Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by bamadog:
4.23/5 rDev -0.7%
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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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
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
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