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Allagash Odyssey | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash OdysseyAllagash Odyssey

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer had a wonderful roasty malt character that I was not expecting upon trying the beer. This has a really nice malt heft to it and sits on the palate for a long time after each sip. Kind of a hard beer to characterize (somewhere between a belgian dubbel/quad and a german weizenbock) but I was really pleasantly surprised by how good it was (Idk why I questioned the quality of an Allagash beer).

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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.

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Photo of klikger
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a tulip

A - Dark brown, small white head, not much lacing

S - Caramel and molasses with a touch of oak

T - Copper, smoke --> loads of malt & dark sugars --> coffee, peat --> finish is slightly dry

M - Pretty heavy, not too much carb

D - Not too hot for the ABV. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of egajdzis
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cherry amber color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, cherries, toasted oak, caramel and alcohol. Taste of vanilla, caramel, earthy yeast, toasted oak, tart cherries and alcohol. This was very nice.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July '09

Pours an extremely dark brown with a one-finger tan head that fades slowly to a skim coat and stick ring.

Smell is dominated up front by candied fruits with strong notes of prunes and raisins. There are also notes of oak and dark sugar.

Taste is very much like the nose: candied fruits up front with oak and yeast notes. There are hints of chocolate and caramel as well. The finish is on the sweet side for sure.

Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel.

A great beer fresh. I can't wait to see what some older bottlings are tasting like right now.

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Photo of BillyB
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Apearance- Dark mahogony brown with a nice one fingered off white head. Nice belgian lace on the glass ( a St. Bernardus Chalice).

Aroma's of dark fruit, raisins, plums, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, chocolate.

Taste is oakey, vanilla, dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel.

Mouthfeel is smoth , creamy, nice alcohol warmth.

At 10% alcohol this beer is so smooth and easy drinking that I'd like to replace my morning coffee with it.

What a brew!

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

into a snifter Bottled January 2010

Pours a deep reddish brown almost ruby up to the light. Has a creamy light khaki head that quickly fades to some spotting.

Smells like plums and other dark fruits. Spice, oak, and a little vanilla.

Tastes are molasses, roasted malt, figs, and a light bitter chocolate aftertaste. The oak is not immediately noticeable but with repeated sips it's in there.

Mouthfeel is medium if not a little thin (not in a bad way) for it's style with good carbonation.

Overall is a really good beer. Looking forward to more Allagash stuff.

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Photo of chaz01
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft served at Jake Melnick's in Downtown Chicago, served in a snifter type glass.

A: Dark Brown and opaque with a nice thick head.

S: Lots of oak and maltiness in the aroma.

T: Like the aroma, picking up oak and woody bark flavors in the taste with a little dry cocoa and dark fruit flavors.

M: Good carbonation and medium bodied -- not as heavy as the dark color might indicate.

D: No signs of the 10% ABV, very smooth going down. As the bartender joked, "This is so smooth, I'd give to my mom". Would pair well with sharp cheese or a hearty stew.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, chocolate hue with a massive off white head that leaves moderate lacing. This one has the most ridiculous heads I have ever seen on a beer, rivaling Duvel's head. Nice.

S: Semi sweet chocolate malty goodness. Alcohol is faintly noticed as well.

T: Mild chocolate and graham crackers with a mild alcohol finish. It's almost like a liquid, alcoholic s'mores.

M: Smooth, rich thick and creamy. Nicely carbonated, but not overly so. A pretty thick and heavy brew. Next time, I cannot be greedy and must share it because it sure is filling!

D: Drinkability is somewhat limited due to the richness and thickness of this brew, and also the high abv. This would make an excellent dessert beer. I will definitely get this again and share it.

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Photo of ewright
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Tyler's in Durham about a month ago. I just found my notes tonight.

A: Poured dark brown, with just a slight amount of light showing through. As with most Tyler's pours, there is minimal head in the glass.

S: There's a slight oak aroma evident from the barrel aging process. Other than that, there's not much there other than a bit of wheat sourness.

T: The oak aging shows up in the flavor as well and is sadly the most prominent flavor. The wheat provides a sour twang as well, but I'm not picking out too many other flavors. That's not to say I don't like it, but it's a bit of a muddled mess of flavors.

M: Medium body and carbonation with a bit of alcoholic bite late. There's a slight astringency in the aftertaste as well.

D: This one goes down easy for 10%, but I've had it once and don't think it's worth the exorbitant price Allagash wants for it.

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Photo of Sam21
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750ml cork/cage bottle purchased for $16. Bottled January 2011. Poured into snifter.

Appearance – Deep brown body with a respectable tan head. Nice retention as it slowly slides down the glass into a somewhat chunky cap. Carbonation looks active as it helps maintain the head.

Smell – The nose is a wonderful mix of dry toasted oak, thick molasses, raisins, and possible some dates. There may even be a hint of coffee in there as well. Wheat is noticeable. The dark fruit mingle nicely with the oak imparted from barrel aging prior to bottling. Neither piece beats out the other. They work in perfect harmony and create an enticing aroma.

Taste – Similar to the nose, all the elements are in perfect harmony. There are layers of sweetness ranging from rich molasses to sticky raisins that marry perfectly with the prominent oak. Beer finishes moderately dry with dark fruit clinging to the sides and back of the tongue and subtle warming from the alcohol. The oak lingers a bit before eventually fading into the distance.

Mouthfeel – Medium-full body with creamy carbonation. I am really impressed with the body on this beer. Packs a decent heft for a beer of this strength but the carbonation gives it a great creamy feel.

Drinkability – This is one smooth sipping beer. Nice marriage of fruity sweetness, molasses, and oak. Allagash knows how to get it done.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, clear, bright copper color, verging on cola brown. Tan head settles quickly without lacing.

S- Burnt caramel, brown sugar, raisins, all rounded-off with oak's influence.

T- A touch of Dopple Bock/Belgian stout fusion here.

M, D- Medium-full bodied, but quite drinkable. A touch weak on CO2.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Deep, complex and flippin awesome!

A: Dark amber brown, looks great. Two finger head.
S/T: Candied sugars, really well balanced and great tasting...smooth, nice all around.
O: This is a great beer. The tastes here are so good, such a flavorful beer, lots of sweetness but absolutely not overpowering...this beer is right on.

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Photo of lou91
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 2005. Great pop on the champagne cork unveiled an amazing nose of oak, peaches, rum, raisins and booze. It poured dark, thick with a nice lather. I took a small sip and it felt like I took a big swig. Huge flavors of oak and bourbon in a rich creamy ale. The sweetness is one of vanilla, peaches and honey which helps balance some of the alcohol burn. This is a serious beer. If you like what I’ve described then you will love this but it isn’t for everyone. I was going to ding this beer on the drink ability. After I few sips I thought I would only drink half a bottle but after drinking 3/4 of the bottle I wanted more. Once it warmed, a great ale shined through. It paired great with blue cheese and aged Gouda. Thanks to Jetsbeer.

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

The cork pops off with pretty good force. The carbonation shows in the pour really nicely. It is almost an opaque dark, dark brown. In the light there are rich ruby highlights. A 4" head forms which has a pleasant yeasty aroma. The smell is also malty and oaky, and reminds me of toasted coconuts. There is alcohol in the nose if you really go after it, but it really isn't fuming with it [keywords: good balance]. The taste is like ripe plums, skin and all.. it starts out with a full on sweetness and finishes with a dry, tart astringence. Although this is a drinkable brew, I think you could easily split a 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle between two (or more) people, especially with dinner. And speaking of which, this brew does in fact go well with BBQ. I went for some jumbo chicken wings and a glass of Odyssey.. aaahh, sweet!

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Photo of zoso493
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Dogfish signature glass.

Appearance: Right away, this looks like it's going to be a tasty beer. It pours a very deep, woody brown that looks thick, like a well-malted porter. When held to the light, there are few, if any, tinges of garnet that streak the edges of the glass. Atop the beer is a bubbly, two-finger head that has excellent retention. The head looks a bit too bubbly and not so substantial, though.

Smell: This is a very smooth smelling quadrupel, though it's not the most intricate I've had. There are some dark, estery malts lurking around, with the same dark fruits mixed in right up front. The barrel-aging is only mildly apparent, with bourbon being the most immediate scent. The scent also has a faint bready quality to it.

Taste: From the first sip I can tell that Allagash Odyssey is a very respectable quadrupel. It is not an overpowering quadrupel, but I think that works to its credit. The dark fruits are prevalent with the traditional malts a little more subdued. The barrel-aging gives this beer a real smoky quality that seems slightly out of place in a quadrupel.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thick and luxurious, yet the beer is very well carbonated and remains firmly crisp. The malts do stick around just long enough to remind you that they are there in full force.

Drinkability: This beer masks alcohol about as well as any I have ever had. You would never guess in a million years that this was 10.3% ABV. It is a somewhat heavy beer despite its non-overwhelming taste, but I think that may be the dinner I just had talking. This deserves the perfect score in drinkability.

Overall, Odyssey is a very good attempt at a Belgian quadrupel, especially for an American brewer. Putting this in oak barrels adds an odd and unexpected twist to the beer, but this just adds to the Americanized intrigue of the brew. I would have this again and drink it with the most highly thought of quadrupels.

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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.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep brown in color; hints of orange & red when held up to the light. Translucent. Appears almost black in the glass. Pours with a huge 3+ finger very light tan creamy head; it dies down gradually leaving a thick even layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Enticing. Perfect!

Smell: Roasted coffee, sweet malt.

Taste:Roasted coffee, mild sweet chocolate, mildly grainy. Delicious.

Feel: Mild fuzzy sensation from carbonation to start; smooth velvety feel in the middle; mildly dry finish. Medium towards full body.

Overall: Unique and wonderful beer. Full, delicious flavor. Full body but not heavy. I definitely wanted to drink more and will look to repurchase!

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Photo of ColForbin
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Odyssey pours a deep dark red-brown with a voluminous white head that sticks around for a good long while. Nose is full of spice, coriander, clove and a bit of sour fruit. Taste is incredibly smooth, with some caramel, banana, clove, very dry in the middle, and an oaky California-chardonnay-like finish. The oakiness isn't over-the-top, however, and it melds better with the beer than it does with most of the aforementioned wines. Highly carbonated, fairly light body for a beer of this gravity. Quite drinkable, with a smooth warm alcohol feel at the back of the tongue.

An excellent beer from an excellent brewery.

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Photo of srrn
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I did not know what to expect as this is my first oak aged beer. Immediately after popping the cork I was thinking this smells like sherry. Lots of vanilla in the nose too. It poured a deep brown almost cola color. Taste was sherry like with some hints of vanilla and a nice bitterness in a very long finish. This is not a brew to quaff after mowing the lawn, it's perfect for late night sipping before bed. I'd imagine it'd be great after a meal.

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle marked Jan 2013 into solo cup (I'm on vacation)

Appear: dark brown with large off white head. Surprising for 10+ abv unfortunately with the solo cup appearance was limited to what I saw as I poured
Smell: lots of dark fruit and wheat. Some oak present.
Taste: wonderful dark fruits and wheat, much like the smell. I get a tinge of metal however which is unfortunate.
Mouthfeel: a little thin, but good for the style
Overall: I really enjoyed this beer from allagash but not as much as Curieux. This slight metallic after taste bothered me and the price is a bit steep. That being said I have never been dissappointed with Allagash and this is a really good beer.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hot this in a trade, but I can't remember who from. If you read this, let me know so I can give props where they're due.

Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with ruby red highlights. Off-white, two-finger head is tight and soft, with serious staying power. Even after the head fully recedes, there's a thick, chunky collar left behind, with spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. very pretty. Nose is big on dark fruits, fig, plum, and raisin. A leathery earthiness comes through, along with vanilla, oak, and yeasty spice. The palate is equally fruity, but is more balanced by the earth and spice. More focus on the oak as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with prickly carbonation and a bit of alcohol burn. Highly drinkable.

A truly stellar beer; a must for Belgian lovers. Highly recommended!

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark with flimsy white head (I pour slowly so I wont hold the flimsy head against it).

Smells of light alcohol with a wonderfully sweet, read molassas, allspice sent.

Light vanilla, oak wonder full malt and again I get allspice. The sweetness complements the alcohol very nicely. So wonderful.

To figure out it was allspice I had to run to my spice rack and do a blind smell sample a few. Some of the spices I tried included clove, coriander seed and nutmeg. Of those allspice seems to be the key; maybe a hint of nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: thick creamy with champagne bubbles.

Unlike the Curieux this is very drinkable. Alcohol is near perfectly balanced with tastes.

I would definably put this up against any wine any day. Simply adorable.

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Photo of rdickey
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Deep, dark brown, with slight redness at the edges. A huge fluffy head sits on top, leaving sheets of lacing as it slowly drops.

Smell: Dark stone fruits, raisins, wheat, Belgian spices, maybe a little dark chocolate. There’s a lot going on, and it’s hard to pick out the individual elements because they’re integrated so well.

Taste: The wheat is more prominent here, and provides a nice counterpoint to the stone fruit and raisin sweetness. The oak and vanilla notes from the aging also come through more strongly. It finishes with a nice wave of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated – just about perfect.

Drinkability: Very high. Definitely a slow sipper that you’ll want to savor.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a house tulip.

Bottled december 2011

Pours a deep dark brown with a medium head
and slight lacing.

Heavy toasted malts, belgian sugars, and some oaky characteristics.

Taste follows the nose. The oak kicks in and delivers some raw chocolate/coffee undertones. Almost finishes like a stout.


Can you say subtle? This 10.4% abv seems like a joke. This beer is so good, im speechless

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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 1,226 ratings.
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