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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

877 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 226
Gots: 174 | FT: 17
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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Suited for adventure: husky brown, crimson highlights, cocoa head, a classic countenance, sets the mind in anticipation and the imagination loose.
whiskey screams from the nose, escaped from the bottle and ready to let fly with it's fury...rich malt and alcohol at the helm, steering us into the situation...prune, oak, raisin, plum are at guard on the side. what first stung now seems mellow, even sweet. Glorious.
Bold entrance on the palate, the rich, roasty, lush and fruity flavor floods the gates, and breaks down the door. Bourbon-y feel dominates the mouthfeel.
Other associations beckon forth...dark rum, molasses, slick, yet leathery...berries and grapes, the darker kind, come to match the onslaught of the whiskey.
Medium bodied,yet full with flavor, an relenting river of taste washes up and out with every swallow.
Finish is rather dry, just a touch sweet. Like any good drama.
The rush has been resolved, the quarrel abated, and the goals have been met: satisfaction sits in the glass, and a happy smile on the face of the drinker. We've gone to a wonderful place, throught the vessel that is this bottle, and it's noble contents, and come back better, stronger, wiser, even.
Can beer do that?
It already did.
May the force be with you.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 08:51:36 | More by feloniousmonk
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown magnum with a bottling date of February 2005 on the label.

A- Two fingers of think head stick to the glass all the way down as bubbles continually rise to the top. A shade of garnet within the deep dark brown colored brew.

S- Candied fruit, almost fruit-cake like smell. Toffee and bread crust, over-cloved molasses cookies. Spicy fermented wheat, phenols and alcohol make for a very complex aroma.

T&M- Molasses cookies, cloves, candied fruit and pecan brittle all come to mind. Lush smoothness with a mild crispness that cradles the delicate yet feigned thick body. Solid oaky bite, teethy with a drying effect. Tad buttery with a alcohol warmth in the back.

D- Crazy Crackers! This has to be, hands down, one of the most flavorful, complex and enjoyable beers I have had in a long time. Allagash makes brewing a quaffable 10% Belgian style beer look simple. Paired this with some hard goat cheese and bunderfleish.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 02:45:34 | More by Jason
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #4 beer on the "Top Beers - Belgian Strong Dark Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a snifter.

Beer is dark brown, hazy, thin lazy head of tan bubbles, minimal lacing and carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, a little oaky / woody, some yeast. Malt.

Beer is lighter in body than expected, strong throughout though. The oakiness adds a sort of bitterness almost like a hop at the end of the palate, this beer is fine but not good enough for the cost in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 04:24:04 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sincerely thankful to my brother tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle with me- poured chilled from the corked and caged 750ml into a tulip glass.

A - An opaque mahogany shade w/ caramel translucent color at the glass' base w/ thick creamy light pale tan cap w/ tiny bead. The beer appears substantial in the glass and head retention is good. The lace is like a webbing of sugar pulled and stuck on the glass.

S - The aroma that you want a scente candle of - I could sniff this for hours. The scent of dark toffee and cocoa w/ toasted nuts. A mild maple + spice-like odor w/ belgian yeast esters which give a hint of fig and molasses aroma. The scent of coconut and light pepper rounds out the nose

M- A full feeling beer on the palate, moderately high effervesence w/ subtle warming. The feel is spicy w/ semi-dry finish. There is a creamy quality in the middle w/ slight sugary texture throughout.

T - The taste of dark nutty toffee and oaky toasted coconut w/ hints of dark cocoa and mild spice w/ a slight molasses hint in the background. The beer has a subtle pine hop taste which goes well with the yeast spiciness and also is complemented by the flavor of candy sugar. The alcohol is noticeable in the taste as well, but does not detract one bit, it finishes slightly strong and dry.

D - The drinkability is seriously high for such a high abv beer - 10%. I have probably not had a more drinkable beer of its strength, the flavor of the oak aging pushes the beer along and never gets in the way of the other components. Lots of belgian yeast character - a Must Try to me!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 17:48:03 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a wicked malty scent that boasts of roasted and crystal malts along with a deep whiskey aroma. There is quite a bit of warmth and complexity in the aroma. The taste is great. It has a warming whiskey flavor that is complimented with a complex malt bill. It's roasted and full of Belgian crystal malts; very tastey. The mouthfeel is near perfect. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. The whiskey barrel storage is a great idea. It really adds a whole new flavor to an already solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 22:17:18 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Pours dark brown to black with a cream-colored head. The aroma is awesome with Belgian yeast, malt and some chocolate. The flavor is roasted malt, yeast, oak and some chocolate and alcohol. I may also get some vanilla, but it is faint if it is there. Medium-thick, creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 19:26:07 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the BAer who brought this to the Nov. '12 Philly burbs bottle share. Ray (baybum) I think. I'm not sure what vintage this one was.

Dark brown pour, hazy, with a small off-white head that dissipated mostly, leaving some thin lacing behind. Caramel malts in the nose, stone fruits, herbal hops and a touch of smoke. I actually got quite a bit of oak up front in this one, pretty toasty at that, caramel, peach and pear, a little raisin, yeast, herbal hops; no vanilla detected. Medium body, moderate carbonation, drinkable, and decent overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 09:27:15 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-05-2013 11:46:04 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 03/25/11 notes. Shared by jslot38; thanks Justin. January 2010 bottle, case 970.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, dark fruit, bready malts, pepper.

t - Tastes of dark fruit, spices, yeast, and bread again. A little too much spice for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A good beer, but a little to much spice for me. Glad to have tried it and would given another shot, but probably wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 01:17:57 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

February 2005 Bottling, Sampled January 2006
Pours quite dark, as I am pouring it, it shows a deep amber-brown color that is pretty clear. The beer sits a dark espresso color and is topped by frothy tan colored head that is initially two-fingers thick. As I pour this beer I immediately get notes of oak and alcohol mixed together. The oak is definitely the dominant note here, it smells woody with mixed notes of buttery oak, and hints of vanilla, and some sort of note that reminds me of cola. Underneath the oak is a nice fruitiness that reminds me of raisins. The combination of the vanilla oak notes and the malt remind me of some sort of fresh bready pastry or muffin perhaps.

The taste is initially quite dry up front, but has a certain fullness and amount of body to it, that seems like it might be contributed from the oak & tannins. The body has a soft creaminess to it that is accentuated by a soft vanilla note. This beer hides its alcohol quite well, and even the oak is not so egregious as to be overwhelming. The oak is definitely pretty prominent here, buttery oak is foremost, but there is a woody almost nutty note as well. As in the aroma I get a certain note here that reminds me of cola, interesting and it seems to work here.

While the oak is not too dominant in this beer, I think that it is a bit too much. There is not enough of the rich beer notes that I would like to see. The malt is too subtle underneath the oak; perhaps a bit of caramel and a certain fullness that I would attribute to malt character. This is certainly drinkable, and I would even want a few more bottles of this to age for a couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 04:41:04 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottled in October, 2006 - poured into a glass chalice.

Pours very dark brown. The thin head soon becomes patchy.

The smell is winey/vinuous. Grapey with sugar candy sweetness. Subtle hints of oak.

The taste is of sugar candy, grapey wine, and vanilla. Sharp alcohol notes that smooth out over time.

The feel is creamy. A bit too light at first, but gains more of a body as it warms.

This one is different - I'll give it that. For me though, it's too sweet and wine-like.

Edit: Bottled in Jan. 08 - reviewed in Sept. 08:

Adjusted scores by .5 higher on all but drinkability.

It does have some chocolate notes that I picked up this time to add to complexitity. Body is still creamy, but yet sharp. Alcohol sharpness, oak/vanilla and vinuous (with some sourish grapey notes), in a red wine way, dominate. An interesting brew - a slow sipper. I enjoyed this bottle more than I did the first one I reveiwed. I noticed a few more subtlties and some more creaminess, but still not overly thrilled.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 14:57:10 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-25-2011 15:03:31 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown with a light off-white head, good lace.

S: Definite medicinal alcohol, phenol, dark fruit.

T: Prune and date syrup are evident with a bit of molasses and oak. Some phenol is still there, but not as big as in the smell which makes the drink more satisfying in the end.

M: Rather full-bodied, creamy, some ethanol notes.

D: Good, but not as good as I expected, but another solid brew from Allagash and one I's certainly have again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2009 20:29:06 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 00:33:12 | More by smcolw
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-23-2013 00:19:49 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/25/06- Received in a trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Bottled in February 2005. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Sort of a peat colored pour. Darker than brown, but lighter than black with a kinda dark green glow. Different to be sure. Full 3/4 inch head...settles in with a nice bit less than 1/4 inch frothy remaining head. Lacing it streaky and spotty.

Smell- Wonderful vinous oak barrel scent...especially as it warms. Made the mistake of drinking most of this at a lower than desired temperature. Lots of creamy caramel scent in the malt. One of the few beers that I enjoyed smelling more than I did consuming.

Taste- Rich and dark caramel malt with a quite large woody and oaky flavor. Much more than the Cruiex. Even a nice hoppy aftertaste. Licroice or anise flavor kicks in after the swallow. A few prunes, raisins and plums tossed in for good measure...maybe a bit bready as well.

Mouthfeel- A bit to carbonated for the style in my opinion. Because of the oaky qualities I would expect more of an old ale texture...instead it's pretty highly carbonated, even after sitting in the glass for an hour. Won't knock it down too much though.

Drinkability- Overall a very quality brew with a fabulous scent and great flavor. This one will be interesting to taste 5 years down the line....if I only had a bottle...sob :(

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 05:33:39 | More by GClarkage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into an 8 oz stem-goblet at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, California. It was overpriced of course (seeing as it was The Bruery). Expectations were extremely high given the brewery, which I'm rather fond of. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention for the ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent dark amber.

Sm: Fruit, plums, amber hops, cream, toasted malts, vanilla bean, and caramelized malt. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Complex and subtle, with all the notes from the nose plus more bright fermented fruit like cherry or even raspberry. Lightly toasted malt forms the foundation. Almonds, dried fruit, and raisins are all present. Quite nice. Full bodied yet delicate and enjoyable. No yeast. Nice layering. Incredibly well balanced. Nicely built for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a subtle cream undertone. Complements the flavours well. Delicate and light on the palate.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV - which is itself really well hidden. I rather enjoy it. It was high priced, but worth it. All things considered, I did expect this to be better - especially given its reputation and seeming trade value. It's really good, but it isn't great. Not worth trading some great for.

A good candidate for aging.

High B

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 04:41:03 | More by kojevergas
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-08-2013 07:21:29 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with a huge frothy, pillowy tan head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing in it's wake.

Chocolate malty aroma that is slightly earthy with hints of oaky wood. Dark fruit notes and peppery spice also present.

Creamy malty body with lots of estery dark fruit notes, especially raisin, prune, plum, and dark berries with lots of peppery zest, chocolate malts and earthy oak. Very smooth and quaffable with hints of grape and cherry dark fruit. Very nice balance of dark fruit and chocolate malt. The ABV is excellently balanced without a trace of alcohol warmth making this beer extremely quaffable. Sweet dry finish. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 07:21:36 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-15-2011 03:25:44 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark, mahogany brown with a 2 finger, off white head that slowly fades out and sticks to the glass.
Smell is of raisins, brown sugar, plums, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, oak, dough, tobacco, caramelized apples.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. The balance seemed to be slightly skewed towards the oakiness and leaning away from the Belgian goodness but overall, it's enjoyable and very well done.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, sugary, medium bodied with mild carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Some may think it's a bit "thin" but it's the dryness from the oak tannins that gives them this initial reaction.
The abv is evident after a few sips and it makes you wonder whether or not the beer was soaked in used bourbon barrels. The barrels were newly toasted American oak so the caramelized bourbony flavors are all derived from the beer combined with the oak. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 21:31:55 | More by weeare138
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml brown bottle, corked and caged. Bottling date: Feb. 05, 10.4%abv. for this bottle; served lightly-chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: dark brown in colour; the beige beer head builds up fast and wanes equally with haste, leaving a thin layer of sparse foam and moderate carbonation underneath.
S: assertively oaky (white oak) and chocolatey in aroma, yet it's simultaneously rustic, dampy, prune-ish, datey, with a nice whiff of port and rather deep burned sugar... in the background a subtle touch of Belgian brown ale's woody-sourness lingers. The nose is unlike any 10%abv. beer as it is so mellow and settled, and more aromas await to ascend as the beer warms...
T: lightly chocolatey and dark-sugary malts descend on the palate first with a rather light palate, then treacle, licorice, annis, sweet prunes, dried berries, and coffee candy all develop and intertwine before a heavy dose of dryish herbal bitter-sweetness takes over. The lengthy and deep-running aftertaste shows plenty of chocolatey malts with an even more enjoyable yet delicate touch of oaky aroma, like what a well oak-aged Cabinet Sauvignon has to offer.
M&D: smoothly-textured and softly-fizzy, this full-bodied dark ale somehow tastes very light, without showing traces of high-octave alc. at all. Two years of further ageing in the bottle has made this oak-aged ale a balanced, easily approachable and very delicious nectar. Somehow the flavour also reminds me a lot of some English old ales; so, to me, this can be fairly described as a cross b/w the Belgian and English styles of strong old/dark ales. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 23:56:58 | More by wl0307
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-19-2013 18:31:53 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle from a trade with goodbyeohio. This is a February 2005 bottling that I cracked open after reading a recent thread that said the 2004 had run its course.

A: The ale has the dark black color of a black cherry color, highlighted nicely with ruby red tones that come through when the ale is held to light. The head approached 2 fingers on pour but quickly wasted away to a thin white band.

S: The nose has the swirling depth of a Belgian ale, candi sugars and distinct Allagash yeast strain, along with the buttery sweetness of oak.

T: The oak aging has really left its mark on this beer. The buttery sweetness is evident immediately, adding a vanilla bean flavor to the ale. Dark candi sugars add an appreciable depth to the ale as well, nicely complimenting the oak aging with an underlying sweetness. The more I taste the beer, the more that oak aging is easily mistaken for the sweet corn smoothness of a bourbon barrel ale. The finish has some dark alefruits, raisins particularly, with a healthy dose of candi sugars.

M: The mouthfeel is engaging from the first sip, taking oak and Belgian flavors and seemlessly melding them together. The warmth of the alcohol pops out only at the end of the sip, creating a nice finish.

D: I wanna take this beer behind the middle school and get it pregnant. I thought that Curieux and Interlude were the zenithes of brewing but this one is a real sock-knocker-offer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 01:38:16 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

large bottle, caged and corked, dated, numbered, the works. Simply stated this has got to be one of the best brews on the planet. Large, flavorful, strong, complex. Tons of wood, figs, raisins, rum.Words cannot do justice to this flavorful tipple. Get a few bottles, put em away for about 5 years and enjoy, or crack em open tonight and savor this nectar. One of the best brews I've ever had the priviledge of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 05:42:55 | More by Billolick
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 877 ratings.