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Highland 15th Anniversary Auld Asheville Vintage Ale

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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Bomber from Tylerís Bottle Shop, Carrboro. Another tasty seasonal from Highland. Very bright mahogany pour, almost lively and youthful looking for an old ale. Moderate carbonation, smallish head. The nose is similarly fresh, an interesting fruity bouquet given what I expect from the style. Medium mouthfeel, a hint of slickness towards the finish. Some depth of character emerges while sipping, with toffee, mild smoke, and some spice coming through, but thereís this fruity overtone throughout, with just a hint of cola. Wish Iíd gotten another to age, as itíll be interesting to see how this changes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2010
22oz. Bottle from trade with Suttree: Aroma of caramel, malt, light wood, slight peat, light grain, and slight molasses. Poured deep amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, beige head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Hazy. Lightly sparkling. Just a few large particles. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, wood, caramel, light grain, slight peat, slight tobacco, black bread, and a hint of hops. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, wood, caramel, and slight peat finish is a little dry. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2935) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2010
Bottle, thanks in-laws trip to Myrtle Beach, shared with Beergeek. Dark orange, good sized white head. Very malty, bready aroma, faint earthy hops and prominent alcohol. Taste s good - lots of alcohol, tons of malt. Initial taste is tinny, might be age of bottle, bu gives way to standard but solid malty/hoppy Scotch Ale like taste. Wished for more complexity and some hops to round off impressive malt profile. Good beer, hefty in the bomber, tastes stronger than it is.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - APR 16, 2010
Poured red with a decent off-white head. Spice, honey and hops in the flavor and aroma. Fairly sweet with a nice kick of hops though. Didnít like how it felt on the palate though.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arventresca (564) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours reddish with nice white head. This is kind of like the Gaelic Ale on steroids. Gaelic is one of if not my favorite beer, so I really enjoyed this one. Nice malty goodness and the alcohol wasnít terribly noticeable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3561) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 3, 2010
Bomber from Chipís in Kill Devil Hills. Pours a great clear reddish-brown color with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, spice, and honey. Smells pretty nice. Flavor is very sweet but good. Caramel and toffee, sweet honey, and resinous hops. Somewhat syrupy on the palate with medium-full body. A pretty solid beer overall - really enjoyed it.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2606) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2010
Bottle back from Bestway in GSO. A mostly raisin, plum, and a little bit of sweetness followed by a bit of a cocoa texture and some faint chocolate notes. The finish is a bit alcoholic and slightly bitter. Fruity aroma with some earthy notes. A bit of a muddy, dirty, sort of drink. I may not care for this style so much so donít hold a low rating against me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 2, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of travita) Pours a clear mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, peat, earth, and toasted grain. Flavor of caramel malt, earth, apple, peat, and raisins with a bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1 - Pours clear amber with a small tan head...aroma is grainy malt, light vanilla and light spice...flavour is similar, candy corn?, burnt sugar bitterness and sweet gritty grain...pretty tasty stuff...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1453) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Raleigh (Brier Creek location). Muddy brownish-orange pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of apricot, fig, brown sugar, and peach syrup. The flavors feature tangerine and peach upfront with some malty sweetness and a hint of oak on the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin considering what this is but the moderate alcohol warmth is just as expected. I would have liked a bit more sweetness to go with the general fruitiness in the flavor but overall this is a fine old ale.


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