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Ode To Mercy - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | 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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furthurgone

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-21-2011 04:26:11 | More by furthurgone
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mweso2000

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-20-2011 04:13:41 | More by mweso2000
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ColSanders123

Georgia

5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-15-2011 16:53:19 | More by ColSanders123
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Double06

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-15-2011 04:08:15 | More by Double06
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freduardo

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-14-2011 22:01:08 | More by freduardo
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shuajw

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-14-2011 13:51:19 | More by shuajw
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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
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Huhzubendah

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
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cwguy5

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%

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

10-17-2011 20:30:06 | More by cwguy5
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

09-20-2011 21:37:32 | More by bucklemyshoe
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

09-16-2011 23:47:30 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

09-13-2011 23:24:05 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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Paincane

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Reviewed from my notes:
A: Medium brown pour into pint glass produces a creamy khaki colored head with good retention and lacing.
S: Toffee, malt, coffee all hit my nose right away.
T: Sweetness of malt at first with slightly bitter hops finish make this a fairly well-balanced beer.
M: Medium-bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Extremely enjoyable beer that just happens to share my wife's name. Mercy indeed.

09-13-2011 21:27:25 | More by Paincane
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match1112

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +16.5%

first off thanks to ATLSaint for sending this in a trade.

a: nice deep brown with a big billowy khaki colored head.

s: roasted coffee, caramel and toffee.

t: more roasted coffee and sweetness from the toffee.

m: full bodied beer with a good mellow finish thanks to oak and coffee.

o: they call this an imperial brown but it drinks more like a big stout. if you like roasted coffee and a warming booze effect this beer is for you.

09-10-2011 02:55:59 | More by match1112
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%

Clear, auburn colored body, and a foamy wheat colored head, towering well above the rim of my mug, made this an attractive pour. The smell had a a lot of toffee, chocolate, and coffee aromas readily apparent, with coffee being detectable before even bring the nose to the glass. The taste abounded with the same themes, with a coffee dominated flavor profile, with hints of an oily oatmeal like flavor as well. The finish was soft and chocolaty, and there was very little aftertaste. This was definitely a solid offering from this new local brewer. I look forward to sampling more.

09-03-2011 04:57:18 | More by rajendra82
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Callaghan

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pub glass. No best by date to be found.

A: After a decent pour, a solid 1 inch, off-white head formed, and held on to the glass, forming some amazing lacing. The beer is the color of garnet, beautiful. Every sip creates a stir in the glass, and agitates a little more foam.

S: Cre'me brulee (toasted sugar, with a hint of vanilla) is the most prominent with coffee, and some hops taking a back seat.

T: Maple malts at first, but then the nose comes through in the taste. Coffee and toasted sugar, almost like it's burnt. Hops cut through and kill the sweetness, which is good. It seems to go from too sweet to a bitter taste. I would have scored higher if it didn't swing from one side to the other...

M: A bit thinner than I was expecting, considering the look, smell, and taste. Carbonation is decent, but I wanted more of it, leaving a feeling of flat soda. It lets me taste the flavors that I wouldn't taste if there was a higher amount of carbonation, but I feel this was a compromise, taste or mouthfeel. I think it needs a little bit more. Very light in the mouth, and I would like something with a bit more substance to let you know you just took a sip of a decent tasting beer.

O: I would drink again, but I wouldn't seek this out if I was out of town. Decatur is about an hour and a half away from me, so I consider this a local brew, and I have been on a local brew hunt recently. I would buy it again, but only if I was seeking the flavors this beer has to offer, as I have not had another that tastes quite like it.

08-31-2011 03:26:04 | More by Callaghan
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

08-24-2011 03:44:41 | More by superdedooperboy
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Phelps

Arizona

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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!

08-06-2011 05:42:29 | More by Phelps
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

07-19-2011 02:40:13 | More by ATLbeerDog
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buffs9

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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
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07-15-2011 00:02:48 | More by buffs9
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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
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drabmuh

Maryland

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
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Lillie1128

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured into my Copper Creek pint glass

A - Pours a pretty burnt amber with a nice off white head

S - Little bit of grapefruit and a hint of coffee

T - Begins malty and a little floral and finishes with roasted coffee. Really tasty!

M - Nice, luscious mouthfeel

D - Oh yeah, I could drink a bunch of these!

So glad these are getting bottled now. Another great beer out of GA!

06-18-2011 00:55:25 | More by Lillie1128
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rrski198

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

06-16-2011 04:25:25 | More by rrski198
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benpopper

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%

This beer looks great. Bright brown, almost deep red with a good half inch of head that fades to a ring with an almost constant mist across the top.

Smells like what it promises heavy on the malt, giving it a carmel type sweet smell, but nice and roasted as well.

Tastes kind of even. Lots of the malt and not a whole lot else.

Drinks easy, a little high on the carbination for me but coats nicely. Did not have as much burn as I was expecting.

Overall, it was good, but not great. Not my favorite of the style.

06-02-2011 02:19:50 | More by benpopper
Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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