Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale - Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Overall: I am not a huge fan of the style but this beer has deftly added some interesting elements which create some appeal; it is not too sweet, has some hop balance and the handling of the Bourbon was very deft
Serving type: on-tap
02-13-2013 03:52:24 | More by brentk56
4.08/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
01-21-2011 01:30:16 | More by glid02
4.71/5 rDev +12.4%
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
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
Serving type: growler
01-13-2013 19:34:46 | More by elgiacomo
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up a growler of this at Hop City.
Deep brown/amber with 1/2 inch off-white head that gradually subsides. Slightly murky. Looks similar to the normal Ode to Mercy.
Nose is very malty, with a bit of roasted notes (coal, ash). Slightly boozy.
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.
Good mouthfeel, and nice brew overall.
Serving type: growler
12-23-2011 13:07:12 | More by shivtim
Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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