Winter Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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4.68/5 rDev +26.5%
Pours with a nice head, a dark ruby color. Smell is of ginger and wintery spices. For 8% this is shockingly drinkable. A really excellent beer, that's hampered by a bit of a light mouthfeel. If you like winter warmers, this one is an underappreciated hit.
01-27-2012 15:12:10 | More by rodney4130
4.55/5 rDev +23%
Well, I really had to track this one down! This is a very limited release (seasonal) from a tiny mini-micro brewery here in Cincinnati, OH. I don't think that any of the larger retailers are carrying this... I E-Mailed Mike Dewey - brewer/owner and had him suggest a place where I could get this. The place he suggested was: Marty's Corner Store; 6203 Branch Hill Guinea Pike; Milford, OH 45150; (513) 575-0616. I don't think they made a lot of this.... so if you're in the mood for a LOCAL Winter Ale.... ya better JUMP ON IT!
OK.... so here goes:
I poured from the growler into my trusty pint glass to produce a perfect 1" head of light tan foam. I suggest a heavier pour to release the carbonation. The beer is mahogany in color with just a touch of hazy quality to it. The head dissipated to a thick ring and left a trace of lacing on the glass as I drank.
Aroma: Well, I've got to give it a "5". This stuff smell GREAT! Big cinnamon aroma but it is backed by a fruitiness (like ripe plums and raisins).
Taste: Nice flavor of cinnamon... that is the dominant flavor (but not too much so). There is some fruitiness in the background along with a breadiness that balances out rather well. Also, there is a nutmeg finish.
Mouthfeel: A little thin in body for my taste. But this ale leaves a nice spicy aftertaste that lingers. Give this a heavy pour to release the carbonation. It's just a tad fizzy.... give the glass a few swirls and that problem is gone...
Drinkability: GOOD Winter Warmer... Nice effort by Mike and Kathleen Dewey of Mt. Carmel Brewing! Cincinnati BA's.... get out there and support your local brewery!
02-01-2008 13:13:16 | More by TheBierBand
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
Pours dark amber with some red highlights. Visible carbonation with little head.
Dark carmel notes present in the aroma. Some prune and raisin in the nose.
Medium bodied with a smooth pleasing overall character. Nice spice mix of cinnamon and allspice that blends very well with the darker caramel malts. More caramel than anything this has some vanilla and raisin in the aftertaste.
Very easy to drink and the 8% alcohol is hidden. No phenolic alcohol notes. Some buttery diacytl that adds to the complexity. Really nice biscuity flavors which seems to push this towards an English winter warmer.
This beer has really worked it's way into one of my favorite winter warmers. Subtle spices and caramel blend wonderfully to make this so easy to go down.
02-05-2011 02:17:35 | More by stewart124
4.33/5 rDev +17%
A- 4 Pours a pretty ruby brown color that can just be seen through. There's a 1/2 finger bone head on the pour that slowly fades to a minimal fizz on top of the body. Its bubbles are ultra fine and there is fairly smooth lacing that slips down the edges of the pint glass fairly quickly; just a bit more watery than ideal.
S- 4 I get a nutty, malty sweet aroma from this winter ale. It also has a bit of a ginger spice to it. Pleasant aroma overall that isn't overly complex.
T- 4.5 Spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon come to mind, as they would in a spicy holiday bread. I can taste malt and a little honey sweetness. It is just a bit nutty as well, with a tinge of fruit to finish. This brew has a very good balanced taste and its alcohol is barely even detectable.
M- 4 This winter ale feels just a little light despite its medium body (though this makes it easy to drink). Its carbonation is sufficient. It leaves me slightly dry.
D- 4.5 For the style, I could probably drink as many of these as most. Its flavors are very tasty and its lighter than average body for the style actually make it easier for me to take down. The balance of spicy and sweet is high with this brew, which always works well in my book. A very good brew from Mt. Carmel. I look forward to it each year.
04-06-2011 11:47:04 | More by KYBrewgrass
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
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
4.11/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
01-22-2014 04:23:58 | More by Stinkypuss
4.08/5 rDev +10.3%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/tea colored, with a moderate, light tan head of foam.
Aroma-Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg
Taste-A liquid Christmas cookie. Ginger snap,spiced tea,nutmeg,honey and toffee. A big mix of flavors but all play along nicely. Pleasant and flavorfull. A nice fireside brew. ABV very well-hidden. Sip slowly and enjoy.
11-07-2011 17:52:50 | More by hosehead83
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
4/5 rDev +8.1%
I've had several of the Mt. Carmel beers since they started bottling a couple of years ago, but it's not really something that I consider a "go-to" kind of beer. However, this one will now be one that I pick up annually -- I thought it was pretty solid. Review is from notes taken on 12/3/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut brown; really no head to speak of, just a very thin skim and ring around the surface; body is dark, but seems fairly clear; no lacing is left behind at all.
Smell: Quite a bit of toffee and caramel; a slight sweet breadiness; mild spiciness, like ginger and orange peel. Not too bad, fairly robust.
Taste: Not too bad, a fair amount of baking spices like ginger and nutmeg is right up front; a sweet malty breadiness and a definite presence of orange and orange peel; just a very slight presence of alcohol and it rounds out with a nice, earthy roastiness to it. Quite nice on a cold night, really takes the name "winter warmer" to heart.
Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in weight and it's just a tad oily; carbonation is present, but it's very soft and it lends to a smooth and slick finish; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the mouth and the belly is left just a little warm from the ABV.
Drinkability: A nice sipper with warm flavors -- definitely one of Mt. Carmel's better beers thus far. The weight isn't too bad, but I do feel that the ABV would start to sneak up, so I would likely limit myself to 2 in a night, but overall, if I'm sipping on it, I could make it last for an evening.
12-05-2010 21:47:11 | More by bamadog
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
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown with a moderate head that dissipates as the beer warms. It leaves a moderate amount of lacing that fades gradually.
Smell: Incredible! The smell is predominantly consisted of the plethora of spices that went into the brew. You can if you strain your nose enough detect a fair amount of malt and really faint hops.
Taste: Spices, Spices, and more spices balanced off with malt and a faint hoppyness in the back. The alcohol is barely detectable until swallowed where the warming sensation is immediately noticeable. Incredible taste altogether, the spices are just a bit cloying after awhile.
Mouthfeel: heavy with moderate carbonation.
Drink: The ABV on this one is pretty gnarly which cuts down on its drinkability, I'm perfectly satisfied with a single bottle after a meal. If you want a good session beer of this style I would pick up an old fezziwig from Sam Adams.
11-17-2010 21:30:15 | More by brown2cu
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
A - Pours a beautiful clear dark red but only a very small amount of white head that disappeared quickly. A good head would have made this a solid 5.
S - Lots of spice and sweet malt and different spices. Pleasant that the spice isn't overwhelming.
T - The taste is slightly thinner then GLBC Christmas ale, but the flavor profile is close. A bit stronger flavor and this could be a winner, but this is a very drinkable winter beer.
M/D - The mouthfeel is slightly thin, but that isn't exactly a bad thing compared to the full and rich mouthfeel of most winter beers but that adds a lot to drinkability. This is one of very few winter warmers I could session.
11-23-2009 03:04:04 | More by mwa423
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
Mt. Carmel is finally distributing to KY again, and to celebrate I picked up a single of each of their offerings. Poured into my snifter, this beer is a very dark ruby color. There was barely any head but what's there settles into a nice ring around the glass with pretty decent lacing. The smell is mostly seasonal spices such as ginger, spruce, and cinnamon. It smells welcoming and similar to other winter beers. The taste is mostly spruce up front. There is some cinnamon and other spices in the background as well as a bit of malt. The mouthfeel is about what I expected here and drinkability is pretty high. This is one of the better winter warmers I've had this season; I may even prefer it over Great Lakes' offering. This is a good beer for winter but I wouldn't search it out over the course of an entire year. The spices here would be pretty out of place during other seasons.
01-19-2010 04:29:48 | More by ltjska04
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
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating, but it is from 2011. Pours hazy brick red color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big ginger, cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg, honey, citrus, biscuit, and molasses. Fairly nice aromas with decent strength. Taste of big caramel, cinnamon, brown sugar, allspice, ginger, honey, light fruitiness, and herbal spice. Good amount of spices linger on the finish; with caramel, light fruits, cinnamon, ginger, and honey for a bit. Nice balance of flavor and spices here; turns out to be very smooth and drinkable, without being cloying. Alcohol is very well hidden for 8%, with only a slight warming after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall this is a very nice winter warmer. Plenty of spice character, yet still has nice malt balance.
01-19-2012 03:34:04 | More by superspak
Winter Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.