Ode To Mercy | Wild Heaven Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wild Heaven Beer
Georgia, United States
wildheavencraftbeers.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by obireidkenobi on 09-13-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
286
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
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21
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59
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0
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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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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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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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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!

7.4/10

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Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven Beer
3.93 out of 5 based on 286 ratings.
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