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


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RATINGS: 513   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.

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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.

Franckg (1819) - 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

williamstome (1966) - Denver, Colorado, 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.

ryanhunter_4 (330) - Strathmore, 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.

JefVerstraete (3585) - Oosterzele, 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.

tderoeck (10002) - 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.

MunBro (942) - 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.

SrSilliGose (3331) - 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.

gnoff (10859) - Göteborg, 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.

lello4ever (1168) - 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.

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