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Mountain Ale - The Shed Brewery

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Mountain AleMountain Ale

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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 9
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Shed Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-07-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

djrn2, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

nmann08, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

acurtis, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

A: The beer is clear but very dark reddish brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation when it is held up to a bright light (but appears black when viewed from afar). It poured with a finger and a half high dense beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and nutty malts are present in the nose along with notes of dark fruits.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness and bits of initial malty sweetness. Plums seem to stand out in particular among the flavors of dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a little smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This wouldn’t be a bad beer to sip on a cold day. It definitely lives up to being described as "a rugged brown ale" on the label.

metter98, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Knapp85, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

SocalKicks, May 06, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

On-tap 12/19/2012 at The Gridiron Bar & Grill in Warwick, RI served in a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, fruit, honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and fruit. The malt character is a bit thin. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are other similar beers that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev 0%

Nice label.

Don't see enough brown ales out there. Not that I'd really be rushing out to get them anyways.

This is a pretty nice one. Decent body, flavor is bringing something, though it's slightly too tangy. Just a wee bit. Carbonation is a bit too high as well. Overall a pretty good brew. Glad to be able to try something from a new (to me) brewery. Will keep an eye out for more from them.

RblWthACoz, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%

definitely one of the better American browns ive come across in awhile. this, from right across the lake in Vermont, is a hopped up version like few ive had. it pours as red as it does brown, especially in the light. its got over an inch off tan head, but the retention is rather poor. still, a creamy rich liquid beckons. the nose is a great balance between sweeter English and American malts, and fresh east coast hops, with mild acidity. a little woody, a little sweet, and a lot yummy. the taste is the best parts of the nose, rich chocolate and caramel malts do their thing, while the beer finished on the bitter end of the spectrum with a wide variety of hop flavors and feels, including pine and sticky ganja. easy drinking for a beer of this alcoholic strength, its fuller in body and the carbonation is pretty good. its got a creamy texture and seems like a nitro tap would make this elite. I like this better than the shed ipa, and I look forward to more of their beers. this is excellent, and its even better on tap.

StonedTrippin, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

A light creamy fizzy 1/3 finger head that rises up on the sides of the glass with some lacing, over murky dark mahogany cranberry reddish brown color.

Nose seems like a robust ale, some slight earthy little herbal bitter like hops, touch grassy, then semi sweet malts, reddish toasty malts, little candy like, caramel, little toffee, light aromatic juicy malt, and just a bit of a darker brownish malt.

Taste starts malty, some darker malts, toasty reddish and some darker brown malts, bit of caramel, toffee, sweet molasses flavors, little creamy. Some hops kick in, little earthy and herbal, slight grassy, slight chewy. It brings a little booze like warmth but just a bit, as well as some light esters from the big booze warmth yeast additions. There is a light creamy caramel almost cocoa like flavor from some darker malt. Finish is still a bit creamy, some interesting tartness in the back end with a bit more bitterness, some more earthy hops, plenty more toffee, candy flavors, and a slight candied apple flavor lingering.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bodied, decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, nice overall robust winter like ale. I could see downing a few of these while up in the cold mountains, keep me warm and decent flavor, and for what it is it has a big flavor but still fairly drinkable.

jlindros, Oct 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DrunkinYogi, May 03, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev -4%

Cloudy, dark amber. Modest bar-pour head but it lasts. Lots sticky, spotty lace.

Earthy and dark. Far more malty than hoppy. A bit of chocolate and alcohol to the smell.

Starts with darker malt but, in the swallow is a good dose hop. In short,well balanced. Thin bodied with a level of carbonation above normal. Earthy overall with a low sweetness.

smcolw, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

oriolesfan4, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

InspectorBob, May 14, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%

Another of my local, in-person trader, tone77's latest drop-off.

From the bottle: "A deep Stowe, Vermont heritage, this small batch classic now makes its home in Middlebury, Vermont. Smooth, malty overtones with a pronounced hop finish."; "Born in Stowe, Vermont at the legendary Shed Restaurant & Brewery, moved to Midddlebury to to raise up a family of Vermont ales."; "Unfiltered, Brewed fresh since 1995, established in Stowe, Vermont, a rugged brown ale."

It is early, so I decided to go with a heavy-handed pour that ended up producing some cascading action in the glass. It also produced two-plus fingers of dense, foamy deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-brown with burnt orange highlights and just a touch of haze in terms of clarity. Nose had an interesting mix of chocolate malt and minty, evergreen hops. It is Girl Scout cookie season and this made me think of Thin Mints. The lacing that had begun to form was wonderfully sticky. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full and the chocolate malt was immediate on the tongue with the minty hops following as I breathed in. This was really good, much more than I was expecting and the finish really did have a Thin Mint cookie quality to it. I will be recommending this one to others.

woodychandler, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a two finger khaki tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Brown hazy color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light malty nose, flavor is sweet malty and nutty. Better than the usual brown. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Concord Coop Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

BillRoth, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +10%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Really nice looking brew, dark copper red, with walnut brown hints and a real ruby hue. Head is creamy off white and light tan, almost coffee like in appearance. Settles to a good one finger puck and nicely coats and clumps the glass.

Faint biscuit, and chewy walnuts and hazelnut like aromas. Very dense biscuity malts and sweet brown sugar and dough. Almost like a dark cookie. Smells real solid.

Palate coats slightly watery but with plenty of coating action on the palate. Low carbonation with a big mix of toasty malts and nuts. Clean but large finish, and semi-dry. Creamy like sweetness just a bit with the sugar angles kind of buried. A nice mix of floral and faint tea like herbality on this also.

Overall, pretty decent and real easy drinking for 7.4% also.

smakawhat, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Latarnik, May 30, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

A: An orangish-brown exit sits a dark ice tea coloring in the glass. Creamy-frothy tan head is an inch high with good standing. Carbonation creeps up along the inner walls at a moderate pace. Lace coverage is about half volume.

S: Roasty dark nuttiness, nice maltiness with some dried tree bark. Some natural tea grind earthiness.

T: Roasty flavor with a fresh nuttiness, dried walnuts and almonds and some caramel toast nut. Earthy tea, dried spruce and some spicy hops with a sweetness of dried honey-toffee. Tea like leave, woody cardamon with a slight hint of dried cypress.

M: creamy, light-medium malt base with a warm nuttiness and tea grinds on the hold. Some presence of carbonation.

O: Overall warm nuttiness with earthy silty tea stands out making this pretty good. decent complexity.

beerthulhu, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of DrJay
3.71/5  rDev 0%

Clear chestnut body with a thin light beige cap. Modest head retention with a bit of short-lived lacing. Malty aroma, toffee was dominant with fainter brown sugar and nuts. Hints of alcohol, butter, and toast appeared as the beer warmed. Same malty character in the flavour, but with moderate bitterness and more pronounced nuttiness. Faint cola, herbal, and alcohol notes towards the finish. Decent texture, medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, a pleasant beer that drinks easier than the abv would lead you to believe.

DrJay, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-highlighted brown coloring that looks dark and deep. A thin, sparse, filmy coating on the surface of the beer is all you get for head. Aromas of rich toffee, molasses, and a touch of roasty qualities. Smells very heavy/big, but not overpowering on the nose. Flavors are much more roasted than the nose lets on, with the rich, dark, sweet flavors entering in after the forward punch of earth and roast. Malty profiles overall, with a touch of bitter coffee at the end to draw a bitter close to the palate. Roasty and blended aftertaste, with hints of the dark, earthy sweetness you just tasted, as well as the bitterness that brought everything to a close. Smooth and clean in mouth, with a slight effervescence at the end of the drink. Very easy to drink, with a rich, roasty finish that hangs on just long enough to bring you back for more.

GarthDanielson, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%

Pours a deep brown with reddish highlights when held to light and a huge fluffy off white head that persists forever. Smells of caramel and light chocolate with a hint of earthy hops. Not much of a nose on this one. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of chocolate with a touch of earth and mineral water. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick and bubbly mouthfeel. Strong ale is a real stretch for this brew, but at 7.4% I never noticed the abv. This drinks more like a brown ale but even at that its really bland. Nice to try, but I doubt I'd pick it up again.

johnnnniee, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.6/5  rDev -3%

On-tap at Otter Creek. Pours opaque dark brown with a good sized cream colored head. Solid retention and excellent lacing; very nice overall appearance. Aroma is quite malty and sweet, somewhat toasty, with light fruitiness, brown sugar, and very faint herbal hops.

Flavor is again on the sweet side, with caramel and brown sugar, toasted, slightly nutty malt, distant fruity and herbal hops that really only emerge as a light bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite dry despite the initial sweet flavor. Hint of booze in the finish as well.

Medium body and carbonation; feels smooth and has a little heft to it. Average drinkability. Tasty but not super exciting; a little one dimensional, perhaps.

tobelerone, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Murky brown with no head to speak of. A few bubbles stray to the surface after a vigorous pour. Some lacing manages to stick around.

Smell - Cola with a nutty brown ale aroma. Nothing as deep as chocolate, but getting close.

Taste - Similar to the smell, without being as inviting. More pronounced cola flavor, with a little bit of astringency. Flavor drops off leaving just a little bit of caramel malt and not a lot else.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation and nothing by way of a finish. Clean, though, and very drinkable. Stunned to see 7.4%.

Overall - Middle of the road in nearly every category. The nose held a faint promise, but nothing really delivered here.

Alieniloquium, Nov 29, 2012
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Mountain Ale from The Shed Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.