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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: 39   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Have been sitting on this beer for 10 years, picked up a case from my wholesaler, and threw it under the house where it was nice and cool. Pretty much no head on this, but that was expected. The nose is boozy sherry that carries throughout the taste. This has held up very well considering the age on it, and the fact that this was one of the first limited release, small batch ageable ales of itís time. Glad I cracked, curious how long this can go.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Pyramid Ales--5000 Year Millenium Barleywine Ale--2000 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 9.10% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Barley Wine. Rich clear copper red amber color. Floral front with sweet rich malty smooth body. Aged 5 months. Lightly toasted and rich with nice lace and balanced profile. Sampled 2/8/2000.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2009
12 oz. bottle - thanks riverside for sharing this and even though it is under 10%, iíll still rate it b/c itís a BW; pours dark brown and flat; the slight oxidation gives it almost bourbon nose; drinks dry and flat with caramel, syrupy sugars; woody and slightly rich; much better than expected and has held up well

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7857) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Small bottle shared by riversideAK. Little to no carbonation. Cola brown, light haze. Oxidized nose but works really well with the heavy caramelized toffee and bourbon. Smooth and heavy brandy and sweet tobacco. Love it. A little spicy in the long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
18-Jan-08 (Draft: 2008 Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage, AK) Smooth, medium-sweet, and earthy maltiness is balanced nicely by light hop character. Some oxidation notes adds to the smooth, malty flavor. Medium-full body without being heavy or syrupy. Light carbonation, very easy to drink for such a malty beer. Wood, light earth and a hint of hops in the nose. Golden-amber in color shows nice clarity. Small, off-white head is filmy on the pour, settling to a thin ring. A nicely aged beer that will continue to age well if you like that sort of thing, which I do!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
12oz bottle. Dark brown color, no head. Sweet malty smell. Taste is a little sweet, very nice though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (5601) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
12 oz. bottle in the cellar since 1999. Pours a burnt orange color with a slight tan head. Has a sweet cinnamin roll smell. Full bodied with a super smooth mouthfeel. Taste is sweet raisons, caramel, and grapes; not unlike a port wine. No hint of oxidation or off flavors. Finishes with a sweet alcohol taste on the breath. Average as a fresh beer in 1999, it has aged surprisingly well over the last five years into an excellent brew.oct 2004

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2007
This bad boy has been in the bottle for seven years, and it seems that the style has changed a bit in the interim. Pours a clear bright amber with a thin tan head. Medium body (surprisingly light for the style) and light carbonation. Taste and aroma of caramel, figs leather and a bunch of raisins. Starts sweet and finishes sour. Whatever hops seem to have faded away long ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Bottle # 11290. I picked this one up from an on-line auction (gotta it pretty cheap). Poured a cloudy dark brown color with small sized off white head. Aromas of molasses, leather, light citrus and caramel. Tastes of molasses, citrus, caramel, and light alcohol. I was surprised by how much I liked this one (didnít have high hopes for a Pyramid beer). You could tell this one mellowed a little over the years, but it is by far the best Pyramid beer Iíve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2005 Poured a hazy mahogany color with no real head or lacing. Aroma of chocolate, wood, caramel, light citrus, soy, and a touch of dried fruits. Taste of lots of citrus, caramel, molassas, light hops, and a bit of alcohol as well. Very smooth and mellow after 5 years, probably the best Pyramid makes (made)! Thanks hopdog for sharing!

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