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Stout - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-13-2005)
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Photo of rodney4130
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

rodney4130, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of keeganfrank
4/5  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.

keeganfrank, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.43/5  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.

KajII, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of HairyHopopotamus
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

HairyHopopotamus, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of bonemuse07
3/5  rDev -17.6%

bonemuse07, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Caterwaul
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Caterwaul, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

DavoleBomb, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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?

TheGordianKnot, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of birchstick
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

birchstick, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of bevenson
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

bevenson, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

projectflam86, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

PDXHops, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of donteatpoop
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

donteatpoop, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

jrallen34, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.25/5  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.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

despainmakesbeer, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of rembrant
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

rembrant, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of CooperEllis
3.85/5  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.

(18)

CooperEllis, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

mgbickel, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of thetomG
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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...

thetomG, May 22, 2010
Photo of mwa423
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

mwa423, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of GRPunk
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

GRPunk, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

ThaBobfather, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

Ryan011235, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of biggred1
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

biggred1, Feb 14, 2010
Stout from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.