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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2011
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3400) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3078) - Harrison, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3068) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (2998) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2953) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2010
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2809) - 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 can’t remember the last time I had a beer that tasted quite like this, it’s a interesting take on the style and tasty too.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2010
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.


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