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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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940 Ratings

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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 241
Gots: 192 | FT: 20
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 AlexJ
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 Vintage

Dark ruby-tinged brown pour with a billowing head of light tan suds. Head retains well and leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma is dark berries, musty grape, fruity sweetness, and plenty of dry oaky notes with hints of vanilla and spice.

The flavor is quite similar. It is filled with dark fruit and berry notes, musty minerality, powdery yeast, and hints of red wine. The oak is a bit strong, but delivers a nice touch of creamy vanilla and charred wood. It is dry at first, but sweetens a bit as it warms in my goblet.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a medium body and big bubbles. It tastes stronger than 10%, limiting drinkability. I'm glad I had someone to split the 750.

Overall a nice cellaring experiment, now i just need to try a fresh bottle!

AlexJ, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of MNBeerGeek
4/5  rDev -6.1%

MNBeerGeek, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of asabreed
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. caged and corked bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Bottled in February 2005. A friend of mine just got his book accepted for publication, and this may be on the cusp anyway, so looks like it's time.

Appearance: Very dark amber in color, and even lighter when looking into the glass as you sip. Off-white soapy head leaves little rings and not many drops of lacing and fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Huge grape jam aromas initially. A bit of sourness. Bright fruity Zinfandel-like red wine aromas, along with some sour red wine vinegar. Darker plum aromas. Unsweetened chocolate. More wood and sourness as it warms. Almost some cherry soda aromas or cherry 7-Up comes through as it warms. Caramel drizzle or syrup. Cherry pie filling. Definitely more Flemish Red sourness as it warms, along with the oak and woody aromas with some vanilla and sweet cream mixed with the sour. Nuanced, balanced, and very layered.

Taste: Good combination of bright fruit esters, dark yet mild chocolate and coffee flavors, and oak flavors like vanilla, yet there's some forward nuanced sourness and cherries, wood and oak, caramel syrup, chocolate powder, cherry pie filling, and good roasted malts. Finish is lingering dark roasted malts and mild sourness, with a bit of citrus hops there too.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation, right now, just can't handle the body of this brew. After a minute or two in the glass, whereas in those two minutes it works well, but it then becomes slightly syrupy and cloying, yet it's still not to the point of off-putting, though it's certainly noticeable and I expected more.

Drinkability: Is almost 5 years too long for a beer like this? I wonder what it's like fresh, because I can't compare the two. As I said, it seems like one of the big things is the carbonation factor, where it didn't hold up as much as I expected, which was evident from the initial to the last pour. It still has legs, don't get me wrong, but I feel like it's lost a step from what I can imagine a fresh batch tastes like. Though I still enjoyed it, maybe 5 years was too long, and I hoped for more.

asabreed, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of HRamz3
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

HRamz3, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Mikecap
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Mikecap, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich brown with a creamy beige head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is sweet candied dark fruit, vanilla oak, and mild yeasty spices.

Taste is not as sweet as the nose. Roasted malt, with chocolate and generous vanilla oak flavor. Dark fruit and alcohol. Finish is dry with lingering yeasty spices.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a pretty good brew. Alcohol comes on a little harsh, not overpowering. Plenty of oak and dark fruit flavor.

Blakaeris, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish red in color. A decent half inch of head on the pour, but that doesn't last. Decent amount of carbonation forming in a ring atop the beer. Smell is heavenly. Dark cherries, plum, oak, vanilla, and some light bourbon. Taste is incredible. More of the dark fruit there with the barrel aging complimenting everything quite well. A definite sipper, but that's the way this beer should be. Great beer.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of Foxman
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a plush ruby brown, cloudy and carbonated. A healthy two fingers of beige head swells, then sinks gradually to a bubbly pillow. Veils of lacing slide down the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a cooked malt sweetness, slightly sugary, along with a mellow yeasty sourness and a light touch of alcohol. A hint of plums flirts with a distant woody smokiness.

Upon tasting, the cherry fruit sweetness of roasted malt plies its trade along with a higher pitched but milder note of currants. A fleeting glimpse of vanilla and caramel and a slightly more solid puff of rounded smokey oak give ground grudgingly to a sinus-tickling whiff of alcohol. The finish sees a biscuit grain earthiness that morphs to a graceful spicy close. It's a complex blend that's easy to follow.

Medium bodied, it has a creamy feel on the palate. A pleasant, spicy dry sensation lingers across the tongue.

It is so refreshing to try an oak-aged beer in which the wood isn't a bat hitting you in the throat. Instead, it's a complimentary note to a soothing sonata of malt, yeast and muted spice. the ABV is bold and brash, but is balanced nicely with the muscular-enough flavor profile. The result is a potent but quite drinkable brew. The bottom line is a bold, well-crafted big beer, and it's well worth every breath you take, every move you make, every sip you take.

Foxman, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

HattedClassic, May 28, 2014
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

feb 2005 bottling, one of 445x12=...?

appearance: dark ruby color with an off white tightly packed head. very carbonated and otherwise active in a delirium snifter.

aroma: very malty. coffee notes with a tinge of sweetness.. i know! tiramisu! this beer smells just like tiramisu! rich, sweet.

taste: extreme vanilla. toffee and honey in the background. subtle wood and subtler tiramisu with a dark overall body. hazelnut is in there somewhere. what a perfect dessert beer. bottle #2 goes in the cellar, as usual, and i cant wait for this busy bouquet to mix up a little and mellow. overwhelming, a chaotic yet orgasmic taste experience.

mouthfeel: heavy. smooth & thick. yum. where is the abv here, cause i certainly dont taste it. its got that bubbly unibroue dark smoothness to it.

a good spring transitional season beer. like weyerbacher's insanity in some ways, but more drinkable and lighter overall for slightly warmer drinking weather. great beer.

goodbyeohio, Apr 07, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

brother_kenneth, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of froghop
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, medium size tan head, very good lacing.

smell of cocoa, dark fruit, caramel, roasted nuts, touch of vanilla, wood chips.

taste is somewhat smooth, chocolate, dark fruits, toffee, some nuts, touch of spice, slight smoke, alcohol well hidden, nice bitter finish.

froghop, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Zimm
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Zimm, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of PopnLoads
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

PopnLoads, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml with cork and cage. bottled sept 2008. tasted in early april 2009.

very dark brown w ruby red tones. no haze, gem-like quality under the light. 1-finger off-white head, recedes to wispy thin layer, then just wisps and ring. consistent but thin rings of lace.

aroma: brown sugar, caramel and raisins, with oaky and woody note, hints of bourbon and trace vanilla. shadow of dry, grassy hops. faint note of toasted coconut, if you think about it.

taste: interesting balance of belgian dark ale, with oak and touch of bourbon. notes of acidity and mild bitterness. complex and nice, although just a touch watery. coffee hint in the finish, with cocoa and again that trace of toasted coconut.

medium body, smooth with slight astringency in finish, but smoothes out again. slightly tingly, mild to moderate carbonation, with hints of creaminess.

not bad at all. quite drinkable despite richness, complexity and high ABV. a very creative effort, giving a bold "american" accent to the belgian tradition. i just wish there wasn't that hint of watered-down character in the middle of the flavor, unfortunately in almost every big sip i took where i paid attention. would've gotten a 4.5 in taste otherwise. will certainly seek this out again though, and maybe a different batch will prove to be even richer.

tai4ji2x, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of DelicateDelirium
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

DelicateDelirium, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Janeinma, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Phillyz, May 11, 2013
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught. Pours a very hazy dark brown, no head.

Nose is vanilla, very oaky, bit nutty, some brown sugar.

Taste is again big on the wood, with a dark, butty, slightly bready malt body, some brown sugar, a nice vinous note from the wood aging, and a hefty vanilla and oak note on the finish. Nary a hint of booziness or alcohol.

Moderately light carbonation, medium bodied.

JohnQVegas, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bottled January 2008. Pours an almost opaque dark brown with ruby-red highlights and about an inch of light-tan head. Smells fruity (dates, citrus) with some chocolate, vanilla, wood... Tastes like chocolate, date, wood, some citrus, coffee, hints of bourbon (I think)... Wow. A plethora of different flavors all playing in harmony. Rich full mouthfeel with ample carbonation to keep it drinkable. Alcohol is present only in warming, but not in mouthfeel or flavor. Very drinkable, especially for a beer of its size (abv as well as flavor). Phenomenal. Definitely Allagash's best product, at least that I've tried thus far, and quite possibly the best beer I have ever tried.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/19/2009 (Bottled January 2008):

Pours a very dark brown colored body, with a big creamy tannish color head. Lasting. Fruity aroma, some dark fruit, and some lightish fruit too. Some fig, and some alcohol too. Some roasted notes, and maybe some chocolate. Very strong aroma, kind of funky. Roasty, woody taste. Some wood taste, probably the oak barrel. Some smoke too. This could age in taste very well. Very carbonated. Not sure I really like the taste. A little harsh now, maybe in a few months or years it would taste better.

jujubeast6000, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of russwbeck
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black pour with a big white head. Retention isn't great and not a lot of lacing.

S: Very malty. Caramel, oak, and a bit of booziness noted. Perhaps some chocolate.

T: Matches the smell well. Lots of oak and caramel. Very heavy on the malts and boozy with a slightly roasted finish.

MF: Carbonated well and a little heavier body than I thought. Decently dry.

O: Considering this is 17 months old I'd say its pretty good. Oakiness isn't terribly invasive, but the taste isn't top notch.

russwbeck, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of bruachan
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not much chance for foam on this one; some ringlets. very dark, though not quite opaque. suggestions that it might be a reddish color

smokey aroma dominates all others. at first, when the beer was cold, not much else seemed to be going on. but that's smoke's MO in MO. some fruity belgian character shines through, as does a beautiful wild yeast element. these mount as the brew warms. dates

mos def some smoke flavor to start, but more dark fruit and nuty characteristics show up than in the aroma. more nice wildness. soft bready notes, and more yeast contribution here than in the aroma

the mouthfeel is great. i guess

bruachan, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of kell50
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

kell50, May 22, 2013
Photo of Seanibus
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky brown with a vast off tan head. The aroma is fruity, apple, pineapple, with a phenolic edge as it warms. Flavor is dark and grainy, wheat and oats, with spiced pear, apricot, roasted apple. The cereal character is huge. The finish is mellow and smooth. Good but strange.

Seanibus, May 16, 2010
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.