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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 406
Hads: 1,150
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 308
Gots: 246 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
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 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. (754 characters)

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. (480 characters)

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. (858 characters)

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. (1,288 characters)

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. (1,300 characters)

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. (876 characters)

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. (463 characters)

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. (456 characters)

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. (825 characters)

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. (1,810 characters)

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. (688 characters)

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. (749 characters)

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. (641 characters)

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. (433 characters)

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. (522 characters)

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... (1,239 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black in color (no light shines through); Awesome lasting lace; good head that lessens to a half finger.

Dark chocolate smells along with light bitter hops, alcohol and cream.

Wonderful complex flavor--some elements of a dark porter (chocolate, smooth full body with ample carbonation) and a Belgian dark ale (notable alcohol and yeast flavor). Strong alcohol warmth in the swallow with a hoppy aftertaste (the chocolate remains throughout).

This is a very rich and satisfying brew. I don't know whether I could have several of these, but one is definitely a great experience. (587 characters)

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
Bottled Jan. 08 Case #600
A- This beer pours a dense brown body that only shows a beam of red light shining through when held to the light. There is a sea of microbubbles that support half a glass of creamy light tan head that is smooth and a bit sticky.

S- This beer has a fragrance that comes through during the pour but it is a mellow cream and brown malt note. As the beer is sipped notes of brown malt have a slight sweetness to it with a softer coffee roasted note. There is a faint vanilla and dry wood hint when it is pretty warm.

T- This beer has a smooth soft flavor of toasted malt with a slight sweetness and a faint brown sugar note with hints of prunes all blended together. There is a soft roasted black malt hint and the finish is a soft mild hop note that lingers for just a second. There is a note of dry wood under a soft alcohol spice flavor aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy almost silky texture with no real alcohol heat and a tight little fizz at the finish.

D- My overall impression is that this is another Belgian Strong Dark Ale. They seem to all taste very similar with all the flavors blended together and not much really popping out to impress my tastebuds. I don't think I would have noticed the oak barrel notes if I wasn't looking for them. But it is a good solid beer. (1,363 characters)

Photo of orsulacp
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There was a bit of an off white ring around the top of the dark brown/ruby colored body on this beer. Very fruity nose, plums and some orange, with a hint of vanilla and some alcohol. The taste is a complex layering of many flavors, oak, vanilla, plum, black pepper, and malty goodness. The mouthfeel seems to change, it starts out thick and glyceryne like and then the tight carbonation gives it a nice dry finish. The flavor of the burbon really hits at the finish. I need to get another one or two these and see what it will do in a year or five. (549 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown with a one finger tan head that lasts to the end... lots of lacing...

S: Oaky, sugar, vanilla, caramel, molasses.. slight smokeyness.

T: Fruits (figs?) lots of caramel/sugar/vanilla malts.. well hidden alcohol.. bourbon like finish.

M: Smooth medium body. Little carbonation.

D: Solid american attempt at the beglian strong dark. one of the best dark out there... (381 characters)

Photo of jwolfie70
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass. It poured dark reddish brown, with little carbonation. The smell was molasses, malt and herb spiciness. The taste was fantastic, with molasses like malt, belgium spicy yeast, chocolate coming through. The oak was not overpowering at all. A fantastic beer, although very price ($17.99 in SF). The limited availability and price would be the only thing keeping me from adding this to my regular purchases. (440 characters)

Photo of drunkmonk
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml Bottled Jan 08

Been a long time since my last Belgian dark ale.

A- Very dark brown, creamy tan head that retains to a beautiful quarter inch lacing thru out the sample. Impressive sticking to the sides of the glass.

S- Oak treatment,dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses. Something spicy there as well, tobacco like.

T- Figs, dates, anise, slight bourbon, vanilla, and faint smokiness. Quite a bit going on here, and even more as this warms. Where is the alcohol? Finshes slightly sweet with a linering slight bourbon booziness.

M- Medium creamy mouthfeel. Lighter than expected from the pour. Very nice.

D- A complex sipper, that's hard to just sip. Extremley drinkable for the strength. Be careful, be very careful.

Odyssey, I'll say. It's been a fantastic journey from start to finish. Give this a whirl if you get the chance.

*note to self: Might be time to try the 06 in the cellar soon. (913 characters)

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

Bottled January, 2008- cases bottled, 600. I bought this from Decatur Wine and Spirits. Definitely could use some aging. It is pretty tasty right now, but the taste of new oak is pretty strong. If you like that, drink it now. If not, age this for a year or more. Since I've never had it before, I couldn't wait and decided to try it fresh. Pours as about a dark a brown as you can get before shifting to black. Fairly thin head, but there is barely any head fading. The whole cap sticks around for the life of the beer. There is also some spotty lacing. Smell is oak dominated, with some subtle typical Belgian strong dark notes of raisins, candi sugar, toffee, and spice in the background. The taste becomes more integrated as the beer warms and opens up, but there is still a lot of new white oak in the flavor. Spicy oak notes, woody, vanilla, and quite a tannic bitterness that echoes through the whole thing. At this point, the raisin, prune, candi sugar, and toffee play second fiddle to the oak bomb. That being said, as with a great wine, the early oak and tannins predict greatness in the future of this beer. With some aging, these components should mellow and become more seemlesly integrated. Also, although the oak is prominent, the tannins are the star, and this beer is not a vanilla bomb. This makes the whole flavorr profile more complexx and interesting. Mouthfeel is full, creamy, and quite tannic. Challenging and complex. The alcohol is eextremely well hidden and as big in flavors as this beer is, it is still a pleasure to suss out the various components of this brew. A prime candidate forr cellaring. (1,625 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Oct 2006. Dark brown color, ruby like hues in the light. Strong, streaming bubbles of carbonation help sustain a medium thick head of tan foam. The aroma is a bit faint, with some raisin, earthy spice and a hint of vanilla.

More raisiny malt in the taste, lightly sweet with a bit of tang. A bit Dubbel-like. I really like the taste as it is not too intense, but has subtle complexities leaving you wanting more. The barrel aging doesn't come through much although it helped mellow things nicely. It doesn't feel very strong at all for over 10% ABV. Medium thick, with foamy, coating carbonation. Very smooth.

Again this is an easy drinker for a strong ale. This is a well-balanced and top notch Belgian Dark. Highly recommended... (743 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of my BC2 package from aprilluvsbeer. Thanks April!
Very dark brown, but still clear and transparent, this beer had mahogany edges with brilliant ruby highlights. The pour produced a tight, light tan cap that settled slowly to a thick ring and there was spotty lacing throughout. The barrel really contributed a lot of character to the aroma. Toasty malt and toffee were prominent, with some vanilla, oak and booze following. A little buttery smelling too. Mellow bitterness with a fruity backbone, flavours of figs and other dried fruits were quite forward. Sweetness was similar to brown sugar or molasses, a little buttery with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Low carbonation, creamy bubbles and medium bodied with a bit of dryness and warmth, plus a bit of stickiness. This stuff is dangerously easy to drink. Fairly mellow and very balanced, it was complex yet not overbearing. (887 characters)

Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.