. Smooth, average to medium palate. Past its prime but still pleasant. 8/3+/6/3/13 - 3.4 <P> 2000 Vintage Re-Rate October 23, 2004. Nice amber body with a smallish white head. Sweet malty caramel is nicely balanced by the dry alcohol. Lingering aftertaste of alcoholic toffee. Nice full bodied palate. Potent. 6/4/6/4/16 - 3.6<P> 2000 Vintage Sampled Sept 13, 2003. Darker amber than the 99, More harsh bitterness and alcohol taste. Has not aged as nicely as the 1999. Sampled at Joey_Capps gathering. 6/3/5/3/12 - 2.9<P> 1999 Vintage Rated May 2006. Lightly hazy orange amber with a small off white head. Alcoholic caramel aroma. Dry caramel, sweet malt with a dry alcoholic finish. Average palate has thinned but is still pleasant. I thought I had rated this much higher before but apparently not. Aging this any further would be a bit pointless a thing. Probably at or a bit past its prime for me. Very nice to try it again before it disappears! Thanks Doug! 7/3/7/3/14 +1 bonus for fond memories not reflected in the last rating, perhaps I enjoyed it somewhere and didn’t write it down. - 3.5<P> 1999 Vintage Rated 9/13/03 Slightly hazy amber, no head. Sweet and malty. Alcohol is noticeable but not predominant. Has mellowed nicely. 6/3/6/3/12 - 3 <P> 1999 Vintage Rated in 2000, pre-Ratebeer membership.. Rocket fuel? I was not prepared for this one. I noticed the hops and the alcohol mostly. Will try it again and give it a better rating.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Thanks to hopsrus for this beauty. A rich and mouth-expanding journey. Lovely riesling finish, alcohol only slightly evident. Filled with sugary dark fruit flavor. Slightly astringent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2003
Pours a nice brown murky body with an impressive Belgian like tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity (citrusy). Alcohol (port like) and malts are also noted. Flavour is intense, peachy like and quite malty. Finish is almost salty but quite well bittered and dried. Well balanced except for the alcohol burn.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Cloudy amber colored. Pours with a 1/4" head that doesn't fall. Very malty, maybe some East Kent Golding hops, but not much. I wouldn't say balanced is a good description, but maybe for a barley, I don't know. I can taste the alcohol in it somewhat, but for a barley I'm not sure thats bad. What I am sure of, is it a barley I'd like to have again. Cheers, Martin.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrDick (336) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Pours dark amber. The aroma is sweet like cotton candy and fruity. Nice balance of hops and malt. A little smokey with bubblegum hitting it on the backside. And not just any bubblegum but the Joe Bazooka variety. Very nice.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Hazy copper. Aroma reminds me of a combination of wild turkey and port wine. Flavor is cardboardy more than woody. Fruity bandaids, if there were such a thing, are also present in the flavor.


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