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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
What could possibly be better than the combination of deep roasted malts, coffee, oak, and a smooth, creamy finish?

Ode To Mercy overflows with bold flavors woven into a very balanced and approachable beer that finishes with creamy lingering hints of oak, coffee (specially blended by Athens, GA’s 1000 Faces), and roasted goodness. Bright citrus hops peek through from time to time, adding additional layers of complexity.

Suggested food pairings: Barbecued chicken, Kielbasa, prime rib, cheesecake, English Cheddar Cheese, pate, and Munster cheese. 20SRM

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markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Thanks to Blazer06 for the share. Pours amber-brown with a white head. Nose is some roasted nuts, toasted malts, coffee, and hops. Flavor is similar with coffee in the front, hops, earth, and nuts throughout. Light to medium in body and not a bad brown ale.

brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
A: The beer pours a rather dark brown color with a bit of brown to it and a khaki head. S: Starts off with an intense rubbing alcohol aroma and burnt rubber/tires. Some toasted malt and nuts along with a little bit of chocolate. The beer finishes off with more booze and some chile pepper. T: Toffee and cherry cough syrup with a definite chile pepper flavor. Slightly spicy, but it’s more of the fresh/green pepper flavor. Hints of dark chocolate and strong metallic and booze notes. M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation. O: Almost as bad as Invocation, but a different sort of bad.

HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Thanks to Zack for bringing these two along, even though they were rather disappointing. Sweetish brown ale nose with phenol hints. Taste has some chlorophenols, a bit of sweet malt, just not particularly good.

MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
bottle someone shared at the May Houston RB Tasting. Pours a clear amber with white bubbles for head. Nose is nutty and metallic. Taste is of roast malt. Mouthfeel is medium-thin.

emarkd (100) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Bottled. Pours deep brownish red color with a nice beige head. Tons of bubbles rising in the beer keeps that head around all the way to the end. Great lacing. Aroma is fresh bread, nuts, caramel sweetness, coffee. Taste is quite complex with lots of the same tastes as the aroma with added notes of vanilla with a nice bitterness and a touch of metallic notes in the finish. Body is a little thin but creamy with lively carbonation. A very good first beer from this new local brewery.

Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Thanks to bleeng for bringing this beer. Pours a light red, brown color with no head. Roasty nose with some phenolics. Flavor is not very deep, maybe some sweetness...but not much going on.

AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Brown coloring with a a large brown head. The initial taste shows off the spiciness of the hops, but quickly in taken over by a strong sweet caramel malt flavor.

elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2011
12oz bottle. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours clear red/copper with a large light beige head that leaves some fantastic lacing and holds a good foamy cap.

Aroma is bread, toast, nuts, toffee, caramel, yeast, vanilla, oak, molasses, and some fruit. Very good strength.

Flavor is caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, toast/bread, some fruit, a little coffee, moderate sweetness, low bitterness, low alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied, very soft and creamy.

An excellent Belgian-style Brown Ale, incredibly drinkable and tasty. Very impressive.

horto008 (186) - Alabama, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Coffee was present but this beer just didn’t do it for me. Seemed bitter and lacked the smoothness I was expecting. Had a vegetable overtone that was not pleasant. Would love to try another one as, based on the reviews, something might have been wrong with the one I tried.

RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Bottle poured into dimpled mug. Nice copper red/brown color, not as dark brown as I expected. Finger thick head that stays nicely, fizzy...not creamy. Great complex aroma of roasty malt, caramel, slight chocolate and coffee. Taste is complex and has all the aroma notes plus some burnt sugar sweetness and nuts. More coffee than I expected and would have liked. Alcohol is hidden well. Beer is medium bodied and a little thin for this style...at least to my liking. Slight astringency/metallic quality as well. Regardless, an interesting, unique beer and good overall.

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