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


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RATINGS: 509   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorwart (2509) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2004
(2001 Vintage) Thin, dense, light brown head of fine bubbes. Light carbonation. Muddy, dark orange brown. Rich pungent aroma which is quite evident even through a slightly stuffed up nose. Loads of caramel, toffee, dark malts, raisin, I could go on. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Rich and sweet with loads of malts, caramel, a hint of alcohol and fruit. Slightly warming. Hides its alcohol pretty well. Very clean finish for such a dense, chewey brew. Wow, a true gem and one of the best barleywines I have ever had. Thanks to tiggmtl for this diamond. I owe you for this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2004
2001 bottle shared with my brother DYCSoccer17. Slightly hazy plum colored pour with medium light tan head. Sugary, deep caramel, delicious aroma. Nice vineous notes in the nose. This is velvety smooth, absolutely wonderful. Beginning is subdued fruit, pit fruit, plums, raisins, etc. Middle is sugary sweet, with just a bit of warmth from the alcohol, although the alcohol is nearly undetectable. This is truely the best barleywine I have had to date. Thanks Rastacouere for this gem!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3612) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2004
2001 Bottle. Many many thanks to Rastacouere for this. Elegant vinous sweet sugary and caramelly aroma. Slight notes of licorice as well. Smells wonderful. Moderately hazy amber/copper color with a fluffy ivory head. Swart is sweet and vinous plums and such. Some sweet caramel notes in the end. This is oh so smooth and drinkable and magnificent! Alcohol is hidden very well. I need more of this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Bottle from the great DougShoemaker!!!! A very nice barleywine!! Well balanced in the nose and in flavor. Pours a clear medium amber color. Off-white head is thin and dissipates somewhat quickly leaving decent Belgian lace. Aroma is rich. Malt and alcohol blend well. Overripe fruits are present also. Medium bodied, smooth. Malt, fruit and hops are all in the taste. Nicely done!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (3051) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2004
L’edition 2001.Odeur de sucre et d’herbe.Gout de d’herbe de sucre de raisin tres liquoreux.Je ne connais pas beaucoup le style mais j’aime bien.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Fantastic. A rich, deep garnet brew with heavy mouthfeel and sweet red licorice overtones. Fruity and crisp despite the heavy mouthfeel. A really fine introduction to St. Ambroise. Thanks to _________, I need to seee who shipped this to me as my emails have been deleted for some time.

   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 (2651) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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 (1244) - 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.

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