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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Inspired by the great Prize Old Ale once brewed by Gales in England, this beer is deeply malty and full of ripe fruit, leather, wine and oak flavors. The Billy is partially barrel aged with brettanomyces yeast, lending a distinct twang and developing unique aromas over time. Bottled still and best served at about 55F to be finished at room temperature. Cellar for up to five years.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Experiment_Ale (1043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2014
At my place with Jacob and Matt and the girls. Pours grey with massive huge cocoa head. Aroma is funky dark musk. Taste is smooth soft light roasted Brett.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
"i like old ales and i like ba sours, but this combo just doesn’t work for me. Not bad per se, but it aint a good old ale OR a good sour. Muddled fruit, leather and malt. Musty. "

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4932) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Sample @ RBWG Asheville After Party. Reddish pour with a small head. Nose is mildly spiced. Some vegetable patch and plums. Similar flavor. Raisins, tart berries. Toffee maltiness. Red apple skin. Medium body, soft carbonation. OK.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampesinoTino (781) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2014
750 ml Bottle. Pours a deep dark mahogany color topped with an inch of thick tan foam. Mostly dark sugars, oak, leather and black cherry in the aroma. Taste is toffee, red wine and cherry upfront along with some currant, brown sugar and tart fruit toward the end. Thick and creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and more toasted oak and dried fruit in the finish. Overall flavor is sort of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale/Old Ale hybrid. This would be a good beer to bust out during the holidays.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5213) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Hazy brown pour with tan head. Aroma of light sour and chocolate. Sweet chocolate flavor and a paper flat bitter. Medium bodied but a tad thin. Nice warmth. pretty good

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1338) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours murky brown with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is cocoa malts, dark fruits, and a little roasty alcohol.

The flavor is sweet chocolate and toffee malts, figs, cola, oak and some roasty bitter alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, reminds me a lot of Great Divide’s Hibernation, but more pricey and not quite as good. It’s a little too sweet and cola like. Was surprised to see this had some brett, didn’t pick that up at all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6807) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2014
750 ml bottle opened at RBWG, Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy plum-amber color with a small khaki head that settles into a ring. Notes of caramel, apple, oak, spice (cinnamon), honey, brown sugar, leather, and faint bretty funk. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, sticky mouthfeel. Seemed, well, old.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cpetrone84 (1533) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Pour is murky and muddy dark brown with virtually no head. Nose is heavy dark malt, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, dark berries all mixed together and not really working well as a group. Taste is brutal, overly sweet and messy. Malts sugars with burnt grain and burnt caramel, overly sweet berries with just way too much sugar. Body is full adding to the unpleasantly with virtually no carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #145. Bottle shared by Sledutah at the Grand Tasting. Pours a dark red-brown color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of stone fruits, toffee, herbal/vegetal notes. Taste is stone fruits, earth, spice, herbal hops. Medium bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flannelnomad (57) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Shared from a 750ml. I feel like my rating here actually makes my take on this beer seem harsher than I actually feel about it. Pours an unattractive, murky mahogany brown. Smells like rust and minerals and yeast. This thing drinks like rusty, earthy cider. Tons of apple skin and metallic minerals. The tartness is nice. Calling this thing an old ale may not be the best call. I do like the flavor notes on it. I just think those flavors are unbalanced. I love a unique weird ’ol beer, so I thought this would be up my ally and I did get the weirdness, I just didn’t love it.


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