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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

889 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 230
Gots: 177 | 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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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.
bottled february 2011 (10.4% ABV)

pours a murky chestnut tone yielding a nice 1 and 3/4" foamy tan head. superb retention with lacing in abundance. excellent presentation. nose is headlined by a bready, toasty maltiness. secondary notes of spice, belgian yeast, and a hint of dark fruits, maybe candied sugar.

unusually spice-forward flavor profile, definitely above average for the style; i'm getting a decent amount of clove and pepper... a big bready malt presence is there as expected... decent sweet element to it with the dark fruits and candied sugar but nowhere near cloyingly so. maybe even a touch of bitter chocolate in the background. very good. creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with average to slightly below average carbonation.

my initial reaction was that it was a bit too spicy, but as i drank and the beer warmed, it opened up some and appreciably improved. you don't get a lot of bang for you buck here but it's a high quality brew worthy of the splurge from time to time.

(originally reviewed: 04-24-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 22:37:38 | More by BostonHops
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tmhessel

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half-growler fill, poured a few hours later into a tall drinking glass (a Collins glass?) Not much head, but that might be due to growler fill. Nice lacing. Rich mahogany color. Chilled, taste unremarkable, though the alcohol speaks. Given time to warm, oak notes emerge, with a distinct hickory smoke. I'm not usually one for oak-aged beer, but this is the exception. Finish lingers and stays - maple, and maybe toasted marshmallow?
Up there in ABV, so this is a sit-down consumption. Don't go drinking this then go swinging around a chainsaw, you'll have a bad time.

Serving type: growler

10-02-2013 02:09:42 | More by tmhessel
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed goblet.

Apperance: The beer pours a very nice cloudy ruby coloration. The head was at least two fingers high off white. Small rivelits of lacing was left behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a nice malty fruity plum smell accentuated by spicyness.

Taste: The beer leads with a nice fruity sweetness. The sweetness gives way for a peppery bite. Then goes sweet yet again before finishing dry. The alcohol doesnt really make itself known in the taste.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a very creamy mouthfeel. The beer is full bodied and holds its booze well.

Drinkability: This is a very big beer. The beer is very well balanced. It has survived almost a year in my cellar. I hope the remaining bottle is as good next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 14:33:34 | More by nlmartin
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not much chance for foam on this one; some ringlets. very dark, though not quite opaque. suggestions that it might be a reddish color

smokey aroma dominates all others. at first, when the beer was cold, not much else seemed to be going on. but that's smoke's MO in MO. some fruity belgian character shines through, as does a beautiful wild yeast element. these mount as the brew warms. dates

mos def some smoke flavor to start, but more dark fruit and nuty characteristics show up than in the aroma. more nice wildness. soft bready notes, and more yeast contribution here than in the aroma

the mouthfeel is great. i guess

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 02:18:38 | More by bruachan
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beerbiatchMD

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Novare Res into 25 cL Allagash glass.

A: reddisha amber brown in color, small brown head with minimal lacing.

S: coffee, earthy roasty malts, woody and leathery, a hint of piney hops. Not as much Belgian spice as I remember from a bottle I've had previously.

T: very dark roasty grains, coffee, some oak, also a hint of tartness--maybe apple. A little bit boozy.

M: smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation, not a lot of alcohol heat even though the taste has some booziness to it.

O: Very good. It's a bigger beer but still very drinkable. Again, I remember the bottle I had a few months back (which would have had ~1 year of age on it) had some more Belgian yeast/spice notes. This one is good, but a bit more stoutish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 09:38:08 | More by beerbiatchMD
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark brown black with a little bit of foam forming in the chimay glass. The taste is of dark malt with a hint of dark fruits and a little bit of floral hops. Its really quite delicious and probably one of the best belgian style beers I have had to date. Very smooth and the alc % is well hidden. Very happy I picked one of these up, but sad to see its gone. Very damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 03:25:29 | More by WeedKing4
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice a clear deep amber brown with an off-white head which rose nicely and fell rapidly but laced the glass.

The aroma was strong fruits, dark fruits with grapes and plums. The aroma was reminscent of port wine, tawny port to be exact, sweet and nice. As the beer warmed the aroma released more an more oak character and a slight vanilla presence from the oak. The aroma was toasty and nutty as well.

The flavor was nicely accomplished with a strong sherry and port wine flavor components. The flavor was nutty and toasty with a nice oak presence and a nice alcoholic complexity with a slight spice flavor. Alcohol added to the complexity and never detracted from the flavor as the beer warmed.

The finish was dry with lasting oak and toasty flavors coupled with lasting strong port wine character that was very well accomplished into the aftertaste. The body was between medium and medium full and very well done. A very nice beer with interesting characteristics and oak complexity. The alcohol was strongly present in the flavor and in the warming after consumption, but only detracted from the drinkability and not the flavor or complexity.

750 ml bottle, corked and bailed. $14 at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Bottling February 2005. Bottle says 10.4% Alcohol by Vol.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 00:23:08 | More by GCBrewingCo
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.
bottled february 2011 (10.4% ABV)

pours a murky chestnut tone yielding a nice 1 and 3/4" foamy tan head. superb retention with lacing in abundance. excellent presentation.

nose is headlined by a bready, toasty maltiness. secondary notes of spice, belgian yeast, and a hint of dark fruits, maybe candied sugar.

unusually spice-forward flavor profile, definitely above average for the style; i'm getting a decent amount of clove and pepper... a big bready malt presence is there as expected... decent sweet element to it with the dark fruits and candied sugar but nowhere near cloyingly so. maybe even a touch of bitter chocolate in the background. very good.

creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with average to slightly below average carbonation.

my initial reaction was that it was a bit too spicy, but as i drank and the beer warmed, it opened up some and appreciably improved. you don't get a lot of bang for you buck here but it's a high quality brew worthy of the splurge from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 02:25:16 | More by perrymarcus
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fartingdog

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark,dark brown with a little head that receeds quickly. Smells faintly of oak, vanilla. Rich. Tastes nicely of oak and dried fruit (raisin or plum), and a nice earthiness. Slightly smokey. Full bodied on the tongue with a pleasant alcohol warming at the finish.

This is a damn fine beer! Very well done and extremely enjoyable. The best of the BA series by a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 03:24:18 | More by fartingdog
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Oct 2006. Tasted July 2009. Spent 30 months in the back of the beer fridge. Geez, how did I let this one sit so long?

Pours very dark brown. Much darker than expected. One-finger tan head dissapears quickly. Faint lacing, but lots of active carbonation.

Nose is candy sugar sweet. Some roast malt, but mainly sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and lightly burnt sugar all there along with flambeed cherries. Very nice.

Very thick on the hit and in the finish. Robust. Slightly fizzy finish. There's something in the finish that reminds me of (gasp) bacon, but I don't mean that in a bad way at all. Fits right in, kind of like caramelized sugar.

Oak flavors roll in over the tongue, but do not dominate. Just adds depth of character. Very enjoyable.

Alcohol is there, but well hidden in the flavor profile. Of course, after nearly 3 years of aging it should.

Another fine offering from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 01:51:06 | More by beer2day
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tjkinate

Nebraska

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yay, my 50th review! I have had this beer for awhile now and couldn't think of a better excuse to drink it.

750ml Growler, bottle date: January, 2010

Poured the beer into a large, tulip glass, which produced a surprisingly large tan and frothy head. The head dissipated rather slowly leaving behind moderate lacing, in addition to, a silky coated resign which remained until the glass was empty. I was surprised to see how dark this beer was, almost looked like motor oil, obviously allowing no light to penetrate, except on the sides where crimson shown through.

Dark fruits were detectable, but slightly muted. The roasted earthy malts were bolder, but still seemed rather subdued. Upon further examination I could detect some hops and just a little alcohol (pretty tough to hide with 10.3%).

This is definitely a Belgian Ale, no doubt about it. The overall flavors were quite potent, I tasted unsweetened chocolate with lots of malt, this left the tongue slightly bitter, but fades nicely as hints of alcohol and hops peak through.

Medium to heavy bodied brew with LOTS of carbonation. The high ABV lightly burns the throat as it passes through leaving behind a numbness between each gulp.

Overall, I feel this is a great beer. Do I think its worth the bottle price? No. I also have to say, I prefer the Currieux (which is still very pricey) and it is much more available. Will definitely buy this beer again when I win the lottery. (please lower your beer prices Allagash)

Serving type: growler

09-02-2011 00:34:21 | More by tjkinate
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap into an Allagash 25cl goblet - pity it was such a small pour!

A: Clear dark ruby body topped with a finger of off-white foam; almost no lace.

S: Sweet dark fruits and a little alcohol - pleasant and inviting, but not overly complex.

T: Blows the nose out of the water with amazing complexity: figs and dates up front, followed by a pronounced vinous flavor of tannic red wine and toasty oak barrels. Almost a smoky aftertaste, with just a faint (and pleasant) warmth from the substantial alcohol; amazing beer, rivaling many top-flight Belgian quads.

M: Rich and full-bodied with ample carbonation. Nice.

D: Huge complexity of flavor more than outweighs the noticeable alcohol - I really wish I'd gotten a full pint (or 750, for that matter) of this outstanding beer.

Notes: By far my favorite Allagash offering to date; I'd been underwhelmed (not to say disappointed) with some of their other beers, and tried not to get my hopes up about this one - turns out my hopes wouldn't have mattered, as this was simply a delicious beer. Major props to the Prime 16 happy hour for making this one available!

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2009 23:30:57 | More by woosterbill
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rtepiak

Poland

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beer that looks like coca cola, down to the bubble. not very tight or small and disapate somewhat quickly. nose was quite disappointing at first... rust and dark fruit. though when on the warmer side and with yeast poured into the glass the dark fruit open up. fig, smokey, chocolate in a bourbon fashion. body was good when cold yet the palate didn't seem to mature in the air. when best the palate was cellar temp. nougat, toasty malt, fig, quite woody with a nice earthy smoke. there is a mild sour quality of grape, chocolate, vanilla and astringent smoke... which all ties in nicely into the bourbon warm that it goes down with mildly sweet... great beer. could be a bit better...

i would recommend when chilled to let sit at room temp for 15 minutes before popping. maintain the carbonation and let the palate expand.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 04:15:21 | More by rtepiak
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark pour the tone of prune juice, with a soft fizzy head, fading to a clear lace ring.

S - Fall/winter spice cake with alcohol soaked in, or even alcohol soaked fruit inside. Molasses and nutmeg muffins with hints of cocoa. Sweet syruppy fruit, akin to fruit cake.

T - The flavor follows up the nose, giving tastes of sweet spice muffins and fruitcake. Rum raisins, pumpernickel bread, dry biscuits. There is tangy, yeasty quality to it too. Molasses, tongue numbing clove, and a dry wine barrel aftertaste. Dry, chewy grains in the background paired with a sweet, warming alcohol.

M - Very, very smooth and drinkable. The 10.3 abv is blended and smoothed over in each sip. The carbonation is just enough to hang in with this abv, and there is a numbing clove oil effect thats kind of nice. The mouth is left with a smooth, semi sweet, semi dry wine aftermath.

O - One of my favorite styles of beer, Allagash hit a homerun here. Strong flavors with smooth effects. Well melded and complex.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 23:12:30 | More by BeerForMuscle
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magictrokini

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, finally succumbed to the $20+ price tag on this one. Worth it. Poured dark brown with a squatty off-white head with good retention. Solid lacing, even in the goblet. Rich, cocoa and wood aroma. Slightly smoked, some tobacco, and some leather, but not nearly enough to overwhelm the softer fruits and malt. Velvety mouthfeel with low carbonation and a long finish. Taste of English brown bread, caramel, and plums as the base. More cocoa and vanilla as the beer warms. Molasses, bourbon, and oak are always there, but very subdued. Much, much better done than the Curiex in terms of balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 18:58:50 | More by magictrokini
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BillyB

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Apearance- Dark mahogony brown with a nice one fingered off white head. Nice belgian lace on the glass ( a St. Bernardus Chalice).

Aroma's of dark fruit, raisins, plums, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, chocolate.

Taste is oakey, vanilla, dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel.

Mouthfeel is smoth , creamy, nice alcohol warmth.

At 10% alcohol this beer is so smooth and easy drinking that I'd like to replace my morning coffee with it.

What a brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 22:49:53 | More by BillyB
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash's Odyssey burst forth with a richness and complexity that could be likened to an overladen rain cloud dumping itself across the cold dessert floor as part of a fast moving electrical storm at night. It's black body reveals glints of burgundy beneath its inch-high creamy ivory head; and the retention is quite nice, leaving short walls of almost completely solid lace that slowly erode to spots and splashes as you progress through the glass. Vanilla, dark caramel, raisins, and oak greet you in the nose along with some black licorice, a spritz of alcohol, a drizzle of dark chocolate syrup, chickory, some mild brown sugar, and the suggestion of cold black coffee. It's medium bodied and zesty in the mouth before warming to become somewhat airy. The flavor is even more intense than the nose suggests with the addition of some previously hidden yeasty fruitiness and spicy phenolics; and more dried dark fruit. As it warms, it rounds out quite a bit as the alcohol sinks down into its supple maltiness. Roastiness remains in the finish, but it also softens quite a bit as it's awash in dull dark fruit, alcohol, and soft, sweet vanilla. It's enjoyable for sure, but it's 10.4% abv does slow down its drinkability!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 23:29:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. January 2010 vintage.

(A)- Pours a deep plum color. Produced a beautiful huge crown of eggshell colored fluffy head with solid retention and plenty of lace left behind.

(S)- A mellow biscuit and plum/cassis aroma. Bits of dry oak.

(T)- Interesting. Lots of ripe plum and cassis. Mellow roasty biscuits with a dry, almost earthy oak with banana and a subtle cocoa bit in there.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A nice balance of fruit, oak, and classic belgian notes. Superb ABV integration; where is the 10.3% this is supposed to have?

(D)- This is excellent. Though, not much on the nose, this is elegantly balanced with a great feel and taste. Just excellent and possibly one of the best of the style coming from the states.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 04:05:29 | More by sweemzander
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tyler's in Durham:

The draught arrives in a goblet sporting a mahogany/ebony body impervious to light with a gob of mocha foam atop that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The smell is nutty and a bit oily with toasted wheat bread and dark fruit.

The taste is dark and fruity with plums, ripe figs, banana and bitter, dry, dark cocoa powder. A bit of oak and smoky vanilla complement the fruit. No, repeat no, hint of the copious abv!

Fullish in body and silky with drinkability to spare.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2008 22:58:55 | More by cvstrickland
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review of a great beer comming right up....

The beer begins with a deep bugundy, brown, mohogany color with deep crimson highlights. Froathy carbonation releases an off-white and dense head that lasts the session and laces throughout. A very nice looking beer.

Very strong and mouth-watering aroma of malts, fruits, berries, and tartness lead the way with some nuttiness, carmels, and chocolate notes following closely behind. A mild woodsy and vineous note settles in the the nutty notes and completes the nose.

Equally strong flavors make for a powerful and complex beer. Fruits of apples, dates, figs, plumbs, grapes, and blackberries only start to describe the esters. This beer has quite the fruity profile. Maltiness won't be outdone though, showing heavy confectionate sweetness with toffee, sorgum, and brown sugars along with a cookie-dough breadiness. The berry flavors touch on the vineous tart and wood flavors that never dominate but always ride in the shadows of the malts, esters, and alcohols. Peppery phenols give a great balance to the sweetness in the absence of hops, but not over-doing it with plastics, medicinal notes, or fusal notes.

Full and rich to the initial sip, but by mid-palate the beer settles into a lightened and drinkable beer. Lingers a bit with the heated alcohols and premiere fruitiness.

A very nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale that comes pretty close to rivaling the Chimay Blue.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 23:44:47 | More by BEERchitect
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash tulip glass in two parts.

Appearance: Two finger beige head that is very pillowy and light. Deep, dark brown in color with only a little light showing through the glass.

Aroma: Raisan and pear sweetness from the Belgian yeast are present upfront. Oak and caramel notes blend nicely into the background. Candied apple notes also round out the flavors and add some nice tartness.

Taste: Roasted malt stands out here first. Nice licorice and earthy tones belnd nicely together. The sweet and tart apple and raisan notes from the yeast are also here, just not as strong as in the aroma. Oak notes also provide some nice complexity and flavor to the brew. Oaky aftertaste. The alcohol really blends nicely and doesn't stand out at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Very smooth with just a little carbonation. The mouthfeel makes this beer feel lighter than the ABV would indicate.

Drinkability: Considering this is 10.3% ABV, the nicely blended flavors and the smooth mouthfeel make this really dangerously drinkable.

Overall, a complex and flavorful Belgian brew. The oak notes are nice and not overpowering. Incredibly easy to drink and light on the palate, while still managing to be complex. My one complaint is that the Belgian notes do not assert themselves enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 01:39:55 | More by Gosox8787
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of my BC2 package from aprilluvsbeer. Thanks April!
Very dark brown, but still clear and transparent, this beer had mahogany edges with brilliant ruby highlights. The pour produced a tight, light tan cap that settled slowly to a thick ring and there was spotty lacing throughout. The barrel really contributed a lot of character to the aroma. Toasty malt and toffee were prominent, with some vanilla, oak and booze following. A little buttery smelling too. Mellow bitterness with a fruity backbone, flavours of figs and other dried fruits were quite forward. Sweetness was similar to brown sugar or molasses, a little buttery with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Low carbonation, creamy bubbles and medium bodied with a bit of dryness and warmth, plus a bit of stickiness. This stuff is dangerously easy to drink. Fairly mellow and very balanced, it was complex yet not overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 01:36:13 | More by DrJay
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joe1510

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$14.99
Binny's Orland

Bottled 1/08
10.4%

Odyssey has the look of coffee as it's being poured into my goblet but a glass full borders on black. When backlit, mahogany highlights glows through the thinner parts of the body. A creamy beige head grew easily on the pour and fell just as easily to a healthy froth. Silky sheet lacing gets left behind after each drink and while the drink lines stay put the lower sections slide slowly back into the body.

The wheat in this beer is very expressive and lays down a strong foundation for the big, robust aromas of this brew. The aroma has so many different elements that it's hard to pick them all out. Dates, figs, leather, mild pipe tobacco, and brandy soaked raisins all show themselves at one point or another. The oak doesn't play a huge role in the nose but has a buttery vanilla quality to it. There's even a layer of dark chocolate in here that I imagine is coming from the wheat. I could sit here with my nose in this glass all night.

This beer is just as expressive on the tongue with a wash of flavors zigging and zagging their way through my mouth. The dark chocolate seems to be a little dusty on the tongue and kicks things off along with the rich wheat. All those aromas I mentioned are right here on the tongue and the oak is vanilla rich but manages to mingle nicely within the rest of the flavors. The sweetness comes in the form of figs and dates while the brandy soaked raisins add a touch of heat. The finish brings out the light tobacco notes. Odyssey is hugely complex and a beer to ponder.

The mouthfeel is good but it is the only thing I'm not crazy about with this beer. The body is on the heavier side of medium but could use a little more heft. The carbonation brings some overall creaminess and the swallow has a little sticky sweetness to it. Mild super clean alcohol fumes cut that sweetness and can be felt in the nose.

This is a big hugely complex brew but it's a sipper without a doubt. I've been working my way through this 750 for about an hour now. It continues opening up as it warms. It's been cold all day, I've been working outside, and this is a good brew to come home to.

The whole concept of this beer was appealing to me but I didn't think I'd like it as much as I do. The oak is integrated very well. I wouldn't hesitate picking this up in the future. Odyssey is another fine brew from Allagash.

Reviewed: 11/24/08

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:47:09 | More by joe1510
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Truh

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost got caught between Scylla and the Chabrides with this one on 6/28/2005. 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bomber poured twice in an Allagash glass.

1/8-inch of smart foam at start that falls to a sheen and has some reticent stick. Nice brown hue with a touch of claret swimming about at the outer edges; can barely see through it and no discernible action. Very raisiny on nose, with lots of earthy woodiness, touches of red wine and bourbon, sweet blackstrap molasses, and chewy malt. Hugely vinous on the mouth with some chocolate taffy sugariness, oak mustiness, and some low throttle middle of the pike alcohol heat.

This is wonderful, pure bliss, and quite settling on the nerves.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 04:37:59 | More by Truh
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Beervis

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 750ml bottle a dark brown with a thick tan head.

Smell is awesome, alcohol spice, oak, bourbon, and slightly sweet caramel malt.

Taste takes you on quite a ride. Dark coffee, ripe fruit, and more of the great bourbon and oak flavours introduced in the nose. A medium body is mouthcoating with rich flavours. This has an amazing complexity, and the barrel aging definitely imparts a nice profile. Finishes sweet with long warming alcohol, like a fine port.

Even though there is a lot of strength to this, it goes down amazing. It was the perfect beer to relax with after a long day.

Serving type: bottle

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