This 8.5% ABV beer is a collaboration with Bell's Brewery of Michigan. It is intended to be a dark, rich and roasty beer named after the Maillard reaction, the browning of sugars and amino acids that creates carmelized toffee-like and roasted flavors as are shown in this beer. I don't know if this is technically a "stout", but it sure sounded like it rated my specialized stout glass.
The beer pours deep black, even when held to the light. There is a tall head of thick, creamy, tan foam. The aroma is mocha, light coffee, dark chocolate, with a light tang of dark, dried fruits. The taste follows the aromas directly, loads of dark cocoa and mocha, adding in pleasantly dark roasted char. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with a pleasantly tangy and moderately bitter finish. Absolutley excellent.