Beer Review: Mt. Carmel Coffee Brown

Mt. Carmel is Cincinnati’s oldest, currently operating, craft brewery and has made good beer for almost 10 years now. I say good beer and not great because that’s the truth. The Nut Brown, IPA, Stout and all the others are all spot on but not exciting.
They’ve been making great beer for about 2 years. So far I have adored everything to come out of their SnapShot series especially the Imperial IPA and Ardennes Belgian Quad. Originally these beers were draft only but starting with the Imperial IPA a month or two back they began bottling the SnapShot series. Last week they held a launch event for bottles of Mt. Carmel Coffee Brown, unfortunately I had pre-existing obligations but Kate from Brown Ale Girl has a post covering the event.
When I was doing my normal beer buying I spotted this beer on the pick six shelf and couldn’t resist giving it a go. Before we get to my thoughts here’s the blurb from Mt. Carmel’s website:
Mt. Carmel Brewing’s breakfast beer, Coffee Brown Ale, is our unique variation of brown ale, delivering a rich body of dark malt, chocolate and toast. Notes of sweet maple and explosive coffee create a rousing finish perfect for the start of your morning.

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New local beer alert: Triple Digit Chickow! Hazelnut Double Brown Ale

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As I noted yesterday, both Listermann and Triple Digit have some new beers coming out. I just caught the label release for Chickow, a Hazelnut Double Brown Ale, this morning. I hear this was a huge hit at their Oktoberfest event, so make sure you grab a bottle before they’re gone! I assume this should be available wherever you can typically find Triple Digit products.

Beer Review: Mt. Carmel Blonde & Nut Brown Ales

Tonight I’m knocking back the last two styles contained in Mt. Carmel’s Porch Pack. Last week I had the India Pale Ale and Amber Ale to start off my review of the Porch pack. So far I’ve been impressed at how spot on to style Mt. Carmel is but not amazed or wowed in anyway. The IPA & Amber were both good beers, lets see if the Blonde & Nut Brown follow suit.

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Beer Review: Quaff Bros Sour Grapes

It certainly can not be denied that Quaff Bros puts out some interesting beers. All barrel-aged, their portfolio runs from wheat wines to IPAs, brown ales to stouts. Before now, however, they had yet to make anything sour. Luckily for all of us Cincinnati-area beer drinkers, fate intervened  and soured a beer for them. While aging a brown ale in a Four Roses barrel (for what I assume was for Brown Chicken Brown Cow), some wild yeast and various other critters went to work on it and soured it. In a stroke of magnificent luck, rather than ruining the batch, it just created a new beer. Quaff Bros ran with it and added some Sangiovese grape juice to add some extra fruit character and complexity. The result is easily one of the most unique beers I’ve ever tried, and not just locally.

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