Allagash Odyssey | Allagash Brewing Company

1,233 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.

Added by Todd on 01-30-2005

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Ratings: 1,233 |  Reviews: 422
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of dudeabides76
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Very classy extra from my man Ding. Thanks! Kinda wanted to sit on it for awhile, especially because the bottle looked so nice, but what can a say? I got thirsty.

Looks pretty dark. I suppose its a really dark brown as opposed to a black. Decent head, settles to a film.

Subtle scent of I know not what. Really, really light dark fruit scent. You mean what I know.

I dare say 'woodsy' for the first time in my reviewing career to describe a flavor. The dark fruit is there also. I can't taste the alcohol, but oh boy can I feel it in my bellaaay! I do believe I like this.

End of notes.

Overall: I liked it

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of rhhjr
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of CMundt4994
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Pours a murky chestnut color with a thin cream-colored head. Some spotty lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruit and Belgian yeast on the nose. Plum and date stand out the most along with a good amount of oak.

T: Rich and malty upfront with a good hit of dates and raisins. Lots of oak, some chocolate and brown sugar. Finishes on a bit of a dry note, but has a great full mouthfeel. Good stuff but I don't think it's worth the price.

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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 cbl2
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4/12/2005 $12.99 750 mL 10.40% Bottled February 2005; 1 of 5460 bottles.


Resembles Coca-cola, as it is poured, with a dark, almost opaque black/brown body topped by about a half inch of tight white bubbles that are slow to settle.


Extremely complex aroma that yields ripe plums/figs, vanilla, subtle hints of chocolate and smoke. Definitely intriguing.


Oak is definitely present in this one, with flavor characteristics reminiscent of a dry chardonnay. Plenty of vanilla accompanied by a mouth warming alcohol presence are the first flavor sensations. A semi-sweet chocolate presence creeps in towards the end of the sip as well, but this one is mainly vanilla due to the oaking. Interesting, though not spectacular, I'd like to see how this ages.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged 2009 vintage bottle.

Pours a very dark mohogany bown with a small light brown head that's fairly thin. Nose is slightly funky and boozy, very nice.

Taste is very rich and complex. Light oaky notes and vanilla creaminess. It's a very creamy mouthfeel with a great amount of carbonation. For being 10% you'd have no idea.

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

Photo of CRJMellor
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mikeys01 of the bottle.
Pour a hazy, chocolate and mahogany with a bright white head that leaves line of lace on the goblet.
Aroma has some nuttiness and rich vanilla and oak flavor with some chocolate and dark cirtrus note subtlely in the background.

Flavors of chocolate covered spice with a barbeques molasses note. Very spicy and dry and alcoholic pop is just evident above the flavors.
Mouthfeel is alive and ubbly but still pretty light. Fairly sweet notes dominates with just a touch of sourness and some smoke and charcoal notes.
Drinkability is very solid but the oak imparts abit too much and really overshadows everything, especailly as the beer warms. A bit to over the top but still a nice beer and obviously impeccably brewed.

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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 rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours brown/black body. Head is two fingers thick, light brown and leaves lacing with each sip.
S: a mix of wheat malt, sweet vanilla, oak, some spice, and dark fruit on a swirl.
T: wheat malt, a bit spicy, some dried fig, oak and vanilla. Earthy long lasting aftertaste.
M: smooth, very lightly coating, nice carbonation.
O: great from the Growler as well as on tap. Now to try it from the bottle.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown with a one finger tan head that lasts to the end... lots of lacing...

S: Oaky, sugar, vanilla, caramel, molasses.. slight smokeyness.

T: Fruits (figs?) lots of caramel/sugar/vanilla malts.. well hidden alcohol.. bourbon like finish.

M: Smooth medium body. Little carbonation.

D: Solid american attempt at the beglian strong dark. one of the best dark out there...

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Photo of flannelman808
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark color nearly black and flat. Light doesn't shine through. Topped with a very light tan foam with large bubbles with good retention and lacing.

S: Mild oak, spice, molasses, subtle dark fruit in the back.

T: The nose follows the palate and is quite nice, very developed and harmonious. Molasses is the dominant force here raisin date and various spice follows with a "oaky" backdrop.

M: Highly carbonated, perhaps a bit too much ...

O: Good

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Photo of asabreed
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. caged and corked bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Bottled in February 2005. A friend of mine just got his book accepted for publication, and this may be on the cusp anyway, so looks like it's time.

Appearance: Very dark amber in color, and even lighter when looking into the glass as you sip. Off-white soapy head leaves little rings and not many drops of lacing and fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Huge grape jam aromas initially. A bit of sourness. Bright fruity Zinfandel-like red wine aromas, along with some sour red wine vinegar. Darker plum aromas. Unsweetened chocolate. More wood and sourness as it warms. Almost some cherry soda aromas or cherry 7-Up comes through as it warms. Caramel drizzle or syrup. Cherry pie filling. Definitely more Flemish Red sourness as it warms, along with the oak and woody aromas with some vanilla and sweet cream mixed with the sour. Nuanced, balanced, and very layered.

Taste: Good combination of bright fruit esters, dark yet mild chocolate and coffee flavors, and oak flavors like vanilla, yet there's some forward nuanced sourness and cherries, wood and oak, caramel syrup, chocolate powder, cherry pie filling, and good roasted malts. Finish is lingering dark roasted malts and mild sourness, with a bit of citrus hops there too.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation, right now, just can't handle the body of this brew. After a minute or two in the glass, whereas in those two minutes it works well, but it then becomes slightly syrupy and cloying, yet it's still not to the point of off-putting, though it's certainly noticeable and I expected more.

Drinkability: Is almost 5 years too long for a beer like this? I wonder what it's like fresh, because I can't compare the two. As I said, it seems like one of the big things is the carbonation factor, where it didn't hold up as much as I expected, which was evident from the initial to the last pour. It still has legs, don't get me wrong, but I feel like it's lost a step from what I can imagine a fresh batch tastes like. Though I still enjoyed it, maybe 5 years was too long, and I hoped for more.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of 600 cases of this beer bottled January of 2008. Broke this one out in good company for the Nova/UNC game for the 2009 final 4. I have one more that I am gonna hold on to for a while. Paired with a delicious, fresh out of the oven brownie, that seems to go perfectly, kind of to my surprise.

A: Pours right out of the corked 750 mL bottle into a wide mouthed glass and produces a deep ruby color around the edges mixed with an almost completely opaque color. Head is ample, with about 1cm to 1in of head. Even with only a thin film of bubbles on top of the beer, there are thick, fat rings of foam left on the sides of the glass all the way down.

S: Milk chocolate and light chocolatey malts. Other than that, not a whole lot going on.

T: MUCH more complex than the smell. Malty chocolate flavors couple with coffee up front. Towards the back the of the flavor profile, the milk chocolate and darker fruits come out nicely. You can also really taste the oak flavoring as you roll this around your mouth. The aftertaste also offers a lot of this. Sweet malts mix with some mild hop bitterness as well.

M/D: Nicely a stout taste with a strong ale texture. The flavors in this beer couple beautifully with the oak barrel aging to produce a beer worthy of many accolades. I almost wish I had a whole case to enjoy, because this would be a go-to. I could drink this all night, though only slowly.

Highly recommend this beer. It certainly lives up to the hype that I expected out of this series, after trying the Curieux. It is just all around, a phenomenal beer!

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Photo of draheim
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL (bottled February 2011) into a chalice. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a rich creamy khaki head, good lacing.

Aroma is deep and complex. Red grapes, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, slight cocoa.

Taste is sweet and fruity, tempered by the dry oak. Lots of residual sugars, Belgian yeast, dark bready malt, spice, and a strong dash of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is velvety, medium-bodied, with a clean dry finish.

Overall a good BSDA, but maybe not a favorite.

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Photo of ewvanconant
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%

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