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


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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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.

BMMillsy's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1787) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 20th Anniversary, 2009 version. From a bottle sitting outside around a fire. Pours syrupy cloudy orange with no head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, booze and some fig and citrus mix. Very warming flavor. Toffee, fruit, candy flavor. Not boozy at all. Very nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1495) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Ruby pour. Aroma of sour cherries, raspberries, booze, leather, smoke, sugar dates, and caramel. Flavor of cherry cough syrup, smoke, wood, caramel, dates and booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryanhunter_4 (129) - La Crete, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 23, 2015
341 ml bottle poured at home. Pours a hazy orangeish amberish color with little head. Smells like red wine, malt and toffee or caramel. Taste is slick on the mouth and had a strong alcohol flavor. Bitter finish. Not my favorite but drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (2297) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks! Shared with tderoeck. Vintage 2011. Hazy orange, creamy foam. Nose of honey, red fruit, caramel, candy and wine. Bitter hoppy aftertaste. Some notes of oxidation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (6906) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2015
24/IX/15 - 341ml bottle @ home - BB: n/a, 2011 vintage (2015-1215) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!

Clear amber to reddish orange beer, creamy irregular beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: alcohol, bit dusty, dried fruits, honey, some hard candy, malty, bit oxidized, Madeira notes. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, fruity notes, dusty, bit spicy, bitter notes, caramel. Aftertaste: rather sourish, hoppy and dry, dried fruits, raisins, oxidized, caramel, some dried figs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MunBro (890) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
I don’t really like barley wines but this is a yearly exception. Has a booziness and maltiness about it, as well as an almost sweet alcohol haze.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
SrSilliGose (3326) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 29, 2015
2009 vintage bootle consumed in 2015. Muddy murky pond water pour with some bonus floaties. Sweet sherry toffee grape drank. Overly sweet sugary metallic plum rumcake. Harsh cough syrup. Gross maybe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9191) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2015
On June 22, 2015. Thanks to fiulijn!
341 ml bottle as "Vintage 2011" at 10% ABV.
Hazy brown color, big tan head. Malty, sweet, alcohol taste. Alcohol aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Sweet, malty scent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lello4ever (331) - ITALY - JUL 1, 2015
Anno 2011. Arancio carico, quasi scuro, mediamente torbido. Ottima schiuma beige pannosa. Molto lievito sospeso. Aroma intenso, dolce, fruttato. Al palato molto decisa e dolce, caramello, estremamente piacevole il sentore caldo e pieno dell’alcol, molto bene l’invecchiamento. Corpo pieno. Super.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
simardsam (245) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2015
Version 2014. Ambrée, avec un petit col de mousse crème. Nez de sucre d’orge, malté et légèrement fruité. Goût sucré, malté et d’alcool, avec une petite impression surette de petits fruits rouges.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CRock (135) - 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.

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