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Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale | Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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Wild Heaven Craft Beers
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by glid02 on 01-21-2011

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 48
Reviews by elgiacomo:
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3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Photo of chinchill
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twain's in Atlanta. Indicated on Wild Heaven's website as the Ode to Mercy aged on bourbon oak chips.

Pours a clear deep brown color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of deep toasted malts with large amounts of oak - lots of earthy aromas with hints of vanilla. As the beer warms small amounts of milk chocolate and nutty aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the oak is less intense. Moderately dry caramel malt flavors backed by solid amounts of toasted malts and minor amounts of roasted flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are equal amounts of vanilla and earthy oak flavors. Midway through the sip the oak fades a bit and the flavor profile sweetens with the addition of light chocolate flavors. The chocolate fades out quickly, allowing the malt and oak to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another with no problems.

Overall I still don't get any coffee out of this beer and the bourbon was also non-existent. The oak was large though and while it bordered on being too much it struck a nice balance. Worth a shot if you see it around.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Levin0013
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: dark clear mahogany. Full tannish head. messy lacing.
smell: malt and subtle vanilla and oak.
taste: much like the nose, the vanilla is a bit more pronounced. Nice enough. I'd prefer a richer profile.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThickNStout
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottlev Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 11/6/15. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours a clear, tea brown with a finger and a half pale head. A thin, milky haze persists along with a full collar that leaves a few small trails of lace in its wake.

Smells of coffee, wet wood, caramel, a little chocolate and a hint of faint bourbon. Pretty nice.

As in the base, coffee has has strong presence in the flavor. Backed by chocolate, wet oak, soft bourbon, caramel, brown sugar and a slight nip of alcohol. There is more oak than bourbon from those barrel chips but the flavors really augment the base rather than overpower or take it in a whole new direction. Very easy to knock back the entire bottle fairly quickly.

Creamy feel on a medium light body. The carbonation is present but a bit on the lighter side, which I'm absolutely fine with. Coffee, toasted oak, caramel and faint bourbon linger in the long, sweet finish.

It's great to see Wild Heaven finally put this seasonal treat in bottles. I don't drink the base very often so I can forget how good Ode To Mercy is. Add the wet oak and subtle bourbon to that aready tasty base and this is a brown ale worth trying.

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4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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2.19/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Martinecu
5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of jadpsu
3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on draft at Summit's Wayside Tavern.
Came to me in a standard 16 oz. beer glass. Color was a dark mahogany with a thin skin but no head.

Smell: Malty, licorice, coffee, alcohol esters So a lot going on.

Taste: I get some definite bourbon like alcohol up front. Coffee and some distant bitter chocolate.

High alcohol ABV of 8.2% very evident and not to my liking.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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