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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,234 |  Reviews: 422
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of brewskifan55
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. December 2011 batch. Thanks, Cliff.

A: Cola brown; tan, 1 finger head that lingers. Great lacing.

S: I can smell the bourbon a mile away. Wow. Then the malt slides in with a caramel backbeat. Love that malt smell.

T: Oaken, smokey, bourbon-y, caramel, toasty, molassas. A chewy finish. Just spectacular. Alcohol slides in to seal the deal.

M: Heavy carbonation, frothy on the tongue.

O: This is just an outstanding ale. An excellent after dinner drink.

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3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled December 2011

A - Pours a dark brown. Light tan, one finger head. Minimal lacing.

S - Definite oak on the nose. Background of dark fruit and cinnamon.

T - Smokey oak all the way through from beginning to end! Plums and raisins too. Hint of dark cherries. As it warms, it gets sweeter. I don't find this enjoyable at all.

M - High carbonation. Medium bodied. Finishes dry.

O - What a distinct style of beer! The smokey oak plays off wonderfully against the dark fruits here. It just comes off a little too sweet for my palette.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BostonHops
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.
bottled february 2011 (10.4% ABV)

pours a murky chestnut tone yielding a nice 1 and 3/4" foamy tan head. superb retention with lacing in abundance. excellent presentation. nose is headlined by a bready, toasty maltiness. secondary notes of spice, belgian yeast, and a hint of dark fruits, maybe candied sugar.

unusually spice-forward flavor profile, definitely above average for the style; i'm getting a decent amount of clove and pepper... a big bready malt presence is there as expected... decent sweet element to it with the dark fruits and candied sugar but nowhere near cloyingly so. maybe even a touch of bitter chocolate in the background. very good. creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with average to slightly below average carbonation.

my initial reaction was that it was a bit too spicy, but as i drank and the beer warmed, it opened up some and appreciably improved. you don't get a lot of bang for you buck here but it's a high quality brew worthy of the splurge from time to time.

(originally reviewed: 04-24-2011)

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of tigg924
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ad on tap at the New World Tavern--Plymouth

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, amber in color, clear

Smell: dark fruit, chocolate, oak, and smoke

Taste: smoky start,followed by sweet dark cherries,other dark fruit, moderate oak and a big alcohol kick at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light body,sweet and smoky--but not smoky enough for a smoke beer--with a bitter back bone and an alcohol rush at the end

Overall: Love the whole combination here. Truly an exceptional beer, the smoke and oak play delightfully with the great qualities of a BSDA. Am going back to find this again.

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3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, from Ned's. $18.

Appearance: Dark red-brown. Beautifully clear garnet when held to light. Thick off-white head with great retention and pretty good lacing.

Smell: Really not too interesting. A sort of generic spicy Belgian yeast smell with some dark fruit. If it weren't for the oak notes in there, I'd be hard pressed to distinguish this from a yeast starter made with Belgian yeast-- no complexity.

Taste: Big improvement over the smell, but its not mind blowing. Spicy yeast flavors without the strong doughy/bready flavor I like in this kind of beer. Some raisin/plum dark fruit flavors. A surprising hint of chocolate is interesting as are the oak notes which give some toast and vanilla to the flavor. Just a kiss of bitterness is all you can taste of the 10%.

Mouthfeel: Again good, not great. I was hoping for a super soft wheat beer mouthfeel, but not so much. It is a well carbonated, smooth beer with a long sweet, oaky finish.

Overall: Good. I'll not buy another for 18 bucks though.

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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottled February 2011.

Appearance - Deep brown body with flecks of reddish hues. Barely transparent at the edges. Huge khaki head. Four fingers. Excellent retention and lacing. Looks spectacular, especially for a 10.3% ABV beer.

Smell - Rich caramel. A smokey presence as well that gives the caramel a surprising complexity. A bit of a cola aroma and just a hint of fruitiness behind all of it.

Taste - Deeper and richer caramel than the aroma. Diminished cola presence and nowhere near as sweet as I expected. The smokey character rounds out the flavor with a touch of char and oak that blends everything nicely.

Mouthfeel - Not thick, but definitely not dry, as I had expected from a BSDA. Creamy but remarkably easy to drink. No hint of booze.

Overall - Beautifully crafted beer. Incredible flavors and a perfect mouthfeel. This could stand up to some of the best Belgian darks.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

750ml corked and caged poured into a goblet. Bottled Dec 2011. From the brewery.

A: Pours a brownish ruby with a 1 1/2 finger off white head. Thick and chunky head stays present as I drink. Carbonation is still visible in it.

S: Hits you with some nice belgian yeast and notes. Carmely wheat notes with a touch of bourbon. Dark fruits and a nuttiness in there too. Some alcohol on the aroma too.

T: Pretty complex yet balanced taste. Has the wheat base with dark fruits and banana. Bourbony oak creeps up on you at the end but isnt overpowering.

M: Smooth and creamy. Ample carbonation. Easy drinking for being so strong.

Overall a delicious beer, very enjoyable. Love the hints of bourbon on the wheat base.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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