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


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RATINGS: 514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 58   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2005
2001 bottle. Pours a reddish-amber...small off white head. Aromas of earth, butterscotch malts....very Fullers Vintage-like, light fruits. Flavor accentuates the malts, vanilla, light spice hedged by some nice hops. Full-bodied, another smooth one...could’ve let this one sit even longer. Thanks Rastacouere!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2006 2001 : robe rubis orangée surmontée d’une mousse beige toujours renaissante mais fugace. Arômes de caramel, notes boisées, alcool évident, fruits rouges, un peu agrume. Saveurs de sherry, de caramel, d’orange et d’alcool bien balancées. Très très bon! 9-4-9-5-19 2006 : Robe orangée très claire surmontée d’une mousse beige qui s’estompe. Arômes de caramel et de houblon floral. Saveurs de caramel, de houblon floral, herbacé et fruité et de bonbon. Très bon encore, mais ressemble presqu’à une double IPA avec ses accents forts de houblon. 9-4-9-4-18

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - APR 17, 2005
Vintage 2001.
A muddy orange colored beer with a foamy tan head. Rather sticky malt and fruit aroma with eartly tones. Sharp citrus flavor with sweet malt notes. Smells and tastes old. Thanks Per for this rare beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005
2001 Vintage. It’d been a while since I’d had this, but a friend picked up a bottle in Montreal and a got the opportunity to try it again. Oh. My. God. It was a revelation in a glass, especially having had the chance to age for four years, it was absolutely delicious. You can practically chew this one, and it has a fantastic caramel, dried fruit nose and flavour. Just simply amazing.

   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 (19119) - 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 (10601) - 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!

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