superspak (6236) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2012
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 (3441) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2012
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 (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2012
12 ounce bottle
matthewjk (1138) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
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.
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! JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2011
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.
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2011
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.
DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2011
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. jackricci (2) - Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2011 does not count
This Ale from Mt. Carmel pours smooth with a good size, light brown head. Color is medium honey-brown. Mild aromas recall citrus, spice, and maybe some floral hops. Flavor starts out crisp and citrusy, with undertones of nutty malt helping to balance out the acidity of the citrus and hops. No real strong hop character, but the citrus and spice more than makes up for that. A drink finishes smooth with malty, spicy flavors left lingering on the tongue. All in all a good brew. garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2011
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. jsquire (4677) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2011
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.