Mountain Ale
The Shed Brewery

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Strong Ale - English
Ranked #31
Ranked #32,458
3.75 | pDev: 12.27%
The Shed Brewery
Vermont, United States
Mountain AleMountain Ale
Notes: An English-style strong ale. This brown ale has great malt depth and drinks like a session beer.
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed chestnut appearance with an average size beige head and good lacing. Subtle aroma of molasses and caramel. Flavor is modestly sweet and earthy with notes dark fruit, nuts and brown bread. Alcohol seems pretty well hidden despite the 7.4% abv. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel that leads to an average length finish. Left a cloying aftertaste.

May 11, 2020
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Tantonys from Maine

5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a really nice dark ale. Goes down super easy. Delicious hopping, warm under tones. ! I think that calling it a rugged mountain Ale was quite an appropriate call. At 7.4 ABV makes it a good session beer. Cheers!!!

Apr 18, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got a bucket full of beer bottles from my daughter for Valentine's Day, and this was one of the beers in the bucket (ABV 7.40%, IBU 35).

Look: dark brown with a half inch mocca colored head

Aroma: caramel, nuts, dark bread

Taste: The flavor is roasted malts, dark bread, caramel and nutty and grassy bitterness.

Body/Overall: medium body.

Mar 07, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A moderate pour from a 12-oz. bottle yields a finger of foamy beige head with short retention and minimal spots of lace that quickly shrinks to a persistent ring. Clear dark reddish-brown with deep red-amber highlights.

Smells of rich malt, caramel sweetness with a hint of roasted malt, toasted bread, peaches and faint herbal hops and roasted nuts.

The taste is semi-sweet and mildly bitter, element from the smell are bigger with added cola, baked pears, multi-grain toasted bread and caramelized brown sugar. The finish is neutral, almost semi-dry and long lasting. A faint hop aftertaste and leftover fruitiness lingers.

Medium+ body, average carbonation. Almost smooth, a little grain grittiness and a slight alcohol astringency yet still easy drinking.

A happy revisit from years ago, different packaging and I believe this was in the English Brown group.
Light in color and ABV for an English Strong, malty rich and not as session-able as the description states. Label states "Rugged Brown Ale" and it is true.

Aug 19, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Ruby brown cola liquid , one finger taupe foam cap , some lacings

Sweet malt aroma

Sweet malt taste

Low sudsing

Good beer

Aug 18, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish amber with a minimal head that's quick to fade to a thin ring. I don't get a lot from the aroma, it's pretty muted to me. Taste is big and malty without being overly sweet. A gentle hops flavor kicks in on the end and balances the malt nicely. Creamy mouthfeel makes this an easy drinker, hides the alcohol quite well. I only picked up a single to try it but I would buy more of this, it's quite enjoyable and tasty. Cheers!

Jun 24, 2019
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Pearlyp from Vermont

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my go to if I can’t decide on anything else and I want relatively cheap beer. Dark, strong flavor I can never quite place. No head (when I poured anyways) Little to no aroma (note that I have a poor nose for scents). But still a good choice.

May 07, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber/reddish brown, with some tiny floating sediment. A small tan head is generated with a moderate pour. Retention is poor, but a very thin ring encircles the edge of the glass.
The aroma is muted, but I get toffee, toasted brown bread, cashews, peanuts, caramel, and a hint of cherry.
The flavor is quite complex and tasty. Toffee, molasses, and toasty brown bread intermingle with peanuts, cashews, dark chocolate, sweet red apple, and cherry/fig. A very nice complex brown ale palate. Lightly sweet but finishes clean.
Nice enough mouthfeel; still (dangerously) quaffable at its abv point; medium, moderately carbonated, slightly creamy on the mid-palate with a bit of slickness from residual sugars.

A damn fine near-imperial brown ale. So glad I bought this. I will definitely buy this again and now I am interested in The Shed's other offerings.

Mar 04, 2019
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izraelc from New York

3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a milky brown. Doesn't smell too good. The taste is a little suprising. Maltier than I would have thought. A slight sweet finish. Good flavor. Smooth. Would be a good fall offering.

Jan 13, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 2.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.125/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 12/11/18.
Can stamped “0614185492M” on bottom rim (Canned? Best by ?). In cooler at distributor. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 44 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Consumption begins at 54 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Amber, opaque. When held to the light, red-amber, hazy and translucent.
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, aggressive center pour), tan, dense, average retention, diminishing to a two mm ring and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Medium amber, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Caramel. Rapidly weakens.
Flavor – 3 - Really not much. Begins slightly sweet with a bit of caramel and no fruity esters. After a few moments, a gastric warming occurs. No alcohol (7.4%), no hops, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, approaching syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 - Unoffensive flavor and very easy to drink. The pleasant aroma does not last but fades to nothingness. If you’re looking for a cheap drunk, this’ll do it.

Dec 11, 2018
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Aletheyoungdudes from Utah

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer from the tap. Surprising lack of any head. Smooth mouthfeel with a full texture. Slightly smoky with the malt mainly coming though. Doesn't taste like it has the ABV it does.

Aug 02, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark copper with red coloring. The head is a medium sized light tan color. The aroma is sweet malt, yeast and nuts. The taste is a creamy malt and nut blend.

Jul 22, 2018
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Big Y.

A clear deep red brown with a dense, light brown head with decent retention and minimal lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a nice, bready caramel with burnt sugar, butterscotch, toffee and a little almond. A mild mint note is present as well. The palate opens with a pleasant grainy bitterness, a blend of burnt sugar, toffee, toasted wheat bread and a really on point grainy tannin note. This is followed by a green, earthy bitterness. Lingering toffee on the finish, this beer is excellent medium light in body and moderately carbonated, the alcohol complements the burnt sugar flavor. Very nice.

Mar 27, 2018
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jjboesen from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I have always been a fan of this malty-sweet beauty. Formerly brewed by the Shed Brewery, it is now brewed by Otter Creek in Middlebury. There is a dark color sitting beneath a wispy beige head. Little nose, but a subtly sweet malt foundation. Not much bitterness and a clean caramel-like finish makes Mountain Ale a nice sipper.

Feb 19, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE: January 13, 2018... OCCASION: home from the after-Christmas party at Sara and Brett's... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... pours a dark brown amber body with confident bubbles rushing upward... the head is a half-finger, off-white and razor-thin... strong pine cone aroma, with tea, faint cinnamon, toasted malts, and some earthy tones... smells hearty, like a good accompaniment to a fire... sips with a mild-mannered, medium-bodied constitution... textured from start to finish, with a syrupy, lingering finish... a hoppy, sweet, strong profile that defies its ABV... the toasted malts actually yield to cherries, light almonds and tree nuts, a bit of cough syrup, and the hops promised in its aroma... tough to reconcile its weight, size and flavor--not offish, but also not as welcoming as others in its style... a supped-up brown--punchy and demanding--but the flavor muddles enough to cause confusion... I enjoyed the initial impression, but the beer wears on me as the glass drains...

Jan 14, 2018
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illpass78 from Maine

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tankard.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with a short head that doesn't stick around much.

Aroma: Some malt sweetness, grass, faint hops.

Taste: Pretty appealing caramel/malt type flavor with a twinge of boozy bitterness. Light hops. Grass is there. Some faint sweetness. Maybe brown bread.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a brown ale. Drinkable at about 7.5 ABV.

Overall: Not a hop bomb or a huge flavored beer, but it doesn't have to be. Just a very good brown ale. Nice job with a style I frequently think tastes like cough syrup.

Dec 16, 2017
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ThinBlueLine from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a local liquor store in Northern NJ. Nice color. Smells of chocolate and caramels. Easy drinking. Pleasant aftertaste. Have purchased a few times.

Oct 26, 2017
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle, dated 07/06/16. Served in a nonic.

Pours a translucent caramel brown, like a strong cup of tea, with two fingers of soft, pouffy, beige... ecru? ecru foam. Head retention is excellent and leaves hefty, durable lacing.

Strong nose of toasted grain, sawdust, dried leaves and caramel cremes.

Not only does it look like tea but it actually tastes a lot like tea, at least at first sip. Dried leaves and twigs, toasted whole grain crusts, a little caramel and cola, then finishing with that dry, acerbic black tea thing.

Not much happening in the mouthfeel department, thin, creamy, OK carbonation. Sure hides the abv well, though.

Overall, an OK brown ale, some cola sweetness, a little charred bitterness, pretty thin and forgettable.

Aug 21, 2017
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Jd333 from South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought this during a camping trip through Vermont. Six pack bottles purchased at local supermarket. Since I was camping, I resorted to drinking it straight from the bottle, so I cannot offer a solid point of view on look and smell. Taste was satisfying combination of caramel malts with some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was very good. I would definitely buy this again and try it poured into a glass if I had the opportunity.

Jul 12, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a dark brown and gave the same color body. A light yet creamy, half inch, white foamy head lasted for about a minute before gently dieing into the body. Some lacing lightly speckled the sides of the glass. The smell had robust coffee flavorings up front combined nicely with some caramels and malts. Some light coffee came out as the beer warmed. The taste took these flavorings and added a nice warming sweetness. The palate was about a medium with a nice smoothness all around. A semi-dry aftertaste came out just a bit. This was very drinkable. Overall, this was pretty good.

Jun 11, 2017
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EmeraldMist from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a hazy deep dark amber color with fine sediment, short tan head flattens out into a thin ring.
Aroma - Toffee, honey, sweet apple, tangy. As it warms a suggestion of aged rum.
Taste - Doughy bread, sweet honey, slightly toasty, very warm and lush malt. Golden raisin sweetness towards the middle. Hops come through towards the end with earthy bitterness and finishes with a nutty aftertaste that reminds me of toasted tobacco. Alcohol peaks through as it warms. Starts sweet and ends refreshing and dry.
Feel - Full bodied, creamy and fine carbonation, faint alcohol warmth, dry finish.

Overall - It's chewy, malty, sweet and complex. Something I could sip on all day and enjoy a cigar with. Delicious.

Apr 22, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with almost zero head.
Sweet malt aroma. Subtle.
Caramel and maple syrup taste.
Medium-bodied. Very malt forward. A little too sweet for me.

Mar 22, 2017
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L -- Very dark and clear amber with a nice off-white two finger head. Moderate lacing.
S -- Malts, oats, maple, bread
T -- Smoky, malty, slightly hoppy, and sweet dough
F -- Full bodied and deceptively alcoholic. Very good
O -- The beer that turned me on to craft beers (I'm from Vermont). Because of this, I honorarily give it a 5.


Dec 05, 2016
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Beowoulf from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ignore all the other reviews. This is the best brown ale I have ever had, with wonderfully nuanced Hops and bitterness, and with a slight chili aftertaste. It is pure and clean ,deceptively strong; a temporary reprieve from all your troubles. Do not drive

Nov 26, 2016
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ibrubeer from Nebraska

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draft @ Manchester Crowne Plaza. Dark caramel brown color, with off white head and good lacing. Not much aroma, slightly sweet. Good taste. Initially good malt, a little caramel, soon evolves into an almost medicinal flavor, bitter aftertaste. Is better than it sounds. Med body, lively carbonation. Tasted better first few sips. Gets a little more bitter as it goes. Not bad for a British Ale.

Aug 30, 2016
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