Sierra Nevada / Bells Maillard's Odyssey

I can smell many sugars and the alcohol. I can taste... it's a dark, kind of malty taste, but I guess not overly malty. It's more of a sugary, almost chocolate and coffee taste.

There's little to no carbonation. There's eventually some bitterness. It probably tasted better when it was new.

The aftertaste is more malty than I first detected. But the taste is rather clean. In the end, the alcohol had more of a presence, but apparently all those tastes were there.

According to the label, flavors I didn't detect were toffee, caramel, and dark fruit.

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Sierra Nevada / Bells Maillard's Odyssey

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Maillard's Odyssey: Imperial Dark Ale (Beer Camp Across America) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co (
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Website Information:
Maillard's Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale

Collaboration Partner: Bell's Brewery, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI

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 toffeelike 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 topnotch 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.

ABV: 8.5
Beginning Gravity: 20.5
Ending Gravity: 5.1
Bitterness Units: 40
Yeast: Ale
Bittering Hops: Magnum
Finishing Hops: Sterling, Cascade
Malts: Two-row Pale, Munich, Caramel, Chocolate, Wheat, Oats, Roasted Barley

Maillard’s Odyssey is a robust dark ale layered with complex malt flavors of toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. This maltfocused concept spawned a daunting grain bill featuring 10 different grains including pale malt, Munich, chocolate malt, oats, dark wheat and roasted barley for a rich, semisweet and intense experience.

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