Sierra Nevada / Bells Beer Camp Maillard's Odyssey

RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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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MetalNHopHead (2306) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 24, 2017
I'm not convinced that all American Strong Ales are great candidates for aging, but Maillard's Odyssey has undoubtedly mellowed beautifully with age. This brew poured dark brown and didn't produce much head. Deep malty roast aromatics on the nose. Flavor is so cohesive that it's tricky to identify the individual pieces. It's boozy and malt-forward. Caramel, cocoa, and charred sugar character. Rich and full-bodied feel. This drinks like a Strong Porter and a very tasty one at that.

HuskerTan (2469) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - SEP 1, 2017
Bottle/Fest. A- Bourbon, oak. A- Black color, black liquid, beige head. T- Oak, bourbon, cocoa, subtle molasses. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, full body. O- Fairly complex and lots of barrel aging character. Really good stuff and a treat to have after 3 years of age.

DSG (15519) - 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.

kevinator (2887) - 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.

The_Osprey (9876) - 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)

madmitch76 (26850) - , 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.

teorn88 (8066) - 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

mR_fr0g (14242) - 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.

Scopey (16528) - 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.

Leighton (23090) - 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.

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