Allagash Odyssey | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash OdysseyAllagash Odyssey
BA SCORE
92%
Liked This Beer
4.24 w/ 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:
#857
Reviews:
422
Ratings:
1,234
Liked:
1,135
Avg:
4.24/5
pDev:
9.2%
Alströms:
4.58
 
 
Wants:
342
Gots:
243
Trade:
15
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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 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 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 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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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 mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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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Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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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 duceswild
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark brown/mahogany color with a two finger, slightly off white colored, head. Nice retention, lasting for the duration. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of spice on the aroma, and a good bit of belgian yeast. A good bit of oak and brandy, some dark fruit (raisins prominently, as well as cherries).

T: Heavy dark fruit flavors - raisins, plums, cherries, and figs. The oak/wood comes through and intensifies a little as it warms. The alcohol also increases slightly with warmth.

M: Medium bodied ale with moderate carbonation, but it had a nice creamy mouthfeel.

O: Very solid beer, a nice slow sipper that I would like to drink again, maybe even sit on some for a while.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark raspberry tea with a great deal of carbonation leading up to a gorgeous cap of golden ecru froth that filled more than half the glass on the pour. Backlighting brings out wonderful ruby highlights that make a fantastic looking beer look even better. Now this is how a BSDA should look.

The aroma is impressive. It was merely good initially, but with warming has acquired a power and a complexity that mirrors the flavor profile. With a wee bit more vividness and more definition, it could easily compete with the best Belgians. Hell, it just might do so now. I smell figs, tobacco and ground clove above all else.

Odyssey is amazingly delicious beer! Rarely, if ever, has my mouth been so awash in so many flavors that change from the beginning of each mouthful to the end. I've only had a few samples so far, but this might be the best BSDA that I've ever had. I bow before the brilliance of Allagash.

I'm not even sure where to begin in attempting to describe what I'm tasting. First off, this beer eschews power for nuance. That isn't to say that it isn't absolutely bursting with flavor, just that it's so refined and so angelic in the mouth that one doesn't feel as if they're being bullied the way that some big beers tend to do.

Sweetened fig puree, sticky dates, raisins, the finest oak-aged single batch bourbon, light molasses, dark toffee, plum jam, pipe tobacco, cloves... and on and on and on. Even though there's a considerable amount of sweetness, it doesn't come close to sticky or cloying. Like just about everything else about this beer, the sweet-bitter-sour balance is sheer perfection.

I originally felt that the mouthfeel was a tad too light to be deserving of the ultimate score. No longer. I can't imagine a more heavenly mouthfeel than the one greeting me with each and every sip... now that I'm well into the middle of the bottle. It's such a perfect (there's that word again) combination of suppleness, silkiness, light chewiness and buoyant carbonation that no other score is possible.

Allagash proved long ago that they're one of my favorite breweries in all the world. No other American brewer so reliably recreates the classically Belgian styles, and oftentimes meets and surpasses the best that that country has to offer. Simply put, Odyssey is an outstanding BSDA and is one of the best beers of any style that I've ever had the pleasure to drink.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured with a light, deep-brown head. The beer itself was a deep brown color and the nose gave off an unmistakable smell of bouron whiskey as imparted by its aging in used barrels. The mouthfeel is thin, light, and unobtrusive, whch was somewhat surprising. Both the taste on the tongue and the finish are awash with a bourbon-sweetness, sort of like coconut. I'd like to have Lew Bryson weigh in with his thoughts on this one.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Jason
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown magnum with a bottling date of February 2005 on the label.

A- Two fingers of think head stick to the glass all the way down as bubbles continually rise to the top. A shade of garnet within the deep dark brown colored brew.

S- Candied fruit, almost fruit-cake like smell. Toffee and bread crust, over-cloved molasses cookies. Spicy fermented wheat, phenols and alcohol make for a very complex aroma.

T&M- Molasses cookies, cloves, candied fruit and pecan brittle all come to mind. Lush smoothness with a mild crispness that cradles the delicate yet feigned thick body. Solid oaky bite, teethy with a drying effect. Tad buttery with a alcohol warmth in the back.

D- Crazy Crackers! This has to be, hands down, one of the most flavorful, complex and enjoyable beers I have had in a long time. Allagash makes brewing a quaffable 10% Belgian style beer look simple. Paired this with some hard goat cheese and bunderfleish.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/23/2006. 750ml Bottle served in a New Belgium Snifter at cellar temperature.

A - Poured a very nice and deep dark hazy mahogany colored brown with a big full head that stood at least three fingers high of tan colored lace. Great retention really kept this this up there too as it lasted for a good few minutes before finally, and reluctantly settling down into just a one inch high topper of lace and tons and tons of sticky foamy side glass remnants. A very nice appearence I would have to say.

S - The aroma was full of spice, from the first whiff I was picking up nutmeg, figs and hints of oak. A very nice brandy like alcohol smell as well. very full aroma as it warmed some other dark fruits, perhaps cherries or plums started to emerge and really become prominant. A nice grainy and earthy back was at the foreground the whole time as was a nice mellow caramel like sweetness that let everything just blend together.

T - Very well put together and alot more mellow then I thought it would be, the year in the cellar really did this one justice. The first flavors I noticed were a very nice presence of figs or prunes that really helped to push forward the spices that were laying underneath. As it warmed I really started to pick up the wood flavors, very well done and nothing overbearing here at all. The alcohol was there but had mellowed quite a bit leaving behind a slight brandy like warmeth but nothing that ws going to stop me now. The finish was long and drawn out with hints of earthy grains and a touch of fruit.

M - Very nice medium bodied ale that was really put together quite well. The carbonation had held up very well really giving it that full creamy feel. Seductively smooth this was the ideal balance of carbonation and smooth feel. Very nicely done.

D - I found this to be a very nice sipper. The alcohol in it was quite mellowed and the flavors went really with each other creating a very nice balance here. I enjoyed the entire bottle over the course of a couple hours and was quite pleased. I dont think I would have went for another one, but this was quite good.

Overall this was an excellent brew and one of the best I have had from Allagash. A superb barrel aged beer this combined the best of what they can do. I would gladly by another one day. Really a nice selection here that I would have to recommend.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sincerely thankful to my brother tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle with me- poured chilled from the corked and caged 750ml into a tulip glass.

A - An opaque mahogany shade w/ caramel translucent color at the glass' base w/ thick creamy light pale tan cap w/ tiny bead. The beer appears substantial in the glass and head retention is good. The lace is like a webbing of sugar pulled and stuck on the glass.

S - The aroma that you want a scente candle of - I could sniff this for hours. The scent of dark toffee and cocoa w/ toasted nuts. A mild maple + spice-like odor w/ belgian yeast esters which give a hint of fig and molasses aroma. The scent of coconut and light pepper rounds out the nose

M- A full feeling beer on the palate, moderately high effervesence w/ subtle warming. The feel is spicy w/ semi-dry finish. There is a creamy quality in the middle w/ slight sugary texture throughout.

T - The taste of dark nutty toffee and oaky toasted coconut w/ hints of dark cocoa and mild spice w/ a slight molasses hint in the background. The beer has a subtle pine hop taste which goes well with the yeast spiciness and also is complemented by the flavor of candy sugar. The alcohol is noticeable in the taste as well, but does not detract one bit, it finishes slightly strong and dry.

D - The drinkability is seriously high for such a high abv beer - 10%. I have probably not had a more drinkable beer of its strength, the flavor of the oak aging pushes the beer along and never gets in the way of the other components. Lots of belgian yeast character - a Must Try to me!

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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92% out of 100 with 1,234 ratings
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