furman82 (11) - New York, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The most flavorful offering from The Shed. For such a strong beer, it is very easy to drink with soft chocolate notes.
joeyplush (628) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Reading Terminal. Dark amber color with a full head. Rich taste, on the malty side with a lingering but balanced finish.
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Ed5388 (1972) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Lighthouse Restaurant & Lounge (Colchester VT). Pours a deep amber/brown color with a creamy tan head. Very little aroma. Some light roasted malt is pretty much it. Taste is roasted malt, grassy hops, and a spicy finish.
nj_BierMaven (98) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fourth bottle out of a six-pack procured in Vermont, decided to make it my first taste of beer after mowing the lawn today. Poured aggressively into the pint glass, a vigorous head similar to Guinness. Aroma of cocoa and toffee, noted both today and upon first bottle I opened earlier in the week. Sweet but toasty, biscuity, reminds me slightly of a shortbread cookie, and I keep going back to chocolate/cocoa flavoring as I taste it. No detectable heat from the alcohol, I agree with the description, great malt depth and drinks like a session beer.
warhawk91 (293) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
20 oz. draft at The Corner Pug in West Hartford, CT. Very dark amber, white head and good lacing. Smell is roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar and hops. Taste is strong and malty, caramel, dark malt, honey, hops and alcohol. Nice brew!
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Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where and how somewhere in Vermont
Aroma medium stronger. Malty approach , rather sweet yet clean.
Top: off-white creamy mid cap. Nice lace and rings on glass walls.
Base: small haze on amber gold.
Palate : smooth , fairly drinkable , full bodied with lighter carbonation. Average finish.
Taste: low hop profile. Sweet malty vibe , note of caramel.
other notes sweeter straight strong ale with Scottish sugary bend.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
My first from this small brewpub after seeing plenty of six packs in my local stores. Clear brown color with head that did not last. Aroma is straight forward malt biscuit. Pretty even sweet and bitter mix. Over all a light body for this stronger ale.
Theydon_Bois (7924) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle split at Tony’s house, 19/05/13.
Dark amber/chestnut brown with a thin beige head.
Nose is dark malts, caramel, hint of biscuit.
Taste comprises toffee, malt, bready dough, sugars.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, some bitterness in the finish.
A little on the dull side, drinkable none the less.
Chad9976 (1127) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It was bottled on 1/8/13. It cost $2.35 ($0.20 per ounce).
Appearance: Brown with burgundy highlights. Opaque. Forms a small, off-white, foamy head which mostly evaporates but does lace the glass a bit.
Smell: Strong malt aroma plus significant hop presence.
Taste: I didn’t know what to expect out of Shed Mountain Ale. The bottle label describes it as a "rugged brown ale," but the major beer websites classify it as an old ale and others say it’s an English Strong Ale. I could see this beer falling into any of those categories. It has the basic characteristics of each with some noticeably boozy character and a slight astringency.
Up front I get mild maltiness with subtle caramel or toffee flavors. Almost no bitterness to be found, though there is a prominent alcohol presence, which is a bit odd considering the beer isn’t all that big. The finish has more malty flavor than the beginning, with some confectionery sweetness and is reminiscent of a doppelbock. Though the alcohol is there as well is a bit distracting. As the palette stands it’s fine, though I could see more being done with this such as upping the candy flavors or maybe adding some smokiness as well.
Drinkability: For a relatively big beer, Shed Mountain Ale is surprisingly thin and tepid in the mouth. There’s a slight slickness to the texture, though I wouldn’t describe it as oily per se. It goes down smoothly with a bit of warmth from the alcohol. It feels hotter than its 7.4% ABV body should be, but doesn’t have the weight or density of beer that big.
DCLawyer (1358) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at a cookout. Amber/brown. Very malty with caramel amd raisins. Fairly easy to drink, though that may just be the comparison to the other usual bbq dreck.