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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to my friend Jeff: Pours a transparent copper amber with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts and light fruity complexity with a touch of raisins. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark caramel sweetness with a touch of brown sugar and black cherries before a slightly direr, more bitter and warming finish. Well-balanced and should age nicely.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (6939) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
j12601 (6743) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6308) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6148) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6137) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6033) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
( 22oz bottle thanks to travita) Pours clear brown with nice oily bubbles. Nose of chlorine, hops, citrus, and caramel. Taste of toasted grain, caramel, very low hop presence, with a good, carbonated warm finish.


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