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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,017
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
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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 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.

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.

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

On-tap at Sheffield's last night for Phil's going away party. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pours with a nice one-plus fingers of tan foam. Excellent retention that eventually gives way to a thick cap and ring and leaves plenty of attractive lacing. Body is a dark, dark brown color with slight transparency at the fringes of the glass.

S - This is reminiscent of a dark wheat/dunkelweizen, but on 'roids. Malted wheat, cloves, cocoa, candi sugar, as well as spicy, fruity, and rummy esters. Not picking up much of the barrel character - either it's very well integrated or very light. Very subtle and nuanced, and takes a while to warm up

T - Sweet caramel malts, a bit of sharp wheat, cocoa, light nuttiness, and a touch of toasted oak. Less clove and spice than in the nose. Again, it's very much like an imperial dunkelweizen with a touch of barrel. Booze is more mellow in the flavor than in the aroma.

M - Viscous, chewy, smooth, medium-full body. Nice soft, but still present, carbonation. Not overly hot in the finish. A little bit sticky, but not excessively so.

D - This is a slow sipper, and a brew where I'd be happy with only one glass. It's very rich and nuanced, and as such demands a lot of engagement from the drinker. Also, while well-crafted, this particular collection of flavors doesn't personally speak to me - I like a little more roast and dark fruits in my BSDAs (a la The Viking or Rochefort 8).

I'm guessing the keg at the party was an earlier vintage, as there wasn't much of the barrel flavor noted by many other reviewers. It took about half a glass before I started to perceive appreciable oakiness. I'd be curious about comparing my experience to that from a fresh bottle.

Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sincerely thankful to my brother tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle with me- poured chilled from the corked and caged 750ml into a tulip glass.

A - An opaque mahogany shade w/ caramel translucent color at the glass' base w/ thick creamy light pale tan cap w/ tiny bead. The beer appears substantial in the glass and head retention is good. The lace is like a webbing of sugar pulled and stuck on the glass.

S - The aroma that you want a scente candle of - I could sniff this for hours. The scent of dark toffee and cocoa w/ toasted nuts. A mild maple + spice-like odor w/ belgian yeast esters which give a hint of fig and molasses aroma. The scent of coconut and light pepper rounds out the nose

M- A full feeling beer on the palate, moderately high effervesence w/ subtle warming. The feel is spicy w/ semi-dry finish. There is a creamy quality in the middle w/ slight sugary texture throughout.

T - The taste of dark nutty toffee and oaky toasted coconut w/ hints of dark cocoa and mild spice w/ a slight molasses hint in the background. The beer has a subtle pine hop taste which goes well with the yeast spiciness and also is complemented by the flavor of candy sugar. The alcohol is noticeable in the taste as well, but does not detract one bit, it finishes slightly strong and dry.

D - The drinkability is seriously high for such a high abv beer - 10%. I have probably not had a more drinkable beer of its strength, the flavor of the oak aging pushes the beer along and never gets in the way of the other components. Lots of belgian yeast character - a Must Try to me!

Photo of gford217
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

January 2008 bottling, poured into a tulip.

Pours dark, dark brown with hints of copper showing when held up to light. There is a small creamy tan head that recedes to a small collar and swirl in the middle.

The aroma is sweet with dark chocolate, molasses and dark fruit - raisins, plums and even some grapes. There is also a noticeable dark roasted malt character and some wood and bourbon.

The taste is spectacular and unbelievably complex. There is a base of roasted chocolate malts with molasses and dark fruits mixed in. The finish is chocolaty but with a definite bourbon and oak presence. The flavors just keep coming as it warms - figs, raisins, rum, tobacco, licorice, you name it.

The mouthfeel is very, very smooth, full bodied with good carbonation. Dessert-like overall.

I had this beer about a year ago and remembered it being good, but, wow, this is an excellent beer, probably my favorite from Allagash. It has so many things going on but they all seem to merge together perfectly. Superb beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with a cream-colored head. The aroma is awesome with Belgian yeast, malt and some chocolate. The flavor is roasted malt, yeast, oak and some chocolate and alcohol. I may also get some vanilla, but it is faint if it is there. Medium-thick, creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. A great beer.

Photo of jsapunor
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been looking forward to trying this Allahash offering for over a year now and thanks to West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, I was able to obtain a bottle.

This is the July 2009 bottling. It pours a very nice dark color into the Allagash tulip with about two fingers of ecru head.

The aroma is intriguing. Dark fruits like figs and raisins with tobacco, cloves, bourbon and oak mixed in.

I love big beers that bludgeon you with whatever flavor they have chosen to feature like Stone Ruination or Allagash Curieux. Odyssey is not one of these, All of the flavors in the nose are present in the taste and they engage in a subtle interplay which is delightful. I was expecting something strong like Curieux but this is nothing like that. All of these flavors dance around in balance showing off the fabulous complexity of this beer. The nice alcohol note at the finish is to be expected given the 10.4 ABV but it, like everything else, is muted and melds well with the rest.

A nice soft warming mouthfeel rounds out the experience.

Some of the best beers in the world are marvels of balance, Westmalle Tripel and Chimay Blue come to mind. Odyssey belongs with them in the pantheon of world class beers.

Photo of Casey10
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this a couple of times such a great beer. It is a bit pricey but so well done it is worth it !!!

A - Poured into a Portsmouth tulip dark pour with a small head very dark.

S - Grapes, candi sugars, nice oak background notes as well.

T - This one is smooth yet a small bite really nice you have to drink this to see what I mean.

M - Leaves a creamy feel slightly vinous again the oak leaves a nice feel as well.

D - Wow might leave a 5 here but the price is a bit prohibative, either way a must have!!

Photo of sisuspeed
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2009 Bottling

Poured into a snifter glass. The Odyssey has a reddish-grape, brown body with a thin, off-white head. Some sudsy lacing is apparent.

The aroma consists of grapes, cherries, a bit of earthiness and some funky alcohol notes. Not pulling out too much oak in the aroma of this one, but there are some faint wood notes.

Flavor starts off like the aroma with a somewhat vinous character,which then gives way to a nice malt base and various pairings of sugared figs and cherries. The oak becomes more pronounced in the flavor, but is still somewhat subtle. Slight hints of vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, lighter than I was expecting, yet somewhat creamy.

Drinkability is good. More of a sipper, but quite enjoyable. ABV is pretty well hidden and could creep up on you easily.

Overall, this is probably one of the best beers I have had by Allagash. Nice looking, decently complex flavor and smooth body. I would have enjoyed a little more oak presence, but I respect that they kept it subtle. For the price I'm not sure if I would pick this up again, but I would be interested in trying an aged version at some point.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tend to go through little stints of gravitating toward certain styles without really realizing it, and the last few months it has been towards strong Belgian dark ales. Allagash Odyssey comes out a nice dark brown, with lovely ruby hues at the bottom of the glass. Not much heading, but a decent amount of lace sticks around. Nose is nice mix of dark fruit....figs, dates, plums, things of that nature. The plum character really shines through in the taste, with the bourbon also coming in to compliment things. Mouthfeel is beautifully balanced, and one of the beer's best characteristics. It has a fairly large body, but does not come off overdone at all. Drinking this is far too easy. It is tough not to chug this stuff. My final comments are that it took me way too long to try this beer from Allagash (one of their best IMO) and that it is just begging to be paired with a whole slew of rich dishes.

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Tyler's in Apex, NC.

A - Brown with a reddish tinge and very little head. Some light comes through and it appears to have good clarity.

S - Oak, cherries and brown sugar.

T - Leads with rich malts, raisins, toffee and caramel. The oak blends in well and isn't overpowering. It's somewhat on the dry side.

M - A little thin for a rich, dark beer. A nice low carbonation.

D - I'm not big on oak aged beers but this one works. It's interesting and complex.

Photo of asabreed
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. caged and corked bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Bottled in February 2005. A friend of mine just got his book accepted for publication, and this may be on the cusp anyway, so looks like it's time.

Appearance: Very dark amber in color, and even lighter when looking into the glass as you sip. Off-white soapy head leaves little rings and not many drops of lacing and fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Huge grape jam aromas initially. A bit of sourness. Bright fruity Zinfandel-like red wine aromas, along with some sour red wine vinegar. Darker plum aromas. Unsweetened chocolate. More wood and sourness as it warms. Almost some cherry soda aromas or cherry 7-Up comes through as it warms. Caramel drizzle or syrup. Cherry pie filling. Definitely more Flemish Red sourness as it warms, along with the oak and woody aromas with some vanilla and sweet cream mixed with the sour. Nuanced, balanced, and very layered.

Taste: Good combination of bright fruit esters, dark yet mild chocolate and coffee flavors, and oak flavors like vanilla, yet there's some forward nuanced sourness and cherries, wood and oak, caramel syrup, chocolate powder, cherry pie filling, and good roasted malts. Finish is lingering dark roasted malts and mild sourness, with a bit of citrus hops there too.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation, right now, just can't handle the body of this brew. After a minute or two in the glass, whereas in those two minutes it works well, but it then becomes slightly syrupy and cloying, yet it's still not to the point of off-putting, though it's certainly noticeable and I expected more.

Drinkability: Is almost 5 years too long for a beer like this? I wonder what it's like fresh, because I can't compare the two. As I said, it seems like one of the big things is the carbonation factor, where it didn't hold up as much as I expected, which was evident from the initial to the last pour. It still has legs, don't get me wrong, but I feel like it's lost a step from what I can imagine a fresh batch tastes like. Though I still enjoyed it, maybe 5 years was too long, and I hoped for more.

Photo of cptierney
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 750ml brown bottle with a bottled date of July 2009, poured into a Chimay chalice.

The beer pours an impressive deep mahogany. There is a troubling lack of carbonation to the beer, but not enough to raise too much of an alarm as the white bubbles are present but quickly recede. The lacing is minimal as I drink.

Oh, that glorious smell. Chimay, eat your heart out. Along with a parade of dark fruits, this guy has that sweet candied sugar smell that screams BSA and on top of that has this amazing layer of deep woodiness.

The lack of carbonation on the appearance of the beer doesn't show up in the mouthfeel. I don't like my BSDA's to be overly biting and this one fits the bill. The carb is creamy and supportive and the beer is easily gulped down.

The taste is robust and complex. There is a natural caramel-like sweetness that makes the palate instantly recognize the Belgian influence, along with that delicious bready maltiness. Dark fruits are also present with the biggest contributor being a hint of a date. The oak is just suggestive and not too overpowering, providing a delicious earthy backdrop for the sweeter malts to come to the fore. Spicing is excellent with some definite hints of cinnamon and clove and ultimately making this deep beer even more complex. The bittering is minimal, this beer is all about the barley and yeast- simply glorious!!!!

For 10% this guy is deadly. The sweet isn't overwhelming and the viscous mouthfeel makes for a quickly disappearing drink. Hats off to Allagash for making a tremendous and affordable beer. One of my favorites!

Photo of JosephLondon
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BSDAs are hard to master but when one is, I don't think there is a better beer. I had high expectations for this beer and they have been met and surpassed.

The appearance is a deep ruby brown with a light brown, stubborn head that refuses to budge which floats atop. In the several minutes it has taken the head to recede, it has left its signature of rings on the glass.

The smell is a perfect and well-balanced blend of fresh, ripe fruit and malt. However, the taste is where this beer is king. The complexity of a good BSDA is so meticulous it is impossible to decipher what and how much.

Let's see. There is pear, plum and raisin. I detect green apple, slight molasses as well as a touch of clove and cinnamon.

The mouthfeel is satin on the tongue. It is light, fluffy and silky. It caresses the taste buds upon its departure and while making its journey to its resting place. Just if it were thicker it would have the ultimate score.

Drinkability?: I just finished a 750 ml bottle. Too bad there isn't a store I can get another open at 1:37am

Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,017 ratings.