Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by joe1510:
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Odyssey has the look of coffee as it's being poured into my goblet but a glass full borders on black. When backlit, mahogany highlights glows through the thinner parts of the body. A creamy beige head grew easily on the pour and fell just as easily to a healthy froth. Silky sheet lacing gets left behind after each drink and while the drink lines stay put the lower sections slide slowly back into the body.
The wheat in this beer is very expressive and lays down a strong foundation for the big, robust aromas of this brew. The aroma has so many different elements that it's hard to pick them all out. Dates, figs, leather, mild pipe tobacco, and brandy soaked raisins all show themselves at one point or another. The oak doesn't play a huge role in the nose but has a buttery vanilla quality to it. There's even a layer of dark chocolate in here that I imagine is coming from the wheat. I could sit here with my nose in this glass all night.
This beer is just as expressive on the tongue with a wash of flavors zigging and zagging their way through my mouth. The dark chocolate seems to be a little dusty on the tongue and kicks things off along with the rich wheat. All those aromas I mentioned are right here on the tongue and the oak is vanilla rich but manages to mingle nicely within the rest of the flavors. The sweetness comes in the form of figs and dates while the brandy soaked raisins add a touch of heat. The finish brings out the light tobacco notes. Odyssey is hugely complex and a beer to ponder.
The mouthfeel is good but it is the only thing I'm not crazy about with this beer. The body is on the heavier side of medium but could use a little more heft. The carbonation brings some overall creaminess and the swallow has a little sticky sweetness to it. Mild super clean alcohol fumes cut that sweetness and can be felt in the nose.
This is a big hugely complex brew but it's a sipper without a doubt. I've been working my way through this 750 for about an hour now. It continues opening up as it warms. It's been cold all day, I've been working outside, and this is a good brew to come home to.
The whole concept of this beer was appealing to me but I didn't think I'd like it as much as I do. The oak is integrated very well. I wouldn't hesitate picking this up in the future. Odyssey is another fine brew from Allagash.
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2013 03:47:09 | More by joe1510
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4.04/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
poured into a pint style glass but a bit smaller. a dark beer. aroma is a really nutty, (and I normally don't consider things nutty) and definitely getting warm roasty woody notes as well. hint of what i'd describe as vanilla wafer. excellent smelling but taste didn't quite match up. got hints of coacoa. little to no carbonation. i'm pretty sure this was on a nitro tap
Serving type: nitro-tap
03-11-2014 20:08:11 | More by dank203
3.83/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750ml C&C bottle from February 2011. Generously sent to me by Gunch. Thanks John. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/6/2014.
App- Dark black body, looks a bit thin but definitely a non-illuminable brown; comes with a nice fluffy 2 finger white head that makes for a nice contrast. Good retention, no lacing.
Smell- Sweet caramel, vanilla, roast malts, some dark fruits, good oak presence. No real hint of the Belgian yeast that was presumably used here.
Flavour- Caramel, roast malts, figs. Less complex than the nose. Less oak is present on the palate. Even is a bit metallic.. not enough to detract from the whole experience. Not a particularly intense or complex beer, but still tasty. No alcohol presence.
Mouthfeel- On the thin side, a bit watery. Fine carbonation. Aftertaste is a solid sweet vanilla flavour that fades away quickly. Fairly drinkable for the ABV.
Overall- Interesting take on the BSDA; unfortunately this style must not be for me. Seeing how expensive this one is makes me shake my head. I wouldn't buy this again if it was just me; though if you like BSDAs, this might be for you.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 04:43:45 | More by Stevedore
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
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