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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This festive ale calls to mind the holiday season with scents of spruce and ginger mingling with the flavors of orange-spiced break and is the perfect complement to a frosty evening.

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3.5
jsquire (4599) - 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.

3.4
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle from Phaleslu- Dark amber pour, has a thin tan ring of head. Nose of caramel, molasses, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and rye bread. This is a sweet beer and sort of reminds me of a dark pumpkin ale. The flavour profile has lots of spice and rye bread qualities, molasses,toast, some dark fruits, and mild bitterness from hops. Medium bodied, sweet finish that has some bitterness lingering. A nice treat. Thanks Peter!

3.4
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is very one dimensional and is very heavy on the toffee. I don’t get anything else. The flavor is toffee, caramel and chocolate. I was expecting some spices in the beer and I don’t get any. Still, the flavor is pretty nice and the beer is easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.4
matthewjk (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
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!

3.4
Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2012
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.

3.4
slats1221 (60) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Not terrible not great another review said it tasted watered down and I would have to agree. I prefer my Xmas ale’s along the Great Lakes line and this just isn’t there.

3.4
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Thanks to bamadog for the bottle! A: Pours a deep ruby/brown color with a small off-white cap. Retention is not too great S: Overripe red fruits and berries, lots of caramel, toffee, light molasses, caramel malts, and a touch of spice. The nose is a little shy, but seemingly balanced T: Thin flavor, but well done. An underlying sweetness, followed by a bit of spice and cocoa powder. Artificial red fruits and berries in the background. Malts give some sweetness and caramel flavor MF/D: Too thin for the style in my opinion, which is shocking considering the 8% ABV. Alcohol is well hidden throughout. Notes: Tasty beer, but nowhere near the likes of Cigar City’s Warmer Winter or Anchor’s Christmas Ale. Glad to try it, and thanks for the bottle bamadog

3.4
Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a deep amber/brown with 2 fingers of off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, vanilla and roasted malt. Taste mimics the nose, with some hints of allspice, and caramel malt.

3.4
wxman (1848) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Pours a clear reddish orange with an antique lace head. Aroma is Christmas spices: cinnamon, cloves and a bit of ginger. Taste carries the spices as well, along with sweet caramel malt, mild hops and some alcohol in the back. A decent winter ale.

3.4
shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle. Orange, ginger, caramel malt, and hay aroma. Dark amber with large tan head. Moderately sweet orange caramel malt and moderately bitter metallic/quinine and grapefruit peel flavor. Good body. Okay but a bit harsh.


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