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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%
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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arch (11) - Gatineau, Quebec, - JUN 5, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2010 ((Vintage 2001) Drunk in 2010. Aroma : Nose is really wine-like, with a bit of dark fruits thrown in and a good amount of alcohol. Appearance : Barely no foam. Instantly reduced to a tiny circle of white foam around the glass. Beer ranges from red to brown, even slightly orange, but totally clear. Taste : Beer is quite fruity, with only hints of sugar. I can taste raisins, dark fruits... Spices even. Taste is as dry as wine but quite mild and the age killed any bitterness this beer might have had. Mouthfeel : Mouthfeel was just perfect. Overall : Honestly, I hoped for a killer and was a bit deceived. Still a good beer, maybe a bit too old and... Wine-like. I wanted a beer more than wine. (Vintage 2009) Drunk in 2010. Aroma : The aroma is lively. Dark fruits, somewhat spicy. Appearance : More off-white foam with this one that leaves some lacing. Beer is ruby red with maybe some orange. A bit hazy. Taste : The taste is GREAT. Plums, grapes, ripe dark fruits. The alcohol is definately felt, but it only gives more character to the brew. Bitterness is well-balanced. Mouthfeel : Just great. Not too think, not too thick. Not too much carbonation. Overall : A great beer. I paid for this half of what I paid for the 2001 and it was two times better in my opinion. Mark is a mix between both reviews. I tasted the 2006 and 2007 editions this year too and they were crazy good too.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (2013) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2016
341 ml bottle, 2011 vintage. Unclear murky copper, lotsa off-white sediment, fading tan foam. Powerful boozy rich fruity caramel malty aroma. Taste is slightly mellower, dark fruits, caramel and toffee, warming alcohol, reminiscent of rum cake or pudding. Softer carbonation, full bodied, moderately hopped. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arcanor (253) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2016
341ml bottled 2015, open on 2016-09-26. Pour orange amber with red reflections. Small bubbles and compact off white foam crowned the liquid. Aroma of wet oak and lightly roasted malt with some dark prune notes. The presence of alcohol is the first to show his nose. The malty feel and the oak chips is well balance. Full body, oily texture and dryness makes a good appearance. Long malty and ethanol finish. Not for the for the fainted.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2016
Bottle 341ml (2013) – cellared for 3 years. Served at room temperature. Pours copper with a slight haze. Head is medium sized, dense, beige, and lasts very well. Aroma shows notes of citrus hops; biscuity malts, glazed orange slices, ripe nectarines, raisins, toffee, brandy (light), aniseed and a pinch of cinnamon. Flavour is a medium hop bitterness with biscuity malts; white nectarines, ruby grapefruit, dried currants, toffee, aniseed, hints of oak and a sappy/peppery finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation, an oily texture and a long warming finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (1175) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 8, 2016
Bottle, 2015 vintage. Cloudy burnt-orange pour with a small white head. Aroma is caramel, plum, hints of citrus. Taste is much the same, caramel, some brighter citrus coming through, dark fruits, plenty of bitterness balancing out. A crisp and citrusy barleywine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
electrotype (654) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2016
2013. Extrêmement sucrée comme bière. C’est une Barley Wine donc il faut s’y attendre, mais ici c’est quand même surprenent. L’alcool est cela dit bien intégrée et c’est probablement un arrêt intéressant pour un amateur du style. Peut-être qu’avec le temps le sucre tend à être réduit?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pictoman (956) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2016
Poured from 341mL bottle (2011 vintage). Orangey brown with beige head and a bit of sediment. Sweet caramel malt, plum, fig, a bit of alcohol, mild hops. Light creamy texture, but flavour dissipates a bit on the finish. May have aged it a little too long (2-2.5 years would’ve probably been best).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sudomorph (1106) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2016
2012 341ml bottle. Pours a clear ruby caramel with a thin, off white head and faint sediment. Aroma has great notes of sweet caramel, dark fruits, bread, and toffee. Taste is balanced but a touch sweet. Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, slight bittering hops, slight alcohol, and a soft, sweeter ending. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall great and nicely aged. Caramel, toffee, bread, and slight alcohol. Yum.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (781) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle in trade 2009 vintage. Dark copper pour. Aroma is dark malts and sweetness. Taste is bitter up front, taste like it has some age on it. Will rerate with newer vintage.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9792) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle shared by Tom - thanks! 2009 vintage. Obviously a great beer, but this has too much age on it - the hops have faded and morphed. Getting some tangerine, caramel, butterscotch.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guil0000 (407) - New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 13, 2016
Poors a light copper/yellowish color with a medium sized tan head that sticks for a while. Nose of lightly roasted malt, then you get this intense dark fruit nose of mostly prunes, grapes and dark cherries. You also get a tiny bit of caramel. taste is pretty sweet at first. You also get a bit of tanginess. Alcool presence is medium to strong at the ending. Mouthfeel is creamy, kind of feels like a stout. Very good beer.


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