Tall Timber Ale | Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

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Tall Timber AleTall Timber Ale

Brewed by:
Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by lipschitz on 03-30-2003

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 59
Reviews by markaberrant:
Photo of markaberrant
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I won 2 bottles of this beer as a prize package in a homebrew competition.

UPDATE: After gaining more review experience and sampling the 2nd bottle, I felt the need to update my original review.

650ml bottled served in 20 oz pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown, light easily passes through which gives off red hues. An agressive pour creates a small head which quickly recedes to a ring. No lacing.

Smell is of sweet malt with a bit of chocolate, no roast detected. Very pleasing.

Taste is similar to smell, sweet carmel malt is up front, which turns to smooth chocolate and then finishes cardboardy-dry.

Low carbonation matches well with the style. Mouthfeel is just about right, anymore and it would be too much for this somewhat sweet beer.

Drinkability is average.

Too sweet with an unpleasing aftertaste. A decent enough brown ale, but really nothing compared to Bushwakkers Sodbuster Brown (by which I judge all others). I don't think I'd want another one of these.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Bbbn
5/5  rDev +35.9%
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.

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Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
2.98/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.79/5  rDev +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%

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Photo of vanrassel
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- The beer pours a murky brown color that resembles cold coffee almost. The head is a light fuzzy style that disappears rather quickly into a patchwork of super tight bubbly film over the beer. This one is hard to tell what the carbonation looks like but the lacing is modest at best....just a few small patches of foam that quickly slide back into the glass.

S- Heavy caramel/toffee right upfront, with heavy tones of sweet malt, yeast, bread/biscuit as well. The middle is of cooked brown sugar and slight maple, while the finish is of mellow, yet lingering hop bitterness and fresh barley and/or even oat grains.

T- Ok, there is a little bit happening here on the palate! Very strong nutty flavors, with caramelized brown sugar, barley wort, toffee, slight coffee milk chocolate, bread and yeast that lingers. Earthy gourds such as slight pumpkin and perhaps some creamy butternut squash....very interesting...very suitable for the fall season! The finish has just enough hop bitterness to refresh the palate but it is very muted....

M/O- Medium bodied and tight, yet zingy carbonation make this a very drinkable beer, but it would most likely fill the belly up quickly! Would go well with a stew or beef barley soup....alcohol is well hidden...most flavorful an ale....I would drink this again for sure and recommend this hearty BC Brown Ale!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bloberglawp
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Garin
4.01/5  rDev +9%
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?

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adhallick
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Derf36
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Trancesexual
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of derdtheterd
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Voonder
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Tall Timber Ale from Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
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