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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4147) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Pours a clear ruby copper with a 1-2 finger frothy tan head. Nos is sweet, caramel, fruity and raisiny, toffee, chewy, spicy alcohol. Flavor is sweet, rich malt, a bit astringent. Palate is warm and spicy and grows to be a bit astringent. This beer starts out nicer than it ends up being.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Bomber from Tylerís Bottle Shop, Carrboro. Another tasty seasonal from Highland. Very bright mahogany pour, almost lively and youthful looking for an old ale. Moderate carbonation, smallish head. The nose is similarly fresh, an interesting fruity bouquet given what I expect from the style. Medium mouthfeel, a hint of slickness towards the finish. Some depth of character emerges while sipping, with toffee, mild smoke, and some spice coming through, but thereís this fruity overtone throughout, with just a hint of cola. Wish Iíd gotten another to age, as itíll be interesting to see how this changes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3935) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Brown with a small beige head. Aroma is of peat, toffee, caramel, and bread. Taste is of toffee, peat and caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3860) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle shared at Maniacís Richmond Tenth Gathering. Pours a nice clear dark brown with mahogany highlights and fair tan head. Nose is like a woodsy scotch ale. Flavor is floral, herbal, earthy, malty, scotch. Tasty brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3847) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (3824) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Bottle @ post EBF tasting. Amber pour with tan head. Notes of woody, fruity, nutty and roasty malt and some slight spices. Warming only slight.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle at the 10th Richmond RateBeer Gathering courtesy of Butters on 01/16/2010. Clear dark brown body with a small frothy off-white head. Sweet floral and light citrus hop aroma with some caramel. Sweet floral and light citrus hop flavor on a caramel and pale malt background. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 28, 2010
In the bottle from Leukenís. Pours a cloudy ice tea color with a thin, almost non-existent off white head. Outstanding dark fruit flavors. A touch of woodruff perhaps? Quite sweet, thick and malty. Chocolate and good hop balance provide a crisp roasty conclusion. This is a manís beer. Seems like there is lots of finishing oak to this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3573) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 3, 2010
Bomber from Chipís in Kill Devil Hills. Pours a great clear reddish-brown color with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, spice, and honey. Smells pretty nice. Flavor is very sweet but good. Caramel and toffee, sweet honey, and resinous hops. Somewhat syrupy on the palate with medium-full body. A pretty solid beer overall - really enjoyed it.


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