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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,014
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 277
Gots: 199 | FT: 18
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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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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 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 jmalex
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to open this up a few days ago for 4-4, but didn't get the chance. Drinking it while sitting down with Day 1 of the Masters should make it worth the wait.

Bottled January 2008

APPEARANCE: Pours into an Allagash tulip a deep burgundy brown with ruby red highlights. A 2-finger high light tan head forms on top and takes absolutely forever to drop. It settles out at a tightly bubbled, one finger high cap. Lacing comes in a few spotty patches scattered about the glass.

SMELL: A big bready base is accented by some sweet, but not quite fruity, Belgian esters. The wood is evident but really lurks back in the background.

TASTE: The bready malt base is here again, though it drinks a bit dry. Esters contribute quite a bit more in the flavor becoming full-on plums and dates, especially across the palate. The finish is where the wood aging gets to shine, taking the form of quite a bit of vanilla as everything else disappears.

MOUTHFEEL: Relatively thin bodied, particularly for a beer of this strength. The carbonation is tight and at a lower level than one would expect.

DRINKABILITY: Fantastic, and this beer is 10.4%! Certainly a dangerous drinker, and one I'm glad I can have 2 glasses of.

This beer is certainly a winner, and I'm glad I opened it up today. It will certainly make an evening of watching Tiger et. al. even better.

Photo of allenson21
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Raisins, dark cherries, dark chocolate, nutmeg, a little licorice and even some honey.

Taste: Semisweet vanilla, slightly oaked chocolate malts, and raisins up front are awesome. Plateaus at some roasted malts in the middle that has a punch of sweet, ripe prunes and caramelized wood followed by some pepper and more roasted malts and yeastiness. Finish is cocoa, semidry, oaky, and ripe prunes.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

October 2006 bottling.

Pours a maple syrupy brown with a bit of viscocity. Very faint, tan head that recedes quickly. The aroma is a rich maple syrup, vanilla, and slightly roasted wood. The taste starts ith a strong vanilla maple syrup flavor cool. The flavor slowly ges more fruity and woody as it warms. Well integrated alcohol until it gets a warm. The delicate fruits and wood slowly degrade to a very boozy brandy. Great palate, though. Even when it gets warm, great warmth and sliky smooth syrups.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged poured into a goblet. Bottled Dec 2011. From the brewery.

A: Pours a brownish ruby with a 1 1/2 finger off white head. Thick and chunky head stays present as I drink. Carbonation is still visible in it.

S: Hits you with some nice belgian yeast and notes. Carmely wheat notes with a touch of bourbon. Dark fruits and a nuttiness in there too. Some alcohol on the aroma too.

T: Pretty complex yet balanced taste. Has the wheat base with dark fruits and banana. Bourbony oak creeps up on you at the end but isnt overpowering.

M: Smooth and creamy. Ample carbonation. Easy drinking for being so strong.

Overall a delicious beer, very enjoyable. Love the hints of bourbon on the wheat base.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to sweemzander for sharing this one.

(A) Dark deep ruby, almost looks brownish, but in the light it shines a really nice red. Pretty decent head on this one, about 1.5" of off white, tight bubbled head.

(S) Fruity with some citrus. Smells a bit yeasty. Some cherry. Wet wood. Some alcohol.

(T) The oakiness is quite apparent and pleasant. There's some plum, cocoa, caramel, some other dark fruits. You get some earthy taste from the choice of malts.

(M) It's very thin, light and dry

(O) Even though there is a slight hint of alcohol in the nose, it's not found in the taste. There's a good balance in this beer but there is a decent amount going on in the taste. The more it opens up, warmer it gets, and longer you take to drink it, it develops a lot and gradually changes.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange brown. Medium tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit and light oak. Unusual flavor of caramel malt, dark fruit, wood, and an odd astringent bitterness up front. Caramel and wood middle and finish with the same light bitterness. The bitter spicing and high alcohol make it appear somewhat medicinal, but this is very complex and well balanced. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A nice, very interesting take on a Belgian dark. Expensive, but worth it for the experience.

Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2011.

Pours a very nice and deep dark hazy mahogany colored brown with a big full tan colored head. Great retention, slowly settling down into just a small layer of bubbles and foam.

Aromas begin with a good amount of dark fruits; not super pungent. A bit of caramel, cocoa and toffee in the background. As it warms I get more of the biscuity, sugar cookie sweet malts and a more complex dark fruits mixed with caramelized brown sugars and vanilla. Really not getting any oak, just oak induced aromas (vanilla and/or caramelized sugar sweetness).

The tastes begin with a large dose of brown maltiness. Then the dark fruits distinguish themselves a bit more alongside caramel, toffee, brown sugar and some yeasty spiciness. Definitely, not picking up oak here either but there is definitely a strong vanilla/sugar cookie presence which could be all that was intended. Figs and prunes are present throughout but never dominate; this pairs well with the cocoa and biscuity malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of average carbonation for the style. The finish is nice on the palate; fairly creamy overall for the style. Much less dry and less yeast forward as some of the style tend to be, which I am really enjoying here.

Overall this was an excellent brew and one of the best I have had from Allagash. Not a superb barrel aged beer, but a way above average Belgian Dark Strong for my tastes. It has the dark fruit flavors and the biscuity maltiness I enjoy in the style, but the yeastiness and dark fruits are complementary but never dominant (I have grown tired of boring standard Belgian yeast spiced beers).

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black in color (no light shines through); Awesome lasting lace; good head that lessens to a half finger.

Dark chocolate smells along with light bitter hops, alcohol and cream.

Wonderful complex flavor--some elements of a dark porter (chocolate, smooth full body with ample carbonation) and a Belgian dark ale (notable alcohol and yeast flavor). Strong alcohol warmth in the swallow with a hoppy aftertaste (the chocolate remains throughout).

This is a very rich and satisfying brew. I don't know whether I could have several of these, but one is definitely a great experience.

Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,014 ratings.