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Hads: 1,144
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 gr0g
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage. Dark brown, chestnut even, with mahogany highlights. A really nice-looking head with great persistence, leaving some almost equally nice lacing. Aroma is a match for the best Belgian quads, and it has some interesting differences. The wheat is definitely detectable, smelling a bit like a Weizenbock. Hints of clove and banana. Besides that, there's a whiff of cocoa, then it segues into ripe raisin and date. Top it all off with oaky vanilla. An intricate aroma.

The flavor is almost equally complex. Robust, malty, not that sweet. The flavor profile stays mostly true to Quad/BSDA, the wheat character being quite muted. Dark malts and dark fruits are dominant. More fruity esters and a touch more sweetness would take this to next level. Slightly sticky, throat-coating mouthfeel. Carbonation is almost pillowy-soft. Some oak and just a hint of alcohol on the finish.

Allagash Odyssey is great, much better than "Four." This is, for all intents and purposes, a Quad. Not quite as good overall as the Trappist titans, but it holds it's own. (1,058 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured slowly straight into the middle of my St. Bernardus goblet from a 750 mL corked and caged bottle dated 1/2014. I don't have great lighting, but the beer is a dark brown and develops a thick, creamy head that lasts for a while, maintains a skim covering for the duration of the beer, and leaves thin, spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Dominant aroma for me was the roasted malt. I was a little thrown off by this, and didn't know what to expect from the taste. Also present in the aroma were a subtle sweetness and dark fruit.

T - The first couple sips did produce a roasty quality, but that flavor soon folded into a really great, complex flavor profile. It was both a challenge and a joy trying to pick out the individual flavors, because each was subtle, and supported the others so very well. Eventually the dark fruit flavors took over, but there was also light oak and just enough of a tart sourness to make things even more interesting. Oh, and the 10%+ alcohol is barely noticeable. It blends in really nicely with the oak.

M - Medium bodied with lots of supporting carbonation. A little prickly at first, but settles down after a few minutes. The finish is a moderately dry with just a bit of a sticky aftertaste.

O - What more can I say? Not the cheapest bottle out there, but highly recommended to share with someone in a relaxed atmosphere. Wonderful beer. (1,393 characters)

Photo of Jack_Malts
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Allagash Odyssey January 2014 10.4% abv

Dark Brown with a frothy two finger off-white head that fades gradually leaving behind frothy lacing. The head sticks around in a layer over the beer.

Smells metallic and spicy. Dark fruit - dates and raisins, plum skins. molasses. I smell the malted wheat. Sweet dark bread. Dark cookies.

Tastes of molasses. Sugar and dark fruit. Metallic funk. Cloves. Really buttery molasses cookies. Wheat. Plenty of malted graininess. Vanilla and oak come out in the aftertaste.

Medium to full body, Medium carbonation. Slightly unpleasant finish that turns in to a warm wonderful aftertaste.

I’ll start by saying that I don’t like the Belgian yeast profile in general. There’s something spicy and funky about it that doesn't appeal to me. I’m definitely not a big fan of BSDAs. I wish I was though, then maybe I could enjoy this obviously good beer. The thing that I enjoy most is the aftertaste, where vanilla, oak, and a general warmth stick around for quite a while. Up front it’s a very satisfying sweet, grainy, spicy flavor profile. I am not a fan of the finish. Bitter funk dominates. So, between the front and the aftertaste, the stuff I don’t like about BSDAs really comes out. If you like BSDAs you’ll probably love it. I don’t know. A satisfying experience however. I drank it, so that definitely means its good. Some of the lamer BSDAs I can’t even finish. I probably shouldn't even be reviewing this beer. Do try. (1,479 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/25/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, dark fruit, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid dark Belgian-style beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style. (826 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 Bosoxfan20
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark amber, near mahogany. Beautiful khaki head of a couple fingers.

S- Molasses, Belgian candy sugar, brown sugar, ripe fruits and booze.

T- Follows nose with the sweet, malty aspects. So much dark fruits, yet stays balanced. Raisins, figs, dates, cherries. Finishes with a touch of pecans and oak

M- Clean, mid to full body. Thick and sticky for the style. Alcohol present but no burn, so it only ads to the complexity.

O- Still drinking really well for its age. One of the best I have had of the style.

Bottled 12-2011
Consumed 3-2014 (547 characters)

Photo of dank203
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured into a pint style glass but a bit smaller. a dark beer. aroma is a really nutty, (and I normally don't consider things nutty) and definitely getting warm roasty woody notes as well. hint of what i'd describe as vanilla wafer. excellent smelling but taste didn't quite match up. got hints of coacoa. little to no carbonation. i'm pretty sure this was on a nitro tap (371 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750ml C&C bottle from February 2011. Generously sent to me by Gunch. Thanks John. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/6/2014.

App- Dark black body, looks a bit thin but definitely a non-illuminable brown; comes with a nice fluffy 2 finger white head that makes for a nice contrast. Good retention, no lacing.

Smell- Sweet caramel, vanilla, roast malts, some dark fruits, good oak presence. No real hint of the Belgian yeast that was presumably used here.

Flavour- Caramel, roast malts, figs. Less complex than the nose. Less oak is present on the palate. Even is a bit metallic.. not enough to detract from the whole experience. Not a particularly intense or complex beer, but still tasty. No alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel- On the thin side, a bit watery. Fine carbonation. Aftertaste is a solid sweet vanilla flavour that fades away quickly. Fairly drinkable for the ABV.

Overall- Interesting take on the BSDA; unfortunately this style must not be for me. Seeing how expensive this one is makes me shake my head. I wouldn't buy this again if it was just me; though if you like BSDAs, this might be for you. (1,116 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.86/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Has this at Columbia Ale House and have it a 5. Wanted to have it again to give it a full review to see if it could hold on to the rating. Absolutely an awesome beer with very little to knock. I will certainly be willing to buy this again despite the cost. (256 characters)

Photo of tmhessel
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half-growler fill, poured a few hours later into a tall drinking glass (a Collins glass?) Not much head, but that might be due to growler fill. Nice lacing. Rich mahogany color. Chilled, taste unremarkable, though the alcohol speaks. Given time to warm, oak notes emerge, with a distinct hickory smoke. I'm not usually one for oak-aged beer, but this is the exception. Finish lingers and stays - maple, and maybe toasted marshmallow?
Up there in ABV, so this is a sit-down consumption. Don't go drinking this then go swinging around a chainsaw, you'll have a bad time. (568 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.44/5  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! (1,161 characters)

Photo of tigerbeer90
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of rdickey
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Deep, dark brown, with slight redness at the edges. A huge fluffy head sits on top, leaving sheets of lacing as it slowly drops.

Smell: Dark stone fruits, raisins, wheat, Belgian spices, maybe a little dark chocolate. There’s a lot going on, and it’s hard to pick out the individual elements because they’re integrated so well.

Taste: The wheat is more prominent here, and provides a nice counterpoint to the stone fruit and raisin sweetness. The oak and vanilla notes from the aging also come through more strongly. It finishes with a nice wave of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated – just about perfect.

Drinkability: Very high. Definitely a slow sipper that you’ll want to savor. (741 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$14.99
Binny's Orland

Bottled 1/08
10.4%

Odyssey has the look of coffee as it's being poured into my goblet but a glass full borders on black. When backlit, mahogany highlights glows through the thinner parts of the body. A creamy beige head grew easily on the pour and fell just as easily to a healthy froth. Silky sheet lacing gets left behind after each drink and while the drink lines stay put the lower sections slide slowly back into the body.

The wheat in this beer is very expressive and lays down a strong foundation for the big, robust aromas of this brew. The aroma has so many different elements that it's hard to pick them all out. Dates, figs, leather, mild pipe tobacco, and brandy soaked raisins all show themselves at one point or another. The oak doesn't play a huge role in the nose but has a buttery vanilla quality to it. There's even a layer of dark chocolate in here that I imagine is coming from the wheat. I could sit here with my nose in this glass all night.

This beer is just as expressive on the tongue with a wash of flavors zigging and zagging their way through my mouth. The dark chocolate seems to be a little dusty on the tongue and kicks things off along with the rich wheat. All those aromas I mentioned are right here on the tongue and the oak is vanilla rich but manages to mingle nicely within the rest of the flavors. The sweetness comes in the form of figs and dates while the brandy soaked raisins add a touch of heat. The finish brings out the light tobacco notes. Odyssey is hugely complex and a beer to ponder.

The mouthfeel is good but it is the only thing I'm not crazy about with this beer. The body is on the heavier side of medium but could use a little more heft. The carbonation brings some overall creaminess and the swallow has a little sticky sweetness to it. Mild super clean alcohol fumes cut that sweetness and can be felt in the nose.

This is a big hugely complex brew but it's a sipper without a doubt. I've been working my way through this 750 for about an hour now. It continues opening up as it warms. It's been cold all day, I've been working outside, and this is a good brew to come home to.

The whole concept of this beer was appealing to me but I didn't think I'd like it as much as I do. The oak is integrated very well. I wouldn't hesitate picking this up in the future. Odyssey is another fine brew from Allagash.

Reviewed: 11/24/08 (2,417 characters)

Photo of Profchaos20
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/19/13, bottled Dec 2011, 750 ml bottle in a tulip.

A - Pours a clear brownish red with a two finger light tan head. Little lacing, but a beautiful looking beer.

S - Sweet malts, champagne smell probably from yeast. Oak/wood is present, but not overpowering, candy, maybe some chocolate too.

T - Light malt and oak which is the dominant flavor but not overpowering, pleasant. Still has some alcohol burn. Brown Sugar notes.

M - Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Pretty drinkable for such a big beer, smooth too.

O - Very good and it was about a year and a half old. I would like to eventually try one fresher to see how it compares. This beer goes down way to easy for a 10%+ beer. (704 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into tulip at Mekong in Richmond Virginia. Deep dark brown with a finger of head. Awesome sugary plum and raison aromas...
Sweet roasted malts, coffee, dried fruit and maybe some tobacco. Wow. Its so smooth and just a joy to drink. The wood is barely noticeable but really mellows out the brew to an almost chugable drink. This is fantastic. (357 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)

Photo of beertunes
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from January 2010, shared on 5/5/13. Poured into tulip. Poured a nice deep reddish-brown color with under 1/2 inch of light brown head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was a lot of deep malts and a bit of fruitiness from the yeast. There was a bit of wood aroma as well, an overall very pleasant scent. On the tongue, all the above features were present, just bolder. The fruitiness (plum and cherries) was prominent, with the wood providing a good bass note underneath.

The body was nicely full, yet wasn't heavy. The beer was smooth and even across the palate. For a beer with a nice bit of sweetness, this had a surprisingly dry finish. Drinkability was dangerously easy, I would have happily killed the 750 by myself. Overall, a very nice beer. A must try if you see it, and probably worth trading for. (837 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a brownish, almost black hue with two finger head and lace ring that leaves patches. A roasted malt aroma first hits me, like coffee and toffee with a touch of bready toast and there's this sense of caramel and dark cholocate and syrupiness in the aroma as well, but not much in the fruit or hops department. Real smooth, creamy, thicker medium-bodied beer that has sweet notes abound like vanilla java, chocolate, caramel, some toffee, I swear some sweet fruit notes are evident. Great balance with roasted malts so it's not too sweet and has an edge, especially in the finish but not an ABV bite. Some woody or oakiness help smooth it out as well and make you want to keep drinking this beer. Not much else in terms of fruit flavors or hops, so I found this (and in no way is this a detriment) sweeter than your average belgian ale with less of that citric orange peel flavor you can expect. Overall, a must try for beer lover. (936 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep purple color with white head. Nose is funky with farmhouse qualities and dry oak character. Notes of dark fruit present along with white oak. Taste is fruit forward with dry notes of oak and grape. Mouthfeel is relatively light with moderate carbonation. Overall, lots of Belgian esters here, not my favorite brew. (319 characters)

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Deep, complex and flippin awesome!

A: Dark amber brown, looks great. Two finger head.
S/T: Candied sugars, really well balanced and great tasting...smooth, nice all around.
O: This is a great beer. The tastes here are so good, such a flavorful beer, lots of sweetness but absolutely not overpowering...this beer is right on. (331 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

on tap at Duckworths (NC)

Pour is a bit light for the style; but then I see this is partly a dark wheat beer. The clear dark brown/amber body is covered by a bone head that has great retention

Mouthfeel: near medium body with well-chose, soft carbonation. Very smooth.

Taste and Aroma: Wheaty, with plenty of alcohol esters and Belgian yeast. Also rather sweet up front. with hints of caramel and brown sugar, but ends mildly bitter.

O: Low on dark fruit for style, this Belgian ale was disappointing but should appeal more to folks who like wild yeast and wheat in their beers more than I do. (601 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, bottled in February, 2013, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark brown, reddish highlights, topped with an inch of creamy khaki head, nice retention and lacing.

S- Lots of raisin, other dark fruit, some caramel. Not much else.

T- Some dark fruit, lots of raisins, figs etc. There's also some caramel, wheaty grain flavors, quite a bit of spice, some clove, roasty char and dry oak towards the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, nice, creamy feel.

O- A solid BSDA, the oak flavors especially are very nice, but not much else really stands out. I'm not sure I would pick this up again when there are so many comparable beers at better price points. (662 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter at Bigby's Pour House.

Quick poll: Ulysses or Odysseus? Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly-hazy sienna topped by a finger of glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises earthy berries, light maple syrup, and dry biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the berries are less tart, everything is generally sweeter, and some strong notes of oak make themselves more than known. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an alright beer, but one that just seems too scattershot, too schizoid, to be truly effective to my tongue. Frankly, I'm glad I've held off on buying bottles of this in the $15 or so range... (695 characters)

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