JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased as part of a mixed 6 at Kroger Polaris. Pours a clear reddish copper with a medium tan head. Aroma is caramel, ginger, honey and light berry. Malty and caramelly flavor with some pear and ginger character along with some crisp hops before a spicy semi-dry finish.
JMerritt (1724) - 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.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/12/2008: Mt. Carmel Winter Ale is dark brown, hazy, and has a creamy beige head and solid lacing. The chocolate aroma gives way to flavors of ginger and cinnamon spice along with undertones of oranges. This beer has a medium body, soft mouthfeel, and is slightly dry overall. I enjoyed this Winter beer and hope that they make it again in the future.
Pint (draught) at Dilly Deli in Mariemont, Ohio. Rating #4 for this beer.
Capa (1935) - Manama, BAHRAIN - DEC 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruits, light spice, lightly roasted malts in the aroma. Deep reddish brown color. Flavor has a nice amount of spices but they are restrained to a point that makes it a very drinkable beer. Light cinnamon, some nutmeg, molasses, lightly toasted malts, and fruity. Really nice winter beer.
DrSilverworm (4015) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Nice, mostly hazy mahogany color, a minimal kahki head, leaving a solid row of lace. UNIQUE aroma for the ubiquitous winter ale. Very distinct gingerbread aroma, then some molasses. I like it! Carbonation is bordering on pronounced, but it’s not too bad... Good texture, otherwise. Definitely some orange, and other spices. Nice sweet taste. A solid winter ale, very good to drink.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of markwise.
pours amber, off-white head.
Aroma light spices, malty caramel character. Found the aroma to be a little lacking, though the taste made up for it.
Flavors, got a lot of nice winter spices, cinnamon, some caramel/toffee, chocolate.
Lingering roasted malts, good balance with a mild caramel finish.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to exiled, amber color with white foam, aroma and flavor of cinnamon and spicy pumpkin with some malt, decent finish
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany colored beer with a short lived beige head. Sweet malty nose. Flavors of light cinnamon, ginger, orange peel with a tongue tingling pine in the finish. Tastey seasonal.
matthewjk (802) - 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!
Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, 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.