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Ode To Mercy - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 258
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 18
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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Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger thick head on a clear deep slightly dull amber body.

S: sweet caramel malts, nuts, with a nice coffee/smokey note and chocolate.

T: booze are more prominent in the flavor than aroma but not overly so. Sweetness provided by chocolate with roasted and smokey malts.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: much more complex than a standard brown and the imperial aspect is a plus and is well applied. (426 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a glisteningly clear copper color with a nice head that leaves quite a bit of lacing behind

Smell: Caramel, nuts, pears and cocoa

Taste: Caramel and nuts with a hint of cocoa; gets a bit boozy by mid-palate, with a building treacly sweetness that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Though I would like to see more balance in the finish, this is an appealing imperial for those who don't mind a malty, nutty ale (487 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
1.82/5  rDev -53.9%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at The Fred in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Delivered to the table a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a small, wispy, bone white head.

Smell: Toasty, roasty malt profile conferring light notes of chocolate, dark caramel, and dark brown sugar. The addition of the 1000 Faces provides a proper coffee scent which comfortably intermingles with the various malt notes. Minor hint of supporting citrus in the background.

Taste: Lightly roasty, richly toasty, then in slides soft touches of chocolate, caramel, and a nuttiness of charred pecans. Starts with a sweet hint of brown sugar, though, as it warms, it starts the become one of the prevailing flavors. Very light fruity hops hinting at lemon and grapefruit. Light bitterness. Restrained coffee character, though it's more prominent on the back half. Drying, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Minutes of flavor now, no 2:30 feeling later. The dose of coffee was a nice, appreciated touch, though I never perceived the purported oak. All in all, a tasty brown from the new GA brewery Wild Heaven. (1,123 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Huhzenbendah tonight, thanks Matt. Beer is brown and clear with low carbonation, mild lacing,off white head of small and medium bubbles, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet and boring. Next.

Beer is medium in body and a little smokey, almost tobacco / leather on the palate with this decent bitterness on the end. Interesting how this beer comes together. There is no reason why this beer needs to be above 6%, just to annoy me i suppose, still it isn't great but nothing wrong here, Another smokey / tobacco brown, reminds me of Maduro brown from Cigar city a little. (571 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer appears brown, hinting on dark orange. The white head stands in at about a half inch, leaving some sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma brings some sweet fruit and alcohol. Lightly smoky, a bit too sweet. Alcohol presence could be masked better. Overall, this was OK, but I prefer brown ales to have less alcohol and be more sessionable. Too sweet for me to enjoy more than one. (388 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown with a somewhat thin head. Smells a bit leathery, spicy, and woody, with some light roast and sweet malt. Solid take on the style. The taste brings the same flavors together, but in a bigger way than the nose. Spicy and sweet and a bit woody, with big, somewhat dry, chewy malt. Brown ales aren't always my thing, but the layer of spice and woodiness here brings a welcome layer of complexity to the beer, and the slight sweetness works well against that anchor. A solid beer, and I agree that it bears some resemblance to the Maduro brown- which is a good thing. (586 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, chocolate, hint of coffee, slight syrup, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight chocolate, slight yeast, and slight hop. Overall, good aroma, feel, body, and blend. (433 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful looking brown. Awesome color; bright brown and loaded with ice tea and cranberry highlights. Fine, off-white head with nice lace and retention.

S - Dusty coffee beans, legumes, hazelnut, a little brown sugar, and just the slightest touch of white booze.

T - Bold, light roast coffee steals the show with a supporting cast of caramel, toffee, and cream. Sweet buckwheat honey, oatmeal, and a touch of cinnamon linger through the finish. Great integration.

M - Nice medium frame.

O - Great looking beer with an awesome flavor profile. Awesome job staying true to the core elements of the style while ramping up them up to balance the imperial-level booze. It would have been easy to drive an imperial brown into the territory of porters and stouts. (767 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown color, decent head.

Odd--smells so much like coffee! Sugary malty coffee. Some nuts maybe.

Taste is pretty sweet, some coffee flavor, some nuts, some sweet sugar.

Well carbonated, creamy.

Tastes so much like coffee but I don't think there's any coffee in this. Very tasty!

7.4/10 (298 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (961 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a clear dark mahogany with a fine-bubbled pale tan head and fairly thick lacing. Spicy, malty aroma has hints of hops. Malty flavor has hints of spice and sweetness and a strong sour raspberry tone, rather like cough syrup but not unpleasant. Thick, heavy, fizzy texture leaves a syrupy and tingly finish. (326 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four-pack in lovely Norcross, GA during training week. Gotta have something to ward off the damage done to my brain from all that light, airy information. 12 oz. bottle.

Poured into a short, actual glass glass in the hotel (that thar is a mark of falutin' high). Points for a cool label; like the low-hatted strummer. Surprisngly light, looks more like cream cola than a brown, sparely carbonated. Nose of light, sweet malts again belying the brown label, bits of chocolate.

Ode to Mercy morphs on the tongue. Creamier than raw milk right out of the udder, this is a lactose lover's damp-sheet dream. Sweet milk, light roast, oak in the back of the throat. Brown, nutty, malt tang. Hard to detect the alcohol here, this is a beautiful sipper.

Very good beer. I'm not overly partial to browns, but this was a fine example, I'll be coming back to Wild Heaven with tonsils gaping. (895 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to barrelandzachary for sending this my way as well as a counter-pressure fill of the special winter ale (Bulleit Bourbon aged version of Ode To Mercy) which i opened side-by-side with this.

Enjoyed from a sixpoint snifter.

a - brew poured a ruby highlighted chestnut with a finger of creamy head that never fully left. lacing was a wall of creamy foam and moved as a whole.

s - nose is coffee...nut...roast. brown sugar and earthy grain.

t - bam. there it is...imperial brown ale on coffee. as advertised. solid one at that. the coffee is a bit heavy handed over the brown and dialed back quite a bit with the special winter version (and then coated in caramel happiness...but that's the other beer). so yeah, this beer is a good imperial brown ale, but next to that special winter version...doesn't hold a candle. worth checking out though if you like browns with bitter coffee.

m - a bit dry and bitter on the finish and prickly carbonation.

o - overall, super solid imperial brown with coffee. check it out...but hot dog...dat special winter ale version of this beer...kill or maim for that one. (1,129 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this with Christmas Eve dinner in Atlanta. (VG Bistro )

It was described as a wood aged Brown Ale with a higher gravity. Never heard of the beer or brewery before. Pretty good. Certainly nice for a cold winter evening.

Served in a pint glass with a minimal off white head that faded rather fast. A dark brown color with a slight ruby tone to it. No lacing at all.

Aroma is deep thick and malty. Sweetness hangs in your nostrils. You get a first glimpse at a touch of graininess in the aroma. Wasn't sure at this point if it was some oak coming through or rough grain. Turned out to be both.

Flavor continues the deep malt and sweet flavors and also adds the graininess I mentioned above. Sweetness is focused early and then there is a dryer oak flavor in the finish. Not sure crisp is the word, but definitely ends drier than it began. Some roasted flavors that meld nicely with the sweetness.

A ticker body here with a very slight level of carbonation. Paradoxically both sweet and dry. ABV provides a little warmth but is mostly well hidden.

Didn't get a 2nd pint, but enjoyed the first one. (1,107 characters)

Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown growler into a clear glass goblet. Supplied by my good friend Erinn at our annual get-together.

A: Murky brown with 1-2 finger light beige head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Malty without a doubt with earthy, herbal hopping and sweet caramel/coffee notes meeting a light sourness

T: The dark robust maltiness is substantial and has a good balance of breadiness, roast, and additional coffee and dark chocolate mocha. THe hops are background and herbal-earthy in character. Alcohol is very well-hidden with only a hint of woodiness.

M: The feel is silky smooth with the alcohol far in the background and the carbonation low-medium.

O: A really good imperial brown ale -- impressive in its complexity with the alcohol way in the back and the dark maltiness taking center stage. Great beer and I look forward to others this weekend. (865 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a clear hazel, light tan head, excellent lacing. Aroma and flavor are spicy, earthy, fruity coffee notes from the cold brewed coffee up front. Toasty and nutty notes in the background. The roast is very subtle.

One of the most unique and delicious brown ales. Period. (279 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Southern rarity brought to the Northwest by unclejedi. 12 oz. brown bottle, popped and dropped to a standard pint glass.

Label admonishes: 'Serve Your Neighbor'; oops, just served myself only. Brewed & Bottled 'to our exacting specifications' at Thomas Creek Brewery, Greenville, SC.

A: Hmm, as an ale of any sort, this sienna-brown beauty nears a '5'; pretty color, gorgeous and sturdy 1-finger+ head of creamy khaki, healthy carbonation. Superb look, buuuutttt... it's so far short of 'brown'! Even in dim light, it's 'amber'; in strong light, its clear ruddiness would make me categorize this as a 'Red Ale' at best. Huge, goopy globs of foam as lace. A '4.5' reflects a look that is a shade less than 'outstanding'... but just a shade... Overall, a total knockout.

S: A husky, smoky noseful! Boldly nutty, surprising notes of coffee and cocoa/spice.

T: Nutshells. Dark cocoa. Sweet cereal grains. Earthy spices. Man, I enjoy this beer from first taste. A slight metallic flavor, but in the big picture that's OK.

M: Silky smooth! Medium-bodied feel and a slightly powdered mouthfeel. For a 'big beer' (8%+ ABV), this is a sneaky one; alcohol is subtle and feel isn't overly thick. 'Chewy' is a descriptor, but not a bad one whatsoever.

O: A surprise for me ~ what a happy find! Would I drink it again? Absolutely! Nice balance, sturdy body and a (1,364 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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 (780 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.07/5  rDev +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. (657 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle sent by gford217, into a tulip.

Tawny brown with brilliant clarity, topped with a finger’s worth of fluffy tan foam that pops away with speed to a thick ring. Sticky rounded mountains of lace adorn the glass.

The nose: burnt sugar cookies, sweet cocoa, a hint of fresh coffee beans. Nice bit of spicy hops as well. Well-blended.

More biting hops here, with toasted bread and black coffee. There’s a nice burnt sugar sweetness, and hints of vanilla and oats emerge as it warms. Lingering acrid roast.

The body starts with nice heft, then slowly breaks apart in soft fizziness. Pinching medium-light carb, with just a hint of heat in the throat.

An all-around solid brown. Drinkable and flavorful. Lord have mercy! (747 characters)

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (365 characters)

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Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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