Allagash Odyssey | Allagash Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
1,233
Reviews:
422
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
Wants:
341
Gots:
245
For Trade:
15
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Ratings: 1,233 |  Reviews: 422
Photo of Magery
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of deereless
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The color of an iced tea, the thinnest layer of wispy foam, signs of sticky lace along the edges - 4.25, A: Definite signs of oak (smells like French oak), what I perceive as chocolate pudding, some muddled sweetness from a sizeable malt base, slightest sign of citrusy hops - 5.00, T: Not an easy beer to get my arms around, quite boozy but not in an off-putting way, lots of overripe dark fruits - some plums to a prune juice, sugary dates - 4.25, M: Very creamy with lots of lingering ability - 4.50, D: This beer was made for an oak barrel, the 10.3% might limit the drinkability but one I would enjoy again - 4.25

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Photo of DRBiser
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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

Viggo shared this one, and i also recently got bottle in trades with Aprilluvsbeer and MuenchenerKindl. so thanks to eric, april, and tom!

750ml bottle. january 2008 bottling. sampled sept 28/08.

pours deep brown, slightly hazy and not quite opaque. a small dense tan head forms, dropping fairly fast and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is good. buttery oak. bit of milk chocolate. vanilla. light alcohol. bit of bourbon/brandy character. light dark fruit - raisin, date, touch of fig. cracker. whole wheat bread. a bit earthy too.

taste is great. toasted whole wheat bread. vanilla. oak. bit of winey tannins, but fairly mellow. just a touch of dark fruit. light warming alcohol. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body, but with a fairly dry finish from the oak. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. the oak adds a nice extra dimension to it. looking forward to seeing how this one changes with time.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber with trep...poured into a tulip glass.

Appears an opaque, deep plum color with a tan head that disappears quickly. Smells like a good Merlot wine, with notes of plum, grapes, sour alcohol notes, plus bread & a little chocolate.

Tastes of licorice plus grapes and cinnamon spice. Very tasty with a complimentary mouthfeel. Alcohol note present as it warms. Feels smooth and tarty with a subtle carbonation that doesn't overpower the palate & complements the flavor. Definately one I'll be having again, despite the steep price. It's worth it.

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Photo of curlybird
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Greywulfken
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown with a creamy head that slips down into a collar

S: dark fruits (like raisin) and molasses/toffee

T: wheat, candi sugar, roasted barley; suggestions of dark fruits like dates and raisins; some oak - a very "classy" dry finish with hints of vanilla

M: crisp and toasty - especially for a dark beer - medium body, some sparkle

O: high class beer here - very impressed with Allagash again - this is a very well-balanced, smooth, and complex beer

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Photo of SFC21
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic flavors of dark fruits with a touch of wood. Body is light for the style, in a good way. Incredibly smooth.

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Photo of byronic
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2009 Bistro Barrel Aged fest in Hayward, reviewed 11/14/2009.

Dark brown with purple hues and a small beige head.

Aroma is dark fruit, caramel, alcohol, and spices.

Flavor is nice but not quite worth the bottle price. Caramel malt, spice, raisin, fig, and vanilla.

Alcohol well-hidden. Dry finish with medium body and a pretty average mouthfeel.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in September of 2008. One bottle out of 530 cases. 10.3% ABV.

Corked and caged bottle opens easily with a soft pop.

Served slightly chilled into a goblet, Odyssey is a rich caramel brown with a mildly hazy appearance. No head is formed and there seems to be very little carbonation. Even swirling the beer in the glass fails to produce many bubbles.

Aroma is primarily sweet with dark fruits prevailing. Vanilla from the oak comes through here as does a bit of alcohol. The Belgian yeast is subtle in the background.

Flavor is surprisingly mild given its strength. It starts out sweet with caramel, vanilla, and dried dark fruits. The middle gives way to more chocolate covered cherries, tobacco, and grape jam. It finishes dry with lingering smoke or char. The Belgian yeast brings it all together.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body and very low in carbonation. It is very smooth and balanced with the alcohol having mellowed out completely over the past five years.

Overall an excellent dark Belgian ale. I never got a chance to try it fresh but it's fifth birthday coincided with the beginning of a new job so I decided it was time to celebrate!

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Photo of thampel09
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_Hass
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brez8791
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark burgundy color. Coconut and cork aromas, with hints of vanilla, bourbon and fruit. Not much aromas from the actual original brew, but the barrel contribution is vibrant. Flavor is very vinous, with hints of raisins and grapes, chocolate and perhaps a hint of amarone. Hints of bourbon and vanilla as well. Pretty rich, with a nice body to boot.

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Photo of xtonytx
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of apasternak
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

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Photo of taospowder
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of atsprings
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a deep black with a decent head that slowly diminished. The aroma was a unique blend of dried fruits and oak. The taste was similar with the flavors playing off each other very nicely. The beer was medium bodied and the alcohol was well hidden for a 10% brew. This is a truly unique beer.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jampics2
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Light oak and very nice beer. Nice sipper with the wheat and oak flavors.

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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 1,233 ratings.
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