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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,004 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 265
Gots: 197 | 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:
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 brdc
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks cookin420 for this one. Large corked bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled January 2008.

Reddish brown, quite dark, with a medium sized tan head, creamy and compact that holds forever, and coats the sides of the glass with a very nice looking sheet of lacing.
Rich aroma, fruity mostly, with figs and raisins, sweetish malts, candy, grapes, oakiness, vanilla, and a lot of other pleasant, unidentified aromas.
Mouthfeel is just perfection, creamy and full, velvety and just moving it around the mouth is quite a pleasure.
Fruitiness is also the dominant flavor, mostly sweet, but finishing dry. Oak, vanilla, figs, plums, raisins, candy, peppery notes. It keeps changing, and it keeps getting better. An absolute masterpiece, I wish I had more.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark amber/brown with two fingers of fluffy head. Very good retention and lacing.

S: Caramel, cocoa powder, and sweet vanilla oak. A hint of dark fruits.

T: Caramel, a bit of prunes, and light vanilla. The flavors go well together, but this is not an overly complex BSDA.

M: Medium thickness with fairly strong carbonation.

O: The flavors go nicely together in this beer, but it's not very complex for the style. It's somewhere between a brown ale and a BSDA.

Photo of Damian
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA

Poured a near-opaque, deep brown/black with ruby highlights when held to the light. A light tan, wispy head quickly dissipated to a clingy ring of froth.

The aroma was dark and sweet. Oaky and bourbony with notes of vanilla, brown sugar, black licorice and sweet cream. Dark fruits were noticeable as well.

The taste was quite similar to the aroma. Malty rich and creamy up front. Slightly acrid. Dark and oaky with raisins, prunes and figs coming through in the center. Some coffee as well. The finish was bourbony and quite warm (alcohol-wise) with a lingering, sweet, alcohol-rich aftertaste that intensified as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied (a touch lighter than I was hoping for) and somewhat creamy with a lively, spritzy carbonation.

At 10% ABV I definitely expected the alcohol to be a noticeable component of this beer. However, I felt it was a bit overpowering.

Considering that this is an oak aged beer, I was disappointed by its lack of overall smoothness. Oddly, this beer seemed to contain more of the roasty maltiness associated with a porter or a stout than the phenolic fruitiness found in most Belgian strong ales. This is definitely a unique beer yet I do not feel it is one of the better examples of the style.

Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Finnegan's

A- dark amber to brown, with little head or lacing

S- get some roasted malts and coffee, get the oak faintly

T- Almost like a light stout. Coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate notes. The oak is noticeable but not overpowering. Slight bittern finish.

M- Medium bodied, creamy semi-dry finish.

O- Again with Allagash I am not all that impressed. Not sure what I was expecting with this beer but not sure I would get it again.

Photo of Auror
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of kell50
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beer that looks like coca cola, down to the bubble. not very tight or small and disapate somewhat quickly. nose was quite disappointing at first... rust and dark fruit. though when on the warmer side and with yeast poured into the glass the dark fruit open up. fig, smokey, chocolate in a bourbon fashion. body was good when cold yet the palate didn't seem to mature in the air. when best the palate was cellar temp. nougat, toasty malt, fig, quite woody with a nice earthy smoke. there is a mild sour quality of grape, chocolate, vanilla and astringent smoke... which all ties in nicely into the bourbon warm that it goes down with mildly sweet... great beer. could be a bit better...

i would recommend when chilled to let sit at room temp for 15 minutes before popping. maintain the carbonation and let the palate expand.

Photo of draheim
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL (bottled February 2011) into a chalice. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a rich creamy khaki head, good lacing.

Aroma is deep and complex. Red grapes, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, slight cocoa.

Taste is sweet and fruity, tempered by the dry oak. Lots of residual sugars, Belgian yeast, dark bready malt, spice, and a strong dash of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is velvety, medium-bodied, with a clean dry finish.

Overall a good BSDA, but maybe not a favorite.

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definitely one of my favorite choices for the style. Poured dark. When held up to the light there was some slight shimmering around the edges of the glass. Finger-width deep head of white foam that receded to a stringy film. No lacing. Slight heat in the nose. Also pulled out some licorice and spices.

Very full flavor that holds up--and even improves--as the beer warms. Some tingley spices at first quickly followed by a bit of heat from the alcohol. That licorice I pick up in the nose comes out a bit more in the flavor. Belgian sugars give this beer a thick, dense feel and a sweet tooth. The oak was very subtle and was not the focus in this beer. Very thick mouthfeel that finishes a tad dry. A wonderful, slow-sipping dessert beer.

Photo of SFC21
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic flavors of dark fruits with a touch of wood. Body is light for the style, in a good way. Incredibly smooth.

Photo of brother_kenneth
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Bottle from River's Bend.

Poured reddish/brown color with an average light brown fizzy head that lasted with good lacing. Complex dark fruit, woody, caramel and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Full complex sweet bourbon flavor with solid bittersweet finish and a small bite of alcohol.

Good standout brew.

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.

Photo of starrdogg
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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 dunix
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cvstrickland
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tyler's in Durham:

The draught arrives in a goblet sporting a mahogany/ebony body impervious to light with a gob of mocha foam atop that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The smell is nutty and a bit oily with toasted wheat bread and dark fruit.

The taste is dark and fruity with plums, ripe figs, banana and bitter, dry, dark cocoa powder. A bit of oak and smoky vanilla complement the fruit. No, repeat no, hint of the copious abv!

Fullish in body and silky with drinkability to spare.

Photo of monitorpop
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Mikecap
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of callmemickey
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown with a one finger tan head that lasts to the end... lots of lacing...

S: Oaky, sugar, vanilla, caramel, molasses.. slight smokeyness.

T: Fruits (figs?) lots of caramel/sugar/vanilla malts.. well hidden alcohol.. bourbon like finish.

M: Smooth medium body. Little carbonation.

D: Solid american attempt at the beglian strong dark. one of the best dark out there...

Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of braican
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Tilley4
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gford 217 is the man to thank for sending this gem to me... Big thanks to Grant!!

2008 version. I should probably lay this down for a while but its my only bottle and I can't wait any longer.

Deep, deep dark brown with some ruby highlights... Incredibly foamy luscious head that looks like cappucino froth... Beautiful brew...

The aroma of this brew is a true plethora of different things... Hints of chocolate, loads of raisins, maple syrup, oak,bourbon, vanilla, perhaps a little toffee even...awesome smelling...

Wow, the bourbon really jumps out of this thing early....and I like it. This takes the usual Belgian Strong Dark and takes it to a whole different level... The maple syrup is quite prevalent as well... Amazingly complex brew...

This is my first Allagash brew and I'm awfully impressed..terrific brew all the way around..

Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,004 ratings.