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


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RATINGS: 468   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.

Odysseyalien's rating

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Odysseyalien (42) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2013
I had one of these originally when I first started liking barleywines. Didn’t think much of it at the time. As my tastes have matured in the last year or two, I have to say this is one of the best English barleywines I’ve had. I poured this into my snifter and there was not much of a head. There is some lacing as I slowly sip this into my belly. Oddly, of any beer I’ve ever had of any kind, this one seems to have no aroma. If I glue my nose to the glass rim and sniff hard, a very subtle sweetness but really, an obviously weak aroma to none at all. The taste though is right on the money for an English barleywine. Prunes come to mine on my first sip. Moderately sweet as I’ve certainly had sweeter and less sweet barleywines. Little hop profile which is par for the course. All in all, I hope to get another one of these and maybe put some additional years on it. Very tasty and one you will want to add to your collection if you like English barleywines.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maley1 (733) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
a_sully (91) - - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrSilverworm (6002) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (1662) - Nunavut, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
2013 edition. This bottle is a screw-top!? Whacky to put a barley wine in that methinks. Clear dark gold body with very modest thin head on top. Heavy hoppiness and alcohol on the nose, fruitiness to thanks to that good ol’ ten percent. Flavour is a lot of caramel and chewy sweetness with some fruity fusel in there. Meaty mouthfeel. A little too overbearing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1219) - Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2014
From bottle. 2009 vintage. Deep amber golden with a bit of sediment. Aroma is oxidized caramel, prune, and sweet citrus. Taste is plum, tart citrus, caramel, and metallic aging. Bittersweet hops and caramel citrus aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NBird (341) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2014
Looks. Darker red/amber, sml-med head Smells. Toffee malts, caramel dark fruit, alcohol. Tastes. Fruit and spices, liquorice, lots of caramel and toffee and some heat from the alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Listigovers (292) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
Rich heavy scent, sweet candy fruity scent. Very strong smell with slight alcohol. This is 2013 vintage, and it could be older to smooth it out. Winey in the mouth with some burning, lots of flavours, slight bitterness not as sweet as it smells. Full bodied. Tastes like rich malty beer, good to share.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ametras (334) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
[2012] 341ml bottle. Hazy golden orange with a frothy off-white head. Flavors are sweet malts, dried fruits, salted caramel and brown sugar with grassy notes. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, syrupy texture. Warm and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2014
’09 bottle. Murky, lightly glowing light brown/orange color with a smidge of tan foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is bright raisin with dates, clean toffee and vanilla, and a nice pine/hop presence in the back. Taste is raisin and plum with oxidized malt and some hop bitterness. Relatively mouthfeel. Very unique and enjoyable - obviously presents as a barley wine but it has a relatively dry and precise presentation that is refreshing for the style . . . and it has held up quite well for its age. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pumpkinhead2 (299) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2014
[Brassin 2012, bouteille vieillie près de 18 mois] Bière brune orangée, bien voilée de multiple particules, bonne effervescence, et surmontée d’une belle mousse riche, dense, épaisse et persistante. Arôme de pâtisserie, avec beaucoup de bonbon et de sucre d’orge, du caramel, de la crème brûlée, de l’alcool et de la levure à pain. On peut noter également au nez des notes plus fumées et rôties, pain grillé, voire légère torréfaction. Certains effluves rappelant les petits fruits sont également discernables. Le nez est surtout sucré, il est agréable, fort complexe, et bien intense. En bouche, on a un léger pétillement sur la langue, et le breuvage est rond et mousseux, onctuosité au palais très intéressante. Au goût, le sucre d’orge, le bonbon aux fruits et l’alcool dominent, avec des notes de caramel, crème brûlée, pain grillé et malt fumé. Un certain houblon floral se pointe en fin de bouche apportant avec lui une amertume de faible à modérée. Excellente bière, très intense, un peu moins complexe en bouche qu’au nez, belle intégration des saveurs entre elles.

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