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Stout - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 80
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-13-2005

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Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is not quite black, but it is quite a dark brown. The head is a creamy light brown cap that forms a pillow a bit taller than half a finger. It has good retention and leaves a solid volume of sticky lace.
The aroma brings out a lot of roast with notes of coffee grounds and bitter cocoa. There's a somewhat tinny quality, though it evens out well and brings out a creamy sweetness. A touch of smoke lingers underneath.
The flavor brings out all the roast with the coffee grounds, a bit fresher than in the nose, with bittersweet cocoa. It takes on a meaty sort of note that leads into a smokiness that stays the rest of the way though. This is more of a savory than a sweet stout, and a good one.
The body just verges into full but has some good heft to it. I would tone the crispness down a bit, but it works. (826 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown/black with nice tan head of foam.
Aroma-Roasty, faint hop note
Taste-Coffee, chocolate, subtle dark fruit, fang smokiness, creamy. Nice overall stout. (161 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh from the brewery in a growler. This fine local stout is a solid example of the style. Pours
a thick blackish brown with tinges of red on the outside. An excellent frothy tan head, nice
and thick dies down to pools of thin foam leaving great lacing behind. Nose of deeply roasted
malts, chocolate, and some dark fruits. Flavor is moderately sweet up front, chocolate to the
sides, and deeply roasted malts and grains to the back. A light hop background keeps it all in
balance with a light sweet aftertaste making for an excellent stout.

Of note should be that this stout, as well as the other offerings till a few years ago, was only
available in growler form from a local BP station. It was also sweeter then and a hair more
on the black side as far as look. That said I am partial to the brewery for making such
excellent fresh beer. The ABV is also at 6.7 percent according to the board.

Cheers (917 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured Stout into a Pint glass.

A - Pours black as midnight with half of finger of light mocha head.

S - Dark roasted malts with not much else.

T - Whew, much better than the smell. Getting smooth roasted malts, light bitter coffee. A little watery mid palate. On the aftertaste getting more roasted malts and light chocolates and coffee.

M - Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

O - Not the worst stout but not the best either. Cheers! (445 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a half finger dark tan head. Decent head retention but not much at all in the way of lacing.

Aroma of heavily roasted malt along with some espresso and dark chocolate. Pretty typical for the style and nothing exceptional really stands out.

Lots of roast character in the flavor with a touch of ashy smokiness that blends nicely with the roast. Chocolate is a little less noticeable along with the coffee. Roast and smoke are the predominant flavors. Mouthfeel is slick and a little thin finishing with a touch of stickyness.

Overall, a completely average run of the mill American stout. There are no flaws but there is nothing that really stands out either. (715 characters)

Photo of suspect
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Founders Snifter. Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for the hookup on both the glass and the brew!

A: Deep brown color. Aggressive pour leads to a deep beige colored 1 finger growing head that then slowly disappears. No lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted chocolate malts, cocoa, some dark fruits but this isn't a very complex aroma.

T: Pretty simple stout in nose and flavor. Roasted malts and some cocoa. Pretty average American Stout.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is a little on the low side. A touch thin if I'm honest.

O: A sessionable stout, decent but not great. (597 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color; slight traces of red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of chocolate malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate malts along with some hints of dark fruits towards the finish, the latter of which becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout has some interesting chocolaty flavors but seems like it could use a little more body in the mouthfeel. (663 characters)

Photo of rodney4130
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a run of the mill stout. Smell is of chocolate and roasted malts. Extremely well balanced taste. Not earth shattering, but very drinkable (I was told it's 6.5%) and well balanced. The chocolate notes really come through in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but all things considered, you'd do a whole lot worse than picking up some of this stout. (364 characters)

Photo of keeganfrank
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black beer with a thin, brown head. Smells of smoky, roasted, creamy, luscious, salty dark chocolate and coffee. One of the better-smelling stouts I've encountered. Very smoky flavor with some dark chocolate notes. This is a really unique and enjoyable beer. (258 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Pint glass]

The pour was jet black with a slight dark brown hue around the edges and had an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head, that reduced quickly to just a thin layer of residue which produced a bit of fair lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted grain malt and a mild leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee and molasses with just a hint of dark fruit.

The taste was lightly sweet and a bit bitter with notes of chocolate and molasses throughout with a strong coffee note somewhere in between with a nice pronounced dark fruit presence at the end. The flavor hung on for a decent amount of time which allowed the fruity coffee flavor to be fully enjoyed.

Mouthfeel was just a tad beyond medium in body with the texture being creamy and a little oily and having an almost flat carbonation.

Overall a nice robust Stout, with a unique fruity finish. (892 characters)

Photo of HairyHopopotamus
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome for a "local" beer just down the road!
Mt. Carmel is a great small time brewery that stay consistent and is always good!

A: well it looks like a stout... fairly dark but I've seen darker, little to no head on it though.

S: not as aromatic as I would like, but what I can smell is a faint chocolate and roasted coffee.

T: great taste! it has a semi sweet chocolate taste and isn't bitter. Finishes very clean.

M: nice and smooth. but very quick recovery for you taste buds. Like I said before it finishes pretty clean. (531 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One fingers of creamy medium brown head. Retention is below average and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Really surprised by how good this smells. Moderate roastines. Dark caramel malts mesh well with coffee tones. Smokiness to round things off. Really smooth, well integratied aromas.

3.5 T: Damn, disappointment in the taste. It's not bad, but the nose lead me on a little. Smokiness with dark crystal malts and coffee again, but less sweet than I was expecting. A slight, almost acrid, burntness, but it isn't necessarily that bad.

3.5 M: Light to light medium body. Good moderate carbonation. I wish it were creamier, but it's not bad for the body. Smooth.

3.5 D: Not a bad beer, but not interesting enough to make me want to buy it again. (797 characters)

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium goblet...

A- Very dark brown with about a cm light brown head after an extremely vigorous pour. Fairly basic; definitely lacking on the head.

S- Very upfront roast aroma. Pretty intense smell overall. A lot of coffee. Quite a bit of licorice too...

T/M- Solid roast, a little more subdued than the nose leads you to think it, may contain. Strong dark fruit taste quickly follows the roast. The beer then ends with great molasses and carmelly sweetness; perhaps a bit of milk chocolate in the pool of sweet flavors as well. Very well rounded. Nice medium body and moderate carbonation.

O- Well exceeded my expectations. If this were more chewy and alcoholic this beer could be tweaked to be an incredible imperial stout I feel- it just has a lot of great components and levels of a wonderful stout; but lacking anything to make it really stand out... Imperializing could maybe do that? (913 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a black color without much of a head

S - smell is all chocolate with a touch of burnt malt

T - the taste follows the nose. Opens up with nice milk chocolate and fades to some dark chocolate flavors. Ends with a bit of cocoa and some burnt malt.

M - a little watery and thin without much carbonation

D - not a bad little stout here. Nothing uber complex but what is there is flavorful and delicious. I would drink again but not my first choice when reaching for a stout. (484 characters)

Photo of bevenson
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Very low forming head; had to pour beer almost straight into the glass. Black with a dark tan head.

S - Firm coffee up front. Light vanilla and dark fruit. Slight whiff of alcohol that starts to overwhelm. No distinct hop character in aroma.

T - Deep roast and currants. Firm bitterness that lingers. Light mineral/chalky flavor. Clean yeast character. Large, deep roast presence, but was hoping for something a little more chocolate and light roast mixed in.

M - Thin body a very low carbonation. Smooth drinking, but could use a little more carbonation.

D - An easy drinking stout. Simple and straightforward. Personally I'd prefer a little more varied malt flavor, but it's still a beer I plan to pick up again in the future. (782 characters)

Photo of projectflam86
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep dark brown color with a thin head that doesn't leave any lace.

S- Some roasted malt in the nose with a touch of smoke.

T- Decent roasted flavor initially with some charred wood. A bit metallic in the finish.

M- Medium/thin body with low carbonation.

D- Pretty average stout. Much better ones to be had. (322 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip. An aggressive pour coaxes a half-finger of light tan head, but this soon shrinks to a lazily-formed skim. Body is a couple of shades beyond cola brown. Lacing is limited to isolated specks.

Nose is pleasant and pretty straightforward, burnt malts and dark chocolate. Tastes pretty burnt as well, and there's a fair amount of dark tangy roast. Perhaps a touch of dark chocolate, but sweetness is minimal; bakers chocolate is more like it. Kind of earthy, with a fair amount of bitterness. Just enough carbonation to introduce a certain harshness, which oddly seems to work out for the best. Tangy roasted and darker burnt malts linger.

Overall impression: Tasty little stout here. (741 characters)

Photo of donteatpoop
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark non-transparent black that is typical of the style with a nice, but fleeting, cap of tan colored head.

The smell is somewhat weak, roasted malts and some chocolate notes.

The taste is much better, nice chocolate notes and dark roasted malt, earth and grain with a nice lingering creamyness.

Not a bad stout. (323 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into my Narke tulip...Dark brown pour with a light tan head that rises only for a second, then leaves a small boring ring. Not much of a looker, like that blonde chick Donna...The aroma is pretty sweet on the front, creamy chocolate. Finish is more coffee with a little bitterness, roast, and hops. Reminds me of an oatmeal stout...Taste just totally fails. Most of the sweet on the front is gone, just bland bitter coffee and alcohol. So boring, no touch.

Skip. (482 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to nlmartin for the bottle.

Appearance: This one is a gusher. Even with a gentle pour, a huge brown bubbly head furies on top of the beer. Somehow, there is almost no retention, though. After just a few seconds there is nothing on top of the glass. Midnight black in color with a tint of ruby where some light can sneak through.

Smell: Coffee, roasted chocolate malt, and cocoa powder.

Taste: A quick dash of roasted malt, but cocoa and roast coffee flavors really dominate the taste. A touch of grapefruit rind and some herbal notes complement the bitter coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lightly sticky, medium body, full bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability: This really didn't do it for me. I was happy to have tried it, but there were just too many disjointed parts to this beer. (832 characters)

Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, dark tan 1/2" head at pour. Dark, almost opaque chocolate color. Rich aroma, mostly dominated by smoky, roasted malt in aroma, quickly followed/accompanied by a thick chocolate aroma;but overall aroma feels light on the nose while still being very powerful. Outstanding earthy, smoky, roasted malt beginning and really amps up by middle of drink. Roasted malt aftertaste, tastes like you're chewing on actual roasted malt. One of the roastier stouts that I have had. Very high carbonation level, starts heavy in beginning and stays pretty high all the way through to end at swallow. Mouthfeels is very light for style. Easy to drink, almost thin. As beer warms, a dark fruit note starts to come out, same dark fruit note comes out in aroma, but very faintly. HAve to admit, was quite impressed with this one; was not expecting near this much. Well done. (860 characters)

Photo of rembrant
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pour-Black Opaque with a frothy 2 finger light brown head,a mocha milkshake color. above par looks for a stout

Aroma Not a big nose,sweetish malt,some dark roasty,some bread crust and hints of blackberry and raisin.

Flavor Flavors tend to blend,not stand out as discreet as some. There's potentially more complexity,but it blurs a bit. There's coffee,some smoke,dark fruit,a bit of dark sugar,a little black cherry tangy. The hops do a dry subtle bitter in an English way.
Overall not a big aggressive stout,more of a drinker than a sipper. Dry yet interesting.

Mouth,maybe warmer it beefs up but this is thin in the body,more heft than a doppelbock but less than most stouts.

It CAN fill a niche as an accessable stout,one for with a meal, even a summer evening stout.
More carbonation than most,aftertaste is moderate and not lingering. This will not rock your world but sometimes...I don't wanna be rocked.
Drinkability...Has a fair amount of stouty qualities and a nice flavor, but drinks more like a brown ale,relative to the heavy wrecking ball stouts. This fits in when the idea is "I wanna beer" rather than "I want a special event"

I find that a lot of my favorite big beers are too much $ to be "everyday",and I like a COLD stout as an "all Season",much as a lot of folks drink an Amber. This may fill a role. (1,324 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From raznug in a local4local trade.

12ox into DFH snifter.

Dark body, cocoa head. Some lacing.

The aroma is particularly pleasing. Roast maltyness without any sticky sweet or acid notes.

The flavor is solid plus. To use baseball scouting, it's a 70. Good roast malt flavor, with a nutty, distinctly hazelnut, bent. The flavor dies a bit at the end, but I think that is more the mouthfeel than the flavor. The mouthfeel is good, but a bit thin. If it coated the mouth a bit I think it would enhance the flavor because some of the flavor pops in and out while drinking.

A little light but a good stout.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duck Rabbit snifter. Semi-aggressive pour yielded a single finger of khaki colored foam. The head receded rather quickly leaving very little lace behind. The body is dark brown around the edges and black in the center.

The nose has lots of roasted malts up front. The background aromas include black coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and cream.

The flavor is pretty consistent throughout...roasted coffee beans and malts. No change from start to finish leaving this one a little on the simple side.

The mouth feel is medium/thin, a little on the watery side with mild carbonation.

Is this drinkable?...yeah, but nothing outstanding. Pretty run of the mill, but worth tasting. (707 characters)

Photo of thetomG
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a small amount of lighter brown head that lingers just slightly.

Smell is roasty/chocolatey/smokey with a small hint of coffee. The flavor is very similar but with more malt coming through with a mildly bitter finish. Seems very well carbonated with a sort of light & bubbly feel to it (light for a stout anyhow).

Good beer and something I'm glad I was able to try... (398 characters)

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Stout from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.