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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2010
22 oz. bottle via trade with smith4498 - Pours a hazy brown color with a 2/3 finger thick light tan head. Very light lacing. Aroma is cookie dough malt and herbal hops. Flavor is sweet toasted malt and esters. Medium to full body. Nothing too complex, but very tasty. A good beer. Thanks Jason.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Deep reddish brown with a steady tan head. Nose is fruity, sweet, a little booze, slightly spicey and overall pretty nice. Flavor starts off semi-sweet with some more spicy hops and British malt character and ends a little boozy and bitter. I do taste a little of the cherry tartness in the finish which adds a nice touch. Pretty well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Pours clear brown with reddish tint. Brief head. Nose is malty and fruity with slight wood and spice notes. Mostly toffee and stewed fruits. Tastes similar to both Highland’s Gaelic Ale but the spice and hops lean to their Cold Mountain as well, but more alcohol than either. Malt profile has a bit of a creamy amber note, which isn’t my favorite, but the fruitiness is nice. Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4046) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Pours a clear ruby copper with a 1-2 finger frothy tan head. Nos is sweet, caramel, fruity and raisiny, toffee, chewy, spicy alcohol. Flavor is sweet, rich malt, a bit astringent. Palate is warm and spicy and grows to be a bit astringent. This beer starts out nicer than it ends up being.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2010
hazy brown pour with a thick tan head. Nose is dominated by raisin and toffee. Palate is dry and bitter. Flavor is caramel, toffee, cereal and dark fruits.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (2963) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Good stuff, the malts are very sweet and caramel. Also its slightly fruit. Palte has a touch of oiliness to it. the hops has a rough astringent bitter to them. still its quite pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bedainedebiere (501) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2010
On tap at Abbey in Deland, Fl. I just found out I had an old ale, as I thought I had something like a DIPA, because it was pretty citrusy hoppy. Quite light body, notes of fruits and sweetness but the hops took a lot of place. Good one!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2647) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Thanks to Lee for the bottle. Dark reddish brown pour. Malty, peaty and spicy aroma. Peaty malt, toffee taste. Really nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010

Name: Auld Asheville Vintage Ale
Date: January 30, 2010
Mode: Cask Conditioned
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: muddy brown, dense beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: big malt aroma, rich dark caramel and brown sugar
Flavor: rich caramel flavor, lots of earthyness keeps it mostly dry, touch of fruity character, light chocolate, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Nice aroma of dates and sugar plums. Flavor seems drier than the aroma would suggest. Hints of leather and wood. Solid.


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