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

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RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
POurs a hazy brown/amber hue with a light tan head. Aromas of caramel, honey nuts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with flavors of chocolate, roasted nuts and caramel.

3.9
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 Golden body with dark sediment. Aroma of brown sugars and thin alcohol. Falvours of cocobutter, earth tones are washed with a very warm dry palate. ---- 2006- 8.4.7.4.15 Nose of sweet orange and lavander. Soapy head. Flavour is bubblegum and floral maple;

4.1
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2006 2001: our is hazy reddish amber with a thin tan head...smell is sweet cherry and some sherry, molasses, and some toasty malts...taste is sweet with dates and cherries with a a dry alcoholic finish...damn good!

3.8
Nuffield (4167) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2006
2001 vintage. I got the very hazy bottom of the bottle--lucky me! Raisins, brown sugar, wood, and lots of sweetness, laced with that familiar flavor of a vintage beer. A little sharp on the edge, but not super thick of palate. Really solid, though I didn’t rave about this as others did this night.

3.9
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle. Beautiful brown sugar, cookie dough, tobacco nose. Tawny brown body with almost no head, just spotty islands of bubbles. Taste-earthy, cereal, roasted marshmallow, brown sugar like sweetness.

4.3
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
Bottle 341 ml. Appearance: Poured hazy dark orange with short white head. Aroma: dark fruity, malt, caramel, floral hops. Flavor: caramel, sweet malt.
Earlier Rating: 12/24/2005 Total Score: 4.2
Bottle 341 ml. Appearance: Poured hazy dark orange with short white head. Aroma: dark malt, fruity, caramel. Flavor: caramel, spicy, malt. Semi-sweet finish. Wow

4.1
rederic (3335) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2006
2001 vintage ale, with a dark mahogany color, with a tan-colored head, but falls quickly, forming a ring in the glass. The nose is one of sweet caramelized malt, strong butterscotch note, fruity accent, roasted malt, and a toffeeish touch in the aroma, follows through on a smooth full-bodied palate, with a rich sweet caramelized malt charecter, mellow texture, note of chocolatey pralines, and candied fruits, even a hint of rum flavor, with a toffeeish accent, leading towards a sweet malty and warming alcohol finish.

4.5
Quevillon (3061) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2006
Mon premier vin d’orge et j’ai tombé en amour avec ce style. Un peu sucré, fruité, caramelisé, frote et chaleureuse. Merci Peter Mc Aulan.

4.3
pootzboy (1713) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2009 Bottle 2001 edition: the pour revealed a dark amber clouded ale with a rocky 2 finger cap that reduced to a modest ring and laced the glass. Soft carbonation. Aroma was marvelous for this aged ale: sweet tangerine peel over musty dried fruits and a persistant sweet grass smell...very inviting and not at all oxidized. Silky smooth mouthfeel large body, very mellow...no sharp edges at all...excellent. Flavour profile: Orange peel and treacle up front balanced by a thick plum pudding body...complex...some cocoa, figs,nuts, fruits and a floral hop background....finish is long, mellow and warming with sweet anise filling the palate...this ale ages wonderfully and with a few years on it I have to say this is the best domestic barley wine I’ve sampled...beating out my favorite Old Deuteronomy...only because I have never sampled Old Deut with a few years mellowing because it is so drinkable when young..........................................200 is the best vintage yet---will be sought after, have put 5 in the cellar to age.

4.1
piscator34 (2515) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
Dark ruby red in colour with medium carbonation. The aroma betrays a touch of oxidization (a bit of sherry) along with some strong caramel notes, alcohol, and a bit of floral hops. The flavors are amazing for a beer this old: strong floral goldings hops, christmas pudding, orange, peach, apricot, caramel, and even the slightest hint of chocolate. Great body too, as one would expect. A nice way for me to mark the first -30 degree day of winter here in Winnipeg this season. Merci Turg!


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