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Billy The Mountain - Upright Brewing Company

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85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 31
Gots: 19 | 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:
"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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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
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Cstromberg57

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +11.7%

06-24-2012 01:18:39 | More by Cstromberg57
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-03-2014 00:57:28 | More by badgustav
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-23-2014 04:47:30 | More by zestar
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%

06-16-2014 03:29:18 | More by yancot
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rowbow

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

06-06-2014 16:46:20 | More by rowbow
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NRo

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

04-24-2014 23:44:59 | More by Axnjxn
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afsdan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

04-15-2014 02:22:19 | More by afsdan
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aasher

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-05-2014 17:46:26 | More by aasher
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kamikazeokami

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03-13-2014 21:35:03 | More by kamikazeokami
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 06:32:34 | More by Beaver13
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JohnnyGill

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-26-2014 09:51:20 | More by JohnnyGill
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

1.85/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 22:45:20 | More by cpetrone84
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funkel81

California

3/5  rDev -16.2%

02-23-2014 18:12:21 | More by funkel81
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

02-09-2014 15:14:48 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-08-2014 17:32:52 | More by djrn2
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-02-2014 17:21:55 | More by jaydoc
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-21-2013 17:41:25 | More by hoppymcgee
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tbeq00

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-11-2013 02:50:14 | More by tbeq00
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

2.34/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:32:50 | More by wisrarebeer
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AnchorsAndAxes

Oregon

4/5  rDev +11.7%

10-24-2013 05:46:16 | More by AnchorsAndAxes
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

09-28-2013 18:07:12 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-27-2013 19:46:41 | More by chippo33
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Billy The Mountain from Upright Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.