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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

811 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Allagash Odyssey is a dark wheat beer aged for ten months, a portion in oak barrels and the remainder in stainless tanks. The recipe includes 2-row barley, malted wheat, a generous amount of roasted barley and Belgian candi sugar. This deep brown beer boasts an aroma of black treacle and raisin. The flavor hints at dates, with a mildly roasted finish imparted by aging in both medium and heavy toast American Oak barrels. The finish is dry, punctuated by vanilla.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-30-2005)
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled December 2011

A - Pours a dark brown. Light tan, one finger head. Minimal lacing.

S - Definite oak on the nose. Background of dark fruit and cinnamon.

T - Smokey oak all the way through from beginning to end! Plums and raisins too. Hint of dark cherries. As it warms, it gets sweeter. I don't find this enjoyable at all.

M - High carbonation. Medium bodied. Finishes dry.

O - What a distinct style of beer! The smokey oak plays off wonderfully against the dark fruits here. It just comes off a little too sweet for my palette.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 02:21:28 | More by cvm4
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.
bottled february 2011 (10.4% ABV)

pours a murky chestnut tone yielding a nice 1 and 3/4" foamy tan head. superb retention with lacing in abundance. excellent presentation. nose is headlined by a bready, toasty maltiness. secondary notes of spice, belgian yeast, and a hint of dark fruits, maybe candied sugar.

unusually spice-forward flavor profile, definitely above average for the style; i'm getting a decent amount of clove and pepper... a big bready malt presence is there as expected... decent sweet element to it with the dark fruits and candied sugar but nowhere near cloyingly so. maybe even a touch of bitter chocolate in the background. very good. creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with average to slightly below average carbonation.

my initial reaction was that it was a bit too spicy, but as i drank and the beer warmed, it opened up some and appreciably improved. you don't get a lot of bang for you buck here but it's a high quality brew worthy of the splurge from time to time.

(originally reviewed: 04-24-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 22:37:38 | More by BostonHops
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ad on tap at the New World Tavern--Plymouth

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, amber in color, clear

Smell: dark fruit, chocolate, oak, and smoke

Taste: smoky start,followed by sweet dark cherries,other dark fruit, moderate oak and a big alcohol kick at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light body,sweet and smoky--but not smoky enough for a smoke beer--with a bitter back bone and an alcohol rush at the end

Overall: Love the whole combination here. Truly an exceptional beer, the smoke and oak play delightfully with the great qualities of a BSDA. Am going back to find this again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2012 13:10:21 | More by tigg924
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, from Ned's. $18.

Appearance: Dark red-brown. Beautifully clear garnet when held to light. Thick off-white head with great retention and pretty good lacing.

Smell: Really not too interesting. A sort of generic spicy Belgian yeast smell with some dark fruit. If it weren't for the oak notes in there, I'd be hard pressed to distinguish this from a yeast starter made with Belgian yeast-- no complexity.

Taste: Big improvement over the smell, but its not mind blowing. Spicy yeast flavors without the strong doughy/bready flavor I like in this kind of beer. Some raisin/plum dark fruit flavors. A surprising hint of chocolate is interesting as are the oak notes which give some toast and vanilla to the flavor. Just a kiss of bitterness is all you can taste of the 10%.

Mouthfeel: Again good, not great. I was hoping for a super soft wheat beer mouthfeel, but not so much. It is a well carbonated, smooth beer with a long sweet, oaky finish.

Overall: Good. I'll not buy another for 18 bucks though.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 01:07:49 | More by rapidsequence
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottled February 2011.

Appearance - Deep brown body with flecks of reddish hues. Barely transparent at the edges. Huge khaki head. Four fingers. Excellent retention and lacing. Looks spectacular, especially for a 10.3% ABV beer.

Smell - Rich caramel. A smokey presence as well that gives the caramel a surprising complexity. A bit of a cola aroma and just a hint of fruitiness behind all of it.

Taste - Deeper and richer caramel than the aroma. Diminished cola presence and nowhere near as sweet as I expected. The smokey character rounds out the flavor with a touch of char and oak that blends everything nicely.

Mouthfeel - Not thick, but definitely not dry, as I had expected from a BSDA. Creamy but remarkably easy to drink. No hint of booze.

Overall - Beautifully crafted beer. Incredible flavors and a perfect mouthfeel. This could stand up to some of the best Belgian darks.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 22:02:40 | More by Alieniloquium
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CloudStrife

New York

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged poured into a goblet. Bottled Dec 2011. From the brewery.

A: Pours a brownish ruby with a 1 1/2 finger off white head. Thick and chunky head stays present as I drink. Carbonation is still visible in it.

S: Hits you with some nice belgian yeast and notes. Carmely wheat notes with a touch of bourbon. Dark fruits and a nuttiness in there too. Some alcohol on the aroma too.

T: Pretty complex yet balanced taste. Has the wheat base with dark fruits and banana. Bourbony oak creeps up on you at the end but isnt overpowering.

M: Smooth and creamy. Ample carbonation. Easy drinking for being so strong.

Overall a delicious beer, very enjoyable. Love the hints of bourbon on the wheat base.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 23:46:54 | More by CloudStrife
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Greywulfken

New York

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 21:47:27 | More by Greywulfken
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 bottled dec 2011 into a duvel glass

A: pours a dark ruby brown with a two finger khaki head.... Nice retention and nice lacing.

S: dark fruit, plums, raisins, toasty grains, chocolate, a bit of yeast... Light coffee aroma, overall the aroma is very well balanced.

T: toasty grains, chocolate, a touch of coffee, the dark wheat becomes apparent in the flavor.... A bit of underlying dark fruit, a very well balanced flavor

M: medium body with low carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is very well hidden and this brew ha a nice drink ability.

O: a solid brew.... Especially of one I didn't think I would like to much.... I typically don't really enjoy wheat beers or Belgians.... But this one was so nicley rounded and well done it was impossible not to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 04:07:25 | More by PeterIngemi
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argock

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml brown corked bottle into a Duvel tulip. February 2011 on front label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $16.99.

A: Soft brown with 1-2 fingers of light beige big-bubbled head with good retention and generous lacing.

S: The aroma is subtle malty with a lot of prune and grape with muted yeast and earthy hops. Everything is just a little too light all the way around.

T: The flavor is nice but not making me say wow at all. The grape and plum fruit presence is most marked and has a lightly tart edge with a touch of yeast spiciness and a slightly dank, earthy hops component. There is nothing objectionable but it isn't a religious experience for me.

M: Feel is smooth and quite light for the ABV -- nice job there. Carbonation is solid medium-to-high which provides a crispness which works well for the tart barrel notes.

O: I liked the beer but by no means loved it, which you had better at this price. I would definitely take one of the Unibroue BSDAs over this anyday.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 01:25:58 | More by argock
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bbeerman

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A.. Beautiful dark brown with a good amount of thick head. Lace remains throughout.

S.. Various fruit notes as well as cloves perhaps. Sweetness without being candy sweet.

T.. Subtle and very complex fruit flavors. A maltiness that was not expected but us beautiful; not a bread-like malt flavor, just a delicious flavor. I am almost speechless.

M.. Easiest high ABV beer I have ever enjoyed, this one goes down smooth and quiet, despite being above 10%.

O.. Perfection.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 12:46:10 | More by bbeerman
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kojevergas

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into an 8 oz stem-goblet at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, California. It was overpriced of course (seeing as it was The Bruery). Expectations were extremely high given the brewery, which I'm rather fond of. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention for the ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent dark amber.

Sm: Fruit, plums, amber hops, cream, toasted malts, vanilla bean, and caramelized malt. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Complex and subtle, with all the notes from the nose plus more bright fermented fruit like cherry or even raspberry. Lightly toasted malt forms the foundation. Almonds, dried fruit, and raisins are all present. Quite nice. Full bodied yet delicate and enjoyable. No yeast. Nice layering. Incredibly well balanced. Nicely built for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a subtle cream undertone. Complements the flavours well. Delicate and light on the palate.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV - which is itself really well hidden. I rather enjoy it. It was high priced, but worth it. All things considered, I did expect this to be better - especially given its reputation and seeming trade value. It's really good, but it isn't great. Not worth trading some great for.

A good candidate for aging.

High B

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 04:41:03 | More by kojevergas
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark pour the tone of prune juice, with a soft fizzy head, fading to a clear lace ring.

S - Fall/winter spice cake with alcohol soaked in, or even alcohol soaked fruit inside. Molasses and nutmeg muffins with hints of cocoa. Sweet syruppy fruit, akin to fruit cake.

T - The flavor follows up the nose, giving tastes of sweet spice muffins and fruitcake. Rum raisins, pumpernickel bread, dry biscuits. There is tangy, yeasty quality to it too. Molasses, tongue numbing clove, and a dry wine barrel aftertaste. Dry, chewy grains in the background paired with a sweet, warming alcohol.

M - Very, very smooth and drinkable. The 10.3 abv is blended and smoothed over in each sip. The carbonation is just enough to hang in with this abv, and there is a numbing clove oil effect thats kind of nice. The mouth is left with a smooth, semi sweet, semi dry wine aftermath.

O - One of my favorite styles of beer, Allagash hit a homerun here. Strong flavors with smooth effects. Well melded and complex.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 23:12:30 | More by BeerForMuscle
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled February 2011

Beer is very dark brown with a generous off-white head. Dissipates at a moderate pace

Most immediate scent is dark fruit- raisin, plum and some tart cherry. Also upfront is the oak, bringing with it a nice vanilla scent. A slight smoky scent accompanies the oak. I also get coffee, which is not typical of a BSDA.

Oak stands out immediately in the taste, a bit smoky. The dark fruit flavours are all there from the nose; mildly tart cherry most notably. A bit of a bitter roasted flavour. There is a malty flavour to the beer but it is not strong and not particularly pronounced. Well balanced, not as sweet as the style tends to be. I imagine the oak barrels play a role in this.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable but not strongly.

Overall, very nice. Close to a 4.5 in taste for me but not quite. I found that the typical Belgian elements were fairly muted and that the beer had significant stout aspects to it. The oak is the real focus of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 18:16:33 | More by jrenihan
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a clear amber in color with a thin off-white head. The head reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: A very light aroma to this beer which I was a little surprised by... Caramel malt sweetness and just a hint of smoke.

T: The beer has a great caramel malt sweetness and a nice malty body but this is complemented by a very interesting note of smoke.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: One of my favorite styles of beer and this is a good offering - a little different/interesting with the hints of smoke. Quite easy to drink and definitely one to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 16:31:25 | More by dbrauneis
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Bruery Provisions

Poured into snifter

Vintage: I'm assuming 2011

Aroma: Unexpected roast with hints of dark fruits

Medium body and creamy. Taste bitter espresso notes. The heat's there, but faint. Almost doubting it's a belgian dark; its much like a stout in many aspects. Very drinkable.

Now in the 2nd half (warmed up a bit) and the heat's showing more. Picking up the earthy wood from the oak. Getting some sugary sweetness at the tip of the tongue. Catching hints of cherries.

Overall, a nice diferent take on a Belgian dark. I totally wasn't expecting to taste something like this.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 03:12:38 | More by Rollzroyce21
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RescueKitty

Montana

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber and served in a tulip glass. Poured very dark mahogany with a thick off-white head. Glowed a dark ruby red when held up to the light. Smelled of sweet dates and dark figs. The first sip was a surprise. Tasted of coffee with hints of dark chocolate and dark fruit with slight wood notes. Creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol was well hidden. I expected this to be much sweeter than it was. Though tasting of soft fruits, it had a nice dry finish. An impressive and complicated beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 03:13:26 | More by RescueKitty
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uustal

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a slight, lingering coffee colored head. Aroma of dark fruits, coffee and huge oak notes. Bit of sour cherries as well. Big baker's chocolate and coffee in the flavor. Oak and hints of dark fruits on the finish. Smooth and dry. ABV doesn't translate to flavor. Nice cohesive flavor in this unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 23:05:04 | More by uustal
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ikantspel

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a house tulip.

Bottled december 2011

Pours a deep dark brown with a medium head
and slight lacing.

Heavy toasted malts, belgian sugars, and some oaky characteristics.

Taste follows the nose. The oak kicks in and delivers some raw chocolate/coffee undertones. Almost finishes like a stout.

FULL BODIED

Can you say subtle? This 10.4% abv seems like a joke. This beer is so good, im speechless

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 04:22:33 | More by ikantspel
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Dark mahogany. Fat messy off white head.
smell: Spicy and tart. Lots goin on.
taste: Again, lots happening. Spicy, cloves maybe. Something else there, like burnt sugar (in a good way).
overall: An impressive brew. To be honest, not my favorite style but I appreciate the artistry here and glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 00:21:33 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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beerbiatchMD

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Novare Res into 25 cL Allagash glass.

A: reddisha amber brown in color, small brown head with minimal lacing.

S: coffee, earthy roasty malts, woody and leathery, a hint of piney hops. Not as much Belgian spice as I remember from a bottle I've had previously.

T: very dark roasty grains, coffee, some oak, also a hint of tartness--maybe apple. A little bit boozy.

M: smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation, not a lot of alcohol heat even though the taste has some booziness to it.

O: Very good. It's a bigger beer but still very drinkable. Again, I remember the bottle I had a few months back (which would have had ~1 year of age on it) had some more Belgian yeast/spice notes. This one is good, but a bit more stoutish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 09:38:08 | More by beerbiatchMD
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been ages since I tried this one.

Bottled December 2011; 1160 cases bottled.

Served in a snifter.

A: Poured a dark, prune juice red-brown (more brown) color, with a little bit of ruby evident when held up to a light source, but still quite cloudy nevertheless. The head was mildly off-white and gentle.

S: I got a good bit of char upfront that was very reminiscent of a fine porter. Maybe charcoal or ash would be a better descriptor. I also got a bit of dark fruit, but nothing to write home about.

T: The taste was a different story. Literally, the caramely, nutty, raisony goodness stained my tongue upon first sip. The fruit was dark in type, but rather bright and explosive in taste. The oak aided amazingly is killing a lot of the cloying, brown sugary, Belgiany character that usually turns me off from this style.

M: Like most of Allagash's beers, this one is EXTREMELY carbonated and spritzy, like a fine champagne. I dug it in this setting. The sweetness was kept in check by the oak, and the lacing was splotchy (and those splotches were rather large).

O: Man, I need to drink more Belgian styles aged on oak. All the things I like about this style is highlighted, while muting the ones that I don't. I continue to be impressed with almost everything that Allagash produces.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 00:31:00 | More by Chaney
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico's poured in sampler glass. Pours a cloudy brownish-amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of brown sugar, vanilla, oak, caramel, and sweet fruity bread. The flavor precisely follows suit. Only very minor oxidation has set in and it takes nothing away from the experience. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, coating mouthfeel and low carbonation. Overall a very nice beer!

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 22:53:26 | More by CuriousMonk
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear copper color with a khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Thick rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toffee, and wood with some nutty aromas. Taste is of malt, toffee, brown sugar, wood, and alcohol. There is a noticeable alcohol warming in the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a light crispness. Overall, this is a very good beer but I enjoyed the taste more than the smell.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 07:31:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #4 beer on the "Top Beers - Belgian Strong Dark Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a snifter.

Beer is dark brown, hazy, thin lazy head of tan bubbles, minimal lacing and carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, a little oaky / woody, some yeast. Malt.

Beer is lighter in body than expected, strong throughout though. The oakiness adds a sort of bitterness almost like a hop at the end of the palate, this beer is fine but not good enough for the cost in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 04:24:04 | More by drabmuh
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated July 2009. Pours a ruby red/mahogany brown with a light brown head.

Aroma is sweet caramel and raisin with a faint alcohol heat.

Taste upfront is sweet brown sugar, caramel, raisins. Finish is sweet--raisin, apples, little wood and vanilla.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a good beer, but kind of one-dimensional. Raisin and brown sugar sweetness most prevalent. Barrel-aging could be emphasized more. Not a lot to describe. Wouldn't have again at the current price-point.

9/3/2011

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 05:34:53 | More by sidetracked
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.