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Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale - Wild Heaven Craft Beers

Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale
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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 14.35%


Brewed by:
Wild Heaven Craft Beers visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: glid02 on 01-21-2011)
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cosmicevan

New York

4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I know that this is a draft only offering and i am reviewing a bottle...that is because barrelandzachary is badass and he counter-pressure filled this bottle for me. opened side-by-side with ode to mercy.

Enjoyed from a wild heaven snifter.

a - the same ruby highlighted chestnut of the original, but none of the creamy head that the regular boasts. a very thin head was there on the pour but it quickly dissolved to small islands of tiny bubbles and a ring of bubbles on the surface where the glass met the beer. but this being a (Bulleit Bourbon) bourbon aged brew...that is to be expected.

s - wow, what a difference from the regular. big chocolate notes jump out...followed by a smoothed over and amplified version of the original...earthy brown sugar and coffee...then finishes with some boozy alc phenols.

t - wow...barrel aging did this beer some justice! YOWZA!!! so take the original ode to mercy flavor profile, dial back the coffee and then smear it in caramel happiness. this beer is SICK! knocks the original into perfect balance. no bourbon flavors, but it doesn't matter...so good. having it side-by-side with the original shows off what the barrel does and the barrel does this beer something amazing.

m - magically smooth. the barrel adds perfection to this beer.

o - overall, i'm floored by this beer. who knew...barrel aging an imperial brown. it is like caramel peanut butter. like a resses peanut butter cup in a beer. there is virtually no bourbon flavor in this beer, but it is amazing and drastically different from the original.


Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 02:24:00 | More by cosmicevan
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Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a one inch cap of foam sitting on top of the cola brown liquid; the head was somewhat quick to fade though it left some decent lacing behind

Smell: Caramel and nuts with a distinct vanilla aspect

Taste: Caramel and nuts, up front, with the vanilla developing in the middle; after the swallow, the Bourbon becomes more pronounced, though it never dominates the profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

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16oz growler, Winter 2012/13 batch. Served at around 50F.

Pours clear brown with red highlights, small beige head, recedes to a wispy cap, leaves just a few short-lived spots of lacing.

Aroma is nutty, caramel, light touch of bourbon, wood, bready, hint of coffee, dark fruit, brown sugar. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is nutty, caramel, brown sugar, light bourbon, wood, bit of coffee, bread, moderate sweetness, minimal bitterness, mild to moderate alcohol. Let is warm up to near room temp and it really turns the flavor up a notch.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Pretty good...but I think I like the regular Ode to Mercy better...more coffee flavor in the original brew and not enough bourbon here to overcome that. Still, a very tasty Brown Ale.

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Deep brown/amber with 1/2 inch off-white head that gradually subsides. Slightly murky. Looks similar to the normal Ode to Mercy.

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Lots more malt in the taste. Some bourbon, and very subtle bits of vanilla and almond. Oak, lingering roasted malt, and a bit more bourbon/ethanol on warming.

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Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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