rangerred (989) - 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 (792) - 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 (674) - 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.
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Caramel and chocolate with hints of ginger and cinnamon.
Appearance: Dark amber, almost opaque black, with a thick tan head that dissipates quickly.
Taste: Light sweetness with a hint of bitterness in the finish.
Palate: Medium body, crisp, clean texture, average carbonation, decent finish.
Overall: Comes across as a nice spice porter. Not too spiced, but the flavors are there. It’s just a well rounded beer, not mind blowing, but well done and quite tasty.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear dark amber with a lasting, one finger white head. Immediately hit with chocolate with caramel and dry roasted coffee. Pretty good on this cold evening.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 14, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
growler from Jungle Jims. Flavor is hickory smoke, mild hops, poured over wet wood. The best thing going for it may be the thick malty body, but not much else. Nah.
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.
arn8897 (244) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper color with an off white head. Aromas of, roasty, spruce, clove. Flavors the same with some malty flavor. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Light to medium mouth feel. Nice lacing in the glass. Nice winter ale.
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Belmont Party Supply, Dayton, OH. Poured a nice amber/red color. Nice flavor for a seasonal beer. I probably should have had it a bit colder then what I did. Good herb flavors. Nice winter beer. Mt. Carmel has a few good offerings out there.
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with reddish tints. Aroma is of ginger, sweet malt, nutmeg, and alcohol. Taste is like a liquid gingerbread man with a hint of alcohol. Real nice stuff.