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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash OdysseyAllagash Odyssey

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

808 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


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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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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emerge077

Illinois

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

Oct. 2006 bottling.

This bottle has been waiting for a few months to be opened...

Cork gives a good "phwup" and a half-inch of foam begins to swell in the neck of the bottle. Pours a deep raw umber shade of brown, with lighter garnet highlights in the light. A small one finger cap of foam rises and falls, leaving a ring around the oversized tulip glass.

Aroma is strong at first, and winds down as it sits for a little bit. Chocolate, dried cherry, vanilla bean, & twinge of alcohol after a vigorous swirl. Dried out bourbon barrel, and a slight nutty quality as well.

Rich taste of chocolate, underlying bourbon, roasted almond, and a mild bitterness along the sides of the tongue. Oak appears in the aftertaste, but isn't a main factor in the overall taste. Very balanced and delicious.

Medium bodied, not too heavy or boozy, although the alcohol is felt. A+ for this barrel-aged offering from Allagash...

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 01:36:08 | More by emerge077
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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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blakesell

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into tasting glass.

Appearance- Black and thick like a stout, Large frothy head with a tinge of red in it and excellent lacing.

Smell- Figs! Nooo! Anything but figs! Honey, oak, cedar, chocolate, prunes, dark fruits, a hint of cherry.

Taste- Cherry comes out more in the flavour than the smell. Carmel notes with a funky barnyard feel to it. Oak in the background. Chocolate comes in hiding from the back. No real hops to speak of but plenty of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy, not too much stickiness on the mouth. It does linger but not too cloying.

Drinkability- Deciptively drinkable, I could finish up this bottle in a hurry and then find out that it's 10%abv afterward. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 20:04:40 | More by blakesell
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fartingdog

California

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

Pours dark,dark brown with a little head that receeds quickly. Smells faintly of oak, vanilla. Rich. Tastes nicely of oak and dried fruit (raisin or plum), and a nice earthiness. Slightly smokey. Full bodied on the tongue with a pleasant alcohol warming at the finish.

This is a damn fine beer! Very well done and extremely enjoyable. The best of the BA series by a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 03:24:18 | More by fartingdog
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled October 2006

Pours a deep burgundy with substantial tan head that dissipates slowly.

Dark fruity malt and sweet molasses to the nose.

Taste is spectacular. A bit of the alcohol comes through among a balanced and complex burst of flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated.

Great drinkability, this is one to savor and analyze. One of the most enjoyable brews of this style I've tried recently.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 03:31:28 | More by techdiver
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Really thick tan head on a black body but when held to light it is really clear deep ruby.
S- Bourbon, wood, vanilla, sweet big malt body, toffee, grass hops, big earthy tones, alcohol comes through and stings the nose a bit, and hints of some dark fruits like plum and raisins. Really complex aroma!
T- Very well balance and complex flavors. The bourbon barrel comes through nice a big but not over whelming. Pretty much follows the aroma in the flavor but everything seems very well balance. Pretty decent size bitterness along with some hints of spice like black pepper. The vanilla almost has its own show as it comes through very nice and even stays in for the after taste. raisins also come through nice and big too.
M- Medium body with light bubbly carbonation.
D- I really like this. Seems like everything is perfectly placed. Great brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 02:57:41 | More by BlindPig
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a deep black with a decent head that slowly diminished. The aroma was a unique blend of dried fruits and oak. The taste was similar with the flavors playing off each other very nicely. The beer was medium bodied and the alcohol was well hidden for a 10% brew. This is a truly unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 08:09:59 | More by atsprings
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AlexJ

North Carolina

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 00:03:57 | More by AlexJ
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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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kkipple

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared this on a warm spring evening not too long ago with my fellow BA member, Faustgeist. Poured into two big goblets with an inch left in the bottle.

At first blush, this beer is unassuming. It's a deep woodsy brown with a 3cm spotty, off-white head that lingers a bit. Nothing unusual or memorable.

The smell is weak at first, but as the beer warms it opens up and eventually is quite impressive -- both my friend and I thought we smelled oats, along with a bold toasty oak aroma and a single clean alcohol note. Mild molasses and / or brown sugar, medium roasted malt, the ever vague "dark fruit", and a mild roast character also come through. The nose is strangely cool and not hot or overbearing at all, which is odd given both the style and the claimed 10% abv.

A taste reveals a subtle, complex beer. Odyssey is slick, roasty, and has a certain green apple tartness to it along with some figs and roasted grain, but is held together by a very evident oak flavor that should jump out at anyone familiar with wine. The malts are toasted and a bit nutty, ultimately rather sweet, and along with the oak are the backbone of this beer. Hop presence is minimal.

The mouthfeel is smooth, cool, and eventually dry. It's wonderfully low carbonation means it goes down more like a dessert wine than a beer. Oh yes, this is good.

Allagash Odyssey is a toasty, oak flavored sweet beer, and both very well balanced and surprisingly drinkable. It's not a bit harsh or overly oaked, as some barrel-aged beers are wont to be. A pleasant surprise and a refreshing change of pace from in your face, big beers. Give this to your wine-snob uncle who claims beer is beneath him. Highly recommended, but to buy it too often would spoil the fun.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 22:02:04 | More by kkipple
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber with trep...poured into a tulip glass.

Appears an opaque, deep plum color with a tan head that disappears quickly. Smells like a good Merlot wine, with notes of plum, grapes, sour alcohol notes, plus bread & a little chocolate.

Tastes of licorice plus grapes and cinnamon spice. Very tasty with a complimentary mouthfeel. Alcohol note present as it warms. Feels smooth and tarty with a subtle carbonation that doesn't overpower the palate & complements the flavor. Definately one I'll be having again, despite the steep price. It's worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 16:21:21 | More by wagenvolks
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BillyB

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Apearance- Dark mahogony brown with a nice one fingered off white head. Nice belgian lace on the glass ( a St. Bernardus Chalice).

Aroma's of dark fruit, raisins, plums, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, chocolate.

Taste is oakey, vanilla, dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel.

Mouthfeel is smoth , creamy, nice alcohol warmth.

At 10% alcohol this beer is so smooth and easy drinking that I'd like to replace my morning coffee with it.

What a brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 22:49:53 | More by BillyB
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blackie

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

October 2006 bottling

appearance: The pour into my stubby wine glass gives a 1/2" khaki head that slowly recedes to leave a nice layer on the surface. No lacing. The beer is a deep ebony wood color.

smell: The nose is a blend of malt and oak flavors in near perfect harmony. The malts, wheaty and toasty, accompany notes of toasted oak. A swirl of the glass brings forth mild pipe tobacco. Papery, fresh Belgian hop aromas and some notes of cranberry with just the right ethanol presence. Notes of scotch. The wheat malt is a great base for this varied range of character, allowing each to come out uninterrupted.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the light end of the high side and smooth. The medium to high-medium weight of the body comes across very well, and almost seems lighter than it really is.

taste: Not really sure where to begin here. A ton of flavor, but very well blended to the point of a perceived subtlety. The wheat malt is probably the cause of this. Cherry and sweet cranberry in the background. The medium-toasted oak flavors spread across the palate, really coming through just before the finish. Finishes with toasted malts revealing themselves over a moderate bitterness and hop flavor. After a few toggles between 4.0 and 4.5 I finally settled on the latter.

drinkability: Wonderfully drinkable for the style and ABV... 1/3 of the bottle has left me thoroughly warmed.

Yet another winner from Allagash. It's actually not quite as complex as I usually like a BSDA to be...but taking into account the uncommon use of a wheat base for the style gives it a few more points in my book.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 03:11:01 | More by blackie
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark but quite clear, with surprisingly light amber highlights and a surprisingly tenacious tannish head. Rich aroma of caramel, vanilla spice, some smoky meat notes and light coffee-and-cream. On the palate, rich and perfectly balanced flavors mix with excellent carbonation and smooth barrel-derived tannins. Very creamy in mouthfeel and flavor, along with some slightly sweet nutty, coffee and cream notes and slight twang of acidity. Some alcoholic hotness, but it serves mainly to activate the other flavors and lengthen the finish rather than distracting you. Overall, this is a great beer, and one of the better barrel-aged Belgians I've had. The oak barrel notes aren't too sweet, too forward, or too cloying; instead they just add some great nutty and vanilla-y notes to an already tasty Belgian brew. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 04:54:44 | More by geexploitation
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sacfly

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml, Bottling: October 2006
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a large head of tan/brown bubbles. Vanilla and oak in the nose. Taste is roasty with hints of bourbon, tobacco, wood, and a hint of plums. Rather thin mouthfeel. Moderately dry aftertaste. The bourbon comes out more at the end. Enjoyable and different, but not something I would choose often. I think this could use some aging.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 14:25:44 | More by sacfly
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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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srrn

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I did not know what to expect as this is my first oak aged beer. Immediately after popping the cork I was thinking this smells like sherry. Lots of vanilla in the nose too. It poured a deep brown almost cola color. Taste was sherry like with some hints of vanilla and a nice bitterness in a very long finish. This is not a brew to quaff after mowing the lawn, it's perfect for late night sipping before bed. I'd imagine it'd be great after a meal.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 14:56:23 | More by srrn
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phisig137

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled October 06. Pours a deep brown mahogany color, with brilliant ruby highlights. Deep rich cherry wood color. One finger head has great retention, and slowly falls into a smooth blanket of foam, with a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is very inviting and warming, like a holiday house party. Slight aromas of spicy yeast phenols, caramel malts, and warm waves of soft vanilla. A fairly volatile alcohol in the nose lends a bit of bourbon notes to this as well.

Flavor is fantastic. Nicely malty up front, and only slightly sweet. Vanilla from the oak plays a prominent role in the flavor, and melds well with the malt and yeasty flavors. This does have a fairly strong bourbon type flavor, mostly due to the vanilla, but not nearly as in your face as the Curiuex. Well balanced, but the alcohol is a bit hot on the finish... also leading to the spirit like sensation of bourbon. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and full. Drinkability is pretty good.

I've come to conclude that the Allagash barrel series are all fantastic. I can't wait to have this after a couple years in the cellar, once the alcohol dies down a bit. Truly a fantastic beer, and well worth the $14. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 00:09:50 | More by phisig137
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown body, steady streams of carbonation. Head is ok, fast fading, creamy looking.

Smell: Vinous and yeasty, oakey, yes (you can smell it across the room). Earthy, you can smell the alcohol. Nice, very interesting.

Taste: The oak gives it the initial impression of wine. The yeast and malt are strong yet smooth, the backend of the flavor is fortified by the alcohol (and hops, plenty of hops).

Drinkability: A very interesting oaked beer, enjoyable, rich and unique.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 02:59:46 | More by TastyTaste
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark raspberry tea with a great deal of carbonation leading up to a gorgeous cap of golden ecru froth that filled more than half the glass on the pour. Backlighting brings out wonderful ruby highlights that make a fantastic looking beer look even better. Now this is how a BSDA should look.

The aroma is impressive. It was merely good initially, but with warming has acquired a power and a complexity that mirrors the flavor profile. With a wee bit more vividness and more definition, it could easily compete with the best Belgians. Hell, it just might do so now. I smell figs, tobacco and ground clove above all else.

Odyssey is amazingly delicious beer! Rarely, if ever, has my mouth been so awash in so many flavors that change from the beginning of each mouthful to the end. I've only had a few samples so far, but this might be the best BSDA that I've ever had. I bow before the brilliance of Allagash.

I'm not even sure where to begin in attempting to describe what I'm tasting. First off, this beer eschews power for nuance. That isn't to say that it isn't absolutely bursting with flavor, just that it's so refined and so angelic in the mouth that one doesn't feel as if they're being bullied the way that some big beers tend to do.

Sweetened fig puree, sticky dates, raisins, the finest oak-aged single batch bourbon, light molasses, dark toffee, plum jam, pipe tobacco, cloves... and on and on and on. Even though there's a considerable amount of sweetness, it doesn't come close to sticky or cloying. Like just about everything else about this beer, the sweet-bitter-sour balance is sheer perfection.

I originally felt that the mouthfeel was a tad too light to be deserving of the ultimate score. No longer. I can't imagine a more heavenly mouthfeel than the one greeting me with each and every sip... now that I'm well into the middle of the bottle. It's such a perfect (there's that word again) combination of suppleness, silkiness, light chewiness and buoyant carbonation that no other score is possible.

Allagash proved long ago that they're one of my favorite breweries in all the world. No other American brewer so reliably recreates the classically Belgian styles, and oftentimes meets and surpasses the best that that country has to offer. Simply put, Odyssey is an outstanding BSDA and is one of the best beers of any style that I've ever had the pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 21:57:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
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cbl2

New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4/12/2005 $12.99 750 mL 10.40% Bottled February 2005; 1 of 5460 bottles.

Appearance:

Resembles Coca-cola, as it is poured, with a dark, almost opaque black/brown body topped by about a half inch of tight white bubbles that are slow to settle.

Aroma:

Extremely complex aroma that yields ripe plums/figs, vanilla, subtle hints of chocolate and smoke. Definitely intriguing.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Oak is definitely present in this one, with flavor characteristics reminiscent of a dry chardonnay. Plenty of vanilla accompanied by a mouth warming alcohol presence are the first flavor sensations. A semi-sweet chocolate presence creeps in towards the end of the sip as well, but this one is mainly vanilla due to the oaking. Interesting, though not spectacular, I'd like to see how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 16:45:58 | More by cbl2
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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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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled february '05

deep dark cola brown with with a thin tan head that leaves a little lacing.
it has a big simultaneously whiskey-like and vinous aroma. it's got bits and pieces of rasins, vanilla, chocolate, rootbeer, black licorice (actually a little jäger like). a little beat of wheat here and there. with warmth fruitcake aromas come out.
the smell is a good approximation of what it tastes like with a lot of whiskey character, vanilla, wood, and somewhat vinous in the effect of the alcohol. dark ripe fruit especially juicy grape lies underneath the whiskey mingling with the alcohol.
lighter full body with substantial not sharp, but effervescent carbonation.
good drinkability in the context of what it is: a sipper. overall a very impressive unique beer that a little bit of age helped to round out.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 23:23:21 | More by kmo1030
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured with a light, deep-brown head. The beer itself was a deep brown color and the nose gave off an unmistakable smell of bouron whiskey as imparted by its aging in used barrels. The mouthfeel is thin, light, and unobtrusive, whch was somewhat surprising. Both the taste on the tongue and the finish are awash with a bourbon-sweetness, sort of like coconut. I'd like to have Lew Bryson weigh in with his thoughts on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 21:43:53 | More by woodychandler
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
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