Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by smakawhat:
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the bottle into my tulip glass. Bottled Feb 2011 so off we go!
Dark cocoa light cocoa head off the pour with lots of staying power. Some of the bubbles are quite soapy looking and large others not so. A body of super dark red almost black in appearance. Leaves a good puck throughout drinking all the time.
Bouquet fells incredibly mellow and soft. Mellow malt, chewy yeast, dark powdered unsweetened cocoa all play along. Real good aromatics on this, not overpowering either, so pleasant feeling. Hints of pralines and caramel, it's so soft, it's like ah.. puffy clouds!
Upon tasting it feels like scotch ale is coming thick and beautiful, then some small fizzy carbonation and taste of mellowed out dark fruit (raisins/dates dried fig) comes in. This feels like some sort of crazy scotch ale Belgian dark hybrid and I LIKE IT! Drying palate on the swallow, high abv is not noticeable. Dense and light as well.
I was getting a little worried about Allagash, I had many of their beers both on bottle and tap and they were always disappointing me. I was beginning to think they couldn't make good Belgian styles. In a way they did better, they made something that is truly their own.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2011 22:28:47 | More by smakawhat
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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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