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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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.

Added by raynmoon on 07-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,374
Reviews:
179
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Wants:
19
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114
For Trade:
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Photo of tmryan21
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of macrosmatic
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from long-standing notes (Sept. 2014). Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing pint glass.

A: Very dark brown and nearly opaque – it rather looks like a glass of cola. A thick light tan head with good retention and low visible carbonation.

S: Not huge – some dark roasted malts with cacao and a bit bitter character - with some resinous hops is about it.

T: Malt forward up front – chocolate, coffee, and toffee – with a fair amount of roasted bitterness. Resin and grassy hops show up halfway through and linger into the finish.

M: Full-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. Average carbonation sensation and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O: Pretty tasty. I think this could maybe use some more hops, but the malt bill is well-put together.

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Photo of Giantspace
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hazen
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ PreFunk. Black, silky,oily. Creamy tight beige head. Looks like used motor oil. Smells and tastes like heaven. One of the best of the lot for this particular year.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Briken
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MasterRigger
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kinger86
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CharlesK
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KingEdward
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mst934
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellared at 50 degrees for the last 14 months. As mentioned below me, could have gone longer. I was blown away by how everything smoothed out. Balanced, rich, complex. This is my favorite of the bunch (at this point at least). If you still have one and are keeping in storing, I'd imagine December/January will be primerime. Although, not sure how it can get better than it is now. Wish I had more.

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Photo of BeccaH
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WeedWolf
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Basically a well balanced Imperial stout. Opened a bottle I had in the cellar from last year, over 14 months old today, and was glad I held on to it!
A: Dark and opaque with tan/brown head slight retention and lacing.
S: faint but classic Imp Stout (roasted malt, coffee, cocoa,) with a hint of that familiar Sierra Nevada yeast aspect.
T: full bodied but mellow with all the above attributes. As it warmed toffee and chocolate came out more.
O: I must say I enjoy it better now then when I first had it, between 5-6 months old,. Age made it much better! A well rounded and solid beer to my tastes! Could even have gone a little longer in the cellar... Oh well.

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Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Warren2621
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kwgduke
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ricoslim
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NYR-Zuuuuc
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very solid brew. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of Westyn
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foundersfan1
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Maillard's Odyssey: Imperial Dark Ale (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,374 ratings.
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