Mountain Ale - The Shed Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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The Shed Restaurant & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottum on 03-24-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 42
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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd had some of this at the Vermont Brewer's Festival, then later that night at a bar, so when we ate lunch at the restaurant/pub in Stowe, I brought a growler home. Good choice (although I wish they had Spawn of Oliver in a growler). This was a dark brown color with a nice off-white head. It had a roasted grain, bready aroma. Taste was caramel, with a hint of chocolate. Very smooth, nice mouthfeel. I didn't have any trouble finishing the growler (over several hours, of course).

Photo of tigg924
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, no head, clear

Smell: toasted malt and wood. Not an overpowering smell

Taste: toasted malt, wood, small hops towards the end, a bit of alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, dry, rich, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a strong brown ale. It is above average for the style. I could see myself drinking several after a good hike.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was a quite solid dark ale. It was fairly mild, low carbonation, no head. The aroma was quite malty with some earthy tones. It was fairly light in the mouth but a nice easy drink with dinner.

You really don't notice the extra abv at all, it drinks really well. Overall I'd say this is a quite solid beer.

Photo of far333
2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown color with a beige head that leaves nice lacing. No aroma at all. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but leaves a tingle in the finish. Roasted malt flavor with some caramel notes. A bit of raisin creeps in, and hops appears in the finish and lingering aftertaste. Very average.

Photo of BillyB
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- One inch off white/beige head. Dark brown, murky color.

Aroma- Sweet malt, caramel, roasted malt. Vanilla, oak, molasses. Flowery hops.

Taste-Toffee, caramel, vanilla, sweet rich maltiness. Some hoppy kicks at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Strong alcohol warmth. Bitterness from hops and a slight syrupy mouth coating from the sweet malt.

Interesting beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A rotating ale, commercial description an English old. Drinkable, amber with a white crown to it. Chocolate malts in taste, sourness follows. Odd but fruitiness, barley and malt. Not significant hop here.Best described as a brown ale with tuned up a.b.v.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 4 July 2006:

Clear ruby-tinted mahogany with golden highlights at the base of the glass. Short head of creamy bone-white foam holds fairly well and leaves walls of tiny spots and streaks of lace.

Nose expresses Ringwood yeast with buttery diacetyl; bright, ripe summer fruit; a slight touch of pineapple; and hops.

Gently crisp medium body as appropriate for a smooth English-style ale.

Flavor delivers a beautiful combination of buttery and fruity Ringwood yeast with a soft, darkly caramelized edge of malt. The fruit (some add'tl red grape) appears upfront, followed by caramel and dark toffee. The nutty, buttery side of the yeast then kicks in as leafy, grassy, and somewhat pine-like hops pick-up. A brash bitterness rushes in with a stir, dispelling the malt and leaving the palate clean and dry except for some residual hop flavors.

An intense ale with a dark edge and engaging fruitiness.

Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought back a couple growlers to Syracuse. Not quite sure what to make of this. My first thoughts were of a british amber maybe with ringwood. Its a very smooth flavor of mild fruit with some harsh hops at the end. Again, its different, worth a try though. Easy drinking and tasty.

Photo of u2carew
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. The body is dark mahogany and allows some light through. Lacing is thin and semi-sticky.
S) Noticeable hop aroma - perhaps a dry hop? Hints of brown sugar. Has an earthy pungency, smells a bit like a a wet dog.
T) Hints of caramel and roasted grain up front. Then shifts to a subtle sweetness with some nuttiness. There's a mild hop bitterness in the finish. In the aftertaste dry grains and alcohol.
M) A bit flat - has a carbonation feel similar to a stout. Alcohol effervescence and the warming sensation. A bit dry in the finish. Medium body.
D) An alright beer. I'd have another in a pinch.

Photo of cookin420
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into pubglass
very dark brown with a lasting head which is impressive since it was in a growler for several weeks.
smell is of burnt sugar and slightly fruity notes.
taste is wonderful. smooth but roasty and a bit smokey. I would've guessed this to be a strong scotch of some sort but was enlightened by BA.
fairly slick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. very pleasing.
very drinkable and refreshing even on a hot Independence eve.
this is a big winner.

Photo of McKibben25
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a favorite of mine every time I go out. Ive enjoyed via growler and on tap although I prefer it on tap. I really don't have many complaints about this one. I love the reddish color the beer pours. And the name suggests the exact way it smells and tastes-of the mountains. Pine, smoke, caramel, toffee, and the perfect balance of hops. It can be a little filling to drink all night. In fact I wouldn't recommend it. But a wonderful beer to enjoy with dinner and start off the night.

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brown with a 2 finger off white head. Some streaky lacing is left behind. Plenty of hearty carbonation runs to the top, even from this sealed growler.
Smell is of delicate toffee, caramel, and vanilla with a hint of oakiness and alcohol.
Taste is of the same aformentioned aromas with a decent bitter bite towards the end of the sweet taste.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a sweet and bitter finish.

Photo of board45
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown, that had a nice inviting orange/tan head. The smell of smoke and the green mountains were strong. As i took a sip the warmth, and strength of the smoke and pine took over. This beer took control. Maple, pine, smoke, some citrus, and a blast of hops at the finish. Great beer. The Shed is a great brewery and has great food. Beautiful beer. Look forward to having many more in the future.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 gallon growler. Poured dark brown stained with garnet hues. There was a nice creamy nitro looking tan head with good lace sticking to the glass. Smell was deep and smokey with an addition of sweet maple syrup. The taste was wonderful with more smokey malts, maple, molassas and toffee with some coffee notes in the undertow. There as also a nice refreshing hop bitterness towards the end of the glass and the alcohol becomes a little more apparent as it warms. Mouthfeel was creamy and not very carbonated. Wonderful beer to drink during the colder months without being overly heavy in any repsect. Reminded me a lot of Rohrbach's Scotch Ale, but not as complex. Thanks to brewthesystem for the growler.

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pre-packaged screw-top growler purchased at Winooski Beverage, Winooski, VT.

First imperial pint pours with a 1/4" tan head, which held on rather nicely, with plentiful lingering lace. Brew is clear and burgundy brown, with an aroma of grains topped with vanilla and a touch of alcohol. Taste starts with malt sweetness, comes on rather strong with fruitiness in the middle, and shows a glimpse of booze at the end, with some warmth after it's all said and done. Mouthfeel is soft on the tongue, but maybe not as smooth as I would hope, and drinkability follows in line. Hope to try more of their stuff, but get distracted by another establishment closer to the highway... :-)

Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler purchased june 1/2010 at the market in burlington, sampled june 1/2010.

pours hazy deep red, nearly brown, with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. light alcohol. woody and earthy. light herbal character. touch of dark chocolate and coffee. bit of lager character?

taste is neat. dark chocolate. bit of coffee. date, fig, raisin. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. lightly sweet caramel and toffee. earthy and woody.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth and complexity. upon tasting i had no idea what the style was. initially i thought it was a brown ale based on the appearance and aroma, but there was a hint of lager that came through more in the taste. seems to borrow elements from a few different styles, including brown ale and perhaps doppelbock. i don't know that it fits as an "american strong ale" as it's neither strong nor really showing much american character, but it was tasty none the less.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

shady brown with ruby highlights.. hazy enough to blur the image of unionmade on the other side. bubbles crowded around the surface edge, the swirly haze of strong beer comfortably nestled in the middle. caramel and brown sugar baked goods nose. burnt rock candy crystals and fruity english malt. sensory pleasure. bitter and somewhat medeival in its aged hoppiness. very aggressive but a crisp, bubbly body makes up for it. raisiny with charred wood notes in the finish. delicious although not the most drinkable for its lower strong-ale abv.

Photo of abriggs1
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers anywhere. It tastes great and it gets you DRUNK! I had a growler the night before skiing and I was yaking all over the goddamn mountain. At least my vomit tasted a little bit like sweet sweet mountain ale (mixed with bacon and eggs) I've had a lot of beers and I really believe this is one of the world's greatest brews. I don't know if the Shed Brewery will start making this for mass consumption anytime soon, but many Vermonters know this beer well and I think they could make a great go at it. The taste is sort of like Bass but you can taste the higher alcohol content.

Photo of Deuane
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Shed's flagship brew.

A-Slightly hazy deep, dark brown with a medium light tan head that reduced to a thin cap. Left decent amounts of lace behind.

S-Light at the start but improved as the beer warmed. Sweet caramel and roasted malts meld nicely with bourbon-esque notes. Slight hints of smoke in the background.

T-Big and malty sweet with a pleasant blend of toffee, vanilla and that twinge of smoke again. A bit of a hop bite in the finish.

M-Medium to medium-heavy body with a ever so rich smoothness. This is a most pleasant malt bomb.

D-Very nice for a big, rich malty brew. Like a sweet, liquid toffee candy bar. Never reaches the point of being to sweet and cloying. Finishes well with the hints of smoke and a nice hop kick.

Photo of scottum
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best Vermont beers! Always a great find on tap. Available on tap in many places around Burlington and Stowe, Vermont. Also, growlers have been spotted in select stores around the area. A dark brown strong ale with a nice head. Very well balanced. All the flavors become one. True art of a beer.

Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler, picked up while in Vermont. Grub shared this one.

Pours a mostly clear reddish brown, thin off white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick.

Smell is alright, very malty, some caramel, lightly toasty, a bit of fruit, biscuit, pretty neat malt character, a bit of light chocolate and roast comes through.

Taste is good too, a touch of iron, some caramel, very fruity, grape skins, lightly toasty, biscuit, just a hint of some roast and a bit of chocolate, balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nothing fancy but a pretty easy drinking ale, drinks well for the ABV. Thanks Russ!

Photo of albern
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate to have had this beer on tap at the brewpub, in the growler bought at the brewpub, on tap at a restaurant in Jay, VT that served it, and in the growler that I bought from Sylvester's Market in Montgomery Ctr. I couldn't distinguish the differences in freshness, so the beer holds up well off the premises. Since this beer isn't available in the bottle, I have covered all the iterations of its availability. The beer does not have a wide distribution, so it may be hard to find outside of a 50 mile radius of Northern VT.

This beer is exceptional and very enjoyable in all of its forms. It pours a nice tawny brown with an off white, creamy head. There is definite lacing to the beer, although in growler form, the head dissipated pretty quickly.

For what it's worth, the beer is advertised as having been voted #1 by Ski Magazine. What that means is hard to say since I have no idea of Ski Magazine's criticality towards reviewing beer. But an accolade is an accolade so why not.

The aroma of the beer is a nice floral, sweetish malt. There is a touch of the higher ABV in the nose of the beer. The consistency is quite thick and syrupy, but not cloyingly so. This is a full bodied beer, very modest carbonation, more so on tap. I would have pegged this beer as having been made with brown sugar, but after consulting the brewmaster, alas I was wrong. The beer has a nice caramel, toasted, slightly charred but warming middle, with an increasingly creamy feel towards the finish. The beer is made with oats, which explains some of the creaminess. This is a fairly complex beer with lots going on.

The mouthfeel is a bit oily, but very nice. There are warming alcohol notes in the finish, but you won't experience the throaty burn with other Strong ales. I enjoyed this beer both on tap and in the growler. Good luck finding it, but if you do, drink up! L'Chaim.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown appearance with some clarity. Small off-white head with little retention. Slight roasted malt aroma but the taste is delicious. This flavor of this brew is definitely on the malty side but the individual flavors are hard to pick out. Whatever they were, they were tasty! Slightly creamy mouthfeel that coats the inside of your mouth nicely. A nice, well-rounded, medium to full bodied brew.

Me and a friend of mine went back to The Shed to pick up growlers of Mountain Ale before we returned home to NJ but it had not opened yet. Very upsetting...

Photo of NEhophead
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sealed growler from the brewery.

A somewhat creamy off white head that settles after a moment, leaving a few patches of condensed lacing. A light brown in color with hues of mahogany.

Semi-sweet caramel and roasted malt aroma. Vanilla, a touch of molasses, and a hint of nutmeg in the background.

Begins with a sweetened, roasted malt character; additional molasses. The initial sweetness falls off and is replaced with a distinct ginger and nutmeg spice that really changes things up in this Strong. The finish is a bit dry, giving way to a moderate caramel sweetness in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; lighter on the palate than most of the style, but still with enough substance as not to disappoint.

Good drinkability given the 7% abv; you would never know it was there. Smooth, with a unique flavor.

Photo of Brad007
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark color, barely transparent. Aroma is strong and malty with just a hint of hop bitterness. The taste is somewhat interesting as there seems to be more of a hop bitterness than malt in it. Somewhat hoppier than I expected but that's not a bad thing. Strong of course and there are still hints of malt and even a bit of coffee at the back of the throat (though not much). Dark, strong and handsome and definitely not a session ale.

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Mountain Ale from The Shed Restaurant & Brewery
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