Ode To Mercy - Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
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
02-08-2012 23:08:55 | More by brentk56
1.8/5 rDev -54.4%
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.
06-01-2011 00:18:44 | More by womencantsail
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
06-14-2012 01:00:50 | More by kylehay2004
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
09-19-2010 17:26:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.38/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
07-03-2011 01:58:23 | More by drabmuh
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
11-03-2011 13:40:44 | More by jlindros
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
07-04-2011 21:57:58 | More by Georgiabeer
District of Columbia
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
10-29-2011 17:29:59 | More by Huhzubendah
3.81/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
06-04-2014 13:22:08 | More by Tone
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
09-16-2010 20:57:03 | More by glid02
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
10-17-2010 16:53:35 | More by Cyberkedi
4.26/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
04-18-2013 01:57:50 | More by vfgccp
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
04-14-2012 02:13:53 | More by maximum12
3.5/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
12-26-2010 16:35:57 | More by Reagan1984
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
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
12-13-2011 04:22:51 | More by msubulldog25
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
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!
03-09-2013 05:11:41 | More by AlexFields
4.01/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
01-20-2014 02:23:52 | More by cosmicevan
Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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