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Ode To Mercy - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 13
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of Jawn
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is red. It's a beautiful red, but it's calling itself brown. I didn't get much of a head from this beer but it's still nice looking. It reeks of nuts and dank... hmmmm. The taste does not deviate much from the smell. Maybe some toasty malts, and the alcohol is definitely masked. I should note the near perfect level of carbonation and the sexy velvet feel in my mouth. Overall this is an alright beer. I favor it highly above their other bottled offering, Invocation. I remember being blown away when this was first released, but this review is a testament to my own tendency to be swayed by local hype. Still, keep it up Wild Heaven! I have yet to try your quad.

Jawn, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of gwguest
4/5  rDev +1.5%

gwguest, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +1.5%

bsuedekum, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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

msubulldog25, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into snifter.

A- Pours a reddish brown with one finger head that dissipates into a thin cap. Spots of lacing are left behind.

S- Malt forward with notes of brown sugar, toffee, roast malt, bakers chocolate, raisins, nuts, red cherry, peppery spice, subtle citrus hops and a hint of booze.

T- Roasted malt, coffee beans, bakers chocolate, brown sugar, toffee and earthy oak upfront followed by some cherry, orange, raisins and booze.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Fairly smooth with the abv being noticeable, but not terribly boozy. Has a strange bitter and metallic taste at the end.

O- If you are a fan of brown ales with a good amount of roast presence, this one may be for you. Not a bad brown ale, but the strange bitter and metallic taste was distracting.

iadler, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +1.5%

dsauter, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

jophish17, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Soozy
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper brown, leaves lacing. Smells great. I get a big chocolate malt smell, some caramel. Taste is just straight up malty overall. Fairly well balanced beer, big chocolate and caramel malt up front and a lingering bitterness. I little bit of an almond taste up front. It finishes with a sense of alcohol and a hint of espresso. Let this beer warm up. It went from "ehh" to "wow, that's pretty good" in my glass.

Really good beer, but I think it's just a tad too bitter. Not much at all, but just a lingering bitterness that seems a bit out of place.

I'd definitely buy this again.

Soozy, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of heyta
4/5  rDev +1.5%

heyta, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Chizoad
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Random find at a restaurant near the Atlanta airport.

Super clear brown/red with a moderate head, little lacing. Looked promising.

Coffee immediately with malt aromas.

Big mix of flavors in this one. Coffee for sure, but a swirl of spiciness, maltiness, slight bitterness for balance. Nothing in there is done perfectly but all of it is still done well. Hard to pigeonhole since it's so complex.

Creamy, medium-heavy body, very enjoyable.

Chizoad, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of chasesitten
4/5  rDev +1.5%

chasesitten, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of furthurgone
4/5  rDev +1.5%

furthurgone, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of mweso2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%

mweso2000, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of ColSanders123
5/5  rDev +26.9%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Double06
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Double06, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of shuajw
4/5  rDev +1.5%

shuajw, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

jlindros, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Huhzubendah, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of cwguy5
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

cwguy5, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bucklemyshoe, Sep 20, 2011
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.

coreyfmcdonald, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cindyjeffsmith, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Paincane, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of match1112
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

match1112, Sep 10, 2011
Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
89 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.