superspak (5517) - 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. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
Extra from trade with phaleslu. Pours dark caramel amber brown with a tan head. Nose is caramel, spice, malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is similar with malt, spice, and molasses. Medium body and pretty nice overall. mar (5410) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
bottle thanks to exiled. poured a deep amber with a cream head. nose is yeast, spices, fruits, and malts. nice on the palate, faint spices and bready malt for the flavors. Cavie (4654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle courtesy exiled. Clear reddish orange color. Roasted caramel notes. Some sweetness with Ginger on the nose. Flavor is sweet with a spice that cuts through the air. Spiced. jsquire (4425) - 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.
rondphoto (4383) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 10, 2012
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. BelgianBeerGal (4039) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Local Belmont bottle. This was pretty nice overall. Maybe a little heavy and darker than expected. The ginger really added some spice to it as well. Fine. shigadeyo (3730) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2012
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.
12 ounce bottle
smith4498 (3641) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
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.
Bottle from a trade with phaleslu. Pours dark reddish brown with tan head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, bananas and some other spices. Lots of brown sugar and and caramel flavors with some spices. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Peter.