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Winter Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 72
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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Mt. Carmel Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: TheBierBand on 02-01-2008

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 72
Photo of zdk9
2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A- Pours a deep rich mahagony that turns ruby in the light. Not a lot of head. Traces of ridged lacing like a crimped pie crust outline.

S- Not a lot of aroma, mostly malt- dark wheat bread, sweet malt syrup, a little roasty but not much. Can't smell any ginger or spices as the label mentions.

T- More roast then the smell. Still a lot of malt. Darker than the smell. A little smokiness.

M- Leaves a sweet residue in the mouth and on the lips.

O- A little one note. I definitely would have liked some more spice. Nothing particularly wrong with it, but not a lot going on. (577 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
2.46/5  rDev -33.9%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Rich, dark brown, with a creamy-looking two-finger head that lingers.
S: Ginger, nutmeg, caramel.
T: Similar to the nose- toasted bread, baking spices, and caramel. Simple, not bad but not complex.
M: Lighter than I expected; crisp but I would have preferred medium-bodied and rich. Surprised to see 8% alcohol as it does not show it.
O: Glad I tried it, but average. (370 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to FtownThrowDown for the extra. Poured into 10 oz snifter glass. Pours a dark amber color showing nice head and lace that lasts well throughout. Aroma of spruce, ginger, and orange comes out. A nice winter warmer overall, but had a disappointing finish towards the end which was a little flatish. It was nice to taste a winter warmer from a local brewery from Cincy. (374 characters)

Photo of kels
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (1,018 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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 (763 characters)

Photo of stercomm
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Dark mahogany in color, clear, nice 2 finger tan head, recedes quickly leaving a nice layer on the brew. Good glass lacing.

S - Carmel and chocolate with maybe some cinnamon and ginger. Roasted malt scent is present in the background.

T - A mouthful of flavors, get the malted carmel, some giner, some orange spice expressions, kind of like a Constant Comment tea flavor, finish is dry with ginger hints.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O - A tasty winter ale, probably only will do one per session, but will have again (581 characters)

Photo of becktone
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes 12-17-09

Eye: Garnet in color and extremely clear. Head fromation and retention are okay and poor, respectively. Other than that this one looks very nice.

Nose: All in all weak nose to begin with. Weak spice overall. From what I can get maybe some star anise, cinnamon. Okay!, well label is king here! Without reading it I'd never have got "orange-spiced bread", but yeah, its definitely there.

Tongue: Heavy on the spice in the middle of the tongue. Again like the label states, spruce and ginger are here...easy to define, nice. Alcohol is detectable. Nothing special or to be sought out, nice, but nothing damning either. A nice spiced ale for the colder months. Better than more than a few I can think of. Give it a shot.

Feel an Drinkability: Carbonation is low and is great for the style. Body is medium full and kinda oily. Not a bad deal all in all, kinda thick and velvety feeling. Nothing special on the feel, nothing out the ordinary, nothing damning either. This is one I'd drink again, though at the price;...I'd say it should be less. Its good but for the same price at 10.29(in ky) I can get some Bell's which is far superior...in my opinion. (1,175 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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! (592 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a recent trade...

This was a good winter ale for sure... Lots of rich spicy maltiness present in the aromas with hints of the spruce mentioned on the bottle and cinnamon and nutmeg... Almost Wee Heavy like in its appearance and aromas... Touches of booze present in the taste along with the winter spices here... A nice sipper or nightcap but the richness and booze keep it from being something I could have more than one of... (458 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
3.65/5  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. (635 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of kirkpjr
3.72/5  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. (567 characters)

Photo of Goldopelgt
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark, reddish-amber color with an off-white head that diminishes somewhat quickly...decent lacing left on the glass

S- Fairly spicy aroma (ginger, nutmeg, some cinnamon too) but is balanced nicely with some sweet malts and good amount of hoppiness...

T- Wow, very well balanced brew...the spiciness you would expect out of a good winter beer is there, but so is a good amount of hops and maltiness as well...pretty damn good!

M- Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation

D- A very drinkable beer...this has quickly jumped up the list as one of my favorite winter brews, and at 8% it can easily live up to its 'winter warmer' label in more ways than one...if you can get your hands on it, its definitely worth a try (737 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Dilly Deli. The beer pours a murky dark amber-brown color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Spicy aroma of ginger with mild hops and malt behind it. Medium-bodied with a sweet spiced character of ginger and nutmeg. Lightly bitter hops and sweet malt are present as well. The finish is moderately spicy and leaves a sweet fruity aftertaste. Pretty good all around. (432 characters)

Photo of jibjib513
3.75/5  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. (789 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (960 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of ltjska04
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (887 characters)

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Winter Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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