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Highland 15th Anniversary Auld Asheville Vintage Ale

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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2100) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (612) - 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.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chandler0201 (645) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yamar1221 (40) - USA - JAN 7, 2010
Poured this bad boy into a snifter and got the distinct aroma of baked fruit and sweet malt. Light caramel head with a constant, simmering tube of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Fairly balanced taste of grapefruit hoppyness with yeast and malt flavors. Great flavor, spicy on the tongue with a bite to the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3848) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle shared at Maniac’s Richmond Tenth Gathering. Pours a nice clear dark brown with mahogany highlights and fair tan head. Nose is like a woodsy scotch ale. Flavor is floral, herbal, earthy, malty, scotch. Tasty brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1853) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Pours a deep ruby-brown into the glass, with a minimal head that leaves trace lace. The nose has lots of brown sugar and dark fruits, with hints of spiced bread. The flavors are similar, but slightly drier, with just a touch of bitter to close the finish. Also noted are biscuits and flour throughout the mid-palate. Alcohol is noted at the very end, especially as the brew warms. Medium-bodied with a slightly dry texture contrasting the dark fruits makes for a nice old ale. Decent character for this Highland offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Very fruity aroma. Dark amber in appearance with a one-finger tan head. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet, ripe fruit taste. Sweetness grows as you drink the beer. Very nice, worth getting if you get the chance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6323) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2010
22 ounce bottle. Pours a clear mahogany color with a large beige head. A sweet nutty and fruity nose. A nice flavor; initially quite hot, warmth, rich malty fruit, berries, caramel, sweet hops, lots to like. A bit young and hot, in a year it might be really amazing. Still, a nice brew.


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