RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
njnut (486) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Poured into tulip glass a very dark brown almost black with toffee colored head that was short lasting. Some lace and low co2. When I first took a sniff and sip I wondered about the high rating. Not much for the nose or buds. After it warmed a little the aroma and flavor came out to play. The aroma was coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar and a earthiness. The taste was toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, black dark roast coffee and some booze on the finish. Well done!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (13906) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 22, 2017
[2/5/17] Bottle at Amit’s place in Poughkeepsie. Thanks Amit. Dark brown. Malt, caramel, oxidation, dark fruits, some alcohol, sweet, slightly bitterish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (2171) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Impressive collaboration. Dark brown color. Rich and complex. Molasses and burnt sugar with roasted malt and caramel. Some bitterness in the finish. Full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (7731) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
September 2016 - Bottle share at Leighton’s, as ’Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Maillard’s Odyssey’, 8.5%, 2013 vintage. Cheers to LKS. Opaque black with a foamy brown head. Aroma is airy, pine, ash, chocolate, some mint. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is coffee, pine, ash, papery dryness in the finish. No booze showing up, and quite rich. Very good. (3.9)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (24173) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2016
19th September 2016
Leighton’s flat clearance. Thanks to Leighton. Clear deep amber - brown beer, tidy tan head. Palate is semi dry and has reasonable carbonation. Rich and soft malts, some dark character and soft malt cream. Trace of molasses. Tangy fruits. Light finish. Rich and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (7632) - Rimini, ITALY - SEP 20, 2016
36cl bottle shared at Leighton’s garbage share. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. It pours a clean ruby brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet and roasty with wood, vanilla, caramel. Taste is also sweet and roasty with notes of caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, OK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (11363) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2016
Bottle shared at Leightons gaff , 19/09/2016. . A dark brown reddy coloured pour with a lasting mid tan head. Aroma is woody boozy Bourbon roast, hints of ash, wood, maple. Flavour is composed of medium sweet, woody roast fruit cake, charred brown sugars, ash. Palate is medium sweet, medium bodied, rounded. Good balanced roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (14007) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2016
Bottle big thanks to LKS. it pours darkest brown with a medium light tan head. The aroma is rich roasted action, pungent, stinky, toasted brown bread, caramel, toffee, treacle, toasted brown sugar, malt loaf, charred wood and earth. The taste is rich roasted malt, charred wood, earth, ashy, treacle, toffee, some mild astringency, dried fruits, some alcohol warmth and malt loaf with a dry, roasty finish. Medium- full body and average carbonation. A bit dry and slightly astringent. Ok, but not that drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (20531) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2016
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to the Sandman. Pours deep brown, clear, with reddish highlights and a frothy, tan head. Hearty dark malts in the nose, light smoke, dried dark fruits. Medium sweet flavour with notes of burnt marshmallow, toffee, light vanilla, baking cocoa. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish, with some brown sugar, dark fruits, chocolate. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18694) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2016
Bottle split at Bespin, big thanks to Leighton, 19/09/16. Rich mahogany brown with a decent beige cap. Nose is light varnish, toasted brown sugar, molasses, treacle toffee, earthy fruit rinds. Taste comprises fruit cake, dark fruit rinds, toffee, muscavado sugar, sweet malts, light chocolate strains. Medium + body, fine carbonation, light rising booze in the close. Decent enough strong,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1562) - 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.

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