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


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RATINGS: 515   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle 341ml. @ LCRBM 2008, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
[ Vintage 2006 ]. Clear medium amber color with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, vitage, cask wood. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20081025]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2008
LCRBM: 34.1 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a fully gone head. Dense phenolic and spiced aroma with a mild caramel malty note in addition. Mild spiced and caramel malty flavoured. Light yeasty finish. Smooth and crisp brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34321) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 [Vintage 2001 sampled 2005]
A hazy orange beer with a disappearing orange head. The aroma is sweet and quite hoppy. The flavor is sweet and very hoppy with a slight alcohol burn. Nice for a barley wine to by so hopped. Thanks, Per, for sharing.
Vintage 2000 - Sampled 2006 - it definately is over the top [4/3/5/3/10=2.5]
An amber beer with a fast disappearing orange head. The aroma is extremely oxidixed, but also has notes of oranges. The flavor is sweet and again very oxidixed but not as bad as in the aroma, but also has notes of fruit

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Bottle, tahnks to MPA for sharing. Hazy golden coloured with a small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits. Flavour of malts, caramel, dried fruits and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2007
Bottled (2000 vintage, 10.2 %, thanks Bov!). Hazy brown colour, small beige head. Aroma is plummy, alcoholic, toffeeish, wineous and spicy. Barnyard, berries and plum in flavour along with leathey and alcoholy hints. A bit glueish and redwineish. Pleasant thing overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2006
(Bottle 34,1 cl) Hazy, amber golden with an off-white head. Fat, caramel aroma with a tart edge. Fairly full-bodied with notes of overripe apricots. Sweet caramel malts and sherry like accents. Perhaps somewhat oxidized. 290806
Earlier Rating: 8/15/2005 Total Score: 3.4
(Bottle 34,1 cl) Vintage 2001. Hazy, amber golden with a nice, beige head. Aromas of sweetish malt and hops - lovely aromatic, hoppy nose. Sweetish and quite alcoholic with loads od sweet caramel. 120805

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (23428) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2002
Copper coloured. Big citric hop aroma. Hurely malty, rather sweet. Fruity withsome plum flavour. Salty licorice in the finish. A very nice and well balanced barley wine. Thanks DougShoemaker!
Earlier Rating: 1/31/2002 Total Score: 4.2
Tasted in February 2001. Dark orange. Thick, rich, complex and very malty. Tasty now, but will probably conitnue to develope on the bottle for a few more years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
16th May 2011
2007 Vintage. Very hazy brown beer, good ivory head. Dry palate. Even malt, trace of dried fruits and a whisper of brandy. Dry finish. Okay but somewhat one dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (21581) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2009
Bottle @ RBESG 09 Shefield ...amber ... lemon fruit nose ... saoft and dull malta ... little pine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21421) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2009
2007 bottle at Beerbistro in Toronto, consumed on 6 Dec 2009. Chestnut brown with a medium tan head and very fine lacing. Plethora of aromas here, including licorice, peppermint, caramel and honey. Flavors of honey, raisins and cinnamon, nicely complex, with a dry finish. Outstanding body. Delicious, complex and interesting. Would like to store it for a couple of years more.

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