rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Tap: dark brown with a red tint and medium-sized khaki head. Aroma is light with malt, molasses, prune and alcohol. Flavor starts with a big brown sugar and molasses sweetness then moves into a little prune, raisin and licorice, ending with a fose of alcohol. Palate is malty thick a somewhat syrupy sweet with a mild alcohol burn. I liked the flavor with nice warm thick feeling. I could drink a few a feel happy. Oscbert (1297) - Lincoln, California, USA - OCT 9, 2012
~Strong sweet woody resinous aroma with black licorice and raisin. Sweetness from alcohol as well.
~Pours a dark brown with garnet and small disappearing off white head.
~Prune fruity flavor with black licorice and woody resinous alcohol. Spicy woody character, not sure how to describe.
~Full bodied, Med CO2, Alcohol warmth, slight numbness on tongue and lingering woody finish.
~Best beer I’ve had from Pyramid. Wish I had some more to age. Probably help round it out as this is still a bit hot. I would like slightly more malt fruitiness/sweetness for balance. I really like this one and great deal for the Fall variety pack. Wish this was sold in a six pack though. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Dark in coor, clear with a thin head. Lots of malt flavors lighter than I would expect most barley wines. Was hoping for more of a umph. The alochol was not as high as I would excect also. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle:   Deep reddish caramel, moderate tannish head, frothy, little lacing.   Rich bready nose, musty caramel, not too hoppy.   Doesn’t seem too sweet, moreso a figgy/bready example... and a little rough/young at that.   Whats funny is I tried looking up the 5000 Year example they did years ago... not on RB.   I had that years after it was done, and it was very sublime.   I can’t help but wonder if this is the same beer yet just a young/juevenile example.   A little biting, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Could stand to let sit for a bit before drinking.   Not too hoppy or overly malty, but instead just a sense of green and alcohol.   Needs some time to develop.   I have one bottle left that maybe I will let sit for 5 years.   Not bad, but very green! mjg74 (3093) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Bottled from BevMo. Dark prunish in color. Nose is somewhat sweet. A lot of dark fruit and a hint of tobacco. Flavor is dominated by dark fruit. Some maltiness with a bit of sugary sweetness. Some hops are present in the finish, as well as some mild alcohol.
Dogbrick (12936) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Sample at the Seattle brewpub. Dark copper-amber color with a medium light beige head that dissipates slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma is malty with some dark fruit notes. Full-bodied with a rich caramel malt character and flavors of hops and ripe fruit. The finish is sweet with up front and leaves a piney hops aftertaste. Above average overall. User134089 (1644) - - SEP 12, 2012
12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 9, 2012 (purchased at Vons in Mission Gorge (San Diego, Calif.) for a variety 12-pack price of $14.99 on Sept. 9, 2012). Finger of head. Reddish black, almost purple with khaki, gray head. Good retention all around that appeared khaki tan.
Smelled liquor, Captain Morgan, rum, dark cherry, vodka, raspberry and wine.
Tasted dark fruits, light chocolate, cherry, black cherry. Very smooth.
Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. Felt so good.
Really liked this beer, especially as it went on. Grew on me a lot. Definitely better than the Uinta Anniversary Barleywine I had the night before. dwyerpg (6078) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2012
This nailed the aroma but was a bit flat in the appearance. The flavor was a good sticky sweet with the right heft to the body, but was unfortunately just a bit too obvious in the alcohol for me. Surprised. in a good way. robforbes (2238) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2012
pours a semi-cloudy dark copper with a small beige head, and good lacing.
smell is of caramel, malt, cheerios, and some grain.
taste is creamy, caramel, barley, and malt. ends grainy and creamy. OldMrCrow (2435) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle; part of the fall variety pack.
Dark heavy barleywine, alcohol rather forward, malts somewhat overpowering the nugget and centennial hops.