Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by mdvatab:
4.72/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bought this one at a great bottle shop in Durham, NC, and have been looking forward to giving it a try. Popped it open while watching the Cardinals win the World Series!
Poured from 750ml bottle into a Bordeaux glass.
Aroma: Vanilla, caramel, a twangy, wild, oaken barrel note, and then some nice, Belgian spiciness comes through after the bottle's been open and the beer has warmed in the glass for a while.
Appearance: Dense, light tan, two-finger head has excellent retention. Body is a dark ruby-brown. Thick, foamy lacing clings to the inside of the glass.
Flavor: Mmmm. Mildly-sweet malt comes through as rich caramel and vanilla. A little bit of oaky funk--doesn't come through in a tart way, though. Bitterness is just enough to prevent the malt from being cloying. The oak definitely plays a supporting role in the flavor of this one, which is fine. Fantastic flavor!
Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation lends itself to the foamy head and a lively brew overall. Medium, chewy body.
Overall: An extremely drinkable BSDA-- one of the very best I've every had. I've only ever had one other brew from Allagash, but from these two, I can tell that this is one heck of a brewery. Unfortunately, it's not distributed in Indiana, but I'm going to take advantage of any opportunity I get to try their other brews. I highly recommend this one!
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2011 21:27:09 | More by mdvatab
More User Reviews:
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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