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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.


3.5
   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 (7874) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2010
A lasting although irregular off-white cover tops the slightly hazy chestnut brown. That’s a fruity and toasty one friends. A buttery, chocolatey and grapey, plummy ale with sticky toasted malts presented in a round and lightly oily palate despite the small-bubbled, very active carbonation. The spicy, flowery hops are quite surprising in the finish and manage to close the gap to the stickiness. These hops are not only crucial to balance, they’re also elegant and bright even though they don’t feel English. The warming alcohol sensation (not so felt in taste) ultimately combines with the toasty malts in a smokey, vanilla touched final that is more memorable than the aroma and first half in mouth. A pleasant strong ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjuf1853 (1246) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brownish amber color with a thin beige head. Woodsy, malty aroma with a noticeable alcohol presence. Nice rich flavor with a good mixture of spices in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3079) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

11/21/2010: Highland Ashville Vintage Ale... Aroma: Malty hard candy, orange, sugary caramel and dates. Appearance: Amber-red color; small, frothy ivory-colored head. Flavor: Sweet beginning; sugary hard candy, malty, orange syrup, caramel and prune; alcohol is hidden. Palate: Body is medium-full; thick and sticky texture. Overall: This beer is like drinking BEER CANDY.

1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle (Alc. 9.5% By Volume) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #87 for this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2010
courtesy of thenewguy, thanks george! Fruity caramel malts on the nose with hints of a spiciness, dark fruits, cherries. Pours a reddish amber with a thin head. Very rich malty flavors, dark cherry, light molasses, creamy and smooth with a slight bite at the end. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Dark brown pour, thin light tan head. Fruity malts, very slight alcohol presence, some grain character. Taste isn’t as rich as anticipated, but still a decent old ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9553) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Bottle… Lightly hazy, fairly dark, cherry-colored ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. Malty, fruity nose – fruitcake and dates – with a lesser note of fallen wood. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. The flavor leans slightly on the bitter side of balance. Fruity with roasted malts and earthy, woody hops. Lengthy, moderately bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Bottle thanks to travita. Clear ruby pour with small tan head. Aroma is raisins, plums and caramel. Flavor is caramel, raisins, bread, fig, and a hint of coffee on the back end.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8945) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s RBSG 2010. Pours brown. Nose is oak, bourbon, molasses and brown sugars. Taste is light nuts, molasses, brown sugars and a dry finish.


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