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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

879 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 229
Gots: 174 | FT: 17
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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sprucetip

Alaska

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Revision after sampling July 09 version 2 years out. Changed some scores but not text. Amazingly good beer! Not noticing the dryness I mentioned before. Wow, really good!

750 into goblet. Label says bottled in September 08, 10.3%

Mahogany with red highlights. Very minimal head recedes immediately, leaving thin ring around the edge. Very mildly hazy with moderate but consistent activity.

Oak and brandy hit first, vanilla, malty sweetness, dark fruit and some boozy esters and heat. Very complex and inviting.

Dark fruit and wood followed by malty sweetness, blending and dancing pleasantly on the palate, before a distinctly dry finish. The sharpness and profoundness of this dryness fades noticeably in successive pours, but is still prominent and the only flavor sensation that is out of balance. The booze in the nose not so noticeable in the taste. Overall, very complex and balanced, with the exception of the dryness, which is all that kept this from a higher score in this area.

Feels thinner than I expected for 10%+, with minimal fiz, with which I find no fault. Pleasant, rich coating with significant warming.

The only reasons to slow me down are the ^abv and the co$t. Otherwise, I could drink alot of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 18:33:03 | More by sprucetip
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-11-2014 16:12:22 | More by stevehagy
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.79/5  rDev -11%
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
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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.1%

06-27-2014 02:08:22 | More by ddedhed
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-25-2014 23:59:59 | More by jallen5076
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.6%

06-25-2014 23:51:21 | More by PA-Michigander
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-16-2014 22:18:09 | More by dsm45
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California

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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Iowa

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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a white foam collar. Aroma of dark fruits and a wine like barrel note. Sweet, fruity and oaky aroma. In the taste, nice and malty, with candied nuts, cocoa, fruity wine, and dark fruit. The body is juicy, yet semi dry and has a rock solid carbonation earned from blending a portion from steel fermenters as well as barrel aging and blending. Overall, this is a winner. A very lively Belgian Strong Dark ale.

Serving type: on-tap

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 879 ratings.