Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 481   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.

   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.

   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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Bottled. Mellow copper-red, little head, thick. Earthy, butterscotchy, intense aroma, very fruity (bing cherry/pear) in the mouth. Huge smooth aromatic raisin-inflected herbal-accented finish. Totally wonderful, probably just the right age.
Earlier Rating: 4/16/2003 Total Score: 4.2
Small fine head tops an opaque cloudy fiery thick liquid; wonderful aroma of chocolate-covered cherry liqueur, vanilla, caramel and a bit of orange. Flavor of alcohol, butterscotch, chocolate, pepper, seems just a tad salty as well. Very thick, very warming ending; not quite cloying; very sweet, low-to medium hoppiness. Wonderful barley wine; glad VT weather co-operated and it's 30 degrees outside!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Glowing orange. Think and meaty. Maltiness rises in waves from the aroma, alternating sweet and sticky and english leather and dark fruit. Still hoppy? No way! Incredible salty character, I think from the yeast (Baggywrinkle-like) - hmmmm, way interesting and better than the 2000, or my tastes have changed. Thanks to Bill from the Winking Judge for the gift.
Earlier Rating: 9/7/2002 Total Score: 3.6
The aroma is an all out monster; high hop, super deep malt and burning alcohol, vanilla, creamy. And the taste is a liquid burn, but a creamy one. Yes, a bit rough around the edges as others have said, but so what. Very nice. Thanks Kimchee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2003
2001 Vintage. Very nice dark amber colour. Gorgeous off-white head, large, foamy. Malty aroma of dried fruits, nuts, faint hint of alcohol. Very well balanced flavour, strong hops, very malty. Flavours of caramel, vanilla, and scotch. Some warming spiciness. Chewy palate, very little carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2003
A solid caramel color to this with a thick white head. Just a has some big ass malts and stuff in it makin a strong bw without the really traditional bw flavor.
Earlier Rating: 11/10/2003 Total Score: 3.4
an orange and cloudy look with an aroma of sour metal, has a blandish fruit juicee feel to it, actually if they made raison juice this is what is would taste like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 This brew pours with a cloudy amber body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a strong hop accent and a slight graininess as well as a pronounced alcohol note. The flavor is slighlty sweet yet slightly sour and hoppy with a good malt balance and a slight alcoholness. Medium bodied, smooth and slightly dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2003
This cloudy orange pour is malty flavored and quite tasty. Thanks to mr_kimchee for this one
Earlier Rating: 11/10/2003 Total Score: 3.3
this was a cloudy golden color with a slightly sweet flavor. very enjoyable. thx mr_kimchee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
cloudy and brownish orange..big bubbled head..malty, agey aroma..creamy mouthfeel...flavors of alcohol, rhubarb, hops, pine needles, and grass..
Earlier Rating: 3/19/2003 Total Score: 3.8
A drunken sunset of brilliant oranges and reds hides opaquely behind the clouds..a living nose of red licorice, dried banana chips, cherry pie filling, sugar-dusted dried figs, and orange fused whipped-cream...the top was covered in a dirty cream...a creamy mouthfeel comforts a bitter backing while red licorice rides the creamy waves of the smokey ocean..subtle whispers of orange zest and bourbon contributing nicely to a chewy experience..

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