shigadeyo (3767) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Patrickctenchi (6693) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2013
8/26/2013: Mt. Carmel Harvest Ale - I originally had this in a bottle a couple weekends ago at a friend’s party and liked it. It really reminded me of a decently hopped ESB, similar to Goose Island Honker’s Ale. Bases on the one bottle I had previously, I decided to try a pint of it with dinner. Although it is still decent, I found it to be lacking body and the depth of flavor that I thought it had from the bottle. On tap, the beer had an okay toasted maltiness (reminds me of dried leaves), tea, and some light earhty-floral hoppiness, but it seemed a bit thin and had a mineral/hard water charasteristic to it that just didn’t work. I’m surprised that this ABV listed on this beer is 8% as the alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor. Even so, that’s way too much alcohol for an ESB. Overall, I’d rather have a Honker’s Ale. Sorry Mt. Caramel, but this one just isn’t that unique or great, although it does have a nice amber color.
Draught (pint) at Arthur’s in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rating #21 for this beer.
Slightly orange tinted brown with a whipped, yellow-tan head.
Toasty aroma...light fruit, floral hops.
Taste is spicy, floras, caramel, malty.
Almost an IPA...
Very tasty. cheap (6016) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2012
So, practically everything I’ve had from this brewer has been over the top on style. Let me try this. And, this is no different; it is ipa like right from the start. Strong initial impact. However, I must comment that I did not even think it was 8%, more like a sixer to me. A little sweet and cloying but not to the extreme. Aroma of mild body odor. Could have a few more manners, but what the heck, I’m catching a little buzz near the end of this bottle. Yes, ipa like in many respects. BTW, is it possible for a bitter to approach 8%? Must be in the wrong style. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazy dark copper with a one finger off-white head. Pretty good head retention and nice lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.
Aroma is very floral with some citrus. a little bit of light caramel as well and some toast. Quite nice.
Flavor has light floral and citrus hop flavor up front transitioning to caramel, toffee, and a little toasted malt. Some nice earth flavors in there really help bring out an autumn character in this beer. Bitterness is moderate and the beer finishes slightly sticky with no alcohol detectable whatsoever.
Overall, a really nice fall beer that I would never guess was 8%. Drinkability is not very high due to the abv but definitely a beer to seek out.
JaBier (8178) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle purchased at Kroger Polaris. Clear copper pour with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee and earthy hops. Malty and creamy flavor with caramel, toffee and an earthy hop finish.
Tmoney99 (14866) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate earthy malt and floral hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium earthy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2012
From a bottle.
Floral hop aroma some toffee notes.
Bitter flavor with some residual sweetness.
Palate is bitter and some toffee. Capa (3402) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Deep caramel color with a large head. Aroma has nice loyal hop aroma, earth, malt. Medium bodied. Flavor has a nice earthy spice, light floral, light citrus, fruit, and a big of toast. Very nice. matthewjk (1124) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
poured from 12oz bottle to glass - Well, this complicated matters a little. I was ready to write off Mt. Carmel as a terrible experiment and then I crack this one open. I think it is an IPA, but call it what you will--it’s pretty damn good! Excellent nose, with serious hops to bust your ass. Really nice finish. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Served from a 12 oz bottle thanks to Craig. The appearance is a clear golden amber hue. The aromas are sweet malts, caramel, and a nice moderate hop aroma.The flavors follow suit with a nice caramel, moderate estery hops, all with a pleasant bitterness. Well carbonated mouth very refreshing and drinkable. Nicely done.