Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by Dope:
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle dated February 2011. Coming up on 2 years old.
A: Pours a very very dark brown with a hint of red in it. Head is huge and fluffy, light brown with even a little red in it too (almost pink really). Fades slowly, leaving huge fluffy blobs of lacing all over the glass.
S: Surprisingly very wheaty. Like a big old wheatwine. Lots of oak, leather and tobacco in there. Touch of hickory-like smoke. Lightest hint of cocoa.
T: Very unique flavor right off the bat. Loaded with heavy, dark wheat but equally balanced with charred wood. Has an astringent ashy, toasty and chocolate character. Caramel and brown sugar helps sweeten it up and balance it out. Touch of leather and the faintest hint of meat, especially on the back end. A little bit of char and earth in the lingering aftertaste. Flavors are melded quite well, nothing is too sharp - it all just flows together.
M: Heavy but smooth and creamy. A bit astringent from the char. Maybe chalky is a better word. Just a little. Not over the top.
O: What a great beer. What really sets this one apart is the level of complexity while maintaining an excellent balance of flavors. Every sip, something new stands out. I will say I didn't get a huge amount of belgian influence in this one oddly enough. It's a little fruity, a little earthy and a little spicy but nothing really stands out like so many BSDAs do. It's basically a belgian-style wheatwine aged on charred oak. Very tasty, very unique and expertly crafted.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2012 03:32:10 | More by Dope
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
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
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 18:53:36 | More by MDDMD
3.79/5 rDev -11%
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).
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 00:06:26 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.43/5 rDev +4%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-13-2014 00:49:04 | More by Stinkypuss
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
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