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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

881 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 229
Gots: 174 | 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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Pencible

Virginia

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

Bottled Sept 2008; drunk Apr 2009. This poured a hazy mahogany with some light tan head. It smelled like roasted barley and oak with some sweet caramel and bready yeast, along with some coffee and cream, and a hint of aged cheddar. It tasted like rich roasted barley and creamy yeast and oak, with some molasses and coffee. Surprisingly malty without as much hops or wild Belgian yeast. It was watery with some smooth carbonation, and had a mild bitter aftertaste. Overall this was an excellent beer. It was delicate but robust, and was very smooth and easy to drink. It was a bit hot, but the alcohol wasn't too strong. It would probably age very well. All in all I had no complaints about this beer, other than I wish it wasn't quite as expensive. But it's worth it, even if just to try once. Every sip was rewarding. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 17:36:19 | More by Pencible
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soultrain19

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip glass. Very,very dark with just a faint red glow when held up to the light. It had a limited head that quickly wisped away. The wonderfully complex aroma was full of beautiful malt characteristics and fruit. And the taste. Oh my! The taste is divine. Plum and raisin and chocolate and just an amazing collection of sweet and earthy flavors with the oak just sort of mellowing or melding the flavors together. For such a big beer the alcohol was not discernible and the mouthfeel was remarkably smooth and creamy. I wasn't sure what to excpect, but I know what I got. An absolutely fantastic beer that my only regret is that I had but just the one. Now I begin my search to acquire more.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 15:57:24 | More by soultrain19
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aerozeppl

New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mred137 for this. Jan 08 bottle.

A: Super dark brownish red with a finger of slightly brownish head.

S: Big dark fruit nose with raisins leading the way. A slight hint of chocolate which was surprising and welcome.

T: Nice spicy Belgian character. Very sweet with hints of oak. The combination of the sweetness and the oak worked very well for this beer.

M:Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D: Incredibly drinkable. Very nice beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 00:00:55 | More by aerozeppl
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becktone

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes 3-28-09

Eye: Head formation and retention are poor, yet this is a big beer above 10%...seems to me that high abv brews never seem to have that great of a head, the alcohol just doesn't let it. This one displays a very thin healthy looking blanket over the top of the beer. Unlike most that seem to cover the beer with a blanket-type head, this one does not look sickly or appear as if it were a pair of jeans dry rotting or like splotchy algae growing on lakes. Color is dark brown with ruby highlights. Pretty good looking beer. Nothing great, but nothing terrible either. This one seems just right for the beer that this is supposed to be. Lacing is fingers that reach toward the top of the glass..."legs" some might call it...again looks about right given the rest of the beer's characteristics. Looks nice, inviting.

edit: with the second glass from this 750 lacing is more of a solid thin sheet than legs or fingers as was previously described. The head is a bit thicker too, albeit still just a blanket but thicker.

Nose: Huge dark fruit aroma, plums or raisins. Alcohol is evident though it comes through as part of the dark fruit aroma. Some oakiness is present. I'm not sure if this one was aged in bourbon barrels, but I'm getting some bourbon type aromas...just there, then gone again....strange. Wish that the aroma were a bit more potent...good overall though, attractive but nothing that says "Hey I'm going to be flipping awesome!"

Tongue: Wow! This beer seems to have everything. Dark fruits hint at the touch of the lips then well its hard to describe...something....then malt character-big dark malt, roasted some chocolate and some slightly burnt that seems to stick around through the aftertaste. Oakiness can be picked up. The flavor of this one is complex, maybe the most complex brew I've drank in quite a while. Spiciness comes after the dark fruit, hints of alcohol give balance, alcohol isn't hot or obstructive in the way it comes through, rather it adds complexity in a pure, flavorful, and clean way. There's alot going on in this one, more than I am able to pick apart. Along with the oakiness there is also a slight twinge of sourness, barely enough to be noticed, this is inside the flavor of the oak itself, not in the beer...sounds crazy but that's the only way I can really describe it. This is one complex and very nice brew...

edit: here on the second glass I just got some huge coffee notes, coffee beans...nice! Some bourbon notes, faint and fleeting but there nonetheless, took along time to get them... some vanilla associated with the bourbon...but it all seems fleeting, just an idea, not really a "concrete taste," in the sense that its not quite always there.

Feel and Drinkability: Feels perfect, there isn't anything that could be done to this beer to make it any better feeling. It has just enough dryness to compliment the oak character and enough of the opposite to give some real life and lasing flavor to the brew. Carbonation is low and delicate, just enough to let you know that its there. Body is perfect for what the rest of this beer is, I'd say heavy but its not really there, not medium either or medium heavy....Hmmm...well they don't get much better than this...Hey, when you can't exactly describe it thats a good thing, it means its unique and that it is in turn very special and no others are quite like it. This is what I look for in beer. Something that really catches me off guard that is a challenge...this is that. This beer is great, if you can find it pounce on that!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 19:36:20 | More by becktone
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to open this up a few days ago for 4-4, but didn't get the chance. Drinking it while sitting down with Day 1 of the Masters should make it worth the wait.

Bottled January 2008

APPEARANCE: Pours into an Allagash tulip a deep burgundy brown with ruby red highlights. A 2-finger high light tan head forms on top and takes absolutely forever to drop. It settles out at a tightly bubbled, one finger high cap. Lacing comes in a few spotty patches scattered about the glass.

SMELL: A big bready base is accented by some sweet, but not quite fruity, Belgian esters. The wood is evident but really lurks back in the background.

TASTE: The bready malt base is here again, though it drinks a bit dry. Esters contribute quite a bit more in the flavor becoming full-on plums and dates, especially across the palate. The finish is where the wood aging gets to shine, taking the form of quite a bit of vanilla as everything else disappears.

MOUTHFEEL: Relatively thin bodied, particularly for a beer of this strength. The carbonation is tight and at a lower level than one would expect.

DRINKABILITY: Fantastic, and this beer is 10.4%! Certainly a dangerous drinker, and one I'm glad I can have 2 glasses of.

This beer is certainly a winner, and I'm glad I opened it up today. It will certainly make an evening of watching Tiger et. al. even better.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 21:31:39 | More by jmalex
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NonServiam

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz, bottled September 2008 in a batch of 530 cases. 10.3% alcohol v/v. Unfiltered, bottle conditioned, noticeable yeast cake. Poured into a Duvel glass (wide-mouth, flared tulip).

Appearance
The body of the ale is an opaque ruby in color, almost black if not held before a light. A light cream-white head forms readily, about 1-2 fingers in height. It persists well and laces the glass aggressively.

Aroma
Sweet, malty, some cream and some medicine. Biscuits and oak. A touch of earth and spice.

Taste
A well balanced, steady crescendo and diminuendo. A rising sweet barley note that becomes red fruit and tartness; this grows progressively drier and finally fades into a lingering aftertaste of biscuit and nut, with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel
Smooth and milk-like. I would prefer the carbonation be toned down a bit for a silkier, less astringent effect.

A great beer overall, and surprisingly drinkable for the style -- the aftertaste is more nutty than alcoholic. I find the red fruit esters to be very distinctive and hard to name. It would be nice to cultivate the yeast for homebrewing purposes.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 04:20:04 | More by NonServiam
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of 600 cases of this beer bottled January of 2008. Broke this one out in good company for the Nova/UNC game for the 2009 final 4. I have one more that I am gonna hold on to for a while. Paired with a delicious, fresh out of the oven brownie, that seems to go perfectly, kind of to my surprise.

A: Pours right out of the corked 750 mL bottle into a wide mouthed glass and produces a deep ruby color around the edges mixed with an almost completely opaque color. Head is ample, with about 1cm to 1in of head. Even with only a thin film of bubbles on top of the beer, there are thick, fat rings of foam left on the sides of the glass all the way down.

S: Milk chocolate and light chocolatey malts. Other than that, not a whole lot going on.

T: MUCH more complex than the smell. Malty chocolate flavors couple with coffee up front. Towards the back the of the flavor profile, the milk chocolate and darker fruits come out nicely. You can also really taste the oak flavoring as you roll this around your mouth. The aftertaste also offers a lot of this. Sweet malts mix with some mild hop bitterness as well.

M/D: Nicely textured...gives a stout taste with a strong ale texture. The flavors in this beer couple beautifully with the oak barrel aging to produce a beer worthy of many accolades. I almost wish I had a whole case to enjoy, because this would be a go-to. I could drink this all night, though only slowly.

Highly recommend this beer. It certainly lives up to the hype that I expected out of this series, after trying the Curieux. It is just all around, a phenomenal beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 03:20:17 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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brdc

Wisconsin

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

Thanks cookin420 for this one. Large corked bottle poured into a goblet. Bottled January 2008.

Reddish brown, quite dark, with a medium sized tan head, creamy and compact that holds forever, and coats the sides of the glass with a very nice looking sheet of lacing.
Rich aroma, fruity mostly, with figs and raisins, sweetish malts, candy, grapes, oakiness, vanilla, and a lot of other pleasant, unidentified aromas.
Mouthfeel is just perfection, creamy and full, velvety and just moving it around the mouth is quite a pleasure.
Fruitiness is also the dominant flavor, mostly sweet, but finishing dry. Oak, vanilla, figs, plums, raisins, candy, peppery notes. It keeps changing, and it keeps getting better. An absolute masterpiece, I wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 23:43:21 | More by brdc
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drseamus

New York

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

Thanks to MrEd137 for sharing this and his excellent food.

A: Dark mahogany with a nice tight off-white head. Very carbonated.

S: Sweet malt and raisins.

T: Dark fruit and raisins up front. There is sweet malt initially but some bitterness enters quickly. The oak becomes apparent in the aftertaste only.

M: Smooth at first but then that bitterness enters. Nice and bubbly on the tongue.

D: Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 22:44:26 | More by drseamus
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
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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shroompod

Ohio

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

Pours a dark hazy brown. Small head , a little lacing.

Aroma of honey, dark fruit , alcohol.

Sweet raisins , dates & hints of wood aging, Alcohol is present but still very tasty.

Mouthfeel is thick and sweet. Carbonation is slightly low.

Overall a very nice beer I'll try to stock up on.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 01:01:31 | More by shroompod
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

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

Draught. Pours a very hazy dark brown, no head.

Nose is vanilla, very oaky, bit nutty, some brown sugar.

Taste is again big on the wood, with a dark, butty, slightly bready malt body, some brown sugar, a nice vinous note from the wood aging, and a hefty vanilla and oak note on the finish. Nary a hint of booziness or alcohol.

Moderately light carbonation, medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 13:49:24 | More by JohnQVegas
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap at American Flatbread this fine spirit was a nearly opaque black with a head of mocha-like foam. The retention as a skim that became a collar was so-so and the lacing spotty. The aroma was a soft but inviting mix of oak, toasted malt and spices. The flavors were bold and complex, however. I tasted the alcohol heat and some esters, oak, tart hops, citrus rind and bitter coffee all punctuated by a spiciness. Similar to a cognac. The alcohol was fairly well hidden but the flavors seemed to compete with rather than compliment each other. Though it started semi-sweet the finish on the coffee note was bitter. The mouthfeel was good, the carbonation soft and the body medium.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 18:45:12 | More by thekevlarkid
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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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vrazionale

Vermont

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

Bottled September 2008, 750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Deep, rich, reddish-brown color, with a slight swirled head. Not as thick-bodied an appearance as other Belgian and Belgian-style ales.

S - Prominent oak, raisins, dates, thyme, and musk. Has that alluring "sweet attic" smell that, for whatever reason, I always associate with sepia-colored photographs. Outstanding nose.

T - I'll just say, I am impressed at the fullness of flavor for such a young Belgian-style ale. Less sweet than I expected, though I am not at all disappointed. All of the oak, dried fruits, and spice from the nose with a touch of ginger, clove, and vanilla. Words don't really do this brew justice.

M - Less viscous than other Belgian-style ales, but has that lingering taste on the back of the tongue and the warming effect of strong Belgian ales.

D - Beers with such high alcohol content and flavor complexity often end up getting described as not being a "session beer," but I find that to be somewhat limiting. When I finish this 750mL bottle, I'll want more (though probably against my better judgment). This beer is deceptively drinkable, and would pair very well with food - either a "sophisticated" burger or a cheese plate (think aged Swiss cow's milk, creamy blues, or a younger aged Gouda.). Take it slow and enjoy each sip.

Complex and complete, this brew exceeds my high expectations. If you like strong Belgian ales, get your hands on this beer now!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 00:54:07 | More by vrazionale
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stoutman

Michigan

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

A GREAT BEER HERE> pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and a boat load of malt. Smooth body, alcohol % well hidden. Flavor is of tasty maly and rasiony dark fruit. The oak is there in both the flavor and aroma. Great stuff, I enjoyed it and look forward to another.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 22:47:20 | More by stoutman
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

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

25.4 fl oz brown bottle; caged & corked, served in a snifter.
Bottling: September 2008.
Cases bottled: 530.
10.3% abv.

Pours a ruby-hued deep oak in color beneath a delicate, lightly tanned, carbonation-filled head. Dimpled lacing of a sand-filled hourglass.

Semi-sweet, slightly bitter caramel and molasses. Complex, aged fruit: plum, date, raisin, red grape in combination with a distinct dry oak aroma. Residual brown sugars, nutmeg, and gingerbread. Sweet, dry, and bitter aromatics? New aromas seem to seep through in each whaff.

Sweet, warming malts with a pleasantly complex nutmeg and brown sugar sweetness. Brief metallic notes that are quickly subdued by a pepper, saffron, and ginger spice. Thinly gaseous alcohol presence that is quite mild given the 10.3% abv that is listed. Dried oak, chestnut, and almond nuttiness that gives a filmy dryness to the sweet maltiness.

Full in body; a very dry mouthfeel with a thin layer of film as the drier flavors come to the forefront. Stable enough for the flavor profiles and consistent as well.

Unbelievably drinkable for a dark Belgian-style offering this high in alcohol. Strong flavors with a very nice balance. I'm not quite a fan of all of the flavors, but this is certainly a well-crafted ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 01:19:35 | More by NEhophead
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Raisin/malty nose. Flavor is sweet, raisin, hints of oak. The high ABV is hidden. Bottled Jan 2008. Over the top but worth trying at $17.00 for a 750ml bottle from a Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 23:41:41 | More by jdhilt
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evantwomey

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 ml w/ a few friends. Pours out pretty black but when held to the light looks more like a dark ruby. Fairly modest head, minimal lacing. The aroma reminds me of chocolate covered cherries in a major way...and definitely some oak in there too. Flavor is very similar to the smell, but some raisin flavors too maybe. Oak is very prominent but not overpowering at all. There is some weird synergy with all the flavors here and I can't quite describe it, but I am in awe. The taste is very complex and the best adjective I can use to describe it is 'deep'. Definitely worth seeking out and would definitely love to have some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 04:24:57 | More by evantwomey
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HeyItsChili

China

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

A - Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Pours a semiopaque chocolate-garnet with virtually no head save for a tiny bubble membrane clinging to the edge of the glass.

S - The aroma is very slightly bitter at the frontend, almost like pickles, but in a good way. The oak from the barrel aging is clearly present. Roasted malt and candied fruit is also hanging around. Another reviewer aptly described it as leathery.

T - There is a very subtle, well applied smokey wood flavor to the frontend of the taste, followed up by traditional flavors of a Belgian dark. There is a lot of potential for this to be an overpowering beer but it is strikingly mellow and very delicious. Dark fruits and spices finish out the fantastic taste.

M - Full bodied, viscous, medium to low carbonation.

Notes - There is so much going on here, and it is all played out in such a subtle way, that my palate may not be able to really grasp it fully. Delicious, and a beer I will revisit down the line.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 01:40:39 | More by HeyItsChili
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0110x011

California

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

Hot this in a trade, but I can't remember who from. If you read this, let me know so I can give props where they're due.

Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with ruby red highlights. Off-white, two-finger head is tight and soft, with serious staying power. Even after the head fully recedes, there's a thick, chunky collar left behind, with spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. very pretty. Nose is big on dark fruits, fig, plum, and raisin. A leathery earthiness comes through, along with vanilla, oak, and yeasty spice. The palate is equally fruity, but is more balanced by the earth and spice. More focus on the oak as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with prickly carbonation and a bit of alcohol burn. Highly drinkable.

A truly stellar beer; a must for Belgian lovers. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 05:48:12 | More by 0110x011
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ccrida

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jan 08 bottling poured into my St. Feuillien goblet, Odyssey is a dark brown with a creamy tan head that has long last and leaves heavy sheets of foamy lace. I choose this beer as the nightcap to my 30th birthday after sitting on it since it was release. I can't express how much I enjoy Jerry's solo's, but listening to his work on Jack Straw at Madison Square Garden on 9/04/1979, I'm just floored - magic! Not quite like this beer, but it nevertheless adds to the overall gluttonous pleasure of the situation.

Smell is sweet dark malts, with a soft, boozy, dark fruitiness, some vanilla. Served at at cellar temp. He's really working out Sugaree, and it's just dripping with honey. You've got to be kidding me, even fiercer then nose on this brew!

Taste is also very rich, a lingering, spicy astringent finish, this one is still a bit hot, like the guitar work in Me and My Uncle, even after almost a whole year of perfect conditioning! Light notes of cured fruits, nuts, madeira, with a bitter, sharp, lingering finish. Unlike this set, it took me a while to warm up. As an interesting contrast, I had a few St Bernabus Noel's on draught tonight. While of course a spiced BDSA will be sweeter then a barrel-aged one, there's no question I preferred the succulency of the noel.

Mouthfeel is thicker, solvent like, dry and spicy, with no where near the flow of Jerry's picking on Big River!

Drinkability isn't too high, this is an intense beer that is a very slow sipper. Couple that with the $15 price tag and that fact that this year's vintage was only 600 cases, and you're talking special occasions only. Much unlike Candyman, which I can listen to all day, particularly this rendition! As the old man I've become, I've realized my number one occupation is no longer taking women from their men - but I was still born in the desert and raised in a lion's den!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 08:14:51 | More by ccrida
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tmoneyba

Ohio

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

Bottle from River's Bend.

Poured reddish/brown color with an average light brown fizzy head that lasted with good lacing. Complex dark fruit, woody, caramel and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Full complex sweet bourbon flavor with solid bittersweet finish and a small bite of alcohol.

Good standout brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 13:57:05 | More by tmoneyba
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

Shared bottle courtesy of egajdzis.

Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, fruits and oak. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, oak, vanilla and toasted malts. Alcohol well hidden. Easy to drink.

Notes from 4/24/05

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 19:48:58 | More by hopdog
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nick76

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very wooden and earthy with toasted malt, yeast, maple bacon, whiskey, brown sugar. The appearance is dark brown with a one finger head. The flavor is like the aroma with a touch of chocolate. The palate is thick. I like it but it's just to wooden for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 05:33:57 | More by nick76
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
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