Allagash Old HLT | Allagash Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
210 Ratings
Allagash Old HLTAllagash Old HLT
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
llagash Old HLT is an ale three years in the making. We started by brewing an amber colored beer consisting of Pilsner, Wheat and Munich malts and Belgian candi syrup. We then fermented the beer with our house yeast. After primary fermentation, it was transferred to our old hot liquor (water) tank to age on 2,000 lbs of fresh, tart Montmorency cherries from Michigan for two years. Old HLT was dosed with fresh yeast and sugar at packaging to ensure further complexity and a lively carbonation. The finished beer is a reddish copper hue with an aroma of ripened cherries, spice and a slight nuttiness. The tart cherry flavor is complimented by vanilla and the presence of malt. A sour, dry finish makes this beer refreshing and incredibly drinkable.

Added by Brez07 on 05-12-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
210
Reviews:
62
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
38
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into an Allagash stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade with ChrisInRI, thank you!

Pours a deep, hazy, brick red body with a small fizzy white head that reduces quickly to leave little lacing and no retention. Very nice color.

Aromas are potent and inviting - lots of cherries coming through, very Kriek-like, tart fruityness, lactic sourness.

On the tongue, the first notes to come through are a light cherry, tart fruitskins, funky barnyard, saisony yeast, musty basement, lemon juice, light banana, with an acidic astringency left on the tongue on the finish. Medium-high carbonation, medium body. No alcohol detected for 8%.

Very nice, complex and flavorful, nicely balanced and tart.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of TerrenceOBrien
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange, with a slight reddish-brown hue. Slightly cloudy with a thin pale head that dissipates quickly, almost like a soda. The scent is light on the nose, only a hint of cherries and a solid (but hardly overpowering) malt aroma. Flavor continues along the same line. The backbone is a pleasant malty sweetness, but the cherries add their own fruit sweetness along with a pleasant dose of sourness. The sourness is far from overbearing, just enough to highlight crisp and slightly dry flavors.

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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Pizzeria Paradisio

Appearance: Light orange-hay pour, nice head
Smell: very intriguing, lots of fruit with a touch of funk and sour, some vanilla notes as well
Taste: Not particularly complex but very enjoyable, a playful sourness with some raspberries and other lighter fruits
Mouthfeel: Very creamy body, great carbonation
Overall: Extremely drinkable, very easy to put this away despite the 8% ABV. Hope they bottle it.

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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.

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4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Seanniek91
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

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4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Allagash Old HLT from Allagash Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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