Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 996
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 261
Gots: 194 | FT: 18
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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 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 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 deereless
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The color of an iced tea, the thinnest layer of wispy foam, signs of sticky lace along the edges - 4.25, A: Definite signs of oak (smells like French oak), what I perceive as chocolate pudding, some muddled sweetness from a sizeable malt base, slightest sign of citrusy hops - 5.00, T: Not an easy beer to get my arms around, quite boozy but not in an off-putting way, lots of overripe dark fruits - some plums to a prune juice, sugary dates - 4.25, M: Very creamy with lots of lingering ability - 4.50, D: This beer was made for an oak barrel, the 10.3% might limit the drinkability but one I would enjoy again - 4.25

Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in September of 2008. One bottle out of 530 cases. 10.3% ABV.

Corked and caged bottle opens easily with a soft pop.

Served slightly chilled into a goblet, Odyssey is a rich caramel brown with a mildly hazy appearance. No head is formed and there seems to be very little carbonation. Even swirling the beer in the glass fails to produce many bubbles.

Aroma is primarily sweet with dark fruits prevailing. Vanilla from the oak comes through here as does a bit of alcohol. The Belgian yeast is subtle in the background.

Flavor is surprisingly mild given its strength. It starts out sweet with caramel, vanilla, and dried dark fruits. The middle gives way to more chocolate covered cherries, tobacco, and grape jam. It finishes dry with lingering smoke or char. The Belgian yeast brings it all together.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body and very low in carbonation. It is very smooth and balanced with the alcohol having mellowed out completely over the past five years.

Overall an excellent dark Belgian ale. I never got a chance to try it fresh but it's fifth birthday coincided with the beginning of a new job so I decided it was time to celebrate!

Photo of Popkas
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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 brotherloco
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle. Bottling: February 2011. 10.4% ABV. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours a deep ruby-red brown, almost black. A huge, more than three finger head of meringue-like beige foam. A lot of lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is very grassy and earthy and quite dry. Some sweet chocolate malt sneaks through. Some Belgian candi sugar. A hint of dry vanilla oak.

Flavor is quite delicate and is a nice balance of bitter hops and roasty chocolate malt. Mildly sweet with dark fruit notes. Maybe a touch of alcohol in the finish, but extremely well buried. I know this is a wheat based beer, but the overall flavor is much more complex than expected. You can pick up some notes from the barrel aging, but it's quite light.

Medium bodied with extremely nice, medium super-soft natural carbonation. Fantastic mouthfeel.

I really love this beer. Great flavor and mouthfeel. Nothing about it is of an extreme nature, yet the ABV kicks in above 10%, and isn't noticeable. Amazing.

Photo of wl0307
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml brown bottle, corked and caged. Bottling date: Feb. 05, 10.4%abv. for this bottle; served lightly-chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: dark brown in colour; the beige beer head builds up fast and wanes equally with haste, leaving a thin layer of sparse foam and moderate carbonation underneath.
S: assertively oaky (white oak) and chocolatey in aroma, yet it's simultaneously rustic, dampy, prune-ish, datey, with a nice whiff of port and rather deep burned sugar... in the background a subtle touch of Belgian brown ale's woody-sourness lingers. The nose is unlike any 10%abv. beer as it is so mellow and settled, and more aromas await to ascend as the beer warms...
T: lightly chocolatey and dark-sugary malts descend on the palate first with a rather light palate, then treacle, licorice, annis, sweet prunes, dried berries, and coffee candy all develop and intertwine before a heavy dose of dryish herbal bitter-sweetness takes over. The lengthy and deep-running aftertaste shows plenty of chocolatey malts with an even more enjoyable yet delicate touch of oaky aroma, like what a well oak-aged Cabinet Sauvignon has to offer.
M&D: smoothly-textured and softly-fizzy, this full-bodied dark ale somehow tastes very light, without showing traces of high-octave alc. at all. Two years of further ageing in the bottle has made this oak-aged ale a balanced, easily approachable and very delicious nectar. Somehow the flavour also reminds me a lot of some English old ales; so, to me, this can be fairly described as a cross b/w the Belgian and English styles of strong old/dark ales. Highly recommended!

Photo of FtownThrowDown
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.

Photo of jwolfie70
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass. It poured dark reddish brown, with little carbonation. The smell was molasses, malt and herb spiciness. The taste was fantastic, with molasses like malt, belgium spicy yeast, chocolate coming through. The oak was not overpowering at all. A fantastic beer, although very price ($17.99 in SF). The limited availability and price would be the only thing keeping me from adding this to my regular purchases.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a white foam collar. Aroma of dark fruits and a wine like barrel note. Sweet, fruity and oaky aroma. In the taste, nice and malty, with candied nuts, cocoa, fruity wine, and dark fruit. The body is juicy, yet semi dry and has a rock solid carbonation earned from blending a portion from steel fermenters as well as barrel aging and blending. Overall, this is a winner. A very lively Belgian Strong Dark ale.

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

07/25/06- Received in a trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Bottled in February 2005. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Sort of a peat colored pour. Darker than brown, but lighter than black with a kinda dark green glow. Different to be sure. Full 3/4 inch head...settles in with a nice bit less than 1/4 inch frothy remaining head. Lacing it streaky and spotty.

Smell- Wonderful vinous oak barrel scent...especially as it warms. Made the mistake of drinking most of this at a lower than desired temperature. Lots of creamy caramel scent in the malt. One of the few beers that I enjoyed smelling more than I did consuming.

Taste- Rich and dark caramel malt with a quite large woody and oaky flavor. Much more than the Cruiex. Even a nice hoppy aftertaste. Licroice or anise flavor kicks in after the swallow. A few prunes, raisins and plums tossed in for good measure...maybe a bit bready as well.

Mouthfeel- A bit to carbonated for the style in my opinion. Because of the oaky qualities I would expect more of an old ale texture...instead it's pretty highly carbonated, even after sitting in the glass for an hour. Won't knock it down too much though.

Drinkability- Overall a very quality brew with a fabulous scent and great flavor. This one will be interesting to taste 5 years down the line....if I only had a bottle...sob :(

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

750 mL bottled Feb 2011. Poured into Allagash chalice. Bought this at the brewery a year ago this month.

A - Ruby brown in color with three fingers of tan head. Carbonation is extreme, with endless bubbles.

S - Sweet raisin and plum, belgian candy, brown sugar, slightest hint of oak.

T - WOW! Sweet dark fruit, chocolate, yeast, oaky finish, yellow raisins, prunes, the brown sugar is back. Caramel, spice and smoke. So much going on. This is really something special.

M - Medium body with sharp carbonation bubbles. Soothing and smooth. Goes down easy and leaves a slightly drier mouth.

O - Overall I was very pleasantly surprised. This beer is phenomenal. To date only Black and White have wowed me from Allgash, but this is on a whole new level.

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 nickfl
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.

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

Drank a 2009 vintage pulled from my cellar this evening. Poured into an Allagash 40cl glass. Dark cola colored body with a ton of carbonation still left after 3 years of aging. Plenty of lacing. Smell has vanilla and bourbon. The taste was a bounty of caramel, rum, raisins, chocolate, and just a bit of smoke. Absolutely wonderful. Mouthfeel was insane. So smooth - it was like silk going down. Three years in the cellar did wonders for this beer. I want to get one another now and eagerly await 2015.

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

Suited for adventure: husky brown, crimson highlights, cocoa head, a classic countenance, sets the mind in anticipation and the imagination loose.
whiskey screams from the nose, escaped from the bottle and ready to let fly with it's fury...rich malt and alcohol at the helm, steering us into the situation...prune, oak, raisin, plum are at guard on the side. what first stung now seems mellow, even sweet. Glorious.
Bold entrance on the palate, the rich, roasty, lush and fruity flavor floods the gates, and breaks down the door. Bourbon-y feel dominates the mouthfeel.
Other associations beckon forth...dark rum, molasses, slick, yet leathery...berries and grapes, the darker kind, come to match the onslaught of the whiskey.
Medium bodied,yet full with flavor, an relenting river of taste washes up and out with every swallow.
Finish is rather dry, just a touch sweet. Like any good drama.
The rush has been resolved, the quarrel abated, and the goals have been met: satisfaction sits in the glass, and a happy smile on the face of the drinker. We've gone to a wonderful place, throught the vessel that is this bottle, and it's noble contents, and come back better, stronger, wiser, even.
Can beer do that?
It already did.
May the force be with you.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Odyssey, Ale Aged in Oak Barrels bottled January 2010 case 970 at 10.3% alcohol by vol. I bought this gem at Exchange St. Charleston, South Carolina about a year ago. I've been holding this one until now...
Poured into a St. Fruillien oversized wine glass.

A- Pours a very opaque dark fluid with a tan head that bubbles to a tight quarter inch froth that lingers the whole brew. Heavy duty thick lacing sticks to the glass through out.

S- Metallic and alcoholic scent upfront with doses of oak and yeast. Toasted chocolate malts and sweet caramel come to mind. Alcohol ester sting the nose.

T-M- The flavor of the beer is as expected with a year or more time to mellow... excellent!
This beer packs a hell of a punch of chocolate, caramel, sweet creamy yeast. The taste is unsurpassed to any i've ever had. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a firey dance that tingle the taste buds with alcohol heat but rolls with water like ease.

D- Very drinkable but very alcoholic in nature but if i had the chance to consume alot of the perfectly crafted beer I would drink as much as allowed.

Photo of merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, February 2005 bottling. Deep brown pour reveals a clear ruby mahogany when held to light. Creamy, beige head is lush and inviting, with good retention. Some sheet lacing is apparent on the snifter.

Bourbon whiskey notes dominate the aroma, with an assertive oak wood and vanilla presence right behind. Dark fruits and cherries easily come forth as it warms a bit.

Mouthfeel has a solid medium body, alcohol warming, and a very smooth feel.

Taste is smooth and bourbony, with plums and dates intermingling with some caramel maltiness. Slight warming alcohol is not overdone and folds into the malts very well. Dark fruits transform into a tart cherry note as it warms. Lots of vanilla and woody oak from the barrel aging. A kiss of chocolate adds a nice touch as it reaches room temperature.

Better drinkability than I expected from a bourbony 10.4% dark ale. Smooth and pleasing, and very well constructed.

Photo of richkrull
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Sammy
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really good one. Bourbon alcoholly aroma, coca cola colour, lots of lace. But the taste, bourbon more than whiskey, and very drinkable. Went down really well, smooth on the tongue. A great example of wood working, with vanilla coming through. Suitable understated carbonation. A must try.

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 weeare138
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark, mahogany brown with a 2 finger, off white head that slowly fades out and sticks to the glass.
Smell is of raisins, brown sugar, plums, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, oak, dough, tobacco, caramelized apples.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. The balance seemed to be slightly skewed towards the oakiness and leaning away from the Belgian goodness but overall, it's enjoyable and very well done.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, sugary, medium bodied with mild carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Some may think it's a bit "thin" but it's the dryness from the oak tannins that gives them this initial reaction.
The abv is evident after a few sips and it makes you wonder whether or not the beer was soaked in used bourbon barrels. The barrels were newly toasted American oak so the caramelized bourbony flavors are all derived from the beer combined with the oak. Nice.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in Feb 2013. Poured in a nonic, the beer is a vibrant, dark, amber-brown coloring with a thin, light, off-white head that remains low and tight to the surface. A steady flow of small, tight carbonation throughout the body of the brew. This looks tasty. Aromas of rich, dark sweetness in the background, including dates and raisins. A subtle grain overlay on the nose balances, with some nut sweetness revealing, also. Flavors are bold and smooth initially, with a blast of rich, old world fruit sweetness (date and fig) followed by a grainy and toasted wheat character that brings a touch of sharpness and cleanliness to the palate. Very balanced. The more you drink, the more you can pull from the palate, with some tart grape sweetness and hints of smoke and char. The dynamics of the flavors keep the elevated ABV from being blatantly recognizable, but there is a subtle warmth that builds as you drink. Nutty and sweet aftertaste, with a decent linger to it, leading to a slow, light, and slightly sweet finish. This is a great beer.

Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

409th review on BA
bottle to tulip
750 ML, C/C 02/11 bottling

App- The was a very soft brown with a lot of cream highlights mixed in. The huge puffy slow receding two finger head with a little bit of lace was nice as well.

Smell- This was very complex and at the same time hard to decern. The aspect of the Belgian strong was there but was missing some of the yeast. Bready, spicy and malt with a little bit of cloves.

Taste- This was a big beer. It was very smooth for the style and has a sweet balance to play against the big ABV and the wheat and other grains. The oak comes through just a touch for me. Very delicious.

Mouth- Almost full bodied and man was thing bubbly for a big beer. It was creamy and crisp all at the same time.

Drink- Holy hell this was good. I want more and want it now. Its 10.4 but lets do some beer bongs and some beer pong with it, just to keep drinking it.

Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.