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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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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a chilled pint glass.

A - Pours a dark ruby-brown. Just a hint of carbonation noticeable. A thick 2-fingered width head showed. It dissipated slowly. Just a small amount of lacing noticeable. Very nice looking beer.

S - Overall light, but pleasant. Hints of roasted malt, bits of cocoa and suprisingly, a touch of hops floated through.

T - After the aroma, I was expected a similar light taste. Not so. Lot's of malt noticeable right off. Mostly dark malts, as the cocoa was noticed as well a general "dark" taste. Some hoppy bitterness was noticed in the aftertaste. Not much fruit or pine from them, but the bitterness was there. Not hugely complex, but a good tasting beer.

F - Dangerously drinkable for a Strong Ale. It's a tad thick, but was easy on the stomach. No dryness (I don't like dry beers).

O - A solid English Strong ale. American Strong Ale's are more my style, but this is a good beer. A good amount of flavor, albeit not real complex. Dangerously drinkable at over 7% ABV. Paired this with (very) hot wings, and it was an outstanding combo. Certainly recommend this beer.

stella77artois, Oct 07, 2013
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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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Mountain Ale from The Shed Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.