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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

809 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


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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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Feb. 2005 - Glossy black body with deep burgandy highlights within. Inch high, puffy tannish foam sits for good length before settling to a big fluffy collar and a solid skim. Minimal lacing in small globby strings and a few spots.

Heavenly aroma of vinous-like oak decorated in lots of dark nuances of dark fruity malt, black licorice, tootsie roll chocolate, carob, vanilla, and a splash of good Ol' alcoholic breath.

Taste has an emaculately creamy front that's airy and rounded with a full brunt of dark fruity malts. Has a short stay middling area of chocolate and date flavors. Lively and full on the swallow with warmth and alcoholic texture bringing a breeze of vanilla and port flavors. Hints to carob, root beer, black licorice and, anise. Finishes great with great length and memory with a leftover melting pot of rich chocolate laced with dark fruityness and sticky maltyness and lightly fluffed with some cocoa powder composition. Its much more complex then what I'm able to describe and soak in, but take my word for it. Its damn good!

Feel is a very solid medium body with a uniform ride of interchanging full areas gliding from point to point, as do warming qualities, creamyness, smoothness, and maltyness. Looong finishing area, it sticks with you for a day and a half. A very complexing texture and character to this beer. Quite spectacular!

Yum, yum, and yum, this stuff is killer! Fantastic job by Allagash. No surprise really, but damn I could never get sick of this stuff. Me likey.

Two thumbs for RealityDeviant for coming through and getting me some!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 02:45:27 | More by tavernjef
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark raspberry tea with a great deal of carbonation leading up to a gorgeous cap of golden ecru froth that filled more than half the glass on the pour. Backlighting brings out wonderful ruby highlights that make a fantastic looking beer look even better. Now this is how a BSDA should look.

The aroma is impressive. It was merely good initially, but with warming has acquired a power and a complexity that mirrors the flavor profile. With a wee bit more vividness and more definition, it could easily compete with the best Belgians. Hell, it just might do so now. I smell figs, tobacco and ground clove above all else.

Odyssey is amazingly delicious beer! Rarely, if ever, has my mouth been so awash in so many flavors that change from the beginning of each mouthful to the end. I've only had a few samples so far, but this might be the best BSDA that I've ever had. I bow before the brilliance of Allagash.

I'm not even sure where to begin in attempting to describe what I'm tasting. First off, this beer eschews power for nuance. That isn't to say that it isn't absolutely bursting with flavor, just that it's so refined and so angelic in the mouth that one doesn't feel as if they're being bullied the way that some big beers tend to do.

Sweetened fig puree, sticky dates, raisins, the finest oak-aged single batch bourbon, light molasses, dark toffee, plum jam, pipe tobacco, cloves... and on and on and on. Even though there's a considerable amount of sweetness, it doesn't come close to sticky or cloying. Like just about everything else about this beer, the sweet-bitter-sour balance is sheer perfection.

I originally felt that the mouthfeel was a tad too light to be deserving of the ultimate score. No longer. I can't imagine a more heavenly mouthfeel than the one greeting me with each and every sip... now that I'm well into the middle of the bottle. It's such a perfect (there's that word again) combination of suppleness, silkiness, light chewiness and buoyant carbonation that no other score is possible.

Allagash proved long ago that they're one of my favorite breweries in all the world. No other American brewer so reliably recreates the classically Belgian styles, and oftentimes meets and surpasses the best that that country has to offer. Simply put, Odyssey is an outstanding BSDA and is one of the best beers of any style that I've ever had the pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 21:57:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks cookin420 for this one. Large corked bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled January 2008.

Reddish brown, quite dark, with a medium sized tan head, creamy and compact that holds forever, and coats the sides of the glass with a very nice looking sheet of lacing.
Rich aroma, fruity mostly, with figs and raisins, sweetish malts, candy, grapes, oakiness, vanilla, and a lot of other pleasant, unidentified aromas.
Mouthfeel is just perfection, creamy and full, velvety and just moving it around the mouth is quite a pleasure.
Fruitiness is also the dominant flavor, mostly sweet, but finishing dry. Oak, vanilla, figs, plums, raisins, candy, peppery notes. It keeps changing, and it keeps getting better. An absolute masterpiece, I wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 23:43:21 | More by brdc
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked and caged. Bottling September 2008. Cases Bottled: 530. 10.3% ABV.

Pours a dark, rich brown with little to no head. Aroma of candied raisins, molasses, and spices.

Warm and whole in the mouth. More candied fruit - figs, raisins and dates; toffee, spice, dark molasses and something bready - somewhere between rum cake and the bread they serve at Outback. Incredibly quaffable for something with over 10% ABV - the alcohol is barely fainted at on the tongue but warms the belly.

Delicious, complex, and warming on a chilly November day.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 02:18:52 | More by RockyTopHeel
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zen

New York

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

after having heard from a couple of people that this was just an awesome beer i just had to have it. i work in a supermarket and i work the beer section i just had to get this. after calling my beer guy i got 2 cases in. after having this i now have a favorite beer. the flavor was just amazing and has the smell of vanilla. i bought a second bottle just to age and cant wait until that is ready to taste

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 05:13:03 | More by zen
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a deep black with a decent head that slowly diminished. The aroma was a unique blend of dried fruits and oak. The taste was similar with the flavors playing off each other very nicely. The beer was medium bodied and the alcohol was well hidden for a 10% brew. This is a truly unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 08:09:59 | More by atsprings
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled October 2006

Pours a deep burgundy with substantial tan head that dissipates slowly.

Dark fruity malt and sweet molasses to the nose.

Taste is spectacular. A bit of the alcohol comes through among a balanced and complex burst of flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated.

Great drinkability, this is one to savor and analyze. One of the most enjoyable brews of this style I've tried recently.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 03:31:28 | More by techdiver
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottles in February 05. Pours out a very dark brown with a healthy sized light tan head filling the rest of the chalice. Streaky and clumps of lace coated the glass for the most part. Sweet candy sugar and big dark ripe fruitiness hit my nose first. Good amount of spiciness was there as was a bit of dark chocolate. Light alcohol notes as it warmed, very delicious smelling. Taste has a big fruitiness up from with figs and plums with some brown sugar sweetness. A mix of spices is in there but I can’t pick any out. Caramel, oak and some bourbon notes all mix flawlessly adding to the incredible taste. As it warmed the alcohol showed its face more but never added negatively to the flavor. One of the best tasting Belgian Dark Ales I have ever had. Pretty thick and creamy body with a bit of a warmth to bit due to the big alcohol. Ridiculously drinkable. With as strong as the alcohol is and the complexity in this brew it went down very easy and I wish I had another bottle to follow it with. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 16:14:42 | More by meathookjones
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a sublime beer. It has a dark red-brown color with a moderate-sized creamy head. It has a sweet spicy odor with vanilla undertones as well as some spice. A sweet taste, with a charcoal/smoky flavor. A very good mouthfeel, not too bubbly. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and could drink it all night, except its 10.4%ABV precludes this (at least if I want to function the next day).

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 01:01:00 | More by lordofthewiens
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Really thick tan head on a black body but when held to light it is really clear deep ruby.
S- Bourbon, wood, vanilla, sweet big malt body, toffee, grass hops, big earthy tones, alcohol comes through and stings the nose a bit, and hints of some dark fruits like plum and raisins. Really complex aroma!
T- Very well balance and complex flavors. The bourbon barrel comes through nice a big but not over whelming. Pretty much follows the aroma in the flavor but everything seems very well balance. Pretty decent size bitterness along with some hints of spice like black pepper. The vanilla almost has its own show as it comes through very nice and even stays in for the after taste. raisins also come through nice and big too.
M- Medium body with light bubbly carbonation.
D- I really like this. Seems like everything is perfectly placed. Great brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 02:57:41 | More by BlindPig
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drunkmonk

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml Bottled Jan 08

Been a long time since my last Belgian dark ale.

A- Very dark brown, creamy tan head that retains to a beautiful quarter inch lacing thru out the sample. Impressive sticking to the sides of the glass.

S- Oak treatment,dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses. Something spicy there as well, tobacco like.

T- Figs, dates, anise, slight bourbon, vanilla, and faint smokiness. Quite a bit going on here, and even more as this warms. Where is the alcohol? Finshes slightly sweet with a linering slight bourbon booziness.

M- Medium creamy mouthfeel. Lighter than expected from the pour. Very nice.

D- A complex sipper, that's hard to just sip. Extremley drinkable for the strength. Be careful, be very careful.

Odyssey, I'll say. It's been a fantastic journey from start to finish. Give this a whirl if you get the chance.

*note to self: Might be time to try the 06 in the cellar soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 00:57:11 | More by drunkmonk
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vrazionale

Vermont

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 2008, 750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Deep, rich, reddish-brown color, with a slight swirled head. Not as thick-bodied an appearance as other Belgian and Belgian-style ales.

S - Prominent oak, raisins, dates, thyme, and musk. Has that alluring "sweet attic" smell that, for whatever reason, I always associate with sepia-colored photographs. Outstanding nose.

T - I'll just say, I am impressed at the fullness of flavor for such a young Belgian-style ale. Less sweet than I expected, though I am not at all disappointed. All of the oak, dried fruits, and spice from the nose with a touch of ginger, clove, and vanilla. Words don't really do this brew justice.

M - Less viscous than other Belgian-style ales, but has that lingering taste on the back of the tongue and the warming effect of strong Belgian ales.

D - Beers with such high alcohol content and flavor complexity often end up getting described as not being a "session beer," but I find that to be somewhat limiting. When I finish this 750mL bottle, I'll want more (though probably against my better judgment). This beer is deceptively drinkable, and would pair very well with food - either a "sophisticated" burger or a cheese plate (think aged Swiss cow's milk, creamy blues, or a younger aged Gouda.). Take it slow and enjoy each sip.

Complex and complete, this brew exceeds my high expectations. If you like strong Belgian ales, get your hands on this beer now!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 00:54:07 | More by vrazionale
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled Feb. 2011

Pours a dark, dark brown color with a beautiful chocolate/cocoa colored two finger head. Excellent lacing on my snifter glass. This brew is impossible to see through, even when held to light. Great looking beer. In the nose I get: fig, tobacco, bourbon, oak, clove, and other dark fruit. Pretty smooth, and warming helps tremendously. Not quite up to the best Belgians, but it's REALLY close. HOLY CRAP. This is one amazing tasting beer! I definitely get caramel/toffee, w/ the fruits, slight bourbon, but this isn't boozy at all. In fact, I don't detect any of the 10.4% alcohol in this beer. It just gets better and better the more it warms too. It's super smooth, silky, and feels like a million bucks in the feel department. The only ding I can give it is that I'd like the feel to be a little more full bodied- but that's grasping at straws. Overall, this is an amazing brew and I recommend you buy it immediately if you see it for under $20/750ml... Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:00:38 | More by jayhawk73
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definitely one of my favorite choices for the style. Poured dark. When held up to the light there was some slight shimmering around the edges of the glass. Finger-width deep head of white foam that receded to a stringy film. No lacing. Slight heat in the nose. Also pulled out some licorice and spices.

Very full flavor that holds up--and even improves--as the beer warms. Some tingley spices at first quickly followed by a bit of heat from the alcohol. That licorice I pick up in the nose comes out a bit more in the flavor. Belgian sugars give this beer a thick, dense feel and a sweet tooth. The oak was very subtle and was not the focus in this beer. Very thick mouthfeel that finishes a tad dry. A wonderful, slow-sipping dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 06:13:44 | More by MuddyFeet
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer. They need to make more. Being a limited it has run out in the various stores I frequent.

Pours a very nice ruby black. Nice carbonation and head.

The smell is wonderful. Knowing this was their dubbel I was not expecting the aroma. Toffee, vanilla, oak, molasses. Definitely says take a drink.

The oak is definitely up front in the tast. Welcoming and complimentary, not overpowering. Toffee, molasses, vanilla, wonderful belgian candy sugar presence and a nice alcohol warming effect as the beer comes to room temp.

This is an immensly drinkable brew. When the brewery released a few cases at a crazy $20 a bottle I had to go back and pick up a couple more to continue to enjoy this beer.

If they make it again buy as much as you can find and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 16:01:14 | More by barleywinebrewer
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hwwty4

Missouri

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to the generous Jtrockchalk for this one. 09/08 vintage.

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a muddy tea with a decent 2-inch head that leaves just a little amount of lacing down the sides of the glass. When held up to the light, slight ruby rays shine through on the edges of the glass. The aroma is amazing. Huge notes of figs and dates, toffee, a bit of chocolate, oak, green apple, and sweet raisins. The flavor is a explosion. This could well be the most flavorful Belgian style beer I've ever had the opportunity to try. Wow, just amazing. Up front comes silky toffee with a hint of 80% dark chocolate. Figs and dates, raisins, fresh uncharred oak and sour pie cherries. The flavors are so independent yet blend flawlessly together. It's like a puzzle where each piece is a different color. Amazing. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, leaving an explosion of flavor lying on the palate. Overall this could be the best American take on a Belgian style (minus 1 or 2 American Saisons) that I've ever had. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 02:16:23 | More by hwwty4
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Deep, complex and flippin awesome!

A: Dark amber brown, looks great. Two finger head.
S/T: Candied sugars, really well balanced and great tasting...smooth, nice all around.
O: This is a great beer. The tastes here are so good, such a flavorful beer, lots of sweetness but absolutely not overpowering...this beer is right on.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 17:20:55 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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twelvsies

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First review for this beer, score. I was told at the Moan and Dove by Allagash brewer/owner Rob Todd, that this was the first keg ever unleashed to the public. The second keg went to the Extreme Beer Fest yesterday in Boston. In my opinion it was the best beer there, which is a high compliment because there was an amazing selection of yummy beers. Anyway, on to the review...
Pours a very dark brown, not quite opaque with bits of red shining through around the edges. Not much head to speak of on this beer. Smell is super copmlex. Sweet fig scents accent a very stout-ish ale. It also has a distinctive Belgian spice aroma and yeasty bread characteristics. Taste is all of the above and more. Huge even for the style. You can taste the candied sugar that was used to brew it but it isn't oppressive at all. Hints of alcohol are just barely noticable. Big malt attitude with a spicy hop kick backing it up. Wow. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth. So easy to drink this beer. I can't wait til they bottle this next month but I guess I'm going to have to wait for now. Amazing brew, seek it out at all costs.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2005 22:55:46 | More by twelvsies
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Sixpoint

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding beer. Given to me by Joe Carroll of Spuyten Duyvil.

Aroma was very complex, but for me, it's all about the vanilla. I love the vanilla from the oak!

This beer was balanced and drinkable, and it was only a few months old. I am looking forward to what it may be like after extended cellaring.

By far the best beer I've had from Allagash. Superb!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 13:24:33 | More by Sixpoint
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL, corked and caged. Bottled February 2005, 10.4% abv. Glowing mahogany with garnet highlights and a clinging, sand-colored foamy head. Aromas of figs, dried cherries, and prunes, all soaked in vanilla- and orgeat-infused bourbon. Fluffy and light mouthfeel supports a roasted almonds and vanilla bean/date sugar sweetness. Spicy alcohol emerges right before a dry, sugared filbert finish. Brilliantly balanced and highly drinkable for such a rich and full-flavored ale. I can't wait to see what another year or so will do to this. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 00:03:49 | More by orfeu
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beerking1

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 2006 bottling. Pours very dark brown with big red highlights and a cafe-au-lait colored head that leaves ample lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is bourbon, oak and chocolate, no hops. Flavor is smooth oak, malt, chocolate and dark fruits (raisins and figs) with balancing but almost unnoticed hops. Finish is all dark malt and oak, but with hints of bourbon. Body is on the high side of medium.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 03:13:39 | More by beerking1
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becktone

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes 3-28-09

Eye: Head formation and retention are poor, yet this is a big beer above 10%...seems to me that high abv brews never seem to have that great of a head, the alcohol just doesn't let it. This one displays a very thin healthy looking blanket over the top of the beer. Unlike most that seem to cover the beer with a blanket-type head, this one does not look sickly or appear as if it were a pair of jeans dry rotting or like splotchy algae growing on lakes. Color is dark brown with ruby highlights. Pretty good looking beer. Nothing great, but nothing terrible either. This one seems just right for the beer that this is supposed to be. Lacing is fingers that reach toward the top of the glass..."legs" some might call it...again looks about right given the rest of the beer's characteristics. Looks nice, inviting.

edit: with the second glass from this 750 lacing is more of a solid thin sheet than legs or fingers as was previously described. The head is a bit thicker too, albeit still just a blanket but thicker.

Nose: Huge dark fruit aroma, plums or raisins. Alcohol is evident though it comes through as part of the dark fruit aroma. Some oakiness is present. I'm not sure if this one was aged in bourbon barrels, but I'm getting some bourbon type aromas...just there, then gone again....strange. Wish that the aroma were a bit more potent...good overall though, attractive but nothing that says "Hey I'm going to be flipping awesome!"

Tongue: Wow! This beer seems to have everything. Dark fruits hint at the touch of the lips then well its hard to describe...something....then malt character-big dark malt, roasted some chocolate and some slightly burnt that seems to stick around through the aftertaste. Oakiness can be picked up. The flavor of this one is complex, maybe the most complex brew I've drank in quite a while. Spiciness comes after the dark fruit, hints of alcohol give balance, alcohol isn't hot or obstructive in the way it comes through, rather it adds complexity in a pure, flavorful, and clean way. There's alot going on in this one, more than I am able to pick apart. Along with the oakiness there is also a slight twinge of sourness, barely enough to be noticed, this is inside the flavor of the oak itself, not in the beer...sounds crazy but that's the only way I can really describe it. This is one complex and very nice brew...

edit: here on the second glass I just got some huge coffee notes, coffee beans...nice! Some bourbon notes, faint and fleeting but there nonetheless, took along time to get them... some vanilla associated with the bourbon...but it all seems fleeting, just an idea, not really a "concrete taste," in the sense that its not quite always there.

Feel and Drinkability: Feels perfect, there isn't anything that could be done to this beer to make it any better feeling. It has just enough dryness to compliment the oak character and enough of the opposite to give some real life and lasing flavor to the brew. Carbonation is low and delicate, just enough to let you know that its there. Body is perfect for what the rest of this beer is, I'd say heavy but its not really there, not medium either or medium heavy....Hmmm...well they don't get much better than this...Hey, when you can't exactly describe it thats a good thing, it means its unique and that it is in turn very special and no others are quite like it. This is what I look for in beer. Something that really catches me off guard that is a challenge...this is that. This beer is great, if you can find it pounce on that!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 19:36:20 | More by becktone
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rdickey

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Deep, dark brown, with slight redness at the edges. A huge fluffy head sits on top, leaving sheets of lacing as it slowly drops.

Smell: Dark stone fruits, raisins, wheat, Belgian spices, maybe a little dark chocolate. There’s a lot going on, and it’s hard to pick out the individual elements because they’re integrated so well.

Taste: The wheat is more prominent here, and provides a nice counterpoint to the stone fruit and raisin sweetness. The oak and vanilla notes from the aging also come through more strongly. It finishes with a nice wave of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated – just about perfect.

Drinkability: Very high. Definitely a slow sipper that you’ll want to savor.

Serving type: growler

08-25-2013 21:01:26 | More by rdickey
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dtivp

West Virginia

4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown with a thin tan head that receded into some lacing.

The aroma was dominated by the oak, very nice.

The woody oak again tominated the taste, with some slight hints of vanilla.

I was surprised that it was medium bodied and smooth since it was so dark. Very slight carbonation, a nice mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable beer, which i enjoyed out on the deck on a nice clear cool night. You couldn't taste the alcohol which was surprising at 10% ABV. So go slow and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 14:11:15 | More by dtivp
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Billolick

New York

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

large bottle, caged and corked, dated, numbered, the works. Simply stated this has got to be one of the best brews on the planet. Large, flavorful, strong, complex. Tons of wood, figs, raisins, rum.Words cannot do justice to this flavorful tipple. Get a few bottles, put em away for about 5 years and enjoy, or crack em open tonight and savor this nectar. One of the best brews I've ever had the priviledge of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 05:42:55 | More by Billolick
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.