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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (6934) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Bomber pours ruby amber with thin tan head. The faint aroma is a mix of molasses covered prunes, fig earthiness, ripe cherries and a touch of milk chocolate. The taste is smooth and rich bringing up notes of molasses and some roasty malts bleeding into prunes, cherries and sweet dates. By midway and to the finish it picks up earthiness and a thin yet tasty layer of sweet chocolate. This taste yum.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle at Ryan’s hotel room tasting after session one of EBF in Boston. Pours a hazy light brown with a thin white head. Vinyl, plastic, smells like a kiddy pool. Tastes like it smells, gross oxidized, and full of plastic. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle courtesy of durhambeer. Pours brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of dark fruit, oak, sherry, cognac, warming alcohol. Tastes of some chocolate, soy, dark fruit, earthy, oaky, raisins, peppery. Interesting profile. Finishes velvety and full bodied. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2010
A lasting although irregular off-white cover tops the slightly hazy chestnut brown. That’s a fruity and toasty one friends. A buttery, chocolatey and grapey, plummy ale with sticky toasted malts presented in a round and lightly oily palate despite the small-bubbled, very active carbonation. The spicy, flowery hops are quite surprising in the finish and manage to close the gap to the stickiness. These hops are not only crucial to balance, they’re also elegant and bright even though they don’t feel English. The warming alcohol sensation (not so felt in taste) ultimately combines with the toasty malts in a smokey, vanilla touched final that is more memorable than the aroma and first half in mouth. A pleasant strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2010
bottle, thanks to travita, pours copper colored with an off white head, aromas of sweet caramel malts and fruity, flavors of caramel and brown sugar, some bitterness with a lasting sweet finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bomber courtesy of emacgee. The aroma is dead on old ale with caramel and esters. The flavor is pretty good too with the same and a hint of age too... nice stuff. Perhaps a bit carbonated for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (5939) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (5798) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2010
22 ounce bottle. Pours a clear mahogany color with a large beige head. A sweet nutty and fruity nose. A nice flavor; initially quite hot, warmth, rich malty fruit, berries, caramel, sweet hops, lots to like. A bit young and hot, in a year it might be really amazing. Still, a nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body with a white head. Dark fruity malt tones, nutty with a light roast y body. Creamy and chewy with a modest warming. Roasted malt with a mild woody and pine tone to round this ale out. Decent.

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