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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6071) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle from Brusin’ 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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6054) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5779) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Deep copper pour with light tan head and lace. Caramel and bread on the nose. Chicory, sweet malt, caramel and an almost EKG hop flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5500) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5247) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
bottle thanks to travita. deep amber pour with a cream head. nose is thick caramel with some light hops. nice on the palate, smooth caramel flavor with a sweet malty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bomber. Pours a deep amber, mostly clear with a thinning head. Aroma is fruity esters, big caramel malts, some toffee, big burnt biscuit, more fruit, leather, and herbal hops. Flavor is sugary sweet with caramel malts, toffee, honey, deep toast, light nutty malts, herbal and grassy hops, light flowery note, big fruity esters all around- plums and figs, some peach, earth and leather and a medium drying finish with more mineral prickliness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Thanks to bmanning for opening up this bottle. Served in a Cantillon tulip. Pours crimson with a nice light tan head and good lacing. Good retention as well. The nose is really nice with of touch of sherry-like oxidation. Dark fruits and a nice sweetness there as well. Caramel and cherry notes in there, too. The taste is not quite as complex and there is a good amount of bitterness. Medium body and a touch of booze. Slightly creamy. Really nice overall with an incredible nose. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-25-2011

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2010
22oz. Bottle from trade with Suttree: Aroma of caramel, malt, light wood, slight peat, light grain, and slight molasses. Poured deep amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, beige head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Hazy. Lightly sparkling. Just a few large particles. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, wood, caramel, light grain, slight peat, slight tobacco, black bread, and a hint of hops. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, wood, caramel, and slight peat finish is a little dry. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4874) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Bomber. Clear, deep brown with a small lasting ring of bubbles. Nose of plum, chocolate, cherry liqueur, toffee, and light wood. Medium body is sweet and smoothly carbonated, thinned nicely by alcohol. Flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, cherry cordial, and caramel. Long-after finish has some earthy spice, wood, peat, and citrus; all of which dry out the malt well. Nice balance in this sipper.


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