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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
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Gots: 208 | FT: 16
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:
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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Ratings: 1,046 | Reviews: 396
Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

City Beer Store, Allagash night. Very dark ruby/brown beer with a great big head, beige with lots of lacing. I always have a hard time describing Allagash's beers; there's some subtlety that's difficult to put into words. The beer builds on a clean grain flavor with big caramel/brown sugar and fruity malt notes, raisins and plums. There's some definite dark malt presence, as well. Chocolate and light coffee add some very interesting touches. Lots of oak and definite bourbon (better than Curieux but still a tad odd, in my opinion). Carbonation is relatively light. Flavor is fairly sweet. It doesn't quite come together for me, but it's an interesting and obviously well-made beer.

Photo of foogerd
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- really dark brown with a thick 2 inch tan head
S- candied malts definitely smell some oak and a touch of booziness

T- sweet candy syrupy malts bread dark fruits caramel and some alcohol at the finish
M- really nice feeling smooth just the right amount of thickness
D- im going through this 750 by myself and am not feeling it a bit

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

January '08 bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown, nearly black, with the slightest opacity. A frothy inch of head forms and retains pretty well for the duration of the glass.

Smell: Dried fruit, a hint of clove and vanilla, very phenolic. Oak is pretty subdued in the nose.

Taste & mouthfeel: Smoke and young oak up-front, dates, caramel, licorice. Medium-to-full in body but pleasantly crisp from high carbonation. Spicy in the finish with a hint of alcohol.

Notes: Excellent stuff, the best Allagash beer I've had to date.

Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark, brownish black with a thin light tan head that left spotty lace.

S-Light bourbon notes, oak, dark malt, turbinado. All comes together into a pleasant smelling brew.

T-Light chocolate, caramel, light bourbon, vanilla, cherry, plum, brown sugar. All weaves into a complex tasting beverage.

M-Medium bodied and very smooth with light lingering flavours but seems to lack some body.

D-Good stuff. All in all rather light feeling for a 10%+ brew. Not over the top at all but certainly tasty nonetheless.

Photo of Jaywalsh20
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up awhile back when I visited the brewery.

Pours a dark translucent brown with a good 2 to 3 fingers of snow white head. Retention is very good, and lacing is minimal.

Smells very sweet, alot of sweet roasted malt and caramel, some mild spice and oak notes.

Taste is fairly complex, alot of dark fruit, plum and prune, a bit of sour yeast with some roasted buttery malt. Oak aging is pretty mild, giving it a nice edge but not dominating. Hop presence is almost nonexistant and is smothered beneath sweet and sharp spices.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is perfect. This beer coats the mouth a bit but isn't as sticky as I thought it would be.

Drinkability is great. I can't get this here and as such I'm sad that this will probably be the only time I have this. Easy to drink, great to taste, fantastic as a desert beer or warmer. Freakin' fantastic, get it if you can.

Photo of phisig137
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled October 06. Pours a deep brown mahogany color, with brilliant ruby highlights. Deep rich cherry wood color. One finger head has great retention, and slowly falls into a smooth blanket of foam, with a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is very inviting and warming, like a holiday house party. Slight aromas of spicy yeast phenols, caramel malts, and warm waves of soft vanilla. A fairly volatile alcohol in the nose lends a bit of bourbon notes to this as well.

Flavor is fantastic. Nicely malty up front, and only slightly sweet. Vanilla from the oak plays a prominent role in the flavor, and melds well with the malt and yeasty flavors. This does have a fairly strong bourbon type flavor, mostly due to the vanilla, but not nearly as in your face as the Curiuex. Well balanced, but the alcohol is a bit hot on the finish... also leading to the spirit like sensation of bourbon. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and full. Drinkability is pretty good.

I've come to conclude that the Allagash barrel series are all fantastic. I can't wait to have this after a couple years in the cellar, once the alcohol dies down a bit. Truly a fantastic beer, and well worth the $14. Highly recommended.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottling from February 2011. Poured into a tulip. The body is almost black and there is a giant light tan head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

The aroma is chocolatey and woody mostly. Close examination reveals some typical Belgian fruity aromas.

The taste starts out slightly sweet with the same chocolate flavors introduced in the aroma. The oak is dominant in the middle leading to a dryish finish (for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale) that has a slight bit of heat. This is another really complex beer from Allagash's line-up.

The body is mediumish with a nice amount of carbonation.

More great stuff from Allagash. This is top notch. I'll be looking to replace this bottle soon.

Photo of Flyer
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Those people at Allagash sure know what to do with some malt, hops, yeast, and an oak barrel! Another great entry in this line-up. Pours dense brown-black with a creamy tan head, almost like a nitro head. Aromas are subtle, some Belgian floral and oak. Flavors of roast, subtle Belgian floral funk, oak, and a slightly boozy sweetness. Finishes with a pleasantly sharp roast floral quality. Actually reminds me of a Belgiany version of DFH Palo Santo Marron. Delicious, excellent.

Photo of palma
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great looking head.

Not very exciting with the nose. Smells like a typical dark belgian style ale. A little too sweet of an aroma for my liking.

Taste is complex from the get go. Semi dry throughout. wheaty notes. Plum, dates, nutty, Pecan pie. A mild fruitiness. Along with some light clove and banana esters Mild charcoal and toast from the charred barrel ageing I believe. A touch of smoke as an other reviewer has also noted. Very complex and not cloying in the least. A great tasting, complex, and highly drinkable dark beligan.

I dont believe this beer is 10.4 abv. taste more like 8 percent.

Photo of eac007219
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of 0110x011
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hot this in a trade, but I can't remember who from. If you read this, let me know so I can give props where they're due.

Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with ruby red highlights. Off-white, two-finger head is tight and soft, with serious staying power. Even after the head fully recedes, there's a thick, chunky collar left behind, with spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. very pretty. Nose is big on dark fruits, fig, plum, and raisin. A leathery earthiness comes through, along with vanilla, oak, and yeasty spice. The palate is equally fruity, but is more balanced by the earth and spice. More focus on the oak as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with prickly carbonation and a bit of alcohol burn. Highly drinkable.

A truly stellar beer; a must for Belgian lovers. Highly recommended!

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark amber, near mahogany. Beautiful khaki head of a couple fingers.

S- Molasses, Belgian candy sugar, brown sugar, ripe fruits and booze.

T- Follows nose with the sweet, malty aspects. So much dark fruits, yet stays balanced. Raisins, figs, dates, cherries. Finishes with a touch of pecans and oak

M- Clean, mid to full body. Thick and sticky for the style. Alcohol present but no burn, so it only ads to the complexity.

O- Still drinking really well for its age. One of the best I have had of the style.

Bottled 12-2011
Consumed 3-2014

Photo of NJB145
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer appears a deep, dark shade of brown, nearly black. Atop the beer rests an inch of thick beige head that displays lasting retention, leaving a filmy sheet of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is quite complex, offering prunes, charred malt, smoke, oak, roast, figs, dates, nuts, malt, yeast, spice. Certainly an intriguing beer for the olfactory senses.

The flavor brings Belgian characteritics from the onset. Rich malt, yeast, bread, lightly spiced. A robust beer. Mildly sweet, with lingering notes of dark fruits soaked in alcohol. Roasted chestnuts and/or hazelnuts play a strong role as well.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer finishes with a pleasant alcoholic warmth.

A fine choice for a nightcap or to sip on a colder winter evening. Too bad it's so pricy, else I would purchase it again. For the price, I can get two bottles of St. Bernardus Abt 12 or three bottles of Rochefort 10.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent brownish tan head that dissipates fairly quickly but still leaves enough of a creamy covering over the beer. The beer itself is an opaque dark purple brown color and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The beer smell has very strong wheat and barley smell that overtakes the other smells. The smell also has dark fruits and Belgian candi sugar notes underneath the malts. The barely smells a little burnt. The taste has the same notes as the smell but with a different intensity. The Belgian candy sugar and dark raisin notes dominate the taste while the barely shows up to take off the edge a little bit. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied with biting carbonation. The feel is slick. Overall, a pretty god beer and worth getting.

Photo of ppavlick
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy reddish brown color pouring a light cream colored head that lingers for a decent amount of time and leaves a fair amount of lacing

S-light aromas of oak come in first, immediately over taken by a wild yeast, some clove, hints of pear and citrus

T-the oak comes through first with the yeast flavors following. Sweet cloves, apple, pear, and some light cinnamon come in to complete this beer

M-fuller side of a medium body with a very smooth texture and a low amount of carbonation to allow this to go down nicely

D-very tasty, extremely well hidden alcohol content, great mouthfeel, very good sweetness!

Photo of J-Bonestradamus
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clayrock81
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a brownish, almost black hue with two finger head and lace ring that leaves patches. A roasted malt aroma first hits me, like coffee and toffee with a touch of bready toast and there's this sense of caramel and dark cholocate and syrupiness in the aroma as well, but not much in the fruit or hops department. Real smooth, creamy, thicker medium-bodied beer that has sweet notes abound like vanilla java, chocolate, caramel, some toffee, I swear some sweet fruit notes are evident. Great balance with roasted malts so it's not too sweet and has an edge, especially in the finish but not an ABV bite. Some woody or oakiness help smooth it out as well and make you want to keep drinking this beer. Not much else in terms of fruit flavors or hops, so I found this (and in no way is this a detriment) sweeter than your average belgian ale with less of that citric orange peel flavor you can expect. Overall, a must try for beer lover.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mred137 for this. Jan 08 bottle.

A: Super dark brownish red with a finger of slightly brownish head.

S: Big dark fruit nose with raisins leading the way. A slight hint of chocolate which was surprising and welcome.

T: Nice spicy Belgian character. Very sweet with hints of oak. The combination of the sweetness and the oak worked very well for this beer.

M:Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D: Incredibly drinkable. Very nice beer all around.

Photo of Pahn
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled January 2008, drank September 18, 2011.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch frothy offwhite head that sticks around a long time and leaves behind sweeping lacing. Pours a very dark ruby. Leaves streaks and islands of lacing.

Smell: At first, very roasted smelling, with a heavy layer of vanilla oak and some background dark fruitiness. The aroma gradually builds toward sugary and fruity. Some apple and booziness come out as well. Eventually, it smells strongly of a toffee / marzipan based pastry, with the oak influence always in the forefront.

Somehow, the aroma doesn't really elevate the taste (I think it smells a bit too different from the taste), but it is a very nice smell nonetheless.

Taste: Lots of roasted malt up front, then a healthy dose of oaky vanilla, resolving into a thin, very carbonated hit of simplistic BSDA dark fruit and Belgian yeast. The long aftertaste of the first sip is almost exactly like Raisinets, which is not at all a bad thing. Age has apparently smoothed out any hint of booziness.

Subsequent sips are similar, but always different to the point of interesting (and good). There's a slight note of oxidation up front (that i like), along with a persistent roasted barley and oak. Finish and aftertaste occasionally have a strong coconut flavor. Belgian yeast and apple-y, BSPA/tripel flavors start to appear up front adding lots of complexity to the flavor. Finish is mildly warming, but never "hot" nor solvent-like in the least.

It's worth noting that this is not the malty ester bomb exemplified by many other world class BSDAs. It's more of a wheatwine-ified Dubbel... with roasted malt; it's pretty crazy actually. Weird feel, weird flavors, but they go together very well. The heavily present oak adds a beautiful richness to both the flavor and aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate to high carbonation. Slightly watery with an occasionally sticky finish. Feel-wise, this beer hits highs and lows. I like it for what it is, but it bears noting that other world class BSDAs have better mouthfeels that would also suit these flavors better.

Overall: As I said above, this is like a wheat wine with roasted malt and Belgian yeast. Call Allagash whatever you want, but don't say they aren't creative.

Personally, I find this beer to be a delicious experiment, and a masterful use of oak barrel aging (the disparate flavors sing when unified by that rich vanilla/coconut oak note, while they would probably crash and burn without it). I also think this is one of those beers that rewards the apparent gimmickry of aging. After 4~ years, the beer is smooth and well-integrated, despite a huge 10.4% ABV and wildly disparate flavors.

Another expensive Allagash beer where you get what you pay for. On a personal note, it makes me smile that one of the first craft breweries that ever caught my interest can continue to satisfy me no matter how many beers I try or "palate changes" I experience.

Photo of Cheld
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
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