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Allagash Old HLT - Allagash Brewing Company

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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

kjkinsey, Aug 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Aug 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

kell50, Aug 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

rab53, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

corby112, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of WanderingFool
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

Old HLT pours a hazy amber, with a small fizzy head. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind no lace.

The aroma is very tart with notes of cherry and barnyard funk.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer has moderate carbonation and a dry finish. The flavor is tart cherries, sugary sweetness, mild fruit (apple) and a touch of wheat. Lingering tartness when gone.

This beer has a nice funky aroma and tart flavor. The flavor really comes out as it warms.

WanderingFool, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of AutumnBeerLove
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.

AutumnBeerLove, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

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.

Rifugium, Jul 25, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Allagash Old HLT is a really nice sour beer. The best sour I've had from Allagash.

A: Orange colour and decent head that fades fast. 4

S: Delicious sour smell. Reminds me a lot of the RR sours. 4.5

T: Sour with some subtle Maltiness. Really fresh and sour. 4.5

M: Good and foamy. 4

O: 4.5

vandemonian, Jul 16, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

scottfrie, Jul 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jwat, Jul 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

KMcG, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Psychmusic, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

ThePorterSorter, Jul 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

lalaloveyou, Jul 04, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

thagr81us, Jul 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

bonkers, Jul 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

PJGaddi, Jun 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

beeruser, Jun 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

BeerThursdays, Jun 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

sideshowe, Jun 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

Rempo, Jun 10, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

BARFLYB, Jun 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

DavyJones, Jun 07, 2012
Allagash Old HLT from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.