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

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RATINGS: 514   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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BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2006
12oz bottle thanks to argo0: Pours to a mostly opaque, murky, redish-tinted brown that shows some amber highlights when held to the light. Atop it sits a medium-large deep beige head. The aroma is quite fruity and sweet, showing notes of apple, plum, pear, honey, dry chocolate, peach, toffee and some sticy malt. Taste is toffee, sticky & chewy apples, apple syrup, light grains, hints of roasted malt, plums, prunes, sweet fermented red grapes, tangerine, and some light alcohol in the upper nose and mouth. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes with some bitter toffee, sweet malty syrup, and more fruit. Very nicely aged barleywine, not showing a whole lot of oxidization at this point (2006).

4.3
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2006
2001 Vintage enjoyed on the night of Rob’s incredible barleywine tasting. A pleasure to drink, and one of the highlights of the evening. A great way to break the Lenten alcohol fast for me. Beautiful mahogany color with even more crimson than on many of the others. Notes of orange, honey, tangerine, citron, toffee, butter mingle together. Reminded me a bit of Sam Adams Millenium. Excellent, and a real treat. Thanks to MartinT who provided this to Noah (htsprint1), who then brought it over for us to enjoy.

4.6
fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2006
12 oz bottle 2001 thanks to Sasquach 911. Murky Brown with medium floaties. Ok head faded quickly. Very Malty aromas. Heavy molassas, raisin, prune, roasted sugars. Deicious!!!! Chocolate on the flavor, more dark fruit. Some subtle spicing. More Caramel in the finish. Hoppiness is great. Not too much bitterness. Awesome stuff. Thanks a billion Francios!! !!!! !!!! !

4.1
Sickboy282 (1116) - 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.
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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 (4202) - 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 (3344) - 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.


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