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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

406 Reviews
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Reviews: 406
Hads: 1,150
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 307
Gots: 246 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-30-2005

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.
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Reviews: 406 | Hads: 1,150
Photo of zen
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
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 (404 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
4.82/5  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! (853 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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). (389 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (1,021 characters)

Photo of drunkmonk
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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! (982 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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! (785 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,071 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of rdickey
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of LeRose
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

On tap and bottled 2014 vintage.

First time was paired with dessert and the flavors played so well - it was like the best cup of after dinner coffee. SInce discovered this beer pairs well with many things including pizza...

Dark and opaque on the pour. A very white tight head results that lasts and lasts. Beautiful looking beer.

Aroma - some slight metallic twang in the aroma, not offensive. Slight hit from the alcohol. Roasty and toasty, brown sugar, figs/dates, and I swear there are coffee notes. Woody and bourbony, slight whiff of vanilla.

Taste - alcohol well-hidden. Roasted flavors - coffee/toffee, caramel, brown sugar sweetness. Then the big boys come out to play - dark fruits in the date/fig category, almost a raspberry or dark sweet cherry flavor reminding me again of coffee. Very subdued vanilla/bourbon flavor, finishes clean with a little woody flavor lingering at the end. The taste morphs with temperature and with different foods - to me it is not quite the same on every sip or every time i have had it, which I find adds to my enjoyment of the beer.

Mouthfeel - a little tingle from the carbonation and alcohol. Minimal bitterness. Not heavy at all - medium bodied and creamy smooth. Dry and clean on the finish, welcoming the next sip.

Overall this is a superb beer. The flavors just keeps on going in a harmonious manner. Smooth and WAY to easy drinkingr at 10%... Added bonus is my wife enjoys it as much as I do, so we have been seeking out bottles. Just an overall enjoyable drinking experience. Job well done. (1,549 characters)

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.74/5  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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
4.74/5  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! (366 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (1,231 characters)

Photo of orfeu
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of beerking1
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bottled January 2008. Pours an almost opaque dark brown with ruby-red highlights and about an inch of light-tan head. Smells fruity (dates, citrus) with some chocolate, vanilla, wood... Tastes like chocolate, date, wood, some citrus, coffee, hints of bourbon (I think)... Wow. A plethora of different flavors all playing in harmony. Rich full mouthfeel with ample carbonation to keep it drinkable. Alcohol is present only in warming, but not in mouthfeel or flavor. Very drinkable, especially for a beer of its size (abv as well as flavor). Phenomenal. Definitely Allagash's best product, at least that I've tried thus far, and quite possibly the best beer I have ever tried. (688 characters)

Photo of Slack
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rich brown in color with a 1.5 inch + head (on a very slow pour). Tons of lacing present.

Smell is strongly malt, sugar, and fruit with spice. Vanilla and oak notes showed up as the sipper warmed.

Taste is sweet fruit up front - raisin definitely. Lots of roasted malts are also present along with that same spice note. Alcohol warming on the back end. Similar to the smell, vanilla and oak are more pronounced as the beer warms.

Mouthful is medium but very creamy. Carbonation is also medium.

Overall a true example of the style. The fruit and spice are well balanced with the oak providing a nice support throughout. The beer is a sipper and one to be shared. (675 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of mdvatab
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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! (1,347 characters)

Photo of Kakaraht
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A Deep red mahogany in color with two fingers of off white head that last most of the drink.

S: Grainy, with caramel and bread essence. There is a sour yeastiness and a big dose of heavy dried fruits reminding me of raisins. There is a slightly alcoholic aroma as well.

T: Sweet on the tongue with a deep caramel and chocolate flavor. There is a definite flavor of dried fruits and liquorish. The sour oak also gives of a vanilla and lightly spiced character. I cant for the life of me taste too much alcohol.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation and extremely smooth and rich.

D: Oh sooo drinkable I wish I had a hundred of em. (633 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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! (3,557 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with a huge frothy, pillowy tan head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing in it's wake.

Chocolate malty aroma that is slightly earthy with hints of oaky wood. Dark fruit notes and peppery spice also present.

Creamy malty body with lots of estery dark fruit notes, especially raisin, prune, plum, and dark berries with lots of peppery zest, chocolate malts and earthy oak. Very smooth and quaffable with hints of grape and cherry dark fruit. Very nice balance of dark fruit and chocolate malt. The ABV is excellently balanced without a trace of alcohol warmth making this beer extremely quaffable. Sweet dry finish. Excellent! (728 characters)

Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.