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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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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   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4319) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2016
A very good old ale. Dark and rich. Thick dark fruit, some raisin and brown sugar. Lightly sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5840) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 17, 2016
This is good. A little sweet at times, a little sour. A nice finish that isnt too much of either. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (1156) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2016
A bottle on Black Christmas 2016 at 12 Kings. Pours a hazy brown with a beige head. Aroma is fermented fruits, sour and sweet. Taste is pretty the same, very smooth. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14496) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 29, 2016
Capped 750 from Corti Brothers. Pours very hazy brown with some beige/tan smear. Aroma of very old leather/wood with some slight Brett notes. Med ++ body. Flavor is old wood/leather with some medium dark fruit and definite Brett notes. Missing is the oxidation currently found in bottles of Prize Old Ale, but one cannot have everything. This is pretty good stuff. I should have bought one to age for 20 years!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (5103) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2015
Pours near headless. Tight foamy beige head atop a deep chestnut coloured body. Nose is sour. Tart cherries, mild red wine cask. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (3981) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle from the brewery. Interesting! Reminiscent of an oud bruin initially, but then has a interesting black treacle element in the background. Aroma has bit of plastic, sharp sourness, malt and spice. Taste is very unique, citrus, sourness, but sweet at the same time. Definite bitterness, licquorice, touch of spice. Cant quite get to grips with it. Think I like it though. Extra points for uniqueness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3173) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle shared much thanks to Dave. Pours out dark brown with a moderate off white head. Aroma is of burnt sugar, leather, earth, soil, leather and some wood. Taste is basement/leather funk, chocolate, burn sugar, mild boozy bitterness, plastic/band-aid brett notes, mild alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (12607) - 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 (16128) - 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. Its ok, but Id prefer the rich old ale straight up as I dont find the tartness helps it - this is nor on the Gales Prize Old Ale level.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (23396) - , 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 isnt overdone and that brings drinkability despite its big abv. Nice.

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