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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%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3293) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4914) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Bomber. Clear, deep brown with a small lasting ring of bubbles. Nose of plum, chocolate, cherry liqueur, toffee, and light wood. Medium body is sweet and smoothly carbonated, thinned nicely by alcohol. Flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, cherry cordial, and caramel. Long-after finish has some earthy spice, wood, peat, and citrus; all of which dry out the malt well. Nice balance in this sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle. Opaque, murky brown. Minimal tan carbonation. A lighter, leaner version of something like Hardys or JW Lees. Great aged malt and old wood elements, cookie, toffee, cocoa, and graham cracker notes. Subtle earthy bitterness. Medium/full body, balanced, not cloying at all. Easy to drink considering the style and ABV. I dig it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to my friend Jeff: Pours a transparent copper amber with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts and light fruity complexity with a touch of raisins. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark caramel sweetness with a touch of brown sugar and black cherries before a slightly direr, more bitter and warming finish. Well-balanced and should age nicely.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2146) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (619) - 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.

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