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Maillard's Odyssey: Imperial Dark Ale (Beer Camp Across America) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Maillard's Odyssey: Imperial Dark Ale (Beer Camp Across America)Maillard's Odyssey: Imperial Dark Ale (Beer Camp Across America)

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Ratings: 1,308
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 102 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014

Rich, dark, and roasty. That was the concept Bell’s beer guru John Mallett aimed for and, true to John’s vision, Maillard’s Odyssey is exactly that. Its name honors the Maillard reaction—the “browning” of sugars and amino acids—that creates the wonderful caramelized toffee-like and roasted flavors so abundant in this beer.

Bell’s has done a lot to raise the Midwest’s craft beer bona fides. They are masters of many beer styles from their portfolio of top-notch American stouts all the way through to the alpha acid assault of their Hopslam Ale. Bell’s constantly reinvents beer styles and refines recipes with artful mastery and an oddball slant.
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Photo of intovert2438
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gregaroo
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada tap takeover at City Taphouse in Philly.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/23/15

A: Deep, dark brown, with some clarity around the edges - pours with a small, light brown head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some nice streaks and splotches of lacing

S: Robust - very roasty with roasted chocolate malt, coffee beans - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and some semisweet chocolate - underneath the roasty, burnt aromas there is a nice undercurrent of lightly sweet malts, caramel, molasses, and toffee - some dark fruits as well

T: Could pass for a stout - very roasty, with some chocolate malt and roasted, lightly burnt coffee beans - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, with hints of chocolate cake - toasted malts, caramelized malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, and some dark fruit sweetness - alcohol is not detectable

M: Nearly full body, medium, very smooth and almost creamy, nice carbonation

O: Homer be proud

This is a nice surprise. I accidentally aged this (like most of the Beer Camp beers, sorry), but I think this may have actually been an ideal mistake. The burnt and roasty flavors really meld with the caramelized sweetness. This is a solid sipper, and very good overall.

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CJNAPS
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tabhill
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DRBiser
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the many beer camps I picked up overpriced from Beermuda. Into a pint glass!

A - Very deep almost ruby black porter pitch you can't see though goodness with a 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for quite a bit! Great lacing!
S - MMM really smooth chocolate and roast qualities almost a cherry note I am getting with very little yeast dryness.
T - Surprising bit of earthy hops in this between some sweet cocoa nibs and roasts. Finish is mildly dry but covers the ABV nicely.
M - Medium bodied and slick beer with a high octane ABV.

Overall WELL WORTH the $3.50 I paid for this beer. I will try not to hold said price against the others but this one is worth picking up!

Photo of CHickman
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black color with a huge foamy 3 finger brown head that was full of very tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good foamy lacing, rings as it went down and a thick tan/brown layer on top.

Smells of toffee, roasted grains, metallic yeast or sheet metal, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate brownie batter sweetness, cocoa powder, hazelnut, charred wood, burnt coffee grinds and a hint of fruit like a citrus hop; there are plenty of smoky grains and ashy notes, but the chocolate malts are the star of the nose and smell really fine.

Tastes like it smells but it was a heavy mineral water essence throughout the whole flavor that mixes well with the toffee, caramel, roasted grains, cocoa powder, hazelnut, charred wood, burnt coffee grinds, dark chocolate, syrup, chocolate malts, brown sugar, a slight grapefruit sweetness and bitterness that could be from either hops or the roasted/burnt malts – either way it’s pretty complex and very tasty for a malt dominant, one-dimensional brew. It almost tastes and feels like a nitro milk stout that has a lot more charred and ash in the mix, along with chocolate syrup.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a light and almost watery body that leaves a semi-dry ashy coating across the tongue, followed by a slight bitterness and rich coffee and cocoa flavors. Some of the earthy notes resemble peat moss, and I wish there were hop presence, but this was a really good beer that went down very easy and hid the ABV perfectly. A real solid porter and another great collaboration, I recommend trying this if you can still find it.

Photo of john0721
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle as part of the Beer Camp 2014 series.

L - Dark chocolate, rich and creamy. 1 finger of head and some lacing. Pretty darn good appearance

S - Sweet and malty, chocolate, toffee, and some floral hops

T - Chocolate! And lots of it! Toffee, dried fruit, and some boozy aftertaste.

F - Thick bodied and medium carbonation.

O - An excellent strong dark ale. Probably more an imperial porter than anything else. Well done!

Photo of Vinithing
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark brown, opaque body with a quarter inch of beige head. Aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, roast, char. Big time chocolate character with a smoky finish. Definitely reminiscent of a Bell's Expedition. Some dark fruit character emerges as the beer is allowed to warm. For sure one of the best Beer Camp beers in the series.

Photo of Satsuma
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Omnium
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big creamy roasted delicious beer that's like an imperial milk porter.

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FriedSlug
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gspeer711
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaemeno3
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Maillard's Odyssey: Imperial Dark Ale (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,308 ratings.