Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by BlackBelt5112203:
4.94/5 rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar-room temperature. Bottled December 2011.
L – Ruby brown color with a 2-finger cream-colored head that is bubbly and rocky at first, then progressing to a cap of froth reminiscent of a nitro beer (think Guinness). Excellent retention and lacing with great clarity and tons of bubbles. This is also the first time that I’ve ever seen “legs” in a beer. I’m sure I’ve had beers with them before, but this is the first time that they’ve really stood out to me.
S – This aroma has some incredible things going on. There are tons of malty-sweet scents. I’m getting caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dark candi sugar, raisins, figs, dates, a hint of cocoa, and some vanilla. There’s also the perfect amount of musty, woody oak. This is a fantastic-smelling beer.
T – The taste follows the aroma perfectly and is just as phenomenal. It’s sweet nearly all the way through with caramel, molasses, raisins, dates, figs, and vanilla. Some cocoa comes through as the taste progresses. At mid-taste, some spicy clove-like yeast flavors appear and serve as a great introduction to the woody, dry oak that shines at the finish.
F – Medium-to-full-bodied with great carbonation, a sticky, prickly, creamy, and mouth-coating feel all in one, and a sweet, slightly spicy, and dry finish. Malt sweetness, clove spiciness, and oak dryness all linger and combine amazingly with a very smooth throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.
O – This beer not only rivals most good actual Belgian strong dark ales, but also surpasses a good amount of them. If I did a blind tasting, there is no way I would think that this was from anywhere other than Belgium. Even the mouthfeel mimics the true Belgians. Of all the aspects of a beer, I’ve found that American brewers have the hardest time finding the right Belgian mouthfeel. Drinking this beer was a truly wonderful experience. I can’t give a beer a perfect 5, but this is very, very close. It stands up with some of the best Belgians out there. This is a must try.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2013 00:42:58 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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4.54/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 10:57:21 | More by Andrew041180
3.93/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Allagash Odyssey January 2014 10.4% abv
Dark Brown with a frothy two finger off-white head that fades gradually leaving behind frothy lacing. The head sticks around in a layer over the beer.
Smells metallic and spicy. Dark fruit - dates and raisins, plum skins. molasses. I smell the malted wheat. Sweet dark bread. Dark cookies.
Tastes of molasses. Sugar and dark fruit. Metallic funk. Cloves. Really buttery molasses cookies. Wheat. Plenty of malted graininess. Vanilla and oak come out in the aftertaste.
Medium to full body, Medium carbonation. Slightly unpleasant finish that turns in to a warm wonderful aftertaste.
I’ll start by saying that I don’t like the Belgian yeast profile in general. There’s something spicy and funky about it that doesn't appeal to me. I’m definitely not a big fan of BSDAs. I wish I was though, then maybe I could enjoy this obviously good beer. The thing that I enjoy most is the aftertaste, where vanilla, oak, and a general warmth stick around for quite a while. Up front it’s a very satisfying sweet, grainy, spicy flavor profile. I am not a fan of the finish. Bitter funk dominates. So, between the front and the aftertaste, the stuff I don’t like about BSDAs really comes out. If you like BSDAs you’ll probably love it. I don’t know. A satisfying experience however. I drank it, so that definitely means its good. Some of the lamer BSDAs I can’t even finish. I probably shouldn't even be reviewing this beer. Do try.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2014 03:47:27 | More by Jack_Malts
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