Highland 15th Anniversary Auld Asheville Vintage Ale

 
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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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.

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3.9
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle courtesy of durhambeer. Pours brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of dark fruit, oak, sherry, cognac, warming alcohol. Tastes of some chocolate, soy, dark fruit, earthy, oaky, raisins, peppery. Interesting profile. Finishes velvety and full bodied. Enjoyable.

3.4
smith4498 (3647) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Pours cloudy medium reddish brown color with tan head. Aromas od dark fruits, dough and some alcohol. Sweet raisin flavor with a bit of tartness. Some doughyness and alcohol. Medium body with light carbonation. Not sure what I think of this one.

3.7
cbkschubert (2901) - 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.

3.7
Tmoney99 (14503) - 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.

4.1
jrmac (335) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Pours that vintage ale brown color with a decent head. The nose is caramel and other sweet notes. Maybe a bit fruity. A nice flavor of wood aging dominates the palate here. This beer is great.

3.5
Rastacouere (6177) - 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.

3.8
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Bomber pours a dark chestnut body with a small tan head that quickly falls to a cap. Some spotty lace is left on the snifter. Inviting aroma has caramel, molasses, fruity berries, earthy hops, and some darker fruits. Moderate carbonation and a body somewhere between medium and full. Taste has lots of malty caramel and brown sugar, balanced by an earthy hop bitterness and some peppery alcohol. Very fruity middle, with dark fruits like raisins joining the berries from the aroma. Finishes with a lasting earthiness. Tasty and enjoyable.

3.1
kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours a murky reddish brown color with very minimal head that collars around the glass. The aroma is very slightly sweet with some hints of spice. Nothing to special. The taste is pretty sweet up front with some fruit type flavors and an ending of bitterness. Slightly boozy. Not sure about his one. Caramel types as well. Overall, a beer I am glad I tried but nothing I would go out and grab again right away. Medium mouthfeel.

4
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Pours a dark, murky, cherry-tinted brown color. Not much is discernable in the aroma, but the taste is a complex fruitiness. Rather than raisins and prunes, however, the flavor is almost berry-like with a fresh sweetness that is not overbearing or cloying. Smooth and quite drinkable, this one is an intriguing change-of-pace.

3.7
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - 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.


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