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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 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 Samís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Draft sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. deep red pour with an off white head... English hop notes... deep body with dark fruit... sweet malt body... strong finish. Very enjoyable and would make for a nice after dinner sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arventresca (567) - 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 wasnít terribly noticeable.

   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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrmac (333) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Pours that vintage ale brown color with a decent head. The nose is caramel and other sweet notes. Maybe a bit fruity. A nice flavor of wood aging dominates the palate here. This beer is great.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Pours a dark, murky, cherry-tinted brown color. Not much is discernable in the aroma, but the taste is a complex fruitiness. Rather than raisins and prunes, however, the flavor is almost berry-like with a fresh sweetness that is not overbearing or cloying. Smooth and quite drinkable, this one is an intriguing change-of-pace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11398) - 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 isnít 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 isnít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6099) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle from Brusiní Ales, via NachlamSie (Thanks!). Brownish red, decent sized head. Aroma is gingerbread, a hint of cherry, and a woody, oaky note. Flavor is a mix of delicious with a touch of awesome. Specifically, there is a rich bready, malty base that supports notes of oak, cherry, some caramel, some nice mellow hop flavors. Very tasty stuff!

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