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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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881 Ratings
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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 229
Gots: 174 | 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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into an Allagash cervois. Bottle generously provided by apollokim as in an extra in the 'You Ain't From Around Here?' BIF, thanks Kim!

A - Pours a very rustic brown color; it's almost hard to see much color in this but with the right light it's possible. For being barrel-aged, it has a ton of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. An absolute monster of a head sticks to the top of this beer. 3-fingers worth of dense, cream-colored foam make up the head, and as the edges fade quicker than the middle, a strange volcano shape remains after a few minutes. The retention is excellent, with it still lasting at almost the end of the glass. Lacing is great as well, covering most of the sides of the glass with thick residue.

S - This nose has quite a bit of malts to it, which took me a bit off-guard. At first it's heavy on the grains, lending itself to bread-like qualities. There's some candied sugar in here as well, adding to the sweetness. A good amount of dark fruit comes next in the form of grapes, raisins, plums, and dark fruit. The thing that most surprised me, however, was the slight smell of bittersweet chocolate.

T - The taste follows the progression laid by the nose, however, the malts are a bit toned-down here. The fruit plays a stronger role here, beginning almost immediately and lasting well into the finish. There's a good amount of wheat in this beer from the start, giving it a lighter flavor at first. The sugar does its part to give it that special Belgian quality, and the grapes and plums reciprocate by giving off some tasty flavors. The chocolate in the nose can also be faintly tasted here, somewhere in the finish. It's a bit more alcoholic here, giving off that feel and taste of heat that's common in hotter quads. The finish has a tinge of wood in it, imparted by the barrel it aged in. The finish is long, sweet, and somewhat fruity.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with good carbonation. Surprisingly carbonated given the time spent in the barrels. Not as mouth-covering as authentic Belgians, but it does leave a finish that makes me want to drink again.

D - Drinkability is moderate. I was looking forward to this beer, so maybe my expectations tempered this beer a little, but I didn't find it completely blowing me away. Solid beer, but given the price I'm sure this bottle cost, I would like to see me influence of the barrel on here. As it is now, the oak imparts only a faint trace of its woodiness to the beer that's almost negligible.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 01:03:33 | More by nhindian
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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.

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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 881 ratings.