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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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936 Ratings

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 241
Gots: 190 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

mctizzz, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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ericmakara, Jul 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

aetnde, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Btip1969, Jul 12, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with hints of ruby, decent light tan head and some lacing

S-dark fruit, roasted malt, belgian sugar, spices, little oak and vanilla

T-roasted malt, light molasses, oak , little vanilla, raisins, plums, hint of chocolate

F-medium body with medium carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nice sipping beer, good for dessert

MDDMD, Jul 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

stevehagy, Jul 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

DTown, Jul 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

McBraniel, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

JohnParadee, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color, almost into stout territory. The head is a finger high, with a mocha shade. It's superbly creamy-looking, and has excellent retention. A creamy ring of lacing sticks to the glass. Very aesthetically pleasing.

S: Very much like a Belgian stout, in a manner of speaking. I'm getting goodly amounts of chocolate, brown sugar, toast, and smoke. Subtle hints of dark fruits lie beneath those primary notes. I'm also getting the oak barrel in a subtle expression - very soft hints of toasted coconut and vanilla can be found. I was disappointed at the lack of Belgian presence at first, but it develops a nice tone of biscuit after a while. It hits all of the right notes quite well.

T: A nice initial flavor of chocolate and brown sugar open it up. Then it transitions into coffee, and it finishes off with some Belgian yeast characteristics - biscuit, black pepper, and white grapes. Oak is gentle throughout. I think it could stand to be brighter: all of the sweet chocolate and brown sugar notes are very rich, almost to a fault. Having said that, this drinks like pure luxury.

M: Holy fork, this is one creamy-feeling beer. Easily, this is the most velvety soft Belgian-style beer I've ever had. The extremely fine carbonation is part of the reason why. Creamy, rich...and despite the dry finish, not spectacularly drinkable. The alcohol is hidden superbly, however.

O: Everything apart from the taste is excellent, and even the latter is still pretty good. Maybe it's just personal tastes - this is superbly crafted, but not to my BSDA preferences. This is an excellent dessert beer, however (definitely worth snagging another to age a year or two).

ThisWangsChung, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Roguer, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

ddedhed, Jun 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

GoGators, Jun 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

On tap and bottled 2014 vintage.

First time was paired with dessert and the flavors played so well - it was like the best cup of after dinner coffee. SInce discovered this beer pairs well with many things including pizza...

Dark and opaque on the pour. A very white tight head results that lasts and lasts. Beautiful looking beer.

Aroma - some slight metallic twang in the aroma, not offensive. Slight hit from the alcohol. Roasty and toasty, brown sugar, figs/dates, and I swear there are coffee notes. Woody and bourbony, slight whiff of vanilla.

Taste - alcohol well-hidden. Roasted flavors - coffee/toffee, caramel, brown sugar sweetness. Then the big boys come out to play - dark fruits in the date/fig category, almost a raspberry or dark sweet cherry flavor reminding me again of coffee. Very subdued vanilla/bourbon flavor, finishes clean with a little woody flavor lingering at the end. The taste morphs with temperature and with different foods - to me it is not quite the same on every sip or every time i have had it, which I find adds to my enjoyment of the beer.

Mouthfeel - a little tingle from the carbonation and alcohol. Minimal bitterness. Not heavy at all - medium bodied and creamy smooth. Dry and clean on the finish, welcoming the next sip.

Overall this is a superb beer. The flavors just keeps on going in a harmonious manner. Smooth and WAY to easy drinkingr at 10%... Added bonus is my wife enjoys it as much as I do, so we have been seeking out bottles. Just an overall enjoyable drinking experience. Job well done.

LeRose, Jun 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

alwaysplayin, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

MNBeerGeek, Jun 14, 2014
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 936 ratings.