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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

880 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 880
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 229
Gots: 174 | FT: 17
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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drabmuh

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #4 beer on the "Top Beers - Belgian Strong Dark Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a snifter.

Beer is dark brown, hazy, thin lazy head of tan bubbles, minimal lacing and carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, a little oaky / woody, some yeast. Malt.

Beer is lighter in body than expected, strong throughout though. The oakiness adds a sort of bitterness almost like a hop at the end of the palate, this beer is fine but not good enough for the cost in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 04:24:04 | More by drabmuh
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-01-2012 02:52:49 | More by jfcaa193
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

01-30-2012 12:57:49 | More by seeswo
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-29-2012 02:34:01 | More by Urbancaver
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-27-2012 00:20:05 | More by ZacharyJ
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-25-2012 17:21:48 | More by SpillyBeers
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-25-2012 01:47:09 | More by Auror
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jskennedy

Virginia

5/5  rDev +17.4%

01-22-2012 02:11:32 | More by jskennedy
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.4%

01-21-2012 23:42:14 | More by Massbmx
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RWNewhouse

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

01-20-2012 22:40:46 | More by RWNewhouse
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DSlim71

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

01-18-2012 16:38:36 | More by DSlim71
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated July 2009. Pours a ruby red/mahogany brown with a light brown head.

Aroma is sweet caramel and raisin with a faint alcohol heat.

Taste upfront is sweet brown sugar, caramel, raisins. Finish is sweet--raisin, apples, little wood and vanilla.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a good beer, but kind of one-dimensional. Raisin and brown sugar sweetness most prevalent. Barrel-aging could be emphasized more. Not a lot to describe. Wouldn't have again at the current price-point.

9/3/2011

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 05:34:53 | More by sidetracked
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mjmadsen21

Indiana

5/5  rDev +17.4%

01-14-2012 00:04:12 | More by mjmadsen21
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-13-2012 14:19:05 | More by uvm2003
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claspada

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2011.

Pours a very nice and deep dark hazy mahogany colored brown with a big full tan colored head. Great retention, slowly settling down into just a small layer of bubbles and foam.

Aromas begin with a good amount of dark fruits; not super pungent. A bit of caramel, cocoa and toffee in the background. As it warms I get more of the biscuity, sugar cookie sweet malts and a more complex dark fruits mixed with caramelized brown sugars and vanilla. Really not getting any oak, just oak induced aromas (vanilla and/or caramelized sugar sweetness).

The tastes begin with a large dose of brown maltiness. Then the dark fruits distinguish themselves a bit more alongside caramel, toffee, brown sugar and some yeasty spiciness. Definitely, not picking up oak here either but there is definitely a strong vanilla/sugar cookie presence which could be all that was intended. Figs and prunes are present throughout but never dominate; this pairs well with the cocoa and biscuity malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of average carbonation for the style. The finish is nice on the palate; fairly creamy overall for the style. Much less dry and less yeast forward as some of the style tend to be, which I am really enjoying here.

Overall this was an excellent brew and one of the best I have had from Allagash. Not a superb barrel aged beer, but a way above average Belgian Dark Strong for my tastes. It has the dark fruit flavors and the biscuity maltiness I enjoy in the style, but the yeastiness and dark fruits are complementary but never dominant (I have grown tired of boring standard Belgian yeast spiced beers).

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 01:20:34 | More by claspada
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-05-2012 23:17:22 | More by drummermattie02
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Faina

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-05-2012 03:47:32 | More by Faina
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TerrenceOBrien

New York

4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a very thin off-white head. Aroma and flavor both have heavy wafts of oak and vanilla. Some hints of toffee and the sweetness is palpable on the nose even before you taste. It had a nice medium body and mouth feel -- not too light or too heavy. Doesn't have a ton of bitterness, but just enough to remind you that you're drinking a beer and not Malta or a bourbon. I bought a bottle at the brewery over the summer of 2011, cracked it open for the holidays that year. Lets hope they still have some when I head back up this summer -- might be my favorite Allagash brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 18:55:06 | More by TerrenceOBrien
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growlerfills

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-26-2011 20:48:46 | More by growlerfills
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tradershmulie

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-23-2011 03:42:39 | More by tradershmulie
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EricCioe

Montana

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-22-2011 05:53:46 | More by EricCioe
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smithmd4

New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-21-2011 23:03:26 | More by smithmd4
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MaineMike

Maine

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-18-2011 00:27:56 | More by MaineMike
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-17-2011 05:07:32 | More by tclapper
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color and poured with a thin beige head.
S: There are light aromas of dark fruits in the nose along with oak from the barrel aging.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has complex flavors of dark fruits along with notes of oak.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is well balanced and hides its alcohol well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 04:24:09 | More by metter98
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.