Ode To Mercy | Wild Heaven Beer

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Wild Heaven Beer
Georgia, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Dudeletter
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Best Nighty-Night Beer
Some beers are light, some beers are heavy. This beer needs to be drinkable, sweet and high proof. Needs to be able to end a good meal and be a relaxing end to the day. The Winner is Wild Heaven – Ode to Mercy

Wild Heaven - Ode to Mercy
. This beer is an imperial brown, it is caramel malty sweet and crisp; distinct in both bottles and kegs, the beer is a newcomer, but still a great fixture to the Atlanta Beer scene. It is risky to start with an imperial beer, but they pulled it off.


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Photo of trecker
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big Paste Magazine fan, so I had to try this new Atlanta brewery out.

Had this on tap at Taco Mac, Mall of Georgia.

I'm a rookie at beer reviews, so I can't give you all the technical jargon yet.

This beer was all around delightful. Had a coffee taste, but not too overpowering. Had a good level of carbonation that complemented the flavor nicely.

I look forward to these guys putting out bottles later this year.

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Photo of whinton
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Brick Store Pub.

A: Dark brownish color with a small head.

S: Very nice nose with a lot of coffee aroma coming through

T: A much more complex taste than I would have imagined from a brown ale. Lots of coffee and malt. A very well balanced beer that hides its high ABV well.

D: Very easy to drink considering the complexity and the high ABV. Just what an Imperial Brown Ale should be.

I can't get enough of this beer. The key is having it served at the correct temperature. As this beer approaches room temperature it really opens up and shines.

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Photo of DKter
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The style says Imperial Brown Ale, but this is a Coffee Brown that rivals my favorite coffee stouts. Smell this one before you taste it, and you'll think someone's brewing a fresh pot. The flavor is abundant and complex, fully living up to the "Imperial" tag.

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Photo of ordybill
4.71/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass.

A: Copper / light brown in color with off-whitish head and some lacing

S: Malty-sweet nose with toasty almonds. Light floral and fresh citrus notes from the hops. "Darker malts but short of being overly porter-like" (that is straight from the BJCP Guide, more or less). And this beer nails the style.

T: Chocolate is the first and the persistent flavor. The finish is more like a dark-roasted coffee with the high bitterness of an espresso shot. (The sweetness was just a little too much for me. But what do I know; maybe that high sweetness was necessary to cut the bitterness.)

M: Medium-full body with a molasses as well as dry, resiny impression. Alcohol warmth in the end.

Notes: As far as nailing a style, I don't think I have had a beer in the past year that has done THIS well. Furthermore, I really enjoyed what the brewmaster did with this creation. It was almost like drinking a more complex and rich Irish coffee. Amazing!

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of match1112
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first off thanks to ATLSaint for sending this in a trade.

a: nice deep brown with a big billowy khaki colored head.

s: roasted coffee, caramel and toffee.

t: more roasted coffee and sweetness from the toffee.

m: full bodied beer with a good mellow finish thanks to oak and coffee.

o: they call this an imperial brown but it drinks more like a big stout. if you like roasted coffee and a warming booze effect this beer is for you.

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Photo of ScotB260
4.48/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.47/5  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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

Pours a clear hazel, light tan head, excellent lacing. Aroma and flavor are spicy, earthy, fruity coffee notes from the cold brewed coffee up front. Toasty and nutty notes in the background. The roast is very subtle.

One of the most unique and delicious brown ales. Period.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Lillie1128
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Copper Creek pint glass

A - Pours a pretty burnt amber with a nice off white head

S - Little bit of grapefruit and a hint of coffee

T - Begins malty and a little floral and finishes with roasted coffee. Really tasty!

M - Nice, luscious mouthfeel

D - Oh yeah, I could drink a bunch of these!

So glad these are getting bottled now. Another great beer out of GA!

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Photo of GameFreac
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Atlanta brewery brown ale - heard great things. Finally checking it out.

Appearance: Pours a brown color you can sort of see through. Looks filtered but still kinda cloudy. A film of a white head.

Smell: Smells of brown sugar, chocolate, sweet malts. Very good!

Taste - Taste is awesome. Mirrors the nose with coffee and a slight nutty flavor too, as well as a little bit of hops, and tiny bit of booze. I hate boozy beers but it works here.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium. Maybe a little too thin for 8%.

Overall: Great beer. One of my favorite brown ales ever. Lives up the hype.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, auburn colored body, and a foamy wheat colored head, towering well above the rim of my mug, made this an attractive pour. The smell had a a lot of toffee, chocolate, and coffee aromas readily apparent, with coffee being detectable before even bring the nose to the glass. The taste abounded with the same themes, with a coffee dominated flavor profile, with hints of an oily oatmeal like flavor as well. The finish was soft and chocolaty, and there was very little aftertaste. This was definitely a solid offering from this new local brewer. I look forward to sampling more.

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Photo of r2p2d3
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Harbour Bar & Fish House in Decatur, GA with their fish and chips. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It complimented my dinner wonderfully. Served in a chalice type glass, on draft. Had a beautiful golden brown color. Wonderful combination of roasted malts and coffee. Finished very smoothly. Not overly bitter. Many kudos to Wild Heaven for a lovely beer experience!

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours clear red/copper with a large light beige head that leaves some fantastic lacing and holds a good foamy cap.

Aroma is bread, toast, nuts, toffee, coffee, caramel, yeast, vanilla, oak, molasses, and some fruit. Very good strength.

Flavor is caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, toast/bread, some fruit, a little coffee, moderate sweetness, low bitterness, low alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied, very soft and creamy.

An excellent Brown Ale, easily one of my favorites in the style, incredibly drinkable and tasty. Very impressive.

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Photo of holco34
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There was a lot of hype surrounding the release of the Wild Heaven brews in Atlanta this week so I was very excited to taste it at one of their launch parties. This brown ale did not disappoint.

A: Dark brown, nice clarity, one finger head

S: Nice nose. Dark malts, coffee.

T: Better than the smell. Brown Ale with a roast, coffee flavor. Smooth hints of chocolate emerged as I drink more of it.

D: I wanted another one after I finished it. Very delicious and seemed more like a 6% ABV than 8.2%. Extremely enjoyable.

I'm not typically a big brown ale fan but this was fantastic. I enjoyed this one more than their Invocation.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful looking brown. Awesome color; bright brown and loaded with ice tea and cranberry highlights. Fine, off-white head with nice lace and retention.

S - Dusty coffee beans, legumes, hazelnut, a little brown sugar, and just the slightest touch of white booze.

T - Bold, light roast coffee steals the show with a supporting cast of caramel, toffee, and cream. Sweet buckwheat honey, oatmeal, and a touch of cinnamon linger through the finish. Great integration.

M - Nice medium frame.

O - Great looking beer with an awesome flavor profile. Awesome job staying true to the core elements of the style while ramping up them up to balance the imperial-level booze. It would have been easy to drive an imperial brown into the territory of porters and stouts.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a wonderfully clear mahogany hue with a massive, everlasting head of khaki froth that recedes ever so slowly; tremendously fat rings of foam nestle themselves onto the walls of the glass and settle in for the duration. Constant upward flurries of bubbles stream to feed the massive head, which seems to find any space less than a half-finger inappropriately small.

Fresh-ground, lightly-roasted coffee beans hit the nostrils right up front, mingling with sweet notes of burnt sugar and a hint of toffee, along with whiffs of dried dates and what can only be described as the aroma of mid-autumn.

Sweet caramel-topped flan lands on the tastebuds up front, moving into a bit of burnt sugar, nutmeg and citrus rind. Mid-palate, things become especially complex and difficult to pin down, though coffee and a distinct woodiness show through, and things once again become reminiscent of autumn; if the season could have a distinct flavor, it would be this, despite the overwhelming opinion that autumnal beers should be brewed with squash and flavored with pie spices (admitedly something I'm not averse to, but the season just doesn't manifest itself quite so well in those beers as it does here). Hops don't play much of a role here flavorwise, and rightly so; they combine with the bit of coffee roastiness and earthy woodiness to dry out the palate and lead things to a mostly dry finish that absolutely begs for another quaff, and despite the 8.2% alcohol content, combined with the dry finish and the relatively light body, another sip (or gulp) seems not only necessary, but right.

To be perfectly honest, this is flat-out one helluva beer. Year-round, it is spectacular, but for those who yearn each year for the Fall season, this one for some reason just speaks to those longings. The sensation is almost indescribable, and therefore I'll have to end it with that.

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Photo of beer-princess
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger thick head on a clear deep slightly dull amber body.

S: sweet caramel malts, nuts, with a nice coffee/smokey note and chocolate.

T: booze are more prominent in the flavor than aroma but not overly so. Sweetness provided by chocolate with roasted and smokey malts.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: much more complex than a standard brown and the imperial aspect is a plus and is well applied.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Ahlthe3rd for the chance to taste this. Second offering from Wild Heaven I have tried, the first was very good. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip. Pour appearance is a little surprising- transparent light brown color. Not what I was expecting (would expect a much darker and cloudy color). Really nice fluffy off white head with superior retention. 30 mins later it is still there. Smell- cocoa, nutty roastiness, espresso. Very creamy body. Taste- the cocoa hits the front of the tongue, roast with espresso beans on the back of the palate. Super rich and creamy. This is a really nice beer, I would have it again for sure.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a brownish shade of transparent, dark amber (so....brown?) with a very hefty two finger white head. It took me a couple of pours to get the whole bottle in the glass because of how robust the head is. Regardless, it's a damn fine looking beer.

S- very nutty aroma....hints of booze too. Pretty good

T- a lot like the nose...the taste is extremely nutty, and the finish is a little sweet. Minor hints of hoppiness in the finish....no booze to speak of. Very tasty

M- body is on the thin side, a little weird for 8.2%...about standard for a brown though

O- looking at the ABV and getting a whiff of booze made me very nervous...I got none of the heat I expected, just a fantastic brown ale. Well done to the guys at Wild Heaven

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