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:
#860
Reviews:
422
Ratings:
1,234
Liked:
1,135
Avg:
4.24/5
pDev:
9.2%
Alströms:
4.58
 
 
Wants:
342
Gots:
243
Trade:
15
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Ratings: 1,234 |  Reviews: 422
Photo of Jeckel
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of admonster00
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of retry4z
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of devilfluff
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerThursdays
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of RWNewhouse
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Gator_Chomp
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stephendedalus
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a February 2005 (750 ml) bottle. Poured a deep brown/caramel colour -- decent carbonation and a nice head (maintained head for several minutes). Smell is underwhelming -- expecting more -- just hints of vanilla and oak/bourbon with alcohol spiciness. Taste has the base notes of a dubbel acccented with the expected vanilla and oak flavors -- not much else going on. Pretty good mouthfeel and at 10.4% this is a very drinkable beer -- the ABV will sneak up on you. However, the verdict, unfortunately, is that this is less of an Odyssey and more of a (pleasant) three hour tour. Gilligan!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the BAer who brought this to the Nov. '12 Philly burbs bottle share. Ray (baybum) I think. I'm not sure what vintage this one was.

Dark brown pour, hazy, with a small off-white head that dissipated mostly, leaving some thin lacing behind. Caramel malts in the nose, stone fruits, herbal hops and a touch of smoke. I actually got quite a bit of oak up front in this one, pretty toasty at that, caramel, peach and pear, a little raisin, yeast, herbal hops; no vanilla detected. Medium body, moderate carbonation, drinkable, and decent overall.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Finnegan's

A- dark amber to brown, with little head or lacing

S- get some roasted malts and coffee, get the oak faintly

T- Almost like a light stout. Coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate notes. The oak is noticeable but not overpowering. Slight bittern finish.

M- Medium bodied, creamy semi-dry finish.

O- Again with Allagash I am not all that impressed. Not sure what I was expecting with this beer but not sure I would get it again.

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Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ppoitras for shipping me this about a year ago. Bottle is from July '09 & has been resting in great comfort since it arrived. Split with my wife, who's making cheesecake for tomorrow. Love that girl.

Another thanks for taping the cage-and-cork: one gentle tug & the cork nearly levitates from the bottles. Pours such a dark crimson to be mistaken for black, until I hold it up to the light, twisting & turning, looking for a glimmer of color. There, yup. Deep red. Lots of Belgian yeast in the nose, along with clove, banana, this one sets up like a dubbel.

Odyssey warms the cockles of my throat immediately with it's 10% ABV. Beyond the alcohol, there's a strong Belgian yeast component that blurs everything else together, coming on a bit forward for my taste. Tics of dark fruits, wheat (?), & soft sweetness. But the yeast dominates, limiting both it's tastiness & drinkability into the "pretty good" range. A bit prickly; the avid carbonation was evident immediately in the ease with which the cork ended up in the garbage. If I hadn't read the "oak" on the label I might not have picked it out. Evident only in the mild drying on the end of a sip.

Good brew. Above average in all respects but nothing that stands out.

EDIT: just read the description & realized it's a Belgian "wheat" beer. Couldn't figure out where the wheatiness was coming from, now I know I'm not crazy.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep purple color with white head. Nose is funky with farmhouse qualities and dry oak character. Notes of dark fruit present along with white oak. Taste is fruit forward with dry notes of oak and grape. Mouthfeel is relatively light with moderate carbonation. Overall, lots of Belgian esters here, not my favorite brew.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark amber/brown with two fingers of fluffy head. Very good retention and lacing.

S: Caramel, cocoa powder, and sweet vanilla oak. A hint of dark fruits.

T: Caramel, a bit of prunes, and light vanilla. The flavors go well together, but this is not an overly complex BSDA.

M: Medium thickness with fairly strong carbonation.

O: The flavors go nicely together in this beer, but it's not very complex for the style. It's somewhere between a brown ale and a BSDA.

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Photo of ledouge
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morimech
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled January 2010.

Brown color with bright red highlights. A large head forms and has excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

I just cannot really get into this aroma. Tobacco, raisins, and a woodsy smell does not make a combination that I particullary enjoyed. Nothing is wrong with the aroma so I scored it just above average.

The flavor also fell short for me. It is not as sweet and fruity as other BSDAs. This is more earthy and woodsy. It also tastes slightly caustic and that is what turned me off a little. There is some sweetness near the finish with hints of prunes and figs. That is until the alcohol brings some warmth and solvent flavor in the finish.

This has a very good mouthfeel. It feels a little light for the style but it has such wonderful texture and carbonation, I soon forget about the weight of the beer.

For a beer that I was looking forward to for such a long time, I was left disappointed. The aroma and flavor just did not do it for me. Maybe I should try a different vintage?

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Photo of MisterClean
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At Manderes' Allagash tasting

A - Dark brown, chocolate, lots of head, which dissipates moderately.

S - Very oaky, light malts, honey, and biscuit.

T - Oak, honey, with a light smokiness. The smell was great, but got lost in the flavor.

M - Sweet, yet bitter.

D - Not sure I can drink this beer on a consistent basis because, well, the beer isn't very consistent from smell, to taste, to mouthfeel.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to overlord for this bottle. July 2009 bottling.

A: Pours a dark brown that is ever-so-slightly transparent when held to the light. Thin tan head that dissipates with a little lacing in its wake.

S: A good amount of dark fruits. Not super pungent, but the only thing that really stands out. A bit of caramel and toffee in the background.

T: The dark fruits distinguish themselves a bit more alongside caramel, toffee, and some yeasty spices. Not picking up oak here or in the nose.

M: Fairly creamy. Medium body and good carbonation.

D: Better as it warms up past cellar temperature, but nothing terribly special at this point. It's lacking in any real depth, which is surprising given that the bottle is nearly a year old.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/25/11 notes. Shared by jslot38; thanks Justin. January 2010 bottle, case 970.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of light tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, dark fruit, bready malts, pepper.

t - Tastes of dark fruit, spices, yeast, and bread again. A little too much spice for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A good beer, but a little to much spice for me. Glad to have tried it and would given another shot, but probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of julielynndubee
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nhindian
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into an Allagash cervois. Bottle generously provided by apollokim as in an extra in the 'You Ain't From Around Here?' BIF, thanks Kim!

A - Pours a very rustic brown color; it's almost hard to see much color in this but with the right light it's possible. For being barrel-aged, it has a ton of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. An absolute monster of a head sticks to the top of this beer. 3-fingers worth of dense, cream-colored foam make up the head, and as the edges fade quicker than the middle, a strange volcano shape remains after a few minutes. The retention is excellent, with it still lasting at almost the end of the glass. Lacing is great as well, covering most of the sides of the glass with thick residue.

S - This nose has quite a bit of malts to it, which took me a bit off-guard. At first it's heavy on the grains, lending itself to bread-like qualities. There's some candied sugar in here as well, adding to the sweetness. A good amount of dark fruit comes next in the form of grapes, raisins, plums, and dark fruit. The thing that most surprised me, however, was the slight smell of bittersweet chocolate.

T - The taste follows the progression laid by the nose, however, the malts are a bit toned-down here. The fruit plays a stronger role here, beginning almost immediately and lasting well into the finish. There's a good amount of wheat in this beer from the start, giving it a lighter flavor at first. The sugar does its part to give it that special Belgian quality, and the grapes and plums reciprocate by giving off some tasty flavors. The chocolate in the nose can also be faintly tasted here, somewhere in the finish. It's a bit more alcoholic here, giving off that feel and taste of heat that's common in hotter quads. The finish has a tinge of wood in it, imparted by the barrel it aged in. The finish is long, sweet, and somewhat fruity.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy with good carbonation. Surprisingly carbonated given the time spent in the barrels. Not as mouth-covering as authentic Belgians, but it does leave a finish that makes me want to drink again.

D - Drinkability is moderate. I was looking forward to this beer, so maybe my expectations tempered this beer a little, but I didn't find it completely blowing me away. Solid beer, but given the price I'm sure this bottle cost, I would like to see me influence of the barrel on here. As it is now, the oak imparts only a faint trace of its woodiness to the beer that's almost negligible.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally popped the top on this caged and corked bottle I picked up while in Boston. Cost: $14.99. Poured into my Grottenbier chalice.
Odyssey had an impenetrable chestnut color with cinnamon highlights. Barely visible was a lot of fine carbonation rushing upward out of view to the bottom of a densely packed light beige head. Nice sheet lace was the end result.
The nose was quite complex with waves of caramel, vanilla, oak-laden woodiness, brown sugar, raisin, and bourbon (lots of bourbon) wafting out of the glass.
Odyssey turned out to be a sipper as the high alc. content made an immediate impact. The sweetness of caramel and vanilla, raisins and plums, made for a resoundingly sugary start. The oak flavor came out mid-palate but didn't last too long before the rather heavy-handed whiskey taste kicked in and dominated the finish. The feel was full, creamy and coated the tongue.
Overall, while this offering from Allagash is decent, the whiskey taste was a deal-breaker for me. I'm not a big fan of beers that carry a bourbon or whiskey flavor in them and this one does. As such, I know of other offerings in the style that appeal to me more.

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Photo of argock
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92% out of 100 with 1,234 ratings
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