Trev (2023) - 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. DalzAle (2036) - 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. 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. daknole (11044) - 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! douglas88 (9057) - 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.
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 it’s time. Glad I cracked, curious how long this can go. 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. SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2009
12 oz. bottle - thanks riverside for sharing this and even though it is under 10%, i’ll still rate it b/c it’s 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 3fourths (9331) - 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. DarkElf (3062) - 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!