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Ode To Mercy - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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BA SCORE
89
very good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 12
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

elgatoborracho, Apr 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Mike, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Brinks, Mar 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

MAJ85, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

JF1917, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

bhawk1, Feb 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

psoriasaurus, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

cosmicevan, Jan 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

SoCaliC8, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

rudabegga9, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of beer-princess
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

A- Poured from a 64oz growler into a pint glass. Beer poured with a thick, foamy cream head, about one and a half fingers; stalactitic lacing. A rich rum color.

S- Chocolatey.

T- Leather in the front, leather in the back. Some caramel, and a touch of cherry. Coffee throughout. Bitter, although not hoppy.

M- Gritty. Like drinking a sand soda.

O- This is a great beer! Leather is really winning me over. I wish there was slightly more caramel.

beer-princess, Jan 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

tard24, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

emottram, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

VinceMig, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

BillRoth, Dec 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

100200300, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

AmandaRae, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

BeerNoobNC, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear chocolate brown with cherry highlights. An off-white half-finger head that dissipates to a bubble rim. Light lacing.

S: Boozy with a basket of cherries. Leather and anise.

T: Smokey, boozy, sweet. Caramel and malts lead the way with a great nuttiness. Slightly astringent.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. A bit oily.

O: Glad I got to try this Georgia beer. A tasty Imperial Brown. Great art on the label, too.

brewskifan55, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

DoomVM, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

dankjohn, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%

Tasted on draught in a pint glass over 25 smooth minutes.

Pours a vibrant tea-brown with garnet highlights. Lightly puffy and bubbly tan head that retains fairly well, especially considering my glassware. Pretty stuff.

Smells malty and toasty. There's a hint of legumes seasoned with caraway that makes for an almost dusty nose. Almonds and a couple of hazelnuts roll by in a little brown sugar, leather, and mocha. This is not a hoppy beer, but a tropical note of pineapple nestled in fresh grass foretell their balancing influence. I only wish this varied bouquet were more potent, but it's stylistically correct.

I've never had a beer with such a unique, prominent pairing of beans in the flavor profile--light roasted coffee and par boiled white limas. They allow in a hint of bitterness that's smoothed over quickly first by tart cherry, then by toffee and cream. Almond paste comes up in the middle alongside a subtle note of bright pine, passionfruit, and mild citrus. Then the southern influence comes back in the finish with buckwheat honey and the corny chew of grits (plus a dash of cinnamon).

The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than medium, though there is a thickness early--it just collapses fast. And the structure does allow for marvelous evolution of taste elements, but my palate would like more carbonation. It's remarkable how little the ethanol is sensed in taste, texture, or swallow.

This brew stands on a fine brown ale foundation, and then reaches for great heights. Added subtleties and those blended beans balance out the high alcohol splendidly. This imperial brown remains lively and drinkable, despite a complex palette of artistic elements; they are masterfully integrated. From the bottle (tasted about 6 months later that way…) it's a bit tighter with more cherry and dark fruit in a leathery nose; those herbaceous notes open more in the air of the tap, which is nice. And I think adding even more bubbles at the point of serving could make take it a step closer to perfection.

1sophrosyne1, Sep 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

aProtagonist, Sep 27, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

ONovoMexicano, Sep 17, 2013
Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
89 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.