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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 268
Gots: 196 | FT: 18
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.40% 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 Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to overlord for this bottle. July 2009 bottling.

A: Pours a dark brown that is ever-so-slightly transparent when held to the light. Thin tan head that dissipates with a little lacing in its wake.

S: A good amount of dark fruits. Not super pungent, but the only thing that really stands out. A bit of caramel and toffee in the background.

T: The dark fruits distinguish themselves a bit more alongside caramel, toffee, and some yeasty spices. Not picking up oak here or in the nose.

M: Fairly creamy. Medium body and good carbonation.

D: Better as it warms up past cellar temperature, but nothing terribly special at this point. It's lacking in any real depth, which is surprising given that the bottle is nearly a year old.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes...had this one a while ago.

Poured from 750mL bottle into unibroue tulip. Bottle dated 1/2010.

A - Poured a beautiful deep ruby purple-ish brown-ish color with lively carbination and a yeasty head with sticky lacing.

S - Awesome. Delicate balance of dark fruit.

T - A bit heavy on the alcohol for me. Once it warmed, the oak comes out a bit as does the flavor of plub, fig, nutmeg...etc.

M - Tingly...even carbonation...very smooth for the ABV.

D - Too strong. There are lots of others that are better in the style for the price, but was glad I tried it.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep mahogany with light red highlights where light penitrates the beer. Kinda still in the glass. I get a lot of coffee, toffee, and chocolate up front. Light vanilla and bready malts following in the background. More coffee and toffee chocolate on the palate. Sweet malty backbone, light hop bitterness and a small amount of that hot flavor contributed by the alcohol. Really smooth, thick and rich over the tongue. Super easy to drink. A great beer by a great beer producer.

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

Pours murky brown with a vast off tan head. The aroma is fruity, apple, pineapple, with a phenolic edge as it warms. Flavor is dark and grainy, wheat and oats, with spiced pear, apricot, roasted apple. The cereal character is huge. The finish is mellow and smooth. Good but strange.

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

Odyssey pours a darker, almost mahogany brown color. Backlighting gives it a very slight burgundy hue. Carbonation is very active and yields a light tan head that stretches over two fingers. The Sam Adams glass keeps it buzzing along for quite a while. Lacing seemed to be rather sparse.

The nose is quite deep and complex. Dark fruit scents of raisin, fig, and plum are strong throughout. It also has a very strong leather-like aroma. It's nice and herbal, featuring tea and tobacco notes. Spices are noted. Pepper and clove seem to be strongest. Oak comes through loud and clear. Alcohol is noted, but is held in check well. Smells delicious. There's a lot going on here. I'm sure I've missed some.

The flavor impresses. Personally, I don't think it's quite as good as the nose, but it's not far behind. Herbal flavors of tea and tobacco kick it off. Raisin, plum, and fig follow. Boy, this one gets complex in a hurry. It is a little spicy. Clove and pepper are most notable, but there are surely a few others. Oak adds a nice flavor, and quite a bit of character. Alcohol is noticeable, but it's nowhere close to warm. My bottle indicates 10.4% abv. Not sure I believe it. Grab some water...this one has a very dry finish.

Odyssey has a medium body. Despite active carbonation, it feels very svelte and smooth. Drinkability is good. There's a whole lot to like here. Very deep and complex flavor. Nonetheless, it is big and very dry, but still goes down easy for a big BSDA.

Allagash Brewing Company is one of those breweries that has earned a special place in my book. I recently heard they were leaving Ohio. Very unfortunate. Odyssey is no doubt a very impressive BSDA. In comparing recent Allagash experiences (although a different style), I prefer Interlude, but Odyssey is well worth your attention. It's very deep in all respects, and is very refined. I think it'd be a little better if it had something sweet in the mix. It's missing something in that department, and I can't help but notice. Nonetheless, very impressive stuff. Find a bottle.

Photo of rfgetz
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky reddish brown in color with minimal fluff of head but leaves good lacing. Scent is of sweet malts, touches or fresh grain, earth, oak, light spice and floral hops. Taste is a rather undewhelming blend of dark crsty bread, sweet malts, very mild spicing - failry weak tasting. Lighter side of Medium body but somewhat watery. Just doesnt do much for me, mild without being complex, lacks assertiveness and a good oak quality from he aging.

Photo of dtivp
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown with a thin tan head that receded into some lacing.

The aroma was dominated by the oak, very nice.

The woody oak again tominated the taste, with some slight hints of vanilla.

I was surprised that it was medium bodied and smooth since it was so dark. Very slight carbonation, a nice mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable beer, which i enjoyed out on the deck on a nice clear cool night. You couldn't taste the alcohol which was surprising at 10% ABV. So go slow and enjoy.

Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

City Beer Store, Allagash night. Very dark ruby/brown beer with a great big head, beige with lots of lacing. I always have a hard time describing Allagash's beers; there's some subtlety that's difficult to put into words. The beer builds on a clean grain flavor with big caramel/brown sugar and fruity malt notes, raisins and plums. There's some definite dark malt presence, as well. Chocolate and light coffee add some very interesting touches. Lots of oak and definite bourbon (better than Curieux but still a tad odd, in my opinion). Carbonation is relatively light. Flavor is fairly sweet. It doesn't quite come together for me, but it's an interesting and obviously well-made beer.

Photo of chaz01
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft served at Jake Melnick's in Downtown Chicago, served in a snifter type glass.

A: Dark Brown and opaque with a nice thick head.

S: Lots of oak and maltiness in the aroma.

T: Like the aroma, picking up oak and woody bark flavors in the taste with a little dry cocoa and dark fruit flavors.

M: Good carbonation and medium bodied -- not as heavy as the dark color might indicate.

D: No signs of the 10% ABV, very smooth going down. As the bartender joked, "This is so smooth, I'd give to my mom". Would pair well with sharp cheese or a hearty stew.

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Raisins, dark cherries, dark chocolate, nutmeg, a little licorice and even some honey.

Taste: Semisweet vanilla, slightly oaked chocolate malts, and raisins up front are awesome. Plateaus at some roasted malts in the middle that has a punch of sweet, ripe prunes and caramelized wood followed by some pepper and more roasted malts and yeastiness. Finish is cocoa, semidry, oaky, and ripe prunes.

Photo of irishking1977
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, chocolate hue with a massive off white head that leaves moderate lacing. This one has the most ridiculous heads I have ever seen on a beer, rivaling Duvel's head. Nice.

S: Semi sweet chocolate malty goodness. Alcohol is faintly noticed as well.

T: Mild chocolate and graham crackers with a mild alcohol finish. It's almost like a liquid, alcoholic s'mores.

M: Smooth, rich thick and creamy. Nicely carbonated, but not overly so. A pretty thick and heavy brew. Next time, I cannot be greedy and must share it because it sure is filling!

D: Drinkability is somewhat limited due to the richness and thickness of this brew, and also the high abv. This would make an excellent dessert beer. I will definitely get this again and share it.

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

750ml corked and caged 2009 vintage bottle.

Pours a very dark mohogany bown with a small light brown head that's fairly thin. Nose is slightly funky and boozy, very nice.

Taste is very rich and complex. Light oaky notes and vanilla creaminess. It's a very creamy mouthfeel with a great amount of carbonation. For being 10% you'd have no idea.

Photo of bruachan
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not much chance for foam on this one; some ringlets. very dark, though not quite opaque. suggestions that it might be a reddish color

smokey aroma dominates all others. at first, when the beer was cold, not much else seemed to be going on. but that's smoke's MO in MO. some fruity belgian character shines through, as does a beautiful wild yeast element. these mount as the brew warms. dates

mos def some smoke flavor to start, but more dark fruit and nuty characteristics show up than in the aroma. more nice wildness. soft bready notes, and more yeast contribution here than in the aroma

the mouthfeel is great. i guess

Photo of WeedKing4
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark brown black with a little bit of foam forming in the chimay glass. The taste is of dark malt with a hint of dark fruits and a little bit of floral hops. Its really quite delicious and probably one of the best belgian style beers I have had to date. Very smooth and the alc % is well hidden. Very happy I picked one of these up, but sad to see its gone. Very damn good beer.

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

Dark brown in the glass, capped by a thick, creamy tan head. Great nose on this one. Dark fruits, dark candi sugar, molasses and tobacco, all complemented beautifully by just the right amount of bourbon. Flavors of plums, chocolate covered caramels, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Finishes up with a bit of sourness, warming alcohol and sweet bourbon. An excellent beer.

Photo of hwwty4
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to the generous Jtrockchalk for this one. 09/08 vintage.

Poured a corked and caged 750ml into my New Belgium globe glass. This beer pours a muddy tea with a decent 2-inch head that leaves just a little amount of lacing down the sides of the glass. When held up to the light, slight ruby rays shine through on the edges of the glass. The aroma is amazing. Huge notes of figs and dates, toffee, a bit of chocolate, oak, green apple, and sweet raisins. The flavor is a explosion. This could well be the most flavorful Belgian style beer I've ever had the opportunity to try. Wow, just amazing. Up front comes silky toffee with a hint of 80% dark chocolate. Figs and dates, raisins, fresh uncharred oak and sour pie cherries. The flavors are so independent yet blend flawlessly together. It's like a puzzle where each piece is a different color. Amazing. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, leaving an explosion of flavor lying on the palate. Overall this could be the best American take on a Belgian style (minus 1 or 2 American Saisons) that I've ever had. Amazing.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into a 10.5 oz tulip, batch #1328. $7.50.

A: Dark, nearly black body becomes a gorgeous garnetty plum hue when backlit. Small light brown head that builds up nicely but is gone quickly. A satisfying amount of patchy lace sticks to the glass.

S & T: At first, the aroma of the Odyssey seems to be slightly one-dimensional, especially considering the added complexity I expected after doing my homework. (Apparently, a portion of this Belgian-style dark wheat beer is aged in oak barrels and is then blended with another portion that spent over six months in stainless steel. Sounds good, huh?) But as this beer warms, it really opens up. Roasted malts of chocolate and fresh espresso. Semi herbal and floral hops. Earthy yeast contributions. Smoked wood, maybe bourbon soaked, dark fruit showcasing unripe plum. Small sour notes are present in the background. Despite my growing appreciation for this brew, there is still less depth here than a premier BSDA would provide.

M: Light carbonation and medium body. Silky smooth. In fact, just a little light for my preference. Even at 10% ABV, no sign of alcohol on the tongue or nose.

D: The Odyssey drinks very well on draft. Now I want to find a bottle and see how that compares. I have a feeling the mouthfeel will perk up and this great brew will become even better.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled January 2010. A relatively young beer and bought on sale.

A: Pours out with a massive mocha colored puff of tightly packed foam. The beer itself is a deep cherry red, almost purple

S: A quick swirl of the glass gives off a hot breath of alcohol that gives the hairs on the inside a tickle (sorry to be so graphic). I think I want to see what letting this beer warm would do but I am initially getting the oaky, vanilla sweetness, nutmeg and light cinnamon and cocoa powder.

T/MF: Barrel character is apparent on the first sip, smooth and silky with the same sweet notes of vanilla and subtle herbal spiciness. For a beer of this size it is incredibly subtle will the wonderfully soft barrel character coming in and mixing with the previously mentioned herbal/light spicy characteristics. I want to say there is a slight peaty character to this beer (am I using that word too much?) and I want to say even slightly salty/meaty/chocolatly, a flavor that (for me at least is almost impossible to describe).

D: A different beer but a bit young I think. This salty/meaty thing though not as prevalent as this review might indicate, is just enough of a distraction to make this beer less enjoyable than it should considering how amazingly smooth this beer is. I would like to pick up this beer again and lay it down for a couple of years and see what some age might do for this beer.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash tulip glass in two parts.

Appearance: Two finger beige head that is very pillowy and light. Deep, dark brown in color with only a little light showing through the glass.

Aroma: Raisan and pear sweetness from the Belgian yeast are present upfront. Oak and caramel notes blend nicely into the background. Candied apple notes also round out the flavors and add some nice tartness.

Taste: Roasted malt stands out here first. Nice licorice and earthy tones belnd nicely together. The sweet and tart apple and raisan notes from the yeast are also here, just not as strong as in the aroma. Oak notes also provide some nice complexity and flavor to the brew. Oaky aftertaste. The alcohol really blends nicely and doesn't stand out at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Very smooth with just a little carbonation. The mouthfeel makes this beer feel lighter than the ABV would indicate.

Drinkability: Considering this is 10.3% ABV, the nicely blended flavors and the smooth mouthfeel make this really dangerously drinkable.

Overall, a complex and flavorful Belgian brew. The oak notes are nice and not overpowering. Incredibly easy to drink and light on the palate, while still managing to be complex. My one complaint is that the Belgian notes do not assert themselves enough for me.

Photo of deapokid
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin black with a fizzy head and the lightest of lacing. Although very clean, the color is still mysterious. It's dark, but not jet black, allowing some direct light to shine in.

The cornucopia of scents include dark fruit, roasted nuts, warm alcohol, yeast, molasses and a touch of coffee. These aromas are enveloped by a wonderful oakiness.

I was blown away from the first scent. You can taste the wood in the barrel, along with plum, spices and a slight roasted espresso bean. As it warms, a sweet candied flavor peaks out. This is an absolute smash hit and the combination of flavors is so profound, yet, still understated.

This array of sweet, dry and spicy all play on the tongue quite well, leaving behind a nice coating on the tongue that gives you the roasted flavors and oakiness even after you're done drinking.

Pondering and cataloging the bevy of flavors on display will definitely keep you sipping as long as you can, which is indicative of the ease with which this masterpiece can be consumed.

Photo of Popkas
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled January 2008 pulled from the cellar.

Pours a deep brown with great looking crown of head that sticks around forever. Great looking beer. Smell is of sweetness of toffee, candied sugar along with plums, and hints of the oak/booze. Taste is much like the nose but with the oak moving more to the forefront with the candied sugar and dark fruit taking a little more of a back seat. Farily full body that gives a nice warming sensation. Overall this is a great beer.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Tinfoilcr for hooking me up with this after an SNF win in December. Bottled July '09. Poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A-Body is a nearly opaque dark brown-cola color. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy off-white head that fades quickly to a thin collar. Leaves minimal lacing behind in the glass. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top.

S-Impressions of anise, cola, and root beer come through initially with a slight spicy yeast overtone. Phenols can be detected at a moderate strength.

T-Much like the nose the overall impression this brew gives off initially is that of root beer, anise, and cola. A wet oak presence is minimal in the background. After a few sips a spicy belgian yeast comes through and blends well with the initial flavors. The finish is spicy and sweet with the slightest hints of molasses and oak coming through as well as a moderate alcohol warmth.

M-Medium to high tingly carbonation and a light to medium weight body. Body is wet and yeasty but there is a slight phenolic consistency as well.

D- This is a great beer overall. ABV still somewhat detectable but not out of check in any way, shape or form. I wish there was a bit more oak barrel presence as well. Overall I think this is a great brew and great example of BSDA and measures well against the greats of the style.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my tasting notes. The beer is colored dark plum with some brown. There is a tiny ring of off-white bubbles. It's an opaque beer; I can't see inside of it to detect any rising carbonation. There isn't much aroma that I could detect. It's a little musty and a little fruity. There may be some lime or cranberry notes; whatever it is, it reminds me of juice. It's a very dry beer with lots of yeast and wheat but not too much malt or hop flavor. There is a slight touch of sour and a hint of chocolate. It feels super crisp and dry. There are lots of tiny bubbles to be felt as well. It leaves a neat coat behind--I can only describe it as crumbly, like how your mouth feels after eating a dry cracker. It's a very different sensation for a beer to provide. I find it to be pretty drinkable. This single glass drinks well, but I think I would want to split a bottle.

Photo of bum732
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, ruby highlights. Decent creamy head with ok retention. Smells of earthy oak, dark fruits, figs mostly, deep grape flavor, some anise, touch of spiciness, brown sugar. Tastes of sweet dark fruit malt with some dark caramel undertones. Mild earthy bitterness gives rise to faint roastiness and more burnt sugar with just a hint of oak. Finish dries out a tad. Incredibly creamy and smooth. Alcohol is completely hidden.

A very unique and great beer. Different than most belgian dark ales, the characteristic clove overtones is missing and replaced with creamy, smooth dark fruits. All of the flavors are very subtle with nothing too over the top. This works wonderfully with the incredible creamy smoothness in the mouthfeel. i really couldn't detect much alcohol at all, which is amazing for a 10% beer. I also enjoyed how the oak was not overwhelming at all, in fact, it was just barely detectable, yet still had a presense. All in all, a great beer.

Photo of Chico1985
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 2nd time having this on-tap. Served in an Allagash tulip (I love this glass, I gotta get one). Dark brown with a great off-white head, sticks around and leaves thick lacing down the glass. Smell is faint with yeast, clove, dark fruit. Taste is great, clove, raisins, plum, booze, spice. Love the spicy taste here. Mouthfeel is excellent, very smooth and covers your taste buds with Belgian velvet. Booze is noticeable but mixes well here. Dry finish. Allagash greatness.

Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,004 ratings.