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Sierra Nevada / Bells Beer Camp Maillard’s Odyssey

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RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
2014 Beer Camp Across America Release.

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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1430) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2016
August 6th, 2014 - The odyssey into Sierra Nevada’s beer box ends with its own Maillard’s Odyssey. Dark, abyssal, mysterious, it is the inky horizon into which many vessels have sailed, swallowing light, even as it reveals undiscovered patches of the earth. Heavy, plodding notes of coffee take hold of the nostrils, and then delivers a one-two punch of caramel and toffee. Soy sauce follows suit, and a high note of the creme of espresso tops of the suite of scents. The flavor sweeps and swooshes its way out of the bottle with a satisfying velvety texture. Meanwhile that flavor is balanced between the deep umami of teriyaki sauce, and the sweetness of dark fruits like plum and raisin. The aftertaste is shorter than expected given the depth of the flavor, but the is still a wonderful stout to take on an adventure - or to capture the spirit of the odyssey on the tongue.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1302) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2016
12 oz bottle from the Beer Camp 12 pack. Pours nearly pitch black in color and topped by a dense head of tan colored foam that shows good rentention and settles in slowly to a thin cap at the body below. Rings of lacing coat the glass nicely. The aroma is really nice showing notes of milk and dark chocolate, earthy roast, dark fruit, and a touch of smoke to go with the toasted caramel and burnt toffee malts. The flavor follows with the milk and dark chocolate, dark fruit, and toasted caramel followed by a hint of smoke and some earthy roast bitterness for balance. Medium bodied with good carbonation that leads to a lengthy, bitter sweet finish. Really nice beer and one of the better ones from the Beer Camp series.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (5602) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle 0.33l at home Vantaa. Enjoyed straight from the bottle. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, harshness, some sweetness and malts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1038) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 19, 2015
12 ounce bottle from the Beer Camp summer 2014 variety pack, purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar 15 months ago. Pours black with two full fingers of creamy mocha-brown foam with good lacing. AROMA has strong deep roast, hardwood campfire, cardboard-y coffee, dark chocolate, some mint, and sweet caramel as it warms. FLAVOR of roasted malts (slightly ashy), burnt toffee, bitter chocolate, black coffee, and burnt brown sugar. Despite the burnt and hard roast notes, this is actually semi-sweet into the finish, and quite accessible. Relatively soft and creamy mouthfeel for the overall strength. No evidence of the somewhat high ABV (strongest ABV in the 12-pack?...I can’t remember). Certainly one of the best from the 2014 Beer Camp variety pack. (410, 983)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14016) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2015
On tap at Elizabeth Station, pours black with a small brown head. Aroma brings out shitloads of vanilla and bourbon - not getting anything else besides the barrels. Flavour is likewise dominated by the barrels, though not as sweet as the nose suggests, with wood, bourbon and some earthy roast. Complex and well-balanced, though could actually use a little more sweetness. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jordtbrooks (20) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Pours dark black with nice creamy head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit and a slight booziness. Taste is of licorice and other dark fruits decent bitterness.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6621) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2015
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a large foamy brown head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was malty, bitter, anise, roasty, chocolate and red wine. The flavor was malty with chocolate, malted milk, anise, roastiness, moderate bitterness and fairly strong floral/fruity hops and red wine. Long finish. Moderately full bodied and somewhat creamy. Very nice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ICEatALAMO (1300) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Bottle. The pour is a creamy black. The aroma is big on toffee and some malt. The taste continues the toffee, almost reminds me of mother of all storms. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (954) - - JUN 16, 2015
Fluffy appearance. The liquid, like oily coffee, is capped with a cotton-dense head the color of graham crackers. Very fluffy and so inviting I want to lay my head on it. Aroma of caramelized steak, red grapes, chocolate. Slightly smoky. Nice caramelized malt flavor: bitter dark chocolate, smoky meat, great dark fruit character, figs and prunes. The appearance translates to the mouthfeel -- full-bodied, soft as a fleece blanket. Like licking velvet. Massaging CO2, with building acridity.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewMstr (187) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Camping with beer Camp, bottle pour. Dark, roasted, hoppy! The toffee and carmalized add some interesting sweetness.


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