Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
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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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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