Stout - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 78
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 7.95%
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Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 78
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 GRPunk
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (835 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 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)

Photo of biggred1
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (284 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 bamadog
2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
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. (1,398 characters)

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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (370 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 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 jushoppy2beer
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive beer in the glass, sporting a thick chocolate brown head atop an almost black liquid. The head is not retained well, but does leave a modest lacing. The smell is malty and mild, leading into a mild chocolaty semi-sweet palate. It's nicely carbonated, with a medium thickness in the mouth. The finish is a very slight roasted malt with nuances of coffee. Overall, a very clean and refreshing brew for a stout, making it among the more drinkable stouts I've had recently. (480 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 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 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 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 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 weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (404 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 BeerAndBourbon
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
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. (651 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 kirok1999
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (478 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 masterbruewer
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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! (665 characters)

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Stout from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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