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%
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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Odysseyalien (73) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2013
I had one of these originally when I first started liking barleywines. Didn’t think much of it at the time. As my tastes have matured in the last year or two, I have to say this is one of the best English barleywines I’ve had. I poured this into my snifter and there was not much of a head. There is some lacing as I slowly sip this into my belly. Oddly, of any beer I’ve ever had of any kind, this one seems to have no aroma. If I glue my nose to the glass rim and sniff hard, a very subtle sweetness but really, an obviously weak aroma to none at all. The taste though is right on the money for an English barleywine. Prunes come to mine on my first sip. Moderately sweet as I’ve certainly had sweeter and less sweet barleywines. Little hop profile which is par for the course. All in all, I hope to get another one of these and maybe put some additional years on it. Very tasty and one you will want to add to your collection if you like English barleywines.

saindon (3) - - JUN 18, 2017 does not count
Millesime de 2006 dégustée au mois de juin 2017! Magnifique bière à l’arome et au gout complexe et fondu. Notes de pruneau et finale de réglisse. gout long et persistant. On ne sent pas l’alcool de 9.2%.

toffsbury (118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
UPDATED: APR 15, 2017 Two ratings, since RateBeer considers these the same beer. They’re not. 2016 bottle: consumed young in April 2017. Pours a clear amber, not too bubbly, but not as flat as a lot of barleywines. Aroma is initially earthy and subtly sweet, not a lot of alcohol for its 10%. Surprising amount of bitterness up front, but subsequent sips reveal a malty and floral backbone. Bitter hops sit on the tongue throughout; age would probably mellow this out. Scores: Aroma 7, appearance 4, taste 8, palate 5, overall 17 - total 4.1 2012 bottle: consumed a few days later, April 2017. Not at all clear; a cloudy brown - looks almost like thick apple cider. Suspended particles visible through the haze. Bubbles barely there; just a hint of white at the edge of the glass. Aroma is a rich cocktail of malt, caramel, and apples. Palate is thick, but mouthfeel is negatively impacted by the low carbonation, which has reduced significantly with age. Taste: light bitterness, moderate sweetness. Apple and caramel with a hint of rusted metal. This is very good, but has probably aged past its prime. Would have loved to try the 2013 or 2014 bottle. I’ll be saving my other 2016 for two more years. Scores: Aroma 9, appearance 2, taste 8, palate 4, overall 17 - total 4.0.

Bierdimpfe (640) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2017
1 year old bottle : Sexy veiled dark amber color, with low activity and a haze of yeast. Creamy and slightly frothy light brown 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with decent legs and good swirl construct. Flavors of dark grains, caramel, clove, apples, berries, Belgian yeast, honey, oak, herbal spices. Dense sugary malts with deep bitter and coarse spices, not perfumy. Thick oily medium body with crispy and prickly carbonation. Very strong finish, some burnt caramel, thick yeast, leafy hops, orange peels, soft barrel aged feel. Quite bold and heavily spiced, a bit too much. Not pleasant and slightly astringent. Sharp vinous and very dry, did not age well. Not well intensified nor accessible, boosting low freshness. The body feels a little too thick. The flavors are still pretty good, and it’s quite warming. Quality ingredients but poor performance. Overall good quality craft, more like a cross between a quad than an actual true barleywine.

Lagerboy (2189) - 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)

Arcanor (421) - 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.

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.

ljthiessen (1324) - 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.

electrotype (655) - 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?

pictoman (1084) - 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).

sudomorph (1153) - 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.

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