Today on TBD - 13, Sierra Nevada's Maillard's Odyssey. It is an imperial dark ale that was made in collaboration with Bell's Brewing Company out of 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 toffee-like and roasted flavors so abundant in this beer."
"Maillard’s Odyssey is a robust dark ale layered with complex malt flavors of toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. This malt-focused 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, semi-sweet and intense experience."
My impression of this beer is; that it is a very dark (by dark I mean it is so dark that light can't pass through it sort of like a black hole) ale with a moderate head as it is initially poured out of the bottle. It smells of molasses, caramel, and toffee. You can taste the roasted and browned sugars, and it has a caramel aftertaste. It is smooth and thick on the palate, and smooth going down too. It also has an 8.5% ABV, which is pretty substantial. In my opinion this is another good beer and so far Sierra Nevada has really put together a great group of brewers and beers to make this 12 pack one to remember.