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Ode To Mercy - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

218 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
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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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of aProtagonist
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

aProtagonist, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of kushlash23
4/5  rDev +1.3%

kushlash23, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of MatthewD4
4/5  rDev +1.3%

MatthewD4, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of Mattsk1
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Mattsk1, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Roudy
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Roudy, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of bpop23
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

bpop23, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of brauseboof
4/5  rDev +1.3%

brauseboof, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Mink's (Marietta, GA). 8.99/ 4 pack. No bottling date but it's old enough to have still been bottled at Thomas Creek. I'd guess 9-10 months old. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours brown with garnet highlights and about one finger of pale sandy head. Foam recedes to a thin wispy layer and a bubbly halo that leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells nutty with toast, caramel, dates and brown sugar.

Lots of nutty flavor with mild coffee, toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, must, bitter earthyness, old dark fruits, semi stale bread, toffee, faint smoke and slight booze.

Almost chalky medium body with moderate carbonation. Strange bitter musty, nutty aftertaste.

A very different brown ale. Certainly not ruined but I'm not sure that time has been alltogether favorable. For the most part I like this but it seems a little strange.

ThickNStout, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of RandyKemka
4/5  rDev +1.3%

RandyKemka, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Riik3
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Riik3, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of GABrew
4/5  rDev +1.3%

GABrew, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of BeerDocT
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.

BeerDocT, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

nabit, Jun 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

FUwolfpacker, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of AlbertVogler
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

AlbertVogler, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of gtank
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

gtank, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of TwinH
4/5  rDev +1.3%

TwinH, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of gjoker321
4/5  rDev +1.3%

gjoker321, May 26, 2013
Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4/5  rDev +1.3%

THEOPTIMATOR88, May 16, 2013
Photo of Bigben0328
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Bigben0328, May 08, 2013
Photo of FliryVorru
4/5  rDev +1.3%

FliryVorru, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Hardcore
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Hardcore, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of jpcool9
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

jpcool9, Apr 23, 2013
Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
88 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.