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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 buschbeer:
Photo of buschbeer
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.

buschbeer, Jan 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of tallfellapgh
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

tallfellapgh, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

bluejacket74, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Rod_J
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Rod_J, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Griggsy
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Griggsy, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Bierguy5, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of thebeerdoctor
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thebeerdoctor, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

scottyshades, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of dbert21
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

dbert21, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of kirkpjr
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kirkpjr, May 04, 2010
Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BB1313, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of RickDeLucio
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

RickDeLucio, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of pogoowner
4/5  rDev +8.1%

pogoowner, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of maryd837
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

maryd837, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of TaylorK
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

TaylorK, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +8.1%

JoeLacy, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of meanmutt
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

meanmutt, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

OWSLEY069, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

PDXHops, May 20, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Ryan011235, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of kels
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kels, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of dorianmarley
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is brown with copper red hints. Light head that leaves great lacing.

Nose is nutmeg, ginger and spruce, with sweet caramel.

Taste is cinnamon and hops that don't entirely blend together. There is also orange and a displeasing coppery finish. Great breadiness the whole way through.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a nice hop/spice bite, but not enough substance to support the thick flavors.

Overall, it doesn't have everything you would want in a winter warmer. It has spice, but it is clouded by the pungency of the hops. The flavors do not all work well together. That said, this is a great example of quality bread flavor.

dorianmarley, Nov 02, 2011
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Winter Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.