Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by bluemoonswoon:
3.88/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottled January 2010. A relatively young beer and bought on sale.
A: Pours out with a massive mocha colored puff of tightly packed foam. The beer itself is a deep cherry red, almost purple
S: A quick swirl of the glass gives off a hot breath of alcohol that gives the hairs on the inside a tickle (sorry to be so graphic). I think I want to see what letting this beer warm would do but I am initially getting the oaky, vanilla sweetness, nutmeg and light cinnamon and cocoa powder.
T/MF: Barrel character is apparent on the first sip, smooth and silky with the same sweet notes of vanilla and subtle herbal spiciness. For a beer of this size it is incredibly subtle will the wonderfully soft barrel character coming in and mixing with the previously mentioned herbal/light spicy characteristics. I want to say there is a slight peaty character to this beer (am I using that word too much?) and I want to say even slightly salty/meaty/chocolatly, a flavor that (for me at least is almost impossible to describe).
D: A different beer but a bit young I think. This salty/meaty thing though not as prevalent as this review might indicate, is just enough of a distraction to make this beer less enjoyable than it should considering how amazingly smooth this beer is. I would like to pick up this beer again and lay it down for a couple of years and see what some age might do for this beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2010 03:31:00 | More by bluemoonswoon
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4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
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 -10.8%
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
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
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