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Allagash Old HLT - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 46
Gots: 39 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brez07 on 05-12-2010)
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nickhiller

Texas

5/5  rDev +22.5%

02-05-2012 17:33:06 | More by nickhiller
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csustar001

New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%

03-22-2012 11:10:05 | More by csustar001
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Miamilice

Vermont

5/5  rDev +22.5%

04-01-2012 00:31:51 | More by Miamilice
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TMath524

New Hampshire

4.93/5  rDev +20.8%

Had on tap at When Pigs Fly Pizzeria in Kittery, ME. Tapped just over a week before the bottle release!

Poured into a 10.5 oz glass with a perfect bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Appearance is reddish brown.

Nose is deliciously funky. Tart with just a touch of cherry sweetness. I wish my pillow smelled like this.

Taste was tart and just sweet enough to not get buried by my mushroom and fried eggplant pizza. Earth, oil, funk, and ricotta are making a flavor love-child in my mouth.

Mouthfeel is a touch compromised by the accompanying food, but actually serves as a pretty good palate-cleanser.

Overall I'd say that I'm terribly disappointed that I'm working during the bottle release, but I'm truly glad I could have this beer in its completed form on-tap at When Pigs Fly!

03-27-2012 03:04:54 | More by TMath524
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richardflyr

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

04-05-2012 19:50:37 | More by richardflyr
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

02-03-2013 16:04:25 | More by RedneckBeerz
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smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

08-29-2012 05:49:47 | More by smcnulty1981
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LostTraveler

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

06-27-2013 22:26:36 | More by LostTraveler
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CP20

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

03-28-2012 03:09:47 | More by CP20
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

06-03-2012 02:48:34 | More by Giantspace
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DanK4

Maine

4.73/5  rDev +15.9%

Scored a few of these at the brewery today at the Old HLT release party. Got to meet Rob Tod and the staff of the brewery- one hell of a group of people. Out of a 12.7 capped and crowned bottle into an Allagash Coolship glass.

A: A nice golden ruby color- definitely rich in hue. pours with an off white/coffee 2 finger head that disappears quick. A nice touch of carb but nothing streaming from the bottom. Cloudy and intense looking- definitely looks like a bottle fermented beer.

S: It's got the funk. Great cherry aroma with a grain warmth. Vanilla notes, but smells like a humble country brew.

T: Perfect sour funky bite. Seriously everything I imagined it to be, finishes smooth but that initial cherry tartness is delicious. Not so much vanilla here, but it leaves a silky bite. Awesome beer.

M: Medium-light bodied. The finish is perfect for the density and taste of this brown ale, any heavier and it would almost seem too funky, but any lighter and it would be a tease.

O: Oh yea, it's the good stuff. Definitely worth seeking out, not too partial to brown or cherry ales before but I feel like that is going to change rather quickly.

03-31-2012 20:00:58 | More by DanK4
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%

$7.50 for the pour, served in a small Allagash tulip.
Sampled 10JUL12

The beer menu indicates 7% - but doesn't indicate "old" [HLT] either. From the menu: "This is a wild brown ale aged on cherries for two years..."

[A] A finger and a half of off-white foamy bubbly head, semi quick to deflate. The color of the body is between brassy orange and burgundy brown - something like a weathered copper. Decent transparency. No lacing. Barely a film or collar. The beer comes clean off the glass after each sip - no lacing.

[S & T] Dark natural cherry aroma throughout. Initially a little bit of buttery diacetyl, but that has faded away at this point. There is an extremely subtle balsamic vinegar aroma and flavor that creeps in just under the sweet/sour cherry and is, quite honestly, masterfully incorporated. Wow. Pretty amazing... Screw the upfront diacetyl, the aroma and flavor right now is basically perfect.

[M] The mouthfeel is wonderful. No complaints. Effervescence is lively, providing the relentless tongue biting experience that wild ale lovers crave.

[O] What a fantastic beer. My experience was a lot better than others apparently...

09-16-2012 22:42:47 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%

375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
8.0% ABV, Date Bottled: November 2011, "Open cautiously, contents under pressure."

Huge thanks to Wisrarebeer for bringing this back for me on his latest trip! Thanks Mark!

A - Pouring a hazy, muted peach skin orange in color, Old HLT is capped by an effervescent off-white head that lingers for quite some time considering it's acidity. A thin ring of foam floats on the beer, but no lace is left on the glass.

S - Old HLT bursts fourth with a bold and evocative wild ale aroma, seeping with cherries. Tart cherry skin is expertly blended with the acidic level of the wild bugs which impart a beautiful bouquet of mild barnyard funkiness. Wildflower honey dribbles a touch of sweetness in with some caramel malt while, what I can only assume to be the hop additions, adds a fragrant floral aromatics to the finish. But the most unique part of this aroma, which gives it character unlike any other wild I've had, is the musty old ale-like smell which suggests wet wood and old basement. Incredible!

T - Unlike any other American Wild out there, this is very malt-driven, showcasing sweet caramel and pilsner notes with a robust, round feel. Barnyard flavors gather afterwards; wet hay and horseblanket are subtle but add incredible depth. Floral aspects emerge again with a wildflower honey taste and light cherry skin tartness finishes out.

M - Heavy effervescent while pouring suggested strong carbonation and sure enough, it's champagne-like! Medium bodied, the alcohol is masked, but the bigger maltiness gives the feel some heft as the acidity and dryness creeps in for a tart and sour finish that's not too overpowering.

O - Allagash has created an American wild ale that seems to be quite a melange of styles, blending a malty old ale with fruit and wild yeast and bacteria for an earthy, floral beer that seems to open itself up to different depths with each sip. Pretty incredible.

08-12-2012 13:19:33 | More by BeerFMAndy
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AutumnBeerLove

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +11%

A: Highly carbonated, a thin white head, and looks a pale orange.

S: Tart cherry smell overpowers this beer.

T: A nice fizz with the taste of cherries and mixed fruits. Almost a wine aftertaste.

M: Nice initial bubble feel with a sweet aftertaste.

O: A very good wild ale. I'll gladly enjoy this beer again.

07-27-2012 20:56:10 | More by AutumnBeerLove
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

10-17-2013 23:33:29 | More by kbuzz
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

07-10-2012 00:47:06 | More by Psychmusic
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Travisnin

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-14-2012 07:00:05 | More by Travisnin
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girlmeetsbeer16

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-29-2012 02:04:21 | More by girlmeetsbeer16
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-07-2012 15:02:23 | More by nmann08
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

03-21-2012 20:12:46 | More by kaelingirl
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beeruser

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

06-25-2012 00:23:32 | More by beeruser
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valdieu2

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

03-31-2012 17:06:54 | More by valdieu2
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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

03-15-2013 19:35:37 | More by splendidsplinter
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Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

07-24-2013 05:17:07 | More by ari32
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-14-2013 07:03:10 | More by Gatordaddy
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Allagash Old HLT from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.