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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

894 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 230
Gots: 177 | FT: 18
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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slentz

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

January 2010 bottling. From notes.

First of all if you have a bottle of this batch heed caution. This bottle was a head hunter and almost committed murder on kiddynamite920. I only twisted the cage a few times and the cork shot across the room with gusto. Watch out!

A: Poured at about 45 degrees into a huge wide mouth Belgian glass from iron hill. Slow pour down the center of the glass leads to a thin head after two minutes only a thin ring remains. Wow this one has really tight bubbles and awesome legs. When held up to light it is a beautiful glowing red. 4.5

S: Smell is really muted but picking up cherries with bready and yeasty undertones. Only a hint of alcohol. Smell is definitely lacking. 3.0

T: Taste is also somewhat bland but picking up cherries, molasses and brown sugar. This one is very sweet. All in all pretty smooth but maybe this one is passed its prime. 3.5

M: Lively carbonation leaving a sweet coating on the teeth. Goes down pretty smooth. 3.5

O: Overall not too bad I'd like to try a fresher bottle next time. Appearance is where this beer really shines. All in all I'm glad I got to try this one. Again heed caution with the cork! Sorry Billy! 3.5

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 13:47:04 | More by slentz
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottled in October, 2006 - poured into a glass chalice.

Pours very dark brown. The thin head soon becomes patchy.

The smell is winey/vinuous. Grapey with sugar candy sweetness. Subtle hints of oak.

The taste is of sugar candy, grapey wine, and vanilla. Sharp alcohol notes that smooth out over time.

The feel is creamy. A bit too light at first, but gains more of a body as it warms.

This one is different - I'll give it that. For me though, it's too sweet and wine-like.

Edit: Bottled in Jan. 08 - reviewed in Sept. 08:

Adjusted scores by .5 higher on all but drinkability.

It does have some chocolate notes that I picked up this time to add to complexitity. Body is still creamy, but yet sharp. Alcohol sharpness, oak/vanilla and vinuous (with some sourish grapey notes), in a red wine way, dominate. An interesting brew - a slow sipper. I enjoyed this bottle more than I did the first one I reveiwed. I noticed a few more subtlties and some more creaminess, but still not overly thrilled.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 14:57:10 | More by jwc215
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/19/2009 (Bottled January 2008):

Pours a very dark brown colored body, with a big creamy tannish color head. Lasting. Fruity aroma, some dark fruit, and some lightish fruit too. Some fig, and some alcohol too. Some roasted notes, and maybe some chocolate. Very strong aroma, kind of funky. Roasty, woody taste. Some wood taste, probably the oak barrel. Some smoke too. This could age in taste very well. Very carbonated. Not sure I really like the taste. A little harsh now, maybe in a few months or years it would taste better.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 22:40:40 | More by jujubeast6000
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sunofneurot

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

06-04-2014 13:54:12 | More by sunofneurot
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oso

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-18-2014 04:33:23 | More by oso
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n2185

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

11-11-2013 03:32:05 | More by n2185
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user785335

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-24-2013 16:20:50 | More by user785335
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cestlavie

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-30-2012 03:48:18 | More by cestlavie
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-19-2013 19:12:41 | More by ChrisPro
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pperez38

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

05-02-2013 10:36:33 | More by pperez38
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-03-2012 09:23:17 | More by ygtbsm94
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

09-02-2013 01:04:03 | More by DerekMorgan
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random846

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-22-2014 06:48:28 | More by random846
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

04-12-2014 19:26:12 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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Jlang2012

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

10-06-2013 02:40:10 | More by Jlang2012
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-11-2012 02:10:39 | More by TastyIsBeer
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

04-08-2013 20:23:53 | More by thebigredone
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-04-2014 03:17:23 | More by ajzy
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MisterClean

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 00:58:19 | More by MisterClean
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DSlim71

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-18-2012 16:38:36 | More by DSlim71
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nzerbe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-06-2013 02:18:39 | More by nzerbe
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-30-2012 12:57:49 | More by seeswo
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kidzord

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

05-13-2014 04:08:26 | More by kidzord
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Jeckel

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

08-29-2013 03:04:36 | More by Jeckel
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

05-28-2013 23:52:51 | More by Sean9689
Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.