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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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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3.4
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 (1094) - 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 (3665) - 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
b3shine (8795) - Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Draft to taster. Looks solid; brown with ample beige head. Smells and tastes of malt, allspice, and honey with a solid mouthfeel. A nice winter warmer.

3.4
Ed5388 (3448) - 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 (1813) - 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 (11324) - 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.

3.3
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.


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