Allagash Old HLT - Allagash Brewing Company

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 50
Gots: 41 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Brez07 on 05-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rudzud
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received this from a friend up in Maine, cellared for a year and now poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a slightly hazy honeyed amber with a super fizzy half a finger head that faded to leave an incredibly thin halo. Fairly typical.

S - Fairly malt sweetness heavy, not so much sticky sweet but just well, malts. Cherries aren't quite that potent, some light barrel along with some alcohol. No real vinegar notes, just faint cherries. Some good Brett notes.

T - Super dry, which I dont mind. Its the slight metallic finish that hurts this one for me. Cherries are super faint. Some light tartness. It almost lives a cherry cough syrup (which makes no sense as this is lightly cherry) lingering taste.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad. High carbonation at first fades to something much more drinkable. Slightly sticky though.

O - Don't really know what to make of this. Perhaps aging ruined this beer as it seems like all the aged reviews are negative due to off flavors and various other issues. Afraid this suffered the same fate. What a shame.

Photo of drabmuh
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Thorpe429, thanks! Served along side other Allagash sours, this is by far the worst out of all of them. It tastes like garbage.

Beer is brown, mostly clear, lazy tan head of small bubbles, low retention, looks fine.

Aroma is lactic, mild roast, something slightly odd.

Beer tastes horrid, solventy, odd finish, not good at all. I regretted drinking it and had to drink something else quickly. I would never have this again.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jsilva for the bottle.

Pours clear orange with some red hues. Thin fizzy head with decent retention.

Lots of funk in the nose. Cherry is present, but not overwhelming.

Cherry is a bit more prevalent in the flavor. Tart cherries with that same funk from the nose. Not overly sour.

Light mouthfeel with high carbonation.

Not bad, but really not complex at all. Sort of like a funky cherry juice. Enjoyable, but not memorable.

Photo of corby112
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at the Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy dark amber/copper color with a one finger frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, funky aroma with good lactic funk, oaky barnyard/musty horse blanket character.  Also a but vinous with dark fruit, musty, funky bugs and earthy oak.  Strong acetic solvent quality appears when it warns.  Smells similar to real lambic.

Medium bodied with a strong puckering, sour mouthfeel.  Very tart with strong lactic funk and acetic solvent character.  A bit too stron in the acetone character but has nice sourness and funk along with dry earthy oak and subtle vinous fruit.  Kind of one dimensional with only subtle flavors balancing out the funk and strong solvent presence.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!

The beer is dark brown and hazy with crimson highlights. The nose brings cherries, booze, yeast, funk. Notes of mushrooms and earth follow cherries soaked in oak barrels. The flavor is a bit odd and jolting. Booze presence is a bit too forward. Tart finish with moderately low carbonation. Overall, this was just OK.

Photo of danedelman
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy amber with huge carbonation throwing particles all around. 1 finger head that stuck around for the duration.

S-cherry, funk, lemon, grapefruit zest,

T-very dry, very dry. Not overly sour or flavorful. Get some cherry, malt and lemony tartness which quickly evaporates from the carbonation and dryness.

M-too carbonated for me and almost bubbles the flavor off your tongue.

O-the first one I had I remember being much better due to lower carbonation but this one sat for 6 more months. The dryness and extra carbing is due to the Brett in this one. Was better but rating now on this one.

Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark orange color with a small effervescent off-white head that recedes to leave a thin ring of foam and little to no lacing.

Aromas begin with a ton of pitted dark cherry flesh and tart cherry skin. The you get some acidic acid, oak and mild barnyard funkiness. There is a touch of sweetness with some caramel malt that emerges as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose but the cherries are much more medicinal and hard to palate. I next get some sweet caramel and pilsner maltiness followed by the oak and barnyard flavors more and more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Finish is more malty than I would have suggested but there is still plenty of underlying funk and acidic bite.

Overall for someone who was so in live with Allagashes earlier Wild releases, recently they have been quite dissapointing. Their coolship series was spectacular but this was no where near the quality of those. Too much medicinal cherry flavor and malt to be a great beer.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the brewery.

A: ruddy brown, hazy, poured with a big bubbled one inch head that quickly dissipated
S: mild to medium nose, earthy, some funk and tartness noticeable
T: nice beer, mild malt, cherry tartness
M: medium bodied, well-balanced, tart but malt balanced

Photo of NuclearRich
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After a full year in the cellar, here is another go:

A. Same color, but crystal clear. No head formation at all.

S. Funky, like mildew or dirty laundry. A hint of cherries comes out as it warms.

T. Slightly tart, fairly dominant wild funk, slightly sweet at the end. Not much, but much more pleasant than I remember.

M. Thin, a bit under-carbonated.

O. Better with the year of age, with a few exceptions: carbonation has really mellowed, and there is that rather unpleasant smell. The taste is better though, and that's more important.

OLD REVIEW 7/10/2012
A 4.5hr 250 mile ride netted me 6 of these rarities, in addition to some Prince Tuesday and my favorite, Victoria.

Poured into an Allagash flute. Tasting notes from a scribble during a homebrew session.

A: 4.00 Copper/Amber/Orange/Sunset. Mostly clear, just a little haze. Off white, dense head that thins to a solid cap. Minimal Lacing

S: 4.00 Tart. Sour. Brett-like, and a tad funky.

T: 3.00 Sour & tart, just as it smells, nothing more nothing less.

M: 3.50 Full of bite, nice high carbonation leaves the mouth coated with that tartness.

O: 4.00 Very interesting and fun to drink. Certainly holds up against sours, and while not something that I will drink everday, I am very happy to have it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Golden copper body. Fleeting head. Large islands of foam remain.

Smell - Musty cherry with some caramel malts. Not very acidic smelling, but it's there.

Taste - Sour. Acetic sourness, but it isn't overpowering. Cherry tartness blends into a caramel malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Moderate sourness.

Overall - Good flavors, but not a very complex beer.

Photo of Brez07
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just back from Novare Res. This is a brown ale aged on local tart cherries for 10 months. Description said this was the only keg in existence and was just a preview of what this beer will be. 8oz pour into an Allagash 25cl glass

A: Murky cherry red color that leaves a small fluffy white head. No lacing left on the glass

S: Faint aroma of cherries, sweet fruit and some yeast. Later on I picked up some spice and a hint of raspberries. Maybe the faintest hint of funk going on here. Nothing that sticks out

T: Fairly similar to the nose. Not overly tart, but leaves a bitterness on the tip of the tongue

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Very dry finish

D: I enjoyed this beer, but it was lacking some flavor. Nothing really jumped out at me, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised given the brewers have hinted this needs more time to ferment. Glad I could be one of the first to try this

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce pour - $6.00 at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur, Georgia as part of their Allagash Takeover event.

Appearance: Hazed, amber-esque body with a smallish, ivory-hued head fed by little streams of bubbles.

Smell: A moderate aroma of tartish whole cherries forward of the faintly sweet-scented, toasty malts and thin wafts of phenols.

Taste: Tastes of, well, cherries, as one might imagine. Some toasted bread and muddled caramel maltiness. Lightly sweet, lightly spicy. Brightly tart and with modest lactic touches popping up here and there. Drying, well-carbonated finish with lingering tart cherries accents.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Old HLT is a likable cherry brew. I was going to liken it to a more lively carbonated Quelque Chose, but, it's been nearly eight long years since I last had it, and, with all the many brain cells I've outright killed since then, perhaps I should leave the comparison alone.

Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bad Apple. Served in a tulip.

A - A big white foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and fingers of lacing. Hazed dark orange body.

S - Lots of cherry and graham cracker and vanilla malt character - you can tell this was originally a brown ale. Lactic sourness and light cherry vinegar flavors emerge as the beer warms up.

T - Taste has a bit less complexity to it, with more overt lactic acidity that's a tad harsh as this approaches room temperature. Still, the main flavor components are sugary malt and sweet cherry.

M - Smooth, medium body, a hint of alcohol warmth, medium-low carbonation, and mild tartness and acidity.

D - You can really tell this was aged in stainless rather than oak - there's none of the tannic dryness I associated with barrel-aged sours. This is still very heavy on the base brown ale and cherry, with only mild wild character (particularly in the nose). I imagine this should improve over time, so perhaps I should look into snagging a bottle.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy amber with a thin head. The nose is a very subtle acetone with an almost syrupy, fruity undertone. The taste isn't much different with modest sourness and a sweet cherry aftertaste. Very sweet for a sour, but not cloying. There is also a nice burn on the back end. Overall it was a bit of a let down, but still tasty.

Photo of jegross2
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Old HLT from Allagash Brewing Company out of Maine.
Score: 87

2012 vintage bottle from the 03/31/12 release. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 05/06/12 while waiting in line for Great Taste of Madison tickets at the Steve's on University. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Sunset orange color. A layer of fizzy off-white head at pour settles to ring around glass. Very hazy appearance. There is a lot of sediment floating around in the glass, which ultimately settles into a chunk at the bottom of the snifter. Minimal lacing, poor retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Sour cherries, vinegar, pears and juicy granny smith apples. More vinegar as the beer warms. 4/5

Taste: Lots of tart cherry and sweet vinegar. Touch of red grape. There is a a bit of "earthy wheat" flavor too. Musty aftertaste. A touch of stainless steel sweetness. I like the upfront flavor, but the finish is not as good. Mild pucker, no funk. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation. Fizzy, almost soda-like, mouthfeel. Finishes dry and a little sweet. 4/5

Overall: A solid non-funky "tart lemonade"-like sour, but nothing too unique or complex. Very drinkable and hidden ABV. This kind of tastes like a jolly rancher.

Recommendation: Worth drinking, but not worth going out of your way to find.

Pairings: Pound cake.

Cost: $10 for a 375ml bottle.

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there is considerable sour funk, coupled with some noticeable vinegar. There seems to be some underlying fruit as well (maybe some blackberry or cherry), but it's hard to pick up with the brett aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with this beer delivering a pretty impressive gueuze/lambic taste experience. The sour funk isn't overdone however, and I am picking up some noticeable fruit as well. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and frankly I would not have guessed I was drinking a 7% abv. beer. The finish is long, with some light tannic and considerasble sour funk (to no great surprise).

A nice enough beer, but just not my cup of tea.

Photo of yourefragile
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Friscos.

Pours a murky light brown with a mild reddish tint. Thin light tan head that fades to a thin collar and transient lace. Mild oaky aroma, with vanilla and tart cherry notes; a very mild oud bruin. Flavor has a residual sourness throughout, but sorely lacking from not being aged in oak. Not as fruity as the nose but tart cherries hit the front of the palate as it warms. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, and a dry finish. Easy drinking but more fruit or more... something would make this great.

Photo of n2185
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear orange with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of sour and tart notes here--cherries, lemons, and a touch of vinegar. There are some sweeter bubblegum notes underneath.

T: very sour on the tongue, with lemons and cherries dominating with light acetic flavors. There are slight funky notes as well with a dry, tart finish.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer could use a little more carbonation.

O: a good soir overall. Tart and very sour, but still refreshing.

Photo of pitasoup
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Dupont Paradisio for James Brown Night of the Funk

A: murky amber-rose-yellow gradient, low transparency and almost no head. looks like a solid block of sienna. even the edges are not transparent enough to show a shadow, despite the overall lightness of hue

S: tart funk, more brett L than C, cherries, wheat malts, oak, grassy barnyard, delicate florals, low carbonation makes it difficult to draw smells out. what does make it out is nice though

T: lactic and pedio tart, tannic, then cherries. unmalted wheat, grainy almost as if there were oats, then lots more sour. slight bit of sulfur and banana left on the tongue afterwards. as it warms, more pepper, spice, and floral notes come out. not as subtle as supplication, but a very comparable flavor profile overall.

M: light-medium body, tannic almost astringent mouthfeel that finishes dry and dusty, the least likeable part of the beer

O: quite nice overall, but as far as cherry/kriek wild ales go, schaerse and supplication are far tastier, imo. it could use more barnyard stinky funk and less of the grapepeel dry funk. glad to have tasted, but also glad not to know that i'd rather not seek out a bottle.

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice clear brown color with a thin cream colored head on it. The smell of the beer was funky, with lots of tart smelling aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer had flavors of sour cherries with wooden barrel aging all mixed together. The mouthfeel was decent in my opinion, it was smooth but a little on the lighter watery side. Overall this beer reminded me a lot of a wine in most cases. Glad I had it though.

Photo of MRsojourner
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from caged and corked bottle into a tulip.
appearance is a nice caramel rose type color that poured with a 2 inch head that dissipated quickly with little to no lacing throughout the glass.

the nose is slightly tart fermented cherries and vanilla with a touch of light vinegar.

the taste is heavy cherries and lightly acidic and tart but considerably mellow and easily quaffable. no hint of the ABV at all and no vinegar in the taste. it finishes nice and dry and clean with little aftertaste. drinks like a dry rose wine in a way with carbonation.

overall this is an easy drinker and not overly complex but does the cherries justice and allows them to come through nicely and shine throughout the beer.

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to sincereNc for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from growler into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a ruby red-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, sour, tart, and subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, sour, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. Everything going on in this one was really quite well balanced and enjoyable. All of the right flavors and aromas were there for the style without being overwhelming to the point where you couldn’t drink this in large quantities. I could probably drink this one all night long given the opportunity. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance. A definite must try.

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into 3F stemware. Bottled in 11/11. Thanks a ton SneezyAchew!

A: Pours a fizzy iced-tea color with golden highlights. Bone white head is thin and quickly disappeared into a faint collar. Carbonation is very active, and a stream of bubbles shot to the surface until the glass was drained.
S: I get dominant notes of cherry pit tannins, cherry skin, lemon zest, musty earth and a touch of sweaty socks and brett.
T: Buttery and lightly tart notes of cherry skins and red fruits mixed with earthy, musty brett. The base beer is greasy and malty, and I wish the flavors were a tad drier and crisper. Sourness is toned down but nice.
M: Bubbly active carbonation but not frothy, greasy and smooth mouthfeel, not harsh, with a medium body.
O: A solid wild ale. I like them a little dryer but I would have no trouble drinking this again. Very mild tartness mixes well with solid red fruit flavors. Thanks again, Mike.

Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Bad Apple.

A: the appearance is right red with brown highlights, short white head, nice lacing and good retention

S: ripe cherries, heavy dose of bret, notes of funk, some raspberry

T: light waves of tartness Paired with candied cherry, slightly tart, a little sweet at the end

Mf: carbonation is mellow, body is slightly syrupy

O: decent oude bruin, not quite as sour as would be expected from the nose. Nice flavors, worth a try.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a reddish-copper color, hazy, with a puff of fizzy tan-red head that quickly sank to a persistent ringlet. Aroma of ripe cherries, lactic and acetic, sugary malts. Similar to the nose, nice taste of sugary malts and cherry pie, lactic with slight twinges of acetic acid, with a notable yeastiness in the background. Medium body, smooth and gently carbonated, a bit tart, and some alcohol warmth. A nice beer, and very good for the style.

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Allagash Old HLT from Allagash Brewing Company
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