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


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RATINGS: 510   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.

Arch's rating

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sudomorph (1079) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2016
2012 341ml bottle. Pours a clear ruby caramel with a thin, off white head and faint sediment. Aroma has great notes of sweet caramel, dark fruits, bread, and toffee. Taste is balanced but a touch sweet. Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, slight bittering hops, slight alcohol, and a soft, sweeter ending. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall great and nicely aged. Caramel, toffee, bread, and slight alcohol. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (630) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle in trade 2009 vintage. Dark copper pour. Aroma is dark malts and sweetness. Taste is bitter up front, taste like it has some age on it. Will rerate with newer vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9503) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle shared by Tom - thanks! 2009 vintage. Obviously a great beer, but this has too much age on it - the hops have faded and morphed. Getting some tangerine, caramel, butterscotch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guil0000 (367) - New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 13, 2016
Poors a light copper/yellowish color with a medium sized tan head that sticks for a while. Nose of lightly roasted malt, then you get this intense dark fruit nose of mostly prunes, grapes and dark cherries. You also get a tiny bit of caramel. taste is pretty sweet at first. You also get a bit of tanginess. Alcool presence is medium to strong at the ending. Mouthfeel is creamy, kind of feels like a stout. Very good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dreamflower (763) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 2, 2016
Bottle shared with greenflower in Lethbridge. Bready and roasty aroma. More on the malt side of things. There was a touch of bubblegum, and a touch of woodiness. Heavy sweetness, which I like. Super rich and boozy, but at the same time well balanced, perhaps from the floral aspect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenflower (7) - - MAR 28, 2016 does not count
Beautiful sweet floral aroma, a beautiful beer with peasant plum flavors with a finish of oak and a pop of hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerplace (701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2016
341ml bottled Feb’2014. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Aroma AND taste are sweet and very rich: prunes, figs, ripe grapes, toffee, caramel. Alcohol is hidden quite well - you can feel it only on the background. Bitter hoppy aftertaste is a real surprise. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (807) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 24, 2016
341ml bottle. (2015 vintage) Pours a hazy orange with an average, short lived, off-white head that laces. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, dried fruit, stone fruit, brandy, spice and oak. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, overripe fruit, spice and oak with a dry, bitter, hoppy, alcohol finish that burns slightly. Full body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Pretty good. Probably would have been even better if I had the patience to let this age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
2011 vintage. Hazy and deep amber pour. Aroma of sherry, prunes, toasted almonds, toffee. Aged really well. No alcohol burn, dried fruits, sherry, caramelized malts. Mild bitterness. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Franckg (1109) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2016 Vintage 2015, bue après 1 mois. Robe ambrée translucide surmonté d’un beau et généreux col de mousse blanc onctueux qui s’estompe tranquillement. Arômes de malt caramelisé, terre, diacetyle, oranges confites et houblons. Légère présence d’effluves grillées plus ou moins intéressantes. Je suis perplexe. En bouche, rien ne s’arrange. Beaucoup de malt et de houblons nobles. Petit côté caramel et sucre d’orge agréable qui est rapidement mis K-O par un puissant goût d’alcool qui envahit le palais. Ensuite on se dirige vers une finale où l’alcool laisse la place à une amertume de vieux gazon et de zeste d’orange. Après avoir bue une délicieuse 2011 récemment, j’en vient à me demander si je suis tombée sur une mauvaise bouteille. Si les Vintages ont ce goût fraîches, je recommande fortement de laisser vieillir.

Vintage 2011, bue après 4 ans. Robe ambrée foncée plutôt claire surmonté d’un mince col de mousse blanchâtre et onctueux. Dentelle épaisse à la texture mielleuse. Arômes de sucre d’orge, fleur de sel, caramel, baies confites et miel. Nez sublime et complexe, aucune trace de madère et alcool. En bouche, on continue sur la même voie. Du sucre d’orge doux, caramel, baie confites et miel. Des saveurs plus amères rappelant le cacao se faufilent tranquillement. Légère présence de houblons qui apportent un goût d’orange et clémentine sucrée. La finale s’étire d.ailleurs sur ces saveurs ainsi que du sucre doux. Texture liquoreuse et corps très rond. Carbonatation faible. Une bière qui vieillit merveilleusement bien. 9-4-9-4-18=4.4/5

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