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RATINGS: 118   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.

keenanrobbins' rating

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (4899) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle thanks to John. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head. The aroma is oak and brett. Medium mouth with dark fruit, fig, wood, very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13135) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2015
Dark brown, molasses, some plummy tartness, usual tart barrel stuff; sweet taste, brown sugar character with again a light fruitiness. Itís ok, but Iíd prefer the rich old ale straight up as I donít find the tartness helps it - this is nor on the Galeís Prize Old Ale level.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (16830) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
17th January 2014
Almost opaque brown beer, good tan head. Nice light bretty nose. Palate is airy and semi dry and with good fine carbonation. Interesting beer - a medium sweet airy caramel cream base on which rides brett that turns savoury. Nice undertone of mild gueuzey wet wood. Trace of dark fruits. Light semi dry finish. The brett isnít overdone and that brings drinkability despite itís big abv. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4435) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2015
750ml bottle from a purchase from some random dude who may or maynot be on the site. Aroma of musty cellar, dust, wet leather, slight cherry and chocolate. Appearance is solid, deep blackish body under a foamy deep beige head. Flavor better than aroma, hint of funk, leather, barnyard, dark fruits, slight chocolate/coffee and dark bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Experiment_Ale (1071) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
"i like old ales and i like ba sours, but this combo just doesnít work for me. Not bad per se, but it aint a good old ale OR a good sour. Muddled fruit, leather and malt. Musty. "

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (5311) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampesinoTino (798) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5337) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1390) - 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.

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