Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 993
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 261
Gots: 194 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really good one. Bourbon alcoholly aroma, coca cola colour, lots of lace. But the taste, bourbon more than whiskey, and very drinkable. Went down really well, smooth on the tongue. A great example of wood working, with vanilla coming through. Suitable understated carbonation. A must try.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear copper color with a khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Thick rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toffee, and wood with some nutty aromas. Taste is of malt, toffee, brown sugar, wood, and alcohol. There is a noticeable alcohol warming in the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a light crispness. Overall, this is a very good beer but I enjoyed the taste more than the smell.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to overlord for this bottle. July 2009 bottling.

A: Pours a dark brown that is ever-so-slightly transparent when held to the light. Thin tan head that dissipates with a little lacing in its wake.

S: A good amount of dark fruits. Not super pungent, but the only thing that really stands out. A bit of caramel and toffee in the background.

T: The dark fruits distinguish themselves a bit more alongside caramel, toffee, and some yeasty spices. Not picking up oak here or in the nose.

M: Fairly creamy. Medium body and good carbonation.

D: Better as it warms up past cellar temperature, but nothing terribly special at this point. It's lacking in any real depth, which is surprising given that the bottle is nearly a year old.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color and poured with a thin beige head.
S: There are light aromas of dark fruits in the nose along with oak from the barrel aging.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has complex flavors of dark fruits along with notes of oak.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is well balanced and hides its alcohol well.

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

January 2008 bottling; tasted July 2009

Appearance: Pours a cola color with a sturdy, though less than impressive, beige head that descends to a film rather rapidly; the beer does deliver in the lacing department, however

Smell: Toasted bread and dark fruit (figs, cherries and dates), with elements of vanilla, tobacco, charcoal and bacon

Taste: After the initial toasted bread and dark fruit (cherries, figs and dates). chocolate and vanilla, the flavor profile adds a range of interesting flavors (tobacco and bacon, primarily) but a woody element as well; the swallow allows all the flavors to blend together through the finish; when various phenols add an herbal, yeasty element

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: One of the more impressive brews Allagash has released; this beer has tremendous complexity and is very enjoyable

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (February 2005 drank in January 2006): Poured a deep ruby color ale with a quite large off-white foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of alcohol is detectable with some sweet malt. Taste has definite bourbon presence with some semi-sweet malt. Body is definitely thinner then expected. I was expecting a bit more complexity from this beer – no yeast signature, alcohol taste too evident, thin body.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark raspberry tea with a great deal of carbonation leading up to a gorgeous cap of golden ecru froth that filled more than half the glass on the pour. Backlighting brings out wonderful ruby highlights that make a fantastic looking beer look even better. Now this is how a BSDA should look.

The aroma is impressive. It was merely good initially, but with warming has acquired a power and a complexity that mirrors the flavor profile. With a wee bit more vividness and more definition, it could easily compete with the best Belgians. Hell, it just might do so now. I smell figs, tobacco and ground clove above all else.

Odyssey is amazingly delicious beer! Rarely, if ever, has my mouth been so awash in so many flavors that change from the beginning of each mouthful to the end. I've only had a few samples so far, but this might be the best BSDA that I've ever had. I bow before the brilliance of Allagash.

I'm not even sure where to begin in attempting to describe what I'm tasting. First off, this beer eschews power for nuance. That isn't to say that it isn't absolutely bursting with flavor, just that it's so refined and so angelic in the mouth that one doesn't feel as if they're being bullied the way that some big beers tend to do.

Sweetened fig puree, sticky dates, raisins, the finest oak-aged single batch bourbon, light molasses, dark toffee, plum jam, pipe tobacco, cloves... and on and on and on. Even though there's a considerable amount of sweetness, it doesn't come close to sticky or cloying. Like just about everything else about this beer, the sweet-bitter-sour balance is sheer perfection.

I originally felt that the mouthfeel was a tad too light to be deserving of the ultimate score. No longer. I can't imagine a more heavenly mouthfeel than the one greeting me with each and every sip... now that I'm well into the middle of the bottle. It's such a perfect (there's that word again) combination of suppleness, silkiness, light chewiness and buoyant carbonation that no other score is possible.

Allagash proved long ago that they're one of my favorite breweries in all the world. No other American brewer so reliably recreates the classically Belgian styles, and oftentimes meets and surpasses the best that that country has to offer. Simply put, Odyssey is an outstanding BSDA and is one of the best beers of any style that I've ever had the pleasure to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/23/2006. 750ml Bottle served in a New Belgium Snifter at cellar temperature.

A - Poured a very nice and deep dark hazy mahogany colored brown with a big full head that stood at least three fingers high of tan colored lace. Great retention really kept this this up there too as it lasted for a good few minutes before finally, and reluctantly settling down into just a one inch high topper of lace and tons and tons of sticky foamy side glass remnants. A very nice appearence I would have to say.

S - The aroma was full of spice, from the first whiff I was picking up nutmeg, figs and hints of oak. A very nice brandy like alcohol smell as well. very full aroma as it warmed some other dark fruits, perhaps cherries or plums started to emerge and really become prominant. A nice grainy and earthy back was at the foreground the whole time as was a nice mellow caramel like sweetness that let everything just blend together.

T - Very well put together and alot more mellow then I thought it would be, the year in the cellar really did this one justice. The first flavors I noticed were a very nice presence of figs or prunes that really helped to push forward the spices that were laying underneath. As it warmed I really started to pick up the wood flavors, very well done and nothing overbearing here at all. The alcohol was there but had mellowed quite a bit leaving behind a slight brandy like warmeth but nothing that ws going to stop me now. The finish was long and drawn out with hints of earthy grains and a touch of fruit.

M - Very nice medium bodied ale that was really put together quite well. The carbonation had held up very well really giving it that full creamy feel. Seductively smooth this was the ideal balance of carbonation and smooth feel. Very nicely done.

D - I found this to be a very nice sipper. The alcohol in it was quite mellowed and the flavors went really with each other creating a very nice balance here. I enjoyed the entire bottle over the course of a couple hours and was quite pleased. I dont think I would have went for another one, but this was quite good.

Overall this was an excellent brew and one of the best I have had from Allagash. A superb barrel aged beer this combined the best of what they can do. I would gladly by another one day. Really a nice selection here that I would have to recommend.

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up because sometimes Allagash really gets my attention. I knew I hadn't tried this one before so I wanted to give it a shot. The beer poured out as a nice dark brown color. There was a light lacing from the white head on the glass. The smell of the beer had some wheat, fig and wood aromas going on in there. The taste pulled all those things to gether with the addition of a minimal tartness and a hint of grapes or raison. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it had a decent carbonation it and it had a steady medium body as well. I'm glad I tried this one because I ended up liking it more than I expected to. Would drink this one again.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a full, frothy, khaki-colored head. Plenty of glass-coating lacing on the way down.

Smell: Slight sweetish hints to the aroma of rich brown malt, vanilla, candied fruits, and (though only mildly) oak.

Taste: Sweet, mildly roasted maltiness with a full taste of Keuken stroop. For only using a mere 10% wheat, I did feel it contributes significantly to the flavor, but that's just me. Handful of vanilla cookie crumbles. Distinct, yet well blended taste of toasted oak. Fig and banana fruitiness. A bit of alcohol heat on the malty, toffee sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I enjoyed it, but I'm not going to lie to you, my friend really disliked this one. I hope this bottle of Odyssey hasn't formed an irreparable rift in our long-standing friendship.

Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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 emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct. 2006 bottling.

This bottle has been waiting for a few months to be opened...

Cork gives a good "phwup" and a half-inch of foam begins to swell in the neck of the bottle. Pours a deep raw umber shade of brown, with lighter garnet highlights in the light. A small one finger cap of foam rises and falls, leaving a ring around the oversized tulip glass.

Aroma is strong at first, and winds down as it sits for a little bit. Chocolate, dried cherry, vanilla bean, & twinge of alcohol after a vigorous swirl. Dried out bourbon barrel, and a slight nutty quality as well.

Rich taste of chocolate, underlying bourbon, roasted almond, and a mild bitterness along the sides of the tongue. Oak appears in the aftertaste, but isn't a main factor in the overall taste. Very balanced and delicious.

Medium bodied, not too heavy or boozy, although the alcohol is felt. A+ for this barrel-aged offering from Allagash...

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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
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