Maillard's Odyssey
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Porter
4.06 | pDev: 9.11%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Maillard's OdysseyMaillard's Odyssey
Notes: 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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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ebony color with a tight, tan head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes with some hop support. Roasted notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses come through prominently with a light amount of sweetness. This gives way to a bit of pine and citrus hops. Some roasted bitterness adds after the hops and rounds everything out. Finishes with a lingering, full-body roasted note.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and makes me wish it would be available more than just once.

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3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hour later and my mouth is still dry. This mouth feel is AWFUL.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.83/5  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

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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!

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Maillard's Odyssey from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1378 ratings