Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Mt. Carmel Winter Ale (6/10)
Winter Ale. They say it “calls to mind the holiday season with scents of spruce and ginger mingling with the flavors of orange-spiced bread.
It pours a clear medium-to-dark brown with a thin beige head. The aroma is that of sweet caramel with a touch of pine.
The flavor is big and malty with a smoky element to it. I get a little bit of a cola flavor in it as well. The finish is malty and bitter, with the bitter element coming out just a little more. It’s a nice beer and not hard to drink.
Beer Advocate rates Mt. Carmel Winter Ale 84 or “good”. Rate Beer comes in with a similar 77 overall rating. I like it well enough, but don’t love it – so I’m giving it a 6 out of 10.
The beer is available on draft and in bottles. I had my sample at The Daily Growler in Upper Arlington, but I’ve seen the bottled version of Mt. Carmel products at The Andersons and some other retailers.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Malty and mildly bitter
Spice Level: Low
Hops Level: Low
Dominant Flavors: Roasted malt and hops
My Rating: 6/10