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Billy The Mountain - Upright Brewing Company

Billy The MountainBilly The Mountain

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 17.55%

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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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 17:57:50 | More by Docer
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4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL green bottle poured into pint glasses and split two ways with Boothbeer. The bottle was almost filled to the cap. Like their other seasonal releases, this bottle has great artwork.

A- The head starts crackling and fizzing as soon as the beer hits the glass. It makes you think its going to fizzle down to nothing, but it eventually settles into a dark tan, dense foam that shows little activity. With no light behind this, it looks dark brown and murky, but when held to light it is actually deep orange to red with some haze and plenty of beading.

S- Brett character is dominant in the nose: tart and funky, wet horse blanket. There is almost a limoncello character to this, probably from the yeast and alcohol. The alcohol is restrained, but noticeable. Everything is layered on top of a flowery yeast character and a dark carmel-like malt backbone. Not your typical old ale, but wow does this have character!

T- Starts out with a very slight brett character, that is much more restrained than in the aroma, and a tangy lemon flavor. A moment later, dust and cardboard shows themselves along with a chewy carmel and toffee flavor. The next transition is to alcohol and a residual sweetness that clings to the palate. The sweetness in the aftertaste is a combination of toffee and chocolate malt. Judging by the aroma, I thought this would be more brett influenced; a fantastic transition of flavors.

M- Smooth with a medium body and a dry finish. This does have a high level of carbonation, but less than their other offerings. The mouthfeel really allows for the great drinkability.

D- 9%? Really? One of the most sessionable beers at this high level of alcohol that I've experienced. In hindsight, I didn't need to and shouldn't have split this one. The alcohol was so restrained, but did build moderately after 3/4 of the pint. Very nice beer, but I would like to see some age on it and find out what direction the brett goes... maybe next year!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 18:01:49 | More by Pecorasc
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big green unlabeled bottle purchased at a visit to the brewery 11/09, two months before public release, mystery bottle for last slot on Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting. Thanks, Alex!

Light amber clear body, one finger off-white head, nice lacing. Vanilla, oak tannins in nose from pinot noir barrel aging. The taste is very mellow and smooth for the style, not heavy. The Brett is hardly noticeable, usually my tummy reacts pretty quickly, but it certainly added a bit of funk to the bottle. Not overly carbonated, very smooth and drinkable. Another winner from one of NW rising breweries. Worth seeking out at Lucky Lab Strong Ale Festival under Studebacher Hach moniker. Grab a bottle during January 2010 limiited release. Recommended.

EDIT-Batch #2 bottle shared with neighborhood beer buddy poured into tulip glasses 6.12.11.

Poured almost flat, a minimal amount of light tan head, quick dissipation, over dark brown almost opaque body. Smell features a bit of barrel aromas, some molasses, minimal hops. Uh Oh, funky sour cherry taste right up front dominates taste, pretty sure this is infected, though since we both like sours we were able to get this down. Mouthfeel fairly light for style, minimal effervescence. I love Alex's beers, but this was the first dud I've had from Upright. Hope the two Batch #1 bottles I have left don't suffer from same affliction. Disappointing.

The rating pertains to Batch #1. If I was rating the latter it would be 3/3/3/3/2.5.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 15:05:43 | More by jdense
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Billy The Mountain from Upright Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.