Allagash Odyssey | Allagash Brewing Company

1,232 Ratings
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 zac16125
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a chalice
2015 vintage

A: Very dark brown, nearly black, except when held to light and you see the nice ruby hues. One + fingers width of light tan head, good retention, small amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Cocoa, some dark fruits, oaky vanilla, caramel, anise, some booze. 4

T: More dark fruits than the nose, likewise way more spice which I didn’t really get at all on the aroma. I also get cocoa and roasted malt, barrel characters with oaky-vanilla. 4.25

M/D: Pretty smooth, carbonation appropriately high, ABV well masked, drinkability is good. 4.25

O: Solid beer, but I expected more 4

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Photo of TomMorris
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 16 oz. growler (well, mason jar with a screw top) from Vista Beer and Beverage in NY.

Odyssey pours a very dark and murky brown hue, with some red-orange highlights where the liquid meets the edge of the container. The pour yields about a half finger of small tannish head and a moderate amount of visible carbonation. A smattering of lacing clings to the glass upon as it drains.

The smell is first and foremost, very oaky. It smells as if I've wandered into an oak forest where all of the trees produce some magical hybrid fruit of raisin, licorice, vanilla, and more wood.

The taste is in direct conjunction with the nose: tons of oak and darker fruits, with a noticeable charred sugar characteristic. Almost tastes like what a fireplace on christmas smells like.

Mouthfeel is medium-medium thick: somewhat thick but not enough to be chewy or syrupy. Plenty of effervescent carbonation…reminds me a little of Rochefort 10 in this regard.

Odyssey is a fantastic beer from one of the United States' best and most consistent breweries. The barrel characteristics really come through in this one without being obnoxious.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This delivers a periphery of high marks but when it came to taste it fell short in my opinion. Light chocolate malt was upfront, with some weak coconut and vanilla. A slight booziness and brandy this never impressed.

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Photo of Budlum
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Release. This pours a very deep shade of brown, bordering on black, topped with a lasting tan head. Strong aromas of oak dominate brining an almost charred smells mixed with faint aromas of raisins and apricots. There is a faint yeasty funk in the background. There is a whole lot happening in the flavor department - raisins, apple, faint vanilla, buttery biscuits, and a long oaked finish. The feel is rather lively for a barrel aged ale and very pleasant to drink.

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Photo of jcruelty
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $30 for a 750ml bottle. Ouch. That said... it's pretty good. Love a strong dark belgian ale and this does the style justice. Dunno if I would pay $30 again but would def. get if it were on tap somewhere.

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Photo of wmcnallyvt
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyed this beer. The beer looks like a darker stout, but it has a lighter more refreshing taste….somewhere between a roasty coffee taste and a lighter ale. I was expecting a stronger taste considering the ABV. The beer was pretty pricey, but that could have been due to its rarity outside of the New England area. If you can get your hands on it, I would recommend.

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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 GOBLIN
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hints of chocolate, vanilla, oak, molasses . . . Pours a murky brown with a touch of lacing. Carbonation is a nice touch on this Belgian inspired beer and decent mouthfeel. I really wanted to be blown away by this beer and was certain I was going to be. But, it didn't happen for me. Alcohol is faintly noticeable. Still a very solid offering so it wasn't a let down by any means.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle. Dark brown in color. Opaque in appearance. Smells chocolaty. Light, cherry skins, some brown sugar sweetness. Earthy. Very subtle flavor. A bit oxidized.

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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 Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color and clarity of cola with a tight, quarter inch, off-white head embedded with tiny pinpricks and ringlets. Sheets of lacing coat the walls of the glass as the head gradually dissipates into an oily slick. Nose expresses dark fruits, roast and the merest suggestion of coffee. Taste expresses more roast than dark fruit. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slightly assertive carbonation that leaves a residual prickle at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, a solid representation of the style; however, the price point is way too high given that some of the Belgian exemplars are less expensive and better beers.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With everything going on in this beer, I have to say the oak came through the most and really shined here. I got faint hints of raisin and even some apricot, but not too much in the fruit department. The deep smokiness and hints of chocolate/vanilla are remarkable.

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Photo of CochonKing
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep brown with slight golden hue at the edges of the beer. Forms a small head about half a finger. The smell is strong with heavy malt and cereal notes on the beginning of the nose, also some wet dog. The oak is strong on the nose as well with some leather and tar on the nose as well. Coffee on the nose as well and some dark chocolate. The taste is very interesting, toasted barley, malt, some caramel and vanilla from the oak I'm assuming. The mouthfeel is amazing, full bodied with a lot of texture it really opens up on the palate, the kind of beer you could almost chew. It is really well made.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bottle dated January 2015. 455 cases bottled, and this batch is 8.3%

L - Dark brown, with 2 fingers of head and some lacing left on top of the brew and on the glass

S - Belgian candy sugar, figs, raisons, and a slight aroma of booze

T - Like the smell, belgian candy sugar, figs, raisons, perfect sweetness and well balanced through-out. Vanilla and dry finish. Damn tasty!

F - Well carbonated. Smooth

O - An awesome brew. Easy to drink, tasty, and enjoyable.

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Photo of Slack
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rich brown in color with a 1.5 inch + head (on a very slow pour). Tons of lacing present.

Smell is strongly malt, sugar, and fruit with spice. Vanilla and oak notes showed up as the sipper warmed.

Taste is sweet fruit up front - raisin definitely. Lots of roasted malts are also present along with that same spice note. Alcohol warming on the back end. Similar to the smell, vanilla and oak are more pronounced as the beer warms.

Mouthful is medium but very creamy. Carbonation is also medium.

Overall a true example of the style. The fruit and spice are well balanced with the oak providing a nice support throughout. The beer is a sipper and one to be shared.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap on 4/17/2015 @ La Birreria in New York, NY.

Served in a teku glass. Dark brown in color with a creamy beige head that lasts forever and froths back up with each swirl of the glass. The wheat and oak are both easy to detect in the aroma. The flavor builds upon the aroma, adding dark fruit and and alcohol into the mix. Creamy and smooth. Medium to full bodied. One to savor. One of the best from a brewery that produces some pretty great beers. I usually shy away from bombers and 750 mL bottles based on their typically high prices, but after having it on tap, this is one that actually justifies purchasing.

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Photo of jancona
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not quite what I expect from a strong dark ale. The smell is molasses and vanilla - taste follows with a touch of oak. I don't get any traditional dark fruit flavors associated with the style. Still a very nice flavor and amazing feel.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The notes reminded me most of tobacco with perhaps a hint of smoked meat.

Taste - My initial impression was to suggest this beer tastes meaty. There is a smoky presence that reminds me of beef jerky. Also present are malty notes and dark fruits linger toward the back. The smoke and tobacco notes seem to become more aggressive in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The feel coats like a strong ale, allowing the complexity to linger.

Overall - This was not what I was expecting, but I really like it. I would seek this beer.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Track 84; served in an Allagash glass.

An excellent ale, powerful at ten and a half percent, but smooth and drinkable. A little bit of boozy heat, but the flavors are layered and complex. I got some dark fruits, like plum and cherry, along with caramel and a yummy bready base. Lots to like here.

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Photo of illpass78
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasting glass on tap at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a cola color with a sizable white head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: I get caramel, some wheat, a slightly touch of honey, maybe some dark fruit and some grassy background. Maybe some brown bread, too.

Taste: Taste mostly follows the nose. Caramel and grain seem to lead the way. Complex.

Mouthfeel: Sturdy and medium bodied. A sipper.

Overall: Very nice strong dark beer. I like their Allagash Dark a bit more, but that's also one of my all-time favorites, so maybe an unfair comparison.

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Photo of fx20736
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bought from Beers of the World March 2015. Served in a goblet at cellartemp.

Look: Root Beer brown with sandstone head, decent lacing.

Smell: woody, herbal, subtle Belgian sugar and yeast

Taste: caramel, toasted whole grain, herbal hopiness

Feel: buoyant, silky

Overall: subtle, delicious

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a mostly opaque dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Some spice, earthy Belgian yeast and maybe some vanilla.

T- Toasty malt meets a mild Belgian yeast element. Not a lot of barrel character. Notes of spice, Belgian candi sugar and dark bread.

M- Slightly tangy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- All of the flavors are so well-integrated to this Belgian ale that the 10.4% ABV is hardly noticeable. Delicious, dangerous stuff.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in January 2014:
Pours a deep auburn brown, clarity visible at edges. Head is small bubbles, off white, and sustaining (light lacing). Initial pour rise to a couple fingers, but leveled off at about 1/2 cm. Nose has syrupy sugar to molasses as described. Some raisin bread provides the non-sugar notes. Only a light hint of alcohol.

Taste is subdued from the wood the pervades the sip. Taste is cola, indistinct dark fruit, and a bite of the wood at the end. The flavors come across more as the beer warms, including molasses and root beer. The carbonation from the feel is also biting, very effervescent. The wood adds a dry feel to the end of the taste.

Would like a little more strength of flavor from this beer. The flavors seemed ok to maybe even a little weak, but I think the carbonation detracted from the flavor in an unfortunate way.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev 0%

On tap at Cask and Vine with Mr Barleywine.
Dark brown in color with a smallish tan head. Rich sweet brown sugar with huge prune, raisin and date like aromas. Rich sweet maltiness balanced with a touch of alcohol. Beautiful sipper!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very average beer. This beer has a lot going for it, but it is all going in different directions. The lack of balance is quite off-putting and keep you from really enjoying this beer.

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4.25 out of 5 based on 1,232 ratings.
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