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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

894 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 230
Gots: 176 | 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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apasternak

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev 0%

05-11-2014 15:31:46 | More by apasternak
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 02:18:38 | More by bruachan
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Seanibus

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 14:27:06 | More by Seanibus
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade some time ago. From the 2009 bottling, review is from notes taken on 8/12/2012 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass (blasphemy, I know...)

Appearance: Pour is a deep, dark coffee brown with some lighter mahogany near the sides; starts with a short one finger tan head that fades quickly to a thin, but full and pretty even cap; a few strands of lacing are left behind; body is quite dark and it's difficult to see in to far, can't get a read on the carbonation.

Smell: It does indeed smell like a Belgian - plenty of dark, and very ripe fruit as well some spiciness (could it be cloves?); bit of a dark, bready yeastiness to it as well; smell is decently strong -- very favorable; perhaps some Candi on the tail end with a touch of sweet booziness as well.

Taste: Really just like the nose -- plenty of those dark and very ripe fruits -- no sense of tartness to them at all; bit of the Candi blends in there as well, but I have to say that it's really blended well, it doesn't even try to take over the fruitiness but lends a little sumpin' sumpin' to it; spiciness is there, mild, though, and I do believe it is cloves that I'm tasting; I feel that there's a bit of something else, and it reminds me a bit of whole-leaf, sticky and sweet, tobacco; touch of alcohol, but again it blends quite well for something over 10%.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight; carbonation is present, but it's very soft and creamy -- really quite smooth; a thick and sticky coating is left all over the roof of the mouth; belly is left a touch warm from the alcohol.

Overall: This is really an excellent beer on all fronts; great scents, even better flavors, a body that's not going to weigh you down too much (a full bottle is going to be quite a bit, but hell, it's not like I come across this a lot), and the alcohol is big, and I'm a fan of that. Cheers to Allagash, on perhaps their best beer that I've come across yet.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 00:42:25 | More by bamadog
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PopnLoads

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-21-2013 01:04:41 | More by PopnLoads
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looks like koolaid or crystal light, very watery. Easy to backlight, produces a ruby-mahogany color. Not like other BSDAs or stouts. I didn't get the telltale Allagash head and lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits (fig, plum, grapes, dates), vanilla, molasses, tobacco, toffee. I kept expecting more from it as it warmed but it never really opened up.

Taste: Very heavy on the fresh oak and buttery wood, I wish these were previously used barrels instead of new ones - gives it a very American new oak element. As with the aroma, I kept expecting more as it warmed but this offering never delivered. Some dark fruits (raisins, plum, grapes, dates), vanilla, rum, molasses, tobacco, toffee.

Mouthfeel: A little to light, doesn't compare to the belgian offerings. Mine was also a tad flat. Nowhere near the body I wanted or expected.

Drinkability: Decent, nowhere near the top of the Allagash offerings though.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 19:44:54 | More by craytonic
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jjayjaye

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Poured gently into a wide mouth glass". An almost opaque dark brown color with red hues around the edges. A shallow wispy light tan head that fades fairly quickly with little lacing in its wake. The smell is primarily the bourbon aging/vanilla that all but masks a fig-like dark fruit and light roast malt aroma. Medium body with a heavy bourbon character and a nice light carbonation to the mouth. The bourbon aging contributes to a spicy finish that lingers significantly. I didn't realize that its a wheat ale. I imagine that contributes to the drier, verses fruitier character. I really had a good time with this one. A lot there to consider. Glad that i had the opportunity to sample it.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 23:03:56 | More by jjayjaye
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JohnParadee

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

06-29-2014 11:59:13 | More by JohnParadee
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HattedClassic

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2014 22:41:34 | More by HattedClassic
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Revision after sampling July 09 version 2 years out. Changed some scores but not text. Amazingly good beer! Not noticing the dryness I mentioned before. Wow, really good!

750 into goblet. Label says bottled in September 08, 10.3%

Mahogany with red highlights. Very minimal head recedes immediately, leaving thin ring around the edge. Very mildly hazy with moderate but consistent activity.

Oak and brandy hit first, vanilla, malty sweetness, dark fruit and some boozy esters and heat. Very complex and inviting.

Dark fruit and wood followed by malty sweetness, blending and dancing pleasantly on the palate, before a distinctly dry finish. The sharpness and profoundness of this dryness fades noticeably in successive pours, but is still prominent and the only flavor sensation that is out of balance. The booze in the nose not so noticeable in the taste. Overall, very complex and balanced, with the exception of the dryness, which is all that kept this from a higher score in this area.

Feels thinner than I expected for 10%+, with minimal fiz, with which I find no fault. Pleasant, rich coating with significant warming.

The only reasons to slow me down are the ^abv and the co$t. Otherwise, I could drink alot of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 18:33:03 | More by sprucetip
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-31-2013 23:17:56 | More by DelicateDelirium
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dwagner003

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-13-2014 06:52:42 | More by dwagner003
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

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

Thanks to kplynch for the trade!

Bottled October 2006.

Pours a deep deep ruby color with a white head that has just a touch of gray. Good and fluffy with good retention. Nose is of caramel dried fruit with some spice, and a bit of apple. Taste follows. Thick dark fruit, caramel, spice, licorice, some vanilla and molasses. Very sweet belgian candy sugar. A slight sour note on the finish. A bit thin in the mouthfeel department, slick in the throat. Drinkability is good, but this one is way too sweet to have more than one. Overall a great brew by allagash. I would like the mouthfeel and texture to be a little bit thicker, but they are quite good as they are. I am really impressed with their belgian style brews lately, IMO they are without a doubt one of the best belgian style breweries in the united states. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 00:36:26 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.6%

11-14-2011 13:42:31 | More by sideshowe
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark mahogony with a medium brownish head. Nice looking and much darker than I expected. The smell is pungent with dark fruit,vanilla,oak wood,and roasted malt. The taste is very flavorful with dark fruit, oak wood,vanilla,alcohol,and a carbonation bite thats refreshing. The m/f is medium with the complex flavors mixing very well. For a high alcohol beer this is smooth and very drinkable. Another great beer from one of the top brewers in New England.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 22:15:16 | More by jmz62565
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +17.6%

03-17-2013 13:10:00 | More by grahamboudreaux
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-20-2013 14:16:05 | More by BeerThursdays
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-26-2013 20:35:02 | More by SPRichard
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Zimm

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-07-2013 19:34:10 | More by Zimm
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Bendurgin

Maine

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

Andy pulled this one out to share with the gang tonight. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a very dark brown with creamy beige head. Sticky soapy lace.

Rich milk chocolate aromas with lots of oak in the aroma. A little bit of a char aroma with some fruity characters in the background. The pallet mirrors the aroma nicely. Rich chocolate with a little bit of a bitter powdered cocoa to the flavor. Lots of oak and a bit of vanilla. More of a prominent fruity profile is noticeable on the pallet.

Creamy and full body with really subtle carbonation. Overall a pretty rockin' brew. Pretty complex and a lot going on. Really enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:16:25 | More by Bendurgin
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jaymo18

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-17-2014 19:04:34 | More by jaymo18
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-22-2011 14:22:03 | More by touchmeimsac
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oso

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-18-2014 04:33:23 | More by oso
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kell50

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-22-2013 01:39:09 | More by kell50
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silentjay

Massachusetts

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

Feb 2011 bottled

a dark mahogany/brown to black color with a rich latte colored head that recedes to two-fingers in height but leaves artwork made up of lacing on the glass.

dark fruits start out in the aroma. figs, dates, raisins. with some cocoa powder, roasted grains, toasted wheat bread. molasses, toffee, clove-like spices. lots going on in the aroma.

roast comes first and it begins almost stout-like, then fruits come into play reminiscent of a belgian dubbel or quad. a bit spicy, then woody (somewhat oaky), then toasty, then dry with a slight sweetness after the swallow.

soft medium bodied brew with delicate carbonation that leaves a pleasant tingle throughout the entire mouth with very little alcohol heat that belies the 10.4% ABV as listed on the bottle.

overall, another wonderful, delicious and complex brew from Allagash. A unique blend of different styles and flavors that work very, very well together.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 03:15:45 | More by silentjay
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.