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Pyramid 5,000 Year Ale

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Formerly brewed at Pyramid Breweries
Style: Barley Wine
Seattle, Washington USA
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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Special Millennium small-volume release.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9058) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2010
I always wanted to try this and chickencoop was awesome enough to send it my way. Reddish brown hue, big bubbled head. Aroma of sherry, some oxidation, molasses, cane syrup, dates. Flavor shows some oxidation, but it doesn’t hurt the flavor to speak of. Dates, brown sugar, some light yeast, sherry, brown sugar and a very little spark of hops at the end. Very good. Fun beer to try after this long. It has held up pretty well so far!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8867) - 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 (didn’t 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 I’ve had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8260) - , 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7979) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (6857) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6265) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2005
Bottle pours a dark dark amber, almost light brown, minor off-white head, with spotty lacing.   This one seems to have held up fairly well.   Citrus nose, sweet, light malts and light alcohol.   Much the same on the tongue.   Clean tasting, but fairly light.   Finishes sweet, with a fairly strong orange peel.   Surprisingly good after 5 years.   Thanks goes out to mattbob for sharing this gem.   Probably one of the better Pyramid brews I have had.   Why dont they brew more of this?!?!?


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (5939) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Bottle thanks to Toby. Opens with a slight hiss and a oxidized cap, 11 years of age have worked some changes. Pours a muddy dark brown color with a very small hint of a head. A very nice nose of bourbon, sweet fruity malts, woody, oxidized. A fruity oxidized flavor, port, bourbon, woody. Tastes like a vintage for sure. Interesting. Not very warm, thin and port-like. Really nice to try.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (5800) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5312) - 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!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4416) - 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.


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