Beer Review: Allagash Odyssey

2013-04-07 16.33.57

Look: 4.5 / 5 | Smell: 4.5 / 5 | Taste: 4.75 / 5 | Feel: 4.5 / 5 | Overall: 4.6 / 5

L: This Belgian strong dark ale pours a dark, thick wooden mahogany color, hazy and complex, with a very elegant and even dark creamy head.

S: The beer has a distinct smells of grape, a hint of dark chocolate, and it reminds me of a dark, wheaty bread. The aroma is very pleasing and complex.

T: This beer has a fantastic taste. Like the smell, it has a taste of dark, rich, whole wheat bread sprinkled with nut, chocolate, subtle vanilla, and oak. It’s elegant and provides a wonderful combination.

F: It’s slightly carbonated, feels thick, and drinks well.

O: This is truly a fantastic beer. Its complex aroma, smooth taste, and astonishing look make it well-balanced and unique. This is a beer to keep for aging… if you can go that long without drinking it.

Beer Basics:

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.40% ABV

Notes:
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.

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