Allagash Odyssey | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash OdysseyAllagash Odyssey
BA SCORE
4.24/5
1,234 Ratings
Allagash OdysseyAllagash Odyssey
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#873
Reviews:
422
Ratings:
1,234
pDev:
9.2%
Bros Score:
4.58
 
 
Wants:
341
Gots:
244
Trade:
15
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,234 |  Reviews: 422
Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.16/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (February 2005 drank in January 2006): Poured a deep ruby color ale with a quite large off-white foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of alcohol is detectable with some sweet malt. Taste has definite bourbon presence with some semi-sweet malt. Body is definitely thinner then expected. I was expecting a bit more complexity from this beer – no yeast signature, alcohol taste too evident, thin body.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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 zestar
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Feb 2011 edition

Poured into chalice. Pours 1 finger of khaki tan head. Good retention with lace rings. Color is a dark mahogany brown.

Aroma: A lot of oak, vanilla, spices. A lot of dark fruits as well. Plums, pears and apples. Some alcohol shows.

Taste: A lot more roasted than I expected. Fairly earthy. Figs, plums, dark dried fruits. Lighter oak flavor, spices, and alcohol. Bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Dry and roasted. Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.

Overall, not really was I was expecting. Too roasted for a Belgian. I liked the oak in the nose, but it was much more faint in the taste, unfortunately.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash's Odyssey burst forth with a richness and complexity that could be likened to an overladen rain cloud dumping itself across the cold dessert floor as part of a fast moving electrical storm at night. It's black body reveals glints of burgundy beneath its inch-high creamy ivory head; and the retention is quite nice, leaving short walls of almost completely solid lace that slowly erode to spots and splashes as you progress through the glass. Vanilla, dark caramel, raisins, and oak greet you in the nose along with some black licorice, a spritz of alcohol, a drizzle of dark chocolate syrup, chickory, some mild brown sugar, and the suggestion of cold black coffee. It's medium bodied and zesty in the mouth before warming to become somewhat airy. The flavor is even more intense than the nose suggests with the addition of some previously hidden yeasty fruitiness and spicy phenolics; and more dried dark fruit. As it warms, it rounds out quite a bit as the alcohol sinks down into its supple maltiness. Roastiness remains in the finish, but it also softens quite a bit as it's awash in dull dark fruit, alcohol, and soft, sweet vanilla. It's enjoyable for sure, but it's 10.4% abv does slow down its drinkability!

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

on tap at Duckworths (NC)

Pour is a bit light for the style; but then I see this is partly a dark wheat beer. The clear dark brown/amber body is covered by a bone head that has great retention

Mouthfeel: near medium body with well-chose, soft carbonation. Very smooth.

Taste and Aroma: Wheaty, with plenty of alcohol esters and Belgian yeast. Also rather sweet up front. with hints of caramel and brown sugar, but ends mildly bitter.

O: Low on dark fruit for style, this Belgian ale was disappointing but should appeal more to folks who like wild yeast and wheat in their beers more than I do.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/25/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, dark fruit, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid dark Belgian-style beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to overlord for this bottle. July 2009 bottling.

A: Pours a dark brown that is ever-so-slightly transparent when held to the light. Thin tan head that dissipates with a little lacing in its wake.

S: A good amount of dark fruits. Not super pungent, but the only thing that really stands out. A bit of caramel and toffee in the background.

T: The dark fruits distinguish themselves a bit more alongside caramel, toffee, and some yeasty spices. Not picking up oak here or in the nose.

M: Fairly creamy. Medium body and good carbonation.

D: Better as it warms up past cellar temperature, but nothing terribly special at this point. It's lacking in any real depth, which is surprising given that the bottle is nearly a year old.

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Photo of nickfl
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the BAer who brought this to the Nov. '12 Philly burbs bottle share. Ray (baybum) I think. I'm not sure what vintage this one was.

Dark brown pour, hazy, with a small off-white head that dissipated mostly, leaving some thin lacing behind. Caramel malts in the nose, stone fruits, herbal hops and a touch of smoke. I actually got quite a bit of oak up front in this one, pretty toasty at that, caramel, peach and pear, a little raisin, yeast, herbal hops; no vanilla detected. Medium body, moderate carbonation, drinkable, and decent overall.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my pumking chalice. It poured dark brown in color with a thin but sticky off-white head. The head retreated to the edges of the glass after a minute or so where it left some moderate lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a lot of malty sweetness to it with a moderate roasted malt flavor coming through. Some vanilla and brown sugar add to the malty sweetness flavor coming through. A bit of alcohol to it but not much for how high the abv is.

The taste shows a brown sugar, molasses sweetness to it along with some nice vanilla flavors coming through as well. It has a little bit of a dark fruit character to it but not as strong as the barrel characteristics. More of the woody, oak flavors come through in the finish along with a bit of warming alcohol. Everything came together very nicely and it was a very flavorful beer. The barrel aging really added to the flavors instead of overpowering them like they can sometimes.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with a little below average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a very flavorful and surprisingly easy drinking beer considering the abv %. The barrel flavors really came through nicely without overpowering the beer. Very nice beer overall.

The mouthfeel

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Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of vfgccp
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dec 2011 bottle opened May 2013.

A - Beautiful looking brew. Dark walnut body with ice tea and cranberry highlights. Fluffy off-white head with poor lace and ok retention.

S - Dark grains, toasted Eggo waffles, maple syrup, toasted marshmallows, booze.

T - Oak, honey, toasted coconut, rye bread crust, caramel, toasted whole wheat, vanilla, almond, tiramisu. Complex with great integration, and not overly sweet.

M - Medium frame. Nice smoothness.

O - The beer really opens up close to room temperature. Great balance and complexity.

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Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 1,234 ratings
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