Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
4.24 | pDev: 9.2%
Oct 31, 2021
Jan 30, 2005
Notes: 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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Reviewed by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle from 2005.

Pours dark brown with crimson edgework. Decent retention with minor lacing. Oak with rum-soaked raisins in the nose. Medium bodied with a tacky, chewy mouthfeel. Rich malt with toffee, raisins, and booze on the palate. Finishes sweet, warming, and malty.
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Had this from a bottle.
A: pours black body with small, off white head with ok retention and lacing
S: subtle bitter chocolate notes; some sweetness
T: sweet, subtle chocolate notes with some sweet aftertaste; subtle coffee notes in the aftertaste
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth feel
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; pretty solid beer; smoothly aged in the oak barrel
Nov 21, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 17, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by brandoneast from Texas

Feb 04, 2020
Rated: 3.94 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 09, 2019
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark copper with a generous, creamy head. First thing you notice is the deep roast flavor, and smoothness from oak barrel aging. Exceptionally smooth--like silk.
Apr 16, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Mar 15, 2019
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Rated by erikcx from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Good sipping beer, malt on the nose, chocolate with hint of caramel in flavor, nice long finish. Bought at the brewery, bottled 9/13/18.
Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by AMCimpi from New York

Dec 28, 2018
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Rated by sd123 from Georgia

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Jan 2015 bottle
Dec 03, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by SBlobaum from Illinois

Dec 20, 2017
Rated: 4 by zenithberwyn from California

Dec 16, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Dec 04, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by PprBurke from Virginia

Nov 06, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Sep 05, 2017
Rated: 4.36 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Jun 25, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Apr 25, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by byronic from Canada (ON)

Apr 10, 2017
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Reviewed by nick_perry from North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Black color, thick head. Oaky aroma from the 10 months of oak barrel aging. Usually I’m not a fan of barrel-aged beer but this is very good. Bit of an alcoholic aroma. Notes of dates and brown sugar, good roasted malt quality to it. Maybe a hint of vanilla on the finish. Little bit dry finish, despite the semi-sweet notes. Syrupy mouthfeel, would almost make a better winter warmer than something to have in the spring (especially at 10.4% ABV).
Mar 11, 2017
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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Quick review: Pours a beautiful mahogany brown with a nice two finger head. The head is slow to break, and leaves nice lacing. In the smell you pick up light oak, and the traditional candi and dark fruit smells of a BSDA. The taste is light, with the oak not always present. The flavors are okay for a BSDA, nice candi and dark fruits, but still a little light. The feel is medium and the carbonation is good. There is a good dry finish.

All in all not my favorite from Allagash, but a solid beer.
Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 3.2 by MickeyHops from California

Feb 25, 2017
Rated: 4.53 by bshefftz from California

Feb 25, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by jaydoc from Kansas

Aug 15, 2016
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Reviewed by Kendo from New York

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled January 2014; consumed August 5, 2016.

A: Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice. Body is dark brown - almost black (though some ruby hues are noted here and there when backlit) - with a 1-finger khaki-colored head on top. Despite the dark body, carbonation is visible as bubbles rise along the side of the glass.

S: Some dark fruit, roasted malt and a hint of smoke. Not a terribly strong nose, but what's there is appropriate for the style.

T: First impression is the dark fruits - a bit plummy and/or pruney. A bit of burnt brown sugar is noted, along with some cocoa - and Coca-Cola. Finishes with a wee bit of vanilla, but otherwise the oak aging isn't much evident in the taste. The 10.4% ABV (noted on the bottle) isn't really evident at all.

M: A little bit thin and watery, which is a surprise. Makes it an easier drinker, however - and given the high ABV, dangerously so.

O: This is quite good. Curious as to whether the 30 months or so of age on this one have hurt it much, or whether it's allowed the booze to moderate and so may have helped it.
Aug 06, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jul 07, 2016
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Rated by justme from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Smooth and very tasty. Slightly burnt Carmel flavors and not in a bad way. This is another premium beer from a premium brewery.
Jun 30, 2016
Rated: 4.75 by Lance_Hathorn from Alabama

Jun 11, 2016
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Reviewed by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a speiglau barrel aged glass.

Look is a very dark mahogany bordering on stout black. Head is white and fairly retentive.

Aroma is slightly sour brown a oaky vanilla from the barrels.

Beer is a strong brown molasses malt with a smooth vanilla at the end. Slight tang surrounding the taste.

Very delicious barrel aged beer.
Jun 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This American oak barrel aged Belgian strong dark ale pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with a fairly large tan foamy head that has a really great retention. The smell is fairly mild, but is of roasted malts and dark fruit. The flavor is dominated by a bold flavor of roasted grains and wheat with a little bit of smokiness and more subtle flavors of molasses, raisin, and vanilla. There is also a noticeable flavor of alcohol (not surprising since it is 10.4%), but by Belgian strong ale standards it’s actually more measured than average if anything. The finish is slightly bitter to round out the beer with some hops and it is also a little dry. The body is pretty heavy or at least on the high end of medium, making it a little heavier than most I have tried of this style. This is definitely not your typical Belgian beer and it’s not very similar to anything that I have tried previously from Allagash either. It is a truly unique experience and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Jun 07, 2016
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look: It is dark brown with ruby highlights with Belgian lace. It has a frothy brown head.

Smell: There are aromas of roast, dark fruits, plums, and earthly elements.

Taste: There are flavors of roast, chocolate, dark fruits, plums, earthly elements, and cherries.

Feel: It has a heavy feel to it and is highly bitter on the low side.

Overall: It is a complex ale with complex combinations of malts and hops with yeast with significant alcohol warming.
May 29, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by YeastEnthusiast from New Jersey

May 28, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

May 27, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

May 24, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

May 22, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by Faroveryonder from Missouri

May 14, 2016
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Reviewed by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: black in the glass but oddly has a bright white head. looks good though
S: sweet, barrel notes, dark fruit. smells like trio pistoles
T: starts with big dark fruit, then the barrel and finshes with vanilla
F: rather thin, but coats m mouth well and the flavors linger.
O: decent beer, but I wouldn't seek it out
May 11, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by rspauldi from Texas

May 02, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Beginner2 from Illinois

Apr 23, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Eziel from Ohio

Apr 20, 2016
Rated: 3.71 by Didier from New Hampshire

Apr 19, 2016
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