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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

979 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 253
Gots: 195 | FT: 19
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 MuddyFeet
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

MuddyFeet, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

tmoneyba, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Has this at Columbia Ale House and have it a 5. Wanted to have it again to give it a full review to see if it could hold on to the rating. Absolutely an awesome beer with very little to knock. I will certainly be willing to buy this again despite the cost.

JamieDuncan, Jan 19, 2014
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.

draheim, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of brother_kenneth
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

brother_kenneth, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of starrdogg
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

starrdogg, May 02, 2013
Photo of dunix
4.25/5  rDev 0%

dunix, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of cvstrickland
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

cvstrickland, Aug 31, 2008
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...

callmemickey, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of monitorpop
4.25/5  rDev 0%

monitorpop, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Mikecap
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Mikecap, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of mc4z
4.25/5  rDev 0%

mc4z, May 04, 2013
Photo of beer2day
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Oct 2006. Tasted July 2009. Spent 30 months in the back of the beer fridge. Geez, how did I let this one sit so long?

Pours very dark brown. Much darker than expected. One-finger tan head dissapears quickly. Faint lacing, but lots of active carbonation.

Nose is candy sugar sweet. Some roast malt, but mainly sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and lightly burnt sugar all there along with flambeed cherries. Very nice.

Very thick on the hit and in the finish. Robust. Slightly fizzy finish. There's something in the finish that reminds me of (gasp) bacon, but I don't mean that in a bad way at all. Fits right in, kind of like caramelized sugar.

Oak flavors roll in over the tongue, but do not dominate. Just adds depth of character. Very enjoyable.

Alcohol is there, but well hidden in the flavor profile. Of course, after nearly 3 years of aging it should.

Another fine offering from Allagash.

beer2day, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of ralerwen
4.25/5  rDev 0%

ralerwen, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of taez555
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2005

Poured a dark root beer colored body with a small tan/off-white head. A big choppy head dies rather quickly.

Nose was a mix of mild phenols, oak, leather, wood, bourbon, vanilla, dark malts and alcohol.

Medium bodied and very smooth. This is 10.4%? Damn! Flavors are mostly oak, dark malt, dark silky caramel, chocolate and smooth coffee. There’s a very black coffee type bitterness. A mild earthy hop. Really though, the big oak flavor really dominates and overshadows all other flavors in this beer.

What can I say about this beer? It was good, I’d drink it again, but for the price it’s not worth it at all. I paid nearly $14 for this beer, and I know price shouldn’t factor in, but for the price I could get a big oak aged beer just as good for half the price. Worth a try, but not worth the price.

taez555, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of kell50
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

kell50, May 22, 2013
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.

HattedClassic, May 28, 2014
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..

Tilley4, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of AlexJ
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
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 asabreed
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

HRamz3, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of PopnLoads
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

PopnLoads, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Zimm, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +4.2%
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
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.