St-Ambroise 20th Anniversary Vintage Ale (2009) - McAuslan Brewing
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3.54/5 rDev -9%
(purchased at Binny's on Marcey - carefully poured into a tulip)
A: a fucking twist-off?! seriously?... poured out, lil bubbles on the lip of the bottle... dark, rose-tinted amber liquid... pretty cloudy/hazy... short rise of foam that sinks back into a very thin collar
S: the smell shot out of the bottle as soon as the cap was removed... old yeast dregs, plum wine... a touch of caramel in the far back... the kind of oxidized, broken-down alcohol sweetened malt character I often get with Hitachino Nest bottles... hint of the smoky phenolics associated with Scottish ales
T: mellow flash of acetic acid, pushed along by a port wine-tinged, citrusy booze, all whooshed away with a long, lightly-luscious caramel, mildly chocolaty malty finish... kind of a pyramid or kiss-shaped flavor-stacking - the fat, dull, dumpy malt base tapering lemon-acidy inward up into a acid-bitter crest
M: thickish, medium-full body holds up front, but is immediately held back upon passing the middle of the palate, attenuated out by the back rush of a soft-burning booze
O: kind of reminds me of older, shelf-dusty bottles of strong English ales... this one was pretty oxidized - in an unfortunate transitional stage? soy sauce on the horizon?... not really bad, but would've been nice to have some Stilton or anything creamy and funky to pair (and temper) it with
08-04-2014 04:58:00 | More by Bouleboubier
4.39/5 rDev +12.9%
Clear mahogany colour with a smooth, light tan head.
Rich, dark malt. Smooth. Ester. Aged alcohol.
Sharp alcohol with bits of melanoidiny malt. Sweet. Complex.
Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Really solid. Great flavour and complexity.
06-07-2014 09:13:28 | More by dgilks
4.11/5 rDev +5.7%
Poured from the bottle into a Belgian tulip.
On the pour, a finger thick head is produced and sticky lacing hits the side of the glass. The beer is cloudy and unfiltered and there is some residue at the bottom. Color-wise, the beer is copper brown and mostly opaque.
My nose detects sweet malt, raisins, spicy hops, bread, and port or sherry. These same notes carry into the flavor, as the beer tastes raisiny, slightly spiced up and boozy, and port, vanilla and oak work around my tongue.
The booze is there and gives a slight burn, but it is not overbearing, as is the spiciness from the hops. The beer is moderately carbonated and thus feels somewhat light, although it is still creamy and has a good mouthfeel.
I'm glad I tried this beer and feel it's a good representation of an English barleywine. It's somewhat intense to drink, but there's plenty to enjoy, especially as the beer warms up.
01-27-2014 17:57:35 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.93/5 rDev +1%
12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a cloudy mahogany brown color. Some minimal white froth.
(S)- A rich leathery caramel aroma. Slight hints at oxidation meets toffee and fig. Ever so slight fruity esters.
(T)- Plenty more oxidation than the smell led on. It is met with plenty of sweet caramel and leathery dryness at the same time.
(M)- A smooth yet mellow carbonation level meets a leathery rich sweetness overall. Might be a bit too oxidized at the stage, but still quite enjoyable.
(O)- Definitely a solid english style barleywine that might be a bit too old at this point, though an important note is why use twist off caps for a beer like this? It might also explain the bigger levels of oxidation in this. Either way it is still enjoyable but not getting any better age-wise at this point.
01-05-2014 20:42:45 | More by sweemzander
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
Thanks to Kegatron for splitting this 12oz bottle with me. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear copper color with a scant head. A thin off-white cap rests atop with spotty lace sticking to the glass.
The aroma contains notes of raisons; fruity to floral with alcohol. Some bready grain character rests underneath with a mild hint of oxidation.
The tastes includes some raison-like fruity booze that blends into something more floral. A bit bready with malt and light cardboard oxidation is noticed across the bak like the aroma simuggeated. The booze character is slightly solvent but integrated well.
This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is a and boozy sipper that shows a little bit of it's age but it is still quite enjoyable. Thanks for sharing Heath.
12-12-2013 14:36:24 | More by stakem
3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
A : Poured a amber with good carbonation leaving a mild white cap, some good lacing
S: The nose is some blend of dark and light fruits covered in toffee and butterscotch
T : Initial dark fruits with some toffee, caramel and slight Worthers original type taste(candy, not as a bad byproduct). A little bit of heat and some light fruits in the background.
M: Medium-full bodied, well carbonated, plenty of flavor on the palate. No bigtime flaws or off notes.
O: Pretty nice English bwine.
07-09-2013 17:41:56 | More by barleywinefiend
4.2/5 rDev +8%
I didn't quite know what to expect upon purchasing this bottle, to say the least- I was surprised.
Looks good in the glass, fizzy carbonation, minimal lacing. Brown opaque color, burnt looking.
Smells funky, you get some smoked malts in there, tobacco, scotch, wood, then there's the fruit: tart cherry, date, and plum. it's kinda all over the place there...
Taste is as equally interesting. It feels like my mouth is doing cartwheels and somersaults. The beer is really everywhere as far as flavor goes. I do get a very dry mouthfeel, the carbonation is really champagne-like. As the same with the nose there's an abundance of flavors from savory to tart. There's also a flavor of barrel, but it's not vanilla-rather burnt oak, I like it.
Mouthfeel wise, I get a very dry smokey-tart puckering that reminds me of a sour ale. I am inclined to think that this beer is innoculated with some brett (maybe from the barrels?)
Overall, this beer is a very weird, but intriguing beer. I do feel like the beer is somewhat tiring to drink (there's just alot going on). But I would be very happy with a 6oz serving though!
07-09-2013 16:46:40 | More by OldPenguinHunter
St-Ambroise 20th Anniversary Vintage Ale (2009) from McAuslan Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.