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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keenanrobbins (19) - - FEB 7, 2012
Really interesting beer. Substantial taste, and it took a while to figure out the wine finish. The 9.5% made for a nice evening.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (4665) - 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 (1221) - 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 Divideís Hibernation, but more pricey and not quite as good. Itís a little too sweet and cola like. Was surprised to see this had some brett, didnít pick that up at all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (5875) - 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 (1202) - 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 (7945) - 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 (52) - 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 íol beer, so I thought this would be up my ally and I did get the weirdness, I just didnít love it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! Hazy brown red color. Nice bigger thin khaki head, good dots and ropes of lace. Smooth, lighter kind of soft carbonation. More dry finish. Dark fruit notes. Moderate sweet taste, lightly spicy. Some mustiness. Moderate to bigger body, lighter, creamy, thicker texture, lighter carbonation. Some savory notes. Solid, complex old ale.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BEENJAMIN (287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 2013 vintage 750ml bottle - pours a murky brown with quickly dissipating tan head. The aroma was very complex, changing almost every couple of minutes. First aromas were mineral copper, musty water chestnuts, subtle coffee, and oak. After the beer came up to room temperature the aroma morphed into deeper darker fruit notes as well as some freshly cut cantaloupe. Billy is thinner in body then expected but really smooth and interesting with its low carbonation yet exciting slightly tart finish. Overall this was a unique old ale, rustic yet refined and delicious on a cold night in Portland.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2158) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Poured from a 750ml bottle. I have been looking forward to this beer. It pours very dark brown, it is cloudy, and the head is minimal but it lasts. The aroma is big and complex, the brettanomyces adds to the complexity, musty, leathery, with just a faint mint note. Very interesting, nutty and fruity notes round out the aroma. The flavor is a rich maltiness, leather, musty/earthy, some metallic notes, grape, berries, soft notes of cocoa in the finish. There are many layers to this beer. I am liking forward to another bottle in a few years.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (2993) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2013
Sampled from a 0.75l bottle @ Top Hops (BA) Bottle Share. This is a cloudy amber brown colored one. It has near no head but what little is there looks light sidesticking and beige in color. The nose is a little soapy in a way. I get herbs, leather and thyme. In the taste itís light tart with brett, wood, old ripe sweet fruits and some of that leather found in the aroma. Have to say that there is a lovely deep taste in this. Wish I had a bit more time (alone) with the bottle before it disappeared... 15.06.2013


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