Mountain Ale | The Shed Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Shed Restaurant & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by almychristopher:
Photo of almychristopher
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a clear dark brown with a small off white head. the aroma presents a bit of chocolate malt with pine hops in the background. the taste is much the same with a warm, roasted malt flavor balanced out with the pine hop taste. this beer has a good full body with adequate co2 it's a little heavy for more than a pint.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd had some of this at the Vermont Brewer's Festival, then later that night at a bar, so when we ate lunch at the restaurant/pub in Stowe, I brought a growler home. Good choice (although I wish they had Spawn of Oliver in a growler). This was a dark brown color with a nice off-white head. It had a roasted grain, bready aroma. Taste was caramel, with a hint of chocolate. Very smooth, nice mouthfeel. I didn't have any trouble finishing the growler (over several hours, of course).

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Photo of tigg924
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, no head, clear

Smell: toasted malt and wood. Not an overpowering smell

Taste: toasted malt, wood, small hops towards the end, a bit of alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, dry, rich, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a strong brown ale. It is above average for the style. I could see myself drinking several after a good hike.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was a quite solid dark ale. It was fairly mild, low carbonation, no head. The aroma was quite malty with some earthy tones. It was fairly light in the mouth but a nice easy drink with dinner.

You really don't notice the extra abv at all, it drinks really well. Overall I'd say this is a quite solid beer.

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Photo of far333
2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown color with a beige head that leaves nice lacing. No aroma at all. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but leaves a tingle in the finish. Roasted malt flavor with some caramel notes. A bit of raisin creeps in, and hops appears in the finish and lingering aftertaste. Very average.

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Photo of BillyB
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- One inch off white/beige head. Dark brown, murky color.

Aroma- Sweet malt, caramel, roasted malt. Vanilla, oak, molasses. Flowery hops.

Taste-Toffee, caramel, vanilla, sweet rich maltiness. Some hoppy kicks at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Strong alcohol warmth. Bitterness from hops and a slight syrupy mouth coating from the sweet malt.

Interesting beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A rotating ale, commercial description an English old. Drinkable, amber with a white crown to it. Chocolate malts in taste, sourness follows. Odd but fruitiness, barley and malt. Not significant hop here.Best described as a brown ale with tuned up a.b.v.

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

Notes from 4 July 2006:

Clear ruby-tinted mahogany with golden highlights at the base of the glass. Short head of creamy bone-white foam holds fairly well and leaves walls of tiny spots and streaks of lace.

Nose expresses Ringwood yeast with buttery diacetyl; bright, ripe summer fruit; a slight touch of pineapple; and hops.

Gently crisp medium body as appropriate for a smooth English-style ale.

Flavor delivers a beautiful combination of buttery and fruity Ringwood yeast with a soft, darkly caramelized edge of malt. The fruit (some add'tl red grape) appears upfront, followed by caramel and dark toffee. The nutty, buttery side of the yeast then kicks in as leafy, grassy, and somewhat pine-like hops pick-up. A brash bitterness rushes in with a stir, dispelling the malt and leaving the palate clean and dry except for some residual hop flavors.

An intense ale with a dark edge and engaging fruitiness.

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Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought back a couple growlers to Syracuse. Not quite sure what to make of this. My first thoughts were of a british amber maybe with ringwood. Its a very smooth flavor of mild fruit with some harsh hops at the end. Again, its different, worth a try though. Easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of u2carew
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. The body is dark mahogany and allows some light through. Lacing is thin and semi-sticky.
S) Noticeable hop aroma - perhaps a dry hop? Hints of brown sugar. Has an earthy pungency, smells a bit like a a wet dog.
T) Hints of caramel and roasted grain up front. Then shifts to a subtle sweetness with some nuttiness. There's a mild hop bitterness in the finish. In the aftertaste dry grains and alcohol.
M) A bit flat - has a carbonation feel similar to a stout. Alcohol effervescence and the warming sensation. A bit dry in the finish. Medium body.
D) An alright beer. I'd have another in a pinch.

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Photo of cookin420
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into pubglass
very dark brown with a lasting head which is impressive since it was in a growler for several weeks.
smell is of burnt sugar and slightly fruity notes.
taste is wonderful. smooth but roasty and a bit smokey. I would've guessed this to be a strong scotch of some sort but was enlightened by BA.
fairly slick mouthfeel and mild carbonation. very pleasing.
very drinkable and refreshing even on a hot Independence eve.
this is a big winner.

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Photo of rkcrozier
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of McKibben25
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a favorite of mine every time I go out. Ive enjoyed via growler and on tap although I prefer it on tap. I really don't have many complaints about this one. I love the reddish color the beer pours. And the name suggests the exact way it smells and tastes-of the mountains. Pine, smoke, caramel, toffee, and the perfect balance of hops. It can be a little filling to drink all night. In fact I wouldn't recommend it. But a wonderful beer to enjoy with dinner and start off the night.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brown with a 2 finger off white head. Some streaky lacing is left behind. Plenty of hearty carbonation runs to the top, even from this sealed growler.
Smell is of delicate toffee, caramel, and vanilla with a hint of oakiness and alcohol.
Taste is of the same aformentioned aromas with a decent bitter bite towards the end of the sweet taste.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a sweet and bitter finish.

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Photo of board45
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown, that had a nice inviting orange/tan head. The smell of smoke and the green mountains were strong. As i took a sip the warmth, and strength of the smoke and pine took over. This beer took control. Maple, pine, smoke, some citrus, and a blast of hops at the finish. Great beer. The Shed is a great brewery and has great food. Beautiful beer. Look forward to having many more in the future.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 gallon growler. Poured dark brown stained with garnet hues. There was a nice creamy nitro looking tan head with good lace sticking to the glass. Smell was deep and smokey with an addition of sweet maple syrup. The taste was wonderful with more smokey malts, maple, molassas and toffee with some coffee notes in the undertow. There as also a nice refreshing hop bitterness towards the end of the glass and the alcohol becomes a little more apparent as it warms. Mouthfeel was creamy and not very carbonated. Wonderful beer to drink during the colder months without being overly heavy in any repsect. Reminded me a lot of Rohrbach's Scotch Ale, but not as complex. Thanks to brewthesystem for the growler.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pre-packaged screw-top growler purchased at Winooski Beverage, Winooski, VT.

First imperial pint pours with a 1/4" tan head, which held on rather nicely, with plentiful lingering lace. Brew is clear and burgundy brown, with an aroma of grains topped with vanilla and a touch of alcohol. Taste starts with malt sweetness, comes on rather strong with fruitiness in the middle, and shows a glimpse of booze at the end, with some warmth after it's all said and done. Mouthfeel is soft on the tongue, but maybe not as smooth as I would hope, and drinkability follows in line. Hope to try more of their stuff, but get distracted by another establishment closer to the highway... :-)

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Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler purchased june 1/2010 at the market in burlington, sampled june 1/2010.

pours hazy deep red, nearly brown, with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. light alcohol. woody and earthy. light herbal character. touch of dark chocolate and coffee. bit of lager character?

taste is neat. dark chocolate. bit of coffee. date, fig, raisin. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. lightly sweet caramel and toffee. earthy and woody.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth and complexity. upon tasting i had no idea what the style was. initially i thought it was a brown ale based on the appearance and aroma, but there was a hint of lager that came through more in the taste. seems to borrow elements from a few different styles, including brown ale and perhaps doppelbock. i don't know that it fits as an "american strong ale" as it's neither strong nor really showing much american character, but it was tasty none the less.

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Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

shady brown with ruby highlights.. hazy enough to blur the image of unionmade on the other side. bubbles crowded around the surface edge, the swirly haze of strong beer comfortably nestled in the middle. caramel and brown sugar baked goods nose. burnt rock candy crystals and fruity english malt. sensory pleasure. bitter and somewhat medeival in its aged hoppiness. very aggressive but a crisp, bubbly body makes up for it. raisiny with charred wood notes in the finish. delicious although not the most drinkable for its lower strong-ale abv.

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Photo of abriggs1
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers anywhere. It tastes great and it gets you DRUNK! I had a growler the night before skiing and I was yaking all over the goddamn mountain. At least my vomit tasted a little bit like sweet sweet mountain ale (mixed with bacon and eggs) I've had a lot of beers and I really believe this is one of the world's greatest brews. I don't know if the Shed Brewery will start making this for mass consumption anytime soon, but many Vermonters know this beer well and I think they could make a great go at it. The taste is sort of like Bass but you can taste the higher alcohol content.

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Photo of Deuane
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Shed's flagship brew.

A-Slightly hazy deep, dark brown with a medium light tan head that reduced to a thin cap. Left decent amounts of lace behind.

S-Light at the start but improved as the beer warmed. Sweet caramel and roasted malts meld nicely with bourbon-esque notes. Slight hints of smoke in the background.

T-Big and malty sweet with a pleasant blend of toffee, vanilla and that twinge of smoke again. A bit of a hop bite in the finish.

M-Medium to medium-heavy body with a ever so rich smoothness. This is a most pleasant malt bomb.

D-Very nice for a big, rich malty brew. Like a sweet, liquid toffee candy bar. Never reaches the point of being to sweet and cloying. Finishes well with the hints of smoke and a nice hop kick.

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Mountain Ale from The Shed Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 60 ratings