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Mountain Ale - The Shed Brewery

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Mountain AleMountain Ale

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

HRamz3, Sep 17, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

TheBigBoy, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has some light head that does not last very long. The beer itself is a dark, red copper that seems to have hints of brown.

The beer smells smoky and a bit roasted. However, underneath all of that, there is the sweetness of caramel malts that seems to dominate the smell.

Caramel sweetness dominates the taste buds. Underneath it are smoky notes and roastedness. The beer has some interesting undertones such a tea-like and honey combination but not strong enough to be very noticeable except to the most careful drinker.

Medium bodied but feels a little bit watery. Still good though.

A decent English style beer and worthwhile. I'm glad that my roommate shared this with me.

HattedClassic, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Belittle
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Belittle, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa last week without ever having a beer from The Shed or even knowing that they relocated recently and were not brewed in Middlebury. I thought this would be a Brown Ale based on what I saw on the bottle but this indeed fir the profile of an English Strong Ale and had a bit more bite than a Brown Ale would. This was not outstanding but there was enough to like here, with the alcohol remaining well hidden from start to finish.

The pour to this was a somewhat dark brown with a hint of garnet thrown in for good measure. A nice head combined with beautiful rings of lacing helped the appearance of this beer out to the point that it was its most memorable feature. The aroma of nuts, esters, and brown sugar and all of those were more pronounced in the mouthfeel. A nice malty backbone, some candied sugar, and booze all kicked in once I gave this a sip and put the "strong" into the style of this beer. The hops weren't terribly present but the caramel stickiness that characterize a Brown Ale weren't present here. Instead, this had a reserved strength to it that came out once I finished the bottle off.

While not a session beer, it would be possible to have more than one in a sitting just because there's enough going on here. As the favors faded into a anisette/licorice combination in the end, I couldn't help but notice that I hadn't quite had anything like this before. If there was such a thing as an Imperial Brown Ale, this would be a good example of how to brew it right. This isn't a pushover beer but at the same time, it's hard to imagine anyone being offended by what's going on here.

JerzDevl2000, Sep 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

HoistinBrews, May 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

civicm87, Sep 03, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -11.1%

DelicateDelirium, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

kbrown, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jwps214, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Ajlvt, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

JamieDuncan, Nov 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ChrisL24481, Dec 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

scottbrew4u, Jan 20, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi-hazed deep chestnut color with a thin tan head that recedes real quick. Smells really really good. Roasted barley, morning blend coffee, hazelnuts, and an overall earthiness.

Rather mild flavor for a bigger brew. Roasted barley, toffee, hazelnuts, slight touch of chocolate and an earthy bitterness that is just there to balance allowing the malt to really shine. Medium body with a rolling smoothness and thin carbonation.

Really good flavors with none of that fruitiness that can sometimes take away from a good malty brew. Really clean with flavors that go well together and an incredible balance. 7.4%? tastes like it should be lower, could be dangerous.

jtierney89, Oct 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Proclarush, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

hopley, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

gshackles, Mar 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Nichols33, Friday at 02:58 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

jayhunter357, Jun 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

nzerbe, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

JMS1512, May 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

JakerLou, Apr 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Mikeypnh, Sep 26, 2013
Mountain Ale from The Shed Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.