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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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936 Ratings

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 385
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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Photo of cvfish
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a dark amber color that produced a huge fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a great mixture of malts, figs, some spiciness

T - The taste of this beer was quite beautiful and complex, the bready malts, fruit mixture of figs, plums, and raisins, toffee, brown sugar and clove are just some of the things I got out of the taste

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to moderate body with a huge amount of carbonation

D - This beer was one to remember, and I really hope I do, the taste of this beer is something that magnifies with each and every sip, I cannot wait to get some more

cvfish, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, woody brown color. Sliky beige head with light lacing.

Nose has bready malts, figs, cherries, caramel, oak, vanilla, faint earthy hops and spicy alcohol.

Taste is equally complex. Sweet, herbal, and fruity with a nice boozy oak and vanilla presence.

Creamy body is well carbonated. Impressive offering from allagash.

rye726, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, darker than cola but not black. Off white 1 inch head reduces fast to disk. Clingy, tight bubbled soapy lacing.

S - Cooked fruits, booze and brown sugar.

T - Big flavor, matched the smell notes, only BIG.

M - Pretty heavy, a little cloying, not very balanced, at least for me.

D - I am not sure I can finish this. It's really a dominant flavor.

srandycarter, May 26, 2009
Photo of deereless
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The color of an iced tea, the thinnest layer of wispy foam, signs of sticky lace along the edges - 4.25, A: Definite signs of oak (smells like French oak), what I perceive as chocolate pudding, some muddled sweetness from a sizeable malt base, slightest sign of citrusy hops - 5.00, T: Not an easy beer to get my arms around, quite boozy but not in an off-putting way, lots of overripe dark fruits - some plums to a prune juice, sugary dates - 4.25, M: Very creamy with lots of lingering ability - 4.50, D: This beer was made for an oak barrel, the 10.3% might limit the drinkability but one I would enjoy again - 4.25

deereless, May 23, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review of a great beer comming right up....

The beer begins with a deep bugundy, brown, mohogany color with deep crimson highlights. Froathy carbonation releases an off-white and dense head that lasts the session and laces throughout. A very nice looking beer.

Very strong and mouth-watering aroma of malts, fruits, berries, and tartness lead the way with some nuttiness, carmels, and chocolate notes following closely behind. A mild woodsy and vineous note settles in the the nutty notes and completes the nose.

Equally strong flavors make for a powerful and complex beer. Fruits of apples, dates, figs, plumbs, grapes, and blackberries only start to describe the esters. This beer has quite the fruity profile. Maltiness won't be outdone though, showing heavy confectionate sweetness with toffee, sorgum, and brown sugars along with a cookie-dough breadiness. The berry flavors touch on the vineous tart and wood flavors that never dominate but always ride in the shadows of the malts, esters, and alcohols. Peppery phenols give a great balance to the sweetness in the absence of hops, but not over-doing it with plastics, medicinal notes, or fusal notes.

Full and rich to the initial sip, but by mid-palate the beer settles into a lightened and drinkable beer. Lingers a bit with the heated alcohols and premiere fruitiness.

A very nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale that comes pretty close to rivaling the Chimay Blue.

BEERchitect, May 10, 2009
Photo of Pencible
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.

Pencible, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of soultrain19
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.

soultrain19, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
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.

aerozeppl, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of becktone
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!

becktone, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of jmalex
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.

jmalex, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of NonServiam
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).

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.

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

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.

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.

NonServiam, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
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!

NittanyBeerFan, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of brdc
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.

brdc, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of drseamus
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.

drseamus, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of craytonic
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.

craytonic, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of shroompod
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.

shroompod, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
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.

JohnQVegas, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
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.

thekevlarkid, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
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.

sprucetip, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of vrazionale
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!

vrazionale, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of stoutman
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.

stoutman, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of NEhophead
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.

NEhophead, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of evantwomey
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.

evantwomey, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
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.

HeyItsChili, Jan 08, 2009
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 936 ratings.