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

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Ratings: 1,255
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 94 | FT: 2
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:
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.

(Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014)
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Reviews by bluejacket74:
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, part of the Beer Camp Across America 12-pack. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a couple inch frothy tan head that stayed around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some burnt/charred malt and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, it's easily my favorite of the Beer Camp brews I've had so far (this one is #11). I'd like to see this one made again in the future.

bluejacket74, Jul 26, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As others have pointed out,after drinking this I believe this to be a porter not an American Black Ale.Pours a deep chocolate color with a creamy half finger deep beige head that settles very slowly leaving almost two full rings of lace as it does.Molasses,char,coffee,and some burnt notes in the nose,mild earthy hops round it out.Some chocolate hits upfront on the palate then some molasses and burnt sugar,the roast and drying earthiness is big in the finish.This is a damn fine PORTER and a big one at that,a great complex beer.

oberon, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

DanGeo, Jul 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +3%

Tator320, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Tiernan, Jul 26, 2014
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3.82/5  rDev -5.4%

tbryan5, Sep 23, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +7.9%

GameOfBeers, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

woodchipper, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

SanFranJake, Jul 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

drewkennedy, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

briang01, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

sabitu, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku, the beer was a dark brown, near black color. The head was a brwn sugar color with a bit of lacing.

Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Some caramel.

More caramel and toffee in the taste. Coffee. Dark chocolate.

Medium-bodied, smooth.

One of the highlights of beer camp.

lordofthewiens, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

freshflesh, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

SD-Alefan, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

DaftPatrick, Aug 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Kappakoosh, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

warnerry, Jul 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

chip26, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - some mild grains and toffee malt and a bit of smoke come out as it sits.

The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malt with some peaty smokiness and decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, interesting - nice balance of sweet toffee, smoke and bitterness.

Beaver13, Jul 18, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice and black, just like I like them

S: Sweet with hints of coffee and black licorice

T: Sweet with hints of carmel, licorice, and coffee. This is a top notch black ale

M: Very full, helps counterbalance the higher abv

O: I thought this was very well done for a black ale, very smooth and has a good complexity to it. One of the best in the beer camp 12 pack

barhoc11, Jul 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

77apm, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Fcip78, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

JakerLou, Jul 27, 2014
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Maillard's Odyssey: Imperial Dark Ale (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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