Tall Timber Ale - Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

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Tall Timber AleTall Timber Ale

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lipschitz on 03-30-2003

Tall Timber Ale is a dark, full-bodied English Brown Ale alive with rich malt flavour, caramel undertones and a slight residual sweetness. The use of Goldings finishing hops and an authentic top cropping ale yeast round out the traditional Brown Ale character.
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Photo of Bbbn
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favourite beer. The smoothest Brown Ale I've found. First tasted it on tap at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Have bought it in 700 ml bottles from stores in BC and Alberta and 350 ml cans directly from the Brewery.

Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bottle. I rather like the heritage mountain mining town imagery on the label - a workin' man's beer!

This beer pours a clear, fairly dark reddish brown hue, with one fat finger of reservedly foamy, and mostly soapy, bubbly beige head, which leaves a wee ring of lace around the glass as it quickly falls away.

It smells of mildly biscuity caramel malt, with a sweet, oily nuttiness, a subtle hint of dark chocolate, a bit of red grape fruitiness, some ethereal sugar syrup, and plainly fruity, floral hops. The taste is lightly toasted, somewhat edgy caramel malt, a mixed bowl of bar-top nuttiness, grape soda (I know!), a hint of watery raisin that somehow borders on Turkish figs, and earthy, musty, and floral hops.

The carbonation is a bit all over the place up front, even a bit on the high side at times, but eventually settles right out, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and unfortunately average for the style, with a further bit of damning watery essence in its ill-advised attempt at smoothness. It finishes more or less dry, the fruity character not really bringing the sweetness, as the nutty and hoppy essences pull their reins a fair bit tighter.

A decent, adequate, and inoffensive offering, with a middling malt, and understated hoppiness, sure, but nothing memorable enough to warrant me seeking it out again. The sort of thing to put back mindlessly at a party once you've established your non-BMC predilections - been there.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge brown ale fan, I find them hard to get excited about. But it's beer, so into this bottle we go...

Pours a frothy tan head, with retention lasting about a minute before dropping off completely. Color is glassy, ruby-tinted deep brown. Nearly opaque.

Aroma is nutty, with light notes of brown sugar and caramel.

The sweet nutty flavor mingles with a caramel creaminess, some raisin and fig floating around in the back. Juicy at first, but has a very drying finish that makes you long for another sip. The carbonation is moderate, with a thinness in the mouth that isn't necessarily weak or airy.

Not an assertive, unusual, bonkers brown ale...but they usually aren't. I was given this bottle, and enjoyed it, though probably wouldn't go out of my way for it. But in the end it's a solid brew.

Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An OK ale, better than a national brand. Some genuine brown ale taste and lots of malt but too much carbonation. I think the brewery tends to use too much malt and carbonation on their product line. Tip off the hat to Irondjinn for the sample. We could not keep it refrigerated. May have been better colder. Nice brown color.

Photo of nickd717
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber shared by westcoastbeerlvr on BA. Thanks, Allen, I guess.

Deep clear dark amber color with a small off-white head leaving a thick ring.

Not much on the aroma, more or less just standard caramel and nuttiness.

Decent caramel and chocolate flavor with toast and some nuts. Rather standard.

Fairly thin mouthfeel with average carbonation.

Pretty average overall, not offensive but not too exciting.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a very deep reddish brown clear colour, decent amount of light tan head that retained okay

S - nutty and caramel malts up front are very pleasing, with maybe a slight hint of peat earthiness along with some sweetness

T - the nuttiness comes through very clearly, there are definite hints of caramel and/or syrupy sweetness, finishing with a mellow taste of earthy grains

M - a little of that chewy dark ale feel but not heavy, a very light feeling of carbonation that is only there for a split second, leaving you with a mellow bready feel

D - nothing mind blowing, but it is a nice offering with some expected but well balanced flavours. And at sub $4 price tag for a 650ml bomber its is definitely worth enjoying.

Note that the bottle has this at 5.2% ABV, not 5.5%

Photo of vanrassel
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe it's harsh of me to say so after sampling only a few of this brewery's offerings, but I'm inclined to nickname it Mt. Bland-bie.

This is a decent enough, drinkable beer, but there's absolutely nothing about it that would make me reach for it again.

It poured a medium brown colour from the bottle with a two-finger, tan head. Even with the aggressive pour, the head diminished to a thin ring within moments and left no lacing on the glass.

The smell was a nice balance of toffee and malt with just a hint of hops. The taste delivered toasted malts and some coffee bitterness and it had a nice, medium-bodied feel on the palate. It left no aftertaste of any description as it went down — nor any lasting impression on me.

Photo of Goldorak
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a non-Beer enlightened friend who spent a few days out west. He just picked it up at random from the shelf.

Appearance: Brown with reddish highlights, with very light head.

Smell: Not bad, quite nutty in fact.

Taste: Lightly smokey, with some caramel. It sort of reminds me of cola. I'm not much of an expert on that, I drank my last Coke/Pepsi about 3 years ago, but the look, texture and taste really made me think it was cola for a sec. I'm not much of a connaisseur in "english brown ales" either, but it just felt like something was missing...The look was acceptable, the smell interesting, it just lacked a little body.

I'm glad I gave this a try, but if I ever head out to BC I won't go out of my way for this one.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale wit a large off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of deep caramel malt and molasses is more interesting then expected. Taste of also a very nice mix between some caramel malt and light sweet molasses but ending is somewhat weird with some light DMS notes. Body is full for the style with good carbonation. Good and more complex then style would suggest and would have gotten a better rating is it was not for the DMS.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to lipschitz for this beer sent during canBIF 2007,

Mellow brown color, very light head, dissipates quickly, nice nutty malt aroma, delicious simple malt flavor, hops taste more american than english? Don't matter, its very good.

Not a extreme beer, but definately a fine example of what real beer should look and especialy taste like.

Photo of Garin
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mt. Begbie's Tall Timber poured a deep chestnut brown with a pillowy and creamy head that clung to the glass. It looks wonderful.

I find aromas of toasty sweet malt and the slightest hint of something hoppy.

Immediate caramel flavours blend into richer chocolate malt and a soft and rich finish of slightly roasty grain. There is the slightest amount of bitterness possible, I think, to keep this on track. This is what I want to be able to brew.

It's smooth, creamy but light, and very easy to drink. Man, did I pick some great beers today or what?

Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came in a 650ml brown bottle, my abv on it was 5.2%. Pours out a deep, clear walnut tone, but is a stunning cherry oak when held up to the light. Medium beige head which dissipates eventually to a thin ring. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and nuttiness in there as well. Very faint floral hops hiding behind all of that. Flavour is of rich roasted malt and coffee with a full, satisfying mouthfeel. This is a nicely balanced, robust flavoured brown ale that does justice to this style.

Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanx to Irondjinn for providing me a sample of this beer.
A very dark amber beer with no head retention, actually the head reminded me of the D-day landing "it came but quicky dissapeared" like me grand-da would say.
Roasted malt smell, with caramel flavours, and a sweetness is there.

Her taste is like her smell, but very very sweet, reminded me of an albino milk stout.

Photo of Voonder
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark ruby brown with almost no head. Smell - malts, some toasted sugar, rye bread. Taste - chocolate malts, toasty, bready, hint of caramel. Great complex stuff. Rich, smooth, almost chewy. Very nice brew, complex and balanced. Drinkability - moderate

Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber red apperance with thick brown head that slowly settles down leaving little lacing. Smell consists of toffee, caramel and roasted nuts. Has a hint of sweetness and malt as well.

Taste is similar to the smell, consists of malt, roasted nuts, caramel, grain and a hint of syrup/toffee. Good combination of balanced dark tastes. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter with a smokey, caramel taste.

Overall, this is a thick beer that ends up being light and refreshing, not a bad take on brown ales. If you come across it, give it a try.

Photo of Noxious26
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle served in a pint glass.

Clear, medium brown with red highlights. Almost a nice light cherry wood colour. Head is dense and light brown in colour. Head recedes to a tight ring around the edge.

Roasted malts with nutty and sweet highlights dictate the aroma. Some caramel and faint hops in the background.

Richly malted and slightly sweet. Coffee and nutty undertones. As the ale warms a nice warming alcohol aspect pokes through as well as some woody tones. Aftertaste is mildly dry and mainly malt-bitter. As it warms a burnt sugar taste pops up towards the finish and into the aftertaste.

Medium - full bodied delicious mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated.

This is one of the best (if not THE best) Brown Ale I've ever had. The warming alcohol effect later in the glass tends to tone down the drinkability making this more of a sipping brew rather than the sessional ale it makes itself out to be when served colder. None the less, this is a gem found at a small brewery in a small town in the middle of the BC interior.

Note: When I first tried this at the 1999 Harvest Moon Beer Festival, it won the People's Choice award as best in show as selected by the attendees.

Photo of canadianbarman
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

--Came in a large 650 ml brown bottle. Freshness markings are found on the right edge of the label.
--Poured a nice reddish brown in color. A nice head that had a decent lacing.
--Kind of a sweet, malty smell.
This is without a doubt the best brown ale I have tryed yet. It also ranks up there with one of the best overall beers I have had the honour of tasting! It was not too thick and not too smooth...with just the right amount of body. This one will make a regular appearance in my fridge, especially when people come over knowing I always have something differant to try. I look foreward to other Mt. Begbie offerings.

Photo of Methodd
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650mL bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark mahogany with huge amounts of tan head that lingers until it’s all that’s left. Curtain lacing.

Smell: Nutty. Toasty malts, chocolate, coffee and molasses.

Taste: Uber nutty! You thought the aroma was nutty but the flavor is so dominated by nuts that nothing much else comes though. What does come through is identical to the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation. Medium to heavy bodied. Seems like a very mature brew.

Drinkability: Pretty smooth but too nutty for its name and my personal taste. I find this to be a pretty simple brew.

Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice copper brown with a ruby red hue, finger of off-white bubbly head with admirable retention, small traces of lacing and nice visible carbonation.

S - Scent is mild, but toffee and caramel malts come through as the most prominent scents.

T - Caramel and coffee malts, with a bit of a mocha finish. Some sour rye dough and bready malts come through on the finish.

M - Bubbles up nicely on the tongue, filling the mouth, and goes down buttery smooth.

D - Quite a nice brown ale with a delicious mix of flavours. Would definitely buy this offering again and would recommended to anyone looking for a reasonably priced, tasty and unique brew.

Photo of leaddog
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a finger width of bubbly, foamy white head.

Smell - Caramalt, nuttiness, sweet plum.

Taste - Strong nutty flavours along with sweet caramel malts. Very well balanced and earthy.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall - A good representation of a brown ale by Mt. Begbie. I really enjoyed the nutty character and the overall balance of the beer. Worth a try for those who enjoy the brown ale style.

Photo of beerguy101
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is nutty and sweet, with a touch of chocolate. A medium bodied brown ale. Malts are nutty, choclately and sweet. Hops are slightly bitter. Nicely balanced. Mild tasting brown ale. Would make a nice session beer. Finish is a little sudden. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Photo of IllNate
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Fantastic colour, deep amber red. Finger or two of head, but fades quickly to a lacing.

S - Lots of Caramel malt with a bit of roastiness. Maybe it's the power of suggestion from the name, but detecting a woody note.

T - Very malty. Caramel mostly with some dark roasted character. Finishes somewhat sweet.

M - Heavier than some, but still very smooth and drinkable.

D - Drinkable, but finished a bit too sweet.

Photo of wordemupg
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bomber poured into pint glass 7/1/12

A clear dark brownish amber with bubbles as small as pinpricks and large as... large bubbles? short lived finger of cream colored foam leaves no lace

S slightly nutty with some coco, a little grape candy and some dark dry cereal

T what I smell but with a strong iced tea flavor, not bad but not good

M thin and not as well carbonated as I would have guessed from all the visible bubbles, leafy aftertaste

O strange iced tea flavor I could live without and this one just didn't do it for me overall

not offensive but pretty average stuff going on here, I had no problems drinking it but I doubt I'd buy it again

Photo of pootz
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a fan of the English brown ale genre but this brew is "Canadianized" enough to make it a good drink after skiing at some Revelstoke lounge (as I'm sure this was the intebded market for this brewer).

Poured a clear dark copper color with a smallish, fine-foamed cap that laced out. light smells of ale hop and sweet malt, grassy grains. Started rather watery and bland then the malt pronouncement kicked in as the mouthfeel becomes more oily....the finsh was smooth but unspectactular with a lasting bready-biscuit like after taste....very subdued in the hops for an ale....but very drinkable.

Photo of Cwrw
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 500 ml brown bottle pours a dark, rosewood, brown ale, with a creamy, medium-sized, ample, head, which leaves a delightful clinging lace. The appearance, in short, is superb. It is much more red than many brown ales I have tasted. The aroma is most appetising: gentle malt sweetness with aromatic, albeit slight, hop presence, as well as something I cannot quite describe...strange. There exists a really clean, invigorating, unprocessed smell--the way a fresh beer should smell. The taste does not disappoint the palate. Full-bodied. Lingering malt sensations and slight bitterness make this brew an ideal balance for a brown ale--by far the best of British Columbia's microbrewery brown ale offerings. The finish is definite chocolate and coffee, very similar to the aftertaste of a stout, but not quite. The sweetness of the beer initially is exceptionally balanced in the middle of the tongue; qualities which constitute an easily drinkable brew, complex enough to please discerning beer drinkers. It is, in my opinion, delicious, and will, I have no doubts, become a regular purchase of mine.

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Tall Timber Ale from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
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