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

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RATINGS: 491   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CRock (94) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2015
Drinking a 2011 bottle. Caramel and malty aroma. It’s sweet which is understandable considering it has been aging for a few years. Fantastic beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (5180) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2015
2012 bottle. Pours a cloudy orange copper with small frothy off white head. The aroma is dark fruity malt and caramel. Medium mouth with strong malt, toast, caramel, and light bitter finish, good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1072) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 13, 2015
Cellar cleaning, 2011 bottle that I’m pretty sure came from Steven. Hazy and somewhat viscous. Big malty aroma, some oxidation, but it is a few years old. Very sweet but very drinkable. Nice

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PictouRx (155) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
2012 edition bought in dec 2013 kept in the dark for 1 year and now I sample. 10% on bottle, pours a opaque dark copper tan color with a small froth head. aroma is of caramel, dark fruit, plum. very smooth texture, almost melts in your mouth, complex, with a finish bitter. 10% is not experienced by sipping, a nice beer, one of the best I have had in 2014.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (961) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
Aroma is yeast, caramel, toffee, sweet malts and dark fruits. Taste is instantly rich sweet malts with caramel and rich malts and a light hopiness that is balanced very well. Light pleasant spiciness. Slight warm alcohol taste but great for a 10% beer. Appearance is a copper /orange body with small fruity sediment in suspention. Very very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (3068) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle 2013 vintage @ THT November. Pours a clear dark amber beer with a small white head on top. Aroma of sweet yeasty esters, red dried fruits, slight vineous and port. Nice balance in the flavor, some sweet and fruity, sligthly boozy and very malty. Lots of rich dark sugars in there. Very warming stuff. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (6422) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to Mrhangover. Pours clear amber with an off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruits, caramel, toffee and dough. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Over medium bodied with soft carbobation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (6248) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2014 sample at THT Movember Clear amber pour. Nice beer. A very nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9670) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ THT November. Slightly unclear orange color, small off-white head. Smell and taste lightly malts, sweet, a hint of nuts, lightly overripe fruits, slightly bitter in the finish. Decent body and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (4762) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
Poured medium amber with an off white head. Aroma of sweet berries, caramel malt. Full body, flavour is medium sweet, lightly bitter.


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