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Winter Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of jibjib513
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of dbert21
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of jaay
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of meanmutt
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jt6174
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of rodney4130
4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of tominator500
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of trim200xc
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of mcorwin
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of stercomm
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Photo of ONUMello
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of beerslushy
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of json83
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Caterwaul
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of hosehead83
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dorianmarley
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of PDXHops
2.4/5  rDev -35%
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.

Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Winter Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.