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Allagash Odyssey | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

Added by Todd on 01-30-2005

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Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap the other night at the Allagash event at Max's.

This beer is just luscious looking. It pours a dark brown color with a creamy looking, persisting head. There is very good head retention and very good lacing. The beer looks viscuous. On the nose I get lots of chocolate and vanilla, and the beer just smells decadent and rich. The beer is very rich and long lasting on the palate, with the flavor profile replicating the nose. The beer is moderately sweet, with a soft, plush, satin-like mouthfeel. The beer has almost a creamy consistency to it. There is not a sharp edge anywhere with this beer, and it has a long finish with barely noticeable alcohol.

Outstanding. An excellent beer from Allagash.

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Photo of nickfl
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

October 2006 bottling.

Pours a maple syrupy brown with a bit of viscocity. Very faint, tan head that recedes quickly. The aroma is a rich maple syrup, vanilla, and slightly roasted wood. The taste starts ith a strong vanilla maple syrup flavor cool. The flavor slowly ges more fruity and woody as it warms. Well integrated alcohol until it gets a warm. The delicate fruits and wood slowly degrade to a very boozy brandy. Great palate, though. Even when it gets warm, great warmth and sliky smooth syrups.

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Photo of blackkristos
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real treat of a beer. Served on-tap in an 8oz glass.

It's a very dark, thick looking brew with little to no head. First smells of honey, chocolate and coffee. A little alcohol. Tastes pretty sweet, roasted coffee and honey. The alcohol is certainly noticable, but not over-bearing. Very full and thick body and the sweetness takes away that initial alcohol taste.

A perfect sipping/dessert beer. Ended up having another later in the evening and was still in love with it, although more than that may have been pushing it.

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Photo of drxandy
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked up in trade from beavers, thanks!!

Jan. 2008, 600 cases bottled, 10.4% abv

Poured from 750ml to balloon snifter, pours a thin but rich chocolate-y brown, deep and opaque, tan head disappears moderately.

smells of malts, hot alcohol, Belgian yeastiness, raisins, chocolate/coffee

First taste yielded a sourness with chocolate, coffee, raisins, figs, plumbs, apples, and yeastiness. Nice and complex, alcohol very well blended; noticeable yet still smooth.

mouthfeel was creamy, easy on the palate yet quite complex
a delight to drink, definately an ale I would reserve for after a fine meal, or just to relax and take in.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At Manderes' Allagash tasting

A - Dark brown, chocolate, lots of head, which dissipates moderately.

S - Very oaky, light malts, honey, and biscuit.

T - Oak, honey, with a light smokiness. The smell was great, but got lost in the flavor.

M - Sweet, yet bitter.

D - Not sure I can drink this beer on a consistent basis because, well, the beer isn't very consistent from smell, to taste, to mouthfeel.

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Photo of Floydster
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with tprokop7, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this brew, split with my dad tonight, poured into a Lost Coast Great White pint glass

A-Dark red with some definite brown highlights, 2/3 inch creamy vanilla colored head that stuck around for a while, some retention, nice lacing

S-Candy, a variety of fruit, toffee, bread, chocolate chip cookies, maple syrup, angel food cake, cloves, wheat, blueberries, and booze

T-Taste is much stronger than the aroma, also a big presence of sweet cream and coffee which I did not smell, could tell this spent a while in a barrel because of its big oak flavor, had a complex profile of brown sugar, rum, vanilla, booze, and dark fruits round out the taste at the beginning, got more boozy and sweet as it warmed, some chocolate came to the surface as wll, almost a candied sugar taste in the finish towards the end, aftertaste had some coconut and pineapple in it at some point, seemed out of place or it could have just been my palate going crazy, this beer was all over the place nevertheless, although it succeeded in bringing its various qualities together for the most part

M-Sugary, roasted almost like a porter, sweet, and spicy mouthfeel, body was pretty full, nice level of carbonation, would have liked to see the taste last longer

D-Might have been able to finish this bottle alone, ABV is high at ten and you can sometimes taste it, goes down easy and is smooth, not too sweet

Have not had many brew from Allagash, heard this was one of their best and I had to try it in order to find out for myself, not bad but not exceptional either, would drink again, recommended

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

Thanks to kplynch for the trade!

Bottled October 2006.

Pours a deep deep ruby color with a white head that has just a touch of gray. Good and fluffy with good retention. Nose is of caramel dried fruit with some spice, and a bit of apple. Taste follows. Thick dark fruit, caramel, spice, licorice, some vanilla and molasses. Very sweet belgian candy sugar. A slight sour note on the finish. A bit thin in the mouthfeel department, slick in the throat. Drinkability is good, but this one is way too sweet to have more than one. Overall a great brew by allagash. I would like the mouthfeel and texture to be a little bit thicker, but they are quite good as they are. I am really impressed with their belgian style brews lately, IMO they are without a doubt one of the best belgian style breweries in the united states. Good beer.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 750 into Cab glass...

Pours a slightly translucent iced coffee/Coca Cola color with a hearty, bready, 2 1/2 finger head with excellent staying power. The head is so chewy one can see the layers from the pour.

Aroma is quite perfumy at first - carbonation delivers sarsparilla and burnt raw cane sugar - as in the topping of creme brulee. Very toasty. Needs to warm up.

Deep, dark, bittersweet chocolate is predominant. Alcohol is present and provides slight burn on back of palate, but is a subtle complement. Coffee character provides nice slight bitterness. Very complex.

Velvety mouthfeel delivers a deep, long finish with extra tingle from moderate but well-placed carbonation.

A pleasure to enjoy slowly to cap off the evening.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

January 2008 bottling

Pours a dark ruby color with the perfect amount of head, at first seems fizzy but turns out to have good retention and a nice ring of lacing.

Smell is rather strong in oak with a sharp alcoholic bite, these characteristics seem to override any other subtleties the aroma might have.

Taste also displays a heavy use of barrel aging with a woody aspect coming through strong in the mouth, bit of an alcoholic bite, would be very creamy if not for the lively carbonation, lots of slickness which seems to make my mouth feel oily.

Overall a bit disappointed after having the Interlude, I was expecting something as great as that. Still an above average Belgian ale though, albeit a bit boozy, might need to age a bit to simmer down.

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Photo of Flyer
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Those people at Allagash sure know what to do with some malt, hops, yeast, and an oak barrel! Another great entry in this line-up. Pours dense brown-black with a creamy tan head, almost like a nitro head. Aromas are subtle, some Belgian floral and oak. Flavors of roast, subtle Belgian floral funk, oak, and a slightly boozy sweetness. Finishes with a pleasantly sharp roast floral quality. Actually reminds me of a Belgiany version of DFH Palo Santo Marron. Delicious, excellent.

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Photo of cookin420
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a big ol' snifta

Blackish with a twinge of ruby. Pale- khaki head is small but coating.

Oak and it's sidekick vanilla, cherries and some smoke? I smell a BBQ. Grapes. Very wine like. Pinot Noir to be specific. I have to wonder what kind of barrels were used.

Well, chocolate milk does come to mind. Minimal roasted character Minimal bittering, big vanilla and plum. Also the Pinot again. I do feel that I should state that I took notes on this brew and when I sat down tonite to review, I saw that this actually was a Belgian yeasted brew. I cannot say that this was a noticeable aspect of the flavor and I would call it's attributes to the flavor minimal to none.

Very creamy. Almost oily. Any more oily and the bell curve would be working against it. Hmmm. Mouth full of whipped cream?

10%? This went down like an ESB Very drinkable.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

January 2008 bottle, served in a large wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Dark red-brown, almost black. Small but dense head, with plenty of lace in fine patterns and dimpled sheets, quite attractive. The last glass, with a little sediment in it, has hills of stiff head, with chunky rings and massive pocked sheets of lace.

The smell is mild, but quite pleasant. Mainly light roast coffee, reminds me of Kona, with fresh herbs, a hint of milk, and maybe some milk chocolate.

Tastes much stronger than it smells, but super smooth. Smooth sweet coffee, with brown sugar, rum, mild rummy alcohol, vanilla, plum and white grape. I find much of this undetectable in the smell. The flavor is cohesive, this beer has distinct character. Each component of the flavor is sweet, and the whole flavor is overtly sweet, but the sweetness is somehow very well balanced by the gentlest of roastiness. Long finish of moderately sweet coffee and rum with a bit of plum skin. Very tasty.

Incredibly smooth silky texture, the wheat must have contributed to this. Perfect superfine carbonation.

This beer is a pleasure to drink. The flavor and texture are both so smooth, and the flavor is so enjoyable, this beer is extremely drinkable.

I didn't know what to expect from this beer, but I was still surprised.

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Photo of Damian
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA

Poured a near-opaque, deep brown/black with ruby highlights when held to the light. A light tan, wispy head quickly dissipated to a clingy ring of froth.

The aroma was dark and sweet. Oaky and bourbony with notes of vanilla, brown sugar, black licorice and sweet cream. Dark fruits were noticeable as well.

The taste was quite similar to the aroma. Malty rich and creamy up front. Slightly acrid. Dark and oaky with raisins, prunes and figs coming through in the center. Some coffee as well. The finish was bourbony and quite warm (alcohol-wise) with a lingering, sweet, alcohol-rich aftertaste that intensified as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied (a touch lighter than I was hoping for) and somewhat creamy with a lively, spritzy carbonation.

At 10% ABV I definitely expected the alcohol to be a noticeable component of this beer. However, I felt it was a bit overpowering.

Considering that this is an oak aged beer, I was disappointed by its lack of overall smoothness. Oddly, this beer seemed to contain more of the roasty maltiness associated with a porter or a stout than the phenolic fruitiness found in most Belgian strong ales. This is definitely a unique beer yet I do not feel it is one of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a full, frothy, khaki-colored head. Plenty of glass-coating lacing on the way down.

Smell: Slight sweetish hints to the aroma of rich brown malt, vanilla, candied fruits, and (though only mildly) oak.

Taste: Sweet, mildly roasted maltiness with a full taste of Keuken stroop. For only using a mere 10% wheat, I did feel it contributes significantly to the flavor, but that's just me. Handful of vanilla cookie crumbles. Distinct, yet well blended taste of toasted oak. Fig and banana fruitiness. A bit of alcohol heat on the malty, toffee sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I enjoyed it, but I'm not going to lie to you, my friend really disliked this one. I hope this bottle of Odyssey hasn't formed an irreparable rift in our long-standing friendship.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich brown with a creamy beige head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is sweet candied dark fruit, vanilla oak, and mild yeasty spices.

Taste is not as sweet as the nose. Roasted malt, with chocolate and generous vanilla oak flavor. Dark fruit and alcohol. Finish is dry with lingering yeasty spices.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a pretty good brew. Alcohol comes on a little harsh, not overpowering. Plenty of oak and dark fruit flavor.

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Photo of bashiba
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark cola brown color with a thick full head.

Had a light sweet molasses smell with dark belgian candi sugar and a light bit of yeast.

Sweet dark fruits dominate with a clean oaky malt finish. Touches of Sweet dark sugar, cherries, and raisons flavors come through nicely.

Mouthfeel is full with lots of carbonation and a bit of an oily clinging finish.

A nice Belgian dark, but nothing to special, the barrel ageing is only mildly noticeable.

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Photo of Walken
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash: Odyssey, Oak Aged Belgian Dark Ale (2008) (Tasted 04/05/08)
750 ml. Bottle: poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours out an extremely dark shade of brown with a petite, foamy, flat off-white head that's pretty persistent. The head leaves solid sheets of lacing along the sides of the glass.
Odor: Perfumy currant, alcohol & caramel up front, oak & smoke in the background as well as some soft, yeasty aromas.
Consistency: Creamy & smooth, slightly juicy. Minimal carbonation.
Taste: From the onset, this beer is perfectly balanced. First, there's a flash of alcohol & oak that stays strong until the roasted chocolate & sweet currant malt flavors enter the picture. Bitterness from the roasted barley lingers on and stays strong in the finish with some residual fruit flavors, smoke & tannin.

Perfection in a glass.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown cola color with a few red highlights coming through. Creamy khaki colored head sits fully on top and holds on for the duration with some nice lace left behind. A very attractive dark ale.

Nose is not as fruity as I hoped for, with a lot more of a biscuity grainy smell overall with some softer oak. Further sniffing reveals conservative tart aromas mixing with chocolate, toasted grain, and a touch of molasses hiding out in the back, all spiced with warm alcohol. The smell is really growing on me.

Taste is somewhat similar to the nose, with an intriguing profile and complexity dancing with firm alcohol flavor. Smooth, with flavors of grains up front. A very light sweetness sits on the tongue introducing some roasty malt tastes and a little mild bitter chocolate. Some oak and light tannin are detected toward the finish with a bright clean buzz of tart and slightly acidic flavor, mellowing quickly to more soft grain. Leaves a pleasant slightly tart and yeasty soft flavor.

Feel is a combination of carbonation, alcohol, and medium body. The body seems just well enough constructed to barely hold together the full carbonation and very notable alcohol with only a slight character of its own. Carbonation is nearly effervescent, filling the mouth with extra foam. Alcohol is warm and slick on the tongue. Not overly balanced, but enough to pass without being obnoxious.

Overall drinkability is reasonable. Strong alcohol present in nose, taste, and feel detracts from enjoying this one more. Pleasant taste is not too sweet or fruity, with a dry/dark/warm overall tone, setting it apart from some other versions of the style. As it decants, warms, and sits exposed to oxygen it begins to evolve in character. I definitely like this beer, but it seems to need a little refinement.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bottled January 2008. Pours an almost opaque dark brown with ruby-red highlights and about an inch of light-tan head. Smells fruity (dates, citrus) with some chocolate, vanilla, wood... Tastes like chocolate, date, wood, some citrus, coffee, hints of bourbon (I think)... Wow. A plethora of different flavors all playing in harmony. Rich full mouthfeel with ample carbonation to keep it drinkable. Alcohol is present only in warming, but not in mouthfeel or flavor. Very drinkable, especially for a beer of its size (abv as well as flavor). Phenomenal. Definitely Allagash's best product, at least that I've tried thus far, and quite possibly the best beer I have ever tried.

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Photo of Overlord
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to lightindarkness for the trade.

Pours a dark brownish black ... maybe some red highlights. Kind of a strange pinkish hued foam, actually. Pretty neat.

After the phenomenal interlude, I had high hopes for Odyssey. Alas, it didn't really live up to them. It's a strangely well carbonated beer. Not a terribly thick mouthfeel. Smells like roasted malt and oak. An earlier reviewer mentioned that this was a lot like drinking carbonated wine: I agree. There's gigantic vinous and oak notes. I'm not sure what the base included ... maybe prunes/figs/raisins. As you sip/let it warm, there's definitely a bit of candi or molasses sweetening the pot.

Actually, this beer seems like something Lost Abbey would put out. It's good, but not great.

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Photo of amiles
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Chicago's Long Room...

A: Poured into a stock goblet, dark brown with nice white head. Attractive lacing throughout the beverage.

S: Interesting... but intriguing. Not like anything else, much like the... >>

T: At first it tasted a bit like a carbonated red wine for some reason. After sippin' for a bit more interesting flavors revealed themselves. Oak and sweetness, complex indeed. Couldn't quite nail it.

M: Alright?

D: Perhaps could have had one more, but that'd probably be it. It was my night cap for the evening before a few Aprihops, and Benders.

Nice brew that pushes the boundaries. Allagash is good stuff.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Everything by Allagash seems to warrant a 5.0 rating.

Pours a moderate deep brown with a nice slightly off-white head that sticks around for a long time.

Aromas are rich with sugary dark malts, dark brown sugar and alcohol.

Taste is Dark malt with only a hint of oak but lots of brown sugar. Nicely mellow and balanced...not cloying in the least but definitely sweet.

Aftertaste is sweet dark malt but clean, none the less.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

January '08 bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown, nearly black, with the slightest opacity. A frothy inch of head forms and retains pretty well for the duration of the glass.

Smell: Dried fruit, a hint of clove and vanilla, very phenolic. Oak is pretty subdued in the nose.

Taste & mouthfeel: Smoke and young oak up-front, dates, caramel, licorice. Medium-to-full in body but pleasantly crisp from high carbonation. Spicy in the finish with a hint of alcohol.

Notes: Excellent stuff, the best Allagash beer I've had to date.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"Bottled January 2008 - Cases Bottled: 600"
Heard a lot of mixed reviews about this one, and since usually almost everything Allagash produces is a solid sample, had high hopes for this corked one which ran almost $14.99...
Pours a tremendous, deep-dark, pitch-black colored hue with hardly any head at all and minimal lacing to say the least...
Strong aroma of vanilla oak present along with a heavy suggestion of malts balanced by a tinge of hops...
The flavor was extremely dominated by a thick oak-presence along with strong vanilla and wine nuances... This thick, rich, full-bodied beer definitely has powerful wine characteristics and really mimics a red-wine both in the nose and mouth...
Mouthfeel was thick, rich, and creamy, but took a slight hit due to the extreme oak-flavor imparted by the taste... I'm sure if I had let this one sit for a year or two, it probably would have mellowed out a bit more...
Drinkability was about average to say the least, as the heavy 10.4% ABV was certainly noticeable and the cloying oak flavor was also present...
Not Allagash's best sample, and in my opinion, definitely not worth the price paid for...

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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.