Ode To Mercy
Wild Heaven Beer

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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #64
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,850
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 11.56%
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
291
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Wild Heaven Beer
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Photo of elgiacomo
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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 jsanford
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
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 boudreaux
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Draft.
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 whinton
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
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 Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a clear dark mahogany with a fine-bubbled pale tan head and fairly thick lacing. Spicy, malty aroma has hints of hops. Malty flavor has hints of spice and sweetness and a strong sour raspberry tone, rather like cough syrup but not unpleasant. Thick, heavy, fizzy texture leaves a syrupy and tingly finish.

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Photo of trecker
4.82/5  rDev +21.1%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at The Fred in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Delivered to the table a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a small, wispy, bone white head.

Smell: Toasty, roasty malt profile conferring light notes of chocolate, dark caramel, and dark brown sugar. The addition of the 1000 Faces provides a proper coffee scent which comfortably intermingles with the various malt notes. Minor hint of supporting citrus in the background.

Taste: Lightly roasty, richly toasty, then in slides soft touches of chocolate, caramel, and a nuttiness of charred pecans. Starts with a sweet hint of brown sugar, though, as it warms, it starts the become one of the prevailing flavors. Very light fruity hops hinting at lemon and grapefruit. Light bitterness. Restrained coffee character, though it's more prominent on the back half. Drying, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Minutes of flavor now, no 2:30 feeling later. The dose of coffee was a nice, appreciated touch, though I never perceived the purported oak. All in all, a tasty brown from the new GA brewery Wild Heaven.

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Photo of holco34
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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 glid02
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark brown color with a two-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted toasted malts with hints of light chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth toasted malt flavors with hints of deeper roast kick things off. Midway through the sip hints of light chocolate flavors work their way into things. Near the end of the sip a slight bitterness comes into play and is the only way I would guess coffee was used in the brewing process.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a decent enough big brown that didn't take the easy (but still tasty) way out by over-hopping everything. Still, the coffee is almost non-existent, I'd like to see some tweaks to better showcase the flavors.

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Photo of DKter
4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
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 obireidkenobi
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from unlabeled 12oz bottle into wide mouth wine glass.

Appearance: Dark brown in color. Clear, and filtered. Small white carbonation on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Definte brown ale. Coffee and dark malt nose. Some hints of sweetness also.

Taste: Light coffee/espresso flavor up front with a sweet flavor to balance. Malt and light hop bitterness make up the body of this beer, with a light, lasting coffee finish.

Drinkability: This is a brown ale I can repeatedly go back to. The coffee is not overwhelming or lingering. The overall flavor is dark, roasty and inviting. Without a doubt, this be definitely shine on tap. It's a solid offering in the bottle already.

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Ode To Mercy from Wild Heaven Beer
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 291 ratings