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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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406 Reviews
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Reviews: 406
Hads: 1,150
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 308
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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Photo of wmcnallyvt
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyed this beer. The beer looks like a darker stout, but it has a lighter more refreshing taste….somewhere between a roasty coffee taste and a lighter ale. I was expecting a stronger taste considering the ABV. The beer was pretty pricey, but that could have been due to its rarity outside of the New England area. If you can get your hands on it, I would recommend. (380 characters)

Photo of James_Michaud91
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer had a wonderful roasty malt character that I was not expecting upon trying the beer. This has a really nice malt heft to it and sits on the palate for a long time after each sip. Kind of a hard beer to characterize (somewhere between a belgian dubbel/quad and a german weizenbock) but I was really pleasantly surprised by how good it was (Idk why I questioned the quality of an Allagash beer). (403 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hints of chocolate, vanilla, oak, molasses . . . Pours a murky brown with a touch of lacing. Carbonation is a nice touch on this Belgian inspired beer and decent mouthfeel. I really wanted to be blown away by this beer and was certain I was going to be. But, it didn't happen for me. Alcohol is faintly noticeable. Still a very solid offering so it wasn't a let down by any means. (380 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep brown in color; hints of orange & red when held up to the light. Translucent. Appears almost black in the glass. Pours with a huge 3+ finger very light tan creamy head; it dies down gradually leaving a thick even layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Enticing. Perfect!

Smell: Roasted coffee, sweet malt.

Taste:Roasted coffee, mild sweet chocolate, mildly grainy. Delicious.

Feel: Mild fuzzy sensation from carbonation to start; smooth velvety feel in the middle; mildly dry finish. Medium towards full body.

Overall: Unique and wonderful beer. Full, delicious flavor. Full body but not heavy. I definitely wanted to drink more and will look to repurchase! (740 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color and clarity of cola with a tight, quarter inch, off-white head embedded with tiny pinpricks and ringlets. Sheets of lacing coat the walls of the glass as the head gradually dissipates into an oily slick. Nose expresses dark fruits, roast and the merest suggestion of coffee. Taste expresses more roast than dark fruit. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slightly assertive carbonation that leaves a residual prickle at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, a solid representation of the style; however, the price point is way too high given that some of the Belgian exemplars are less expensive and better beers. (649 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With everything going on in this beer, I have to say the oak came through the most and really shined here. I got faint hints of raisin and even some apricot, but not too much in the fruit department. The deep smokiness and hints of chocolate/vanilla are remarkable. (265 characters)

Photo of CochonKing
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep brown with slight golden hue at the edges of the beer. Forms a small head about half a finger. The smell is strong with heavy malt and cereal notes on the beginning of the nose, also some wet dog. The oak is strong on the nose as well with some leather and tar on the nose as well. Coffee on the nose as well and some dark chocolate. The taste is very interesting, toasted barley, malt, some caramel and vanilla from the oak I'm assuming. The mouthfeel is amazing, full bodied with a lot of texture it really opens up on the palate, the kind of beer you could almost chew. It is really well made. (609 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bottle dated January 2015. 455 cases bottled, and this batch is 8.3%

L - Dark brown, with 2 fingers of head and some lacing left on top of the brew and on the glass

S - Belgian candy sugar, figs, raisons, and a slight aroma of booze

T - Like the smell, belgian candy sugar, figs, raisons, perfect sweetness and well balanced through-out. Vanilla and dry finish. Damn tasty!

F - Well carbonated. Smooth

O - An awesome brew. Easy to drink, tasty, and enjoyable. (471 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 Jacobob10
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap on 4/17/2015 @ La Birreria in New York, NY.

Served in a teku glass. Dark brown in color with a creamy beige head that lasts forever and froths back up with each swirl of the glass. The wheat and oak are both easy to detect in the aroma. The flavor builds upon the aroma, adding dark fruit and and alcohol into the mix. Creamy and smooth. Medium to full bodied. One to savor. One of the best from a brewery that produces some pretty great beers. I usually shy away from bombers and 750 mL bottles based on their typically high prices, but after having it on tap, this is one that actually justifies purchasing. (617 characters)

Photo of jancona
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not quite what I expect from a strong dark ale. The smell is molasses and vanilla - taste follows with a touch of oak. I don't get any traditional dark fruit flavors associated with the style. Still a very nice flavor and amazing feel. (235 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The notes reminded me most of tobacco with perhaps a hint of smoked meat.

Taste - My initial impression was to suggest this beer tastes meaty. There is a smoky presence that reminds me of beef jerky. Also present are malty notes and dark fruits linger toward the back. The smoke and tobacco notes seem to become more aggressive in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The feel coats like a strong ale, allowing the complexity to linger.

Overall - This was not what I was expecting, but I really like it. I would seek this beer. (622 characters)

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Track 84; served in an Allagash glass.

An excellent ale, powerful at ten and a half percent, but smooth and drinkable. A little bit of boozy heat, but the flavors are layered and complex. I got some dark fruits, like plum and cherry, along with caramel and a yummy bready base. Lots to like here. (307 characters)

Photo of illpass78
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasting glass on tap at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a cola color with a sizable white head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: I get caramel, some wheat, a slightly touch of honey, maybe some dark fruit and some grassy background. Maybe some brown bread, too.

Taste: Taste mostly follows the nose. Caramel and grain seem to lead the way. Complex.

Mouthfeel: Sturdy and medium bodied. A sipper.

Overall: Very nice strong dark beer. I like their Allagash Dark a bit more, but that's also one of my all-time favorites, so maybe an unfair comparison. (542 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bought from Beers of the World March 2015. Served in a goblet at cellartemp.

Look: Root Beer brown with sandstone head, decent lacing.

Smell: woody, herbal, subtle Belgian sugar and yeast

Taste: caramel, toasted whole grain, herbal hopiness

Feel: buoyant, silky

Overall: subtle, delicious (293 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a mostly opaque dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Some spice, earthy Belgian yeast and maybe some vanilla.

T- Toasty malt meets a mild Belgian yeast element. Not a lot of barrel character. Notes of spice, Belgian candi sugar and dark bread.

M- Slightly tangy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- All of the flavors are so well-integrated to this Belgian ale that the 10.4% ABV is hardly noticeable. Delicious, dangerous stuff. (689 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in January 2014:
Pours a deep auburn brown, clarity visible at edges. Head is small bubbles, off white, and sustaining (light lacing). Initial pour rise to a couple fingers, but leveled off at about 1/2 cm. Nose has syrupy sugar to molasses as described. Some raisin bread provides the non-sugar notes. Only a light hint of alcohol.

Taste is subdued from the wood the pervades the sip. Taste is cola, indistinct dark fruit, and a bite of the wood at the end. The flavors come across more as the beer warms, including molasses and root beer. The carbonation from the feel is also biting, very effervescent. The wood adds a dry feel to the end of the taste.

Would like a little more strength of flavor from this beer. The flavors seemed ok to maybe even a little weak, but I think the carbonation detracted from the flavor in an unfortunate way. (863 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev 0%

On tap at Cask and Vine with Mr Barleywine.
Dark brown in color with a smallish tan head. Rich sweet brown sugar with huge prune, raisin and date like aromas. Rich sweet maltiness balanced with a touch of alcohol. Beautiful sipper! (232 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very average beer. This beer has a lot going for it, but it is all going in different directions. The lack of balance is quite off-putting and keep you from really enjoying this beer. (187 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a deep dark purplish brown, absolutely opaque, no light gets through this one. There is a really big 3 inch head, fluffy and creamy looking, leaving behind an absurd amount of lacing. Just looks like the perfect BSDA.

Smells like dark fruits, Belgian yeast, oak, vanilla, and raisin.

This is super raisin forward, almost like candied pureed raisin, with additional flavors of nutty oak, vanilla bourbon (I don't really know if it's just new oak aged, or bourbon barrel aged, but I do get a hint of bourbon anyway), grapes, and hazelnuts. Really complex and awesome stuff here. The alcohol doesn't really show itself at all- other than the fact that I'm feeling warm and fuzzy over here.

The body is fairly thick, but not syrupy, with a dry but really creamy and slightly sweet mouthfeel. It's quite drinkable.

Another solid entry from Allagash, this is really unique and really tasty. (939 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%

Oak barrel vanilla aroma begins the show, followed by a hint of wine, alcohol, dark malt sugars.
Pours deep dark garnet brown under a lightly tan tinted 2" moussey foam cap. Lacy with legs.
A touch of chocolate on the palate followed by caramel, rich malt, vanilla, fruit.
Medium body and medium high carbonation. Very creamy smooth - almost nitro beer creaminess. Very drinkable. Some warming but you do not notice the 10.4% alcohol. (436 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with hints of ruby, decent light tan head and some lacing

S-dark fruit, roasted malt, belgian sugar, spices, little oak and vanilla

T-roasted malt, light molasses, oak , little vanilla, raisins, plums, hint of chocolate

F-medium body with medium carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nice sipping beer, good for dessert (331 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color, almost into stout territory. The head is a finger high, with a mocha shade. It's superbly creamy-looking, and has excellent retention. A creamy ring of lacing sticks to the glass. Very aesthetically pleasing.

S: Very much like a Belgian stout, in a manner of speaking. I'm getting goodly amounts of chocolate, brown sugar, toast, and smoke. Subtle hints of dark fruits lie beneath those primary notes. I'm also getting the oak barrel in a subtle expression - very soft hints of toasted coconut and vanilla can be found. I was disappointed at the lack of Belgian presence at first, but it develops a nice tone of biscuit after a while. It hits all of the right notes quite well.

T: A nice initial flavor of chocolate and brown sugar open it up. Then it transitions into coffee, and it finishes off with some Belgian yeast characteristics - biscuit, black pepper, and white grapes. Oak is gentle throughout. I think it could stand to be brighter: all of the sweet chocolate and brown sugar notes are very rich, almost to a fault. Having said that, this drinks like pure luxury.

M: Holy fork, this is one creamy-feeling beer. Easily, this is the most velvety soft Belgian-style beer I've ever had. The extremely fine carbonation is part of the reason why. Creamy, rich...and despite the dry finish, not spectacularly drinkable. The alcohol is hidden superbly, however.

O: Everything apart from the taste is excellent, and even the latter is still pretty good. Maybe it's just personal tastes - this is superbly crafted, but not to my BSDA preferences. This is an excellent dessert beer, however (definitely worth snagging another to age a year or two). (1,720 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 Stinkypuss
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a white foam collar. Aroma of dark fruits and a wine like barrel note. Sweet, fruity and oaky aroma. In the taste, nice and malty, with candied nuts, cocoa, fruity wine, and dark fruit. The body is juicy, yet semi dry and has a rock solid carbonation earned from blending a portion from steel fermenters as well as barrel aging and blending. Overall, this is a winner. A very lively Belgian Strong Dark ale. (431 characters)

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94 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.