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Pyramid 5,000 Year Ale

Formerly brewed at Pyramid Breweries
Style: Barley Wine
Seattle, Washington USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Special Millennium small-volume release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8253) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle shared by me at weekly tasting. Pours caramel. No head. Nose/taste of caramel, burnt wood, sherry and light fruit. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (3256) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2014
1999 bottle... Brown pour wkgh no head. Malty, dark and some alcohol aromas. Sweet, oak, some oxidation tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2012
(12oz bottle from Chickencoop). Pours dark brown with no carbonation or head. Aroma has raisin, port, some caramel and a little must. Taste is semi-sweet with vanilla and port. Medium bodied with a dry, vinous quality. This very much reminds me of a wine-like beer with the age on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2692) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2011
Another Rare treat from JohnGalt1 12oz Bottle pulled from a box. Pours out a dark brown with some red highlights topped with almost no head. Aroma was of pit fruit, brown sugar, oxidation, some wood, molasses, and rich malt. Taste was much as the aroma lots of sweetness, sad to say it has already peaked. But I was still very happy to try this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (6854) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2011
Courtesy daknole. Pours clear amber with copper edges and really no head to speak of. The aroma is an odd mix of oxidation, soured moldy grapefruit covered with cigar ash and hints of the rich fruity esters way off in the background. The taste has molasses mixing with prunes and sugar stewed cherries. It then rolls into brown sugar toward the finish. There’s a moderate funky tart off-ness to it too.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4401) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2011
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 29, 2011. Of course Bob has a 10 year old beer sitting around. Thanks for sharing. Aroma of dust. Lightly sour with sugar and what is left of old hops. Virtually no carbonation. It is undoubtedly past its prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4395) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2011
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 29, 2011. Courtesy of Skyview. Leave it to Bob to have a decade old beer lying around for us to try. Dark brown color with no head. Strong caramel, toffee and malt aroma. Light sherry character. Thick and chewy malt flavor. Light caramel. Light tartness developing. Smells better than it tastes, but worth a try for sure.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Trev (1929) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Sampled at Skyview tasting (Thanks Bob!) 10 year old bottle. Had soured slightly Hazy copper pour with no head. Sweet fruity and malty aroma with an earthy sourness to it. Flavour was lactic sourness, over ripe pale fruit. medium sweet maltiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DalzAle (1977) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle shared by Skyview. Hazy brown pour, no carbonation and a sweet very funky aroma. Flavor is sweet malt, some oxidation and a dry on the aftertaste. Glad I got to try this, but wish I could’ve tried it fresh for comparison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2011
thanks to skyview for providing this long time want list tick. Pale brown with no head. Funky oak in the aroma, cheesy. Very sour flavor, almost like spoiled apples. Sadly, this one is well past its prime.

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