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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 488   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.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4863) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2004
Bottle (2001 vintage): Poured a deep red/amber colored beer with a small but nice head with minimal retention. Aroma is quite sweet, very reminiscent of uncooked chocolate cookie dough. Taste is quite complex with a nice touch of prune or port and spicy aftertaste. Overall, this is a very good barley wine but a notch below the 2000 version.
Earlier Rating: 1/5/2004 Total Score: 3.9
2000 Bottle - Drank December 2003. Dark ruby brew with nice foamy head with good retention. Aroma is almost like port, almost smell grapes with strong alcohol. Taste is also really apparent to port with a medium body. Alcohol taste is well hidden which is good since some barley wine alcohol taste are sometime too apparent. Overall, a really good brew and here's hoping that Mcauslan will continue this tradition.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 2007 vintage sampled on 3/22/08: Pours a transparent deep golden bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of lightly sweet toasty pale malts and some light fruity esters. Starts fairly full and lightly caramely sweet with some light fruity complexity. A little too young, but should age pretty well.

2001 vintage sampled on 4/13/04: Pours a murky amber brown with a thick, well-lacing cream colored head. Aroma is rich and caramely with some light oxidation and butterscotch. Holds a nice rich sweetness and wonderful complexity. Mild touch of hoppy acidity and plum sugar toward the finish. A very true to style English barleywine that has aged quite nicely. Thanks to Rastacouere for this one!

2000 vintage, Bottle 2397, sampled on 6/7/2003: Pours an amber copper color with a good eggshell head. Sweet caramel toffee aroma with a touch of brown sugar. Silky oily palate holds most of this beer’s carbonation. Flavor is mellow and sweet followed by a soft bitterness and some alcohol. Decent complexity throughout. I’d say this has aged quite well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10453) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 2001: Red copper beer, almost oily in looks with a light moka head. Warm nose of grapes/ porto and brown sugar, vanilla and a touch of coffee. Warn alcohol marries well with the raisiny/vinous character of this beer, with lots of malts, some licorice, and pralines. Very complex body, where all the flavours blend well. 8-4-8-5-17

2006 An hazed dark amber ale with a thin off white head. Tons of fresh hops with caramel aroma, vinous notes, a strong American barley wine. In mouth, an intense caramel malt, clover field, British hops, more for bittering. Rich alcohol. Smooth and classy. Old Stock VI evening, March 23 2007. 8-3-8-4-15

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2004
2001:Thanks Rastacouere! Deep ruby/oarnge. Large,creamy,lasting head. Enticing aroma- very fruity,toffee,chocolate,bready,and slightly hoppy. Very chewy,but creamy,big body. Rich toffee,sweet bread,fruity malts. Finish is soft,and rich with malt,and slightly hoppy. Only slightly oxidized,very warming and filling. Just a excellent beer,could be a favorite BW.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 17, 2004
Dark, dry fruit aroma, plenty of plum and some toffee, between you can find some of the hoppy side of beer. Cloudy, thick unfiltered black tea. White quiet foam formation. At first it hits with overpowering set of flavours that with time you find malt toffee, plums, vanilla then alcohol and hops to nicely round up. Extremely complex. With time at the very finish you would be able to get some roast at the finish. Fruity, rich, malty with alcohol and for balance hop element. Great brew that I had form my 3years at Ratebeer from Doug. Great stuff!!!
Earlier Rating: 11/22/2002 Total Score: 4
That’s what you call high pitch aroma. Caramel with roasted nuts, some raisin pushes it self up front. This well build crown, gaseous bright brownish. Uhhh, great intensity but not overpowering with brutal flavours. Like well raised noble princess but with hand of supreme leader. post scriptum I would like to thank to Doug S. for this great gift ...you did not wasted this brew if you know what I mean.

4.1
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2387) - 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


4.6
   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.

4.7
   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)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5337) - 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!


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