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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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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keenanrobbins' rating

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.


3.2
Ferris (17117) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2017
Bottle - Sour cherry. Murky red with a small white head. Light soured cherry and some earthy notes.

3.7
Foffern (2047) - Bodø, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2017
Bottle at home. Vintage 2016. ABV 8%. Pours a deep reddish brown colour and a beige head. Aroma of dried fruits, balsamico vinegar, brown sugar, oak and game meat. Hint of chocolate. The flavour is similar with dried fruit, oak, coffee, balsamico vinegar, leather, black currants and brown sugar. Has silky mouth feel, medium to full-bodied and a light bitterness. Both sour and malty. Interesting.

3.3
mabel (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2017
[9383-20170704] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Boozy candied red wine barrel aroma. Dark chocolate brown body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Boozy toasted red wine barrel flavour. Full body is boozy. Average. (7/3/6/3/14) 3.3

3.7
jercraigs (11087) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2017
2017-07-04. Lightly hazy dark brown body, foamy tan head fades. 3+ Aroma has earthy musty funk quality. Light fruit. Flavour is lightly sour, earthy funk. Light vinous quality. 7+ Average bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3+ 7/3/7-8/3/16 Bottle from Willow Park or Trackside Liquors (I can’t remember which), AB.

3.7
luttonm (6979) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. 2016, lists 8% abv. Thick brown foam dissipates to a ring. Malty, thick red-brown body. Thick fruit and leather nose, with a sweet-sour streak. Sip is interestingly malty with a strong Brett presence. Moderately sour. Certainly in the category of sour strong dark beers, but not quite venturing into sour stout territory on my sliding scale of horror. Full, well developed body. Some leathery malts, wine grapes and light tannin, cellared wood mustiness. This is well done, but not a style that I’m screaming out for.

4.1
tricksta_p (5366) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2017
Bottle, 2016 vintage, from Upright, Portland. Aroma is rich malt, caramel, Bretty barnyard funk, overripe fruits, vinous, tart berries, wood, raisins, with notes of red wine. Flavour is tart and medium sour with a dry finish. Body is medium. Nice and fairly complex oaky Bretty Old Ale, good tart sour flavour.

4
MetalNHopHead (2275) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 27, 2017
While the American brewing landscape tends to treat Old Ales a bit like Stouts - making them hugely malty and sometimes putting them in whiskey barrels - Upright goes back to the English tradition and treats the style a bit more like wine. They do take the liberty of adding Brett, but the old-world goal of making Old Ale both sweet and sour is captured here. Brown coloring. There’s sugary malt, caramel, vinous (almost musty) fruit, oak, and barnyard Brett. I got the impression that this should have been served much warmer than it was at the fest I tried it at, and a bit of age would have helped, too. Still, it’s not often you get to taste a style that - like many things in craft beer - doesn’t feel overtly Americanized.

3.5
reebtogi (6403) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2017
750ml capped bottle pours a murky brown color with a finger of light beige head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is red wine with some dark fruits and yeasty notes. Taste is a dark fruity and malty sweetness with a lemon tartness finishing with a red wine dryness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a respectable brew that is tasty and worth tasting. Recommended.

0.9
HuskerTan (2452) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottle/Fest. A- Caramel, sour. A- Brown color, murky liquid, no head. T- Sewer water, sour, malty. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, unbalanced finish. O- What is this.....it’s baaaad. I expected something along the lines of a nice scotch ale but the Brett in here made this really twangy and sour. Tasted like dirty dish water with a squirt of lemon juice. Billy must be a goat and the mountain must be his pile of crap. This was bad.

4.1
ads135 (5215) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2016
A very good old ale. Dark and rich. Thick dark fruit, some raisin and brown sugar. Lightly sour.


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