Allagash Old HLT - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 200
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 4.73%
Wants: 49
Gots: 42 | FT: 7
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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 Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso.

Pours somewhat cloudy with tons of visible carbonation. Color is a pinkish-red with a bit of a copper hue to it. Think head of fizzy pink-tinged bubbles that go away fairly quickly, leaving a thin collar.

The nose has a light fruity presence. Red fruit, to be a bit more specific. As it is served, it is hard to pick out anything specifically. Some lactic character behind that along with a bit of earthy funk.

The flavor is quite nice. It starts out with a hefty hit of fresh, tart raspberries, following that up with some additional acidity. Lactic all the way with some from the fruit. Nothing acetic. Pretty good Brett character. Seems like Brett B and L, though Allagash claims to have a house Brett, so who knows.

Bottle is light with carbonation that is quite lively. Effervescent to say the least. Dry finish, with a moderate level of acidity hanging onto the palate for just a bit, yet it's not bracing to the point where I feel like I need to rest between sips.

Overall, this is really quite nice and I'm glad that I stopped in for it. The fruit and acidity are extremely well balanced and the beer itself is very drinkable. Highly recommended. Now I need to find a bottle of this. (1,225 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (955 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (995 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 05/04/12 notes. Had 2 glass of this at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont, Washington, DC, and then a third glass at the Big Hunt later on as I really liked it.

a - Pours a deep, purple-reddish color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, sour grapes, sour cherries and dark fruits, spice, light oak. Awesome sour nose; I really loved it.

t - Tastes of sour red grapes, cherries, and other sour dark fruits, brett, light funk, oak, spice, vanilla. Not quite as sour as the nose, but still very nice.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Some nice acidic notes and super easy to drink; doesn't feel like it is 8% ABV at all.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer. Not the sourest or funkiest beer in the world, but some really nice brett and sour dark fruits, and very easy to drink. Was very awesome to have this on tap at multiple places in DC, and had no problem having a few glasses in one night. Hope to see it again! (992 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to unclejazz for this one!

A: Pours a hazy pinkish/peach color with a fizzy one finger head on top. Nice head retention lasting for the duration. Lacing forms and subsides quickly.

S: Very light cherry aroma mixed with a little bit of funk and a hint of tartness right at the end. A little bit of vinegar.

T: Very nice, some red fruit upfront, a bit of cherry, raspberry, a little stone fruit. Some lactic acidity with faint oak and a nice level of funk.

M: Light to medium bodied with some active carbonation. Easy drinking with a nice level or tartness.

O: Very nice, another solid wild ale from Allagash. Each of their small bottle sours has been great thus far. (685 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been seeing this around town lately and finally ran into it at Barcade for their Philly Beer Week Allagash event 2012.

Old HLT pours out in the glass a brownish red color with some dark amber tints. A dismal amount of off white foam graces the top forever, retaining, yet not clinging to the walls. Smell is tart cherry scent with some type sweet spice and some faint caramel. Very earthy with minimal funk, cherry forward. Tastes great, HLT is not a sour forward beer, it's more of a fruit beer with a mild twang with a brown ale base I suppose. It reminds me of a less bugged up version of Supplication, which aint a bad thing. This is some mighty tasty stuff if your not looking to bug up your stomach. Cherry flavor, minimal caramel, light bugs, brown ale, ta da. Feel is on the lighter side with carb throughout the 10oz's, it does not dwindle. I could go for this again. The alcohol is not present at all, that could be a problem, i could drink a bunch of this. (968 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was shared by muskabeatz, thanks Evan!

This beer pours a light bodied cherry red in color, looking very similar to Founders Cerise. The nose is nice and tart. It is full of spicy cherry. It's intriguing. The flavors instantly stimulate your palate. It features mellow cherry with a nice tartness. It also has a yeasty mustiness to it that is different. It's almost like a musty Kriek. It drinks light and slightly tart with nice cherry characteristics. I like it. The nose brings me back in every time. Overall this is a nice sour. If this were available I would make sure to snag at least a few bottles. (615 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3/5  rDev -25.4%
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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle pour, NYE 2013

Very clear rose body and low carbonation. Aged on an aggressive amount of Michigan cherries for two years. The Allagash yeast strain is pretty premier for a US brewer. The cherries provide a puckering tartness but the fruit flavor seems to have faded in time. Good stuff, but have had better from the allagash LE line (340 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (1,953 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to newbrewbb for sharing. Color is burnt-orange with a soapy white swirl for a head. Nose is tart and expresses citrus, rind, cork and perhaps apricots. Taste reveals some tropical fruit flavors behind the tartness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall another very good wild from Allagash that continues to improve as it warms. That said, I'm not sure where the cherries are in this beer. (445 characters)

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

Pours a reddish tinted amber color, bubbly off-white head, decent retention and some sticky spots at the top of the glass. Scent leads with ripe tart berry, tangy and earthy funk, fresh milled grain, light herbal charachter. Taste follows suit, solid tart fruit from raspberry to cherry, faint wine, tangy and tart, earthy and herbal. Medium bodied, prickly on the tongue, dry. Quality and flavorful brew that balances a lot of its flavor components nicely. (457 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from November 2011 poured into a flute

A burnt orange/red color with a bubbly off-white cap that fell to a thin collar and left some random dots of lace.

The nose is of sour cherries, sea salt, vinegar and some pear/green apple tartness.

Loads of cherries on the palate. Tart, sour cherries and balsamic vinegar with a touch of sea salt. Some dry wheat through the finish before more sweetness comes back in.

Medium body with high carbonation, but it doesn't really hinder the experience in any way.

This really reminded me of a gueuze soaked in cherries. Delicious. (579 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pigs Fly. The 10 oz serving was rust colored with a small off-white head.

Nice aroma, mostly sweet and cherry. A little bit funky.

Beautiful taste. Crackers, sweet and tart cherry. A little more sharpness at the end of the sip.

I thought the sweet/tart aspect worked really well, and made this a wonderful beer to drink. (333 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Big thanks to Dan for sharing this one. A new Allagash sour is always cause for celebration.

A: Yeasty amber body with some off-white froth on top. Ok.

S: Deep, robust sourness, with a nice balance of tart cherry and lemony, grassy funk. Simple, and simply awesome.

T: Cherries are prominent without being dominant, with some funk and bitterness building on the finish. Some nice earthiness. Really good, but not quite as fresh and deep as the nose.

M: Medium body, full of creamy froth. A bit too airy, but good.

O: Excellent beer, plain and simple. It lacks the vivacious sourness of the Coolship brews (not to mention their depth of complexity), but it's worth seeking out in its own right.

Cheers! (753 characters)

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Allagash Old HLT from Allagash Brewing Company
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