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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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle at the 10th Richmond RateBeer Gathering courtesy of Butters on 01/16/2010. Clear dark brown body with a small frothy off-white head. Sweet floral and light citrus hop aroma with some caramel. Sweet floral and light citrus hop flavor on a caramel and pale malt background. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
bottle thanks to travita. deep amber pour with a cream head. nose is thick caramel with some light hops. nice on the palate, smooth caramel flavor with a sweet malty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3400) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2010
22 oz bottle. Hazy brown with some beige froth. Nose is dates, figs, caramel and a touch of citrus. Thick and resiny with buzzy carb. Taste is cherry, blackberry and toffee but not overly sweet. Dry woody finish with an earthy, pithy bitterness. Creative brew, i rather liked it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4168) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
The smell is wood, fruits, malts, hops, pine, and caramel. The look is amber to red in color with no head. The taste is alcohol, malts, hops, pine, and caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1503) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Raleigh (Brier Creek location). Muddy brownish-orange pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of apricot, fig, brown sugar, and peach syrup. The flavors feature tangerine and peach upfront with some malty sweetness and a hint of oak on the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin considering what this is but the moderate alcohol warmth is just as expected. I would have liked a bit more sweetness to go with the general fruitiness in the flavor but overall this is a fine old ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2010
22oz bottle. Small beige head atop cloudy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin/plum, caramel, some earthy/wood, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, plum/raisin, grapefruit/earthy, caramel, light alcohol/alcohol warming. Cherry slips into the flavor as the beer warms. Medium-full body, somewhat sticky. Quite nice as a sipping beer, such that the 22oz bottle is best shared.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2010
22oz bottle thanks to SincereNC, I always enjoy a good old ale or barleywine. This was definitely an old ale and the abv made it very easy to drink. Ruby color, smells fruity and tastes liek old ale should. Not quite thick enough for my taste as I prefer something like Old Stock but this was easy to kill the entire bomber. Overall, not a bad old ale at all and I was glad to have tried it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-31-2010 02:47:36

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hank1980 (945) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bomber. Pours a deep amber, mostly clear with a thinning head. Aroma is fruity esters, big caramel malts, some toffee, big burnt biscuit, more fruit, leather, and herbal hops. Flavor is sugary sweet with caramel malts, toffee, honey, deep toast, light nutty malts, herbal and grassy hops, light flowery note, big fruity esters all around- plums and figs, some peach, earth and leather and a medium drying finish with more mineral prickliness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy brown color with an average creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and dark fruit aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.


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