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Highland Auld Asheville Vintage Ale

Highland Auld Asheville Vintage Ale

Rated 3.320 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Highland Brewing Company

Asheville, NC, United States

Style:  Old Ale

9.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Celebrating 15 years as Asheville’s first and most successful brewery, Highland Brewing Company announced today the December 15th release of its latest seasonal, Auld Asheville Vintage Ale. Oscar Wong, founder and President of Highland, indicated that the name and label pays homage to the Scots Irish heritage of Highland’s mountain home. It is a style made famous by British brewers with their holiday offerings of old ales. According to John Lyda, Highland’s Head Brewer, Auld Asheville Vintage Ale is a high gravity ale in the style of “Old Ales” or ‘English Strong” ales which are traditionally released just prior to the holidays. Contributing to the beer’s complexity is the use of three different yeast strains, two of which were imported from England. Because of the hopping levels, alcohol content, and the completeness of its attenuation with time in the tanks, “the product should cellar incredibly well and increase in complexity for at least the next year.” Its taste is described as “having a bold profile from fine British Malts, woody and estery aromas from traditional British Ale yeast, and bittering from Styrian Bobek hops. The addition of Sterling hops provides a hint of spiciness in the nose.”

ID: 37344 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 11 years ago

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Overall Rank9026
Overall Percentile80.4
Style Rank81 of 208
Style Percentile61.1
Lowest Score3.6
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.800
Weighted Score3.320
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A nice barleywine style ale that goes down easy despite the high ABV. A nice mahogany pour with a thin brown cap. A good deal of piney hops in the aroma toi mix with the roasted nutty malt. Flavour is similarly balanced. Not too sweet, and not too bitter.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Reminded me of something like Bell's Third Coast Ale, or Cigar City's Big Sound. Guess this is close to a strong Scotch Ale. Has a murky reddish brown appearance, like the Suwannee River. Flavor is on the bitter side with a medium hop kick. Some caramel and other malts, but balanced a bit towards the bitter end. Not that sharp of an alcohol bite for 9.5%. Wouldn't say this is one of my favorite styles, but a good one for this category. First one to review this too....wooohooo!

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