Billy The Mountain | Upright Brewing Company

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Billy The MountainBilly The Mountain

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

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

Added by jdense on 12-23-2009

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Billy The Mountain from Upright Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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