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rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.24%
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Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% 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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Photo of gford217
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

January 2008 bottling, poured into a tulip.

Pours dark, dark brown with hints of copper showing when held up to light. There is a small creamy tan head that recedes to a small collar and swirl in the middle.

The aroma is sweet with dark chocolate, molasses and dark fruit - raisins, plums and even some grapes. There is also a noticeable dark roasted malt character and some wood and bourbon.

The taste is spectacular and unbelievably complex. There is a base of roasted chocolate malts with molasses and dark fruits mixed in. The finish is chocolaty but with a definite bourbon and oak presence. The flavors just keep coming as it warms - figs, raisins, rum, tobacco, licorice, you name it.

The mouthfeel is very, very smooth, full bodied with good carbonation. Dessert-like overall.

I had this beer about a year ago and remembered it being good, but, wow, this is an excellent beer, probably my favorite from Allagash. It has so many things going on but they all seem to merge together perfectly. Superb beer. (1,016 characters)

Photo of soultrain19
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip glass. Very,very dark with just a faint red glow when held up to the light. It had a limited head that quickly wisped away. The wonderfully complex aroma was full of beautiful malt characteristics and fruit. And the taste. Oh my! The taste is divine. Plum and raisin and chocolate and just an amazing collection of sweet and earthy flavors with the oak just sort of mellowing or melding the flavors together. For such a big beer the alcohol was not discernible and the mouthfeel was remarkably smooth and creamy. I wasn't sure what to excpect, but I know what I got. An absolutely fantastic beer that my only regret is that I had but just the one. Now I begin my search to acquire more. (707 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark but quite clear, with surprisingly light amber highlights and a surprisingly tenacious tannish head. Rich aroma of caramel, vanilla spice, some smoky meat notes and light coffee-and-cream. On the palate, rich and perfectly balanced flavors mix with excellent carbonation and smooth barrel-derived tannins. Very creamy in mouthfeel and flavor, along with some slightly sweet nutty, coffee and cream notes and slight twang of acidity. Some alcoholic hotness, but it serves mainly to activate the other flavors and lengthen the finish rather than distracting you. Overall, this is a great beer, and one of the better barrel-aged Belgians I've had. The oak barrel notes aren't too sweet, too forward, or too cloying; instead they just add some great nutty and vanilla-y notes to an already tasty Belgian brew. Excellent beer. (837 characters)

Photo of CochonKing
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep brown with slight golden hue at the edges of the beer. Forms a small head about half a finger. The smell is strong with heavy malt and cereal notes on the beginning of the nose, also some wet dog. The oak is strong on the nose as well with some leather and tar on the nose as well. Coffee on the nose as well and some dark chocolate. The taste is very interesting, toasted barley, malt, some caramel and vanilla from the oak I'm assuming. The mouthfeel is amazing, full bodied with a lot of texture it really opens up on the palate, the kind of beer you could almost chew. It is really well made. (609 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Sept 2008; drunk Apr 2009. This poured a hazy mahogany with some light tan head. It smelled like roasted barley and oak with some sweet caramel and bready yeast, along with some coffee and cream, and a hint of aged cheddar. It tasted like rich roasted barley and creamy yeast and oak, with some molasses and coffee. Surprisingly malty without as much hops or wild Belgian yeast. It was watery with some smooth carbonation, and had a mild bitter aftertaste. Overall this was an excellent beer. It was delicate but robust, and was very smooth and easy to drink. It was a bit hot, but the alcohol wasn't too strong. It would probably age very well. All in all I had no complaints about this beer, other than I wish it wasn't quite as expensive. But it's worth it, even if just to try once. Every sip was rewarding. Solid brew. (831 characters)

Photo of stuppy
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick tan head when poured, that moves to a persistent head over the entire glass, dark brown almost black, can't see clarity

Aroma: Dark fruit, dates and raisins, grainy, oak, light vanilla, some spicy aroma, some alcohol (

Flavor: Grainy flavor, some raisin and date notes in middle, oak and medium vanilla, some roasted flavor, low bitterness, no hop flavor, dry finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation, some alcohol warmth

Overall: Great Dark Strong! Seems to have a scent amount of Wheat. Grainy aroma and flavor and the head is persistent, hard to get in a beer over 10%abv. The Barrel adds a nice touch with oak, vanilla and roast? flavors. Very smooth for a beer of this strength. Very young. Wish I had a second to cellar for a year or two.

Bottled January 2014
750ml Bottle (814 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick, impenetrable consistency. There was a big, creamy, off-white, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A fantastic-looking beer.

S: A big smell of malt, toffee, yeast, and a bready quality.

T: Like the smell, the taste was very big. Belgian yeast, malt, toffee, bread, and some phenols grace the presence of this beer. A complex, flavorful blend.

M: Lots of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of most well made and drinkable Belgian Strong Dark Ales I've tried in a while. (566 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
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. (617 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by JealousChalice @ jerz halloween tasting

Look: Pours a dark brown color with a 1/8 inch head and very little retention

Smell: Lots of dark fruits on the nose especially fig and dates. Some nice caramel and oak follow the dark fruits

Taste: Very complex flavors that I expect from a very good belgian dark ale. Nice notes of tobacco and leather upfront then the dark fruits take over and punch you in the mouth exceptional dark fruit flavors and the beer finishes nicely with some oak and vanilla notes

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Overall: This is simply put a fantastic beer and highly recommended thank you JealousChalice for sharing this amazing beer (697 characters)

Photo of kels
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours completely and totally opaque very dark chocolate brown, almost black. The short 1 finger foamy, fizzy hazelnut colored head fades to a soft, frothy skim nearly immediately. Not much lacing to speak of, just a trace here and there.

Warm aromas of oak and vanilla couple with a sticky, raisiny presence. A little toffee and burnt marshmallow linger beneath. Really nice and unique nose on this one.

The taste seems to be comprised of layers of flavors. It starts with a sweet dark stickiness of prunes and currants and builds to a roasty coffee and nutty presence. Huge charred oak comes through, especially in the aftertaste, along with some dark cherry, black walnut, and a hint of creamy coconut. The beer is pretty well carbonated, keeping things from getting too heavy. The alcohol is definitely there, but it's more notable in the feel than in the taste. It produces a slowly building warmth that makes for an even more enjoyable experience.

This one drinks waaay too easy. The body helps it go down extremely quickly with deliciously complex flavors that don't promote pauses. (1,099 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 2009, 10.4% ABV.
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a jet black with ruby red peeking out of the corners and a one finger light beige head.
S: A bit of Belgian funk, dark fruits, and heavy oak on the finish.
T: Big sweet malt with brown sugar in the beginning with nice vanilla, oak, and toffee to follow.
M: Perfect level of carbonation, and lighter bodied than similar high ABV brews, with the wheat base as opposed to a traditional stout base.
D: Wow, brilliant, this tastes like an imperial stout with Belgian funk in the nose but not enough to influence the taste all that much (unlike Belgian style imperial stouts like JP Dark Dawn). The wheat base helps this beer's cause as it makes it lighter and easier to drink. (754 characters)

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! (676 characters)

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

Brown, 750 ml bottle, corked & caged. Bottled in February 2005.

Dark & mysterious with ruby coloured highlights. Thin cap of rich beige coloured foam. Fast moving lines of fine carbonation.

Vanilla & nuts fill the nose, along with a very in your face charred oak aroma.

Just a touch of sweetness up front. Lovely flavours of vanilla, smokeyness, oak, dark fruit, & nuts. Dry & rustic. Medium-full bodied, robust, but soft carbonation. I imagine this will become quite interesting after a few years in the cellar. (521 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, woody brown color. Sliky beige head with light lacing.

Nose has bready malts, figs, cherries, caramel, oak, vanilla, faint earthy hops and spicy alcohol.

Taste is equally complex. Sweet, herbal, and fruity with a nice boozy oak and vanilla presence.

Creamy body is well carbonated. Impressive offering from allagash. (336 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

February 2005 bottling. 10.4% abv. Pours a deep brown cola color with a half inch of bone white head on top. Small particulate yeast in suspension. Head stays around. Aromas of roasty caramelized malts with notes of brown sugar and dark fruits. Sort of nutty with a big oaky, bourbon nose as well. Barrel aged aroma is vibrant and very nice.

First sip brings a slightly roasted caramel, brown sugar maltiness. Dark fruits move in along with a wonderful oak, bourbon flavor. Spicy yeast tones meld in with a Belgian character. Finishes with a whisper of alcohol and a lingering oaky flavor. Quite outstanding.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good steady carbonation. Not too heavy it is quite a decadent brew. After nearly 2 years this is drinking superb. I only wish I had more bottles around. Another acheivement from Allagash. Seek it out. (854 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one heck of a beer. Not black as night, like a good stout. But dark and black. And no other colors seem to be peaking out. Nice head. Good lacing on my drink. As I poured more later, lacing wasn't so good.

Smell: very complex and pleasant. A lot of bourbon in there. I want to say figs and other darkish fruits in it, but it is hard for me to identify like smells. Very complex.

Taste: bourbon and some belgian esters. You can also tell, besides with your eyeballs, that this is a dark beer. Bourbon tastes become progressively more integrated into the beer as it warms.

Mouthfeel: good at first but becomes smoother as the temp increases.

Drinkable? Yes. Very good for the high alcohol %.

I hope they keep this one around for awhile. Excellent and highly recommended, esp. for bourbon lovers. Bourbon dominates but doesn't overwhelm. (857 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown magnum with a bottling date of February 2005 on the label.

A- Two fingers of think head stick to the glass all the way down as bubbles continually rise to the top. A shade of garnet within the deep dark brown colored brew.

S- Candied fruit, almost fruit-cake like smell. Toffee and bread crust, over-cloved molasses cookies. Spicy fermented wheat, phenols and alcohol make for a very complex aroma.

T&M- Molasses cookies, cloves, candied fruit and pecan brittle all come to mind. Lush smoothness with a mild crispness that cradles the delicate yet feigned thick body. Solid oaky bite, teethy with a drying effect. Tad buttery with a alcohol warmth in the back.

D- Crazy Crackers! This has to be, hands down, one of the most flavorful, complex and enjoyable beers I have had in a long time. Allagash makes brewing a quaffable 10% Belgian style beer look simple. Paired this with some hard goat cheese and bunderfleish. (941 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown with a creamy head that slips down into a collar

S: dark fruits (like raisin) and molasses/toffee

T: wheat, candi sugar, roasted barley; suggestions of dark fruits like dates and raisins; some oak - a very "classy" dry finish with hints of vanilla

M: crisp and toasty - especially for a dark beer - medium body, some sparkle

O: high class beer here - very impressed with Allagash again - this is a very well-balanced, smooth, and complex beer (460 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle from a trade with goodbyeohio. This is a February 2005 bottling that I cracked open after reading a recent thread that said the 2004 had run its course.

A: The ale has the dark black color of a black cherry color, highlighted nicely with ruby red tones that come through when the ale is held to light. The head approached 2 fingers on pour but quickly wasted away to a thin white band.

S: The nose has the swirling depth of a Belgian ale, candi sugars and distinct Allagash yeast strain, along with the buttery sweetness of oak.

T: The oak aging has really left its mark on this beer. The buttery sweetness is evident immediately, adding a vanilla bean flavor to the ale. Dark candi sugars add an appreciable depth to the ale as well, nicely complimenting the oak aging with an underlying sweetness. The more I taste the beer, the more that oak aging is easily mistaken for the sweet corn smoothness of a bourbon barrel ale. The finish has some dark alefruits, raisins particularly, with a healthy dose of candi sugars.

M: The mouthfeel is engaging from the first sip, taking oak and Belgian flavors and seemlessly melding them together. The warmth of the alcohol pops out only at the end of the sip, creating a nice finish.

D: I wanna take this beer behind the middle school and get it pregnant. I thought that Curieux and Interlude were the zenithes of brewing but this one is a real sock-knocker-offer. (1,427 characters)

Photo of Casey10
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this a couple of times such a great beer. It is a bit pricey but so well done it is worth it !!!

A - Poured into a Portsmouth tulip dark pour with a small head very dark.

S - Grapes, candi sugars, nice oak background notes as well.

T - This one is smooth yet a small bite really nice you have to drink this to see what I mean.

M - Leaves a creamy feel slightly vinous again the oak leaves a nice feel as well.

D - Wow might leave a 5 here but the price is a bit prohibative, either way a must have!! (508 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sincerely thankful to my brother tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle with me- poured chilled from the corked and caged 750ml into a tulip glass.

A - An opaque mahogany shade w/ caramel translucent color at the glass' base w/ thick creamy light pale tan cap w/ tiny bead. The beer appears substantial in the glass and head retention is good. The lace is like a webbing of sugar pulled and stuck on the glass.

S - The aroma that you want a scente candle of - I could sniff this for hours. The scent of dark toffee and cocoa w/ toasted nuts. A mild maple + spice-like odor w/ belgian yeast esters which give a hint of fig and molasses aroma. The scent of coconut and light pepper rounds out the nose

M- A full feeling beer on the palate, moderately high effervesence w/ subtle warming. The feel is spicy w/ semi-dry finish. There is a creamy quality in the middle w/ slight sugary texture throughout.

T - The taste of dark nutty toffee and oaky toasted coconut w/ hints of dark cocoa and mild spice w/ a slight molasses hint in the background. The beer has a subtle pine hop taste which goes well with the yeast spiciness and also is complemented by the flavor of candy sugar. The alcohol is noticeable in the taste as well, but does not detract one bit, it finishes slightly strong and dry.

D - The drinkability is seriously high for such a high abv beer - 10%. I have probably not had a more drinkable beer of its strength, the flavor of the oak aging pushes the beer along and never gets in the way of the other components. Lots of belgian yeast character - a Must Try to me! (1,589 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am sampling this bottle at room temp in a tulip/snifter.

The cork comes off with a loud pop and releases a small cloud.
The beer pours a dark crimson with a fluffy beige head foaming up 4 cm easy even with a gentle pour. Several lines of carbonation rise from the bottom of the glass to the surface. The head recedes ever so slowly leaving a large crater in the center of the head.
The aroma is sweet and spicy with some bourbon hints, mixing with some sweet brown sugar and a bit of dry wood/sawdust scent.
Even a little smokiness comes out with some deeper sniffs.

First sip reveals a very fine rolling carbonation that feels like a uniform covering on my palate as I sip the brew and swish it in my mouth. The body is a little liter than expected, but definitely not watery. Smooth and easy to drink for sure.

Flavor is very nice! Flavor starts with some bourbony, brown sugar, and vanilla sweetness. Quite well intertwined IMO.
The bourbon takes over in the middle and follows through the swallow. The swallow also reveals the well hidden alcohol in this brew. A nice warming rolls down my throat with each swallow.

This is the second time I have opened a bottle of this brew and I definitely enjoy it just as much this time. If you can get one, there is no doubt that you should buy it. Well worth your $$!! (1,330 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dec 2011 bottle opened May 2013.

A - Beautiful looking brew. Dark walnut body with ice tea and cranberry highlights. Fluffy off-white head with poor lace and ok retention.

S - Dark grains, toasted Eggo waffles, maple syrup, toasted marshmallows, booze.

T - Oak, honey, toasted coconut, rye bread crust, caramel, toasted whole wheat, vanilla, almond, tiramisu. Complex with great integration, and not overly sweet.

M - Medium frame. Nice smoothness.

O - The beer really opens up close to room temperature. Great balance and complexity. (540 characters)

Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.