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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lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Aroma: oak, carmel, some hay, some honey, mustiness, some air freshner, coconut
Appearance: golden yellow, small cream head, some lacing
Flavor: oak, mustiness, carmelized brown sugar, some hay, carmel, and red grape skins
Palate: smooth, musty carmel aftertaste
Thanks to jzzbassman for sharing

3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 2001. Thanks to jzzbassman for sharing this. Has a wonderfully beautiful nose, very well aged, smelling of oak, plums, with a musty hoppy bubble-gum scent. Nice and sour, not like I expected... smells similar to JW Lee’s but tastes completely different... some nice robust and dry oak, candy and sour sugars. A wonderful beer.

hopdog (12816) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2005
2001 Vintage acquired in trade with beerhugger (thanks!). Poured a medium and cloudy brownish-amber color with a smaller sized off white head. A couple of large floaters. Aromas of caramel, fruits, and earth. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and very light alcohol. Medium sweet. Smooth body and very easy to drink. A very good barley wine.

egajdzis (6673) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2005
2001... Poured a murky brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of port, caramel malts, chocolate and alcohol. Taste of sweet caramel, citrus fruits, very light hoppiness and a touch of alcohol in the finish.

Sammy (12484) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2009 Well malted mellow barleywine, liked slightly better than 2001. Good malt and carbonation still there.
Earlier Rating: 1/30/2005 Total Score: 4.1
#6200, thanks to Doug Shoemaker. I think it has a mellowed barleywine taste, closing in on a UK aged style. Much malts, which cushioned the aftertaste. 2009 was about the same, didn’t care for aroma but decent mouthfeel.

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Bottle: (#8871) Dark caramel, cloudy, medium off-white head, clingy lacing.   Bready aroma, dark pitted fruit, hot caramel sweetness.   Very bready on first sip, slight alcohol, dark fruit, caramel, apple/pear skin.   Big body, somewhat viscous mouthfeel.   Semi-sweet finish, very bready, soft fig/date, lingering pale fruit skin.   Slightly sour as well.   Wished it were a bit sweeter rather than sour.   Otherwise fairly tasty!   Thanks again Jeff!

Earlier Rating: 4/13/2004 Total Score: 4
Bottle pours dark caramel, medium frothy head, with sticky lacing.   Sweet toffee, burnt sugar, and graham crackers on the nose.   Butterscotch & toffee up front, with raisin, dark plums, and figs on the back end.   Slight hop bite as it finishes.   Quite smooth and VERY enjoyable.   Solid mouthfeel & palate, very warming.   Thanks goes out to Rastacouere for the trade!

OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2005
Couleur cuivrée tirant vers le brun aux reflets rougeâtres. Faible mousse beige diminuante se renouvelant volontairement à la moindre agitation du verre. Multiples arômes envoûtants d’alcool entre le sherry et le brandy donnant aussi une impression de début de madérisation. Puis nous arrivent de vieux barils de bois remplis de raisins secs, de figues et de vanille. Toujours en bonne forme, son corps est d’une épaisseur allant de moyenne à épaisse. Gros malt épais et collant, rempli de flaveurs de caramel brûlé faisant également allusion à la mousse de tourbe et aux vieilles planches mouillée. La texture est un peu huileuse. La présence du houblon n’attire pas beaucoup d’attention sur elle-même à part du léger mordant d’amertume qui arrive vers la fin pour finalement laisser place à l’alcool qui nous quitte très lentement. Bouteille Rahman, Mai 2005.

BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2005
2001 bottle. Pours a reddish-amber...small off white head. Aromas of earth, butterscotch malts....very Fullers Vintage-like, light fruits. Flavor accentuates the malts, vanilla, light spice hedged by some nice hops. Full-bodied, another smooth one...could’ve let this one sit even longer. Thanks Rastacouere!

Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2006 2001 : robe rubis orangée surmontée d’une mousse beige toujours renaissante mais fugace. Arômes de caramel, notes boisées, alcool évident, fruits rouges, un peu agrume. Saveurs de sherry, de caramel, d’orange et d’alcool bien balancées. Très très bon! 9-4-9-5-19 2006 : Robe orangée très claire surmontée d’une mousse beige qui s’estompe. Arômes de caramel et de houblon floral. Saveurs de caramel, de houblon floral, herbacé et fruité et de bonbon. Très bon encore, mais ressemble presqu’à une double IPA avec ses accents forts de houblon. 9-4-9-4-18

Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - APR 17, 2005
Vintage 2001.
A muddy orange colored beer with a foamy tan head. Rather sticky malt and fruit aroma with eartly tones. Sharp citrus flavor with sweet malt notes. Smells and tastes old. Thanks Per for this rare beer!

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