arminjewell (5145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, thanks Aaron! Clear/slightly hazy orange with no head, aroma brought notes of cherry, touch of earth, vanilla, hints of earth, touch of grapefruit and lemon. Taste is a bit bland, touch of earth, grain, vanilla, some cherry, finishing lemon, slightly sour.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by adnielsen. Poured a cloudy deep orange with an off white head. The nose was orange peels and dirt. Notes of funk with tart and dry bits. The taste was tart leather and lemons. Notes of grass and hay. Tasty beer.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Fountainhead (Chicago, IL). Pours a luscious deep copper pour, more fiery edges but a deeper dark copper middle and body. Cakey offwhite hear tan head that cakes atop, sticks around well and laces ok overall. Aromas are some touches of toast and biscuits and a deeper dry bretty funk. Cobwebs, dust, and mellow barnyard move into some cherry elements, touches of lactic acid, mellow yogurt, and more brett as it seems to take the reigns. Touches of sweetness still peek in from time to time. Brett forward as opposed to sour and cherry ridden. Initial is medium bodied, a bit fluffy and lighter on the palate as bretty funk and dryness takes focus. Restrained sweetness from the malt base does a couple peeks, touches of biscuits and bread. Mellow cherry, touches of tannins, and middle gets a touch tangy and tart. Some light sourness creeps in but dry brett stays dominant on my palate. Dry florals and dry brett take hold, a touch crisp into the backend and finish. Gentle or small cherry elements leave some mellow tang, tartness, light sourness. A touch of coolness, mellow herbal, as the cherries come a bit more into focus up front. A compliment, getting a bit more tart through the experience and opening up the complexity a bit more as I go through. Well carbonated and a bit effervescent, which provides a synergy with the dryness. More wild than sour. Nice solid beer with some nice complexities, dryness, and lighter overall. A bit different than I expected though.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 itís not bracing to the point where I feel like I need to rest between sips.
Overall, this is really quite nice and Iím 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.
jredmond (4594) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2012 Draft at blind tiger with max. Pours a hazy amber with light lacing. Aroma is sour cherries and wheat. Mouthfeel is carbonated and a tad too thin with notes of sour cherry, light oak, slight funk and sweet malts.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sampled at Muckfest III. Clear amber pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of nuts, cardboard, malt and tart cherries. Cherry flavor with malty accents and some nuttiness before a sour finish.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10 ounce pour - $6.00 at Leonís 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, itís been nearly eight long years since I last had it, and, with all the many brain cells Iíve outright killed since then, perhaps I should leave the comparison alone.
DrSilverworm (4017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very end bit of a 12.7oz bottle, thanks to Brad. Totally hazy dirty peach color, with all the sediment in there. No head or lace. Very nice tart cherry nose. Light nutty malts, good tart cherry flavor. Light carbonation. Medium body. More dry overall. My sample was very small, but what was there was very enjoyable
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ a recent tasting... Poured reddish/brown with a moderate forming off-white head. Sour and tart with a dense cherry character that offered balance and sweetness to tartness. Mild mouthfeel, unobtrusive body that allowed the cherry fruits and sourness to shine along with some malt tones.
nuplastikk (3824) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml corked bottle shared by Madvike. Hazy/murky orange-red. Big off-white head, lasts. Mineral cherry pit aroma. Delicate malt background, pleasant cherry flavor, light sour edge very well incorporated. Really natural taste, quite delicious and clean. Tasty, well executed, a medium bodied Kriek that avoids being cloying.