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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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Bomber thanks NachlamSie! Pours hazy amber, very murky. Aroma has lots of wood, some dark fruit, sweet smoky malt and earthy hops, flavor is very much the same, just smoky and woody enough to avoid a too sweet finish. Really awesome stuff.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3010) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2011
750 ml Bottle. Definetly from one of the AZ crew! Nice dark brown frothy pour. Rich deep favor coffee cherries and chocolate. A pallet that lingers! Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (608) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
15th Anniversary ale. It pours a deep rubyish brown with a foamy tan head. The smell is rich and malty. Mostly caramel with a hint of cocoa. There is some notes of port and dark fruitiness. The flavor isn’t bad. It is smooth and malty. There is a bit of off-flavor at first but it mellows out. There are notes of pine and chocolate along with caramel and dark fruits. This is a surprisingly good brew. It isn’t too alcoholic like I was fearing, I aged it for awhile and it was a one-off so if you are still holding on to it you are holding on to something that will probably get better with more age.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8539) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Bomber from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy orange tinted brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention and not much lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, nougat, spicy citrus hops. The taste is toffee, bitter hops and a weird sugary candylike note, similar to gumdrops. Medium-full bodied. Meh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjuf1853 (1238) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brownish amber color with a thin beige head. Woodsy, malty aroma with a noticeable alcohol presence. Nice rich flavor with a good mixture of spices in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Thanks to bmanning for opening up this bottle. Served in a Cantillon tulip. Pours crimson with a nice light tan head and good lacing. Good retention as well. The nose is really nice with of touch of sherry-like oxidation. Dark fruits and a nice sweetness there as well. Caramel and cherry notes in there, too. The taste is not quite as complex and there is a good amount of bitterness. Medium body and a touch of booze. Slightly creamy. Really nice overall with an incredible nose. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-25-2011

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3280) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours out a dark brown / red color with a tan head on it. Smells sweet and fruity, some raisins and sugar in the nose. Taste is similar with a slight alcohol burn. Interesting beer that, sadly, is no longer around. These guys make some good beers for their special releases, they just need to hit a good winner with something that goes in six packs.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle courtesy of durhambeer. Pours brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of dark fruit, oak, sherry, cognac, warming alcohol. Tastes of some chocolate, soy, dark fruit, earthy, oaky, raisins, peppery. Interesting profile. Finishes velvety and full bodied. Enjoyable.


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