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Brewed by McAuslan Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 474   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.


Arch's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arch (11) - Gatineau, Quebec, - JUN 5, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2010 ((Vintage 2001) Drunk in 2010. Aroma : Nose is really wine-like, with a bit of dark fruits thrown in and a good amount of alcohol. Appearance : Barely no foam. Instantly reduced to a tiny circle of white foam around the glass. Beer ranges from red to brown, even slightly orange, but totally clear. Taste : Beer is quite fruity, with only hints of sugar. I can taste raisins, dark fruits... Spices even. Taste is as dry as wine but quite mild and the age killed any bitterness this beer might have had. Mouthfeel : Mouthfeel was just perfect. Overall : Honestly, I hoped for a killer and was a bit deceived. Still a good beer, maybe a bit too old and... Wine-like. I wanted a beer more than wine. (Vintage 2009) Drunk in 2010. Aroma : The aroma is lively. Dark fruits, somewhat spicy. Appearance : More off-white foam with this one that leaves some lacing. Beer is ruby red with maybe some orange. A bit hazy. Taste : The taste is GREAT. Plums, grapes, ripe dark fruits. The alcohol is definately felt, but it only gives more character to the brew. Bitterness is well-balanced. Mouthfeel : Just great. Not too think, not too thick. Not too much carbonation. Overall : A great beer. I paid for this half of what I paid for the 2001 and it was two times better in my opinion. Mark is a mix between both reviews. I tasted the 2006 and 2007 editions this year too and they were crazy good too.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1758) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
Pours a lovely dark honey color. Aromas are honey, dried fruit and grapes. Vinous flavors. Sweet dried fruit. Very smooth. A lot of great stuff going on here.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (1550) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"Deep red and caramel colored. Boozy aroma of dried fruits, caramel, brown sugar, quite malty. You can tell the abv is high but it’s an excellent sipper. Very sherry like in aroma and flavor as well. Smooth. Not a lot of hop presence (slight bitterijg in the afteraste) but its not needed. Expensive, but I’d get again as a special treat."

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (2208) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
Thanks Tommy. 2011 bottle. Orange-toned brown body with creamy off-white head and nice lacing. A bit of a citrus and dried fruit aroma, caramel. Loads of flavour of grapes, dried fruit, roasted malts, cocoa, a touch of coffee, prunes, bubblegum. Tastes awesome. Overall a fantastic barley wine.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wolffish (187) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
Millésime de 2013, très boisée et moins sucrée que les versions précédentes que j’ai pu déguster. C’est tout simplement excellent!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
terrybail (615) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 341ml bottle from the vintage ales 3 pack 2011,2012,1013 This is the rating for the 2011 Wow the aroma is amazing alcohol dried fruits and heavy malt yummy pours a cloudy sediment laden dark orange copper lovely strong fruity malt taste I do not get the hop bitterness at all but that is ok it is a great beer

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aumax1 (240) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
Arôme intense de caramel. Bouteille de 341 ml de 2012. Puissant au goût on a des notes d?alcool une amertume puissante une petite acidité et des notes de caramel . Bonne mais pas pour les débutants

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stephane_Houle (117) - - JUL 24, 2014
Apparence: D?une couleur ambré opaque, elle est coiffée d?une bonne mousse d?une couleur caramel d?une bonne durée. Effervescence difficile à évaluer, mais semble quasi inexistante.Arômes: Au nez, ce sont des notes de malt caramélisé. Saveurs: En bouche, c?est un corps amble. Au goût, c?est des saveurs d?alcool ainsi que de malt caramélisé. De longueur moyenne, il n?y a aucune effervescence, ni amertume.Fiche technique Style: Barley WineFormat: 341 mlTaux d?alcool : 10%Température: 13°C - 15°CMalts: Munich

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maley1 (781) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
Clear dark orange pour with small cream colored head. Aroma of malts, caramel, hops and slight fruit. Taste of chewy malts, caramel, molasses, orange rind and hops. Full bodied, medium carbonation, a little cloying.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
a_sully (144) - - MAY 18, 2014
Bitter but sweet with hints if citrus this beer has a clean taste with an almost smoky after taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrSilverworm (6367) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2014
11.5oz bottle, which came in a cool coin-bank cardboard tube. 2009 vintage (20th anniversary). Labeled 9.8%. Mostly hazy dark amber color, with lots of dark yeast particles suspended in the body. Thin minimal ring of off-white head, leaves a couple bits of lace. Big dark fruit, raisin, caramel malt aroma. Hints of fig and chocolate. Plums and prunes. Light hint of spice. Not much else to the aroma aside from that, besides some papery flavor that I associate with oxidization.. Taste is moderate bitter, light to moderate sweet, with a big weird spicy bigger heat at the end that makes it hard to take more than small sips. Bigger body, kind of slick. Very light carbonation. Not a very enjoyable nor easy to drink experience. Should have been drank much sooner, probably.


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