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Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale | Wild Heaven Craft Beers

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by glid02 on 01-21-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
49
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
30.42%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
8
For Trade:
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 49
Reviews by shivtim:
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at Hop City.

Deep brown/amber with 1/2 inch off-white head that gradually subsides. Slightly murky. Looks similar to the normal Ode to Mercy.

Nose is very malty, with a bit of roasted notes (coal, ash). Slightly boozy.

Lots more malt in the taste. Some bourbon, and very subtle bits of vanilla and almond. Oak, lingering roasted malt, and a bit more bourbon/ethanol on warming.

Good mouthfeel, and nice brew overall.

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Photo of chinchill
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twain's in Atlanta. Indicated on Wild Heaven's website as the Ode to Mercy aged on bourbon oak chips.

Pours a clear deep brown color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of deep toasted malts with large amounts of oak - lots of earthy aromas with hints of vanilla. As the beer warms small amounts of milk chocolate and nutty aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the oak is less intense. Moderately dry caramel malt flavors backed by solid amounts of toasted malts and minor amounts of roasted flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are equal amounts of vanilla and earthy oak flavors. Midway through the sip the oak fades a bit and the flavor profile sweetens with the addition of light chocolate flavors. The chocolate fades out quickly, allowing the malt and oak to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another with no problems.

Overall I still don't get any coffee out of this beer and the bourbon was also non-existent. The oak was large though and while it bordered on being too much it struck a nice balance. Worth a shot if you see it around.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Bung
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Levin0013
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: dark clear mahogany. Full tannish head. messy lacing.
smell: malt and subtle vanilla and oak.
taste: much like the nose, the vanilla is a bit more pronounced. Nice enough. I'd prefer a richer profile.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThickNStout
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottlev Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 11/6/15. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours a clear, tea brown with a finger and a half pale head. A thin, milky haze persists along with a full collar that leaves a few small trails of lace in its wake.

Smells of coffee, wet wood, caramel, a little chocolate and a hint of faint bourbon. Pretty nice.

As in the base, coffee has has strong presence in the flavor. Backed by chocolate, wet oak, soft bourbon, caramel, brown sugar and a slight nip of alcohol. There is more oak than bourbon from those barrel chips but the flavors really augment the base rather than overpower or take it in a whole new direction. Very easy to knock back the entire bottle fairly quickly.

Creamy feel on a medium light body. The carbonation is present but a bit on the lighter side, which I'm absolutely fine with. Coffee, toasted oak, caramel and faint bourbon linger in the long, sweet finish.

It's great to see Wild Heaven finally put this seasonal treat in bottles. I don't drink the base very often so I can forget how good Ode To Mercy is. Add the wet oak and subtle bourbon to that aready tasty base and this is a brown ale worth trying.

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Photo of GTJayG
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of ilikebeer03
2.19/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of JohnBender
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Martinecu
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of whinton
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear, ruby mahogany with a large head that hangs out. nose; coffee, walnut, & light hops. taste; easy cocoa malt, caramel, brown sugar, light oak, light coffee, light bourbon, & mellow hops. very nutty aftertaste. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. decent. a touch sweet & simple.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of jadpsu
3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on draft at Summit's Wayside Tavern.
Came to me in a standard 16 oz. beer glass. Color was a dark mahogany with a thin skin but no head.

Smell: Malty, licorice, coffee, alcohol esters So a lot going on.

Taste: I get some definite bourbon like alcohol up front. Coffee and some distant bitter chocolate.

High alcohol ABV of 8.2% very evident and not to my liking.

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Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale from Wild Heaven Craft Beers
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