Sierra Nevada / Bells Beer Camp Maillard’s Odyssey

Sierra Nevada / Bells Beer Camp Maillard’s Odyssey

Rated 3.700 by BeerPals

Brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico, CA, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

8.5% Alcohol by Volume

40 International Bittering Units

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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. - Yeast - Ale - Bittering Hops - Magnum - Finishing Hops - Sterling, Cascade - Malts - Two-row Pale, Munich, Caramel, Chocolate, Wheat, Oats, Roasted Barley

ID: 57545 Last updated 6 months ago Added to database 7 years ago

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Overall Rank1042
Overall Percentile97.8
Style Rank45 of 722
Style Percentile93.8
Lowest Score3.5
Highest Score4.4
Average Score4.120
Weighted Score3.700
Standard Deviation0.356

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  • CYBERCAT 10139 reviews
    rated 4.4 5 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Comes out of the tap opaque chocolate brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, persistent tan head. Roast malt aroma has chocolate and caramel notes. Scrumptious flavor has earthy, chocolate, nutty, roast malt, and subtle caramel notes. Texture is somewhat thick and rather fizzy, leaving a roast malt and chocolaty finish. This is one odyssey you should take.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.2 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Jet black in color with a decent frothy textured brown colored head rising above. There's good hang time on the head. It settles into a moderate ringlet and light persistent cap. Roasted malt and chocolate nips in the nose. More of that with smokiness and licorice in the tasting. Full, tarlike body.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.3 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This reminded me of one of the 30th Anniversary Ale, Ken & Fritz or something which was closer to 9% or just above. Tastes and feels pretty much like a Russian Imperial Stout, maybe a little thinner in feel. Heavy on the chocolate malt, some coffee/toffee in there...with a decent amount of hops to balance out. I'd say this was the best one out of the 12 in the Beer Camp Across America....not taking anything away from the non-dark hoppier beers. This was the strongest with the most flavor. Glad I got to try.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.2 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    This one really grew on me. Had it on tap at City Beer, and it was real good. Poured too cold, but you could still tell the malt complexity was off the charts. Roasted malt, chocolate, cofee, hints of licorice and smoke. In the bottle it was surprisingly better. VERY nice across the board, with even more layers. I'll likely be going back for more.

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.5 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

    The aroma is subdued - some mild grains and toffee malt and a bit of smoke come out as it sits.

    The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malt with some peaty smokiness and decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

    Overall, interesting - nice balance of sweet toffee, smoke and bitterness.

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