Allagash Old HLT - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.93/5 rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
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!
Serving type: on-tap
03-27-2012 03:04:54 | More by TMath524
4.73/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2012 20:00:58 | More by DanK4
4.6/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
$7.50 for the pour, served in a small Allagash tulip.
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...
Serving type: on-tap
09-16-2012 22:42:47 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
4.58/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2012 13:19:33 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.53/5 rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2012 20:56:10 | More by AutumnBeerLove
Allagash Old HLT from Allagash Brewing Company
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