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Highland 15th Anniversary Auld Asheville Vintage Ale



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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2010
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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3439) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Fresh bomber. Pours a dark and lightly hazy reddish-sienna color. A moderate, frothy head of khaki colored foam settles in to a thin film with a ponounced, bubbly edge, leaving sticky, jagged patches of lacing behind. The nose is based in dark toffee and toasted bread, with a hint of brown sugar around the edges. Hints of wood and chicory lend a little earthiness, while grassy hops bring in a balancing aromatic bitterness. Likewise, flavors are well balanced between the toasty-sweet toffee and bread elements and the bitter, earthy, woody spices and grassy hops. The palate is substantial, but perhaps just a little papery for the style, sporting a nice, modeate carbonation and a lingering, spicy finish. Solid brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3304) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2010
Bottle back from Bestway in GSO. A mostly raisin, plum, and a little bit of sweetness followed by a bit of a cocoa texture and some faint chocolate notes. The finish is a bit alcoholic and slightly bitter. Fruity aroma with some earthy notes. A bit of a muddy, dirty, sort of drink. I may not care for this style so much so donít hold a low rating against me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3129) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2971) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Thanks to Lee for the bottle. Dark reddish brown pour. Malty, peaty and spicy aroma. Peaty malt, toffee taste. Really nice.

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