Allagash Old HLT | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Old HLTAllagash Old HLT
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
209
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
18.41%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
39
For Trade:
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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle received in a trade with hoppymcgee. Thanks Greg! Poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - The cork escapes with a huge pop and wisps of carbon dioxide. Pours a cloudy ruby tinted amber body. Lots of yeasty sediment floats and churns its way throughout the body riding bubbles of carbonation. A finger of thick and fizzy white head that shows surprisingly good staying power.

S - Quite funky on the nose, dirt, mushrooms/fungus, moldy, sour cherries, musty damp basement, a bit nutty.

T - Lightly tart and sour with cherry fruitiness front and center. Nutty, woody, a bit buttery and creamy, earthy. Not much for funk in the flavor. Some mild malt backing things up.

M - Lightish to medium in body with a strong and fizzy carbonation. Nice tart cherry fruitiness complements. Alcohol presence is practically undetectable.

O - Overall another enjoyable wild ale from Allagash. Lots of good fruit presence, interesting wood flavors, mild funk with mid-level tartness. Well integrated and balanced flavor profile. Another winner.

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Photo of wedge
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@ Milltown

Served a clear amber color with a small white head. Tart, airy clean, cherry aroma - only a trace of dry funk. Very interesting having this right after FV-13. It's tart and fruity, but the absence of a wood element is striking at first. Clean, smooth cherry flavor on a simple malt base. Easy-going, extremely drinkable, glossy, and crisp. Not terribly wild or acidic or anything, just pretty refreshing, mellow, and neat.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at When Pigs Fly. This one pours a muddy amber brown with a small cap of beige foam.

The aroma has a nice oak and cherry aroma with hints of vanilla. Woody aroma with a nice funky sour edge. Tart cherries and courants on the pallet with a sweet middle finishing out tart. Hints of vanilla and oak.

Nice light body with a little bit of a tannic finish with soft carbonation. Overall great stuff here. One doesn't really miss with an Allagash sour.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At first I worry, then a sigh of relief, there is the carbonation. Quick, fleeting. Just awful retention and no lacing. Rudy, reddish brown and translucent. The aroma is so subdued, but what is there is brett and cherry pie crust like. I also detect some washed rined cheese on the nose...nice.
Cherry pie, faint / light lactic twinge and some brett like hay. The washed rined cheese shows up again here but more prominent. The flavor is soft and very pleasant. Phenols, bretty phenols on the end. Prickly carbonation, not thin, but light, lemonaid like. While the component parts of this beer are not amazing by themselves put together they create a wonderful beer. To often we look for big flavors instead of nuance. Truly enjoyable.

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

On draft at the original Pony Bar.

Keg was acting up, so they filled pitchers and poured 8oz tasters from that. HLT was slightly flatter than normal because of this, but the added creaminess was worth it. Tart and funky with subtle cherries, though its funkiness overpowered the other flavors.

HLT is a more aggressively "American" wild ale compared to their other Coolship beers, which often shoot for the traditional gueuze style. It seems Allagash can do no wrong these days.

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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.

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Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Tawny hue, very clear. Minimal lacing. Smells of ripe cherries, fermented candi sugar, toasted grain, alcoholic esters, and a bit of clean phenols. Dry and crisp with a little bit of body, lots of tart cherry flavor that goes jammy in the finish. Warming alcohol, complex toasted and cracker-like graininess. Flavors seem to go back and forth and with each sip another level of complexity opens. Another winner from Allagash, lets hope this brew it again.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big white head, medium brown body, hazy.

Massively tart nose, maybe sour cherries.

Surprisingly light, some apple cider vinegar, and a trace of cherries. Very Cantillon-seque, but balanced. Not too sour.

Quite bright, which keeps it from being overwhelming.

I think I was expecting a thick, sweet oud bruin (maybe Kasteel Rouge but dialed back). This was more like a Cantillon twin!

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Photo of sitarist
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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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!

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Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Maine Beer Company stemmed glass.

A: Pours a blood-orange color with a small white head. Head retains nicely.

S: Nicely balanced nose of mildly lactic funk and juicy, sour red fruit. Fragrant sour cherry flesh, lactic acid, hay.

T: Taste is very balanced as well. Briefly puckering tart red fruit (sour raspberry, cranberry) laced with some rich cherry sweetness. Earthy and slightly lactic yeast underneath, which evolves into hay, sweet caramel, more cherry, wheat, and a bit of a lactic note in the finish.

M: Very highly carbonated (probably from the bottle conditioning), almost annoyingly so. It calms down after a few minutes.

O: This is a pretty interesting wild ale - decently complex, and unique because of the lack of oak in the aging process.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to WhereTheWildBeersGo. Served in a HF tulip.

Pour: Completely hazy burnt orange. Would go so far to say this is murky. Fizzy off-white head that recedes to a rim. Light carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Lots of cherries with a mild funk in the background. Damp hay, but not the extreme barnyard notes you might expect. Light honey and some pear hang around in there but choose to take a serious back seat.

Taste: Malt forward with some caramel. Really interesting because the caramel and funk play around and intertwine to create a flavor profile I've never seen before. Cherries aren't too strong, and provide a nice sweet tartness. Some green apple and pear sneak around in the shadows.

Mouthfeel: Really nice. Can't decide if I want to sip or drink more quickly. Nice carbonation.

Overall: This beer really threw me for a loop. I don't know what to make of it, and I really like it. Even though it has a strange combination of flavors that I can't compare to any sour I've had before, they work great together to make something that's very unique. Overal score is high than the individual scores would lead one to believe because I appreciate this beer's complexity and uniqueness. I would give taste a 4.25 if I could.

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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.

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Photo of Richard33
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After it gushed onto my carpet, poured into a Unibrue Tulip.

Poured with little to no head. Copper in color with orange hues.

Smell is great! Tart cherries and apple abound. Smells a little metallic with some nice leather like funk.

Cherries up front bite at the cheeks. Green apple and bready crackers. Again, a little metallic flavor as well.

Mouth is super smooth with a minor alcohol warming.

A really interesting mix of sweet and tart. Hope my gusher was an isolated issue. Haven't seen many bottle reviews yet. Overall, a really enjoyable wild ale. My only issue is with the slight metallic taste that seems to last long into the finish.

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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.

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

12.7oz bottle poured into a chalice. Bottled Nov. 2011. From the brewery.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden ruby with a 1 finger white head. Tons of visible carbonation, this looks like a champagne. Some sediment visible in the glass. Head sticks around for a while, no lacing.

S: Tart smell with hints of cherry, spice and vanilla. Some wheat and belgian yeast makes up the backbone.

T: Mildy sour with cherry overtones. Some belgian yeast and wheat. A cranberry like sour. The tannins provide a nice bitterness at the end. Almost like a lambic on steroids.

M: Light on the palate with heavy carbonation. Tart and effervescent.

Overall not a ton going for a wild ale but nonetheless very tasty and drinkable. Even without liking cherries I can enjoy this brew.

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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.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up on my first trip to Allagash back in 2011. Sour cherries, oak, lacto and brett. Smells much more sour than it is. Very restrained, but has a great cherry flavor. Super short finish. Lots of carb, great mouthfeel. Not too bad.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabed one of these at the publick house in Brookline

A: served with a film of white head and a golden ruby body very minimal lacing.

S: the smell is delicious sour funk with a nice sour cherryness, if I didn't know better I'd say I could smell the oak.... But it spent two years in an ild stainless steel hit liquor tank. Sony must be a blend of the sour cheery skins and the Brett. A very well rounded and pleasing aroma.

T: spurt cherry mixes with brett and this wild ale has a perfect mix of funk and brett and tart cherry, very well rounded.... Tannins from the cherry skins... And almost raspberriness on the finish.

M: medium mouth with lower carbonation, not effervescent, but very very nice, very drinkable

O: a great sour, that has a lot of very well rounded features and complexities... I am so fortunate to have been able to try this.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed form my notes. This was a one time only keg tapped as part of Novare Res' Allagash-aganza. The beer has a translucent red color. There was a white foam head about two fingers in thickness. No rising carbonation was visible. Good, even lacing was left behind after I swirled my chalice around. This beer doesn't resemble a brown ale at all. The aroma wasn't too strong, just some mild cherry and musty yeast. No brett-like smells. Right away the beer tastes tart. It's a little sweet and dry. The cherry flavor is like that of real cherries, not the "cherry flavor" many products advertise. There is a touch of sour in the finish. It's very tasty, and again, tastes nothing like brown ales I am familiar with. It has a medium body and low carbonation. There is a slight coat left behind and some stickiness. This is pretty drinkable. My chalice holds a large pour, and that will be enough for me. Once this is aged a bit longer, I think it will really shine.

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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!

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