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
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