Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale | Wild Heaven Beer

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56 Ratings
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Ode To Mercy Special Winter AleOde To Mercy Special Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wild Heaven Beer
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
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
13
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
13.61%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
12
For Trade:
1
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2.19/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of chinchill
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of Kais
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of jadpsu
3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Gig2828
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Bung
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mweso2000
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Mlawrence
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mrandypandy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shivtim
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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 elgiacomo
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sd123
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pahn
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split 2 ways into red wine glasses.

Appearance: Nice hazy chestnut. Fizzy offwhite head, soso retention, weak pacing.

Smell: Pretty unassuming. Some dark malt.

Taste: Very nice. Lot of nice malt depth, some goood balancing brown ale hops like Willamette or something, and some very subtle oak and bourbon. Not complex or even bold, but just a really well rounded brown ale flavor bolstered by the high ABV, oak chips, and awesome mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very smooth and soft--it's not Fritz and Kens (or other excellent stout) velvet, but it's really nice. Mildly dry finish. Moderate carbonation. Gives an overall impression of being light yet creamy.

Overall: Very nice beer. Not a grocery list of nuances complexity bomb nor a heavyhitting bourbon-as-beer strong ale, but a turned up brown ale that tastes great.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev -1%
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 jopezu
4/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of randomjazzr
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fair amount of coffee flavor for a brew that does not explicitly include coffee. Reminds me of a stronger version of Surly Coffee Bender http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/13014/30764/

It's nice to let it warm up a bit.

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Photo of tjcapture
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1%
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

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Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale from Wild Heaven Beer
4.04 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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