McAuslan Vintage AleSeptember 1, 2000 Montreal, PQ, Canada
McAuslan Brewing Co.
Montreal, PQ, Canada
Available: ON, PQ
This strong, highly hopped beer was brewed on the tenth anniversary of the first brewing at the McAuslan brewery. A single batch will be brewed every year to mark future anniversaries.
Color: burnished copper
Original gravity: n/a
Exciting orange robe that begs to be naked. The head of irregularly sized bubbles is lovely. So is the nose―freshly picked peaches and plums, very inviting. The taste is round and voluptuous. The flavor is fruity, yet not too sweet or cloying―seductive and quite easy to drink. Serve it with mussels and pomme frites, or, better yet, cook the mussels in it. Bravo!
- Charles Finkel
Simply extraordinary. Beautiful. To die for. Full and malty sweet with exquisite complexity. Fruity esters and the balance of hop, malt and alcohol-related flavors makes this one of the most friendly barley wines in the world. It makes a statement with its flavor, yet it is invitingly smooth and welcoming. Skillfully made and a collector's choice.
- Charlie Papazian
An enticing aroma of Madeira wine and marzipan with a good balance of spicy hops. The palate is dominated by such dark fruits as raisins and sultanas, with cobnuts, creamy malt and bitter hops. The finish is surprisingly quenching, with peppery, spicy hops holding up well under such a barrage of fruit and alcohol. It is finally dry, bitter and darkly vinous. McAuslan's ales use a yeast strain from Hull in Yorkshire, but this magnificent ale reminds of a specialty from further north: the remarkable rich, winey, fruity and nutty cakes from Dundee, Scotland. As the beer hails from Quebec, I will mark it bi-lingually "fantastic/fantastique."
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.