New Beer Blog Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Bell’s Mallard’s Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale


In this special beer blog, we are going to get into the second beer of twelve in this Beer Camp sampler pack.   Sierra Nevada Brewery teams up with Bell’s Brewery out of Michigan.  It is their Maillard’s Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale.  If you read my earlier beer blog posts on either one of their craft breweries, you know the history of this Midwest and West Coast craft brewery.  If you have not, please, read them to get to know both of these breweries.  Let us get into Imperial Dark Ale.

It has a jet black color with a nice tan color head.  The aroma has a chocolate to coffee notes.  The taste has chocolate to coffee notes with a dry coca notes for the aftertaste.  It is scary drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

This robust dark ale is layered with complex malt flavors of toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit.

Rich, dark, and roasty.  That was our shared vision, and Maillard’s Odyssey is exactly that, taking its name in part from the famed Maillard reaction-the “browning” of sugars and amino acids-that creates the wonderful caramelized toffee-like and roasted flavors so abundant in this beer.

Here is a description from their website (

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.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website: and

Twitter:  @BellsBrewery and @sierranevada

Closing, I was pretty impressed with this beer in bottle and draft.  I had it at first on draft at Ashley’s in Westland, Michigan.  I am not a huge fan of Bell’s Brewery.  I love my dark ales and lagers.  There is a ton of notes going on in this brew.  It is pretty complex ale.  I love that because you are paying a nice penny to get this sampler pack and you are getting your money worth.  I would hope all these breweries look at this time to give something different to the craft beer drinker.  I believe that Sierra Nevada and Bell’s Brewery did just that for the craft drinker.  This is a great dark ale and I hope either brewery pick up the recipe to make it everyday beer or seasonal.  I love it.  I highly recommend this beer.  I hope you can find it on draft or this sampler pack.  Good Luck!  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/


Bill DJ Weiser


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