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Allagash Old HLT - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Old HLTAllagash Old HLT

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

179 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 47
Gots: 39 | FT: 3
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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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

07-27-2013 03:07:47 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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sitarist

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is it, the last one for this round of blind bif. This one is a smaller corked & caged bottle.

Pours an amber hue that glows when held up to the light. An aggressive pour yields a minimal head, that has a coral color. Whatever head there was fades quick, and leaves next to no lacing, spots, ring, etc... 3.75

Dare I say that this smells like an Italian hookers armpit? To say that its' funky is an understatement! I smell ripe cheese, and ripe cherries. Funks me right up the nose. Is this the horse-blanket smell that I have read about? Call me weird, but I kinda like it. 4.0

Wow is this a tasty mother? There is a lot more going on in the flavor department. Tart, and funky, with just enough sweetness to keep it balanced. I taste cranberry, Cherry Sucrets, lemon, green apple, balsamic vinegar, and an earthy funk.

4.25

It has a medium body, yet is effervescent. It dances on my tongue, and has a champagne like dryness. It really delivers the flavors well. 4.0

I must admit I was horrified with the first sniff, but this turned out to be a pleasant surprise. A sipper that is fun to savor. 4.0

My guess is an American Wild Ale by Allagash. And it is an Old HLT by Allagash.

All I can say is wow! What a great end to a great box.

Thanks Brez.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:55:28 | More by sitarist
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ari32

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 02:17:59 | More by NuclearRich
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%

07-05-2013 16:00:24 | More by Atomicskis5
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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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TobiasG

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-24-2013 14:22:32 | More by TobiasG
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huysmans

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

06-14-2013 23:46:23 | More by huysmans
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 375ml C&C bottle from November 2011.

Appearance- Hazy pinkish/orange with absolutely gorgeous white head that leaves a constant 1/4 of a finger of beautiful lacing.

Smell- Tons of tart lemons and brett, some peach and cherry, and sour candy. Beautiful.

Taste- Muted tart cherry, funky yeast, and tons of oak. No booze taste. Mild tartness.

Mouthfeel- Mild tartness, medium carbonation, mild booze heat going down. Well balanced tartness with sweetness.

Overall- This is another great wild from Allagash. I bet the cherries were more intense fresh, but never the less, it's great.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 02:24:27 | More by Seanniek91
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 23:58:47 | More by Jwale73
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jarrgal

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-10-2013 12:09:23 | More by jarrgal
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LEdubs

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-06-2013 22:30:22 | More by LEdubs
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 01:50:32 | More by MRsojourner
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

06-04-2013 01:23:19 | More by Massbmx
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

05-23-2013 20:53:18 | More by InspectorBob
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

05-23-2013 01:05:17 | More by ADTaber
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mrandypandy

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-20-2013 13:30:36 | More by mrandypandy
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Jd2391

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

05-20-2013 03:31:35 | More by Jd2391
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2013 18:57:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Zbyler

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-11-2013 15:29:01 | More by Zbyler
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-11-2013 13:42:51 | More by DrunkinYogi
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campfirebrew

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

05-11-2013 13:03:16 | More by campfirebrew
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ubufan2112

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%

05-11-2013 01:35:17 | More by ubufan2112
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

05-07-2013 19:16:41 | More by imperialking
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claspada

New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 15:29:51 | More by claspada
Allagash Old HLT from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.