scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The hint of orange peel does not compliment this beer, but rather clashes with the smooth malt. The ginger alone would have been sufficient to add a spice note to this brew.
slats1221 (60) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not terrible not great another review said it tasted watered down and I would have to agree. I prefer my Xmas ale’s along the Great Lakes line and this just isn’t there.
rondphoto (2942) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 10, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber-brown with a persistent head, lace that slides back into the glass. The taste is a watered down Christmas Ale. Dark caramel malt with lght Christmas spices, no change through the finish, no bittering to speak of (even though it has a little bitterness from the onset). Very average.
BelgianBeerGal (3435) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Local Belmont bottle. This was pretty nice overall. Maybe a little heavy and darker than expected. The ginger really added some spice to it as well. Fine.
cheap (4629) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Wew, before I rate I see its 8%, now I’m biased. Sweet malty aroma. From a 12 oz brown bottle. Looks like a pretty dark beer in my iceland mug. Aftera few swigs, does not seem to be as high alky as I expected. Has a very nice quarter inch head that does not fade. Taste becomes a little medicine like as the session continues. Though malty, does not seem to be too much alky. I get along ok with this beer. It could be a little less caroub. Finish is just that, a finish; exactly what I want this weather to be. Like the other mount carmel beers I’ve had, on style and a little over the top in personality. I’ve got to say this is not over spiced like so many other winter beers I’ve had. Come on winter, lets get it over with.
JMerritt (1895) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Narnad for this bottle. Dark chestnut brown in color with a very large, light tan head that is fizzy yet long-lasting. The ginger aroma was striking, and very noticeable as soon as I opened the bottle. After I poured the beer, and let it breathe a little bit, I got notes of cocoa nibs, gingerbread, fresh plums and raisins - a truly nice blend of winter aromas. The juicy plums give a particularly bright aspect to the nose that cuts through the spiciness. Some coffee and earthy hops are the first flavors the greet your tongue, quickly followed by light metallics, anise, baker’s chocolate, bitter orange peel, and graham cracker. Lingering finish has some slight off-putting sweetness that doesn’t work for me and literally left a bad taste in my mouth for what was generally a solid winter ale.
superspak (3512) - Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 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.
Chudwick (2479) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle - pours amber with thin beige head. Aroma is ginger, orange and base malts. Balanced taste and noticeable. Bitter and dry finish. medium body and thin texture. I think this may well be the last beer I have from this style. Nothing to write home about.
Brigadier (3275) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle
A run of the mill winter warmer is kind of what I expected from Mt Carmel. It is neither terrible nor great, but at the same time is good enough that sharing a six pack would be no problem. Considering I was able to pick up a single from Party Source for $1.99 it managed to meet my expectations.
Aroma / Appearance - A ruby red base radiates with warmth like embers from a dying fireplace. Nutmeg, plums, raisins, and sweet bread give this a seasonal and festive feeling. It might actually smell marginally better than the measuring stick of Great Lakes Christmas Ale.
Aroma / Appearance - Vinous in nature the mouthfeel is pretty thick for being only 6% ABV. Dark fruits, spices, and sourdough bites fill the palate with a denseness not normally associated with the style. Robust and warming it is a good way to pass the winter months as an alternative to huge imperial stouts and barleywines. Hopefully the next Mt Carmel release is just as good.