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Mountain Ale | The Shed Brewery

very good
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Brewed by:
The Shed Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An English-style strong ale. This brown ale has great malt depth and drinks like a session beer.

Added by Jason on 05-07-2012

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Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 563
Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: crystal clear dark mahogany color with a 1/4" head..

Smell: caramel, bread, and some fruit sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: bread, caramel, ripe dark fruits, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. light crispness throughout with mild dryness late.

Overall: this reminds me of a hoppy imperial red ale. Good drinking, but one may be enough in a session.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Mahogany, ruby red brew, slightly opaque, tons of carbonation apparent. Nice head, settles down to a thick film that lingers. Leaves some lace in the glass
S: Light aroma, rather fruity like cherries and sweet. Toasty malt notes present. Notes of caramel.
T: Very balanced. Caramel flavors, some dark fruit flavors, cherry, raisins, some chocolate and caramel flavors as well. Very smooth as well
F: Light, frothy, and smooth. Balanced. Medium carbonation adds a crisp quality. Not dry at all.
O: Super solid brew. Haven't had it in awhile, glad I revisited it.

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Photo of Act25
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I much prefer the Shed's IPA and Profanity Ale. But Try 1.
In this style try Oskar's scotch ale.

A =A deep, slightly hazed, maple syrup body with a short-lived head with moderate lacing.

S = Caramel malty, English, with alcohol / whiskey uplift. Not enough.

T = Mostly malty dominant sweetness and a laid back hop finish. Too sweet and alcoholic for me without redeeming flavor, bitterness or body. Some herbal, mineral, peppery, berries, earthy, alcoholic warmth, and nutty yeast.

M = Smooth and chewy, astringent on palate due to 7.4% alcohol.

O = A sipper. Not my style, and too coke like.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a slightly reddish tint, with minimal, but lacy white head. Aromas are malty sweet caramel and mild nuttiness. Flavor is similar - sweet and bready qualities. Finish is clean and fairly dry. Pretty decent stuff.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty - I've had this several times before, but the current batch of everything Shed is mighty good beether. The only thing I don't like about this beer is the hazy color, it just isn't a color that looks good hazy, to me. The real hit is that the malts are clean and clear balanced by solid but not strong bitterness. The smell is more malt than flower and the taste is similar. The taste is only a touch sour, which is great, and the flavor reminds me of molasses. It's got small batch goodness. The alcohol is mildly a part of the flavor as well. Aftertaste is clean, mildly lingering sweetness making me thirsty for the next sip. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected for this gravity, but might be just right for the style. Very solid beer.

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Photo of dtreindl
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown ale, high abv and high malt. The texture is a wonderful smooth creaminess - rare for a brown ale. Taste is sweet without being cloying, some dry fruit and medium-dark caremelization. But a mild tartness compliments the sweet malt perfectly. All the flavors meld together agreeably so that no aspect is overpowering.

Great balance for a strong brown ale! "Rugged Brown Ale" is how the label describes it and I think that's a great summary!

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Photo of Gajo74
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look-light brown/copper, minimal head and ultra thin lace.
Smell-sweet aroma, toasted malts, nutty, fruity esters, strong caramel and some alcohol. The aroma is its best attribute.
Taste- At first, really liked the sweetness on the tongue. Malty, dark fruit, nutty, caramel, and buttery. However, as the drink warms, the alcohol finish becomes a bit much for me. I would have preferred a stronger hops presence to balance it out.
Feel-medium bodied and softly carbonated. The prevalence of the alcohol leaves it a bit unbalanced.

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Photo of smanson56
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the third beer from a Shed mix pack I picked up. I would say the only one in the box that was below what I expected. A decent looking brown ale but not a big flavor to this ale. I'd love to see something else in there mix pack as the other 3 beers where pretty good.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

When I am out and don't feel like overpaying for an undersized stout or porter pour, and this is on draft, this is a reliable go to beer. Tastes more like a Brown Ale to me. I have only on draft and never from the bottle.

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours brown in color with copper edges. The nose is malty and bready but the notes are not as potent as I would suspect for a beer of this ABV. The body and malt flavor are also very fine - but again - they are not quite up to snuff for a strong ale (even the English variety).

This would make for an above average brown ale but since the brewer self-categorizes it as an English Strong Ale, I will say it is a touch below average.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper brown with a tan head.

In the nose is caramel, blackberry, roasted malt, backed by an earthy, herbal punch.

Taste is caramel malt with a chewy biscuity mouthfeel balanced by herbal hop hit. Finish is dry, a little oaky with slight earthy undertones.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe I was a bit generous with the score. Tasty non-offensive brown ale. First sip I tasted some piney hops, but that went away. A almost too smooth brown ale. Somewhat generic. Comparable to Newcastle brown but better. Can't tell this is a ABV 7.4. Super smooth.

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Photo of CHickman
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper chestnut brown color with light at the edges making it look gold color with a lot of bubbles and active carbonation racing up the brew to a full thick foamy 2-3 finger head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, and dissipated about average time leaving good spotty foamy lacing.

Smells of caramel, wet cardboard, dry grass, lightly roasted caramel malt, brown sugar, earthy, herbal and some metallic yeast notes. Smells like a very malty brown ale minus the hops, and it borders on the winter warmer nose without any of the spices.

Tastes just like it smells, with caramel, sweet malt, metallic yeast notes, wet cardboard, grass, lightly roasted grains, brown sugar, twigs and other earthy flavors like peat moss, light herbs, tree bark, honey and some faint piney hops. There are some tea leaf like notes that resemble floral hops, but this is basically all malt tasting with some grains and minor fruity sweetness. I guess it's OK for the style, just kind of mundane to me.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with mild carbonation, a slight bitterness and lots of malty sweetness that hides the ABV just about completely. Overall it was alright, just not that stimulating for me, but a decent enough brew.

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Photo of twosheds
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown with a slight golden hue

Smells sweet and biscuity with a kind of bitterness of dark bread.

Smooth and complex flavor. Very malty, but with a nice balance of bitterness. The slightly higher abv for the style is somewhat noticeable as is isn't quite as smooth as other browns ales.

This is great affordable brown ale that I can't believe I had been overlooking until now.

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Photo of DavidGross
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a bottle of this great beer. great pour with a nice dark red body with nice thick cap. Was nice an malty brown and very drinkable with 7.4% ABV. Really wish I had more than just one of these and look forward to finding a few more.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a ruby colored dark amber with a nice head. Flavor is pleasant, crossing both the palate and the nose easily. Easy to drink, kicks like a mule. Try it!

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Photo of PGRADY
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go-to-beer. Simple, readily available, 7.4% brown ale for a good price. I enjoying having a variety of beer and tend to not buy 12 packs of anything with the exception of Shed because I could go for one after a long workday

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Photo of digitalflood
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber to a very dark almost ruby black color. Head builds to excellent level and shows good lacing retention. Some carbonation can be seen towards the bottom where the color is lightest. Smells of fresh biscuits, caramel, and faint Scotch like alcohol scents. Mouth is all malted bread and caramel. Good alcohol bite at the mid=palate with light hop notes. A little bitter on the back side of the flavor profile. Just enough to let you know there is some hops there. Whiskey barrel flavors of smoke, leather, and oak linger. Not sure where that comes from but it's pleasant and complimentary. Very good. 4.25 out of 5.

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Photo of ravisingh
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: The color is about a 13-14 on the SRM. Definitely cloudy in appearance when held up to the light with some of the ingredients visibly floating around. The head did not last too long and it had a lightish foaminess to it. There was some lacing though not a lot.

S: There is a definite alcohol kick to the aroma, but considering its 7.4% ABV not bad. With a breadiness like generic store bought wheat bread. A little sweetish with stone fruit notes and some woodiness kind of cedarish. Definitely some pepper not much clove and a little bit of orange.

T: The flavor had spiciness to it and a woodiness to the aftertaste. There was a toasted flavor, almost burnt at first but giving way to the former. If there was any fruit flavor it would be grapefruit and maybe a little banana, but not much. There was a nuttiness, like pistachio and macadamia at the end.

F: It was creamy in mouthfeel not very astringent at all with a warmth on the tongue. The finish had a little bite IMO.

O: Overall it's a nice beer and the creaminess balanced with the warmth was really nice. The bitterness of the grapefruit didn't linger long. I would recommend it, felt like the people that made it put a lot of heart into it.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; reddish brown in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice, thick rings of lace;

S: caramel;

T: caramel up front; a little citrus behind sweet malt from mid-palate through the finish; no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; creamy carbonation; dry finish;

O: not all that interesting or complex;

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Photo of Burnthedevice
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice maltiness. Not quite enough hop presence. Lacks complexity, but still, a good tasting, exceptionally smooth drinking beer at 7.4% abv. A great companion on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark, lustrous, earthy brown. Journey to the center of the Earth. A small but lingering tan head with good lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: A bit weak, actually, but I can detect some soft hints of caramel. Not much else.

Taste: Earthy with a bit of toasty maltiness. It's not overpowering. It has a kind of natural passivity about it, like the Dao. And like Dao, there is a strength to that passivity. Okay, all silly philosophical banter aside, it tastes good.

Mouthfeel: Decent, medium body, with good aftertaste.

Overall: I found myself liking this beer and craving more almost right away. It's unassuming, and gently flavorful.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #71 (December 2012):

A resuscitated beer, as The Shed brand was purchased from Otter Creek Brewery last year. Expressive from start to finish, more complex than expected. An enjoyable sipper, perhaps a bit too drinkable for its size … brawny at that. Definitely a type of brew most will craver in the cooler months.

STYLE: English Strong Ale
ABV: 7.4%

LOOK: Hazed rusty brown, thin lacing

SMELL: Biscuity, wild berries, yeast, birch sap, faint caramel, estery

TASTE: Medium body, herbal, mineral, buttery, peppery, black berries, earthy, green peppercorn, alcoholic warmth, bread crust, minty, custard, nutty yeast, herbal drying finish

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

On tap at the Reservoir in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a murky reddish brown, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells nutty and caramelly, big malty aroma on this one. There's a slight bit of warming alcohol that hits the nose as well. Smells like a lower alcohol barleywine, kind of.

Tastes pretty good, reminds me at times of a scotch ale mixed with a brown ale mixed with a low alcohol barleywine. Caramel, chocolate, and nuts all meld into a rich malt flavor. Though I smelled a little bit of booze, I don't taste any. There's no hop or yeast flavors that I can discern.

There's a medium body on this, wish it was a little burlier. There is a low amount of carbonation, which leaves a velvety smooth mouthfeel.

A solid wintery ale. This would certainly be a good choice to keep warm in the colder months.

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Photo of youngs11
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a dark amber like real maple syrup. Small, visible carbonation bubbles offer thin film of off-white froth. Nice lacing.

Smells like sweet butter bread, mead, malty.

No real surprises in taste, but that's a good thing. There is a little bit of bitterness, but the sweetness of the malt is the main component on the palate.

There is a lot of beer in this glass. Medium heavy body is a little more chewy than expected. Really smooth with a subtle prickle. Nice warming component.

This strong ale could wear the "winter warmer" label in my opinion. Hearty, malty, and high ABV will make this even better later in the year. Recommend

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Mountain Ale from The Shed Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.