Ode To Mercy | Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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Wild Heaven Craft Beers
Georgia, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of womencantsail
1.82/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks again to Bobby...

A: The beer pours a rather dark brown color with a bit of brown to it and a khaki head.

S: Starts off with an intense rubbing alcohol aroma and burnt rubber/tires. Some toasted malt and nuts along with a little bit of chocolate. The beer finishes off with more booze and some chile pepper.

T: Toffee and cherry cough syrup with a definite chile pepper flavor. Slightly spicy, but it's more of the fresh/green pepper flavor. Hints of dark chocolate and strong metallic and booze notes.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Almost as bad as Invocation, but a different sort of bad.

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Photo of BrownNut
2.76/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was expecting a lot after the other reviews. But it was so not good that I wonder if something was wrong. It smelled vegetal and not in a good way. Tasted vegetal and notably aluminumy. On tap at Burnt Fork BBQ in Decatur, GA. Sent it back.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark amber/red very pretty in color, very clear. A quickly dissipating beige head tops the beer. Smells surprisingly weak with not much aroma to begin with. Where’s the malt in the nose? It’s there but really weak.

First sip is super light bodied, very sweet, but so very lightly hopped. Malt is the dominate flavor with some yeast notes adding to the finish. The 8.2% is very well hidden but unfortunately so is the flavor. As it warms a tad more flavor comes thru but not enough to capture my attention.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark mahogany with a medium-sized tan head.

S: Fairly weak for such a big beer; roasted malt, a bit of chocolate and nuttiness

T: coffee really came through; a bit of diacetyl; also a touch of deep malt sweetness and roasted flavors

M: Watery; leaves an oily, almost greasy coating on the tongue

D: Great; but for a beer with such an underwhelming mouthfeel, not what I wanted or expected

Probably not my favorite. There are definitely worse ABAs out there, but there are also many better options.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber/brown beer with a light head with great retention on top. Impressive.

S: Slightly burnt coffee smell with slight oxidation smell. Not much else.

T: Very similar to taste with a bit more coffee taste. Also a bit of sweet vanilla.

M: Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O: I feel like this was much better on tap. Either way, this was pretty average.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Huhzenbendah tonight, thanks Matt. Beer is brown and clear with low carbonation, mild lacing,off white head of small and medium bubbles, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet and boring. Next.

Beer is medium in body and a little smokey, almost tobacco / leather on the palate with this decent bitterness on the end. Interesting how this beer comes together. There is no reason why this beer needs to be above 6%, just to annoy me i suppose, still it isn't great but nothing wrong here, Another smokey / tobacco brown, reminds me of Maduro brown from Cigar city a little.

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Photo of benpopper
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks great. Bright brown, almost deep red with a good half inch of head that fades to a ring with an almost constant mist across the top.

Smells like what it promises heavy on the malt, giving it a carmel type sweet smell, but nice and roasted as well.

Tastes kind of even. Lots of the malt and not a whole lot else.

Drinks easy, a little high on the carbination for me but coats nicely. Did not have as much burn as I was expecting.

Overall, it was good, but not great. Not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was just a shade light of a clear medium brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) beige creamy head that dissipated slowly into a thin layer of foam creating some really nice lacing.

The aroma was of a dark roasted malt, a mild resin hop and a light leathery yeast with notes of roasted coffee, a bit of nuttiness and a mild hint of wood (oak).

The taste was malty and mildly bitter with a nice dose of coffee at first and then became a tad hoppy with a nice woody alcohol flavor towards the end. The flavor lingered for a good while after the swallow with a nice strong woody coffee flavor left behind on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a good medium in body and smooth and creamy in texture with a lively carbonation.

Overall a hoppy/woody Brown Ale that had the coffee and alcohol flavor blending together with everything else rather well.

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Photo of jsanford
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 2/22/11. Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin ivory head that fades to a slight haze and ring.
S - Sweet roasted malt, caramel, toffee, coffee, and chocolate with a slight hoppyness.
T - Sweet roasted malt with lots of caramel and chocolate syrup flavors, a bit of roasted nuts, and a nicely bitter hop finish. Nice and balanced.
M - Slick, with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, bit too high ABV for me to fully enjoy, there was a slight warming coming in the finish.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"What could be better than deep roasted malts, oak, and a smooth, creamy finish? Ode To Mercy-like all our beers-is designed in the great tradition of European brewing but with a distinctly American creative flair. We brew Ode all-grain with no adjunct sugars, creating bigger flavor without excess alcohol." Ode To Mercy is brewed in the style of a Double/Imperial American Brown Ale. One of the two initial staple beers that Wild Heaven has released. No freshness date, although I estimate the beer at over a year of age.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Wild Heaven pint glass. Served above 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing head of a dirty tan tone, very thick froth with a good retention. Body color is a mahogany red-brown with high clarity and medium carbonation. Body coloration is a tad lighter than anticipated. Thin but consistent lacing. Impressive appearance. 4.25

(Smell) Crisp bready yeast, doughy caramel malts with mildly tart fruit tones like citrus orange, apricot and peach. Earthy and resiny hop aromas with a mild bitterness pairs with the tartness of the fruit for a general balance. A hint of nutty character accents the malt bill. Some slight spice peps up the aroma. Amongst brown ales, it's quite different and very inviting for the craft beer crowd with a lot of unexpected notes. A bit closer to a belgian brown ale than the American side. Potency is medium. A pleasing aroma for a brown ale. 4.25

(Taste) Flavor is very musty and dank. Dry notes of medium roasted malt, far less bready and more biscuity than in the aroma with some notes of butter. Nutty character is very intense, the most thoroughly pronounced character in the flavor, a touch dry and musty. A medium bitterness definitely balances the aroma but hop flavor is hardly evident to notice, some murky spicy hops. Very peppery and slightly dry finish. Overall it's not nearly as impressive as I had predicted the flavor to be but the age may have had a lot to do with that. Somehow, it's still quite drinkable, but not as diverse or exciting as in the aroma. A lot of the brightness and curiosity has faded. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mild crispness with a matched creaminess. Texture should go with slightly creamier, it seems to be confused in between. Slightly slick and resiny mouthfeel. Body is medium-heavy for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is medium. A bit confused, I was thinking that the texture should be either more creamy and less crisp, but not in between. 3

(Overall) I am trying to convince myself that a lot of the flavor of this beer was lost in time, but I also think that many of the flavors would have remained similar when fresh. A very high potential in this beer, and if it had tasted similar to the way it smelled, it would have been an excellent quality brown ale. When I free up some room in my review fridge, I'll go for a second opinion on this one. 3.25

Wild Heaven Craft Beers'
Ode To Mercy Imperial Brown Ale

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this with Christmas Eve dinner in Atlanta. (VG Bistro )

It was described as a wood aged Brown Ale with a higher gravity. Never heard of the beer or brewery before. Pretty good. Certainly nice for a cold winter evening.

Served in a pint glass with a minimal off white head that faded rather fast. A dark brown color with a slight ruby tone to it. No lacing at all.

Aroma is deep thick and malty. Sweetness hangs in your nostrils. You get a first glimpse at a touch of graininess in the aroma. Wasn't sure at this point if it was some oak coming through or rough grain. Turned out to be both.

Flavor continues the deep malt and sweet flavors and also adds the graininess I mentioned above. Sweetness is focused early and then there is a dryer oak flavor in the finish. Not sure crisp is the word, but definitely ends drier than it began. Some roasted flavors that meld nicely with the sweetness.

A ticker body here with a very slight level of carbonation. Paradoxically both sweet and dry. ABV provides a little warmth but is mostly well hidden.

Didn't get a 2nd pint, but enjoyed the first one.

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Photo of cwguy5
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a Mother Earth tulip.

A - slightly less than a one-finger, tan head that faded to a patchy cap; a bit of spotty lacing; dark brown color with quite a bit of ruby-orange highlights
S - rye, molasses
T - very similar to aroma; sweet throughout with a pronounced malt bill that tastes similar to rye to me; some maple and hazelnut; does not dry out much at end
M - light-med fine prickly carbonation that provides a bit of crispness to the otherwise sweet and somewhat heavy body
D - i am not an expert on the style by any means but it seems like a cross between an American brown and an amber; still enjoyable none the less; just a bit too sweet and heavy to be extremely drinkable for me

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Photo of iadler
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into snifter.

A- Pours a reddish brown with one finger head that dissipates into a thin cap. Spots of lacing are left behind.

S- Malt forward with notes of brown sugar, toffee, roast malt, bakers chocolate, raisins, nuts, red cherry, peppery spice, subtle citrus hops and a hint of booze.

T- Roasted malt, coffee beans, bakers chocolate, brown sugar, toffee and earthy oak upfront followed by some cherry, orange, raisins and booze.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Fairly smooth with the abv being noticeable, but not terribly boozy. Has a strange bitter and metallic taste at the end.

O- If you are a fan of brown ales with a good amount of roast presence, this one may be for you. Not a bad brown ale, but the strange bitter and metallic taste was distracting.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer appears brown, hinting on dark orange. The white head stands in at about a half inch, leaving some sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma brings some sweet fruit and alcohol. Lightly smoky, a bit too sweet. Alcohol presence could be masked better. Overall, this was OK, but I prefer brown ales to have less alcohol and be more sessionable. Too sweet for me to enjoy more than one.

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Photo of SteveTheBeave
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Cumming Beverage and Growler Shop
Cumming, GA

A: reddish amber color when held up to light

S: coffee and brown sugar aroma

T: hints of chocolate with the coffee

M: Light on the palate yet creamy for a darker beer with a higher ABV

O: Fairly complex, good drinking beer, pleasantly surprised for an 8.2% beer, not too much alcohol flavor

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown to reddish colored, nice creamy head, one finger with staying power. The beer is clear with a moderate amount of carbonation.
The aroma is strong. I like that I don't have to work hard to pick I up. It smells very sweet, like caramel, honey, it's almost like a dessert.
Malty sweetness, a little more sweet than I usually like, caramel, toast, and wood. The caramel like sweetness is the biggest flavor here however I enjoy the flavor complexity.
Crisp and sweet right away, the flavors change nicely as it warms but I'm left with a cloyingly sweet aftertaste.
I love everything about this beer except for the aftertaste. It smells good and has good flavors and is decent to look at. I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown color, decent head.

Odd--smells so much like coffee! Sugary malty coffee. Some nuts maybe.

Taste is pretty sweet, some coffee flavor, some nuts, some sweet sugar.

Well carbonated, creamy.

Tastes so much like coffee but I don't think there's any coffee in this. Very tasty!


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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear amber color, with some a tiny bit of head, but nice lace retention.

S - Sweet, with smells of brown sugar.

T - The sweet malts dominate, with caramel, sweet molasses and brown sugar. Slight hop kick at the very end.

M - A bit thin mouthfeel, with a pretty good amount of carbonation and lingering boozy aftertaste.

O - It is a little too boozy for me, not well enough hidden. But a very good beer to start the night with. I am looking forward to more from Wild Heaven!

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a glisteningly clear copper color with a nice head that leaves quite a bit of lacing behind

Smell: Caramel, nuts, pears and cocoa

Taste: Caramel and nuts with a hint of cocoa; gets a bit boozy by mid-palate, with a building treacly sweetness that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Though I would like to see more balance in the finish, this is an appealing imperial for those who don't mind a malty, nutty ale

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Photo of TheSeeker61
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger head and can smell the malts and a hint of coffee. The taste is very much like the smell. Malts up front and a hint of coffee in the back. Like the mouthfeel. It's a medium thick. Overall a decent beer. Gets better as it warms. Not a favorite but will have it from time to time.

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