Monday, June 3, 2013

Shed Mountain Ale

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (897) - 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. 
Grade: 7/10