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Highland 15th Anniversary Auld Asheville Vintage Ale



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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yamar1221 (40) - USA - JAN 7, 2010
Poured this bad boy into a snifter and got the distinct aroma of baked fruit and sweet malt. Light caramel head with a constant, simmering tube of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Fairly balanced taste of grapefruit hoppyness with yeast and malt flavors. Great flavor, spicy on the tongue with a bite to the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma is somewhat malty with hint of raisins and dried cranberries/cherries. Malty flavor with a bit of alcohol aftertaste and some cherry, slight caramel. Kind of sweet kind of dry, good mix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bomber shared by Steve. Pours a murky brown with a tan head. Nose is thick worty malt, some British esters, a touch fruity hints of dates and cherry. Malty, a bit dark caramel, cherry, some alcohol with some hop bitterness. Fairly dry finish from alcohol. Not overtly sweet. Medium carbonation.Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2009
22. Deep clear brown ale. Slightly sweet w/ heat and a dry biscuitness. Malty. Great for sipping. Cold Mountain - the Spices + more Alcohol = This. Well not quite, but close.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Pours clear brown with reddish tint. Brief head. Nose is malty and fruity with slight wood and spice notes. Mostly toffee and stewed fruits. Tastes similar to both Highlandís Gaelic Ale but the spice and hops lean to their Cold Mountain as well, but more alcohol than either. Malt profile has a bit of a creamy amber note, which isnít my favorite, but the fruitiness is nice. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Deep reddish brown with a steady tan head. Nose is fruity, sweet, a little booze, slightly spicey and overall pretty nice. Flavor starts off semi-sweet with some more spicy hops and British malt character and ends a little boozy and bitter. I do taste a little of the cherry tartness in the finish which adds a nice touch. Pretty well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Just hit the shelves at Samís Quik Shop in Durham this week and I grabbed a couple 22oz bottles - pours a deep mahogany color with a thin quickly dissapating head. Big aroma of fruit, roasted malt, spices and some woodiness as well. Taste is big and bold as well - nice malty, spicy taste with some dark fruit, oakiness and a shot of alcohol on the tongue on the way down. This brew tastes like a distant cousin (on steroids) to one of my all time favorite brews by Highland (or anyone else for that matter) - Cold Mountain Winter Ale. I think I might pick up a couple more bottles on my next trip to the store for future enjoyment.

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