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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

892 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 892
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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kkipple

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared this on a warm spring evening not too long ago with my fellow BA member, Faustgeist. Poured into two big goblets with an inch left in the bottle.

At first blush, this beer is unassuming. It's a deep woodsy brown with a 3cm spotty, off-white head that lingers a bit. Nothing unusual or memorable.

The smell is weak at first, but as the beer warms it opens up and eventually is quite impressive -- both my friend and I thought we smelled oats, along with a bold toasty oak aroma and a single clean alcohol note. Mild molasses and / or brown sugar, medium roasted malt, the ever vague "dark fruit", and a mild roast character also come through. The nose is strangely cool and not hot or overbearing at all, which is odd given both the style and the claimed 10% abv.

A taste reveals a subtle, complex beer. Odyssey is slick, roasty, and has a certain green apple tartness to it along with some figs and roasted grain, but is held together by a very evident oak flavor that should jump out at anyone familiar with wine. The malts are toasted and a bit nutty, ultimately rather sweet, and along with the oak are the backbone of this beer. Hop presence is minimal.

The mouthfeel is smooth, cool, and eventually dry. It's wonderfully low carbonation means it goes down more like a dessert wine than a beer. Oh yes, this is good.

Allagash Odyssey is a toasty, oak flavored sweet beer, and both very well balanced and surprisingly drinkable. It's not a bit harsh or overly oaked, as some barrel-aged beers are wont to be. A pleasant surprise and a refreshing change of pace from in your face, big beers. Give this to your wine-snob uncle who claims beer is beneath him. Highly recommended, but to buy it too often would spoil the fun.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 22:02:04 | More by kkipple
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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.