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Winter Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheBierBand on 02-01-2008)
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Reviews by blakesell:
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blakesell

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 12oz. bottle (fresh) listed on the bottle as 8% ABV, 36.8 IBU. Poured into a German style stein.

Appearance- Beer pours a ruby brown with a healthy two and a half finger head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves ample lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Not a lot going on in the nose sadly enough, I'm getting carmelly malts and cinnamon. Not much hop presence, very bready. Not bad, not that special/amazing either. I guess I can catch a hint of the nutmeg that is claimed on the bottle.

Taste- the taste is greater than the smell and I really like the flavor going on here, the nutmeg and ginger are more powerful than the cinnamon, and the balance of the spices are very nice. The malts are extremely balanced for a beer of this gravity. I would have liked to see more balance like this than spice rack attack that I saw for last year's xmas.

Mouthfeel- Not warming, medium in carbonation, not cloying, medium full bodied, very nice.

Drinkability- I really like this one, in fact, I would go so far as to say this is my number 3 winter beer of this season. Too bad I only got one bottle. I'll pursue more next time I'm out to the southwest.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 01:50:50 | More by blakesell
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reedmn

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-21-2014 03:22:20 | More by reedmn
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North Carolina

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Kentucky

3/5  rDev -18.9%

01-26-2014 03:10:18 | More by Rod_J
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with white/yellow head. Aroma of sugary malts and a bit of booze. In the taste, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and nutty malts. Low bitterness and even balance. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Drinks easily given the strength. Overall a great beer, really tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 04:23:58 | More by Stinkypuss
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fluidmotion

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-24-2013 14:54:20 | More by fluidmotion
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Griggsy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

09-20-2013 19:21:08 | More by Griggsy
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-30-2013 11:35:04 | More by Cynic-ale
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.9%

02-09-2013 00:22:35 | More by RedneckBeerz
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is a ruddy brown with rust highlights. An inch of mocha head tops it.

S - I get some caramel malt, but it is complimented by some cocoa and cinnamon.

T - The taste has more of a cocoa backbone. I get a hint of cinnamon.

M - Medium

O - It's a solid winter warmer. It doesn't knock my socks off, but I could drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 17:50:31 | More by buschbeer
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pogoowner

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-14-2013 23:57:21 | More by pogoowner
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TaylorK

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

01-14-2013 02:19:07 | More by TaylorK
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep ruby with a thick one finger tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Aroma is very nice and definitely lets me know this is a winter warmer. Lots of spice in the way of orange peel, ginger and clove. Also a healthy shot of cocoa along with a dark roastiness.

The spice elements are more muted in the flavor. Ginger is quite prominent but orange and cocoa sneaks in. There is an odd chalkyness on the sides of the tongue that I am not crazy about. Not completely sure where that comes from but I am guessing they went a little heavy on the ginger. Some grassy hops also sneak through adding a nice element apart from the spice. Bitterness is moderate and enough to balance out the sweetness from the malt. Full and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, a really decent winter warmer. I feel like the ginger might be overdone a little bit but I really like the chocolate and roast and it all seems to come together fairly well. Worth picking up if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:43:51 | More by rangerred
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fitrock2112

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the Mt Carmel Winter Ale into a pint glass

A - The murky amber liquid has one finger of light brown creamy head.

S - I'm getting some spice, clove, hoppiness, a little candied fruit maybe.

T - Some ginger up front with more spice and cloves, again hops are present throughout, a little malt with sweet sugar taste. Not too bad.

M - Smooth medium beer, with some good lacing.

O - A little better than average for a winter warmer, but not near the elite beer such as Great Lakes Christmas Ale; however, I have to recommend the style if you like a little hops with the spice. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 00:33:00 | More by fitrock2112
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RickDeLucio

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-28-2012 17:41:25 | More by RickDeLucio
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JoeLacy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-27-2012 03:06:28 | More by JoeLacy
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whodeyvols

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-01-2012 21:37:11 | More by whodeyvols
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Lee45102

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-01-2012 03:11:52 | More by Lee45102
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maryd837

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

11-29-2012 12:28:49 | More by maryd837
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jibjib513

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle to pint glass.

Appearance (4.0): Darker than expected, a very dark reddish brown color with off-white head that clings to the side of the glass nicely. Though dark, it is clear and clean.

Smell (4.0): Nothing stands out to me, except it does smell like a brown ale.

Taste (3.5): Again, it taste like a brown ale to me with caramel hints. The bottle says "spruce & ginger mingled with flavors of orange-spiced bread". That may be true but I'm not able to distinguish it.

Mouthfeel (3.5): It's just right, not too heavy, not too light.

Overall (3.5): For my overall impressions, I'm judging this beer based solely on how I am enjoying it, and could enjoy it on a cold winter night, well after Christmas. And with that in mind, I think this beer would go down great.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 01:30:31 | More by jibjib513
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dbert21

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-23-2012 00:21:03 | More by dbert21
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

09-18-2012 22:43:55 | More by Molson2000
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from Mt. Carmel.

Pours out a nice deep amber/brown with 2 fingers of off-white head.

The aroma has a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, hints of vanilla and roasted malt.

The taste also has a lot of these same spices; cinnamon and nutmeg, almost a hint of allspice too. The orange peel is more subdued along with the vanilla and there is a decent amount of brown sugar too. The roasted malt are in the background, but help to somewhat balance the sweetness.

I was surprised to find how high the ABV was because this drinks like a 6% beer at most. The mouthfeel is medium, but not very thick and low carbonation.

This was a pretty decent Winter Ale. The spices all came together nicely and the ABV is well hidden, but the sweetness was a little overbearing after a whole glass. Some more bitterness and maybe a little bit of dark chocolate would have made this beer even better.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 16:23:00 | More by JohnnyMc
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jaay


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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Winter Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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