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Ode To Mercy - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

230 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Wild Heaven Craft Beers visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: obireidkenobi on 09-13-2010)
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1.8/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks again to Bobby...

A: The beer pours a rather dark brown color with a bit of brown to it and a khaki head.

S: Starts off with an intense rubbing alcohol aroma and burnt rubber/tires. Some toasted malt and nuts along with a little bit of chocolate. The beer finishes off with more booze and some chile pepper.

T: Toffee and cherry cough syrup with a definite chile pepper flavor. Slightly spicy, but it's more of the fresh/green pepper flavor. Hints of dark chocolate and strong metallic and booze notes.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Almost as bad as Invocation, but a different sort of bad.

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of BrownNut
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
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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2.88/5  rDev -26.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of BeerDocT
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
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 ATLbeerDog
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark amber/red very pretty in color, very clear. A quickly dissipating beige head tops the beer. Smells surprisingly weak with not much aroma to begin with. Where’s the malt in the nose? It’s there but really weak.

First sip is super light bodied, very sweet, but so very lightly hopped. Malt is the dominate flavor with some yeast notes adding to the finish. The 8.2% is very well hidden but unfortunately so is the flavor. As it warms a tad more flavor comes thru but not enough to capture my attention.

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3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Draft.
A: Poured a dark mahogany with a medium-sized tan head.

S: Fairly weak for such a big beer; roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and nuttiness

T: coffee really came through; a bit of diacetyl; also a touch of deep malt sweetness and roasted flavors

M: Watery; leaves an oily, almost greasy coating on the tongue

D: Great; but for a beer with such an underwhelming mouthfeel, not what I wanted or expected

Probably not my favorite. There are definitely worse ABAs out there, but there are also many better options.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber/brown beer with a light head with great retention on top. Impressive.

S: Slightly burnt coffee smell with slight oxidation smell. Not much else.

T: Very similar to taste with a bit more coffee taste. Also a bit of sweet vanilla.

M: Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O: I feel like this was much better on tap. Either way, this was pretty average.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"What could be better than deep roasted malts, oak, and a smooth, creamy finish? Ode To Mercy-like all our beers-is designed in the great tradition of European brewing but with a distinctly American creative flair. We brew Ode all-grain with no adjunct sugars, creating bigger flavor without excess alcohol." Ode To Mercy is brewed in the style of a Double/Imperial American Brown Ale. One of the two initial staple beers that Wild Heaven has released. No freshness date, although I estimate the beer at over a year of age.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Wild Heaven pint glass. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing head of a dirty tan tone, very thick froth with a good retention. Body color is a mahogany red-brown with high clarity and medium carbonation. Body coloration is a tad lighter than anticipated. Thin but consistent lacing. Impressive appearance. 4.25

(Smell) Crisp bready yeast, doughy caramel malts with mildly tart fruit tones like citrus orange, apricot and peach. Earthy and resiny hop aromas with a mild bitterness pairs with the tartness of the fruit for a general balance. A hint of nutty character accents the malt bill. Some slight spice peps up the aroma. Amongst brown ales, it's quite different and very inviting for the craft beer crowd with a lot of unexpected notes. A bit closer to a belgian brown ale than the American side. Potency is medium. A pleasing aroma for a brown ale. 4.25

(Taste) Flavor is very musty and dank. Dry notes of medium roasted malt, far less bready and more biscuity than in the aroma with some notes of butter. Nutty character is very intense, the most thoroughly pronounced character in the flavor, a touch dry and musty. A medium bitterness definitely balances the aroma but hop flavor is hardly evident to notice, some murky spicy hops. Very peppery and slightly dry finish. Overall it's not nearly as impressive as I had predicted the flavor to be but the age may have had a lot to do with that. Somehow, it's still quite drinkable, but not as diverse or exciting as in the aroma. A lot of the brightness and curiosity has faded. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mild crispness with a matched creaminess. Texture should go with slightly creamier, it seems to be confused in between. Slightly slick and resiny mouthfeel. Body is medium-heavy for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is medium. A bit confused, I was thinking that the texture should be either more creamy and less crisp, but not in between. 3

(Overall) I am trying to convince myself that a lot of the flavor of this beer was lost in time, but I also think that many of the flavors would have remained similar when fresh. A very high potential in this beer, and if it had tasted similar to the way it smelled, it would have been an excellent quality brown ale. When I free up some room in my review fridge, I'll go for a second opinion on this one. 3.25

Wild Heaven Craft Beers'
Ode To Mercy Imperial Brown Ale
3.36/5.00

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Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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