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Review by tavernjef on 09/02/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
98 3 11 20 5 10 2010
Bottled Feb. 2005 - Glossy black body with deep burgandy highlights within. Inch high, puffy tannish foam sits for good length before settling to a big fluffy collar and a solid skim. Minimal lacing in small globby strings and a few spots.

Heavenly aroma of vinous-like oak decorated in lots of dark nuances of dark fruity malt, black licorice, tootsie roll chocolate, carob, vanilla, and a splash of good Ol' alcoholic breath.

Taste has an emaculately creamy front that's airy and rounded with a full brunt of dark fruity malts. Has a short stay middling area of chocolate and date flavors. Lively and full on the swallow with warmth and alcoholic texture bringing a breeze of vanilla and port flavors. Hints to carob, root beer, black licorice and, anise. Finishes great with great length and memory with a leftover melting pot of rich chocolate laced with dark fruityness and sticky maltyness and lightly fluffed with some cocoa powder composition. Its much more complex then what I'm able to describe and soak in, but take my word for it. Its damn good!

Feel is a very solid medium body with a uniform ride of interchanging full areas gliding from point to point, as do warming qualities, creamyness, smoothness, and maltyness. Looong finishing area, it sticks with you for a day and a half. A very complexing texture and character to this beer. Quite spectacular!

Yum, yum, and yum, this stuff is killer! Fantastic job by Allagash. No surprise really, but damn I could never get sick of this stuff. Me likey.

Served In: Goblet

Review by joe1510 on 11/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 0
Binny's Orland

Bottled 1/08

Odyssey has the look of coffee as it's being poured into my goblet but a glass full borders on black. When backlit, mahogany highlights glows through the thinner parts of the body. A creamy beige head grew easily on the pour and fell just as easily to a healthy froth. Silky sheet lacing gets left behind after each drink and while the drink lines stay put the lower sections slide slowly back into the body.

The wheat in this beer is very expressive and lays down a strong foundation for the big, robust aromas of this brew. The aroma has so many different elements that it's hard to pick them all out. Dates, figs, leather, mild pipe tobacco, and brandy soaked raisins all show themselves at one point or another. The oak doesn't play a huge role in the nose but has a buttery vanilla quality to it. There's even a layer of dark chocolate in here that I imagine is coming from the wheat. I could sit here with my nose in this glass all night.

This beer is just as expressive on the tongue with a wash of flavors zigging and zagging their way through my mouth. The dark chocolate seems to be a little dusty on the tongue and kicks things off along with the rich wheat. All those aromas I mentioned are right here on the tongue and the oak is vanilla rich but manages to mingle nicely within the rest of the flavors. The sweetness comes in the form of figs and dates while the brandy soaked raisins add a touch of heat. The finish brings out the light tobacco notes. Odyssey is hugely complex and a beer to ponder.

The mouthfeel is good but it is the only thing I'm not crazy about with this beer. The body is on the heavier side of medium but could use a little more heft. The carbonation brings some overall creaminess and the swallow has a little sticky sweetness to it. Mild super clean alcohol fumes cut that sweetness and can be felt in the nose.

This is a big hugely complex brew but it's a sipper without a doubt. I've been working my way through this 750 for about an hour now. It continues opening up as it warms. It's been cold all day, I've been working outside, and this is a good brew to come home to.

The whole concept of this beer was appealing to me but I didn't think I'd like it as much as I do. The oak is integrated very well. I wouldn't hesitate picking this up in the future. Odyssey is another fine brew from Allagash.

Reviewed: 11/24/08

Price: $14.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 06/23/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 2006
Thanks to flyingbison for this great extra!

This is from the October 2006 bottling, 460 cases.

The color is a burnt caramel color with deep scarlet overtones when held to the light. About an inch of foam forms and settles to a ring with some activity in the center of my Chimay goblet. The second pour, after the beer got to a slightly warmer temperature, produces a larger amount of foam and a good quarter inch retains thorough out the longevity of this fine beer.

During the pour there I pick up some sweet dark malt, brown sugar, and raisin aroma. Later I get a more complex fruit mixture, cherries, dates, candied yams; and in the background lay the subtle milk chocolate, fruity alcohol, yeast, and sweet wheat. The oak plays well wrapping itself along with all the other aromas and not dominating the beer.

The first sip is nothing but pleasure, dark and sweet fruits, raisins, chocolate, dark wheat, brown sugar, and caramel. A little alcohol heat near the finish, which lingers in the back of the throat for a while, but it does not come out as harsh or hot. Interestingly enough, there is some grape skins in the aftertaste that comes through a little tart but then the chocolate takes over for a moment only for the grape flavor to come back again. I’m also detecting some ripe apple in the long aftertaste, it lasts and lasts. Also near the finish is the vanilla and oak from the barrel aging and lots of toast once the beer really comes to the right temperature.

The mouth-feel is really soft, creamy, silky, and a little sticky sweet on the lips. For something that is 10.3% it drinks marvelous, could hardly detect half of the alcohol.

The best Allagash beer I have encountered thus far.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Tip Top on 04/05/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 2006
A - Dark brown body with some garnet highlights that show when brought to the light. Head is beige and about one and a half inches tall. Made up of mostly tight bubbles, it's showing very nice retention.

S - Big time belgian yeast nose. Dark fruits abound with black cherries, raisins, plums and figs. Oakiness shows, bringing vanilla and woody aromas, but no detectable alcohol. Whipped topping, pound cake, and marshmellow.

T - Oh my, I hope I can verbalize this. Tons of flavors going on. Distinctly belgian, with a subtle yeasty flavor that brings forth so much more. Black cherry and raisins. Light plum. Marshmellows covered in light belgian chocolate seem to come to mind. Toasted almonds and creme brulee. Light oakiness just seems to add a little character here rather than take over the beer in any way. Caramel drizzled white cake. Ends with more yeasty flavors that bring just a bit of spice to it.

M - Full bodied and super smooth. Carbonation is absolutely perfect.

Overall - Far and away the best brew I have had from Allagash. Tons of layered flavors that seem like they couldn't be better balanced out. Next time I see this, I am buying a few, even with the hefty price.

Served In: Wine Glass

Review by bakes on 12/31/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 0
Bottled February 2005, aged in the beer fridge for about 2 years. Pours a deep garnet brown into the tulip glass, thin head that somehow sticks around. Love the aroma - all of the usual barrel aged suspects with the addition of some serious Belgian esteriness and faint whiffs of sweet toasty grain.

The flavor doesn't let it down - sweet, almost Marzipan-like flavors along with vanilla and Belgian malts, great esteriness, definitely a warming surge as it gets warmer but doesn't detract too much. A big, chewy flavor with a slightly less than chewy mouthfeel.

Verdict: Ages beautifully - 2 years and not a hint of oxidation, just brilliantly complex flavors. Great sipping brew, especially at 10.4% abv.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
Thanks to markuggs for this brew. Pours very dark, with a lasting head. Smell is excellent, with hints of malt, and oak, almost sweet. Taste is top notch, very good. Only a touch of alcohol until it warms. Very, very good brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

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