Mountain Ale | The Shed Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
88 Reviews
Mountain AleMountain Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Shed Brewery
Vermont, United States
theshedbrewery.com

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An English-style strong ale. This brown ale has great malt depth and drinks like a session beer.

Added by Jason on 05-07-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
595
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
161
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 595
Photo of youngs11
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a dark amber like real maple syrup. Small, visible carbonation bubbles offer thin film of off-white froth. Nice lacing.

Smells like sweet butter bread, mead, malty.

No real surprises in taste, but that's a good thing. There is a little bit of bitterness, but the sweetness of the malt is the main component on the palate.

There is a lot of beer in this glass. Medium heavy body is a little more chewy than expected. Really smooth with a subtle prickle. Nice warming component.

This strong ale could wear the "winter warmer" label in my opinion. Hearty, malty, and high ABV will make this even better later in the year. Recommend

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Photo of Kriztofuhr
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours a deep dark amber color with fine sediment, short tan head flattens out into a thin ring.

Smell - Toffee, honey, sweet apple, tangy.

Taste - Doughy bread, sweet honey, slightly toasty, very warm and chewy malt. Golden raisin sweetness towards the middle. Hops come through towards the end with earthy bitterness and finishes with a nutty aftertaste. Alcohol peaks through as it warms. Rustic.

Feel - Full bodied, creamy and fine carbonation, faint alcohol warmth.

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

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Jonbearr
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that brown ale is among my favorite beer varieties, and I am therefor biased. However, even among a genre of which I am inclined, this beer sticks out. Its flavor is not only rich, but it is distinct among brown ales. It is not too harsh , and is remarkably smooth for such a strong flavor. I usually like to explore new beers and breweries, and don't often buy the same thing twice, however, this will certainly be an exception.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with a little bit of white lacing.

Smells of caramel, vanilla, cocoa, and buttered toast.

Flavor is of light cocoa, vanilla, molasses, and a little bit of maple with a nutty oakey bitterness that is very mild.

Medium to full body with prickly carbonation on the tongue.

This is a really good tasty brown ale, very nice balance and flavor, goes down smooth, a definite must-try.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another of my local, in-person trader, tone77's latest drop-off.

From the bottle: "A deep Stowe, Vermont heritage, this small batch classic now makes its home in Middlebury, Vermont. Smooth, malty overtones with a pronounced hop finish."; "Born in Stowe, Vermont at the legendary Shed Restaurant & Brewery, moved to Midddlebury to to raise up a family of Vermont ales."; "Unfiltered, Brewed fresh since 1995, established in Stowe, Vermont, a rugged brown ale."

It is early, so I decided to go with a heavy-handed pour that ended up producing some cascading action in the glass. It also produced two-plus fingers of dense, foamy deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-brown with burnt orange highlights and just a touch of haze in terms of clarity. Nose had an interesting mix of chocolate malt and minty, evergreen hops. It is Girl Scout cookie season and this made me think of Thin Mints. The lacing that had begun to form was wonderfully sticky. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full and the chocolate malt was immediate on the tongue with the minty hops following as I breathed in. This was really good, much more than I was expecting and the finish really did have a Thin Mint cookie quality to it. I will be recommending this one to others.

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Photo of digitalflood
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber to a very dark almost ruby black color. Head builds to excellent level and shows good lacing retention. Some carbonation can be seen towards the bottom where the color is lightest. Smells of fresh biscuits, caramel, and faint Scotch like alcohol scents. Mouth is all malted bread and caramel. Good alcohol bite at the mid=palate with light hop notes. A little bitter on the back side of the flavor profile. Just enough to let you know there is some hops there. Whiskey barrel flavors of smoke, leather, and oak linger. Not sure where that comes from but it's pleasant and complimentary. Very good. 4.25 out of 5.

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Photo of ravisingh
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: The color is about a 13-14 on the SRM. Definitely cloudy in appearance when held up to the light with some of the ingredients visibly floating around. The head did not last too long and it had a lightish foaminess to it. There was some lacing though not a lot.

S: There is a definite alcohol kick to the aroma, but considering its 7.4% ABV not bad. With a breadiness like generic store bought wheat bread. A little sweetish with stone fruit notes and some woodiness kind of cedarish. Definitely some pepper not much clove and a little bit of orange.

T: The flavor had spiciness to it and a woodiness to the aftertaste. There was a toasted flavor, almost burnt at first but giving way to the former. If there was any fruit flavor it would be grapefruit and maybe a little banana, but not much. There was a nuttiness, like pistachio and macadamia at the end.

F: It was creamy in mouthfeel not very astringent at all with a warmth on the tongue. The finish had a little bite IMO.

O: Overall it's a nice beer and the creaminess balanced with the warmth was really nice. The bitterness of the grapefruit didn't linger long. I would recommend it, felt like the people that made it put a lot of heart into it.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

3/7/13

A deep amber color with a bit of reddish hues. Tough, thick lace from the off-white creamy foam cap.

A minty, smokey and earthy hop pops out first with a hard wood and maple syrup malt with a touch of cedar aroma.

A very full, and hearty feel, Smooth going down and the 2", well-retained foam cap continues to provide extra fluff and smoothness going down. dry in the finish.

A wonderful balance of slightly smokey, woody, light maple malt, light smoke and wild honey. Pretty darn complex here. The hops keep it earthy, crisp, dry and slightly tangy, earthy, medium-level bitterness, dry in the end.

Complex with an easy-breezy vibe.

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Photo of Holderness
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shed - Mountain Ale - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Nice looking 6-pack, fresh marketing from Shed, was surprised to find this at the grocery store, although it is a local brew so it makes sense. Pours a dark brown sugar with a minimal head.

Smell - Malty and bitter, but appetizing.

Taste - An interesting bite, a tasty malt and cocoa attack, slight hop wave finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and casual, surprisingly tasty bite with a "throat bomb" at the end. So drinkable.

Overall - This brew is deceptively smooth for a 7.2%, it goes down with grace. Enjoyed wholeheartedly.

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Photo of Beowoulf
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
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

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Photo of muffiewolf
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After last week's disaster with Trout River Choclate Stout, I was a little gun shy about adventuring into something else. I have seen Shed around but never triied it until tonite. The suprise I got tonite was one I would welcome anytime. I spent the same money (about ($9.00 for 6) but this time instead of anemic, flat, disgusting ,rusty barrel water, I discovered an amazing beer. Everything is right here. Pours dark with a beautiful creamy head. Full bodied high quality malt with a light hop finish. This is an amazing beer. They don't get any better. 7.4 % what else could one want?

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