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Billy The Mountain - Upright Brewing Company

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Billy The MountainBilly The Mountain

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.98%
Wants: 32
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

"Billy the Mountain - A traditional English-style Old Ale, having undergone over five months of oak barrel aging and another several months in the bottle."

Malts: organic pale, ashburne mild, caramel
Unmalted: black barley
Also: molasses
Yeasts: London ESB and brettanomyces clausennii

First Release - January 2010
Second Release - January 2011
Third Release - December 2011

(Beer added by: jdense on 12-23-2009)
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3.64/5  rDev +2.2%

For my 2,500th rating/review I'm going with my favorite style: old ale--a bottle I picked up from the brewery in 2012.

2011 bottle. Spent 1 1/2 years in cellar temp, 1 year in cold fridge

Pours a deep chestnut brown and mahogany. Clean and bright. Off tan head is dense, thick and gooey. 1 finger depth. Looks like a nitro pour, but it ain't. Sticky, creamy lacing

Aroma is sharp orchard fruit. Red apple skin and pulp. Nothing too complex, going to let it warm up a bit. Perhaps a bit of oxidation as hints of cherry come through. Booze is present, but falls short of being obtrusive. Fruit is main attraction here, with hints of acidity and tannin. Seems a bit closer to a Belgian dubbel, without the sweetness. This beer is becoming...odd as the tartness turns more to sourness

At first sip the red apple transfers to a dark grape or berry. Carbonation is noticeable, which is good as it distracts from the booze and the tartness of some of those fruits. Shows borderline infection, but not enough to declare it so.

Feel is good, but for the style would like to see less carbonation

08-05-2014 04:40:20 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.35/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured into a tulip.

Murky cola-brown, with almost no head. Not a lot of carbonation here. A glassful of mud.

This doesn't smell much like an old ale -- more like an oud bruin. Nice cola sweetness, brown sugar, toffee, a bit of sour cherry.

Caramel, toffee and alcohol in the front, plus touches of vanilla and dark chocolate. The swallow brings a flash of sour cherries and a hint of balsamic. Some sips are great, a nice blend of sweet and sour. Others are too sour. Tartness grabs onto the back sides of the tongue between sips.

As thought, there's almost no carbonation. Body is medium light; alcohol is just a bit of heat on the tongue.

Not good as an old ale, but good as a beer.

07-28-2014 03:34:40 | More by Phelps
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1.7/5  rDev -52.2%

Bought this early July at the brewery. Brewey-only release.

Smells like a good old ale.
Tastes like an infected old ale with a veggie after taste.
Finishes overly dry like bad wine, extremely carbonated and boozy.

I regret buying two of these...I highly recommend not to buy it.

07-23-2014 04:46:26 | More by yuichituba
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-13-2014 19:28:32 | More by DrBier
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

such a strange beer here, almost like a stingo, with the tannic acidity of the wine, and a funk to it beyond what we are used to in barleywine and old ale as we know them. murky dark brown amber colored beer, thick and sludgy, but still rather carbonated by the looks of it, with a nice tall chai tea latte colored head. the nose is really barrel influenced. tons of red grape character, and if i was told this was made with must or juice, i wouldn't argue it. light acidity from the vino, lots of fruit. the grain marries in well, but this is different from almost anything I've ever had, its not sweet at all, instead super dry. carbonation is enormous too, which you almost never see in this style, but its already nothing like anything in the old ale style I've seen. burnt cherry and dark caramel and toffee flavors from the grain and wine barrel, mellow oaken middle, with a zippy and tannic finish. this must be first use barrels, or have spent eons in the barrels, its just so wine forward. its rare these days that i find a beer that challenges me like this, its always cool to find something so unfamiliar and well put together. i don't like it half as much as the saisons upright does, but i have to tip my hat and commend this beer, there is really nothing like it. i see this as post thanksgiving dinner beer, maybe i will revisit it in that context. pricey but worth checking out if you have a curious palate.

07-06-2014 19:58:39 | More by StonedTrippin
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-03-2014 00:57:28 | More by badgustav
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-23-2014 04:47:30 | More by zestar
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-16-2014 03:29:18 | More by yancot
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

06-06-2014 16:46:20 | More by rowbow
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

05-29-2014 18:32:12 | More by NRo
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-24-2014 23:44:59 | More by Axnjxn
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-15-2014 02:22:19 | More by afsdan
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

04-05-2014 17:46:26 | More by aasher
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

03-13-2014 21:35:03 | More by kamikazeokami
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3.58/5  rDev +0.6%

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 Divide's Hibernation, but more pricey and not quite as good. It's a little too sweet and cola like. Was surprised to see this had some brett, didn't pick that up at all.

02-28-2014 06:32:34 | More by Beaver13
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-26-2014 09:51:20 | More by JohnnyGill
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1.85/5  rDev -48%

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.

02-23-2014 22:45:20 | More by cpetrone84
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

02-23-2014 18:12:21 | More by funkel81
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

02-10-2014 17:27:15 | More by iL0VEbeer
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

02-09-2014 15:14:48 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-08-2014 17:32:52 | More by djrn2
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-02-2014 17:21:55 | More by jaydoc
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-21-2013 17:41:25 | More by hoppymcgee
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-11-2013 02:50:14 | More by tbeq00
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2.34/5  rDev -34.3%

I was expecting interesting tastes from this brew but Upright missed the mark. I've read countless articles of tart/sour English porters but an old ale? And this sour? The beer was incredibly unbalanced and, unfortunately, non-drinkable. Hints of something lurking behind the sourness was evident, my suggestion, leave the sourness to the Belgians.

11-12-2013 02:32:50 | More by wisrarebeer
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Billy The Mountain from Upright Brewing Company
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