Stout - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 78
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 7.95%
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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 ltjska04
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mt. Carmel is finally distributing to KY again, and to celebrate I picked up a single of each of their offerings. Poured into my newly-acquired Perfect Pint Glass, this beer is jet black with a hint-of-ruby highlight along the very edge when held up to the light. The head doesn't last long but settles into a nice ring around the glass with a thin foam along the top. The aroma is almost all coffee. This isn't billed as a coffee stout, but it smells as much of coffee as Founders Breakfast Stout or any other coffee stout I've had. The taste is also very coffee-like at first. It is has the bitter coffee flavor up front but as it warms a bit becomes more like a smooth oatmeal or milk stout. There is a creamy mouthfeel that just begs for another sip. This is my first time trying this beer but definitely won't be the last. The drinkability is high and this could be one of my new go-to brews. I don't know how much this Sam Adams glass makes a difference, but this beer is awesome and a must-try for any stout fans who can get their hands on it. (1,050 characters)

Photo of mwa423
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a jet black that you're not seeing anything through. The head was dark brown that left a sticky lacing.

S - Rich, malty and chocolate with a bit of coffee to round out the aroma.

T - Taste is a very solid stout flavor with some heavy malt along with some nice coffee and chocolate that was a great flavor for a typical stout.

M/D - Mouthfeel was very even, closer to a porter than a stout (though this is coming off of Dark Lord Day). This was a very drinkable stout I am trying at the very end of stout season. (525 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a thin, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of coffee, dry cocoa, and liquorice candy.

Taste: A tasty blend of caramel, chocolate milk, and liquorice tea with only the tiniest measure of hops showing as it warms. Ends with a bit of roastiness on the altogether soft, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Though a light stout, its wonderfully flavorful and immensely drinkable. (473 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 daliandragon
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler on a recent homage to Belmont Party Supply of Dayton and was again blown away by their selection.

This stout, recommended by the guy behind the till at Belmont, pours a murky black coffee color with minimal head. Nose emits sweet chocolate flavors balanced with brisk notes of coffee.

The taste contains a familiar coffee base with moderate sour notes, reminiscent of an Oatmeal stout. Texture and body are thinner than that of a typical stout. Also features a nutty aftertaste.

Overall malty and tasty but not too heavy. A good stout for summer. (572 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 Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured out of a growler during a tasting at barefootbrewers house.

Appearance - Poured a nice black color with tan head.

Smell - A slight roasted smell with hints of malts.

Taste - Roasted malts. Kind of smoky also.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and very little carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a solid stout. A nice very drinkable stout. (348 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 becktone
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 12-17-09

Eye: Starts with good head formation but as it goes retention lacks. Color of head is as can be guessed tan and dirty muddy color. Body is opaque black. Everyting is great except for the head, which I'd like to have a larger creamier body.

Nose: Aroma fills the room when poured, roasted and coffee like with some chocolate notes, that's even before I gen my nose into it. Nose into the glass, its even more intense, big burnt and heavily roasted aromas. Chocolate and roasted aromas come through heavily. Freshly ground black coffee. Great aroma for a stout. Not much more to ask for here, not great, but nothing wrong either. Good.

Tongue: Some dark fruits upfront, light dark cherry, but it don't last for long. Tons of roasted and burnt chocolate notes. Coffee notes as well. Roasted barley. Sweetness too...balances it all out...balances all the dark grain bitterness out as well as the flavor of burnt and roasted notes. Caramel notes in the sweetness. Nice stout. Easy drinking. Nothing to laugh at.

Feel and Drinkabilty: Easy to drink and to quaff. This is one that I'll be coming back to, though there are others that I'd go to before it, but I'm always wanting to support local stuff. Body is medium heavy with low carbonation that is just too prickly and obtrusive. Sure it works, but it scrubs too much. I don't know how to fix it but I'm sure there is a way. Just a bit less prickly and fine. I dunno. Still a good grab and worth a go if your in the area. (1,495 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 Dogbrick
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Party Source. Pours an opaque black color with a medium thick and foamy tan head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Roasted malt and coffee in the nose, plus a hint on anise. Rich and creamy body with a nice roasted character. Flavors of sweet malt, milk chocolate and coffee are all present along with a bit of hops. The finish is roasty with a coffee aftertaste. Pretty good all around. (418 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 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 barefootbrewer
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nlmartin for this in Powerball BIF!

A - Black and thick with a huge tan head.

S - Roasted and malty. Overall, a mild aroma.

T - Malt and roasty. It isn't robust, but rather very balanced.

M - Smooth velvet mouthfeel.

D - Easy, great drinking stout. Worked out perfect to pass around in session style. (315 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep and dark like motor oil.. A cappuccino foam rests on top..

S: bitter and deep. Slightly briny, with a lingering coffee scent.

T: Dark, creamy, and bitter like coffee.. Just the right amount of bitter and malty.. the flavor lingers for a bit..

M: Slightly slick as it flows down.. good bit of carbonation..

D: Overall, I think this is a fairly good brew.. roasted and malty, fairly well balanced, and easy to drink. Would I play a game of Kings Cup with this bad boy? Hells no.. But a great beer to have with a dinner, or relaxing with some friends.. something I will buy again! (590 characters)

Photo of pumarocks
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mt Carmel brewery has finally made it to Krogers! I am happy to see a local guy creating beer that can be purchased at a mass retailer. on with the review..

This brew color is black as night! You know it is a stout the moment you pour it. The scents of chocolate and coffee fill the air. The taste is chocolately smooth with a coffee aftertaste. Not a whole lot of hops flavor. Has a good overall texture and mouthfeel. Buy this beer! If you live in the greater Cincinnati area it is your duty to try all the Mt Carmel brews. This is a local business. Support the little guy! (576 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a growler of this at Krogers in Vandalia. Poured with absolutely no head. Which worries me a little. However this is a nearly black stout very oily and viscous in appearance.

Wonderful nose with big chocolate character and roasted malts. Chocolate aromas are dark and bitter with an underlying of caramel and hints of vanilla. Dark fruits sit deep on the backside. The roasty malt really helps this beers make it over the top.

Roasty, tasty and full of charred chocolate, marshmallow, caramel, black currant, and hints of licorice. Could use a more cabonation in the mouth but for the style it's not overly problematic. A nice easy drinking stout that can drain quickly from the growler. (696 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 ThaBobfather
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a purely black with a quickly dispersing wave of chocolate brown fizzy head.
Smell is highly roasted-like smelling a cappuccino with a smidgen of shaved chocolate.
Taste is solid-roasted malts up front with some sweet ending.
Finish is actually kind of dry with a roasted malt after-taste.
Drinks well here-no bumps in the road-totally smooth. (349 characters)

Photo of TheBierBand
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LIVE! as I sit at the computer! I discovered this beer from right here on BEER Advocate. Just a tiny micro micro here on the east side of Cincinnati. Very limited distribution... I got this growler at the SUPER Kroger on Beechmont at 5 Mile.

The stout poured into a pint glass dark brown (nearly black) and formed a nice 1/2" head. The head all but disappeared before my first sip.

The nose was typical stout with nice hints of coffee, chocolate and caramel and malt tones

The taste was a bit thin when compared to most of my favorite stouts but, a nice rich malty taste came through. Also, a nice clean finish with hints of coffee at the end.

MF: Again a bit thin... but then again... my last stout was Brooklyn Black Chocolate!... I would probably say used motor oil was thin compared to that! And, of course, the Brooklyn offering is a Russian Imperial Stout.... so it is unfair to compare an American Stout to a RIS....

Easy to drink. Perhaps a touch fizzy on the carbonation but not bad. I am anxious to try more from Mt. Carmel. Good LOCAL Cincinnati, OH offering! (1,087 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 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 StrangeBrew1
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like others have stated it could be a little more complex in flavor.Tastes a little light but an overall excellent beer. If you want to brew a batch of this yourself that tastes dead on go to Listermanns and purchase the imperial stout kit and add about 2-3 cups of your favorite strong coffee like caribou.I couldn't believe how closely this beer tasted to the batch I had made 2 months before. (395 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 2/13/10

Very dark, burnt reddish-brown. Settles black; holding it to the light yields no perceivable highlights. ¼ inch tan/brown head dissipates quickly; periodic swirling revives a bit of foam but it never lasts. Lacing is sparse as well.

The nose is comprised primarily of burnt & roasted dark malts. Plenty of roasted coffee is present, as is a mild hint of chocolate. Caramel & maybe a few dark sugar undertones. An earthy, nutty aroma meanders throughout.

The first sip finds the coffee & chocolate of the nose switched in prominence. Bittersweet chocolate gives way to toasted dark malts & a hint of coffee roast. I was happy to find just enough a of an earthy hop bite to complement the bitterness of the chocolate & coffee. It almost seems like a touch of vanilla in there too. Tastes pretty good, for the most part.

Basically full bodied & rather smooth. My biggest complaint is that the smoothness is unduly punctured with too much brash carbonation, in my opinion. There's a spot of grittiness which is the saving grace despite the carbonation. Lingering on the finish are lots of roasted coffee, dark malts & a bit of bitterness.

I had Mt. Carmel IPA a while ago & based on that experience I must admit I was skeptical approaching this beer. On the contrary, it's pretty solid by most accounts. With a few tweaks this could be a really good beer. It likely won't be the most impressionable stout but it's worth a try. I'm not in their distribution area, but I'll be looking to try more Mt. Carmel beers next time I find myself at Jungle Jim's. (1,588 characters)

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