JMerritt (1735) - 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.
Chudwick (1717) - 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.
Ed5388 (1621) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep amber/brown with 2 fingers of off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, vanilla and roasted malt. Taste mimics the nose, with some hints of allspice, and caramel malt.
rondphoto (1456) - 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.
Narnad (1408) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a filmy, off-white head. Aroma has a lot of brown malt to it, ginger and a nose similar to oranges with clove pushed into them for the holiday season. Flavor has a very strong ginger kick to it to start. Malt comes in light as a whole with a mild orange and spicy kick late. Body is a bit light but it’s heavy enough to hold the flavors. Overall the spices aren’t overpowering but the ginger is pretty strong and is the most prevalent flavor in the brew. It doesn’t combine very well with other spices present, creating a slightly off putting flavor.
matthewjk (847) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured from single 12oz bottle - Not bad: spicy, fresh, even and a bit understated. Mt. Carmel, you are coming along pretty well, keep working on it!
rangerred (843) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
garrison (748) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased from Remke/Biggs at Glenway Crossing in Cincinnati, Ohio - Alright, this one pours a dark mahogany hued brew with a light tan head of foam and an allspice/malt aroma. Tastewise, this is a fine Winter beer, with many spice and fruit complexities to the flavor! The body’s a tad light, but so it goes.
Chuckaduck (602) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark red-brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is clove, honey, caramel, toffee, floral. Taste is herbal, some honey, some clove, perhaps some coriander (?), and a mild albeit general malt character. A little thin lacing. Syrupy mouth feel. Surprised to see that this was 8% alcohol.
My problem with this beer was that there were lots of aromas and flavors missing for me. I missed the ginger and spruce completely. The same with the orange. Overall not bad, but I was looking very forward to those elements. They just weren’t there.
60minuteman (569) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Gifted. Malt and light hop presence. A little bitter, pretty sweet. Spice and cinnamon/sugar. Pine, ginger definitely. Not bad. Good winter ale, could be a session beer, but the sweetness is too much for me