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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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Highland’s 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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11942) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11530) - 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
@RichmondX Gathering Thanks butters-22oz bottle-pours a dissipating tan head and copper color. Aroma is dark fruit, medium malt-bread, secondary spice hops. Taste is dark fruit, medium malt-bread, spice hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010

Name: Auld Asheville Vintage Ale
Date: January 30, 2010
Mode: Cask Conditioned
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: muddy brown, dense beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: big malt aroma, rich dark caramel and brown sugar
Flavor: rich caramel flavor, lots of earthyness keeps it mostly dry, touch of fruity character, light chocolate, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy brown color with an average creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and dark fruit aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9158) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Bottle… Lightly hazy, fairly dark, cherry-colored ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. Malty, fruity nose – fruitcake and dates – with a lesser note of fallen wood. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. The flavor leans slightly on the bitter side of balance. Fruity with roasted malts and earthy, woody hops. Lengthy, moderately bitter finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8539) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Bomber from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy orange tinted brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention and not much lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, nougat, spicy citrus hops. The taste is toffee, bitter hops and a weird sugary candylike note, similar to gumdrops. Medium-full bodied. Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8415) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s RBSG 2010. Pours brown. Nose is oak, bourbon, molasses and brown sugars. Taste is light nuts, molasses, brown sugars and a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Bottle thanks to travita. Pours with a tan head and a hazy golden body. Aroma of caramel, grain, alcohol, and sweetness. Not a lot of complexity there. Taste is alcohol, grain, and toasty with some hop presence. Light bubbles and a caramelly. Finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
15th Anniversary ale. It pours a deep rubyish brown with a foamy tan head. The smell is rich and malty. Mostly caramel with a hint of cocoa. There is some notes of port and dark fruitiness. The flavor isn’t bad. It is smooth and malty. There is a bit of off-flavor at first but it mellows out. There are notes of pine and chocolate along with caramel and dark fruits. This is a surprisingly good brew. It isn’t too alcoholic like I was fearing, I aged it for awhile and it was a one-off so if you are still holding on to it you are holding on to something that will probably get better with more age.


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