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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biznizness (1070) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Draft at Duckworthís. Another pretty disappointing brew. Just didnít have too much flavor for a beer this strong. I have a bottle in the fridge, Iíll try it again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (5924) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Tap. Clear amber pour, small white head. Aroma of earth, malt, and biscuits. Tqste is similar, with medium mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle shared at Maniacís Richmond Tenth Gathering. Pours a nice clear dark brown with mahogany highlights and fair tan head. Nose is like a woodsy scotch ale. Flavor is floral, herbal, earthy, malty, scotch. Tasty brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle. Opaque, murky brown. Minimal tan carbonation. A lighter, leaner version of something like Hardys or JW Lees. Great aged malt and old wood elements, cookie, toffee, cocoa, and graham cracker notes. Subtle earthy bitterness. Medium/full body, balanced, not cloying at all. Easy to drink considering the style and ABV. I dig it.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2010
courtesy of thenewguy, thanks george! Fruity caramel malts on the nose with hints of a spiciness, dark fruits, cherries. Pours a reddish amber with a thin head. Very rich malty flavors, dark cherry, light molasses, creamy and smooth with a slight bite at the end. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3954) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Pours a clear ruby copper with a 1-2 finger frothy tan head. Nos is sweet, caramel, fruity and raisiny, toffee, chewy, spicy alcohol. Flavor is sweet, rich malt, a bit astringent. Palate is warm and spicy and grows to be a bit astringent. This beer starts out nicer than it ends up being.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Fresh bomber. Pours a dark and lightly hazy reddish-sienna color. A moderate, frothy head of khaki colored foam settles in to a thin film with a ponounced, bubbly edge, leaving sticky, jagged patches of lacing behind. The nose is based in dark toffee and toasted bread, with a hint of brown sugar around the edges. Hints of wood and chicory lend a little earthiness, while grassy hops bring in a balancing aromatic bitterness. Likewise, flavors are well balanced between the toasty-sweet toffee and bread elements and the bitter, earthy, woody spices and grassy hops. The palate is substantial, but perhaps just a little papery for the style, sporting a nice, modeate carbonation and a lingering, spicy finish. Solid brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle from Brusiní Ales, via NachlamSie (Thanks!). Brownish red, decent sized head. Aroma is gingerbread, a hint of cherry, and a woody, oaky note. Flavor is a mix of delicious with a touch of awesome. Specifically, there is a rich bready, malty base that supports notes of oak, cherry, some caramel, some nice mellow hop flavors. Very tasty stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Bomber thanks NachlamSie! Pours hazy amber, very murky. Aroma has lots of wood, some dark fruit, sweet smoky malt and earthy hops, flavor is very much the same, just smoky and woody enough to avoid a too sweet finish. Really awesome stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2721) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Bomber from Greenlife. It is sure good to see that Highland is in their stride again. This beer is a very dark brown with a good head. Nice aroma here. It is complex and unique with a great balance of hops and malt. Notes of raisins, molasses, wood, cigars, fig, and leather are present. The palate is medium heavy and a little sticky. I was surprised at the level of hoppiness in the flavor. It is nowhere near an IPA or even a strong American styled amber ale, but it is assertively bitter with tasty nips of grass and citrus. Lots of earth, wood, fruit, molasses, and a subtle spice of some kind are present. I really like what Highland has done here. I canít remember the last time I had a beer that tasted quite like this, itís a interesting take on the style and tasty too.


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