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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.


3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5015) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Deep copper pour with light tan head and lace. Caramel and bread on the nose. Chicory, sweet malt, caramel and an almost EKG hop flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - APR 16, 2010
Poured red with a decent off-white head. Spice, honey and hops in the flavor and aroma. Fairly sweet with a nice kick of hops though. Didn’t like how it felt on the palate though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Fresh bomber. Pours a dark and lightly hazy reddish-sienna color. A moderate, frothy head of khaki colored foam settles in to a thin film with a ponounced, bubbly edge, leaving sticky, jagged patches of lacing behind. The nose is based in dark toffee and toasted bread, with a hint of brown sugar around the edges. Hints of wood and chicory lend a little earthiness, while grassy hops bring in a balancing aromatic bitterness. Likewise, flavors are well balanced between the toasty-sweet toffee and bread elements and the bitter, earthy, woody spices and grassy hops. The palate is substantial, but perhaps just a little papery for the style, sporting a nice, modeate carbonation and a lingering, spicy finish. Solid brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Bottle thanks to travita. Pours with a tan head and a hazy golden body. Aroma of caramel, grain, alcohol, and sweetness. Not a lot of complexity there. Taste is alcohol, grain, and toasty with some hop presence. Light bubbles and a caramelly. Finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
( 22oz bottle thanks to travita) Pours clear brown with nice oily bubbles. Nose of chlorine, hops, citrus, and caramel. Taste of toasted grain, caramel, very low hop presence, with a good, carbonated warm finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3742) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Brown with a small beige head. Aroma is of peat, toffee, caramel, and bread. Taste is of toffee, peat and caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6027) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bomber courtesy of emacgee. The aroma is dead on old ale with caramel and esters. The flavor is pretty good too with the same and a hint of age too... nice stuff. Perhaps a bit carbonated for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body with a white head. Dark fruity malt tones, nutty with a light roast y body. Creamy and chewy with a modest warming. Roasted malt with a mild woody and pine tone to round this ale out. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 3, 2010
Bomber from Chip’s in Kill Devil Hills. Pours a great clear reddish-brown color with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, spice, and honey. Smells pretty nice. Flavor is very sweet but good. Caramel and toffee, sweet honey, and resinous hops. Somewhat syrupy on the palate with medium-full body. A pretty solid beer overall - really enjoyed it.


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