Ode To Mercy
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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #67
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,521
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 11.56%
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
294
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Wild Heaven Beer
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  24
Gots
  63
SCORE
89
Very Good
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, nearly opaque, large khaki head, really good lacing
S: Malts, oak, earthy hops
T: Sweet bready malts, earthy hops and the oakiness rounds out this one
M: Medium
O: A nice sweet brown ale that you can tell is full of quality. The maltiness and oak make this a really nice beer.

Jul 27, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark bronze color with ruby hues & a 2 finger, fluffy, beige/tan, lasting head, with nice, clumpy, sticky lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, strong coffee, slight vanilla & a hint of cocoa. Taste is fronted by coffee & backed by dark bread, sweet malt & caramel tones & faint chocolate. Mouthfeel is silky, creamy, slightly juicy & oily with a peppery prickle. Only somewhat resembles a brown ale, to my mind it smells & tastes more like an amber ale/sweet stout hybrid. Interesting & nicely complex.

Dec 09, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours into a tulip glass a reddish amber with a moderate, fluffy, head. Somewhat bready scent with some chocolate. Taste is somewhat bready with yeast and hop bitterness. Enjoyable.

Nov 27, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from GA with a June 2015 bottling date.

Pours orange-brown with a tan head of moderate size and durability. A layer of sediment was bonded to the bottom of the bottle. The head leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells like dark bread with notes of hops, roasted nuts, allspice and yeast.

Flavor: medium and dark toasted malts with light hops and some Belgian(?) yeast. Lightly smoky with hints of mild coffee, oak, toffee, booze and dark fruits. Mild bitterness. The aftertaste is quite nutty and a bit odd.

Feel: medium body with moderate carbonation.

Oct 30, 2015
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber brown, with red hues and a small tan clinging head.
Aroma: Sweet caramel, coffee with some bakers chocolate.
Taste: Roasty and sweet malts, lots of burnt coffee, but no detection of hops.
Has a drying finish.
For me this was too sweet, and lacked any noticeable hop balance.
Too bad, Brown's are normally my favorites, but not this one.

Oct 26, 2015
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My brother brought me a bottle of this when he came home to Cleveland to visit from Atlanta a few weeks ago. Thanks Mark, you rule! Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear dark amber/light brown color with a fluffy, creamy looking slightly tan colored head that is about an inch thick when first poured that settles to a good 2/3 to 3/4 of an inch thick with good retention. It eventually settles to 1/5 inch thick head with decent lacing. Has a nice oak and roasted caramel malt aroma. Has a good, slightly roasted caramel sweetness upfront that gives way to oak and hints of chocolate that is nicely rounded out with some hop bitterness. A simple and straight forward and tasty flavor profile indeed! Has a slightly crisp, but mostly smooth, frothy, cream, lactic/milky, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Has a nice clean and smooth finish. Quite drinkable indeed in an excellent manner!

Eric

Sep 21, 2015
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VikingBeer from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass poured into my Founders tulip. Thanks to Nordbier for the bottle!

Pretty pour, rich and amber brown with a nice fluffy head. I have had a few underwhelming beers recently, come to think of it, but none that LOOKED bad. Fortunately, this one doesn't disappoint in other aspects. Smell has a surprising amount of bourbon and coffee atomas, with a hint of oakiness and a yeast spiciness. Flavors are right there; I loved, and was surprised by, the big coffee notes up front. These were quickly followed by nuts (walnuts, chestnuts, and pecans), toffee, hints of bourbon, more coffee, vanilla, baker's chocolate, oak, and a herbal hop presence with mint, basil, and slight citrus notes on the back end. Finish is dryish, with more coffee and chocolate dominating. Mouthful is rich and smooth; nicely carbonated for the weight of the beer. This is definitely one to sip and appreciate. Thanks again, Nordbier!

Sep 07, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Very nice malt aroma
Appearance- Pours a reddish brown with a small tan colored head.
Taste- A very nice roasted malt flavor, very impressive.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation, has a creamy texture that matches the flavor perfectly
Overall- My first Wild Heaven beer, if this is any indication of their other brands they have a good thing going.

Jun 12, 2015
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bonesTdog from Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color defies the depth of flavor in my opinion. Beautiful brown color but still translucent. Light body and fine bubbles in the head. That said, the flavor is full of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit with a light hops bite and long fruity finish. The barrel aging gives it that final fantastic layer of flavor and complexity. I am a dedicated stout/porter drinker but I absolutely love this beer. Despite the light body, this may take over as my favorite beer thanks to the incredible complexity and depth of flavors throughout.

May 18, 2015
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IronLion409 from Georgia

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Brown with a ruby hue. Light tan head.
S- I get a noticeable oak aroma with roasted malts
T - Roasted malts, hints of bread but more wood that finishes with a warm alcohol note
M - Nice balance of carbonation and creaminess
O - Very good. I have had stouts with similar characteristics. Great roasty woody flavors that compliment each other well. The smell really adds to those flavors nicely.

May 06, 2015
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GallowsThief from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this in Savannah. Pourd out of a bottle into a tulip.

A – Ruby brown with nice slightly off white head that produced two fingers of head and had nice lacing.
S – Roasted malts, faint coffee and lactose.
T – Nice and smooth malt flavor up front. Roasty and sweet at the same time. Full flavor of coffee next but not overpowering. Bit of a caramel flavor with toffee. Finishes with just a touch of bitterness that compliments the rest of the flavors. Nice.
M – Nice carbonation, medium bodied, creamy.
O – Impressive imperial brown. Never heard of this brewery before but this is a fantastic job. Great flavors. Wish I picked up a few. Next time I will.

Apr 09, 2015
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ScotB260 from Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark Amber with a one finger head that dissipates to a ring. Smells of toasted barley and honey. Taste is fairly malty and agrees with the smell. Overall great low key ale.

Mar 29, 2015
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bareju from Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Caramel and roasty malts, quite balanced. Fairly easy drinking. Solid if somewhat undistinguished. I think the carbonation is a bit much, otherwise this could be a go to strong brown ale.

Overall quite good. I'll return to this when in the mood.

Feb 14, 2015
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a wonder brown / ruby red, very clear. excellent off white head with good lacing and retention.

S: malty sweetness upfront, some burnt caramel and toffee. traces of roasted malt.

T: like the nose, malty sweetness upfront. followed by caramel and toffee notes along with roasted malt. hints of coffee. I'd like to see some chocolate flavors, but there are none.

M: nice creamy mouthfeel.

O: a pretty good beer.

Jan 17, 2015
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pint glass

Dark brown with thin taupe layer of bubbles, good lacings

Aroma of sweet malt , hint of chocolate and coffee

Sweet malt, chocolate on the middle of the tongue.

Fizzy sudsing quickly settles down . Smooth

Nice beer

Jan 16, 2015
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JamesBondGA from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours a nice clear brown in color. Hints of coffee when smelling and on taste. No real chocolate tones which I was expecting but I probably should have known from the color. No too bad.

Dec 11, 2014
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TheAdamConners from Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

I'm not a huge brown ale guy, but if it has coffee in it, I've got to try it. Terrific coffee flavor. My wife even liked it. Has the coffee flavor you'd expect out of a good stout, but without the chocolate overtones. Definitely worth the try.

Aug 24, 2014
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Tone from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, chocolate, hint of coffee, slight syrup, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight chocolate, slight yeast, and slight hop. Overall, good aroma, feel, body, and blend.

Jun 04, 2014
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cosmicevan from New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to barrelandzachary for sending this my way as well as a counter-pressure fill of the special winter ale (Bulleit Bourbon aged version of Ode To Mercy) which i opened side-by-side with this.

Enjoyed from a sixpoint snifter.

a - brew poured a ruby highlighted chestnut with a finger of creamy head that never fully left. lacing was a wall of creamy foam and moved as a whole.

s - nose is coffee...nut...roast. brown sugar and earthy grain.

t - bam. there it is...imperial brown ale on coffee. as advertised. solid one at that. the coffee is a bit heavy handed over the brown and dialed back quite a bit with the special winter version (and then coated in caramel happiness...but that's the other beer). so yeah, this beer is a good imperial brown ale, but next to that special winter version...doesn't hold a candle. worth checking out though if you like browns with bitter coffee.

m - a bit dry and bitter on the finish and prickly carbonation.

o - overall, super solid imperial brown with coffee. check it out...but hot dog...dat special winter ale version of this beer...kill or maim for that one.

Jan 20, 2014
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beer-princess from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured from a 64oz growler into a pint glass. Beer poured with a thick, foamy cream head, about one and a half fingers; stalactitic lacing. A rich rum color.

S- Chocolatey.

T- Leather in the front, leather in the back. Some caramel, and a touch of cherry. Coffee throughout. Bitter, although not hoppy.

M- Gritty. Like drinking a sand soda.

O- This is a great beer! Leather is really winning me over. I wish there was slightly more caramel.

Jan 06, 2014
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear chocolate brown with cherry highlights. An off-white half-finger head that dissipates to a bubble rim. Light lacing.

S: Boozy with a basket of cherries. Leather and anise.

T: Smokey, boozy, sweet. Caramel and malts lead the way with a great nuttiness. Slightly astringent.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. A bit oily.

O: Glad I got to try this Georgia beer. A tasty Imperial Brown. Great art on the label, too.

Oct 26, 2013
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1sophrosyne1 from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Sep 30, 2013
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Sep 17, 2013
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Aug 11, 2013
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BeerDocT from Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Jul 05, 2013
Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven Beer
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 294 ratings