Auld Asheville Vintage Ale | Highland Brewing

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Auld Asheville Vintage AleAuld Asheville Vintage Ale

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CampusCrew on 12-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of dvmin98
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 2009. Color is caramel. Smell is mild oxidation. Caramel. Taste follows along. Mild oxidation and caramelly. Thin to medium bodied. Overall, this aged pretty well. Glad to have tried it

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Photo of bcp5296d
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Landon_Sellers
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of mikereaser
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ecmoon3
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white head murky mahagony with a lavender hue. Nice lacing.

S: sweet dark fruit, mostly cherry and strawberry. Mild caramel malts.

T: tart and slightly sour dark fruit with more plum and raisin differing from the aroma. Chocolate malts, sherry wine notes and some toffee.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: More like a Belgian dark strong but less yeasty. Fairly complex and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a snifter. Beer is brown and hazy with a thin brown head. Wispy head. Low retention, low lacing. 

Aroma is sweet and biscuit malt with a strong yeast aroma. Odd aroma though. 

Beer is sweet and big in body. Decent I guess. Odd on the finish. Not a great beer. It is OK but not really loving it. 

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Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of cpetrone84
2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Re-review April of 2011

Pours a slightly hazy ruby red with a creamy light tan head. The nose has a bright bruit flavor of apple and pear with some herbal spice but a hint of a metallic twang. The taste falls off hard, the fruitiness is still there but clear oxidation creates a strong note of paper and cardboard. Carmalized brown sugar adds the malt balance on a medium body falling off with a light carb in the back. Too sweet and a bit heavily oxidized.

Review 3/5/10

A-pours a deep reddish mahogany color. A tanned head with one finger of it. Little retention and head

S-the nose is very sweet but a little light. A light caramel and bready malt seems to set a foundation for malty sweetness in the form of dark fruits. Some dark cherries, ripe plum, notes of rum raisin.

T-this is a malt explosion. Hint of toasted biscuit and caramel are the foundation in which the malt sweetness builds off of. Some cherries start off, ripe plums, rum soaked raisins. There is actually a light hop presence with a touch of citric and bitter hops at the finish.

M-very smooth and syrupy with a nice medium to full body. Its wet and juicy with very low carbonation in an absolutely perfect way. It finishes wet and firm not giving in.

D-this is a very solid old ale. This is actually becoming a favorite style, although they all are, right? It’s a little boozy but had some great balance for the style. Great dark fruitiness and a nice little hop presence.

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Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of welldigger888
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice cooper garnet hue with a cream head that lays down to leave an island of head and light lace.

Velvety smooth caramel maltiness and a solid noble type aroma. Good graininess that has a very smooth alcohol burn.

WOW, this elixer is SOOOO smooth. With the caramel goodness and earthy spiced hop that has a nice grain. The beer is smooth and highly quaffable for the abv.

Spot on for the english old ale style, Full flavored goodness.

3 yrs in the cellar has been very KIND to this fantastic brew.

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Photo of bamadog
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeez, it's been a while since I've put any notes up, so tonight seems like a good opportunity to do so. I received this in a trade almost 2 years ago and figured it's got to be near it's prime, and if it isn't I don't care, if it's past, I don't care. I'm just looking forward to a good beer. Review is from notes taken on 9/1/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a deep, murky, caramel brown; starts with a full 1 finger, light tan head that begins to fade quickly; as noted, the body is fairly dark and murky, nearly opaque due all of the sediment; head eventually dissipates to a thin and incomplete and creamy wisp and leaves a few blobs and strands of lacing hanging around.

Smell: Smell is solid -- lots of rich caramel maltiness with a touch of spice to it; bit of alcohol. Nose is quite robust and strong, and really starts to hit me once I get the bottle cracked.

Taste: The taste is great as well -- I would easily compare to Old Stock with a couple of years on it, but perhaps not quite as hot. Lots of the same rich caramel notes, with the spiciness included -- reminiscent of a warm baking spice like ginger; a faded and mild hop presence is there and has a bit of an English Barleywine aspect to it; slight warming presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Body is between medium and medium/heavy; mild carbonation that still holds enough strength to be present and smooth; a thin, slightly oily and sticky coating is left all over the mouth, but particularly the roof; belly is left a little warm from the alcohol.

Overall: I wish this was a beer that was available at least seasonally and in my area. I think it's a solid representative of the style and there isn't a damn thing wrong with it.

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Photo of crossovert
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

15th Anniversary ale.

It pours a deep rubyish brown with a foamy tan head.

The smell is rich and malty. Mostly caramel with a hint of cocoa. There is some notes of port and dark fruitiness.

The flavor isn't bad. It is smooth and malty. There is a bit of off-flavor at first but it mellows out. There are notes of pine and chocolate along with caramel and dark fruits.

This is a surprisingly good brew. It isn't too alcoholic like I was fearing, I aged it for awhile and it was a one-off so if you are still holding on to it you are holding on to something that will probably get better with more age.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hard pour produces a caramel color topped only by a scant head - doesn't have much staying power, either, though it does leave a fireworks-like trace of spots behind

Smell: Dried dark fruit, with prune, fig and date elements and a hint of burnt caramel

Taste: Dried dark fruit, up front, with the burnt caramel arriving by mid-palate; somewhat oxidized, at this stage, but there is an intriguing hint of woody bitterness on the finish, though the fruit and caramel shine through

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with moderate carbonation and a bit of warmth

Overall: Drinking just a little past its peak, right now, but has a wonderful range of dried fruit flavor

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of cmurren25. Pours a hazed copper color with a small sheen of light tan bubbles.

Nose is very sweet and caramely malty. Some toffee and light smoke as it warms.

Taste is very caramely - almost burnt. Salty hop remnants at the end with another pop of smoke. Pretty soft on the palate. A bit of oxidation is here and the hops have long since faded. Seems like it is kinda stuck somewhere in between a Scotch Ale and an Old Ale, just does not quite do it for me. Highland brews seem to be either a love it or 'meh' experience for me and Auld Asheville definitely falls in the latter category. A bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a North Coast snifter. Thanks to Joe, Matt, Wil, Justin, Jay, Aaron, and Alex for the assist! Honorable mention goes out to Skiba!

A: Pours a murky caramel/chestnut brown with some fleeting foam that left sticky lace behind.

S: Dark fruit, toffee, nuts, bread, dark chocolate covered cherries, and some earthy/spicy hops.

T: Loads of sweet malt, fruit, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol.

M: Slick and satisfying, but I found myself hoping for a bit more roughness, either from more hops or more apparent alcohol.

D: A nice example of the style. Thanks to Wil for sharing this.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for opening up this bottle. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours crimson with a nice light tan head and good lacing. Good retention as well. The nose is really nice with of touch of sherry-like oxidation. Dark fruits and a nice sweetness there as well. Caramel and cherry notes in there, too. The taste is not quite as complex and there is a good amount of bitterness. Medium body and a touch of booze. Slightly creamy. Really nice overall with an incredible nose.

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Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy caramel brown with faint head. Not much in the way of lace, but not surprising for the style.

Caramel malt and apricot in the nose. Lots of it, too. Very earthy, almost dusty.

Apricot over caramel in the taste profile. Dusty finish, but with a fruit sweet-tart flavor from those apricots.

Cloudy, hazy feel lends a lot of body to the glass.

Easy sipper.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad to get a chance to try this roughly a year after it's release...I always thought this would be a great beer to cellar but forgot to pick up a bottle before they disappeared from shelves. Pours a hazy amber with a thin tan head. The aroma has big sherry notes upfront, along with caramel and toffee, caramel apple, fig and plum, a hint of cocoa and some faded floral hops. The flavor is similar with big sherry notes initially, along with molasses and toffee, dark fruits, caramel apple, vanilla, rum, oak, some fading piney hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is spot on for the style and drinkability is very good. I thought this beer could really improve with some age on it and it's looking good so far.

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Photo of PDXHops
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. Dark mahogany body with some ruby highlights. Minimal lacing from the modest light tan head.

Nose is a little woody, a little boozy, a little fruity. Pleasant, if not overly complex. There seems to be more development in the flavor department (year-old bottle). Butterscotch and toffee are fairly strong, and a tobacco quality is emerging. A vague spiciness. Too fizzy with the carbonation and, while certainly boozy, it's not really warming.

Overall impression: Given the modest cost, I'll try this again in another year or so if I run into a new bottle just to see if it improves. Nothing to seek out. Disappointing offering from a generally solid brewery.

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