Winter Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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Reviews by blakesell:
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
01-16-2010 01:50:50 | More by blakesell
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3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is very one dimensional and is very heavy on the toffee. I don't get anything else. The flavor is toffee, caramel and chocolate. I was expecting some spices in the beer and I don't get any. Still, the flavor is pretty nice and the beer is easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
12-28-2010 02:45:31 | More by Mora2000
3/5 rDev -18.9%
Mt. Carmel other than biblical references what else is Mt. Carmel known for? Beer in Cincinatti, Ohio. Deep caramel body with a dark crimson beer with an even keeled light khaki tan head forming thick above the beer. Fine even speckled lace going on, let's smell it.
Deep spice notes, citrus peel, caramelized sugar notes equal golden. A hint of sugar, caramel flavor sweetness with orange peel bitterness, spice conundrum.
Flavor, sadly enough this is the best beer I've tasted from Mt. Carmel...creamy spicy tones with a bitter backend finally making sense as all of the flavors meld. Dark roasted malt character brings on another bitter aspect that the beer simply didn't need.
Mouthfeel, has some cloying aspects with big unfermented honey notes, and cloying rip roaring spice additions citrus peel weighing heavy in a moderately carbonated medium to full bodied winter ale.
Drinkability is pretty pour I couldn't imagine myelf indulging in another beer like this, ever again in fact.
03-03-2012 21:05:51 | More by WVbeergeek
4.18/5 rDev +13%
64 ounce growler bought at Jungle Jim's. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown, with a 2 inch tan head after an agressive pour. However, the head didn't stick around for very long and left minimal lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like cinnamon, roasted malt, nutmeg, pepper and dark fruit (plums, raisins). It's obviously a very fruity and spicy aroma. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, spicy and fruity. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with average but zippy carbonation. It's a bit on the thin side, but you can still tell there's some substance in this brew. Drinkability is very good, it's smooth and goes down easy. Overall I think it's an enjoyable beer, I'll have to pick up more of this next winter if Mt. Carmel decides to make this a yearly release.
02-18-2008 00:24:21 | More by bluejacket74
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
12 oz bottle, 8% abv. Chestnut to mahogany in color, with some ruby edges. Tan head fades almost immediately, but does leave a few spots of lace.
Toffee, caramel, cinnamon, a bit of orange peel. A bit of ginger fades in as well.
Malt is toffee-like, and has a bit of a bready character. Cinnamon comes through, orange peel and a hint of ginger. Some sweetness like a Christmas cookie. Finishes a bit dry.
Body is a bit lacking and thin. Adequate carbonation. Some warmth from alcohol. Overall, not bad.
01-16-2011 01:22:31 | More by Bierguy5
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-20-2013 17:50:31 | More by buschbeer
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured a deep dark amber color, with a spiced wassail nose. Putting emphasis on the spices, this is a flat out strong winter ale. Remarkably more complex than first impression, it has a mouth filling palate where orange notes combine with citrus like hop bitterness, completed by a long dry finish.
With ample malt support, this presentation of spices is balanced and festively good.
11-25-2010 12:20:05 | More by thebeerdoctor
3.45/5 rDev -6.8%
Thanks to bamadog for the bottle!
A: Pours a deep ruby/brown color with a small off-white cap. Retention is not too great
S: Overripe red fruits and berries, lots of caramel, toffee, light molasses, caramel malts, and a touch of spice. The nose is a little shy, but seemingly balanced
T: Thin flavor, but well done. An underlying sweetness, followed by a bit of spice and cocoa powder. Artificial red fruits and berries in the background. Malts give some sweetness and caramel flavor
MF/D: Too thin for the style in my opinion, which is shocking considering the 8% ABV. Alcohol is well hidden throughout.
Notes: Tasty beer, but nowhere near the likes of Cigar City's Warmer Winter or Anchor's Christmas Ale. Glad to try it, and thanks for the bottle bamadog
01-07-2011 22:27:17 | More by scottyshades
3.7/5 rDev 0%
Reviewed from notes - 5/2/10.
Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
A: Dark mahogany and copper with some amber highlights. 1 and 1/2 fingers of head. Lacing slides down the glass without sticking very much.
S: Caramel and vanilla on top of sweet malts. Subtle spices - maybe cinnamon and nutmeg.
T: Malt is a little overpowering and overwhelming at first. The spices come in lightly at the finish.
M: Moderate carbonation and medium body.
D: Goes down fairly smoothly. Nice winter style beer. Spices cut down a little on the drinkability.
05-04-2010 00:08:18 | More by kirkpjr
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
2011 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent dark brown with ruby highlights, huge slightly off white head and very sticky lacing. This is a VERY good looking brew. The aromas are subtle and plain. I'm picking up some earthy spices and a slight fruitiness. Floral. Raisins and caramel in the mix as well. Berries and more dark fruit. The flavors really come through in the taste, not the nose. Lots of honey, ginger, and spices.. but no cinnamon, it's not one of those kind of winter ales. I'm picking up on the spruce and orange peel. Lots of cocoa and a touch of coffee. For a split second I thought I was drinking a porter/stout based on the taste, but no. The flavors aren't in your face, but bold enough and pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is really nice, smooth, and creamy. Very easy to drink, I like it! Alcohol goes unnoticed and I'd never guess this was 8% abv.
This is a very solid winter ale.. more along the lines of Avery Jubilation and Anderson Valley Winter Solstice. Very fitting for the cold weather.. recommended.
10-27-2011 01:13:27 | More by BB1313
3.05/5 rDev -17.6%
Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet ginger and a orange citrus. In the taste, dry spruce balanced with a orange citrus. A spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry ginger and orange juice citrus in the aftertaste. The ginger is a bit much and a big orange juice like citrus, decent, but almost too spicy.
03-03-2012 19:10:07 | More by OWSLEY069
2.4/5 rDev -35.1%
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip in January '11. Dark amber with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Good retention and a fair amount of lacing.
Disclaimer: I'm not a fan of 'empty the spice rack' winter warmers.
Assorted pie spices linger behind caramel and roasted malt aromas. Come sippin' time, the lingering is over; the spices rule the roost here. There seems to be a fair amount of hop character and the malt profile is pleasant, but the spices drown everything out. A solid brew seems to be lingering underneath the spices, but this seems to be a pie spice tea as much as a beer. Not a brew I'd revisit.
05-20-2011 23:58:27 | More by PDXHops
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured into a snifter on 12/12/10
Courtesy of CruisaC
Though it pours a flat brown, the beer settles dark with a ruby sheen at the bottom of the glass. The head was slow to rise so I went for a more aggravated pour, upon which a two finger head came cascading. Thin layer of bubbly foam & nice swaths of lace remain.
Aromas of baked bread, spices & hints of orange zest. At first the nose struck me as unevenly hoppy, like the alpha acids simply weren't mingling with the malt bill. Warmth & swirling drive away that notion, as smooth maltiness takes the stage.
Tastes similar to the latter incarnation of the nose. Dry, baked bread flavors are robust & have a toasty edge. Spices are worked throughout, well-manned all the while. Earthy hops & a slight citric twinge offer bitterness of the rounding-out variety.
Medium bodied but with a half-syrupy feel. Moderate carbonation brings a little agitation to the tongue (granted, I swirled some away but this is hardly an overly prickly beer). Finely granulated grit. Dry finish with lingering notes of toasted bread & spice.
This is an easy-sipping winter warmer; good malt & hop balance, just enough spice & far from being sweet. It certainly doesn't hurt that the 8% abv is all but hidden.
12-16-2010 03:29:59 | More by Ryan011235
3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
This one pours a nice ruby-tinged rich brown. It has moderate clarity, and the carbonation within rises nicely to the surface of the beer. The initial 1 finger eggshell-hued head fizzles out pretty much immediately to a soft, spotty skim. Lots of stringy, sticky lace remains behind.
Not a whole lot of aroma off this one. There's a hint of the darkly roasted malt - somewhat chocolatey, somewhat dry and biscuity. Maybe a touch of cinnamon, but nothing else, really.
Beer is light, yet flavorful. The malts show a good balance between rich roast and crunchy toast. The spices are really light, with just the cinnamon cutting through. There's a weird lingering aftertaste that reminds me of Worcestershire sauce, but it doesn't detract really, oddly enough. Carbonation is fully and fizzy, keeping the overall profile bright in the face of the warming and toasty flavors.
Pretty drinkable. Could definitely use an extra something in the aroma or taste to distinguish it a bit, but it's a decently drinkable beer.
01-05-2011 01:34:53 | More by kels
Winter Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.