Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,085
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 295
Gots: 231 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-30-2005

Allagash Odyssey is a dark wheat beer aged for ten months, a portion in oak barrels and the remainder in stainless tanks. The recipe includes 2-row barley, malted wheat, a generous amount of roasted barley and Belgian candi sugar. This deep brown beer boasts an aroma of black treacle and raisin. The flavor hints at dates, with a mildly roasted finish imparted by aging in both medium and heavy toast American Oak barrels. The finish is dry, punctuated by vanilla.
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Ratings: 1,085 | Reviews: 402
Photo of Jacobob10
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap on 4/17/2015 @ La Birreria in New York, NY.

Served in a teku glass. Dark brown in color with a creamy beige head that lasts forever and froths back up with each swirl of the glass. The wheat and oak are both easy to detect in the aroma. The flavor builds upon the aroma, adding dark fruit and and alcohol into the mix. Creamy and smooth. Medium to full bodied. One to savor. One of the best from a brewery that produces some pretty great beers. I usually shy away from bombers and 750 mL bottles based on their typically high prices, but after having it on tap, this is one that actually justifies purchasing.

Photo of jancona
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not quite what I expect from a strong dark ale. The smell is molasses and vanilla - taste follows with a touch of oak. I don't get any traditional dark fruit flavors associated with the style. Still a very nice flavor and amazing feel.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The notes reminded me most of tobacco with perhaps a hint of smoked meat.

Taste - My initial impression was to suggest this beer tastes meaty. There is a smoky presence that reminds me of beef jerky. Also present are malty notes and dark fruits linger toward the back. The smoke and tobacco notes seem to become more aggressive in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The feel coats like a strong ale, allowing the complexity to linger.

Overall - This was not what I was expecting, but I really like it. I would seek this beer.

Photo of zander4dawin
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark fruit flavors, fig, raisins, toasty cookies, vanilla, buttery texture.

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Track 84; served in an Allagash glass.

An excellent ale, powerful at ten and a half percent, but smooth and drinkable. A little bit of boozy heat, but the flavors are layered and complex. I got some dark fruits, like plum and cherry, along with caramel and a yummy bready base. Lots to like here.

Photo of bluehende
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light oak and very nice beer. Nice sipper with the wheat and oak flavors.

Photo of TonyFrac
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great Beer. Allagash does a fantastic job.

Photo of illpass78
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasting glass on tap at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a cola color with a sizable white head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: I get caramel, some wheat, a slightly touch of honey, maybe some dark fruit and some grassy background. Maybe some brown bread, too.

Taste: Taste mostly follows the nose. Caramel and grain seem to lead the way. Complex.

Mouthfeel: Sturdy and medium bodied. A sipper.

Overall: Very nice strong dark beer. I like their Allagash Dark a bit more, but that's also one of my all-time favorites, so maybe an unfair comparison.

Photo of fx20736
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bought from Beers of the World March 2015. Served in a goblet at cellartemp.

Look: Root Beer brown with sandstone head, decent lacing.

Smell: woody, herbal, subtle Belgian sugar and yeast

Taste: caramel, toasted whole grain, herbal hopiness

Feel: buoyant, silky

Overall: subtle, delicious

Photo of LastMalkieri
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a draft at Tasty Beverage. It was a very good ale.

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a mostly opaque dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Some spice, earthy Belgian yeast and maybe some vanilla.

T- Toasty malt meets a mild Belgian yeast element. Not a lot of barrel character. Notes of spice, Belgian candi sugar and dark bread.

M- Slightly tangy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- All of the flavors are so well-integrated to this Belgian ale that the 10.4% ABV is hardly noticeable. Delicious, dangerous stuff.

Photo of 7Sport
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

December 2011 corked and caged bottle

Photo of SFC21
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic flavors of dark fruits with a touch of wood. Body is light for the style, in a good way. Incredibly smooth.

Photo of cjgiant
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in January 2014:
Pours a deep auburn brown, clarity visible at edges. Head is small bubbles, off white, and sustaining (light lacing). Initial pour rise to a couple fingers, but leveled off at about 1/2 cm. Nose has syrupy sugar to molasses as described. Some raisin bread provides the non-sugar notes. Only a light hint of alcohol.

Taste is subdued from the wood the pervades the sip. Taste is cola, indistinct dark fruit, and a bite of the wood at the end. The flavors come across more as the beer warms, including molasses and root beer. The carbonation from the feel is also biting, very effervescent. The wood adds a dry feel to the end of the taste.

Would like a little more strength of flavor from this beer. The flavors seemed ok to maybe even a little weak, but I think the carbonation detracted from the flavor in an unfortunate way.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev 0%

On tap at Cask and Vine with Mr Barleywine.
Dark brown in color with a smallish tan head. Rich sweet brown sugar with huge prune, raisin and date like aromas. Rich sweet maltiness balanced with a touch of alcohol. Beautiful sipper!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a deep dark purplish brown, absolutely opaque, no light gets through this one. There is a really big 3 inch head, fluffy and creamy looking, leaving behind an absurd amount of lacing. Just looks like the perfect BSDA.

Smells like dark fruits, Belgian yeast, oak, vanilla, and raisin.

This is super raisin forward, almost like candied pureed raisin, with additional flavors of nutty oak, vanilla bourbon (I don't really know if it's just new oak aged, or bourbon barrel aged, but I do get a hint of bourbon anyway), grapes, and hazelnuts. Really complex and awesome stuff here. The alcohol doesn't really show itself at all- other than the fact that I'm feeling warm and fuzzy over here.

The body is fairly thick, but not syrupy, with a dry but really creamy and slightly sweet mouthfeel. It's quite drinkable.

Another solid entry from Allagash, this is really unique and really tasty.

Photo of pat61
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%

Oak barrel vanilla aroma begins the show, followed by a hint of wine, alcohol, dark malt sugars.
Pours deep dark garnet brown under a lightly tan tinted 2" moussey foam cap. Lacy with legs.
A touch of chocolate on the palate followed by caramel, rich malt, vanilla, fruit.
Medium body and medium high carbonation. Very creamy smooth - almost nitro beer creaminess. Very drinkable. Some warming but you do not notice the 10.4% alcohol.

Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with hints of ruby, decent light tan head and some lacing

S-dark fruit, roasted malt, belgian sugar, spices, little oak and vanilla

T-roasted malt, light molasses, oak , little vanilla, raisins, plums, hint of chocolate

F-medium body with medium carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nice sipping beer, good for dessert

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color, almost into stout territory. The head is a finger high, with a mocha shade. It's superbly creamy-looking, and has excellent retention. A creamy ring of lacing sticks to the glass. Very aesthetically pleasing.

S: Very much like a Belgian stout, in a manner of speaking. I'm getting goodly amounts of chocolate, brown sugar, toast, and smoke. Subtle hints of dark fruits lie beneath those primary notes. I'm also getting the oak barrel in a subtle expression - very soft hints of toasted coconut and vanilla can be found. I was disappointed at the lack of Belgian presence at first, but it develops a nice tone of biscuit after a while. It hits all of the right notes quite well.

T: A nice initial flavor of chocolate and brown sugar open it up. Then it transitions into coffee, and it finishes off with some Belgian yeast characteristics - biscuit, black pepper, and white grapes. Oak is gentle throughout. I think it could stand to be brighter: all of the sweet chocolate and brown sugar notes are very rich, almost to a fault. Having said that, this drinks like pure luxury.

M: Holy fork, this is one creamy-feeling beer. Easily, this is the most velvety soft Belgian-style beer I've ever had. The extremely fine carbonation is part of the reason why. Creamy, rich...and despite the dry finish, not spectacularly drinkable. The alcohol is hidden superbly, however.

O: Everything apart from the taste is excellent, and even the latter is still pretty good. Maybe it's just personal tastes - this is superbly crafted, but not to my BSDA preferences. This is an excellent dessert beer, however (definitely worth snagging another to age a year or two).

Photo of LeRose
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

On tap and bottled 2014 vintage.

First time was paired with dessert and the flavors played so well - it was like the best cup of after dinner coffee. SInce discovered this beer pairs well with many things including pizza...

Dark and opaque on the pour. A very white tight head results that lasts and lasts. Beautiful looking beer.

Aroma - some slight metallic twang in the aroma, not offensive. Slight hit from the alcohol. Roasty and toasty, brown sugar, figs/dates, and I swear there are coffee notes. Woody and bourbony, slight whiff of vanilla.

Taste - alcohol well-hidden. Roasted flavors - coffee/toffee, caramel, brown sugar sweetness. Then the big boys come out to play - dark fruits in the date/fig category, almost a raspberry or dark sweet cherry flavor reminding me again of coffee. Very subdued vanilla/bourbon flavor, finishes clean with a little woody flavor lingering at the end. The taste morphs with temperature and with different foods - to me it is not quite the same on every sip or every time i have had it, which I find adds to my enjoyment of the beer.

Mouthfeel - a little tingle from the carbonation and alcohol. Minimal bitterness. Not heavy at all - medium bodied and creamy smooth. Dry and clean on the finish, welcoming the next sip.

Overall this is a superb beer. The flavors just keeps on going in a harmonious manner. Smooth and WAY to easy drinkingr at 10%... Added bonus is my wife enjoys it as much as I do, so we have been seeking out bottles. Just an overall enjoyable drinking experience. Job well done.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a white foam collar. Aroma of dark fruits and a wine like barrel note. Sweet, fruity and oaky aroma. In the taste, nice and malty, with candied nuts, cocoa, fruity wine, and dark fruit. The body is juicy, yet semi dry and has a rock solid carbonation earned from blending a portion from steel fermenters as well as barrel aging and blending. Overall, this is a winner. A very lively Belgian Strong Dark ale.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent brownish tan head that dissipates fairly quickly but still leaves enough of a creamy covering over the beer. The beer itself is an opaque dark purple brown color and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The beer smell has very strong wheat and barley smell that overtakes the other smells. The smell also has dark fruits and Belgian candi sugar notes underneath the malts. The barely smells a little burnt. The taste has the same notes as the smell but with a different intensity. The Belgian candy sugar and dark raisin notes dominate the taste while the barely shows up to take off the edge a little bit. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied with biting carbonation. The feel is slick. Overall, a pretty god beer and worth getting.

Photo of dar482
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, sweet caramel, and cffee.

The flavor follows of chocolate, porter roasted malt quality, and then plums and a yeast. A lacking mid palate then onto an oak quality.

The beer is quite sweet and bready, but dries off on the finish with woody oak barrel.

Photo of gr0g
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage. Dark brown, chestnut even, with mahogany highlights. A really nice-looking head with great persistence, leaving some almost equally nice lacing. Aroma is a match for the best Belgian quads, and it has some interesting differences. The wheat is definitely detectable, smelling a bit like a Weizenbock. Hints of clove and banana. Besides that, there's a whiff of cocoa, then it segues into ripe raisin and date. Top it all off with oaky vanilla. An intricate aroma.

The flavor is almost equally complex. Robust, malty, not that sweet. The flavor profile stays mostly true to Quad/BSDA, the wheat character being quite muted. Dark malts and dark fruits are dominant. More fruity esters and a touch more sweetness would take this to next level. Slightly sticky, throat-coating mouthfeel. Carbonation is almost pillowy-soft. Some oak and just a hint of alcohol on the finish.

Allagash Odyssey is great, much better than "Four." This is, for all intents and purposes, a Quad. Not quite as good overall as the Trappist titans, but it holds it's own.

Photo of Andrew041180
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured slowly straight into the middle of my St. Bernardus goblet from a 750 mL corked and caged bottle dated 1/2014. I don't have great lighting, but the beer is a dark brown and develops a thick, creamy head that lasts for a while, maintains a skim covering for the duration of the beer, and leaves thin, spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Dominant aroma for me was the roasted malt. I was a little thrown off by this, and didn't know what to expect from the taste. Also present in the aroma were a subtle sweetness and dark fruit.

T - The first couple sips did produce a roasty quality, but that flavor soon folded into a really great, complex flavor profile. It was both a challenge and a joy trying to pick out the individual flavors, because each was subtle, and supported the others so very well. Eventually the dark fruit flavors took over, but there was also light oak and just enough of a tart sourness to make things even more interesting. Oh, and the 10%+ alcohol is barely noticeable. It blends in really nicely with the oak.

M - Medium bodied with lots of supporting carbonation. A little prickly at first, but settles down after a few minutes. The finish is a moderately dry with just a bit of a sticky aftertaste.

O - What more can I say? Not the cheapest bottle out there, but highly recommended to share with someone in a relaxed atmosphere. Wonderful beer.

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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
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