Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale | Wild Heaven Beer

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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:
No notes at this time.

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

Photo of DioS
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ordybill
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jadjunk
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No label information. Ode to Mercy Special Winter Ale is brewed in the style of an American Brown Ale aged on Bourbon Barrel Chips, available in winter release 750ml. bottles and on seasonal draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy cream head of a creamy pastel white color over a medium caramel brown body with moderate carbonation and mild haziness. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Nutty, earthy with notes of rich toffee and caramel, undertones of molasses, bourbon vanilla and oak tannins. Potency is moderate. 4.25

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the aroma, with a moderate drying malt body of toffee and caramel malts with a mild viscosity, slightly earthy and nutty with modest fruit undertones. The "Special Winter" treatment is a subtle dash of bourbon oak chips, generating delicate notes of vanilla and moderately toasted oak tannins for a lightly drying finish. Quite enjoyable. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, lightly creamy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to acidic and earthy bitter compounds. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) While I don't have a current bottle of Ode to Mercy standard to compare with, I find the Winter version of this beer is quite enjoyable, with a noticeable impact of bourbon and oak really spicing up the flavor and finish of this beer for a product that tastes very winter-appropriate. At a reasonable price, this is a justifiable purchase for fans of Ode to Mercy standard. 4

Wild Heaven Craft Beers'
Ode to Mercy Special Winter Ale
4.05/5.00

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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 T_Hass
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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 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 ilikebeer03
2.19/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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 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 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 ThickNStout
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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 buckyp
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GTJayG
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 Levin0013
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chigator
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Ode To Mercy Special Winter Ale from Wild Heaven Beer
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