Winter Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
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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
3/5 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
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
3.13/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
12-23-2011 05:12:14 | More by ONUMello
3.38/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
01-23-2011 01:33:54 | More by CuriousMonk
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
3.48/5 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
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
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
12-23-2011 21:57:16 | More by stercomm
3.55/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
01-24-2010 21:46:11 | More by becktone
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
Winter Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.