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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 261
Gots: 194 | 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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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle marked Jan 2013 into solo cup (I'm on vacation)

Appear: dark brown with large off white head. Surprising for 10+ abv unfortunately with the solo cup appearance was limited to what I saw as I poured
Smell: lots of dark fruit and wheat. Some oak present.
Taste: wonderful dark fruits and wheat, much like the smell. I get a tinge of metal however which is unfortunate.
Mouthfeel: a little thin, but good for the style
Overall: I really enjoyed this beer from allagash but not as much as Curieux. This slight metallic after taste bothered me and the price is a bit steep. That being said I have never been dissappointed with Allagash and this is a really good beer.

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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. December 2011 batch. Thanks, Cliff.

A: Cola brown; tan, 1 finger head that lingers. Great lacing.

S: I can smell the bourbon a mile away. Wow. Then the malt slides in with a caramel backbeat. Love that malt smell.

T: Oaken, smokey, bourbon-y, caramel, toasty, molassas. A chewy finish. Just spectacular. Alcohol slides in to seal the deal.

M: Heavy carbonation, frothy on the tongue.

O: This is just an outstanding ale. An excellent after dinner drink.

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

A nice dark red pour, little head that does not hold, this looks good. Oak dominates the smell, as might be expected, coupled with raisin and grape. Port wine is the first comparison in the smell, rather than Ale. It smells complex, with a hint of alcohol. The port comparision continues in the taste. Some vanilla to smooth it, it does not taste as strong as it is. The raisin in the nose is also in the mouth. little carbonation (just sufficient) keeps this from being thick, and the raisin lingers in the aftertaste, but not in an unpleasant way. This Ale would go extremely well with a nice steak, and another one for the cigar afterward. It can certainly stand up to these very strong accompanyments, and will not be dominated.

I like this, and I don't always like my beer this strong.

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

Bottled 10/23/2006. 750ml Bottle served in a New Belgium Snifter at cellar temperature.

A - Poured a very nice and deep dark hazy mahogany colored brown with a big full head that stood at least three fingers high of tan colored lace. Great retention really kept this this up there too as it lasted for a good few minutes before finally, and reluctantly settling down into just a one inch high topper of lace and tons and tons of sticky foamy side glass remnants. A very nice appearence I would have to say.

S - The aroma was full of spice, from the first whiff I was picking up nutmeg, figs and hints of oak. A very nice brandy like alcohol smell as well. very full aroma as it warmed some other dark fruits, perhaps cherries or plums started to emerge and really become prominant. A nice grainy and earthy back was at the foreground the whole time as was a nice mellow caramel like sweetness that let everything just blend together.

T - Very well put together and alot more mellow then I thought it would be, the year in the cellar really did this one justice. The first flavors I noticed were a very nice presence of figs or prunes that really helped to push forward the spices that were laying underneath. As it warmed I really started to pick up the wood flavors, very well done and nothing overbearing here at all. The alcohol was there but had mellowed quite a bit leaving behind a slight brandy like warmeth but nothing that ws going to stop me now. The finish was long and drawn out with hints of earthy grains and a touch of fruit.

M - Very nice medium bodied ale that was really put together quite well. The carbonation had held up very well really giving it that full creamy feel. Seductively smooth this was the ideal balance of carbonation and smooth feel. Very nicely done.

D - I found this to be a very nice sipper. The alcohol in it was quite mellowed and the flavors went really with each other creating a very nice balance here. I enjoyed the entire bottle over the course of a couple hours and was quite pleased. I dont think I would have went for another one, but this was quite good.

Overall this was an excellent brew and one of the best I have had from Allagash. A superb barrel aged beer this combined the best of what they can do. I would gladly by another one day. Really a nice selection here that I would have to recommend.

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

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Raisin/malty nose. Flavor is sweet, raisin, hints of oak. The high ABV is hidden. Bottled Jan 2008. Over the top but worth trying at $17.00 for a 750ml bottle from a Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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

feb 2005 bottling, one of 445x12=...?

appearance: dark ruby color with an off white tightly packed head. very carbonated and otherwise active in a delirium snifter.

aroma: very malty. coffee notes with a tinge of sweetness.. i know! tiramisu! this beer smells just like tiramisu! rich, sweet.

taste: extreme vanilla. toffee and honey in the background. subtle wood and subtler tiramisu with a dark overall body. hazelnut is in there somewhere. what a perfect dessert beer. bottle #2 goes in the cellar, as usual, and i cant wait for this busy bouquet to mix up a little and mellow. overwhelming, a chaotic yet orgasmic taste experience.

mouthfeel: heavy. smooth & thick. yum. where is the abv here, cause i certainly dont taste it. its got that bubbly unibroue dark smoothness to it.

a good spring transitional season beer. like weyerbacher's insanity in some ways, but more drinkable and lighter overall for slightly warmer drinking weather. great beer.

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

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a wicked malty scent that boasts of roasted and crystal malts along with a deep whiskey aroma. There is quite a bit of warmth and complexity in the aroma. The taste is great. It has a warming whiskey flavor that is complimented with a complex malt bill. It's roasted and full of Belgian crystal malts; very tastey. The mouthfeel is near perfect. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. The whiskey barrel storage is a great idea. It really adds a whole new flavor to an already solid brew.

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

January 2008 bottling; tasted July 2009

Appearance: Pours a cola color with a sturdy, though less than impressive, beige head that descends to a film rather rapidly; the beer does deliver in the lacing department, however

Smell: Toasted bread and dark fruit (figs, cherries and dates), with elements of vanilla, tobacco, charcoal and bacon

Taste: After the initial toasted bread and dark fruit (cherries, figs and dates). chocolate and vanilla, the flavor profile adds a range of interesting flavors (tobacco and bacon, primarily) but a woody element as well; the swallow allows all the flavors to blend together through the finish; when various phenols add an herbal, yeasty element

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: One of the more impressive brews Allagash has released; this beer has tremendous complexity and is very enjoyable

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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.

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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.

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