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Ode To Mercy - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

205 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | 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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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance 3.25: Poured out a dark and deep brown. Golden tones around the edges. Good sized head (1/4") quickly faded.

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Light but intense toasted grains and a big punch of malt along with a pleasing caramel and a light hint of coffee. There is also a deeper hoppiness to the bouquet that, for some reason, seems a little bit off. Not skunky, just a kind of mismatch.

Taste 3.0: Front is slightly sweet with a low-level smokiness and a slight taste of coffee or deeply toasted almonds. Middle features more of the light sweetness along with a strange hop flavor. Almost cheesy. Finish is strange: almost a pooling of sweetness on the palate along with a big malt flavor and some smoke along with this almost unpleasant hop flavor in the background. Aftertaste is short and somewhat dry and I taste that unpleasant hop again. Someone please tell me what this hop is so that I can petition the UN to ban its production.

Mouthfeel: 3.0: I found the carbonation to be a bit off for a beer of this strength (8.20%). A bit too many bubbles. Lower level of carbonation would have been a better reflection of the style.

Overall 3.0: An OK brew. It is quite schizophrenic and I cannot figure out why. The taste is off somehow, as if the brewmaster decided to merge an owl with a bear or something. Nonetheless, the beer is not "bad," but there were certain points while drinking it that I wondered what was going on. Also, the bottle pontificates about using all grains for the brew so to avoid "excess" alcohol. This beer is over 8% ABV! What would they consider "excess"? 9%? Just an all around weird and confusing experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 02:41:27 | More by BeerDocT
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nabit

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-30-2013 22:55:15 | More by nabit
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-17-2013 01:14:15 | More by FUwolfpacker
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AlbertVogler

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-15-2013 20:56:45 | More by AlbertVogler
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gtank

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-14-2013 06:15:59 | More by gtank
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TwinH

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-04-2013 01:35:13 | More by TwinH
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gjoker321

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-26-2013 16:32:43 | More by gjoker321
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-16-2013 02:59:36 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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Bigben0328

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-08-2013 00:07:58 | More by Bigben0328
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FliryVorru

Alabama

4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-29-2013 18:12:08 | More by FliryVorru
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Hardcore

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-26-2013 06:57:46 | More by Hardcore
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jpcool9

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

04-23-2013 18:27:59 | More by jpcool9
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potownbill

New York

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

04-20-2013 22:54:46 | More by potownbill
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

04-19-2013 19:55:28 | More by Rhettroactive
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vfgccp

New York

4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 01:57:50 | More by vfgccp
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bcm75

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-12-2013 00:05:07 | More by bcm75
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Florida

3/5  rDev -24.1%

04-01-2013 23:56:23 | More by bacasnax
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AlexFields

Tennessee

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

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 05:11:41 | More by AlexFields
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Georgia

5/5  rDev +26.6%

03-08-2013 21:55:49 | More by Martinecu
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t0rin0

California

2/5  rDev -49.4%

03-07-2013 12:42:32 | More by t0rin0
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-19-2013 03:07:40 | More by Sludgeman
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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jahannah

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-06-2013 02:21:14 | More by jahannah
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BierVogel

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-25-2013 15:08:55 | More by BierVogel
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"What could be better than deep roasted malts, oak, and a smooth, creamy finish? Ode To Mercy-like all our beers-is designed in the great tradition of European brewing but with a distinctly American creative flair. We brew Ode all-grain with no adjunct sugars, creating bigger flavor without excess alcohol." Ode To Mercy is brewed in the style of a Double/Imperial American Brown Ale. One of the two initial staple beers that Wild Heaven has released. No freshness date, although I estimate the beer at over a year of age.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Wild Heaven pint glass. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing head of a dirty tan tone, very thick froth with a good retention. Body color is a mahogany red-brown with high clarity and medium carbonation. Body coloration is a tad lighter than anticipated. Thin but consistent lacing. Impressive appearance. 4.25

(Smell) Crisp bready yeast, doughy caramel malts with mildly tart fruit tones like citrus orange, apricot and peach. Earthy and resiny hop aromas with a mild bitterness pairs with the tartness of the fruit for a general balance. A hint of nutty character accents the malt bill. Some slight spice peps up the aroma. Amongst brown ales, it's quite different and very inviting for the craft beer crowd with a lot of unexpected notes. A bit closer to a belgian brown ale than the American side. Potency is medium. A pleasing aroma for a brown ale. 4.25

(Taste) Flavor is very musty and dank. Dry notes of medium roasted malt, far less bready and more biscuity than in the aroma with some notes of butter. Nutty character is very intense, the most thoroughly pronounced character in the flavor, a touch dry and musty. A medium bitterness definitely balances the aroma but hop flavor is hardly evident to notice, some murky spicy hops. Very peppery and slightly dry finish. Overall it's not nearly as impressive as I had predicted the flavor to be but the age may have had a lot to do with that. Somehow, it's still quite drinkable, but not as diverse or exciting as in the aroma. A lot of the brightness and curiosity has faded. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mild crispness with a matched creaminess. Texture should go with slightly creamier, it seems to be confused in between. Slightly slick and resiny mouthfeel. Body is medium-heavy for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is medium. A bit confused, I was thinking that the texture should be either more creamy and less crisp, but not in between. 3

(Overall) I am trying to convince myself that a lot of the flavor of this beer was lost in time, but I also think that many of the flavors would have remained similar when fresh. A very high potential in this beer, and if it had tasted similar to the way it smelled, it would have been an excellent quality brown ale. When I free up some room in my review fridge, I'll go for a second opinion on this one. 3.25

Wild Heaven Craft Beers'
Ode To Mercy Imperial Brown Ale
3.36/5.00

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:15:07 | More by Jadjunk
Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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