Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale
Wild Heaven Beer

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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #51
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,561
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 14.22%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
64
From:
Wild Heaven Beer
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  8
Gots
  12
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 64 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by shivtim:
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shivtim from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Dec 23, 2011
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Kais from New York

3/5  rDev -26.5%

Feb 03, 2014
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KG710 from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Jun 22, 2014
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ordybill from Georgia

4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a dark brown color with a small off-white colored head. The aroma is a blend of oak, toasted malt and a slight fragrance of vanilla. The taste is very similar to the nose but with very little oak in the mix. A very nice beer.

Feb 14, 2017
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JamesBondGA from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 06, 2018
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Levin0013

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 22, 2015
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tjcapture from Georgia

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 14, 2015
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Zazzi82 from Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 15, 2017
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MTKATL from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 09, 2018
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OompaMentor from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

7/7/2018; Huuuumbug!

Jan 03, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a wine glass. This beer pours out a cola color brown and doesn't form a crown, just a light tan outer ring of carbonation. The smell is some warming bourbon that allows you to smell other notes of oak, coffee, a like new char, slight cinnamon and even some nutmeg. The taste brings the spices of cinnamon and the nutmeg up front. Has the warming bourbon come through about midway and then finish on the dry side with the oak. Overall, very surprised and impressed by this brew and would love to have another.

Jun 22, 2018
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Jrdnb8s from Georgia

3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 17, 2018
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ViveLaChouffe from Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Feb 03, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a one inch cap of foam sitting on top of the cola brown liquid; the head was somewhat quick to fade though it left some decent lacing behind

Smell: Caramel and nuts with a distinct vanilla aspect

Taste: Caramel and nuts, up front, with the vanilla developing in the middle; after the swallow, the Bourbon becomes more pronounced, though it never dominates the profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am not a huge fan of the style but this beer has deftly added some interesting elements which create some appeal; it is not too sweet, has some hop balance and the handling of the Bourbon was very deft

Feb 13, 2013
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whinton from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Mar 21, 2012
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Aug 08, 2014
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jopezu from Georgia

4/5  rDev -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.

Oct 17, 2016
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mrandypandy from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Mar 05, 2013
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elgiacomo from Georgia

2.08/5  rDev -49%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

1/7/2018

Having this again, I believe it's the 2017 batch. 12oz can into glass. This one doesn't taste very good at all. Way too much wood. Like sawdust, woodshop levels. Cough syrup? Weird aroma and flavor. Poor carbonation. Not enjoying this very much at all and won't be able to finish this.

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January 13, 2013:

16oz growler, Winter 2012/13 batch. Served at around 50F.

Pours clear brown with red highlights, small beige head, recedes to a wispy cap, leaves just a few short-lived spots of lacing.

Aroma is nutty, caramel, light touch of bourbon, wood, bready, hint of coffee, dark fruit, brown sugar. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is nutty, caramel, brown sugar, light bourbon, wood, bit of coffee, bread, moderate sweetness, minimal bitterness, mild to moderate alcohol. Let is warm up to near room temp and it really turns the flavor up a notch.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Pretty good...but I think I like the regular Ode to Mercy better...more coffee flavor in the original brew and not enough bourbon here to overcome that. Still, a very tasty Brown Ale.

Jan 13, 2013
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4/5  rDev -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.

Dec 24, 2015
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Bung from Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 02, 2016
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glid02 from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jan 21, 2011
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.14/5  rDev -23%
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.

Jan 23, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Oct 07, 2012
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DioS from Georgia

4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Feb 22, 2017
Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale from Wild Heaven Beer
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 64 ratings