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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

893 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 231
Gots: 177 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-30-2005)
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Reviews by bamadog:
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade some time ago. From the 2009 bottling, review is from notes taken on 8/12/2012 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass (blasphemy, I know...)

Appearance: Pour is a deep, dark coffee brown with some lighter mahogany near the sides; starts with a short one finger tan head that fades quickly to a thin, but full and pretty even cap; a few strands of lacing are left behind; body is quite dark and it's difficult to see in to far, can't get a read on the carbonation.

Smell: It does indeed smell like a Belgian - plenty of dark, and very ripe fruit as well some spiciness (could it be cloves?); bit of a dark, bready yeastiness to it as well; smell is decently strong -- very favorable; perhaps some Candi on the tail end with a touch of sweet booziness as well.

Taste: Really just like the nose -- plenty of those dark and very ripe fruits -- no sense of tartness to them at all; bit of the Candi blends in there as well, but I have to say that it's really blended well, it doesn't even try to take over the fruitiness but lends a little sumpin' sumpin' to it; spiciness is there, mild, though, and I do believe it is cloves that I'm tasting; I feel that there's a bit of something else, and it reminds me a bit of whole-leaf, sticky and sweet, tobacco; touch of alcohol, but again it blends quite well for something over 10%.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight; carbonation is present, but it's very soft and creamy -- really quite smooth; a thick and sticky coating is left all over the roof of the mouth; belly is left a touch warm from the alcohol.

Overall: This is really an excellent beer on all fronts; great scents, even better flavors, a body that's not going to weigh you down too much (a full bottle is going to be quite a bit, but hell, it's not like I come across this a lot), and the alcohol is big, and I'm a fan of that. Cheers to Allagash, on perhaps their best beer that I've come across yet.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 00:42:25 | More by bamadog
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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.