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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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989 Ratings
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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 261
Gots: 193 | 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:
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 rtepiak
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beer that looks like coca cola, down to the bubble. not very tight or small and disapate somewhat quickly. nose was quite disappointing at first... rust and dark fruit. though when on the warmer side and with yeast poured into the glass the dark fruit open up. fig, smokey, chocolate in a bourbon fashion. body was good when cold yet the palate didn't seem to mature in the air. when best the palate was cellar temp. nougat, toasty malt, fig, quite woody with a nice earthy smoke. there is a mild sour quality of grape, chocolate, vanilla and astringent smoke... which all ties in nicely into the bourbon warm that it goes down with mildly sweet... great beer. could be a bit better...

i would recommend when chilled to let sit at room temp for 15 minutes before popping. maintain the carbonation and let the palate expand.

Photo of david18
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is part of a rotating allagash tap at Amsterdam Ale House on new york city's upper west side. This is not my favorite style of beer but it is as good as any belgian strong dark i've had.

Great malty and dark fruit aroma. Great color and decent flavor. I will get this again.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 750ml caged cork bottle. Poured into goblet. Impenetrably black. One finger cream head that retains very well. You can actually see some bubbles skirting up the side of the glass if you look closely. Lacing is quite substantial as well.

S: Belgian yeast funk. Dark fruit, raisins mostly I'd say. Brown sugar. A little caramel, and a slight oak scent.

T: Complete opposite of what I expected from the smell. Vanilla, bourbon, molasses and oak hit you first and tend to dominate. Some bready belgian yeast in the middle. A light, sweet dark fruit, more akin to plum in the flavor, come out at the end. Sweet vanilla oak lingers.

M: Light to medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. The finish is the opposite of dry. A little warm going down reminding you of the 10.4 abv.

D: The price was hard to swallow, but the beer wasn't. In fact it was totally worth it.

If you have the chance to try this one I highly recommend it.

Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nearly opaque black. Just a bit of brown around the edges. A two finger beige head gently rises, and recedes to a ring after a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Some Belgian yeast and light funk up front. Dry oak/wood aromas, with some light dark fruits.
T: Follows the nose. Yeast is prevalent along with some typical funk. Caramel and bread. Light wood and dark fruits linger.
M/D: A medium to full body that is low on the carbonation. Creamy and soft. Not hard to drink. The ABV is well hidden a good beer to sip on.

This is a good BSDA. Allagash continues to make good quality Belgian styles, they just never seem to blow me away. Very much worth a try, just not my favorite of the style.

Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I drank this July 2009 bottling from a 22 oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

This strong ale pours a dark brown, you can really tell its brownness in the light, with a light tan head. The head is about a finger but sadly is gone quickly. There is nice lacing but its not very thick or alluring.

The aroma is light but you can say it smells like most strong ales. You get whiffs of hops and a little oak, but I'd really like a lot more.

The taste is light and hides the 10% good. There is sweet malty start with a light oak finish.

The feel is viscous and surprisingly drinkable.

Overall the beer is ok, drinkable but nothing special or distinguihable.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July '09

Pours an extremely dark brown with a one-finger tan head that fades slowly to a skim coat and stick ring.

Smell is dominated up front by candied fruits with strong notes of prunes and raisins. There are also notes of oak and dark sugar.

Taste is very much like the nose: candied fruits up front with oak and yeast notes. There are hints of chocolate and caramel as well. The finish is on the sweet side for sure.

Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel.

A great beer fresh. I can't wait to see what some older bottlings are tasting like right now.

Photo of thedindaniel
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split this (in drink and cost) with a friend tonight, as it is not a cheap bottle and I wasn't sure what to expect...

A - Dark mahogany body with a beautiful light head. Very small bubbles that cling to the glass.
S - Whoa! Barrel smell comes out for sure with a caramel-oak thing going on but an undertone of grapes. Totally smell the alcohol.
T - Here is where the let down is... very mellow compared to the smell. Has a vanilla-y flavor though.
M - Crisp, clean... dances on the tongue.
D - So, so drinkable. The 10.4 percent is a bit deceiving here and I could see myself drinking a lot of this if it weren't $22 a bottle.

Overall, worth a try if you like the style and enjoy barrel-aged beers... but not quite worth getting more than one bottle of.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked and caged. Bottling September 2008. Cases Bottled: 530. 10.3% ABV.

Pours a dark, rich brown with little to no head. Aroma of candied raisins, molasses, and spices.

Warm and whole in the mouth. More candied fruit - figs, raisins and dates; toffee, spice, dark molasses and something bready - somewhere between rum cake and the bread they serve at Outback. Incredibly quaffable for something with over 10% ABV - the alcohol is barely fainted at on the tongue but warms the belly.

Delicious, complex, and warming on a chilly November day.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Brick House Pub. The beer is dark brown colored with a light tan head that laces in transient wet streams. The aroma is really complex, it seems they crammed everything possible into this beer. The strongest note is chocolate, with lots of berries and fruit, some sweet malty aspects too. The beer tastes way strong, sweet and estery, maybe some real fruit was steeped in here, plums or figs or something similar, a little roasted malt, and some burning alcohol holds it all together. This is too big to be anything but a sipper, but it's a really good one.

Photo of glid02
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours one shade from black with dark maroon highlights and a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark fruits - plums, dried figs, and raisins - with good amounts of dark malts. Traces of tobacco waft out and increase a bit as the beer warms.

Tastes very good. Muted yet robust dark fruit flavors up front are backed by dark malt flavors. As with the smell peat and tobacco flavors come out midway through the sip and become larger as the beer warms. The ending is crisp and mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a very smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is a very good BSDA that is even better thanks to the barrel-aging. Another nicely done BA beer by Allagash and one that's well worth a shot.

Photo of erz316
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

july 2009, westmalle chalice

the cork comes off with no real pop. the body is almost black, no sight of turbidity, the head is reluctant to form and has a light off white colour, maybe cream coloured. the nose is lacking potency and a few elements (no real spiciness or alcohol). the taste is nothing special; I would just go for th trappistes instead of bothering with thi brew. the taste is almost slightly cola-infused, with a light fruitiness, good malts, and some alcohol. the body is well carbonated and a hair light, but all in all it is a drinkable belgian.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/19/2009 (Bottled January 2008):

Pours a very dark brown colored body, with a big creamy tannish color head. Lasting. Fruity aroma, some dark fruit, and some lightish fruit too. Some fig, and some alcohol too. Some roasted notes, and maybe some chocolate. Very strong aroma, kind of funky. Roasty, woody taste. Some wood taste, probably the oak barrel. Some smoke too. This could age in taste very well. Very carbonated. Not sure I really like the taste. A little harsh now, maybe in a few months or years it would taste better.

Photo of Deuane
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark, brownish black with a thin light tan head that left spotty lace.

S-Light bourbon notes, oak, dark malt, turbinado. All comes together into a pleasant smelling brew.

T-Light chocolate, caramel, light bourbon, vanilla, cherry, plum, brown sugar. All weaves into a complex tasting beverage.

M-Medium bodied and very smooth with light lingering flavours but seems to lack some body.

D-Good stuff. All in all rather light feeling for a 10%+ brew. Not over the top at all but certainly tasty nonetheless.

Photo of corby112
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with a huge frothy, pillowy tan head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing in it's wake.

Chocolate malty aroma that is slightly earthy with hints of oaky wood. Dark fruit notes and peppery spice also present.

Creamy malty body with lots of estery dark fruit notes, especially raisin, prune, plum, and dark berries with lots of peppery zest, chocolate malts and earthy oak. Very smooth and quaffable with hints of grape and cherry dark fruit. Very nice balance of dark fruit and chocolate malt. The ABV is excellently balanced without a trace of alcohol warmth making this beer extremely quaffable. Sweet dry finish. Excellent!

Photo of smuttanator
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up during the vagabond release, 2009 vintage. First off, this is one of the smoothest beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. It uses the oak beautifully to smooth out the 10.4 alcohol without taking on that strong vanilla flavor many over-oaked beers do. My only complaint is that I wish the flavor was more complex.

Photo of rhinos00
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle was dated September 2008.

A- Pours a maroon, brown color. Semi-clear. Produced a fingers width of cream colored, silky head.

S- Very akin to that of a Belgian quad. Notes of raisins and figs are very prominent in the nose. Some complexity going on here. Noticing a bit of caramel and toffee with a bit of smoked cocoa nibs.

T- Sweet caramel notes upfront, followed by dark fruit flavors. Midway through, the beer develops a slight vinous quality along with oak characteristics. Finishes slightly on the sweet side with a hint of smokiness. The vinous quality noticed midway through definitely grows in the finish.

M- A little too thin for my liking. Would of liked more of a body, more of the viscous nature. Well carbonated.

D- Pretty drinkable. The 10% abv is definitely not evident.

Overall, a pretty good beer. A little different than expected, especially after taking a nice whiff of the aroma. As stated above, lots of complex things, but what really threw me off was the vinous characteristic in the beer. At first it didn't really mesh all that well, but after warming up a bit it became somewhat cohesive. A very interesting beer to say the least.

Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap into an Allagash 25cl goblet - pity it was such a small pour!

A: Clear dark ruby body topped with a finger of off-white foam; almost no lace.

S: Sweet dark fruits and a little alcohol - pleasant and inviting, but not overly complex.

T: Blows the nose out of the water with amazing complexity: figs and dates up front, followed by a pronounced vinous flavor of tannic red wine and toasty oak barrels. Almost a smoky aftertaste, with just a faint (and pleasant) warmth from the substantial alcohol; amazing beer, rivaling many top-flight Belgian quads.

M: Rich and full-bodied with ample carbonation. Nice.

D: Huge complexity of flavor more than outweighs the noticeable alcohol - I really wish I'd gotten a full pint (or 750, for that matter) of this outstanding beer.

Notes: By far my favorite Allagash offering to date; I'd been underwhelmed (not to say disappointed) with some of their other beers, and tried not to get my hopes up about this one - turns out my hopes wouldn't have mattered, as this was simply a delicious beer. Major props to the Prime 16 happy hour for making this one available!

Cheers!

Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown with a light off-white head, good lace.

S: Definite medicinal alcohol, phenol, dark fruit.

T: Prune and date syrup are evident with a bit of molasses and oak. Some phenol is still there, but not as big as in the smell which makes the drink more satisfying in the end.

M: Rather full-bodied, creamy, some ethanol notes.

D: Good, but not as good as I expected, but another solid brew from Allagash and one I's certainly have again.

Photo of soupyman10
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift from my wife for my birthday. A September 2008 bottle that I've been dying to get into. Pours a deep amber, almost maroon color with deep red highlights. Smallish head that dissolves quickly. Nose is enormous dried fruit, maybe prunes in particular. Oak presence. Chocolate and caramel malt. Some alcohol hints. Flavor is similar, even bigger. Huge fruit, chocolate. Raisins and prunes again, and stronger oak than before. Some dirtier roasted malt in there too. Really an absolutely delicious beer. Body is fine and carbonation is fairly mild, smooth, good for the style. Overall, a delicious beer that I would have frequently were it not for the price.

Photo of FernMaster
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay Goblet.

Oh Allagash, I've wanted to try a beer from this brewery for a while now. Odyssey did not disappoint. The Chimay goblet may have though. There was very little head from this pour, though my buddy's glass had more head. The lack of head was disappointing, but there was lacing that continued to form around the glass, a detail I particularly love. I was a bit cold when I was drinking this, so the smell was moderately hidden from me. As I warmed up the smell became more noticeable, it had a powerful sort of smoky, wooden quality to it that was truly wonderful. The look of the beer is a dark brown, in which I could see my reflection perfectly in the glass. If I could draw, I'd do my self portrait in this beers reflection. This beer is the perfect sipper! I found it actually amazingly difficult to put down; I just couldn't put it down. The play between the yeast, malts, mixed in the oak barrels is just amazing. A lot of beers have been brewed in oak barrels before, but not at the level of expertise that Odyssey was.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at Great Lost Bear. This beer was absolutely stunning upon first taste. It is a deep mahogany color and very rich in taste. It is deep, complex, and malty sweet. Its flavor is best savored alone, as other beers at the same time seemed to overwhelm it surprisingly easy. This said, there is a lot of sugar in this beer, it was almost surpy in consistency. Definetly a great beer, one of Allagash's finest. I would love to see how this one ages, almost port-like.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up awhile back when I visited the brewery.

Pours a dark translucent brown with a good 2 to 3 fingers of snow white head. Retention is very good, and lacing is minimal.

Smells very sweet, alot of sweet roasted malt and caramel, some mild spice and oak notes.

Taste is fairly complex, alot of dark fruit, plum and prune, a bit of sour yeast with some roasted buttery malt. Oak aging is pretty mild, giving it a nice edge but not dominating. Hop presence is almost nonexistant and is smothered beneath sweet and sharp spices.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is perfect. This beer coats the mouth a bit but isn't as sticky as I thought it would be.

Drinkability is great. I can't get this here and as such I'm sad that this will probably be the only time I have this. Easy to drink, great to taste, fantastic as a desert beer or warmer. Freakin' fantastic, get it if you can.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another brew from the most generous trader NutBrown. Thanks Alan!

1 year old as it was bottled September 2008.

A nice pop when I removed the cork, it pours a clear deep amber brown colour with about an inch of offwhite foam. When I hold the glass to the light, I get some ruby red highlights. The lacing is top notch so overall...a beautiful looking brew in my New Belgium goblet.

The smell makes me audibly say...oooh. I'm getting a ton of caramel malt sweetness, dark fruits like figs and maybe plums or rasins or both, some fine oaky goodness, man. Oh and when I say a ton, I don't mean it literally as the nose is not overpowering by any means; I just mean there's so much complexity that my nasal passage doesn't know which way to turn. ;^)

First sip...is the wow! Nice caramel malt sweetness that is immediately balanced by dark fruits, raisins and figs and slight tartness, goodly amount of some bready malt and....a very nice flavour from the oak that isn't too bold and brass so as to take away from everything else that is going on here. Allagash did one hella good job with the oak aging here!

The mouthfeel is on the low side of medium with the carbonation defintley low but it suits this brew to a T! The foam shrinks quickly during the session as does the lacing but at no time do they completely leave the scene. That warms the cockles of my heart. Speaking of warming...

Drinkability? Sitting here, enjoying every sip from my glass, I would have never guessed this puppy weighs in at 10%abv. Want proof? I never mentioned anything about alcohol, abv, warming, etc in the taste area of my review. To be honest, this "feels" like a brew with a much lower abv content. More like 6% or 7%abv at the most. How the hell did they do it?? More importantly, I'm super glad that they *did* do it, by what ever means. In my book, this garners top score for drinkability.

Bottom line: Great looking brew with a nose that will grab your interest from your first whiff, for sure, the splendiferous taste, the lightish but smooth mouthfeel, and the exceptional drinkability....all in all, this brew just blew me away!

Photo of NCSUdo
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle; bottled January 2008

A: Deep brown under a very small white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Mild sweetness, dark fruit, hint of raisin, tobacco and molasses. Some toasted malt and booze eventually show up.

T: Mild sweetness again, oak stands out more, hint of spice, some raisin and tobacco here also. Hint of toasted malt, brown sugar and some chocolate as well. Bitterness shows up as beer warms.

M/D: Medium to full body, carbonation is low. Drinability is decent. High alcohol but never overwhelmingly so, a big beer that drinks lighter. A solid beer, but one I think may be even better fresh.

Photo of beer2day
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Oct 2006. Tasted July 2009. Spent 30 months in the back of the beer fridge. Geez, how did I let this one sit so long?

Pours very dark brown. Much darker than expected. One-finger tan head dissapears quickly. Faint lacing, but lots of active carbonation.

Nose is candy sugar sweet. Some roast malt, but mainly sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and lightly burnt sugar all there along with flambeed cherries. Very nice.

Very thick on the hit and in the finish. Robust. Slightly fizzy finish. There's something in the finish that reminds me of (gasp) bacon, but I don't mean that in a bad way at all. Fits right in, kind of like caramelized sugar.

Oak flavors roll in over the tongue, but do not dominate. Just adds depth of character. Very enjoyable.

Alcohol is there, but well hidden in the flavor profile. Of course, after nearly 3 years of aging it should.

Another fine offering from Allagash.

Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.