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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 406
Hads: 1,150
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 307
Gots: 246 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% 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 Boilermaker88
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally popped the top on this caged and corked bottle I picked up while in Boston. Cost: $14.99. Poured into my Grottenbier chalice.
Odyssey had an impenetrable chestnut color with cinnamon highlights. Barely visible was a lot of fine carbonation rushing upward out of view to the bottom of a densely packed light beige head. Nice sheet lace was the end result.
The nose was quite complex with waves of caramel, vanilla, oak-laden woodiness, brown sugar, raisin, and bourbon (lots of bourbon) wafting out of the glass.
Odyssey turned out to be a sipper as the high alc. content made an immediate impact. The sweetness of caramel and vanilla, raisins and plums, made for a resoundingly sugary start. The oak flavor came out mid-palate but didn't last too long before the rather heavy-handed whiskey taste kicked in and dominated the finish. The feel was full, creamy and coated the tongue.
Overall, while this offering from Allagash is decent, the whiskey taste was a deal-breaker for me. I'm not a big fan of beers that carry a bourbon or whiskey flavor in them and this one does. As such, I know of other offerings in the style that appeal to me more. (1,157 characters)

Photo of egajdzis
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cherry amber color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, cherries, toasted oak, caramel and alcohol. Taste of vanilla, caramel, earthy yeast, toasted oak, tart cherries and alcohol. This was very nice. (261 characters)

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

Pours from the 750ml bottle a dark brown with a thick tan head.

Smell is awesome, alcohol spice, oak, bourbon, and slightly sweet caramel malt.

Taste takes you on quite a ride. Dark coffee, ripe fruit, and more of the great bourbon and oak flavours introduced in the nose. A medium body is mouthcoating with rich flavours. This has an amazing complexity, and the barrel aging definitely imparts a nice profile. Finishes sweet with long warming alcohol, like a fine port.

Even though there is a lot of strength to this, it goes down amazing. It was the perfect beer to relax with after a long day. (605 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Busted out a bottle at UJ's in Glenside, pours a ruddy dark brown pour with a standard khaki head cap.

Scents and flavors meet. Muted oak barrel and whiskey that the guy next to me argued about. Some sure bourbon oak barrel but not as bright as Curieux. A solid belgian that contains a barrel oak wood note.

Aftertaste is a slight linger of oak and wood. Worth trying, but I'd say not worth going crazy for.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (446 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed 1 1/2" of frothy tan head over the garnet-hued brew. Head lasts well due to plentiful bubbling, and lacing is almost a complete coating of heavy foam. Aroma is vanilla, oak notes, and alcohol. Taste is as the nose indicated, but with the strong flavors all melding amazingly well, and none overpowering. Mouthfeel and drinkability, for the style, are incredible, able to go down smoothly and even quickly. Worth the green to give it a try yourself. (553 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice a clear deep amber brown with an off-white head which rose nicely and fell rapidly but laced the glass.

The aroma was strong fruits, dark fruits with grapes and plums. The aroma was reminscent of port wine, tawny port to be exact, sweet and nice. As the beer warmed the aroma released more an more oak character and a slight vanilla presence from the oak. The aroma was toasty and nutty as well.

The flavor was nicely accomplished with a strong sherry and port wine flavor components. The flavor was nutty and toasty with a nice oak presence and a nice alcoholic complexity with a slight spice flavor. Alcohol added to the complexity and never detracted from the flavor as the beer warmed.

The finish was dry with lasting oak and toasty flavors coupled with lasting strong port wine character that was very well accomplished into the aftertaste. The body was between medium and medium full and very well done. A very nice beer with interesting characteristics and oak complexity. The alcohol was strongly present in the flavor and in the warming after consumption, but only detracted from the drinkability and not the flavor or complexity.

750 ml bottle, corked and bailed. $14 at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Bottling February 2005. Bottle says 10.4% Alcohol by Vol. (1,322 characters)

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

Almost got caught between Scylla and the Chabrides with this one on 6/28/2005. 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bomber poured twice in an Allagash glass.

1/8-inch of smart foam at start that falls to a sheen and has some reticent stick. Nice brown hue with a touch of claret swimming about at the outer edges; can barely see through it and no discernible action. Very raisiny on nose, with lots of earthy woodiness, touches of red wine and bourbon, sweet blackstrap molasses, and chewy malt. Hugely vinous on the mouth with some chocolate taffy sugariness, oak mustiness, and some low throttle middle of the pike alcohol heat.

This is wonderful, pure bliss, and quite settling on the nerves. (699 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me.

It pours a bad-ass deep dark brown color with a 2 finger head that falls to a chunky coating over top. Very good looking beer. The nose is rather winey. I get rum-soaked raisin, light vanilla, puffs of alcohol, and spiceyness. Wow. Lots going on, but not over the top. The flavor is pretty darn nice. Ny initial taste gave me the impression that it was going to be boring. Just a spicey alcohol-enhanced raisiney fig flavor, but I gave it a minute to show me the full potential. The finish is not as sudden as other brews. It took a good 10 seconds to hit, but the woody, slight vanilla, but mostly just a wood flavor, comes through and lingers. I like it. The feel is a solid moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. I do get alcohol in the flavor and in the nose, but its not offensive. It enhances the experience. For this size and the complexity of nose and flavor, the drinkability is very good. I like it a lot better than the Curieux. (994 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a very dark brown color with ta tall head that falls slowly and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very odd - reminds me of sherry, oak, fruit, and a little alcohol. Nice. The flavor has a lot going on. Lots of dark fruityness. Small hints of alcohol and vanilla. Lots of oak character at the end. The alcohol isn't very prominent in the flavor, but it is very warming. Also some fruity sweetness on the finish. The mouthfeel is on the heavy end of medium. Drinkability is really good for the alcohol levels. Very nice beer. Let it warm and it's even better. (623 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one heck of a beer. Not black as night, like a good stout. But dark and black. And no other colors seem to be peaking out. Nice head. Good lacing on my drink. As I poured more later, lacing wasn't so good.

Smell: very complex and pleasant. A lot of bourbon in there. I want to say figs and other darkish fruits in it, but it is hard for me to identify like smells. Very complex.

Taste: bourbon and some belgian esters. You can also tell, besides with your eyeballs, that this is a dark beer. Bourbon tastes become progressively more integrated into the beer as it warms.

Mouthfeel: good at first but becomes smoother as the temp increases.

Drinkable? Yes. Very good for the high alcohol %.

I hope they keep this one around for awhile. Excellent and highly recommended, esp. for bourbon lovers. Bourbon dominates but doesn't overwhelm. (857 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am sampling this bottle at room temp in a tulip/snifter.

The cork comes off with a loud pop and releases a small cloud.
The beer pours a dark crimson with a fluffy beige head foaming up 4 cm easy even with a gentle pour. Several lines of carbonation rise from the bottom of the glass to the surface. The head recedes ever so slowly leaving a large crater in the center of the head.
The aroma is sweet and spicy with some bourbon hints, mixing with some sweet brown sugar and a bit of dry wood/sawdust scent.
Even a little smokiness comes out with some deeper sniffs.

First sip reveals a very fine rolling carbonation that feels like a uniform covering on my palate as I sip the brew and swish it in my mouth. The body is a little liter than expected, but definitely not watery. Smooth and easy to drink for sure.

Flavor is very nice! Flavor starts with some bourbony, brown sugar, and vanilla sweetness. Quite well intertwined IMO.
The bourbon takes over in the middle and follows through the swallow. The swallow also reveals the well hidden alcohol in this brew. A nice warming rolls down my throat with each swallow.

This is the second time I have opened a bottle of this brew and I definitely enjoy it just as much this time. If you can get one, there is no doubt that you should buy it. Well worth your $$!! (1,330 characters)

Photo of zen
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

after having heard from a couple of people that this was just an awesome beer i just had to have it. i work in a supermarket and i work the beer section i just had to get this. after calling my beer guy i got 2 cases in. after having this i now have a favorite beer. the flavor was just amazing and has the smell of vanilla. i bought a second bottle just to age and cant wait until that is ready to taste (404 characters)

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

Thanks to Mikeys01 of the bottle.
Pour a hazy, chocolate and mahogany with a bright white head that leaves line of lace on the goblet.
Aroma has some nuttiness and rich vanilla and oak flavor with some chocolate and dark cirtrus note subtlely in the background.

Flavors of chocolate covered spice with a barbeques molasses note. Very spicy and dry and alcoholic pop is just evident above the flavors.
Mouthfeel is alive and ubbly but still pretty light. Fairly sweet notes dominates with just a touch of sourness and some smoke and charcoal notes.
Drinkability is very solid but the oak imparts abit too much and really overshadows everything, especailly as the beer warms. A bit to over the top but still a nice beer and obviously impeccably brewed. (757 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding beer. Given to me by Joe Carroll of Spuyten Duyvil.

Aroma was very complex, but for me, it's all about the vanilla. I love the vanilla from the oak!

This beer was balanced and drinkable, and it was only a few months old. I am looking forward to what it may be like after extended cellaring.

By far the best beer I've had from Allagash. Superb! (366 characters)

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

A nice dark red pour, little head that does not hold, this looks good. Oak dominates the smell, as might be expected, coupled with raisin and grape. Port wine is the first comparison in the smell, rather than Ale. It smells complex, with a hint of alcohol. The port comparision continues in the taste. Some vanilla to smooth it, it does not taste as strong as it is. The raisin in the nose is also in the mouth. little carbonation (just sufficient) keeps this from being thick, and the raisin lingers in the aftertaste, but not in an unpleasant way. This Ale would go extremely well with a nice steak, and another one for the cigar afterward. It can certainly stand up to these very strong accompanyments, and will not be dominated.

I like this, and I don't always like my beer this strong. (794 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Suited for adventure: husky brown, crimson highlights, cocoa head, a classic countenance, sets the mind in anticipation and the imagination loose.
whiskey screams from the nose, escaped from the bottle and ready to let fly with it's fury...rich malt and alcohol at the helm, steering us into the situation...prune, oak, raisin, plum are at guard on the side. what first stung now seems mellow, even sweet. Glorious.
Bold entrance on the palate, the rich, roasty, lush and fruity flavor floods the gates, and breaks down the door. Bourbon-y feel dominates the mouthfeel.
Other associations beckon forth...dark rum, molasses, slick, yet leathery...berries and grapes, the darker kind, come to match the onslaught of the whiskey.
Medium bodied,yet full with flavor, an relenting river of taste washes up and out with every swallow.
Finish is rather dry, just a touch sweet. Like any good drama.
The rush has been resolved, the quarrel abated, and the goals have been met: satisfaction sits in the glass, and a happy smile on the face of the drinker. We've gone to a wonderful place, throught the vessel that is this bottle, and it's noble contents, and come back better, stronger, wiser, even.
Can beer do that?
It already did.
May the force be with you. (1,265 characters)

Photo of necoadam
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

455 cases bottled. One case carried 6 bottles from what I learned. So not many of these beers are floating around.

Poured out a dark dirt brown with a foamy white head. Left a few strings of lace around the glass after I was done. Smell consisted of dark fruits mostly, along with some vanilla, honey, and a touch of earth and wood way back in the background. No big spices came through which surprised me a little bit. Taste was good. Started out with an assualt of vanilla and honey on the palate, which then mixed with some fruit, and a few hints of spices shine through which made it balance nicely. Mouthfeel was medium with a good creamy texture. This beer is quite dangerous in the drinkability department. Savor this beer, you won't be sorry. (754 characters)

Photo of markman
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Allagash Odyssey (750 mL, bottled February 2005):

Beautiful beer…textbook ivory head on top of an ebony sea of 100% pure anticipation. Aroma is big and yeasty…big promises of oak, vanilla, and alcohol, and taste follows suit: big, yeasty, and oaky, and there is no missing the 10.4% ABV as it warms the belly. A lot of stuff going on here…not for the meek seeking out his/her first “Belgian”. Sharp in it’s nutty smokiness, and continues to be relentless in it’s onslaught of flavors: vanilla, slightly burnt nuts, dark chocolate, and did I say oak? The fizz could be toned down a notch or two, and though the flavors are amazing, at this young age they tend to compete rather than compliment…I’m thinking a little sleep may better integrate this stuff into a singularly beautiful whole. As it sits halfway through the first pour, I’m now picking up a bourbon-like essence just hanging in my palate. And don’t get me wrong, I’m not gonna let that take away too much of the fun I’m having here. Quite a brew indeed, but I’m gonna let it’s twin sleep a while…I may even have to pick up a few more so I can check in on progress every now and then. This beer says, louder than any other I’ve experienced, “you ain’t seen nothing yet…”


…and the wind, it cries Mary
*James Marshall Hendrix, 1967.

Allagash, still the #3 “Belgian” brewery in North America...

Cheers… (1,410 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown, 750 ml bottle, corked & caged. Bottled in February 2005.

Dark & mysterious with ruby coloured highlights. Thin cap of rich beige coloured foam. Fast moving lines of fine carbonation.

Vanilla & nuts fill the nose, along with a very in your face charred oak aroma.

Just a touch of sweetness up front. Lovely flavours of vanilla, smokeyness, oak, dark fruit, & nuts. Dry & rustic. Medium-full bodied, robust, but soft carbonation. I imagine this will become quite interesting after a few years in the cellar. (521 characters)

Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark with flimsy white head (I pour slowly so I wont hold the flimsy head against it).

Smells of light alcohol with a wonderfully sweet, read molassas, allspice sent.

Light vanilla, oak wonder full malt and again I get allspice. The sweetness complements the alcohol very nicely. So wonderful.

To figure out it was allspice I had to run to my spice rack and do a blind smell sample a few. Some of the spices I tried included clove, coriander seed and nutmeg. Of those allspice seems to be the key; maybe a hint of nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: thick creamy with champagne bubbles.

Unlike the Curieux this is very drinkable. Alcohol is near perfectly balanced with tastes.

I would definably put this up against any wine any day. Simply adorable. (758 characters)

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

Allagash Odyssey pours a deep dark red-brown with a voluminous white head that sticks around for a good long while. Nose is full of spice, coriander, clove and a bit of sour fruit. Taste is incredibly smooth, with some caramel, banana, clove, very dry in the middle, and an oaky California-chardonnay-like finish. The oakiness isn't over-the-top, however, and it melds better with the beer than it does with most of the aforementioned wines. Highly carbonated, fairly light body for a beer of this gravity. Quite drinkable, with a smooth warm alcohol feel at the back of the tongue.

An excellent beer from an excellent brewery. (631 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown to black with mild ruby highlights. It was topped by a uniform cream colored head. Decent carbonation delivers a mild stream of champagne bubbles to the top of the glass. Very neutral aroma. There is vanilla, a little date from the malt, a hint of earth/soil, and a touch of bourbon. The taste is much richer. There is a sweetness of dates and figs up front followed quickly by vanilla, and a bourbon character. The hops show in the middle of the flavor with some orange/citrus. A mild alcohol warming, slick but rich mouth feel lend to a good drinakbility. I think this may be my favorite offering from Allagash. (629 characters)

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

The cork pops off with pretty good force. The carbonation shows in the pour really nicely. It is almost an opaque dark, dark brown. In the light there are rich ruby highlights. A 4" head forms which has a pleasant yeasty aroma. The smell is also malty and oaky, and reminds me of toasted coconuts. There is alcohol in the nose if you really go after it, but it really isn't fuming with it [keywords: good balance]. The taste is like ripe plums, skin and all.. it starts out with a full on sweetness and finishes with a dry, tart astringence. Although this is a drinkable brew, I think you could easily split a 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle between two (or more) people, especially with dinner. And speaking of which, this brew does in fact go well with BBQ. I went for some jumbo chicken wings and a glass of Odyssey.. aaahh, sweet! (826 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (970 characters)

Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.