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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Ratings: 210 |  Reviews: 62
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.

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Photo of richardflyr
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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 DoctorB2B
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Bad Apple.

A: the appearance is right red with brown highlights, short white head, nice lacing and good retention

S: ripe cherries, heavy dose of bret, notes of funk, some raspberry

T: light waves of tartness Paired with candied cherry, slightly tart, a little sweet at the end

Mf: carbonation is mellow, body is slightly syrupy

O: decent oude bruin, not quite as sour as would be expected from the nose. Nice flavors, worth a try.

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Photo of Miamilice
5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of LostHighway
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DanK4
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a few of these at the brewery today at the Old HLT release party. Got to meet Rob Tod and the staff of the brewery- one hell of a group of people. Out of a 12.7 capped and crowned bottle into an Allagash Coolship glass.

A: A nice golden ruby color- definitely rich in hue. pours with an off white/coffee 2 finger head that disappears quick. A nice touch of carb but nothing streaming from the bottom. Cloudy and intense looking- definitely looks like a bottle fermented beer.

S: It's got the funk. Great cherry aroma with a grain warmth. Vanilla notes, but smells like a humble country brew.

T: Perfect sour funky bite. Seriously everything I imagined it to be, finishes smooth but that initial cherry tartness is delicious. Not so much vanilla here, but it leaves a silky bite. Awesome beer.

M: Medium-light bodied. The finish is perfect for the density and taste of this brown ale, any heavier and it would almost seem too funky, but any lighter and it would be a tease.

O: Oh yea, it's the good stuff. Definitely worth seeking out, not too partial to brown or cherry ales before but I feel like that is going to change rather quickly.

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Photo of jsilva
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of valdieu2
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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 CP20
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of TMath524
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at When Pigs Fly Pizzeria in Kittery, ME. Tapped just over a week before the bottle release!

Poured into a 10.5 oz glass with a perfect bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Appearance is reddish brown.

Nose is deliciously funky. Tart with just a touch of cherry sweetness. I wish my pillow smelled like this.

Taste was tart and just sweet enough to not get buried by my mushroom and fried eggplant pizza. Earth, oil, funk, and ricotta are making a flavor love-child in my mouth.

Mouthfeel is a touch compromised by the accompanying food, but actually serves as a pretty good palate-cleanser.

Overall I'd say that I'm terribly disappointed that I'm working during the bottle release, but I'm truly glad I could have this beer in its completed form on-tap at When Pigs Fly!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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