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Allagash Odyssey - Allagash Brewing Company

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411 Reviews

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Reviews: 411
Hads: 1,177
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 314
Gots: 250 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-30-2005

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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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a mostly opaque dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Some spice, earthy Belgian yeast and maybe some vanilla.

T- Toasty malt meets a mild Belgian yeast element. Not a lot of barrel character. Notes of spice, Belgian candi sugar and dark bread.

M- Slightly tangy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- All of the flavors are so well-integrated to this Belgian ale that the 10.4% ABV is hardly noticeable. Delicious, dangerous stuff.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in January 2014:
Pours a deep auburn brown, clarity visible at edges. Head is small bubbles, off white, and sustaining (light lacing). Initial pour rise to a couple fingers, but leveled off at about 1/2 cm. Nose has syrupy sugar to molasses as described. Some raisin bread provides the non-sugar notes. Only a light hint of alcohol.

Taste is subdued from the wood the pervades the sip. Taste is cola, indistinct dark fruit, and a bite of the wood at the end. The flavors come across more as the beer warms, including molasses and root beer. The carbonation from the feel is also biting, very effervescent. The wood adds a dry feel to the end of the taste.

Would like a little more strength of flavor from this beer. The flavors seemed ok to maybe even a little weak, but I think the carbonation detracted from the flavor in an unfortunate way.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev 0%

On tap at Cask and Vine with Mr Barleywine.
Dark brown in color with a smallish tan head. Rich sweet brown sugar with huge prune, raisin and date like aromas. Rich sweet maltiness balanced with a touch of alcohol. Beautiful sipper!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very average beer. This beer has a lot going for it, but it is all going in different directions. The lack of balance is quite off-putting and keep you from really enjoying this beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a deep dark purplish brown, absolutely opaque, no light gets through this one. There is a really big 3 inch head, fluffy and creamy looking, leaving behind an absurd amount of lacing. Just looks like the perfect BSDA.

Smells like dark fruits, Belgian yeast, oak, vanilla, and raisin.

This is super raisin forward, almost like candied pureed raisin, with additional flavors of nutty oak, vanilla bourbon (I don't really know if it's just new oak aged, or bourbon barrel aged, but I do get a hint of bourbon anyway), grapes, and hazelnuts. Really complex and awesome stuff here. The alcohol doesn't really show itself at all- other than the fact that I'm feeling warm and fuzzy over here.

The body is fairly thick, but not syrupy, with a dry but really creamy and slightly sweet mouthfeel. It's quite drinkable.

Another solid entry from Allagash, this is really unique and really tasty.

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Photo of pat61
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%

Oak barrel vanilla aroma begins the show, followed by a hint of wine, alcohol, dark malt sugars.
Pours deep dark garnet brown under a lightly tan tinted 2" moussey foam cap. Lacy with legs.
A touch of chocolate on the palate followed by caramel, rich malt, vanilla, fruit.
Medium body and medium high carbonation. Very creamy smooth - almost nitro beer creaminess. Very drinkable. Some warming but you do not notice the 10.4% alcohol.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with hints of ruby, decent light tan head and some lacing

S-dark fruit, roasted malt, belgian sugar, spices, little oak and vanilla

T-roasted malt, light molasses, oak , little vanilla, raisins, plums, hint of chocolate

F-medium body with medium carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nice sipping beer, good for dessert

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color, almost into stout territory. The head is a finger high, with a mocha shade. It's superbly creamy-looking, and has excellent retention. A creamy ring of lacing sticks to the glass. Very aesthetically pleasing.

S: Very much like a Belgian stout, in a manner of speaking. I'm getting goodly amounts of chocolate, brown sugar, toast, and smoke. Subtle hints of dark fruits lie beneath those primary notes. I'm also getting the oak barrel in a subtle expression - very soft hints of toasted coconut and vanilla can be found. I was disappointed at the lack of Belgian presence at first, but it develops a nice tone of biscuit after a while. It hits all of the right notes quite well.

T: A nice initial flavor of chocolate and brown sugar open it up. Then it transitions into coffee, and it finishes off with some Belgian yeast characteristics - biscuit, black pepper, and white grapes. Oak is gentle throughout. I think it could stand to be brighter: all of the sweet chocolate and brown sugar notes are very rich, almost to a fault. Having said that, this drinks like pure luxury.

M: Holy fork, this is one creamy-feeling beer. Easily, this is the most velvety soft Belgian-style beer I've ever had. The extremely fine carbonation is part of the reason why. Creamy, rich...and despite the dry finish, not spectacularly drinkable. The alcohol is hidden superbly, however.

O: Everything apart from the taste is excellent, and even the latter is still pretty good. Maybe it's just personal tastes - this is superbly crafted, but not to my BSDA preferences. This is an excellent dessert beer, however (definitely worth snagging another to age a year or two).

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Photo of LeRose
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

On tap and bottled 2014 vintage.

First time was paired with dessert and the flavors played so well - it was like the best cup of after dinner coffee. SInce discovered this beer pairs well with many things including pizza...

Dark and opaque on the pour. A very white tight head results that lasts and lasts. Beautiful looking beer.

Aroma - some slight metallic twang in the aroma, not offensive. Slight hit from the alcohol. Roasty and toasty, brown sugar, figs/dates, and I swear there are coffee notes. Woody and bourbony, slight whiff of vanilla.

Taste - alcohol well-hidden. Roasted flavors - coffee/toffee, caramel, brown sugar sweetness. Then the big boys come out to play - dark fruits in the date/fig category, almost a raspberry or dark sweet cherry flavor reminding me again of coffee. Very subdued vanilla/bourbon flavor, finishes clean with a little woody flavor lingering at the end. The taste morphs with temperature and with different foods - to me it is not quite the same on every sip or every time i have had it, which I find adds to my enjoyment of the beer.

Mouthfeel - a little tingle from the carbonation and alcohol. Minimal bitterness. Not heavy at all - medium bodied and creamy smooth. Dry and clean on the finish, welcoming the next sip.

Overall this is a superb beer. The flavors just keeps on going in a harmonious manner. Smooth and WAY to easy drinkingr at 10%... Added bonus is my wife enjoys it as much as I do, so we have been seeking out bottles. Just an overall enjoyable drinking experience. Job well done.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a white foam collar. Aroma of dark fruits and a wine like barrel note. Sweet, fruity and oaky aroma. In the taste, nice and malty, with candied nuts, cocoa, fruity wine, and dark fruit. The body is juicy, yet semi dry and has a rock solid carbonation earned from blending a portion from steel fermenters as well as barrel aging and blending. Overall, this is a winner. A very lively Belgian Strong Dark ale.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent brownish tan head that dissipates fairly quickly but still leaves enough of a creamy covering over the beer. The beer itself is an opaque dark purple brown color and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The beer smell has very strong wheat and barley smell that overtakes the other smells. The smell also has dark fruits and Belgian candi sugar notes underneath the malts. The barely smells a little burnt. The taste has the same notes as the smell but with a different intensity. The Belgian candy sugar and dark raisin notes dominate the taste while the barely shows up to take off the edge a little bit. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied with biting carbonation. The feel is slick. Overall, a pretty god beer and worth getting.

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Photo of dar482
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, sweet caramel, and cffee.

The flavor follows of chocolate, porter roasted malt quality, and then plums and a yeast. A lacking mid palate then onto an oak quality.

The beer is quite sweet and bready, but dries off on the finish with woody oak barrel.

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Photo of gr0g
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage. Dark brown, chestnut even, with mahogany highlights. A really nice-looking head with great persistence, leaving some almost equally nice lacing. Aroma is a match for the best Belgian quads, and it has some interesting differences. The wheat is definitely detectable, smelling a bit like a Weizenbock. Hints of clove and banana. Besides that, there's a whiff of cocoa, then it segues into ripe raisin and date. Top it all off with oaky vanilla. An intricate aroma.

The flavor is almost equally complex. Robust, malty, not that sweet. The flavor profile stays mostly true to Quad/BSDA, the wheat character being quite muted. Dark malts and dark fruits are dominant. More fruity esters and a touch more sweetness would take this to next level. Slightly sticky, throat-coating mouthfeel. Carbonation is almost pillowy-soft. Some oak and just a hint of alcohol on the finish.

Allagash Odyssey is great, much better than "Four." This is, for all intents and purposes, a Quad. Not quite as good overall as the Trappist titans, but it holds it's own.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured slowly straight into the middle of my St. Bernardus goblet from a 750 mL corked and caged bottle dated 1/2014. I don't have great lighting, but the beer is a dark brown and develops a thick, creamy head that lasts for a while, maintains a skim covering for the duration of the beer, and leaves thin, spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Dominant aroma for me was the roasted malt. I was a little thrown off by this, and didn't know what to expect from the taste. Also present in the aroma were a subtle sweetness and dark fruit.

T - The first couple sips did produce a roasty quality, but that flavor soon folded into a really great, complex flavor profile. It was both a challenge and a joy trying to pick out the individual flavors, because each was subtle, and supported the others so very well. Eventually the dark fruit flavors took over, but there was also light oak and just enough of a tart sourness to make things even more interesting. Oh, and the 10%+ alcohol is barely noticeable. It blends in really nicely with the oak.

M - Medium bodied with lots of supporting carbonation. A little prickly at first, but settles down after a few minutes. The finish is a moderately dry with just a bit of a sticky aftertaste.

O - What more can I say? Not the cheapest bottle out there, but highly recommended to share with someone in a relaxed atmosphere. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Allagash Odyssey January 2014 10.4% abv

Dark Brown with a frothy two finger off-white head that fades gradually leaving behind frothy lacing. The head sticks around in a layer over the beer.

Smells metallic and spicy. Dark fruit - dates and raisins, plum skins. molasses. I smell the malted wheat. Sweet dark bread. Dark cookies.

Tastes of molasses. Sugar and dark fruit. Metallic funk. Cloves. Really buttery molasses cookies. Wheat. Plenty of malted graininess. Vanilla and oak come out in the aftertaste.

Medium to full body, Medium carbonation. Slightly unpleasant finish that turns in to a warm wonderful aftertaste.

I’ll start by saying that I don’t like the Belgian yeast profile in general. There’s something spicy and funky about it that doesn't appeal to me. I’m definitely not a big fan of BSDAs. I wish I was though, then maybe I could enjoy this obviously good beer. The thing that I enjoy most is the aftertaste, where vanilla, oak, and a general warmth stick around for quite a while. Up front it’s a very satisfying sweet, grainy, spicy flavor profile. I am not a fan of the finish. Bitter funk dominates. So, between the front and the aftertaste, the stuff I don’t like about BSDAs really comes out. If you like BSDAs you’ll probably love it. I don’t know. A satisfying experience however. I drank it, so that definitely means its good. Some of the lamer BSDAs I can’t even finish. I probably shouldn't even be reviewing this beer. Do try.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/25/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, dark fruit, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid dark Belgian-style beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of stuppy
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick tan head when poured, that moves to a persistent head over the entire glass, dark brown almost black, can't see clarity

Aroma: Dark fruit, dates and raisins, grainy, oak, light vanilla, some spicy aroma, some alcohol (

Flavor: Grainy flavor, some raisin and date notes in middle, oak and medium vanilla, some roasted flavor, low bitterness, no hop flavor, dry finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation, some alcohol warmth

Overall: Great Dark Strong! Seems to have a scent amount of Wheat. Grainy aroma and flavor and the head is persistent, hard to get in a beer over 10%abv. The Barrel adds a nice touch with oak, vanilla and roast? flavors. Very smooth for a beer of this strength. Very young. Wish I had a second to cellar for a year or two.

Bottled January 2014
750ml Bottle

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark amber, near mahogany. Beautiful khaki head of a couple fingers.

S- Molasses, Belgian candy sugar, brown sugar, ripe fruits and booze.

T- Follows nose with the sweet, malty aspects. So much dark fruits, yet stays balanced. Raisins, figs, dates, cherries. Finishes with a touch of pecans and oak

M- Clean, mid to full body. Thick and sticky for the style. Alcohol present but no burn, so it only ads to the complexity.

O- Still drinking really well for its age. One of the best I have had of the style.

Bottled 12-2011
Consumed 3-2014

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Photo of dank203
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured into a pint style glass but a bit smaller. a dark beer. aroma is a really nutty, (and I normally don't consider things nutty) and definitely getting warm roasty woody notes as well. hint of what i'd describe as vanilla wafer. excellent smelling but taste didn't quite match up. got hints of coacoa. little to no carbonation. i'm pretty sure this was on a nitro tap

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Photo of Stevedore
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750ml C&C bottle from February 2011. Generously sent to me by Gunch. Thanks John. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/6/2014.

App- Dark black body, looks a bit thin but definitely a non-illuminable brown; comes with a nice fluffy 2 finger white head that makes for a nice contrast. Good retention, no lacing.

Smell- Sweet caramel, vanilla, roast malts, some dark fruits, good oak presence. No real hint of the Belgian yeast that was presumably used here.

Flavour- Caramel, roast malts, figs. Less complex than the nose. Less oak is present on the palate. Even is a bit metallic.. not enough to detract from the whole experience. Not a particularly intense or complex beer, but still tasty. No alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel- On the thin side, a bit watery. Fine carbonation. Aftertaste is a solid sweet vanilla flavour that fades away quickly. Fairly drinkable for the ABV.

Overall- Interesting take on the BSDA; unfortunately this style must not be for me. Seeing how expensive this one is makes me shake my head. I wouldn't buy this again if it was just me; though if you like BSDAs, this might be for you.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.86/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Has this at Columbia Ale House and have it a 5. Wanted to have it again to give it a full review to see if it could hold on to the rating. Absolutely an awesome beer with very little to knock. I will certainly be willing to buy this again despite the cost.

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

Half-growler fill, poured a few hours later into a tall drinking glass (a Collins glass?) Not much head, but that might be due to growler fill. Nice lacing. Rich mahogany color. Chilled, taste unremarkable, though the alcohol speaks. Given time to warm, oak notes emerge, with a distinct hickory smoke. I'm not usually one for oak-aged beer, but this is the exception. Finish lingers and stays - maple, and maybe toasted marshmallow?
Up there in ABV, so this is a sit-down consumption. Don't go drinking this then go swinging around a chainsaw, you'll have a bad time.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in September of 2008. One bottle out of 530 cases. 10.3% ABV.

Corked and caged bottle opens easily with a soft pop.

Served slightly chilled into a goblet, Odyssey is a rich caramel brown with a mildly hazy appearance. No head is formed and there seems to be very little carbonation. Even swirling the beer in the glass fails to produce many bubbles.

Aroma is primarily sweet with dark fruits prevailing. Vanilla from the oak comes through here as does a bit of alcohol. The Belgian yeast is subtle in the background.

Flavor is surprisingly mild given its strength. It starts out sweet with caramel, vanilla, and dried dark fruits. The middle gives way to more chocolate covered cherries, tobacco, and grape jam. It finishes dry with lingering smoke or char. The Belgian yeast brings it all together.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body and very low in carbonation. It is very smooth and balanced with the alcohol having mellowed out completely over the past five years.

Overall an excellent dark Belgian ale. I never got a chance to try it fresh but it's fifth birthday coincided with the beginning of a new job so I decided it was time to celebrate!

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle marked Jan 2013 into solo cup (I'm on vacation)

Appear: dark brown with large off white head. Surprising for 10+ abv unfortunately with the solo cup appearance was limited to what I saw as I poured
Smell: lots of dark fruit and wheat. Some oak present.
Taste: wonderful dark fruits and wheat, much like the smell. I get a tinge of metal however which is unfortunate.
Mouthfeel: a little thin, but good for the style
Overall: I really enjoyed this beer from allagash but not as much as Curieux. This slight metallic after taste bothered me and the price is a bit steep. That being said I have never been dissappointed with Allagash and this is a really good beer.

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Photo of rdickey
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Deep, dark brown, with slight redness at the edges. A huge fluffy head sits on top, leaving sheets of lacing as it slowly drops.

Smell: Dark stone fruits, raisins, wheat, Belgian spices, maybe a little dark chocolate. There’s a lot going on, and it’s hard to pick out the individual elements because they’re integrated so well.

Taste: The wheat is more prominent here, and provides a nice counterpoint to the stone fruit and raisin sweetness. The oak and vanilla notes from the aging also come through more strongly. It finishes with a nice wave of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated – just about perfect.

Drinkability: Very high. Definitely a slow sipper that you’ll want to savor.

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Allagash Odyssey from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.