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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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936 Ratings

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 386
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 0110x011
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!

0110x011, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of ccrida
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!

ccrida, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
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.

tmoneyba, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of hopdog
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

hopdog, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of nick76
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.

nick76, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very classy extra from my man Ding. Thanks! Kinda wanted to sit on it for awhile, especially because the bottle looked so nice, but what can a say? I got thirsty.

Looks pretty dark. I suppose its a really dark brown as opposed to a black. Decent head, settles to a film.

Subtle scent of I know not what. Really, really light dark fruit scent. You mean what I know.

I dare say 'woodsy' for the first time in my reviewing career to describe a flavor. The dark fruit is there also. I can't taste the alcohol, but oh boy can I feel it in my bellaaay! I do believe I like this.

End of notes.

Overall: I liked it

PatronWizard, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one, and i also recently got bottle in trades with Aprilluvsbeer and MuenchenerKindl. so thanks to eric, april, and tom!

750ml bottle. january 2008 bottling. sampled sept 28/08.

pours deep brown, slightly hazy and not quite opaque. a small dense tan head forms, dropping fairly fast and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is good. buttery oak. bit of milk chocolate. vanilla. light alcohol. bit of bourbon/brandy character. light dark fruit - raisin, date, touch of fig. cracker. whole wheat bread. a bit earthy too.

taste is great. toasted whole wheat bread. vanilla. oak. bit of winey tannins, but fairly mellow. just a touch of dark fruit. light warming alcohol. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body, but with a fairly dry finish from the oak. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. the oak adds a nice extra dimension to it. looking forward to seeing how this one changes with time.

grub, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged, thanks a ton April and John!

Pours a cloudy reddish brown, almost rusty, medium sized tan head forms, drops down to a thin layer and ring, some decent lacing on the glass. Smell is wacky, raisins, butterscotch, grapes, oak, very fruity, vanilla, yeasty bread, light bit of spice, the wood is very prominent and well done. Taste is similar, very fruity, brown sugar, wine, bread, lots of wood, yeast, alcohol, vanilla, cherries and wild berries, caramel, quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, very nice stuff, complex and easy to drink for its ABV. Glad I have another in the cellar!

Viggo, Oct 07, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Back in the summer of 2005, when my friend Jonny Hartlage ran the beer section of Smart Buy Liquors in Fort Lee, I was fortunate enough to have been introduced to this beer. One afternoon, he invited me and fellow BA Epseja to a small tasting area of the store to sample a few assorted beers, this one being the most extrordinary of the lot.

Three and a half years later, my lone cellared 750ml bottle from the February 2005 vintage is ready for its emptying. I'll serve this at cellar temperature in a DeKoninck wide-mouth glass, first alone and then with bratwurst for dinner.

Appearance- Looking more like a tawny port or cognac, this ale pours with medium weight into the glass. The color is a pale brownish red, and the head reduces from about a finger thick down to a thin broken mat, pale beige in color.

Smell- The aroma is loaded with oak, and as I look at the color again there is no doubt a wood influence to the hue. There's some dark fruit and vanilla buried in the nose as well, and now even molasses. I know this will improve as it comes closer to room temperature.

Taste- Wow... this is literally like a cross between a high gravity Belgian and sipping on Jack Daniels. A bourbon-like character and flavor lingers on long after the swallow, and the alcohol, though not hot, is felt right away. The majority of time this beer spends in the mouth, it's oak through and through. The smooth, lasting vanilla flavor will win the hearts of oak-aged beer fans more than they'll know.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The perfect mouthfeel is not a score I give out readily, as it must be truly earned. This is sublime in all aspects, from the initial bright tingle through the creamy, throat-coating swallow. This example of a wood aged beer is without a doubt the best I've yet tried, it is a beer to savor and share with friends for a special gathering.

yelterdow, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Bottled: Jan 08

Poured into my St. Bernardus Watou glass a very very nice brown color, very nice carbonation, awesome thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, tons of thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. Then nose is malty, with some yeast, plums, figs, and raisins, very nice notes of Oak. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, with some nice dark fruit tones, and with notes of Oak. Full body, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is an awesome brew, Allagash did a fabulous job with this one, highly recommended. Thanks Joe.

Wasatch, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of ewright
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Tyler's in Durham about a month ago. I just found my notes tonight.

A: Poured dark brown, with just a slight amount of light showing through. As with most Tyler's pours, there is minimal head in the glass.

S: There's a slight oak aroma evident from the barrel aging process. Other than that, there's not much there other than a bit of wheat sourness.

T: The oak aging shows up in the flavor as well and is sadly the most prominent flavor. The wheat provides a sour twang as well, but I'm not picking out too many other flavors. That's not to say I don't like it, but it's a bit of a muddled mess of flavors.

M: Medium body and carbonation with a bit of alcoholic bite late. There's a slight astringency in the aftertaste as well.

D: This one goes down easy for 10%, but I've had it once and don't think it's worth the exorbitant price Allagash wants for it.

ewright, Sep 20, 2008
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I shared a 750 ml bottle with imacoug. We poured into chilled chalices.

A: It poured an amber tinted brown body with a large two finger brownish head that lingered well into the drink.

S: It had aromas of dark fruits and yeasts. There were hints of chocolate and dark spices.

T: It was rich in traditional Belgium dark ale flavors including sweet caramel malts with big and bold dark fruit flavors (bing cherries, plums) and a lot of spicy notes. .

M: It was a nice medium bodied beer with robust carbonation and a sweet presence in the mouth and a warm, dry and clean finish.

D: This is a very strong American BSDA. Full of flavor and outstanding mouthfeel. It is a bit heavy and has a bit too high an ABV for a session brew. However, this is a real taste treat that should be considered for special occassions.

dnichols, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tyler's in Durham:

The draught arrives in a goblet sporting a mahogany/ebony body impervious to light with a gob of mocha foam atop that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The smell is nutty and a bit oily with toasted wheat bread and dark fruit.

The taste is dark and fruity with plums, ripe figs, banana and bitter, dry, dark cocoa powder. A bit of oak and smoky vanilla complement the fruit. No, repeat no, hint of the copious abv!

Fullish in body and silky with drinkability to spare.

cvstrickland, Aug 31, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark mahogony with a medium brownish head. Nice looking and much darker than I expected. The smell is pungent with dark fruit,vanilla,oak wood,and roasted malt. The taste is very flavorful with dark fruit, oak wood,vanilla,alcohol,and a carbonation bite thats refreshing. The m/f is medium with the complex flavors mixing very well. For a high alcohol beer this is smooth and very drinkable. Another great beer from one of the top brewers in New England.

jmz62565, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of froghop
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, medium size tan head, very good lacing.

smell of cocoa, dark fruit, caramel, roasted nuts, touch of vanilla, wood chips.

taste is somewhat smooth, chocolate, dark fruits, toffee, some nuts, touch of spice, slight smoke, alcohol well hidden, nice bitter finish.

froghop, Aug 14, 2008
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An active three finger foam head is deep tan in color and fades leaving rocky scattered lace. Body is really just about pure black showing just hints of ruby brown on the edges. Nose is soft but has tones of phelonic vanilla, honey and sweet toffee like malt. Enters the mouth big rich bold and loaded with flavor. Complex waves of rich almost burnt malt, vanilla, sweet cream and spicy crust. Almost like a fresh warm biscuit with butter and honey. So smooth on the palate. A tingling spice feel is on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is very pleasant and full. A complete joy to drink from start to finish.

SPLITGRIN, Aug 13, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into a half-liter mug. This beer is a very dark brown, which, when poured, has a huge, thick foamy inch-tall head, solid and lasting... it doesn't even start to settle until at least a minute after the pour, and leaves behind lovely lacing. Very nice aroma, malty with a dry yet sweet raisin backbone.

The taste is a bit difficult to sort out: it's a blend of so many different flavors that fit together in a perfect marriage. There's the huge ripe fruity yeast character, a roasty raisin and plum taste... the malt is subtle, with a cocoa tone, maybe a hint of coffee. Oakiness is likewise blended well, never abrasive. It adds a tannic mouthfeel one associates with a soft red wine like merlot. Bitterness is moderately high but hops don't make a noticible flavor contribution. There's a little bit of tartness in the finish. I can't detect any alcohol, and the body is not heavy at all, in the best Belgian tradition.

Truly, a magnificently crafted beer.

allengarvin, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gford 217 is the man to thank for sending this gem to me... Big thanks to Grant!!

2008 version. I should probably lay this down for a while but its my only bottle and I can't wait any longer.

Deep, deep dark brown with some ruby highlights... Incredibly foamy luscious head that looks like cappucino froth... Beautiful brew...

The aroma of this brew is a true plethora of different things... Hints of chocolate, loads of raisins, maple syrup, oak,bourbon, vanilla, perhaps a little toffee even...awesome smelling...

Wow, the bourbon really jumps out of this thing early....and I like it. This takes the usual Belgian Strong Dark and takes it to a whole different level... The maple syrup is quite prevalent as well... Amazingly complex brew...

This is my first Allagash brew and I'm awfully impressed..terrific brew all the way around..

Tilley4, Jul 21, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brownish red in color. A decent half inch of head on the pour, but that doesn't last. Decent amount of carbonation forming in a ring atop the beer. Smell is heavenly. Dark cherries, plum, oak, vanilla, and some light bourbon. Taste is incredible. More of the dark fruit there with the barrel aging complimenting everything quite well. A definite sipper, but that's the way this beer should be. Great beer.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 19, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintaged 750mL. Yeah, I know I should wait, but I don't wanna.

Pops with almost no fanfare, but immediately smells of ~scotch~. Yes, I know smell is the next section. Body is very, very dark, with only the slightest red-orange colour when held to the brightest light I can find in my parlour. Head was easily coaxed up and is a fairly light colour.

Back to the smell - oak, but the lovely old sort . . . like scotch. Big, fat, medium and dark malts. Chocolate, more oak, once it warms - like bourbon (new oak). Very dry, chalky. Banana and coconut, but only just. Fennel?

Taste is quite tart, peppery, very dry. Tons of coffee as it warms. As bourboney as you can imagine, and so much more, but it all dissolves into a warm melange that's hard to describe.

Feels amazingly light on the tongue for the volume and colour. Little coating and almost no stickiness. Carbonation holds up well even with great stretches of time.

It's not often that a beer leaves me reasonalby without words to describe it. My only regret about this beer is that I don't have two more to drink in 2010 and 2012 . . . yet. Back to the store!

ojiikun, Jul 09, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to flyingbison for this great extra!

This is from the October 2006 bottling, 460 cases.

The color is a burnt caramel color with deep scarlet overtones when held to the light. About an inch of foam forms and settles to a ring with some activity in the center of my Chimay goblet. The second pour, after the beer got to a slightly warmer temperature, produces a larger amount of foam and a good quarter inch retains thorough out the longevity of this fine beer.

During the pour I pick up some sweet dark malt, brown sugar, and raisin aroma. Later I get a more complex fruit mixture, cherries, dates, candied yams; and in the background lay the subtle milk chocolate, fruity alcohol, yeast, and sweet wheat. The oak plays well wrapping itself along with all the other aromas and not dominating the beer.

The first sip is nothing but pleasure, dark and sweet fruits, raisins, chocolate, dark wheat, brown sugar, and caramel. A little alcohol heat near the finish, which lingers in the back of the throat for a while, but it does not come out as harsh or hot. Interestingly enough, there is some grape skins in the aftertaste that comes through a little tart but then the chocolate takes over for a moment only for the grape flavor to come back again. I'm also detecting some ripe apple in the long aftertaste, it lasts and lasts. Also near the finish is the vanilla and oak from the barrel aging and lots of toast once the beer really comes to the right temperature.

The mouth-feel is really soft, creamy, silky, and a little sticky sweet on the lips. For something that is 10.3% it drinks marvelous, could hardly detect half of the alcohol.

The best Allagash beer I have encountered thus far.

seaoflament, Jun 23, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap the other night at the Allagash event at Max's.

This beer is just luscious looking. It pours a dark brown color with a creamy looking, persisting head. There is very good head retention and very good lacing. The beer looks viscuous. On the nose I get lots of chocolate and vanilla, and the beer just smells decadent and rich. The beer is very rich and long lasting on the palate, with the flavor profile replicating the nose. The beer is moderately sweet, with a soft, plush, satin-like mouthfeel. The beer has almost a creamy consistency to it. There is not a sharp edge anywhere with this beer, and it has a long finish with barely noticeable alcohol.

Outstanding. An excellent beer from Allagash.

John_M, Jun 20, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Two fingers of fizzy, medium brown foam settles quickly and leaves a thick film of bubbles. The body is a nearly opaque amber-brown.

S - Strong aroma of dark fruit, black cherries and plums. Some yeasty spice and dark caramel with a hint of chocolate.

T - Dark, thick caramel up front with quite a bit of toffee in the background. Fruity esters, notes of banana and chocolate covered cherries. There is a slight roasted note, along with some spicy hops, in the finish but very little malt bitterness.

M - Medium to thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish with noticeable alcoholic warmth.

D - A very enjoyable and flavorful beer. The dark fruit in the nose is unusually nice, and the smooth dark flavors coat the mouth nicely without ever overwhelming the palate. One of the better beers I have had from Allagash, this is capable of standing up against classic quadruples like Rochefort 10 and Chimay blue.

nickfl, Jun 06, 2008
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

October 2006 bottling.

Pours a maple syrupy brown with a bit of viscocity. Very faint, tan head that recedes quickly. The aroma is a rich maple syrup, vanilla, and slightly roasted wood. The taste starts ith a strong vanilla maple syrup flavor cool. The flavor slowly ges more fruity and woody as it warms. Well integrated alcohol until it gets a warm. The delicate fruits and wood slowly degrade to a very boozy brandy. Great palate, though. Even when it gets warm, great warmth and sliky smooth syrups.

scruffwhor, May 28, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real treat of a beer. Served on-tap in an 8oz glass.

It's a very dark, thick looking brew with little to no head. First smells of honey, chocolate and coffee. A little alcohol. Tastes pretty sweet, roasted coffee and honey. The alcohol is certainly noticable, but not over-bearing. Very full and thick body and the sweetness takes away that initial alcohol taste.

A perfect sipping/dessert beer. Ended up having another later in the evening and was still in love with it, although more than that may have been pushing it.

blackkristos, May 22, 2008
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 936 ratings.