TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Hazy brown with some beige froth. Nose is dates, figs, caramel and a touch of citrus. Thick and resiny with buzzy carb. Taste is cherry, blackberry and toffee but not overly sweet. Dry woody finish with an earthy, pithy bitterness. Creative brew, i rather liked it.
shigadeyo (2917) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11/21/2010: Highland Ashville Vintage Ale... Aroma: Malty hard candy, orange, sugary caramel and dates. Appearance: Amber-red color; small, frothy ivory-colored head. Flavor: Sweet beginning; sugary hard candy, malty, orange syrup, caramel and prune; alcohol is hidden. Palate: Body is medium-full; thick and sticky texture. Overall: This beer is like drinking BEER CANDY.
1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle (Alc. 9.5% By Volume) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #87 for this beer.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with smith4498 - Pours a hazy brown color with a 2/3 finger thick light tan head. Very light lacing. Aroma is cookie dough malt and herbal hops. Flavor is sweet toasted malt and esters. Medium to full body. Nothing too complex, but very tasty. A good beer. Thanks Jason.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks in-laws trip to Myrtle Beach, shared with Beergeek. Dark orange, good sized white head. Very malty, bready aroma, faint earthy hops and prominent alcohol. Taste s good - lots of alcohol, tons of malt. Initial taste is tinny, might be age of bottle, bu gives way to standard but solid malty/hoppy Scotch Ale like taste. Wished for more complexity and some hops to round off impressive malt profile. Good beer, hefty in the bomber, tastes stronger than it is.
Palidor19 (2841) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good stuff, the malts are very sweet and caramel. Also its slightly fruit. Palte has a touch of oiliness to it. the hops has a rough astringent bitter to them. still its quite pleasant.
smith4498 (2788) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy medium reddish brown color with tan head. Aromas od dark fruits, dough and some alcohol. Sweet raisin flavor with a bit of tartness. Some doughyness and alcohol. Medium body with light carbonation. Not sure what I think of this one.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
red-amber pour, thinnest beige ring. Lightly tart apple nose, honey, bit of cocoa in flavor. Flavor has light metal, grain and toasty, bit of light bubblegum. overly sweet, synthetic, not off but nothing impresses.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy brown pour with a thick tan head. Nose is dominated by raisin and toffee. Palate is dry and bitter. Flavor is caramel, toffee, cereal and dark fruits.
NachlamSie (2535) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Greenlife. It is sure good to see that Highland is in their stride again. This beer is a very dark brown with a good head. Nice aroma here. It is complex and unique with a great balance of hops and malt. Notes of raisins, molasses, wood, cigars, fig, and leather are present. The palate is medium heavy and a little sticky. I was surprised at the level of hoppiness in the flavor. It is nowhere near an IPA or even a strong American styled amber ale, but it is assertively bitter with tasty nips of grass and citrus. Lots of earth, wood, fruit, molasses, and a subtle spice of some kind are present. I really like what Highland has done here. I canít remember the last time I had a beer that tasted quite like this, itís a interesting take on the style and tasty too.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Samís in Durham. Pours clear brown with reddish tint. Brief head. Nose is malty and fruity with slight wood and spice notes. Mostly toffee and stewed fruits. Tastes similar to both Highlandís Gaelic Ale but the spice and hops lean to their Cold Mountain as well, but more alcohol than either. Malt profile has a bit of a creamy amber note, which isnít my favorite, but the fruitiness is nice. Solid.