Winter Ale | Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

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Winter AleWinter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
mtcarmelbrewingcompany.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheBierBand on 02-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
12.47%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
9
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of rangerred
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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!

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Photo of RickDeLucio
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of whodeyvols
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Lee45102
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of maryd837
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of jibjib513
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of dbert21
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jaay
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of meanmutt
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jt6174
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of rodney4130
4.65/5  rDev +26%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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

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Photo of ONUMello
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of beerslushy
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Winter Ale from Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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