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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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An English-style strong ale. This brown ale has great malt depth and drinks like a session beer.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1244) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2013
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1553) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2013
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stangger (583) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
12 oz from Case N Keg in Meridith, NH. Notes only; Light, semi-sweet; listed as a brown ale on the label. Caramel, overly sweet brown sugar.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
HeistAlmighty (1146) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
355ml bottle. Dark brownish red, nice colour but also no head. Aroma is not strong, some faint dark malts. Taste is fuller, but not especially strong, some dark malt and molasses sweetness. Body was a touch watery. Overall, very English, a strong brown/red or light barley wine. Drinkable and a little uncommon, but not exciting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (891) - New York City, TURKEY - MAY 10, 2013
Drought. Reddish brown with beige foamy head, no specifi aroma I could detect, mellow roasted malt taste, average carbonation, long finish with a hint of coffee in it. Good with chili.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
2013-04-27. Crisp dark amber body, small off white head. 3++ Aroma is malty, sweet with drier accents. Flavour is fairly malty, sweet. Accents of molasses sweetness contrasts with mild brown ale like toasty malt. Finish is sweet then fades into dryer malt. Smooth average plus palate. Enjoyable, relatively simple but pretty tasty. On tap at Reservoir, Waterbury.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Block (1489) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Darker pour. Some caramel notes. Pretty straightforward. Not very strong at all and definitely on the malty side.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Tap pour - @ JJ. Pours dark brown with thick, full tan-white head, ladtong and good retention. Plum, currants, and sweet malt grape on the nose. Tastes of maple, brown sugar, roasty malts, cocoa, and slight yeasty notes. Very good. Yum.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (4155) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 6, 2013
12oz bottle in an English pint. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and doughy malts plus a light hoppiness and a little toffee. Flavor the same with a lot of malts. Average to smooth texture. An interesting beer but there’s something that’s a little off.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2300) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2013
definitive 5 in the palate it is creamy and foamy with small bubbles and a nice easy burn. good pudding like vanilla egg sweetness with a custard aroma i just liked the hell out of this brown ale. no gravy and a cheery light sweet finish.


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