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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MetalNHopHead (1849) - 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. Theres 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, its not often you get to taste a style that - like many things in craft beer - doesnt feel overtly Americanized.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (6149) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
HuskerTan (2083) - Kearney, 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.....its 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4484) - 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 (5957) - 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 (1501) - 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 (14897) - 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 (5123) - 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 (4162) - 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 (3250) - 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.

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