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


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RATINGS: 516   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005
2001 Vintage. It’d been a while since I’d had this, but a friend picked up a bottle in Montreal and a got the opportunity to try it again. Oh. My. God. It was a revelation in a glass, especially having had the chance to age for four years, it was absolutely delicious. You can practically chew this one, and it has a fantastic caramel, dried fruit nose and flavour. Just simply amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2005
This is a great Barley Wine. Thanks Rastaouere. Caramel, earthy, and roasty flavors. Finishes rich, smooth, and chewy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (19872) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
Hazy amber color; creamy head. Wonderful malty and hoppy aroma, some phenol, mature. Round barleywine, with a lot of malt, caramel and the correct (strong) hopping; some Madeirization in the final, shows its age. Thanks Per for sharing this bootle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
Huge and warmfelt thanks to DOUGSHOEMAKER for treating Jadoreblanche and I to a bottle of this nectar! Bottle # 6173- Pours a deep orange body, topped by a creay beige head that sits around, and locks that flavour in. Lots of carbonation here too. Aroma is of prunes/rasins, some alcohol, malts, yeast, and spices. Reminds me of a port. Complex! Taste is bittersweet, rasins, vinious, spicy. Tonnes of malt. Creamy mouthfeel, bitter aftertaste. Very warming. Great complexity of flavours and feelings. There’s really so muich going on here, it is hard for me to fathom. Complex in every aspect. My idea of what a barley wine should be! Way to go McAuslan! Thanks again Doug, I owe ya one for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
Huge thanks to Doug Shoemaker for this exquisite treat!!! Pours an orange/red body, with a medium creamy off white head. Tons of carbonation. Aroma is very complex. Strong raisin aroma sort of like raisin bread. An alcohol scent that slightly burns the nose. Sweet malts also present, very inviting. Taste is bitter sweet. Strong alcohol flavour, with raisins dominating. slight spice, and malts also in the tatse, and faint breadiness. Creamy on the pallate, with a nice lingering bitterness. Nice warming effect. Keeps you wanting more. Overall very complex but well balanced, was a pleasure to try!

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