1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Winter Ale - Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Winter AleWinter Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

65 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 65
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +8.4%

HumphreyLee, May 06, 2012
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 03, 2012
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.

OWSLEY069, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of meanmutt
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

meanmutt, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of jt6174
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jt6174, Jan 31, 2012
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.

rodney4130, Jan 27, 2012
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.

superspak, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of tominator500
4/5  rDev +8.4%

tominator500, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of trim200xc
2/5  rDev -45.8%

trim200xc, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of mcorwin
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

mcorwin, Jan 03, 2012
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

stercomm, Dec 23, 2011
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.

ONUMello, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of beerslushy
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

beerslushy, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of json83
3/5  rDev -18.7%

json83, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Caterwaul
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Caterwaul, Nov 22, 2011
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.

hosehead83, Nov 07, 2011
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.

dorianmarley, Nov 02, 2011
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.

BB1313, Oct 27, 2011
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.

PDXHops, May 21, 2011
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.

KYBrewgrass, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of stewart124
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

stewart124, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

CuriousMonk, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Tilley4
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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...

Tilley4, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of scottyshades
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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
Winter Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.