Even though I recently talked about local craft brewers Wild Heaven, I felt it necessary to give my first review of them since I recently purchased a four-pack of both their Invocation as well as their Ode to Mercy earlier this week. This review is about their Ode to Mercy Imperial Brown Ale.
I first had Ode to Mercy when dining in Midtown at Einstein’s on Juniper Street and was blown away at all of the different flavors exhuming from this glass of beer. The taste of the deep roasted malts, the coffee, and even the oak gave my taste buds something to scream about. For a brown ale, Ode to Mercy is definitely at the top of my list. Obviously, Ode to Mercy is not something you want to indulge in over the span of a few hours downing a few of them; it’s a bit too heavy for that. However, pairing this imperial brown ale with a nicely cooked meal (Wild Heaven suggests food like BBQ Chicken or Prime Rib) makes for the perfect combination.
As stated, Ode to Mercy is brewed with roasted malts (some being citrus), coffee and smoked oak and leaves a smooth and rather creamy finish with every sip. The ABV is at 8.2% and has an IBU of 40, perfect for a good brown ale. Overall, Ode to Mercy gets a solid 5 stars from me. Until I find another brown ale that matches up to the complexity of this craft brew, Ode to Mercy will rein supreme.
You can find Wild Heaven Craft Beers at several Atlanta bars and pubs and you can even find them for purchase in approximately 100 beverage and package stores around the metro Atlanta area.
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