|Ode to Mercy from Wild Heaven Brewery|
Since Wild Heaven celebrated its 1 year anniversary Sept. 14, I thought it would appropriate to devote this week’s beer review to one of their flagship brews. Congrats guys! Here’s to many successful years of brewing in your future.
Origin: Wild Heaven Brewery of Decatur, GA
Style: Imperial Brown Ale (estimate 8.2% ABV)
Color: Dark, rich mahogany…very dark brown, with tinges of ruby red when struck by direct light, but otherwise too dark to see through.
Aroma: Like all beer from Wild Heaven, this one makes a statement from the first whiff of aroma rising up from the glass. It’s big. It’s fruity. And it definitely has a higher concentration of “social lubricant.” But underneath its bravado, there lurks a pleasantly complex aromatic mix of ripe plums, raisins, and the slightest notes of roasted coffee.
Taste: Upon initially sipping this beer, I was surprised by the fleeting presence of a biscuity/ toffee taste on the top of the palate. As the taste of the beer progresses, it moves from notes of toffee to a stronger caramel presence; from caramel to the slightest notes of roasted coffee; and finishes with the pleasantly citrusy (stronger notes of orange than lemon) finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp yet lingering. The only downfall of this beer is that it does not dissipate quickly enough from the palate.
Recommendation: This, like the Kentucky Bourbon Beer, is a great beer for sipping by the fire on a cool autumn evening, the operative word here being “sipping.” However, unlike the bourbon beer which imparted significantly stronger notes of vanilla, this beer would make an excellent addition to a Sunday pot roast, or a coffee rubbed brisket.
Eat good food. Drink good beer. And above all, stay classy.