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Maillard's Odyssey - Collaboration With Bell's Brewery - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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748 Ratings
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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 78 | 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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snaotheus

Washington

4.06/5  rDev 0%

12oz bottle poured into a 12oz pilsner. Packaged 05/21/14.

Pours opaque, dark brown, big light brown head. Medium fine slow carbonation. Smell is slightly chocolatey, slight coffee, some yeast. Fairly mild.

Taste is rich, coffee and chocolate. Very good balance. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is thick but dry. Overall, very good.

07-15-2014 03:08:27 | More by snaotheus
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oberon

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

07-20-2014 02:09:44 | More by oberon
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-24-2014 19:12:53 | More by DanGeo
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Tator320


4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

08-24-2014 18:36:40 | More by Tator320
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +7.4%

08-22-2014 04:11:26 | More by GameOfBeers
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woodchipper

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-14-2014 22:14:12 | More by woodchipper
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SanFranJake

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-15-2014 13:24:46 | More by SanFranJake
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briang01

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-27-2014 02:14:43 | More by briang01
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sabitu

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-08-2014 00:47:59 | More by sabitu
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

07-27-2014 19:40:37 | More by lordofthewiens
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freshflesh

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-12-2014 21:30:21 | More by freshflesh
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-17-2014 22:35:13 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-24-2014 01:26:19 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

07-18-2014 05:16:12 | More by Beaver13
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barhoc11

Michigan

3.81/5  rDev -6.2%

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

07-20-2014 01:16:43 | More by barhoc11
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77apm

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-12-2014 20:25:16 | More by 77apm
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-26-2014 23:52:32 | More by JakerLou
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mctizzz

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-04-2014 16:46:03 | More by mctizzz
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-09-2014 23:47:55 | More by aquazr1
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ryancl

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-26-2014 02:23:39 | More by ryancl
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near black with small but sustained tan head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, coffee and some chalkiness.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, char, caramel, toffee, molasses, various dark fruits. This pretty much has all of the possible flavors of a beer in the Stout spectrum

Feel: Full body, very creamy and smooth. Might carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: I am not sure what Imperial Dark Ale means, but I am not sure what this is either. Imperial Porter? American Stout? Export Stout? Oatmeal Stout? It seems to be some combination of all of those. What it is is delicious.

07-24-2014 22:51:16 | More by bsp77
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Justin8mypants

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-24-2014 05:01:07 | More by Justin8mypants
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deebo

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-08-2014 03:36:09 | More by deebo
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

08-02-2014 02:42:05 | More by ccurrid
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-22-2014 02:52:57 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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Maillard's Odyssey - Collaboration With Bell's Brewery from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 748 ratings.