Stout - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
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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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 52
Photo of bamadog
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to beerman207 for having this one as an offering at a recent tasting. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep dark brown/near black; starts with a 1/2 finger dark tan head that fades quickly to a thin and uneven skim; body is opaque; loose and spotty lacing holds momentarily, but the sides are effectively clean of lacing as it all slides back into the drink.

Smell: Mostly roasty and slightly burnt malts that come across like a nice roasty coffee; however, there is a slightly burnt plastic scent as well and it's a bit of a turn off.

Taste: Again, mostly the very nice roasty and burnt maltiness - pretty standard and solid; that burnt plastic scent turns into a burnt plastic flavor though and is present in the aftertaste and kind of ruins it a bit for me; on the one hand, I really want to praise the beer for the solid American Stout flavors and the nice roast which is quite solid, but on the other hand, the plasticity definitely lowers it.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation that is smooth; typical American Stout thickness that is thinner than an Imperial, but certainly not watery or anything; slight stickiness is left behind on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: The plastic flavor and scent really got me down on this one and I wouldn't seek it out. It's got other aspects going for it, but after a while it just got tiring to work my way past it.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A. Unfortunately, I was at a friend's house and had to pour this into a plastic cup. The head was short lived and left little lacing, but this might be due to the cup. The beer poured a very dark brown/ black.

S. Smells immediately of chocolate and coffee.

T. The taste is of a dark roasted beer; the chocolate and coffee are at the forefront. More flavorful than Guinness, but still lacks a great deal of complexity. After all I've heard from people, I'm a little disappointed.

M. Watery. I was hoping for something thicker to stand with the robust flavor I expected.

D. Not bad, and well priced, but I would pick something else up first.

Photo of jrallen34
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours nearly black with a clean, tightly bubbled mocha cap, receding slowly, leaving a little lace behind. Strong backlight shows off some dark red and brown.

Aroma - initial vapors show some fresh grain along with some good chocolate and roasted coffee aromas. The graininess fades almost completely away, the chocolate/coffee diminishes a bit but shows good persistence.

Taste - grainy malt up front along with a sour, perhaps lemony flavor. Some chocolate flavors start to develop but are a bit impeded by some hefty carbonation. Ends as a toss-up between the lemon and the roasty malt. A different kind of stout, I'm thinking this might be interesting to try as a Black & Tan with Bass. It doesn't register much in the coffee, roasty/charcoal areas which to me set apart my favorite stouts. I was hoping for improvement with warmth but not much occurred.

Mouthfeel - a thinner stout with high carbonation. Some lower bubbles may allow more development of the roasted malt profile, but it's on style and a good attempt.

Drinkability - I'm a little torn here. The lighter body certainly increases quaffability and the freshness is impressive, but the grainy/lemon sourness is partially masking what I am trying to taste. As the beer warms, appearances of the roasty side occur more frequently, so let this beer get up to 55 degrees to release its best.

Photo of birchstick
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of kirok1999
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly transparent black, minimal head and no lacing. Smells of chocolate first, roasted barley, dark malts. Taste is chocolate at first, thin coffee notes, slight prunes, very slight citrus from the very minimal hops. Slightly nutty aftertaste.
Drinks like water, my first homebrew had more mouthfeel. Thinnest stout I've ever had....well, maybe AB Bare Knuckle was the weakest and worst tasting...but very thin feel. However, it is pretty drinkable, goes down easy.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of suspect
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of masterbruewer
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, opaque brown with a thin dark tan head that fades slowly.Light carbonation visible in bubbling.

The smell is muted but offers hints of coffee and chocolate.

The taste is excellent. Strong chocolate and coffee flavor, muted bitter follow up flavor. Nicely balanced.

The mouthfeel is solid without being heavy. Light carbonation.

A very drinkable stout. Just what you'd expect in an American Stout. Very well done.

Photo of rangerred
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of projectflam86
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of fitrock2112
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass the beer pours dark brown, with pretty much no head at all. It smells mainly like chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. It pretty much tastes the same way, but the flavor isn't as strong as I'd like it to be. Not much of an aftertaste with this beer either. The mouthfeel is very thin and watery. With that being said, it goes down smooth and is very, very easy to drink. It's not the best stout I've had, but I would definitely drink it again, and it's easy drinking enough that I could drink it as a session beer now and again. This is the first Mt. Carmel beer I've tried, so I'd like to try the other ones soon and see how they are. Cheers!

Photo of bevenson
3.45/5  rDev -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.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for the growler...
Appears a near black with chestnut edges when held up to the light. The small, tan head fades into a mild film and collar.
Smell is of chocolate, caramel, nougat, cream, fresh peanuts, coffee, and cocoa powder.
Taste echoes the aromas with some standout mocha flavors that make for an interesting brew.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, nutty, with some java lingering.

Photo of pentathlete
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Just a slight change in the taste and this could've been a quality black lager. Pours a cola black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly. Smell is yeasty water and then some chocolate comes through and a little toasty malt. Astringent carbonic and just a bit too light in the taste. The malts when they do appear come out nice and roasted, sufficiently bitter hops, but the mouthfeel is so thin, too watery. Despite all of this, the beer is certainly as easy quaff. But is it a stout? Just not substantial enough. Easily the weakest of three styles offered so far by Mt. Carmel Brewing.

Photo of GRPunk
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- A 1-finger, brown head quickly drops to a thin, spotty film that eventually becomes sort of a halo around the edge of the glass. The body was a deep brown-black. Spotting was a little hit or miss.

S- Ripe fruit and roasted coffee fill the nose at first. A little milk chocolate and subtle hops come later. As it warms, there's even a smoke-like characteristic. The aromas kind of come and go, except for the consistent roasted grains.

T- It's quite roasty initially. The flavor leans toward coffee. Chocolate plays a lesser role, with citrus hops lesser still. It's quite robust.

M- The feel is a little grainy, boardering on chalky. Carbonation was moderate.

D- More substantial than it is sessionable. It's a little too rough around the edges to put back more than 1-2 in a sitting.

Photo of mgbickel
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of thetomG
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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...

Photo of biggred1
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown and impossible to see through with a slight skim of tan foam. Roasted coffee, anise and cocoa make up the nose. Nice roasty malt flavors with a touch of black jelly bean and chicory. Medium light bodied and lightly carbonated. An easy drinking and flavorful stout for sure.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew as an extra in a trade with projectflam86, Thanks Kyle!

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

Black color with a very lively tan head that stayed as a layer and kept making a 'fizzing' noise.
Roasted coffee aroma is all I really got.
Taste is full of roasted coffee flavor and caramel malt sweetness.
Medium bodied with a 'fizzy' feel.
Easy to drink.

Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Stout from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.