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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,042
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 277
Gots: 206 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 1,042 | Reviews: 396
Photo of bbeane
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Bottled July 2009*

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... starts with a light colored somewhat weak head with no lacing and very little retention (maybe due to the aging?). Beer appears black in the glass, and only shows a hint of light when held up to the ceiling

S- Smells very much of dark fruits... plums, raisons/red grapes, cherry with maybe a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg, and oak

T- Wish I had tried this fresh and reviewed, and was now sampling for the second time. A very wonderful tasting beer. No detection of the 10+% ABV... Starts out malty and rich with fruits and spices and finishes strong with a taste left from the oak barrel aging

M- Medium/heavy body with light carbonation. Leaves a jammy oaky flavor clinging in your mouth

D- I'll definitely be on the lookout for all vintages of this one. Definitely worth the $8.50 that I paid for it, in fact I would pay more knowing now what a quality brew it is...


Photo of foogerd
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- really dark brown with a thick 2 inch tan head
S- candied malts definitely smell some oak and a touch of booziness

T- sweet candy syrupy malts bread dark fruits caramel and some alcohol at the finish
M- really nice feeling smooth just the right amount of thickness
D- im going through this 750 by myself and am not feeling it a bit

Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good brew. Poured with a small to medium light tan head that mostly settles out and a bit of lace. Color is a lovely, clear mahoganey. Aroma is really nice with some slightly smokey, roasty malt, burnt wood, dark ripe fruit and a bit of toffee. Flavor is like that, but lots of the smoke disappears leaving only a bare hint; sweetness comes out more but all is well balanced. Body is just right, mouth filling and cut well by carboantion. Finish is like flavor, fairly long and with an oakey lingering sweetness along with some alcohol. Again a tad sweet for me to drink more than this botte. But it is a pretty pow beer.

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

Proud to be the 250th review of this beer. Poured from a July 2009 vintage 750ml corked & caged bottle into a belgian glass.

A: Dark, dark brown with a 1-finger head that sticks around the whole time.

S: Wheaty and yeasty with dark fruits. Some booze and oak are present in the background.

T: Wheaty and yeasty with minimal spice and some dark fruits. Slight oak and slight booze give this beer some depth and complexity.

M: Perfect carbonation and perfect consistency. The finish is neither dry nor oily.

D: After a year in the cellar, this one is about as drinkable as they come.

Overall, a really well done beer that I would definitely buy time and time again as a go-to dark belgian.

Photo of confer
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Table.
A- Chestnut brown with red hints.
S- Smokey roasted malts. I am not a big fan of overly smokey beer and was not expecting much after smelling this beer but..
T- The taste was sweet dark fruits. There was not smokey taste or hint of alcohol and at 10% that is surprising. There is also a hint of orange. This was the first big beer that my wife also enjoyed.
MD - Creamy and unbelievably drinkable for a 10%. I could easily drink a few of these but that would prove to be dangerous.

Photo of BMoney575
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 8-2-10
Bottled in September 2008

Pours a very deep red color, almost purple, with no head, no matter how hard I pour. Very mean looking, slick and boozy.

Smell is strong fermented grape, very red wine, with malt coming in next. Lighter notes of apricot and more grape give way to caramel and burnt sugar. Extremely complex, and very nicely aged.

Taste is very tart and fruity at first, very acidic with an apple cider edge. The malt shows up very deep and smoky, with a bitter coffee character I didn't expect. A little thin, and and not as complex as the smell. The finish is buttery and sweet, becoming dry and slightly boozy in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very thin, and the carbonation is on the low side. I can only think that age had something to do with it, but the cork had a decent "pop".

Drinkability is not bad, the flavors are enjoyable but the mouthfeel really brings things down.

Overall, it was an expensive bottle, and a little disappointing, but I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BIG thank you to papollo for this!

A - Very dark brown, and lighter around the edges, kind of cola like. Big full tan head with lots of medium sized bubbles.

S - Very woodsy, and earthy. You can definitely pick up on the oak barrel. There's a tad bit of sweetness, like a caramel or something.

T - Initially there's a nice smoky, oak woodiness to it, followed but a combination of sweetness and alcohol reminiscent of rum.

M - Wonderful feel. It's medium bodied, sits and goes down very smooth!

D - If you don't have someone to share this with, finishing the bottle in a sitting is no problem. You'll definitely start to feel it at the end, but you wont want to stop!

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

Been after this one for a while, so a big thanks to Derek for sharing!

Pours a deep mahogany with a finger of tan head, which quickly settled to a film and ring around the outside. Some lace spots are left behind, and the retention is decent. The nose is surprisingly simple, but pleasant. Rich dark fruit, with cherries and prunes dominating against a spicy woodiness and brown sugar. Likewise, the flavour doesn't quite have the complexity I expected, but remains enjoyable. Dark fruit, again, make their presence felt. Brown sugar sweetens the deal, and hits of clove and pepper in a lightly bready finish makes for a decent end. Alcohol is present and warming. Oak isn't as present as I thought it would be. Medium body with a creamy carbonation.

Not a world class Belgian strong dark, as far as I'm concerned, but a very capable rendition.

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

A: Deep chestnut, dark tan head, thin ring of retention, good lace.

S: Dark fruit, light phenolic spicing, cola, light tart fruitiness.

T: Light spicing, brown sugar, caramel, modest bitterness, alcohol is slightly warming.

M: Moderate body is smooth with an off-dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Allagash promo recently at the Coppermine Pub in North Arlington, NJ. Into a tulip, poured a deep mahogany, with a thin beige head and decent lacing. Great nose: dark fruit/prunes, candi sugar, clove, blackberries. The taste was sweet first, dissolving to spiciness, and a very dry finish, which left me cottonmouth afterwards (a little too much so). Impressively, no hint of the alcohol content. The feel was very smooth and full-bodied, with very little carbonation. A pleasant flavor mix, but the cottonmouth after-effect had me reaching for another offering after downing this one. Nonetheless, another great job by the Allagash crew.

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

Nice and subtle ale with a long and rich range.

Presentation: 750 ml corked brown bottle. Simple label design with a light ocher background, brown side Allagash typography with a small archaic-like blue illustration of characters rowing on a boat. Notes serving suggestions. Shows date of bottling (January 2010), cases bottled (970), and Alc. by Vol. (10.3%). Served in a snifter.

A - Ruby brown pour with a nice frothy head, medium retention, a persistent surface memory and some touches of lace.

S - Light yeasty notes, sugary and lightly woody aromas.

T -Deceptively light and simple early on, and again as it warms up and lingers in the mouth a rich range of flavors emerge. Yeasty and soft wheat sweetness accompanied by a faintly spicy character in the finish. Caramel sugar takes a nice woody presence, rather unusual but very stimulating with some fruity touches in the composition.

M - Medium-light body with good carbonation leaning on a generous side, in particular with a nice tingle to it over a smooth finish.

D - Nicely drinkable, it has a rich if very subtle range that makes for a nice long sipping experience.

Notes: Another barrel offering from Allagash with a deceptively soft and gentle profile, hiding a firm richness, and nice complex subtleties. I don´t know If I would pick up the Curieux over this one, but both are quite remarkable.

Photo of Phelps
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 2009 and tasted nearly a year later.

Looks: like crushed velvet. Notes of light amber and deep crimson mingle about while fizzy bubbles caress the sides of the glass and rise slowly to the surface, becoming part of a flesh-toned head so creamy and dense I'd like to make a blanket out of it. The foam placates itself atop the drink and recedes only ever so slowly, leaving ample walls of sticky lace as it goes.

Smells: like Autumn. The dark aromas of fall are captured in this: oak, sweet grape jelly, cranberry, pears, pine, cloves, cinnamon. It's complex and enticing, like a bowl of potpourri.

Tastes: like complexity. There's a lot going on here and it's difficult to describe. Toasted bread, cinnamon, a light oakiness, red wine, sweet pears. A flash of tart white grapes mingled with a distinguished toasted malt character. Just the slightest funky tang is evident at the finish. Everything is in perfect balance.

Feels: like that velvet blanket I was talking about. Soothing across the tongue, nearly creamy and with a buxom medium-full body. The carbonation is and perfectly subdued, and the alcohol is so well-hidden I had to struggle to notice it at all.

Drinks: like an heir to the throne. Maine's Allagash is already the closest an American brewery can get to Belgium, at least physically. Odyssey shows that the gap in brewing skill is even less broad. It could stand tall against any other BSDA -- or against any beer, really.

Photo of Gmann
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a chocolate brown color with a smallish tan head that settled into a light ring. The aroma seems quite light for the style and for the barrel aging. The aroma is sweet from the candi sugar, subtle spice and has a light oak flavor. I really don't pick up much else which is disappointing. The taste does have the traditional BSDA flavors. Dark candi sugar sweetness, honey, dark fruit, carob, and clove. I do detect vanilla and tobacco which gives the beer a nice earthy flavor. The sour oak flavor pops through in the end. The feel is light to moderate with very airy carbonation; makes me want to burp a lot. Sweet throughout with a touch of sour in the end. ABV is ridiculously well hidden, dangerous. A solid BSDA base with some subtle hints of barrel aging. Drinks very well.

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.

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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
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