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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Bottle from 5Points. Poured a brownish ruby, with a tight beige head. Nose is nice mix of sticky sweet malt, dark fruit, light roasted malt. Very nice. Taste is also a sticky sweet dark fruit, malt, and sweet roasted notes. Mouth is smooth and carbonation is light. Overall, a nice old ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Bomber pours a dark chestnut body with a small tan head that quickly falls to a cap. Some spotty lace is left on the snifter. Inviting aroma has caramel, molasses, fruity berries, earthy hops, and some darker fruits. Moderate carbonation and a body somewhere between medium and full. Taste has lots of malty caramel and brown sugar, balanced by an earthy hop bitterness and some peppery alcohol. Very fruity middle, with dark fruits like raisins joining the berries from the aroma. Finishes with a lasting earthiness. Tasty and enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2009
22. Deep clear brown ale. Slightly sweet w/ heat and a dry biscuitness. Malty. Great for sipping. Cold Mountain - the Spices + more Alcohol = This. Well not quite, but close.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Just hit the shelves at Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham this week and I grabbed a couple 22oz bottles - pours a deep mahogany color with a thin quickly dissapating head. Big aroma of fruit, roasted malt, spices and some woodiness as well. Taste is big and bold as well - nice malty, spicy taste with some dark fruit, oakiness and a shot of alcohol on the tongue on the way down. This brew tastes like a distant cousin (on steroids) to one of my all time favorite brews by Highland (or anyone else for that matter) - Cold Mountain Winter Ale. I think I might pick up a couple more bottles on my next trip to the store for future enjoyment.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chandler0201 (638) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma is somewhat malty with hint of raisins and dried cranberries/cherries. Malty flavor with a bit of alcohol aftertaste and some cherry, slight caramel. Kind of sweet kind of dry, good mix.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (598) - Alpine, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Pours a dark amber/copper with a bit of beige head. Aroma is some dried fruits and caramel. Taste is breads, dried fruit and toffee. This was a warmer at almost 10%. Unfortunately drinking this one during a Charger loss did not dull the pain.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arventresca (537) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours reddish with nice white head. This is kind of like the Gaelic Ale on steroids. Gaelic is one of if not my favorite beer, so I really enjoyed this one. Nice malty goodness and the alcohol wasn’t terribly noticeable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bedainedebiere (500) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2010
On tap at Abbey in Deland, Fl. I just found out I had an old ale, as I thought I had something like a DIPA, because it was pretty citrusy hoppy. Quite light body, notes of fruits and sweetness but the hops took a lot of place. Good one!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bomber shared by Steve. Pours a murky brown with a tan head. Nose is thick worty malt, some British esters, a touch fruity hints of dates and cherry. Malty, a bit dark caramel, cherry, some alcohol with some hop bitterness. Fairly dry finish from alcohol. Not overtly sweet. Medium carbonation.Tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doboy (416) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Pours a dark copper with a light laced head. good malty aroma, but the mouthfeel was just OK.


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