Maillard's Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale (Bell's Brewery)

Named in tribute to the famous Maillard reaction that causes browning in kilned malts (or grilled steaks), Maillard's Odyssey is billed as an Imperial Dark Ale.  It struck us as a perfect American Stout. Big roast flavors reminiscent of coffee and chocolate are at the forefront along with molasses and a resiny, piny hop flavor. It has a dry bitter finish and was one of our favorites of the pack.