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Ode To Mercy - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 258
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 18
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 258
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.62/5  rDev +17%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (581 characters)

Photo of Callaghan
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,567 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,927 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (747 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (523 characters)

Photo of buffs9
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (586 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (571 characters)

Photo of Lillie1128
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (380 characters)

Photo of rrski198
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (532 characters)

Photo of benpopper
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (515 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
1.82/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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. (629 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear amber color, with some a tiny bit of head, but nice lace retention.

S - Sweet, with smells of brown sugar.

T - The sweet malts dominate, with caramel, sweet molasses and brown sugar. Slight hop kick at the very end.

M - A bit thin mouthfeel, with a pretty good amount of carbonation and lingering boozy aftertaste.

O - It is a little too boozy for me, not well enough hidden. But a very good beer to start the night with. I am looking forward to more from Wild Heaven! (484 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours clear red/copper with a large light beige head that leaves some fantastic lacing and holds a good foamy cap.

Aroma is bread, toast, nuts, toffee, coffee, caramel, yeast, vanilla, oak, molasses, and some fruit. Very good strength.

Flavor is caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, toast/bread, some fruit, a little coffee, moderate sweetness, low bitterness, low alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied, very soft and creamy.

An excellent Brown Ale, easily one of my favorites in the style, incredibly drinkable and tasty. Very impressive. (604 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 2/22/11. Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin ivory head that fades to a slight haze and ring.
S - Sweet roasted malt, caramel, toffee, coffee, and chocolate with a slight hoppyness.
T - Sweet roasted malt with lots of caramel and chocolate syrup flavors, a bit of roasted nuts, and a nicely bitter hop finish. Nice and balanced.
M - Slick, with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, bit too high ABV for me to fully enjoy, there was a slight warming coming in the finish. (582 characters)

Photo of boudreaux
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark mahogany with a medium-sized tan head.

S: Fairly weak for such a big beer; roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and nuttiness

T: coffee really came through; a bit of diacetyl; also a touch of deep malt sweetness and roasted flavors

M: Watery; leaves an oily, almost greasy coating on the tongue

D: Great; but for a beer with such an underwhelming mouthfeel, not what I wanted or expected

Probably not my favorite. There are definitely worse ABAs out there, but there are also many better options. (523 characters)

Photo of whinton
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Brick Store Pub.

A: Dark brownish color with a small head.

S: Very nice nose with a lot of coffee aroma coming through

T: A much more complex taste than I would have imagined from a brown ale. Lots of coffee and malt. A very well balanced beer that hides its high ABV well.

D: Very easy to drink considering the complexity and the high ABV. Just what an Imperial Brown Ale should be.

I can't get enough of this beer. The key is having it served at the correct temperature. As this beer approaches room temperature it really opens up and shines. (572 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,107 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (326 characters)

Photo of trecker
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big Paste Magazine fan, so I had to try this new Atlanta brewery out.

Had this on tap at Taco Mac, Mall of Georgia.

I'm a rookie at beer reviews, so I can't give you all the technical jargon yet.

This beer was all around delightful. Had a coffee taste, but not too overpowering. Had a good level of carbonation that complemented the flavor nicely.

I look forward to these guys putting out bottles later this year. (423 characters)

Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
88 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.