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Ode To Mercy - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 263
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 19
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews by superdedooperboy:
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4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of VikingBeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass poured into my Founders tulip. Thanks to Nordbier for the bottle!

Pretty pour, rich and amber brown with a nice fluffy head. I have had a few underwhelming beers recently, come to think of it, but none that LOOKED bad. Fortunately, this one doesn't disappoint in other aspects. Smell has a surprising amount of bourbon and coffee atomas, with a hint of oakiness and a yeast spiciness. Flavors are right there; I loved, and was surprised by, the big coffee notes up front. These were quickly followed by nuts (walnuts, chestnuts, and pecans), toffee, hints of bourbon, more coffee, vanilla, baker's chocolate, oak, and a herbal hop presence with mint, basil, and slight citrus notes on the back end. Finish is dryish, with more coffee and chocolate dominating. Mouthful is rich and smooth; nicely carbonated for the weight of the beer. This is definitely one to sip and appreciate. Thanks again, Nordbier!

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Dudeletter
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
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.


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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of lnashsig
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ordybill
4.71/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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