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Wild Heaven Craft Beers
Georgia, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by obireidkenobi on 09-13-2010

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Reviews:
86
Ratings:
285
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
21.63%
 
 
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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!

7.4/10

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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
3.36/5.00

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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 TheNoni
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my cousin in ATL for hooking me up with 2 4-packs of this beer during Thanksgiving. He had brought it up to NYC earlier this year and I have been craving it ever since. This is my first review so here goes:

A - A nice dark burnt orange / caramel color in the tulip, about half inch of tan head on a decently hard pour.

S - Very biscuity / grain forward smell. I think the beer definitely tastes better than it smells.

T - Toffe/caramel flavors, a pleasant sweet aftertaste and alcohol bite without being cloyingly sweet or harsh.

M - Nice and fullbodied - well carbonated.

O - One of my favorite imperial brown ales, I don't think I have tried any other beers in this style that comes close to having this flavor profile. I really wish I could get Wild Heaven in NYC. Also can't imagine how the special barrel aged version of this beer would be.

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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 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 Mojo
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear reddish brown. It has a large three to four finger head, and leave tons of lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is mostly pine, maybe some raisin. Mouthfeel is just world class. It is full and just exactly perfect with ideal carbonation. Taste is sweet malt, some honey, and a nice bitter finish. I highly recommend this beer. It is brewed outside of Atlanta, and I'm sure how widely it has been distributed, but try it if it comes your way.

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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 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.

www.dudeletter.com/?p=639

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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 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 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 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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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 jchoffman
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Russian River Belgian Stemmed Glass

A: Poured a clear dark amber with a nice light tan head that faded to a layer and left some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with a big malty sweet aroma as well as a pecan smell. There were some sweet brown sugar aroma in there as well.

T: The taste is a nice balance of sweet and slightly earthy flavors. It started with sweet caramel and moved on to a bit of hops along with a roasted malt flavor. The hops are actually more prominent than the nose led on.

M: The feel is very creamy and medium bodied.

O: This Imperial Brown ale is one of the better I've tried, would purchase again.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four-pack in lovely Norcross, GA during training week. Gotta have something to ward off the damage done to my brain from all that light, airy information. 12 oz. bottle.

Poured into a short, actual glass glass in the hotel (that thar is a mark of falutin' high). Points for a cool label; like the low-hatted strummer. Surprisngly light, looks more like cream cola than a brown, sparely carbonated. Nose of light, sweet malts again belying the brown label, bits of chocolate.

Ode to Mercy morphs on the tongue. Creamier than raw milk right out of the udder, this is a lactose lover's damp-sheet dream. Sweet milk, light roast, oak in the back of the throat. Brown, nutty, malt tang. Hard to detect the alcohol here, this is a beautiful sipper.

Very good beer. I'm not overly partial to browns, but this was a fine example, I'll be coming back to Wild Heaven with tonsils gaping.

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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown growler into a clear glass goblet. Supplied by my good friend Erinn at our annual get-together.

A: Murky brown with 1-2 finger light beige head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Malty without a doubt with earthy, herbal hopping and sweet caramel/coffee notes meeting a light sourness

T: The dark robust maltiness is substantial and has a good balance of breadiness, roast, and additional coffee and dark chocolate mocha. THe hops are background and herbal-earthy in character. Alcohol is very well-hidden with only a hint of woodiness.

M: The feel is silky smooth with the alcohol far in the background and the carbonation low-medium.

O: A really good imperial brown ale -- impressive in its complexity with the alcohol way in the back and the dark maltiness taking center stage. Great beer and I look forward to others this weekend.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear dark amber with a nice light tan head that fades to a layer and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with big malty sweet aromas as well as a nutty pecan smell. There are some sweet brown sugar aromas in there as well.

T: The taste is a nice balance of sweet and slightly earthy flavors. It starts with sweet caramel and moves on to a bit of hops along with a slightly roasted malt flavor. The hops are actually more prominent than the nose led on.

M: The feel is very creamy and medium bodied.

O: One of the better brown ales I've had but about par for the style.

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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 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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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 SuperSpy
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderfully clear reddish brown. A decent darker-than-off-white head and plenty of lace.

The aroma is nutty, sweet and toasty, with a hint of earthy hops. Exactly what you expect from a brown ale.

Medium bodied with biscuit, walnuts, a sweet graininess and just enough hops to give it an earthy and semi-dry finish. There is a hint of alcohol toward the end but it comes through in the aftertaste.

Definitely a keeper. The taste is just complex enough to keep you interested and the texture is wonderfully smooth. I definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of Jawn
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is red. It's a beautiful red, but it's calling itself brown. I didn't get much of a head from this beer but it's still nice looking. It reeks of nuts and dank... hmmmm. The taste does not deviate much from the smell. Maybe some toasty malts, and the alcohol is definitely masked. I should note the near perfect level of carbonation and the sexy velvet feel in my mouth. Overall this is an alright beer. I favor it highly above their other bottled offering, Invocation. I remember being blown away when this was first released, but this review is a testament to my own tendency to be swayed by local hype. Still, keep it up Wild Heaven! I have yet to try your quad.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Southern rarity brought to the Northwest by unclejedi. 12 oz. brown bottle, popped and dropped to a standard pint glass.

Label admonishes: 'Serve Your Neighbor'; oops, just served myself only. Brewed & Bottled 'to our exacting specifications' at Thomas Creek Brewery, Greenville, SC.

A: Hmm, as an ale of any sort, this sienna-brown beauty nears a '5'; pretty color, gorgeous and sturdy 1-finger+ head of creamy khaki, healthy carbonation. Superb look, buuuutttt... it's so far short of 'brown'! Even in dim light, it's 'amber'; in strong light, its clear ruddiness would make me categorize this as a 'Red Ale' at best. Huge, goopy globs of foam as lace. A '4.5' reflects a look that is a shade less than 'outstanding'... but just a shade... Overall, a total knockout.

S: A husky, smoky noseful! Boldly nutty, surprising notes of coffee and cocoa/spice.

T: Nutshells. Dark cocoa. Sweet cereal grains. Earthy spices. Man, I enjoy this beer from first taste. A slight metallic flavor, but in the big picture that's OK.

M: Silky smooth! Medium-bodied feel and a slightly powdered mouthfeel. For a 'big beer' (8%+ ABV), this is a sneaky one; alcohol is subtle and feel isn't overly thick. 'Chewy' is a descriptor, but not a bad one whatsoever.

O: A surprise for me ~ what a happy find! Would I drink it again? Absolutely! Nice balance, sturdy body and a

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