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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Highlandís 15th Anniversary Auld Asheville Ale has been brewed to celebrate our tradition of brewing fine ales and lagers. This version of an English Old Ale has a bold profile from fine British malts, woodsy and estery aromas from traditional British ale yeast, and bittering from Styrian Bobek hops. The addition of Sterling hops provides a hint of spiciness on the nose. These flavors combined with a bright cheery redolence create a savory "Auld Ale" that will warm the dreariest of winter nights.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Bottle from 5Points. Poured a brownish ruby, with a tight beige head. Nose is nice mix of sticky sweet malt, dark fruit, light roasted malt. Very nice. Taste is also a sticky sweet dark fruit, malt, and sweet roasted notes. Mouth is smooth and carbonation is light. Overall, a nice old ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doboy (416) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Pours a dark copper with a light laced head. good malty aroma, but the mouthfeel was just OK.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cpetrone84 (1202) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 Re-review April of 2011 Pours a slightly hazy ruby red with a creamy light tan head. The nose has a bright bruit flavor of apple and pear with some herbal spice but a hint of a metallic twang. The taste falls off hard, the fruitiness is still there but clear oxidation creates a strong note of paper and cardboard. Carmalized brown sugar adds the malt balance on a medium body falling off with a light carb in the back. Too sweet and a bit heavily oxidized. ************************************* 3/5/10 A-pours a deep reddish mahogany color. A tanned head with one finger of it. Little retention and head S-the nose is very sweet but a little light. A light caramel and bready malt seems to set a foundation for malty sweetness in the form of dark fruits. Some dark cherries, ripe plum, notes of rum raisin. T-this is a malt explosion. Hint of toasted biscuit and caramel are the foundation in which the malt sweetness builds off of. Some cherries start off, ripe plums, rum soaked raisins. There is actually a light hop presence with a touch of citric and bitter hops at the finish. M-very smooth and syrupy with a nice medium to full body. Its wet and juicy with very low carbonation in an absolutely perfect way. It finishes wet and firm not giving in. D-this is a very solid old ale. This is actually becoming a favorite style, although they all are, right? Itís a little boozy but had some great balance for the style. Great dark fruitiness and a nice little hop presence.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 28, 2010
In the bottle from Leukenís. Pours a cloudy ice tea color with a thin, almost non-existent off white head. Outstanding dark fruit flavors. A touch of woodruff perhaps? Quite sweet, thick and malty. Chocolate and good hop balance provide a crisp roasty conclusion. This is a manís beer. Seems like there is lots of finishing oak to this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2010
22oz bottle thanks to SincereNC, I always enjoy a good old ale or barleywine. This was definitely an old ale and the abv made it very easy to drink. Ruby color, smells fruity and tastes liek old ale should. Not quite thick enough for my taste as I prefer something like Old Stock but this was easy to kill the entire bomber. Overall, not a bad old ale at all and I was glad to have tried it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-31-2010 02:47:36

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (3652) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2010
22 ounce bought at Bruisin Ales. Wow. Thatís what I call a malt bomb. A massive barley wine/winter warmer with caramel and toffee flavors. Maybe not the most appropriate for a summer day, but nice to mellow out with.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3436) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Bomber. Clear, deep brown with a small lasting ring of bubbles. Nose of plum, chocolate, cherry liqueur, toffee, and light wood. Medium body is sweet and smoothly carbonated, thinned nicely by alcohol. Flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, cherry cordial, and caramel. Long-after finish has some earthy spice, wood, peat, and citrus; all of which dry out the malt well. Nice balance in this sipper.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (2465) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Bottle @ post EBF tasting. Amber pour with tan head. Notes of woody, fruity, nutty and roasty malt and some slight spices. Warming only slight.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7137) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Bottle at PilsnerPeterís RBSG 2010. Pours brown. Nose is oak, bourbon, molasses and brown sugars. Taste is light nuts, molasses, brown sugars and a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11191) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2010
22oz bottle. Small beige head atop cloudy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin/plum, caramel, some earthy/wood, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, plum/raisin, grapefruit/earthy, caramel, light alcohol/alcohol warming. Cherry slips into the flavor as the beer warms. Medium-full body, somewhat sticky. Quite nice as a sipping beer, such that the 22oz bottle is best shared.


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