Ode To Mercy - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 16
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: obireidkenobi on 09-13-2010

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Photo of TheAdamConners
4/5  rDev +1%

I'm not a huge brown ale guy, but if it has coffee in it, I've got to try it. Terrific coffee flavor. My wife even liked it. Has the coffee flavor you'd expect out of a good stout, but without the chocolate overtones. Definitely worth the try.

Photo of Dudeletter
4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Best Nighty-Night Beer
Some beers are light, some beers are heavy. This beer needs to be drinkable, sweet and high proof. Needs to be able to end a good meal and be a relaxing end to the day. The Winner is Wild Heaven – Ode to Mercy

Wild Heaven - Ode to Mercy
. This beer is an imperial brown, it is caramel malty sweet and crisp; distinct in both bottles and kegs, the beer is a newcomer, but still a great fixture to the Atlanta Beer scene. It is risky to start with an imperial beer, but they pulled it off.


Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark brown color with a two-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted toasted malts with hints of light chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth toasted malt flavors with hints of deeper roast kick things off. Midway through the sip hints of light chocolate flavors work their way into things. Near the end of the sip a slight bitterness comes into play and is the only way I would guess coffee was used in the brewing process.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a decent enough big brown that didn't take the easy (but still tasty) way out by over-hopping everything. Still, the coffee is almost non-existent, I'd like to see some tweaks to better showcase the flavors.

Photo of lnashsig
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Ahlthe3rd for the chance to taste this. Second offering from Wild Heaven I have tried, the first was very good. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip. Pour appearance is a little surprising- transparent light brown color. Not what I was expecting (would expect a much darker and cloudy color). Really nice fluffy off white head with superior retention. 30 mins later it is still there. Smell- cocoa, nutty roastiness, espresso. Very creamy body. Taste- the cocoa hits the front of the tongue, roast with espresso beans on the back of the palate. Super rich and creamy. This is a really nice beer, I would have it again for sure.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought to New Mexico by plane from Atlanta. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a medium brown with tinges of amber. Head is about a quarter to a half inch.

S- Smell is very potent malts, strong hints of caramel and toffee. No presence of liquor.

T- Really great taste to this brew. Initial notes of toffee and caramel give way to a pleasant bite of coffee. Finishes with a slight hint of booze that blends with coffee to give your palate a kick.

M- Smooth, creamy, minor heat from the alcohol at the end. Very enjoyable to drink.

Overall- An excellent beer and one I'd want to have more often if I could. Should have picked up more.

Photo of ordybill
4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Very nice malt aroma
Appearance- Pours a reddish brown with a small tan colored head.
Taste- A very nice roasted malt flavor, very impressive.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation, has a creamy texture that matches the flavor perfectly
Overall- My first Wild Heaven beer, if this is any indication of their other brands they have a good thing going.

Photo of buffs9
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with some reds on the edges, small head w/ tiny bubbles
S - Sweet roasted malt, caramel, toffee, coffee, and chocolate with a slight hoppyness.
T - Maple-like roasted malt with toffee flavors, a bit of roasted nuts.
M - Smooth and medium bodied
D - I really enjoyed this beer and hope to get more. I wouldn't down a bunch in one night, but I'd have a couple more right now if I had them

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle @ Rooster's Beak.

A: It pours dark brown with a finger and a half of creamy white head.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, oaky vanilla, and nuttiness.

T: It is akin to a brown ale-Imperial stout blend; strong roasty chocolate malts, some coffee flavor, hazelnuts, oak, and a little char.

M: The body is medium-thick and somewhere between creamy and sticky.

O: This is delightful. I'm pretty impressed with Wild Heaven after trying their first two offerings.

Photo of TheNoni
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my cousin in ATL for hooking me up with 2 4-packs of this beer during Thanksgiving. He had brought it up to NYC earlier this year and I have been craving it ever since. This is my first review so here goes:

A - A nice dark burnt orange / caramel color in the tulip, about half inch of tan head on a decently hard pour.

S - Very biscuity / grain forward smell. I think the beer definitely tastes better than it smells.

T - Toffe/caramel flavors, a pleasant sweet aftertaste and alcohol bite without being cloyingly sweet or harsh.

M - Nice and fullbodied - well carbonated.

O - One of my favorite imperial brown ales, I don't think I have tried any other beers in this style that comes close to having this flavor profile. I really wish I could get Wild Heaven in NYC. Also can't imagine how the special barrel aged version of this beer would be.

Photo of jsanford
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 2/22/11. Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin ivory head that fades to a slight haze and ring.
S - Sweet roasted malt, caramel, toffee, coffee, and chocolate with a slight hoppyness.
T - Sweet roasted malt with lots of caramel and chocolate syrup flavors, a bit of roasted nuts, and a nicely bitter hop finish. Nice and balanced.
M - Slick, with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, bit too high ABV for me to fully enjoy, there was a slight warming coming in the finish.

Photo of DKter
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The style says Imperial Brown Ale, but this is a Coffee Brown that rivals my favorite coffee stouts. Smell this one before you taste it, and you'll think someone's brewing a fresh pot. The flavor is abundant and complex, fully living up to the "Imperial" tag.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: more of a deep clear copper than brown. Slight tan head.
Smell: deep roasty malt, oak, a nice subtle spice.
Taste: A little more bite than the nose indicates via a slightly bitter finish. Otherwise as the nose projects.
Overall: my first wild heaven. A very tasty imp brown.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Mink's (Marietta, GA). 8.99/ 4 pack. No bottling date but it's old enough to have still been bottled at Thomas Creek. I'd guess 9-10 months old. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours brown with garnet highlights and about one finger of pale sandy head. Foam recedes to a thin wispy layer and a bubbly halo that leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells nutty with toast, caramel, dates and brown sugar.

Lots of nutty flavor with mild coffee, toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, must, bitter earthyness, old dark fruits, semi stale bread, toffee, faint smoke and slight booze.

Almost chalky medium body with moderate carbonation. Strange bitter musty, nutty aftertaste.

A very different brown ale. Certainly not ruined but I'm not sure that time has been alltogether favorable. For the most part I like this but it seems a little strange.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance 3.25: Poured out a dark and deep brown. Golden tones around the edges. Good sized head (1/4") quickly faded.

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Light but intense toasted grains and a big punch of malt along with a pleasing caramel and a light hint of coffee. There is also a deeper hoppiness to the bouquet that, for some reason, seems a little bit off. Not skunky, just a kind of mismatch.

Taste 3.0: Front is slightly sweet with a low-level smokiness and a slight taste of coffee or deeply toasted almonds. Middle features more of the light sweetness along with a strange hop flavor. Almost cheesy. Finish is strange: almost a pooling of sweetness on the palate along with a big malt flavor and some smoke along with this almost unpleasant hop flavor in the background. Aftertaste is short and somewhat dry and I taste that unpleasant hop again. Someone please tell me what this hop is so that I can petition the UN to ban its production.

Mouthfeel: 3.0: I found the carbonation to be a bit off for a beer of this strength (8.20%). A bit too many bubbles. Lower level of carbonation would have been a better reflection of the style.

Overall 3.0: An OK brew. It is quite schizophrenic and I cannot figure out why. The taste is off somehow, as if the brewmaster decided to merge an owl with a bear or something. Nonetheless, the beer is not "bad," but there were certain points while drinking it that I wondered what was going on. Also, the bottle pontificates about using all grains for the brew so to avoid "excess" alcohol. This beer is over 8% ABV! What would they consider "excess"? 9%? Just an all around weird and confusing experience.

Photo of cwguy5
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a Mother Earth tulip.

A - slightly less than a one-finger, tan head that faded to a patchy cap; a bit of spotty lacing; dark brown color with quite a bit of ruby-orange highlights
S - rye, molasses
T - very similar to aroma; sweet throughout with a pronounced malt bill that tastes similar to rye to me; some maple and hazelnut; does not dry out much at end
M - light-med fine prickly carbonation that provides a bit of crispness to the otherwise sweet and somewhat heavy body
D - i am not an expert on the style by any means but it seems like a cross between an American brown and an amber; still enjoyable none the less; just a bit too sweet and heavy to be extremely drinkable for me

Photo of iadler
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into snifter.

A- Pours a reddish brown with one finger head that dissipates into a thin cap. Spots of lacing are left behind.

S- Malt forward with notes of brown sugar, toffee, roast malt, bakers chocolate, raisins, nuts, red cherry, peppery spice, subtle citrus hops and a hint of booze.

T- Roasted malt, coffee beans, bakers chocolate, brown sugar, toffee and earthy oak upfront followed by some cherry, orange, raisins and booze.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Fairly smooth with the abv being noticeable, but not terribly boozy. Has a strange bitter and metallic taste at the end.

O- If you are a fan of brown ales with a good amount of roast presence, this one may be for you. Not a bad brown ale, but the strange bitter and metallic taste was distracting.

Photo of rrski198
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Big time fluffy head with a dark birght crimson color. All sorts of stickage from the head. Tons of small slow rising bubbles.

S: Sweet toasted bread. Slight candied dark fruit (plums). Boozy and Hop spice round of the scent.

T: Sweet boozy fruit and an awesome grassy hop bite. Dark candied fruit again. The balance is awesome.

M: Average carbonation and the hop bitterness sticks around. Leaves a nice thick coat in the mouth.

O: Awesome Imperial Bown ale. The hops really help cut through the sweetness. I'm digging it.

Photo of TheSeeker61
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger head and can smell the malts and a hint of coffee. The taste is very much like the smell. Malts up front and a hint of coffee in the back. Like the mouthfeel. It's a medium thick. Overall a decent beer. Gets better as it warms. Not a favorite but will have it from time to time.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a wonderfully clear mahogany hue with a massive, everlasting head of khaki froth that recedes ever so slowly; tremendously fat rings of foam nestle themselves onto the walls of the glass and settle in for the duration. Constant upward flurries of bubbles stream to feed the massive head, which seems to find any space less than a half-finger inappropriately small.

Fresh-ground, lightly-roasted coffee beans hit the nostrils right up front, mingling with sweet notes of burnt sugar and a hint of toffee, along with whiffs of dried dates and what can only be described as the aroma of mid-autumn.

Sweet caramel-topped flan lands on the tastebuds up front, moving into a bit of burnt sugar, nutmeg and citrus rind. Mid-palate, things become especially complex and difficult to pin down, though coffee and a distinct woodiness show through, and things once again become reminiscent of autumn; if the season could have a distinct flavor, it would be this, despite the overwhelming opinion that autumnal beers should be brewed with squash and flavored with pie spices (admitedly something I'm not averse to, but the season just doesn't manifest itself quite so well in those beers as it does here). Hops don't play much of a role here flavorwise, and rightly so; they combine with the bit of coffee roastiness and earthy woodiness to dry out the palate and lead things to a mostly dry finish that absolutely begs for another quaff, and despite the 8.2% alcohol content, combined with the dry finish and the relatively light body, another sip (or gulp) seems not only necessary, but right.

To be perfectly honest, this is flat-out one helluva beer. Year-round, it is spectacular, but for those who yearn each year for the Fall season, this one for some reason just speaks to those longings. The sensation is almost indescribable, and therefore I'll have to end it with that.

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a wonder brown / ruby red, very clear. excellent off white head with good lacing and retention.

S: malty sweetness upfront, some burnt caramel and toffee. traces of roasted malt.

T: like the nose, malty sweetness upfront. followed by caramel and toffee notes along with roasted malt. hints of coffee. I'd like to see some chocolate flavors, but there are none.

M: nice creamy mouthfeel.

O: a pretty good beer.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a brownish shade of transparent, dark amber (so....brown?) with a very hefty two finger white head. It took me a couple of pours to get the whole bottle in the glass because of how robust the head is. Regardless, it's a damn fine looking beer.

S- very nutty aroma....hints of booze too. Pretty good

T- a lot like the nose...the taste is extremely nutty, and the finish is a little sweet. Minor hints of hoppiness in the finish....no booze to speak of. Very tasty

M- body is on the thin side, a little weird for 8.2%...about standard for a brown though

O- looking at the ABV and getting a whiff of booze made me very nervous...I got none of the heat I expected, just a fantastic brown ale. Well done to the guys at Wild Heaven

Photo of Soozy
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper brown, leaves lacing. Smells great. I get a big chocolate malt smell, some caramel. Taste is just straight up malty overall. Fairly well balanced beer, big chocolate and caramel malt up front and a lingering bitterness. I little bit of an almond taste up front. It finishes with a sense of alcohol and a hint of espresso. Let this beer warm up. It went from "ehh" to "wow, that's pretty good" in my glass.

Really good beer, but I think it's just a tad too bitter. Not much at all, but just a lingering bitterness that seems a bit out of place.

I'd definitely buy this again.

Photo of whinton
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Brick Store Pub.

A: Dark brownish color with a small head.

S: Very nice nose with a lot of coffee aroma coming through

T: A much more complex taste than I would have imagined from a brown ale. Lots of coffee and malt. A very well balanced beer that hides its high ABV well.

D: Very easy to drink considering the complexity and the high ABV. Just what an Imperial Brown Ale should be.

I can't get enough of this beer. The key is having it served at the correct temperature. As this beer approaches room temperature it really opens up and shines.

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kkipple for this one.

Light fizzy pasty white 1/3 finger head, crystal clear amber almost brownish orange slight reddish color.

Nose has nice malty notes, brown malts, bit of caramel and toffee, light sweetness, brown sugar, sweet and almost toasty, hint of floral hops and even touch of cocoa.

Taste starts with lots more malts, brown malts, toasty malts, lots of brown sugar, hint of molasses, caramel and toffee, semi sweet, with hint of cocoa. Then light bitter hops, touch of earthy and floral almost spicy hops. finishes drier and quite bitter, lots of lingering toasty brown malts and caramel, brown sugar, and hint of lingering cocoa, and late spicy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, bit creamy, booze is hidden well.

Overall nice, great malts, move bitterness and spicy hops, tasty but still drinkable.

Photo of BrownNut
2.76/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was expecting a lot after the other reviews. But it was so not good that I wonder if something was wrong. It smelled vegetal and not in a good way. Tasted vegetal and notably aluminumy. On tap at Burnt Fork BBQ in Decatur, GA. Sent it back.

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Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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