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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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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

Poured from a 750 bottled dec 2011 into a duvel glass

A: pours a dark ruby brown with a two finger khaki head.... Nice retention and nice lacing.

S: dark fruit, plums, raisins, toasty grains, chocolate, a bit of yeast... Light coffee aroma, overall the aroma is very well balanced.

T: toasty grains, chocolate, a touch of coffee, the dark wheat becomes apparent in the flavor.... A bit of underlying dark fruit, a very well balanced flavor

M: medium body with low carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is very well hidden and this brew ha a nice drink ability.

O: a solid brew.... Especially of one I didn't think I would like to much.... I typically don't really enjoy wheat beers or Belgians.... But this one was so nicley rounded and well done it was impossible not to enjoy.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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Photo of argock
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml brown corked bottle into a Duvel tulip. February 2011 on front label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $16.99.

A: Soft brown with 1-2 fingers of light beige big-bubbled head with good retention and generous lacing.

S: The aroma is subtle malty with a lot of prune and grape with muted yeast and earthy hops. Everything is just a little too light all the way around.

T: The flavor is nice but not making me say wow at all. The grape and plum fruit presence is most marked and has a lightly tart edge with a touch of yeast spiciness and a slightly dank, earthy hops component. There is nothing objectionable but it isn't a religious experience for me.

M: Feel is smooth and quite light for the ABV -- nice job there. Carbonation is solid medium-to-high which provides a crispness which works well for the tart barrel notes.

O: I liked the beer but by no means loved it, which you had better at this price. I would definitely take one of the Unibroue BSDAs over this anyday.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A.. Beautiful dark brown with a good amount of thick head. Lace remains throughout.

S.. Various fruit notes as well as cloves perhaps. Sweetness without being candy sweet.

T.. Subtle and very complex fruit flavors. A maltiness that was not expected but us beautiful; not a bread-like malt flavor, just a delicious flavor. I am almost speechless.

M.. Easiest high ABV beer I have ever enjoyed, this one goes down smooth and quiet, despite being above 10%.

O.. Perfection.

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

Served on-draught into an 8 oz stem-goblet at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, California. It was overpriced of course (seeing as it was The Bruery). Expectations were extremely high given the brewery, which I'm rather fond of. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and great retention for the ABV. Colour is a solid nontransparent dark amber.

Sm: Fruit, plums, amber hops, cream, toasted malts, vanilla bean, and caramelized malt. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Complex and subtle, with all the notes from the nose plus more bright fermented fruit like cherry or even raspberry. Lightly toasted malt forms the foundation. Almonds, dried fruit, and raisins are all present. Quite nice. Full bodied yet delicate and enjoyable. No yeast. Nice layering. Incredibly well balanced. Nicely built for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a subtle cream undertone. Complements the flavours well. Delicate and light on the palate.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV - which is itself really well hidden. I rather enjoy it. It was high priced, but worth it. All things considered, I did expect this to be better - especially given its reputation and seeming trade value. It's really good, but it isn't great. Not worth trading some great for.

A good candidate for aging.

High B

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark pour the tone of prune juice, with a soft fizzy head, fading to a clear lace ring.

S - Fall/winter spice cake with alcohol soaked in, or even alcohol soaked fruit inside. Molasses and nutmeg muffins with hints of cocoa. Sweet syruppy fruit, akin to fruit cake.

T - The flavor follows up the nose, giving tastes of sweet spice muffins and fruitcake. Rum raisins, pumpernickel bread, dry biscuits. There is tangy, yeasty quality to it too. Molasses, tongue numbing clove, and a dry wine barrel aftertaste. Dry, chewy grains in the background paired with a sweet, warming alcohol.

M - Very, very smooth and drinkable. The 10.3 abv is blended and smoothed over in each sip. The carbonation is just enough to hang in with this abv, and there is a numbing clove oil effect thats kind of nice. The mouth is left with a smooth, semi sweet, semi dry wine aftermath.

O - One of my favorite styles of beer, Allagash hit a homerun here. Strong flavors with smooth effects. Well melded and complex.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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

Bottled February 2011

Beer is very dark brown with a generous off-white head. Dissipates at a moderate pace

Most immediate scent is dark fruit- raisin, plum and some tart cherry. Also upfront is the oak, bringing with it a nice vanilla scent. A slight smoky scent accompanies the oak. I also get coffee, which is not typical of a BSDA.

Oak stands out immediately in the taste, a bit smoky. The dark fruit flavours are all there from the nose; mildly tart cherry most notably. A bit of a bitter roasted flavour. There is a malty flavour to the beer but it is not strong and not particularly pronounced. Well balanced, not as sweet as the style tends to be. I imagine the oak barrels play a role in this.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable but not strongly.

Overall, very nice. Close to a 4.5 in taste for me but not quite. I found that the typical Belgian elements were fairly muted and that the beer had significant stout aspects to it. The oak is the real focus of the beer.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
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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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 1,233 ratings.
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