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Billy The Mountain - Upright Brewing Company

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Billy The MountainBilly The Mountain

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81
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.98%
Wants: 31
Gots: 20 | 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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Cstromberg57

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-24-2012 01:18:39 | More by Cstromberg57
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Beaver13

Colorado

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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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of dark fruit with some nice toffee notes mixed in. The flavor is more of the same with a few welcome additions. I get a lot of dark fruit, but there is some nice tartness to it. I also get some toffee and alcohol. As the beer warms, I get some flavors that resemble dry red wine as well as some brett notes. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

07-05-2011 01:16:19 | More by Mora2000
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

02-09-2014 15:14:48 | More by acurtis
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Hessian257

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-16-2013 13:25:14 | More by Hessian257
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-17-2013 02:38:05 | More by Gonzoillini
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hopsbreath

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -26.1%

TulipSnifter and I each had a glass on tap at Grain & Gristle on New Years Eve. Paired with the burger served with house made pickles. The burger was great! The beer... Not so much.

A: Dark brown prune juice, wisp ring, no lacing. 2.5/5

S: Alcoholic raisins, a touch of smoke, lightly tart. Its not typical to the style, but not bad either. 3/5

T: More of the sweet prunes that the appearance promised, black tea, and tart cherry juice fermented in oak. Its not as complex as I like, and perhaps a little boring. 2/5

M: Lowly carbonated, moderate body, dry on the tongue but a little sticky on the soft palate. 3/5

D: The drinkability is highly enhanced by boring nature of this beer. The lack of complexities makes this easy to drink without thinking about it. That and the 9.1% ABV never really shows up in all its glory. Since the alcohol is well hidden, I'm going to call this "slightly above average". 3.5/5

01-03-2011 04:07:24 | More by hopsbreath
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-07-2013 10:16:54 | More by GRG1313
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

05-12-2012 03:16:37 | More by dtx00
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rowbow

California

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

05-29-2014 18:32:12 | More by NRo
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emerge077

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

Served in a tapered sampling glass, review from written notes.

Pours a murky reddish copper, some light gets through, giving it a reddish highlight in the bottom of the glass. Thin ring of wispy skim around the edges.

Winey nose, some tangy cherry, and woody notes of dry sawdust.

Tart cherry, tangy and vinous, with ample bitter tannins in the dry finish. Some funky leathery qualities, along with the tartness suggests more of an Oud Bruin impression. Not too drinkable though as the bitter/tart/tangy/funk elements never seem to blend cohesively. Interesting experiment to try, sample it with an open mind.

Thanks to Eric for sharing this!

12-20-2011 14:46:04 | More by emerge077
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Docer

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

750ml bottle purchased at The Beer Mongers some months back.... grading based on memory here... have a grade, not too much to say.

- Nice dark and super foamy brew... can't see much through it, murky brown with a huge light mocha fuzz... had to wait quite awhile to get it to calm down.... must have still been working hard in the bottle...

- Yeast and brett character dominates... bready, biscuit.. farmhouse funk.... and subtle sweetness, herbal qualities... grassy.

- Smooth, slightly sweet... biscuit, and yeast madness. Little bit of funk, tart quality.... slight spice, and more herbal hops.. grassy,.

- Medium bodied, and plenty well carbonated. Let it warm a bit too... and it is just kind of a wild drink.

- Overall the Saison qualities sat heavy, while the other qualities I was looking for... weren't there... like a more barleywine dominance. Overall it was too carbonated for my liking... and the yeast/brett took over. Worth the try, but I can't see giving this an A. Sofar I am a much bigger fan of Uprights lighter brews... 4... Alcohol was well hidden though I might add.

03-30-2010 17:57:50 | More by Docer
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-04-2013 02:45:23 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

09-13-2012 07:10:11 | More by Travisnin
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-13-2014 19:28:32 | More by DrBier
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -12.1%

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl. Pours a clear copper color with a small tan foam. Light lacing to a nice collar.

Nose is sugary and fruity with some spicy yeast esters. Cinnamon, caramel and toffee. Malty brew, but the sugar aromas are killing me.

Taste is lightly tart with a dark fruit and caramel flavor. Bitter on the finish...and I dont think it is the hops. I want to say some spices are involved here, but I cant be entirely sure. By far my least favorite of the (usually outstanding) Upright beers I have had. Tough for me to even finish my half of the 750.

05-01-2011 01:13:23 | More by twiggamortis420
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jedwards

California

4.65/5  rDev +30.6%

Big thanks to msubulldog25 for the trade!

Love the labels on these Upright seasonals. Active head that settles quickly into a dense, pillowy foam. The beer itself is a murky brown that doesn't settle out. Smell is unusual -- prune and caramel with slight brett funk. Taste leads with vanilla and a slight tartness followed by brown sugar/toffee, characteristic dark fruit, and a long vinous finish. Mouthfeel is smooth but not slick and carbonation is high but dense. This beer is really, really terrific -- almost like a Belgian old ale, whatever that might be. Will have to track down some more bottles, would love to see what another year or five does to this.

07-10-2010 21:44:59 | More by jedwards
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aasher

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-11-2013 03:24:58 | More by rbrefbeerman
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AnchorsAndAxes

Oregon

4/5  rDev +12.4%

10-24-2013 05:46:16 | More by AnchorsAndAxes
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vkv822

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +23%

750ml bottle into tulip snifter.
2011 release.

Pours near black with deep red hues and a frothy tan head.

The aroma is quite complex. It starts with a cherry and vinous tartness, followed by some caramel and molasses sweetness. Slight leathery notes.

Again, more vinous and lightly earthy, Bretty tartness, followed by dark fruits, a light leathery character. Notes of oak come through as well in the transition from tart and Brett to dark fruit.

A medium body, with fairly low carbonation.

A very unique and enjoyable beer. A seasonal I will definitely look forward to each year now.

02-26-2012 08:20:42 | More by vkv822
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -21.3%

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Jason for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a very murky/cloudy cola brown color. Produced some good tan froth. Some lace.

(S)- Alot going on with this. A dense woody dryness with equally dense malty profile: cocoa, raisin, and dark fruits. Mildly yeasty.

(T)- Similar to the smell in the malt profile. Very very dense in a raisin, cocoa, clay, and a bit heavier yeast presence than in the smell. Alot of dry wood too somehow.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very dense overall. Its really too heavy in a coarse/grainy core; abrasive really.

(D)- I appreciated the effort, but not exactly Upright's best. A little disjointed and coarse. Also, a bit different than your average old ale.

05-24-2012 15:04:48 | More by sweemzander
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Billy The Mountain from Upright Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.